Late November

partial raft (180) of Ring-necked Ducks on Wanasink Lake 11/25/12

Fox Sparrow at the Nature Trail at the Bashakill

male Common Goldeneye 11/25/12

Not to much has changed over the last week. Water fowl numbers continue to fluctuate with some new sites for good numbers being added. Yankee Lake remains good for Goldeneye, Hooded Mergansers, Ruddy Ducks and Lesser Scaup. Wanasink Lake has big numbers of Ring-necked Duck. At least two huge rafts of these ducks are present. One has about 250 individuals, the other about 200. Ruddy Ducks and Bufflehead continue. Swan Lake still has good numbers of birds, but they are about half of what they were a week ago. Lake Superior in Bethel has tremendous numbers of Common Mergansers. At least 358 of these birds were present today with 30 Common Goldeneye, 10 Bufflehead and a few Hooded Mergansers. At this time, our winter finches (Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins and White-winged Crossbills) seem to have disappeared. We also have not yet had an influx of any new winter finches, but are ever hopeful. Lance Verderame did have a raft of 8 Black Scoters at the Neversink Reservoir yesterday. The Above photo shows 180 of the 250 Ring-necked Ducks in one of the rafts. At least 4 Wilson’s Snipe continue at Swan Lake and a Killdeer was at the Bashakill today.

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