Deep Freeze at the Bashakill

The deep freeze and extreme winds the last several days prevented me from even venturing outside, let alone bird. Today with the winds finally abating, though the temperature was only 4 degrees at sunup, I headed out to the Bashakill. Its amazing how the lack of wind can make the extreme temperatures bearable. Most of the waterfowl was concentrated in the little open water that remained in the channel at some spots. American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Hooded Merganser and Ring-necked Duck were the most abundant species beyond the ubiquitous Mallards, Black Ducks and Canada Geese. As I scanned the birds, I found my FOS PIED-BILLED GREBE! While it was still cold, it was an enjoyable morning of birding. Hopefully, with the winds turning around overnight, we’ll get some more new birds this week.

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