Date: 2/25/18 1:07 pm From: Rick Robinson <birder18...> Subject: Red-breasted Mergansers, Chambers Lake, Chester County
Visited the lake for first time in a while, at 3:00PM; grabbed binos, no camera/ no scope and headed across the muddy field out back.
First view was (17) redhead, hugging the berm, then (5) bufflehead, (1) horned grebe, (6) gadwall, (2) mallard. I could hear a bunch of wigeon around the bend- headed that way; A few steps and a flotilla of ducks began to swim out from the back, mostly ring-necks with many wigeon. Out in front were (3) red-breasted mergansers: 1M/ 2F. They all took flight: estimated 150 birds minimum, (125) ring-necks/ 25 wigeon. Mergansers must have joined in flight, as I did not see them again. As I stood there (3) pileated woodpecker began calling across the lake, and then flew, one-by-one towards "my" side and landed in the nearby trees, calling all the while. Couple boaters on the lake and a handful of fishermen along the shores and by the boat launch.