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Return of the Waterfowl

Drew Weber|

American Wigeon

Ducks, geese, grebes and loons are coming back which is exciting as it is one of the groups of birds that I am largely missing from my Centre County bird list, having moved to the area too late to catch them on their northbound migration in the spring. I just added both Red-necked Grebe and Black Scoter to my county lists this morning, two species I thought I might have difficulty actually finding.

I thought I would show off some of my digiscope shots of waterfowl that I have taken over the years. They are of varying quality and it is mostly dependent on how close I was able to get to the birds.

American Wigeon- Cape May, New Jersey

Blue-winged Teal- John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

American Coot- John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Ring-necked Duck at Middle Creek WMA

Cackling Goose at Greenfield Ponds in Lancaster Co, PA

Snow Geese at Middle Creek WMA

Canvasback in Harrisburg, PA

Ruddy Duck at Middle Creek WMA

Lesser Scaup at Middle Creek WMA

Horned Grebe at West Fairview boat launch, Harrisburg, PA

About the Author

Drew Weber

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Drew is the founder and editor of Nemesis Bird and now works to curate some of the best content the web has to offer on birding and ornithology from an energetic crew of ornithologists, field researchers, tour leaders and photographers.Drew is originally from PA but now lives in central New York where he is enjoying the long and snowy winters. He has done various bird jobs including bird surveys for the 2nd PA Breeding Bird Atlas, tracked saw-whet owls from dusk to dawn with Scott Weidensaul and counted hawks for several years for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. His master's research at Penn State University focused on grassland birds and their relationships with different agricultural practices.Drew is an avid lister, especially on smaller scales, and enjoys adding new birds to county, state and life lists. A sucker for competitions, he has placed 2nd in the World Series of Birding (with Nemesis Birders Andy McGann and Mike Lanzone) and is the part of the winning team for the Onondaga Audubon Bird-a-thon in Central NY and the Shaver's Creek Birding Cup (2 years running with Nemesis Birder Alex Lamoreaux).He also enjoys digiscoping and making apps for birders. He is project manager for the North American Rare Bird Alert and coordinates the development of BirdsEye and BirdsEye Hotspots.Some topics that really interest him are migration, bird distributions and vagrancy.

  • I just had my first winter waterfowl photo session of the year. Most are still missing from Idaho, but I did get lots of American Wigeon photos and even a Eurasian Wigeon.

    I’m sure enjoying your blog! I am often not too far from PA as I travel a lot for my work in MD, DE, and VA. I also get into the Carolinas.

    • Thanks for checking out the blog. Keep coming back, I think there will be a lot of good posts coming. I’ve enjoyed checking out all the great photos on your blog.

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