Hi Robert, This is my e-bird report from yesterday. The place is called “Pine Island Turf Nursery and it is a commercial sod farm (and other crops too). Generally, they leave birders enter the farm during the weekends and when they are not actively working on the fields. If they have the “were are open” sign on display, please go into the office and ask for permission to enter the farm. The Sandhill cranes come to this site very often (they fly from the Wallkill River Wildlife Refuge to this place that is about one or 2 miles away from the refuge). Yesterday, in addition to the SandHill cranes, I saw two American Golden Plovers too.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59622495 All the sod farms and agricultural fields in Pine Island are good places to find shorebirds during the fall migration. You have Skinner’s lane (e-bird hotspot) and you have the sod farms near Route 12. You can also contact active birders who are members of the Mearns Bird Club. http://mearnsbirdclub.org/ https://ebird.org/hotspot/L682671 Black-bellied and American Golden Plovers have been seen often during the fall migration (generally, early in the morning). There a couple of reports from the last 2 weeks or so. Check the e-bird reports for Orange County, NY. https://ebird.org/region/US-NY-071?yr=all Good Luck! Felipe On Sep 9, 2019, at 4:09 PM, Robert Lewis <rfer...@yahoo.com<mailto:rfer...@yahoo.com>> wrote: I am interested in detailed birding advice for Orange County, especially the "black dirt region." I have been to Pine Island and the Liberty Lane area. Apparently Liberty Lane is private property and closed to entry now. Apparently some Sandhill Cranes have been seen recently nearby; also American Golden Plover. I would like to see detailed directions to where they were seen, as well as a sort of "birders guide to the black dirt region." Searching on line with google has not brought up very much. Which dirt roads can one drive on? What areas to avoid? Bob Lewis Sleepy Hollow NY -- NYSbirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics<http://www.northeastbirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm> Rules and Information<http://www.northeastbirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm> Subscribe, Configuration and Leave<http://www.northeastbirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm> Archives: The Mail Archive<http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html> Surfbirds<http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L> ABA<http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01> Please submit your observations to eBird<http://ebird.org/content/ebird/>! -- -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --