Bashakill and Glenmere Lake

A very entertaining Horned Grebe at the Main Boat Launch this morning.

A very entertaining Horned Grebe at the Main Boat Launch this morning.

This morning I went directly to the Bashakill to see if anything new had come in. There were more ducks today than yesterday and hopefully numbers will continue to increase. Ring-necked Ducks are the big numbers with over 300 seen again this morning. Horned Grebe were in several spots with a few more than yesterday, 11 seen. My FOS PIED-BILLED GREBE was in the channel out from the Main Boat Launch. Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal continue to increase. I found two flocks of teal for a total of 22 Green-winged and 5 Blue-winged seen. The Osprey pair were perched in the dead tree line across the kill, probably trying to figure out where to build yet another nest. I had my first Field Sparrow at the Deli Fields since the flock was there in January. Others present in good numbers were Common and Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead and Wood Ducks. I met Wilma Amthor at the Main Boat Launch where the highlight of the morning was a comical and confiding Horned Grebe. It was feeding on something at times only three or four feet from the shore. We were able to approach it closely and take many pics. It never seemed to shy from us even as we moved about. I also went back to Glenmere Lake this morning. Bruce Nott had called to let me know there were 9 Long-tailed Ducks there. I met him and Scott Baldinger there a while later and was happy to see a mixed species Scaup flock as well. There were actually quite a few birds present. Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, Wood Duck, Horned Grebe etc. were all present. An adult Bald Eagle put many birds up for a few minutes, but they all settled back in place before I left. Great morning!

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4 Responses to Bashakill and Glenmere Lake

  1. scott baldinger says:

    Wow John that’s a great photo! The details on the feathering are really nice.

  2. Wilma Amthor says:

    It was so much fun watching this little one dip in and out of the water. It stayed under so long I don’t know how it breathes!! A great shot, John

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