This morning many birders were present at the Bashakill. Joyce Depew was leading the Bashakill Field Trip for the Mearn’s Bird Club. At least 40 people were birding either independently or part of her group. It was a cold windy morning, but quite productive. A pair of NORHTERN SHOVELERS were the best of the new birds present. Tremendous numbers of swallows were present by late morning, with a couple of Barn and Northern Rough-wings among the hundreds of Tree Swallows. Bald Eagles are still plentiful. Ring-necked Ducks, American Wigeon (at least 20), Hooded Mergansers, Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal, Redheads, Wood, Mallard and Black Ducks. A lot of Bufflehead and a single Common Goldeneye were all present. I didn’t find and Red-necked Grebe this morning, but both Horned and Pied-billed were common. Passerines were in short supply, probably due to the high winds. The Osprey continue as well.

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