The Bashakill

Green-winged Teal at the Bashakill.

Green-winged Teal at the Bashakill.


With the county gripped in a deep freeze the last several days, I’ve spent a bit more time at the Bashakill. Both Scott Baldinger and I have been out searching for some new year birds. Continuing good birds include: Gray Catbird at the Orchard and Pine Siskin and Purple Finch at Scott’s feeders. It may take some time to find them, but they are still around. The Eastern Phoebe and Rusty Blackbird haven’t been seen since last week. We’ve each had some good finds for the Bashakill in January. Yesterday, at the Deli Fields, I found a juvenile NORTHERN HARRIER feeding on a small rodent. Scott was able to come over to see it before it took flight. Today, Scott found a couple good species of waterfowl. From the boat launch at the Deli Fields he spotted a couple of small ducks among the Canada Geese. The first was a GREEN-WINGED TEAL and the second was a RUDDY DUCK! Both are rare in the county in winter. The Ruddy Duck and Northern Harrier were only my second instance of either of these species in January.
I stopped back later, and though the Ruddy was a bit further out, it stayed up long enough to get a couple shots.

I stopped back later, and though the Ruddy was a bit further out, it stayed up long enough to get a couple shots.

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