Waterfowl on the Raritan River, Feb. 6, 2014

The ice floes have cleared, for now, and the Raritan River along the D&R Towpath in Franklin Township hosts the largest congregation of waterfowl in the mocosocoBirds region. Here are Jeff Ellerbusch’s totals from this afternoon:

107 Canada Geese
18  Am. Black Ducks
395 Mallards
4 Redhead drakes
134 Ring-necked Ducks
1 Greater Scaup hen seen in flight band on water. Photographed. A tough bird to find in Somerset County.
9 Lesser Scaup
34 Bufflehead
53 Common Goldeneye
1 Pied-billed Grebe
380 Ring-billed Gulls
20 Herring Gulls
1 Iceland Gull, adult type seen in flight
3 Great Black-backed Gulls.

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One Response to Waterfowl on the Raritan River, Feb. 6, 2014

  1. Correction to the American Black Duck count on the Raritan – there were 18, not 168, as the editor erroneously posted.

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