Delaware County Birding

With nothing to really run for anywhere I decided to bird my usual patches in Delaware County this morning. First I headed over to the Pepacton Reservoir. I checked the dam overlook area as well as my usual spot about four miles down Route 30 near the large brick building but no birds were seen. Next I headed down to the river below the dam. At the bridge there were some Bufflehead (14), Common Mergansers (2) and some American Black Ducks (2). From there I drove to Bridge Street. On the river there I found the continuing drake Redhead pictured below.

Redhead 1

Also present there were a pair of Ring-necked Ducks (picture of one below), five Bufflehead and a female Red-breasted Merganser. The Red-breasted Merganser was the 153rd species I have recorded at his hot spot.

Ring-necked 1

From Downsville I drove to Deposit. I wanted to check the farm field, the river below the Cannonsville Reservoir dam and reservoir itself. Other than 65 Ring-billed Gulls the farm pond and field didn’t have much to offer. On the river below the dam there were Ring-necked Ducks (134), Bufflehead (21), Gadwall (3) and Lesser Scaup (2). The reservoir was relatively quiet but I did find two Greater Scaup in the company of a single Long-tailed Duck. My highlight of the day was a Black Vulture seen from the Riverview Cemetery in Hancock. This is only my 2nd personal record for this species in the county in almost seven years. While I didn’t find any new species for the year it was a very enjoyable day.

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