Bashakill and Orange County Black Dirt Region

With male Common Merganser

With male Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Immature Red-breasted Merganser off Haven Road with female Common Merganser.

Immature Red-breasted Merganser off Haven Road with female Common Merganser.

This morning I stopped at the Bashakill for a while to see what had come in. Among the many Common and Hooded Mergansers I found an immature RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. This is an interesting bird. From one side it appears to be a female, from the other a male. I assume this means it is a juvenile male just beginning to molt into adult plumage. An abundance of waterfowl are currently present with about a dozen species represented. From there I went to the Orange County Black Dirt Region. A tremendous number of geese, all Canada streamed into the area throughout the morning. At least 10,000 Canada Geese throughout the valley required lots of sorting and sifting. In the end, I didn’t find one single individual of any other species. At the Camel Farm, among the thousands of geese were several Northern Pintail, Mallard and six TUNDRA SWANS. Lets hope that with the next influx of geese there is something more interesting. Over on Lynch Avenue, thousands of Blackbirds continue. I only found expected species.

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4 Responses to Bashakill and Orange County Black Dirt Region

  1. Jeff says:

    At the camel farm, where is the best (safest), place to park to view the birds? Every time I go past there is no place off the road that seems safe to park, and the small lot by the barn overlooking the pond appears to be private property.

  2. John, I spent some time with the geese over at the Camel Farm tonight with no luck either, in fact the Tundra Swans had moved on as well.

    • Seems strange, I’m sure we should be getting more geese.  The Snow Goose situation is very unusual.  My only explanation is they moved so far south that now that they are heading north it is taking them through west of our area. Hope we all have better luck soon.

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