Rondout Reservoir

A single REDHEAD was swimming with a few Common Mergansers near the spillway at the Rondout Reservoir this morning.

A single REDHEAD was swimming with a few Common Mergansers near the spillway at the Rondout Reservoir this morning.


This morning I spent some time in the northeastern portion of the county with some nice results. The best spot was the Rondout Reservoir. Approaching from Grahmsville, a quarter of a mile after you made the left onto rt. 55, there was a good number of birds on the right. 7 Common Goldeneye, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 14 Black Ducks and a Red-tailed Hawk were all present. The Ring-neck has been present since last month, but is not always easy to find. Upon reaching the Eagle Viewing spot, there were well over 100 Ring-billed Gulls being harassed by 9 Bald Eagles! 2 Adults and 7 immatures. Near the Power Plant, there were 32 Common Mergansers, 10 Hooded Mergansers, 35 Mallard and a single REDHEAD! On to the Orchard. There were the usual couple of dozen PURPLE FINCHES present, as well as 6 Cedar Waxwings, Black-capped Chickadees, Juncos and a Song Sparrow. From the Rondout, I headed to Hunter Road. There were a single HORNED LARK and SNOW BUNTING foraging there together as a pair of Ravens cavorted overhead. From there I went to Cooley Bog. The road along the bog was quite active. I had 15 Chickadees, 3 Blue Jays, 2 White-breasted Nuthatch and 4 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH! Not a bad morning.

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2 Responses to Rondout Reservoir

  1. kcmiller@citlink.net says:

    You make me want to leave work and go birding! Diane and I went to the grasslands yesterday just in time for the rainstorm. Then it was beautiful light with a rainbow, 11 Harriers and 4 Owls. We drove towards New Paltz on the way home and saw one snow goose. So Diane had 2 lifers and I added 4 birds to my NY list. Sent from my HTC One™ X, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

  2. That’s great! I never went out at all yesterday. Needed a day off!

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