I braved the wind and cold this morning in hopes of some new birds at the Bashakill. Needless to say I checked hundreds of geese in many locations for yesterdays Cackling Geese to no avail. That said it was a surprisingly productive morning. Waterfowl continue in good numbers. There are plenty of Eagles around. I had my highest count so far this spring of Ring-necked Ducks (84). Common and Hooded Mergansers are everywhere. On Haven Road the female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER continues, while at the opposite end of the Bash at the Deli Boat Launch, a beautiful drake Red-breasted Merganser is among a large flock of Commons there. I spotted 4 Bufflehead and the Mallards and Black Ducks are abundant. Wood Duck numbers were way down, only about 15 seen. No Goldeneye or Green-winged Teal were seen this morning. I had two EASTERN PHOEBES this morning, one at the Pine Boat Launch and the other at the Deli Field Boat Launch. NO Tree Swallow today. In order to stay out of the wind and cold, I hiked the Stone Field Trail on the northern side of the Bash. Its a pleasant walk, full sun and no wind. Well out on the trail I looked up into a large Sycamore and was surprised to see an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL looking down at me. Great day!