Bashakill still jumping!

This very distant shot of a rare for the Bashakill Red-throated Loon confirms its presence.

This very distant shot of a rare for the Bashakill Red-throated Loon confirms its presence.


This morning, Arlene Borko, Scott Baldinger, Mary Busky and I birded the Bashakill. It was a very cold rainy morning to be out. That said, the kill is still jumping. Passerines were very quiet with blackbirds being the most conspicuous. Waterfowl numbers were still high with some new birds around. Scott alerted me first thing in the morning that there was a drake GADWALL on Haven Road with the large flock of Ring-necked Ducks. We were all able to find the bird, a FOS for us all. There were also 7 American Wigeon on Haven Road among the Mallards, Blacks, Pied-billed Grebes and Bufflehead. At the Main Boat Launch, one of the 3 Common Loons Lance Verderame had seen last evening was still present. Two RED-NECKED GREBES in breeding plumage continued as well. At least three American Coots were present today. The Northern Pintail was seen briefly in flight. Horned Grebe numbered at least 8 individuals. Mary and I walked the Birch Trail to the tower, finding the pair of Blue-winged Teal again today. It was somewhat quiet off the tower, only about 100 Ring-necked Ducks and 4 Lesser Scaup being seen. Upon our return to the Main Boat Launch, I spotted a non-breeding plumage RED-THROATED LOON!! I will have to check my records, but I don’t believe I’ve ever had this species at the Bashakill before. This species normally is found on our deep water lakes further up county. I’m sure there is much more going on at the Bash, but the cold, wind and rain finally sent us home.
One of the Coots at the Main Boat Launch was cooperative for photos this morning.

One of the Coots at the Main Boat Launch was cooperative for photos this morning.

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2 Responses to Bashakill still jumping!

  1. Matt Zeitler says:

    Very exciting about the Reds-throated Loon John! The Bash sure has been jumping.

    • It sure has Matt! I see you’ve been getting some good stuff down in Orange County too! I have to say your shot of the Canvasback at Montezuma is one of the most unique photos of a duck I have ever seen! Kudo’s for getting such a great shot!

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