Date: 1/1/18 9:11 am From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Subject: Morgantown area--Monongahela River status and water birds
The river is largely frozen through downtown Morgantown from Cobun Creek to Star City, except for the usual spots below the dam, the power plant, and the Star City water treatment plant. Otherwise, only a few small patches of open water remain. I didn't check upstream from Cobun Creek or downstream from Star City, but based on past history, those stretches are likely mostly frozen too.
As a consequence, water birds are concentrated downstream from the dam, power plant, and water treatment plant.
Downstream from Morgantown Lock and Dam:
Canada Goose--40 Mallard--51 Bufflehead--3 Common Goldeneye--7 Hooded Merganser--14 Common Merganser--5 Pied-billed Grebe--1
Upstream from the dam, mostly roosting on ice and 1 small open patch of water:
Canada Goose--186 Greater Scaup--1
Star City Water Treatment Plant, as seen from across the river:
Wood Duck--3 Mallard--100 Gadwall--2 Green-winged Teal--5 Bufflehead--12 Redhead--1 Lesser Scaup--2 Killdeer--1 The Northern Pintail and 2 American Coots seen yesterday were not seen today.