Sunday Shots, 02/05/23

Early this morning, I birded Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge with Linda Scrima. Raptors were well represented; we had 5 species: Red-tailed Hawk (5), Rough-legged Hawk (1), Red-shouldered Hawk (1), Northern Harrier (5), and one small falcon which I believe was a Merlin. Snow Geese could be seen in the distance, to the north of the refuge, and there was a steady stream of Canada Geese flying over, heading north.

~A cold looking Great Blue Heron in the black dirt, 02/04/23.~

Afterwards, I headed to the Hudson River, where I had one exciting species. I was looking through a raft of Common Mergansers in the middle of the river, when two CANVASBACKS flew through my scope view. I was pretty excited because Canvasback is a pretty darn good bird for Orange County, I think I’ve had them in the county 2 or 3 times before. Bruce Nott and Ronnie DiLorenzo joined me and got the birds; while they were there I also located a single male Red-breasted Merganser. Gulls were a bust yet again for me, with only the three expected species seen. Later in the day is better for gulls at the Newburgh Waterfront, so I think I need to make an effort to be there a little later in the afternoons.

~Canvasbacks in flight at the Newburgh Waterfront, 02/05/23.~
~There were some ice floes on the river; these Ring-billed Gulls were clinging onto what little ice they could find. Newburgh Waterfront, 02/05/23.~
~You’ll have to trust me on this one – the bird on the right is a Red-breasted Merganser. Newburgh Waterfront 02/05/23.~
~Mallard close up at the boat launch in Newburgh, 02/05/23.~

2 thoughts on “Sunday Shots, 02/05/23”

  1. Nice find on the canvasbacks. I had 2 females last week just south of Putnam. Love the mallard. I feel like many people overlook common birds…glad you don’t.

    1. Thanks so much Jodi. It’s easy to overlook a lot of the birds we see so often, but sometimes they just strike a pose that can’t be resisted. Thanks for checking in. Matt

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