Remember all that ice that isn’t on the Hudson this year? Yeah, so the ducks that would ordinarily be staging in open water waiting for the thaw may have already dispersed, because they sure weren’t floating around waiting for us. At the Coxsackie Boat launch virtually the only birds were Bald Eagles perched on either side of the river and a flyover Cooper’s Hawk.. So we worked our way down Rt. 385 to 4 Mile Point Road and Vosburgh Marsh. Some Teal, Pintails, and Wood Ducks were briefly visible to the lucky leaders of the pack before taking alarm, while the phlegmatic Mallards tolerated us. A Ruffed Grouse drummed briefly tuning up for his big performance soon.
Ring-billed Gull, Bald Eagle, Common Merganser, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackle, Canada Goose, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, American Crow, Herring Gull, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, American Robin, Mallard, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Pintail, Northern Cardinal, Ruffed Grouse, Rock Pigeon, Bufflehead, Cooper’s Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove.
26 species, 2 new for 2012.