Neversink Reservoir and River

Hooded Merganser with six chicks on Neversink River 6/16/14

Hooded Merganser with six chicks on Neversink River 6/16/14

This morning I went out to try to fill some voids in the E-Bird bar chart list of birds in Sullivan County. I noticed that three uncommon but regular breeders and two uncommon but regular over-summering species have never been recorded for the third week of June. Having seen all of these birds in the last two weeks, I went to record them for this week. I only found three of them this morning. Common Merganser (regular breeding species), Hooded Merganser (uncommon but annual breeding species) and Double-crested Cormorant (regular over-summering) were all found from the Neversink Reservoir south along the Neversink River to Bridgeville along RT. 17. Once again I was really surprised when the Hooded Merganser record was not accepted by e-bird and had to be entered as a rare bird. There has never been a year that this species hasn’t bred in the county in my 22 years of birding. I have attached a photo of the Hooded Merganser hen with her six chicks on the Neversink River this morning. I only need to find Black Vulture and Black Duck this week to complete the voids in the checklist. Also seen along the river today was a Wood Duck family, many Mallard and Canada Geese. The Neversink River is always a favorite spot of mine in the winter, but is also very good for waterfowl in breeding season.
This shot was actually better, but one chick dove just before I snapped the shot.

This shot was actually better, but one chick dove just before I snapped the shot.

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