Friday, December 09, 2011

Ducks et. al.

Northern Shoveler, female on left, male on right

Tom Fiore's bird report for December 3 -9 included a survey of Central Park's larger waterbodies:

"The CP reservoir has held a modest variety of many of the most typical species including a couple of Pied-billed Grebes, more than 25 American Coot (with a few additional Coot at the Meer & the Lake), N. Shovelers in quantity (also showing well on the Lake and a few at the Meer), Bufflehead (at the Pool as well as elsewhere), Gadwall (in fairly high numbers lately), a single female-looking Green-winged Teal (occasionally at the NW part of reservoir shores), a few Hooded Merganser and a modest number (so far) of Ruddy Ducks, plus some lingering Double-crested Cormorants, and the most usual 3 species of gull found in & around the area: Ring-billed, herring and Great Black-backed..."