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Great Cormorant on Playland Lake in Rye by Karen Miller.

Great Cormorant on Playland Lake in Rye by Karen Miller.


Today, Karen Miller and Matt Zeitler decided to take a trip to Rye for some new year birds. Lance Verderame and I had the same plan! We all met up at the Read Nature Sanctuary for a nice morning of birding. Karen got the above shot of a Great Cormorant on Playland Lake. We had a nice assortment of birds there. Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Gadwall and Black Ducks on the lake. On the sound, Common Goldeneye, Long-tailed Ducks, Red-breasted Mergansers, more Great Cormorants and several Red-throated Loons were all seen. At the feeders, Red-winged Blackbirds, Goldfinches, House Finches and an assortment of sparrows were all seen. Lance and I then headed to Marshlands Conservancey while Karen and Matt birded the woodlands at Read. At Marshlands, we found all the common feeder birds. In the large field, we found a tremendous flock of sparrows. Over forty American Tree Sparrows were joined by at least half a dozen Field Sparrows. As we watched them, I spotted an INDIGO BUNTING! Lance informed me that it had been reported last week, but it was a surprise to find it today. The water here was less productive, adding only Mute Swan to our list there. It was a great morning, but we had to head home to try to beat the snow. That didn’t happen and it was a slow go coming back. We did make it home safe though. Nice to see Matt and Karen too!
Red-breasted Mergansers by Karen Miller

Red-breasted Mergansers by Karen Miller


Hooded Merganser by Karen Miller

Hooded Merganser by Karen Miller

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