I stopped by several access points at Hoover Reservoir this afternoon, and was treated to small clusters of migrating waterfowl. I started at Oxbow Island, and went south through Mudhen Marsh, the Sunbury Causeway, Maxtown boat ramp, Walnut St. Boat ramp, and the Dam. Small groups of waterfowl were in almost all of the small wind=protected bays, and the list included
Mallards - (abundant) Green-winged Teal - pairs at several locations N.Shovelers - a foursome off Oxbow Island Gadwalls - a trio off Walnut St. Boat Ramp Redhead - a few off Walnut St. ramp Bufflehead - small #s in many locations Red-br.Merganser - 50+, with most in a flock above the Dam Hooded Mergansers - small numbers at Mudhen Marsh Ruddy Ducks - flocks at Oxbow Island (35) & Maxtown ramp (40), with 1-3 at most other sites Horned Grebes - 20+ over all sites; the dam had the high of 8 Pied-billed Grebes - 5 over several sites CommonLoon - a beautiful spring-plumaged bird off Oxbow Island Cormorants - 3 off Oxbow Island, and another 2 off the Sunbury bridge Coots - a nice flock of 65 were around the pond and inlet at Mudhen Marsh Gulls - scarce elsewhere, but the dam & marina had 220+ Ring-bills, 2 Herring, and 10 Bonaparte's
Landbirds were much less impressive, but the Eagle Nest across from Oxbow Island was/is occupied, small #s of Turkey Vultures were at every stop, and there was a nice male Rusty Blackbird around the parking area at the Maxtown boat ramp
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