Thursday, November 12, 2009

Waterfowl Migration

Hooded Mergansers

Waterfowl migration has begun! From now until nearly the end of December there will be an increase in the presence and abundance of various waterfowl species as they make their way south for the coming winter. Some species will stick around here for the winter along the Hudson River and Long Island Sound while others are merely passing through on a longer trip to the southern US.

Check any sizable body of water in our area and you're sure to see some "new" species. The Hooded Mergansers above were vigorously feeding on fish in the pond at the Bedford Hills Memorial Park. Other species on and near the water at the park included Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Canada Geese, and Ring-billed Gull.

The reservoirs along 684 will have more hoodies, in addition to other diving ducks like Buffleheads and Ring-necked Ducks over the next couple weeks. Byram Lake is another good place to look for various species of migrating waterfowl in the area. This quiet waterbody often has Pied-billed Grebe and Common Mergansers on our annual Christmas Bird Count as well.

-Adam Zorn, Naturalist

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