Sullivan County Waterfowl

A drake Greater Scaup and drake Redhead at the Rondout Reservoir.

A drake Greater Scaup and drake Redhead at the Rondout Reservoir.


Normally by this time in March the channel at the Bashakill is open and we have an array of waterfowl to sort through with hopes of something good. This year, it is still frozen solid. Today, temperature finally moderated and it reached the forties for the first time in a long time. That didn’t help the Bashakill, but there are a few spots with some good birds in the county. Arlene Borko and I toured the county today looking for new species and we had some nice ones. At the Rondout and Mongaup Reservoirs, we were unable to relocate the Red-breasted Mergansers that had spent about a week there. We did have 20 Common Mergansers and 2 Hooded Mergansers as well as Mallard and Black Ducks. Up at the Mongaup Eagle blind, we had our FOS RING-NECKED DUCK! From there we headed up county. We had Bald Eagles and Red-tailed Hawks, but no Rough-legged today. At Fauble Road, the ongoing Horned Lark flock only numbered 23 today. The Turkey flock had grown to 47. We headed around the county, checking out feeders. American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin and Common Redpoll were all seen. We finally ended at the Rondout Reservoir. Though we couldn’t find the Bufflehead that had been there, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, Mallard and Black Duck and the ongoing Greater Scaup were all still present. The nice find was a drake FOS REDHEAD! We ended the day with 35 species.

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