Rondout Reservoir!


Today I had some business to take care of so I was pretty busy most of the morning.  When I was done, I decided to head over to the Rondout Reservoir to see if anything new had come in.  All of the species that had been present earlier in the season were now present again.  I had one drake American Wigeon (of two previously) and Ring-necked Duck (2), Bufflehead (2), Common and Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, Mallard, Black Duck and Canada Geese.  The birds of the day were however, MUTE SWAN and CANVASBACK!  There was one of each and the later was a nice drake.  I had tried for the Canvasback that had been seen over the weekend at the Rio Reservoir, but that and the Greater Scaup were gone yesterday.  I was pleased to find this bird.  Last fall I found five Canvasback at Morningside Park, and they were the first we’d had in the county in five years!  Hopefully this trend will continue.  I notified our text group, and both Scott and Patrick were able to see the birds as well.  Other highlights at the Rondout included Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher and Ring-billed Gulls.  On the way home I stopped in Woodbourne and found five more Ring-billed Gulls and five Herring Gulls.

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2 Responses to Rondout Reservoir!

  1. Pat Dechon says:

    Looks like the lighting while you were there was a lot nicer than later in the day. And I got soaked too! Great finds!

  2. Thanks Patrick, glad you were able to see them. Hopefully they’ll stick around a while too!

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