Amazing Waterfowl migration

one of three skeins of Snow Geese to pass the Bashakill today.

one of 17 skeins of Brant that moved through the Bashakill today. The skeins ranged in size from 14 to 170 birds

female Black Scoter at the Main Boat Launch Bashakill 10/25/12

This morning, Lance Verderame, Scott Baldinger and I birded the Bashakill. There was a massive movement of waterfowl taking place and we saw more BRANT than any of us had ever seen before. Brant were moving from South-west to Northeast through the Bashakill. There was dense cloud cover over most of the county and the only place that was not fogged in was the Bashakill. How this played in with the movement of Brant is unclear. All other waterfowl was moving Northeast to Southwest as would be expected. Besides the geese, Wood Ducks, Mallards, Black Ducks and Black Scoters were also moving. We finally tore ourselves away around 11am and headed up county to see what may have come in there. Ruddy Ducks, Common Mergansers, Gadwall and Long-tailed Duck were all added to the day list. The Bashakill still had more birds then anywhere else, so after lunch, Scott Baldinger, Arlene Borko and I returned to the Bashakill. Brant continued to pass through. A Peregrine Falcon put on a nice show. A single female BLACK SCOTER had settled on the water at the Main Boat Launch and was seen by many. Other birds passing in number included American Pipits, Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds and lesser numbers of many others. I ended the day with 45 species, though everyone had slightly different lists. Great Birding! Here is a list of the water fowl seen:

Snow Geese – 72
Brant – 17 skeins totalling 1,128 plus another 56 seen by Lance at Swan Lake (1,184)
Canada Geese – 500
Wood Duck – 50
Gadwall – 3
American Black Duck – 35
Mallard – 100
Rind-necked Duck – 1 (huge flock from yesterday gone)
Black Scoter – 25
Long-tailed Duck – 10
Common Merganser – 30
Ruddy Duck – 23

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2 Responses to Amazing Waterfowl migration

  1. Jeff says:

    That photo of the female Black Scoter is very nice. Must have been pretty close from the looks of it.

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