Rio Reservoir Red-breasted Mergansers

Two of the drake Red-breasted Mergansers at the Rio Reservoir this morning.

Two of the drake Red-breasted Mergansers at the Rio Reservoir this morning.

This morning I headed to the Rio Reservoir in Forestburgh. I hadn’t been there since just before the “Feathered Frenzy” when I found it completely frozen with no birds at all. With the continuing deep freeze, I thought it would have remained frozen. Actually, as is often the case with the reservoirs, the water level had been lowered and the rapid current opened up the reservoir on Plank Road. There were quite a few birds there. 15 Common Mergansers, 45 Black Ducks, 2 Mallard, 2 Bald Eagles, Chickadees, Nuthatches and a Gold-crowned Kinglet were all present. The birds of the morning however were 4 drake RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS!! New for me for the year in the county, it was great to see them. I wanted to make it a clean sweep, so I then headed to the Bashakill where I found the ongoing 4 Hooded Mergansers. All the mergansers in the county in one morning is a nice find in February.

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

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2 Responses to Rio Reservoir Red-breasted Mergansers

  1. Karen C M says:

    Really like this bird! Nice, John!

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