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.

Barill Park, at mouth of Scott's Run:

Canada Goose--425
Wood Duck--1
Mallard--90
Gadwall--1
Bufflehead--19
Greater Scaup--1
Hooded Merganser--9
Ruddy Duck--1
Pied-billed Grebe--1

Morgantown Power Plant:

Canada Goose--17
Mallard--34
Lesser Scaup--2
Bufflehead--57
Common Goldeneye--4
Hooded Merganser--3
Common Merganser--5
Ring-billed Gull--11 flyovers

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Terry Bronson
Morgantown, WV
 
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