A good day of birding Pymatuning with Virginia McQuown and Bob Van Newkirk.
In addition to the two GWFG that I hastily e-mailed earlier today at Hartstown, a nice variety of waterfowl was spotted.
Hundreds of Bonaparte’s Gulls were in the air and on the water at the Fish Hatchery. Swimming through the lotus, their posture reminded me of phalaropes. Also at the hatchery were rafts of Common Mergansers, Ring-neck Ducks, Bufflehead, Gadwall, Northern Shovelers and a few Bald Eagles.
A couple of dozen Common Loons were counted while driving across the causeway. Most were on the northern side and I’m certain that many more would have been found if there had been a safe place to park and scope. Three Horned Grebes and rafts of Ruddy Ducks were seen from the parking area.
Greater White-fronted Geese 2
Sand Hill Cranes (seen at hatchery, Miller’s pond, Hartstown project)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Tuttle, at least 5)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Tuttle, at least 3)
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