Neversink River and Neversink Reservoir

The Common Merganser hen with 19 chicks!

The Common Merganser hen with 19 chicks!

Today, Arlene Borko and I traveled along the Neversink River to the Neversink Reservoir and birded some of the surrounding areas. The river, accessed at Bridgeville, was very productive. Highlights of the area were and Adult Bald Eagle on its nest with a nearly grown chick, a male Belted Kingfisher, and a female Common Merganser with “NINETEEN CHICKS”! This is one of, if not the largest, clutches of merganser chicks I have ever seen! We watched this family for some time. One of the neatest things to see was when all nineteen chicks were submerged in this crystal clear river, foraging among the rocks. We could see their every move from above. Mom never dove, but rather kept an eye on us. We continued along the river, finding another Common Merganser, many Cedar Waxwings, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Orioles and many more. We eventually reached the Neversink Reservoir where we found three Double-crested Cormorants. From there we went on to Huson Road where there were at least three of the resident Red-breasted Nuthatches showing well. On to Sue Rayono’s feeders where we saw six Purple Finch and four Goldfinches. We then headed to Hunter Road. Along the road we had several species of warbler including: Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, Blackburnian, Black and White and Black-throated Green. Just before the fields, a beautiful Barred Owl was perched along the road. Unfortunately, he flew just before I could snap a shot. At the main field, we had an abundance of Bobolink, as well as Field, Savannah and Song Sparrows. A really productive morning with 65 species seen.

They startled momentarily and it was as if they were walking on water until they settled down again.

They startled momentarily and it was as if they were walking on water until they settled down again.

Male Belted Kingfisher perched over the river.

Male Belted Kingfisher perched over the river.

Eagle and chick on the nest.

Eagle and chick on the nest.

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4 Responses to Neversink River and Neversink Reservoir

  1. Great photos, John. Thanks for sharing them with us. Ralph and I were successful at putting a new roof on the bird blind immediately east of the observation platform at SGNWR.

  2. mpaper2013 says:

    Where is the eagles nest?

  3. The nest is along the river (opposite side of river road) one mile from Bridgeville Road. It can be hard to see, because of the vegetation on the trees.

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