I spent the day today at Wallkill River NWR and started early at the Liberty 
Loop Trail.  I hadn't been there at this time of year in a long time, probably 
not since I was doing inventories there in the early 2000's.  I was pleased to 
see how many cool birds were now breeding there that I didn't find in the early 
2000's.  I had several Least Bitterns, at least 3 families of Pied-billed 
Grebes, several American Coots including one family, and at least three pairs 
of Common Gallinules including one family with 7 or 8 chicks.  Also some 
regular breeders with families: two or three Wood Duck females with their many 
ducklings and a Mute Swan pair with five cygnets.  There were also several 
Green Herons in the area which I assume were nesting too.  Very cool to see 
these rare and not so rare breeders with families at the refuge.  They really 
have done a wonderful job there.  I just hope the grassland birds that were 
nesting at LLT moved to other grasslands in the refuge since it's mostly 
wetland now.
Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block
Consulting Naturalist
20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3
Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629 

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