OC Waterfowl Survey, Take 2

~One of my few photo ops today –  Merlin with prey at Wickham Lake, 03/25/17.~ 

Three weeks ago I did a waterfowl survey of 9 locations not too far from my home in Goshen. Today I repeated this survey, hitting the same 9 locations in the same order. The overall number of birds was down from over 950 to under 700 birds, but I had a little more variety today with 16 species of waterfowl (up from 14). I’ve included species lists by location below.

I was hoping for some more interesting birds, but all 16 species were what I consider the usuals. Things were better in that regard earlier in the week, when I had a trio of Long-tailed Ducks at Glenmere Lake, and yesterday when I had a single Common Loon at Wickham Lake:

~My FOY Common Loon at Wickham Lake, 03/24/17.~ 


Wood Duck 9
Mallard 2
Bufflehead 3
Hooded Merganser 4
Common Merganser 148
Ruddy Duck 5


Canada Goose 2
Gadwall 1
American Wigeon 1
Mallard 2
Northern Shoveler 1
Green-winged Teal 12
Ring-necked Duck 32
Bufflehead 6
Ruddy Duck 8
Pied-billed Grebe 1

I did not have many close up looks at ducks today, so not too many photo ops. This Bufflehead was near the shore of Round Lake as I pulled up, but it move out pretty quickly.


Canada Goose 2
Mute Swan 2
Hooded Merganser 4


Canada Goose 4
Ring-necked Duck 25
Bufflehead 14
Hooded Merganser 5
Common Merganser 6
Ruddy Duck 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1

WALTON LAKE: No waterfowl present.


Canada Goose 12
Ring-necked Duck 7
Common Merganser 169
Ruddy Duck 6
Double-crested Cormorant 1


Canada Goose 4
Gadwall 4
Mallard 1
Ring-necked Duck 64

~Some of the many Ring-necked Ducks in the pond across the street from Warwick Town Hall, 03/25/17.~


Canada Goose 4
Mute Swan 2
Gadwall 4
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 6
Green-winged Teal 4
Ring-necked Duck 4
Hooded Merganser 1


Mute Swan 3
Wood Duck 2
Ring-necked Duck 45
Bufflehead 4
Common Merganser 6
Ruddy Duck 2

5 thoughts on “OC Waterfowl Survey, Take 2”

  1. Thanks for keeping us posted I saw several Wood Ducks at the BK yesterday. Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads and Herons. Muted Swans at Echo Lake and Herons in the swamps off Route 207.

    Fun time of year as they pass through to their summer homes. Lingering here a while longer this year while the lakes and ponds defrost in the North. Loons are very rare

    1. Thanks for your update as well. I’ve had a few Great Blue Herons this week too; spring is happening slowly but surely. Matt

  2. Great shots!
    Have you been up to Lime Kiln road road in Keene, N.Y. To see the Great Grsy? Adirondack region

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