Orange County Midweek Update

My FOS Greater Yellowlegs at the small pond near Glenmere Lake, 4/10/14.
My FOS Greater Yellowlegs at the small pond near Glenmere Lake, 4/10/14.

On my way out of work today, I received a text from my fellow hawk counter Carol Linguanti, telling me she had located an active Red-tailed Hawk nest in Warwick. I stopped by to check it out and it was really cool to see it:

Huge thanks to Carol for the heads up. Red-tailed Hawk on the nest, Warwick NY, 4/10/14.
Huge thanks to Carol for the heads up. Red-tailed Hawk on the nest, Warwick NY, 4/10/14.

Next I headed over to Glenmere Lake to see what was going on. The water was extremely choppy and there were not nearly as many waterfowl present. Of note I had a single Common Loon, 9 Lesser Scaup, a single Bufflehead, and 6 Mute Swans. There is a small pond not too far from the lake and I went there to check for waterfowl. There was small number of Green-winged Teal present, a pair of Mallards and a pair of Mute Swans. The highlight of the stop (and maybe the day) was a Greater Yellowlegs, my first of the year.

My last stop for tonight was at 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary. My best birds there were a pair of Blue-winged Teal that did not seem to know I was present. I shot many photos through the grasses:

One of my favorite ducks, a pair of Blue-winged Teals at 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 4/10/14.
One of my favorite ducks, a pair of Blue-winged Teals at 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 4/10/14.

Other notable waterfowl present included: Ring-necked Ducks (21), Green-winged Teal (18), and Pied-billed Grebe (2).

WEDNESDAY 4/9/14

Yesterday I made it back out to the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge to walk the Liberty Loop. I mostly wanted to check on the Eurasian Wigeon, which continued on the west side of the loop, well into Sussex County. I was finally able to get a shot that is somewhat identifiable:

Eurasian Wigeon at Wallkill River NWR, 4/10/14.
Eurasian Wigeon at Wallkill River NWR, 4/10/14.

Not long after taking this shot, all the waterfowl lifted up. I looked for an eagle or perhaps a Peregrine Falcon but never found the source. I lost the EUWI in the process, but did manage an interesting shot of Green-winged Teals in flight.

Waterfowl in flight! Wallkill River NWR, 4/9/14.
Waterfowl in flight! Wallkill River NWR, 4/9/14.

I should note that there was still a good number of waterfowl present at the refuge, including: Ring-necked Duck, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Northern Shovelers, Mallard, Canada Goose, Pied-billed Grebe, and Blue-winged Teal.

Black-capped Chickadee at Wallkill River NWR, 4/9/14.
Black-capped Chickadee at Wallkill River NWR, 4/9/14.

 

2 thoughts on “Orange County Midweek Update”

  1. Matt,
    I really like the yellowlegs!!! I get out of work fri at 4:30 hopefully…..will you be at WWR with your scope? I’m going to try to go there if I don’t get stuck working longer.
    I am on call this weekend, so won’t be able to get out birding….withdrawl!! Is your flock the teals? they are pretty when I clicked on them.

    Wilma

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