Waterfowl field trip, Sat. Nov 20

We had twelve participants for this morning’s trip. We started with several locations at Rock Cut State Park, then visited Windsor Lake, Nygren Wetlands and the Howard Farm on Rte. 70.  We finished at about 12:30 with a total of 47 species.

The highlights were six Ross’s Geese at Howard’s Farm. They were in the company of about six Snow Geese, an adult Blue Goose and an immature Blue Goose. Several  flocks of Canada Geese had Cackling Geese mixed in, but also other subspecies of Canada. A flock of about 20 Snow Buntings was seen briefly near the observation deck at Nygren Wetlands.  About 100 Sandhill cranes were seen at Nygren and another fifty or so flew over Howard’s Farm.

The lakes at Rock Cut State Park had three Common Loons, a Pied-billed Grebe, a Horned Grebe, 3 Bonaparte’s Gulls, Bufflehead, Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneye and Bald Eagle. But, overall, the waterfowl species diversity was low.

Here’s the morning’s list:

Snow Goose

Ross’s Goose

Cackling Goose

Canada Goose


N. Shoveler

Green-winged Teal


Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

N. Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Am. Kestrel

Sandhill Crane

Am. Coot


Wilson’s Snipe

Bonaparte’s Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

N. Flicker

Horned Lark

Blue Jay

Am. Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

E. Bluebird

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

N. Cardinal

Am. Tree Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Snow Bunting

Am. Goldfinch

European House Sparrow

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