One of my favorite times of the year for birding is just about upon us! Each February I can’t wait for the channel at the Bashakill to open up. As soon as it does, migrant waterfowl begin to show up. That’s exactly what is happening. I went out early this morning, in advance of the pending snow storm, to try for our FOS WOOD DUCKS! Yesterday Scott Baldinger had found seven of them near the Horseshoe Parking Area at the Bashakill. This is our 13th species of waterfowl in the county so far this month! Though I never found them yesterday, I found them easily this morning in the same location. In fact, they moved to the area near the Deli Fields Boat Launch and were easier to see from there. This morning the other waterfowl present included: Canada Goose, Mallard, Black Duck and Common and Hooded Mergansers. This is just the beginning. Last year was an exceptional year at the Bashakill for migrant waterfowl and I’m hoping this year will at least come close to that again. You just never know what might show up! Currently with a nice assortment of waterfowl still present at the Rondout Reservoir, we’re off to a great start. I’ll keep you posted!