Saturday, October 22, 2011

Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant and Gypsum Ponds • October 22

Batavia Wastewater Plant, Genesee, US-NY
Oct 22, 2011 9:42 AM - 12:46 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.2 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy and 48F late morning Rochester Birding Association field trip to the Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant. There were up to a thousands birds or more on the various ponds, as well as in the general environs. Ruddy Ducks easily outnumbered all other species, even Canada Geese. Highlights were the white Tree Swallow, a Horned Grebe, some Green-winged Teal, and a Long-tailed Duck. There were lots of other fun ducks, too, (Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Pintail, etc.) Others also found a Snow Bunting, though I missed that sighting. (There will be thousands around soon enough.) After the ponds, we found a flock of Eastern Bluebirds on the drive out, which was a nice way to end.

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

Great Blue Heron with Ruddy Ducks asleep in the water.

Ruddy Duck (l) and Long-tailed Duck (r)

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck, female (l) and male (r)

Eastern Bluebird

31 species

Canada Goose  250
Gadwall  8
American Wigeon  4
American Black Duck  6
Mallard  8
Northern Shoveler  25
Northern Pintail  12
Green-winged Teal  2
Ring-necked Duck  10
Greater Scaup  50
Lesser Scaup  10
Long-tailed Duck  1
Bufflehead  5
Common Merganser  6
Ruddy Duck  500
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Horned Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  16
Ring-billed Gull  20
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  20
Eastern Bluebird  6
Red-winged Blackbird  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  1

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Gypsum Ponds, Genesee, US-NY
Oct 22, 2011 1:13 PM - 1:38 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     It was a cloudy and 45F early afternoon Rochester Birding Association field trip to Gypsum Ponds. The pond was dominated with a huge flock of Canada Geese that hosted, upon close inspection, a pair of Cackling Geese, several Great White-fronted Geese, a Common Merganser, and a Great Blue Heron. There was also a smaller dark colored duck that escaped definitive identification. As we packed up to go, sparrows darted about the shrubs on the opposite side of the road.

(No pictures. I should have taken a panoramic shot of the Canada Geese.)

6 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  7
Cackling Goose  2
Canada Goose  1000
Common Merganser  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Song Sparrow  1

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