Things were still in late winter mode at the southern end of Alum Creek Lake in Delaware County, with few migrant landbirds, but a steady supply of waterbirds. I stopped at New Galena boat launch and the Beach & Visitors Center, and the notables included:
Horned Grebes - had 30+ between the 2 sites, with 20 off the beach Dabbling Ducks - modest numbers of dabblers, mostly Mallards but with a few Wigeon Diving Ducks - Buffleheads were at both sites (total of 20), while a small flock of Lesser Scaup were off the beach OtherWaterfowl - a flock of 110 Coots were off New Galena Shorebirds - only Killdeer, with 5 along the beach Gulls - the beach still held a good flock early in the morning, with 240+ Ring-bills and 22 Herring. N.Flickers - good #s, with 6 at New Galena and another 3 around the Visitors Center Swallows - none yet, though this is a good spot for early Tree Swallows & Purple Martins Warblers - still only Yellow-rumps, but did have 4+ at each site Sparrows - not much other than singing Song Sparrows and a few White-throats in either spot. Blackbirds - lots of the expected trio - Redwings,Grackles,Cowbirds - at both spots Finches - nothing other than the expected House Finches & Goldfinches
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