Mike Griffith and I spent the morning birding Rte 2 from Green Bottom WMA to Gallipolis Ferry. A few ducks were seen along the way, particularly at Gallipolis Ferry, although numbers of ducks have been generally low so far this season. The Common Raven that is seen occasionally at GBWMA did a fly by to let us know that it is still around, and the Rusty Blackbird flock reported by Mike yesterday was still present at Ashton Wetlands.
Perhaps the most interesting sighting today was a hybrid duck that was a cross between a Mallard and an American Black Duck. It was seen from Rte. 2 in the field upriver from the entrance to RCBL&D in a wet area. The body was a mix of mallard and black duck, the bill was yellow, not orange, and there was a greenish cast to the top of the head. The bird was very similar to the cross shown between Mallard and Am. Black Duck in the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America.
Some of the birds seen today are listed below.
Great Blue Heron 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Common Raven 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Song, Swamp, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows