Water Fowl moving in!

Snow Goose present at the Bashakill for about a week now. It can be tough to locate.

Snow Goose present at the Bashakill for about a week now. It can be tough to locate.

This morning I toured the county looking for some water fowl I hadn’t had in the county so far this year. There had been a good influx of birds overnight and I had 15 species of water fowl overall. I birded Neversink Reservoir, Swan Lake and the Bashakill. I was finally able to get a half way decent shot of the Snow Goose that I initially found last week. The duck assortment at the Bashakill was really quite good. Traditionally, water fowl don’t remain long in the fall at the Bash due to the heavy duck and goose hunting. This year, though some hunters have been present on the weekends, there has been little activity through the week. This has enabled quite a few ducks to remain in some of the more isolated areas. NORTHERN SHOVELER, rare in the county in fall, was a nice find, as was a late Blue-winged Teal. Here is my complete list of water fowl:

Canada Goose
Snow Goose – 1
Wood Duck
Gadwall – 5
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal – 1
Northern Shoveler – 6
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Long-tailed Duck (yesterday) – 1
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe – 2

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