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Waterfowl and Eagle Count

Bald Eagle along Allegheny River

By: Pat Coate

January 15th was the annual waterfowl and eagle count for the Buffalo Ornithological Society. Tim, Bert and I covered a section of Cattaraugus County in Western New York. Despite the warmer than average winter, that day started off at -10 degrees but we forged on, adding further evidence to my husband’s theory that birders are an odd lot.

Waterfowl counts were down significantly from prior years. The prevailing thought was that a lot of water to the north (like Lake Erie) was not yet frozen over, so the birds had not yet moved down our way to open water along the Allegheny River. We saw only five species of waterfowl, two bald eagles, and a total of just over 20 species on the day. It was still a fun day and Tim and Bert are excellent birders to spend time with. Full species list follows.

Canada Goose, Bald Eagle
Common Merganser, Blue Jay
Hooded Merganser, Coopers Hawk
Mallard, Great Blue Heron
American Black Duck, Rough-legged Hawk
Robin, Northern Cardinal
Tree Sparrow, Black-capped Chickadee
American Crow, Common Raven
Rock Pigeon, European Starling
Red-tailed Hawk, Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch

American Black Ducks with Common Merganser Pair

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4 responses

  1. Lynda

    Beautiful shot of the eagle Pat! But I am partial! I will gladly count eagles any old time. : )

    26 January 2012 at 5:38 pm

  2. Well, if there were that few species I’d be good enough to participate in a bird count!

    27 January 2012 at 8:19 pm

  3. Thats a wonderful picture of a Bald Eagle. Stay warm!

    31 January 2012 at 3:07 pm

  4. Beautiful photos of these incredible creatures! I have seen some hawks and have heard the great horned owl. I hope I can get some photos…

    1 February 2012 at 9:20 pm

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