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Centre County Waterfowl

Alex Lamoreaux|

The rainy weather made perfect conditions for some waterfowling here in Center County today, so around 9:45am Anna Fasoli and I headed to Bald Eagle State Park. We were instantly greeted by 14 Tundra Swans, and the largest raft of waterfowl I have seen at BESP. We were able to find 12 species of waterfowl at BESP. All of the photos from today all taken by Anna Fasoli who was birding with me; visit her blog at: http://annafasoli.blogspot.com/

Tundra Swans

odd Canada Goose

Bonaparte's Gull

Greater Scaup

Ruddy Ducks

Horned Grebe

Bald Eagle

Waterbirds Seen:
Canada Goose 106
Tundra Swan 141
Canvasback 5
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 10
Black Scoter 4
Long-tailed Duck 14
Bufflehead 119
Common Merganser (North American) 2
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 90
Common Loon 2
Horned Grebe 7
Next stop was Colyer Lake where we found 2 White-winged Scoters, and lots of other waterfowl including the following:
Mallard 7
Canvasback 6
Lesser Scaup 5
White-winged Scoter 2
Bufflehead 6
Red-breasted Merganser 8
Ruddy Duck 18
Pied-billed Grebe 7

White-winged Scoter, Canvasbacks, and Long-tailed Ducks

White-winged Scoter, Canvasbacks, and Long-tailed Ducks

I added 6 species to my Centre County list today, bringing the total up to 175.

About the Author

Alex Lamoreaux

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Alex Lamoreaux has been an avid birder and naturalist since he was a youngster, growing up exploring the farmland and Appalachian ridges near Hershey, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University, studying wildlife biology. Alex has traveled extensively throughout North America, Central America, and South Africa and is a freelance nature tour guide, field biologist, and wildlife photographer. Alex has worked on wildlife research projects ranging from Whimbrel migration along the coast of Virginia to Yellow-billed Cuckoo nesting in the desert southwest. He has been the migration counter at the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for the past two fall seasons, documenting the massive visible migration of raptors and songbirds along Lake Superior. Alex loves to share his knowledge of nature, and strives to bring the birding community together to share in the fun that studying birds and wildlife has to offer. He has helped to organize and coordinate birding events in his home state of Pennsylvania and beyond. Contact Info Alex Lamoreaux aslamoreaux@gmail.com (717) 943-7086