Around the Bashakill

A male Bufflehead off Haven Road.

A male Bufflehead off Haven Road.

Its been a busy few days around the Bashakill. Waterfowl numbers continue to increase. We had a total of 12 species today. They included Common and Hooded Mergansers, Northern Pintail, Wood Duck, American Wigeon, Bufflehead, Mallard and Black Duck, Mute Swan and Canada Goose, Green-winged Teal and an abundance of Ring-necked Ducks. Yesterday, I found our FOS American Coot. They weren’t seen today, but they spend so much time in the cattails that they could easily be present. Fox and Song Sparrows continue to dominate with an occasional White-throated and Swamp Sparrow seen. American Tree Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos continue but in much lower numbers. A pair of Great Horned Owls first found by Lance Verderame continue to call in the evenings at the Deli Fields. An Eastern Screech-owl was found on Haven Road, but not seen since. American Woodcock can be heard peenting and doing display flights in all appropriate habitat around the Bashakill. A few more Rusty Blackbirds were seen today, but not sure if they are migrants or some of the birds that overwintered. The Eagles are nesting, with the pair at the Boat Launch on eggs, and the pair on Haven Road tending the nest with eggs due any minute. Great birding at the Bashakill!

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2 Responses to Around the Bashakill

  1. Wilma Amthor says:

    Hi John, great post. I saw the eagle at the boat launch sitting on the nest on the 27th. Was that the first day to your knowledge??


  2. Hi Wilma,
    The female began incubating on 2/23. It was the first day she didn’t leave the nest all day, and has been on since then. Thanks for checking in and it was nice to see you out there the other day! John

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