Blowout at the Bashakill! Major movement of Waterfowl and Passerines

Red-necked Grebe off the Birch Trail Tower

Red-necked Grebe off the Birch Trail Tower


This morning, Arlene Borko and I headed to the Bashakill to see what had come in overnight. There had been a major movement of birds. We had many first of the season species. We started at Haven Road where we had many ducks. Ring-necked, Black and Wood Ducks, Bufflehead, American Wigeon, Pied-billed and Horned Grebe. We then headed to the Main Boat Launch where the two American Coot and Common Loon continued. Both grebes and a flock of 19 Rusty Blackbirds were nice finds. When we headed out the Birch Trail, I found a pair of Blue-winged Teal a breeding plumaged RED-NECKED GREBE!! I called Scott Baldinger who came over and got both species. Scott had found some Palm Warblers out the Birch Trail after Arlene and I had headed back in, so we headed to the Haven Road Parking lot to try for some Palm Warblers Scott had found there earlier. Instead we found two Pine Warblers, ten Golden-crowned Kinglets and two Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Arlene went home from there, and Scott and I continued birding the Deli Fields, Stone Fields and the Nature Trail. We found our FOS Eastern Towhee at the Nature Trail. Of note in the Deli Fields was over 100 Song Sparrows. Also among them were two Field Sparrows. I decided to head home for lunch since it had gotten late, but didn’t make it far before Scott called to say he had found four LONG-TAILED DUCK at the Main Boat Launch. Arlene and I headed back and got nice looks at the ducks. I then headed back to Haven Road to check out two distant Grebes I had seen in the morning that were tucked and I wasn’t sure about. Upon my return they were up, closer and easily identified as two more RED-NECKED GREBE. I ended the day with 57 species!
Horned Grebe at the Main Boat Launch

Horned Grebe at the Main Boat Launch

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5 Responses to Blowout at the Bashakill! Major movement of Waterfowl and Passerines

  1. scott baldinger says:

    WHAT A DAY!! The Redpoll and 2 Purple Finch were at the feeders when I got home. 60 species today!
    Scott

  2. Jean Doe says:

    Sounds like you had quite the day! Looking forward to the Warbler walk in a few weeks!

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