Sullivan County Winter Waterfowl Count

Three of the female Common Goldeneye at the Rondout Reservoir.

Three of the female Common Goldeneye at the Rondout Reservoir.


Arlene Borko and I covered much of the county today for the Winter Waterfowl Count. The areas we covered included: Wurtsboro, The Bashakill, The Neversink River and The Rio, Rondout and Mongaup Reservoirs. Since the county has been in a deep freeze most of the last two weeks, all standing water was frozen. The only open water was the river, the channel at the Bashakill, the outflow creeks at the reservoirs and spring fed ponds in Wurtsboro. We started the morning a 16 degrees and drove 131 miles over the course of six hours traveling. As one would guess, the waterfowl count was low, perhaps our lowest. All of the birds seen were usually expected species for mid winter. We had no surprise finds. We also had a total of 10 Bald Eagles, 7 adults and 3 immatures. Here is the total list:
Canada Geese – 257
Mallard – 120
Black Duck – 88
Common Merganser – 13
Hooded Merganser – 11
Common Goldeneye – 8
Total Individuals – 497
Three Hooded Mergansers on the Neversink River.

Three Hooded Mergansers on the Neversink River.

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2 Responses to Sullivan County Winter Waterfowl Count

  1. mkatnani@yahoo.com says:

    Hi John, I’m sure by now you realized that they’re Red-headed Ducks, right? We’re doing our count today here in Dutchess. Who knows what bodies of water are open. Maha

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    • Maha,
      I’m not really sure what you’re referring to? If you mean the female Goldeneye’s, they are indeed female Goldeneyes. I have not had any Redheads on the Rondout yet this year, nor anywhere else in the county. Please elaborate, and good luck on your count. John

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