The Bashakill after the storm

A rather distant view of the abundance of birds at the southwest end of the kill.

Having had two feet of snow on Tuesday, and with cold temps and high winds continuing, its been tough to bird the Bashakill. Today, with mild temps and lower winds I sought out more vantages to bird and get a better feeling of what was left of the abundant waterfowl that was present just prior to the storm. The trails are covered with deep snow and basically impassible except with skis or snow shoes. Today I used snow shoes to cover some areas and get a jist of things. An abundance of waterfowl continues. Most of the birds are contained in pockets of open water in areas along the main channel in several spots along the length of the Bashakill. Some are in small ponds along south road. Currently, the most abundant birds are at the south end of the kill, west of the Nature Trail. The channel is open there all the way to Co. rt. 63 and perhaps a thousand birds are present. There is also a good spot out from the Main Boat Launch, but it has not been plowed out. From Haven Road, two spots are viewable, one on each side of the road. Closer to the Pine Boat Launch, an abundance of waterfowl are present, but viewing them is nearly impossible. We know they are there from limited vantage points and the fact that they flush periodically and the sky is clouded with them. All of that out of the way, here are the birds. Ring-necked Ducks and Wood Ducks number in excess of 300 each! Black Ducks number at least a couple of hundred and Mallard somewhat fewer. Also present are Hooded Mergansers, American Wigeon, Bufflehead and Green-winged Teal (and of course Canada Geese). Not seen today were Common Mergansers or Northern Pintail, though both were there yesterday and most certainly continue among the birds that can’t be seen. The two pair of eagles are on their nests, apparently unscathed by the storm. The channel opens a bit more each day, and hopefully next weeks warmer temps will spread the birds out, open the trails and make everything more accessible.

Closer approach shows just how many ducks there are among the Canada Geese.

In some of the smaller ponds on South Road, American Wigeon can be found among the Mallard, Black and Wood Ducks.


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2 Responses to The Bashakill after the storm

  1. Gordon & Lori says:

    Hi John, We are certainly hoping things clear up for our upcoming trip to the bash!

  2. I hope so too! Look forward to seeing you guys! The forecast this week looks good, and the parking lot has been plowed. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

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