Sixteen birders showed up on a cool but sunny fall day. It was a great to be out birding. Unfortunately birds have wings and all of the swans seen yesterday were gone. We did have some quality birds. An American Pelican swam around and was very visible. An adult Bald Eagle flew around but quickly disappeared in on of the corners. The waterfowl seen unfortunately were hugging the west side and difficult to ID.
Seen were the following:
5 Horned Grebes
12 Pied billed Grebes. There were 30 yesterday
8-9 Hooded Mergansers
American Coot. Lots
12 Ruddy Ducks
4 Wood Ducks
3 Yellow Rumped Warblers
3 Bonaparte Gulls
Saganashkee Slough on 107 St was the next stop. On the way we spotted a Great Egret on LaGrange Rd. We viewed from two vantage points on 107since 104 Ave is closed near the bridge. Soon a Common Loon was found. And the second year in a row a Red Necked Grebe was found by one of the participants.
Other birds seen here:
35 Hooded Mergansers
12 Red Breasted Mergs
5-7 Horned Grebes
5 Pied billed Grebes
12 Double Crested Cormorants
We ended the trip at the Little Red Schoolhouse where we added Fox Sparrow.
41 species were enjoyed by all.
One last note: I saw 13 Monk Parakeets a week ago flying north over 107 and Harlem.
- post contributed by Wes Serafin