It was an absolutely gorgeous day and I could barely wait to get out of work to do some birding. Today was the first day that felt like spring to me and I took advantage by heading over to Warwick, NY to look for waterfowl. My first stop was at the pond across from Town Hall where I did well, accumulating 7 species waterfowl: Canada Geese (15), Mallards (12), Ring-necked Ducks (22), Wood Ducks (3), Gadwall (5), Hooded Mergansers (3) and a single Green-winged Teal.
My next stop was at Schervier Pavilion in Warwick, which has a small pond that apparently gets Hooded Mergansers regularly. Nine were present today and they were joined by 2 Canada Geese, 4 Mallards, and 1 Ring-necked Duck.
Finally, I did some driving around the black dirt region to see what I could find. It ended up being a banner night with three species of owl: Snowy Owl (1), Short-eared Owl (3), and Great Horned Owl (1 heard). Additionally, I got my first Killdeer (3) of the season for Orange County: