Dunlin at Bald Eagle State Park

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, Chase1 Comment

This morning, friends of mine, Nate Fronk and Tim Schrekengost went to BESP to search for waterfowl. Waterfowl numbers and diversity were down, but they did find a juvenile Dunlin foraging on a sunken road at the east end of the park. Drew and I needed this for our county lists, so we carpooled out there and arrived by 11:00am. The Dunlin was right where Nate and Tim said it would be. I was able to sneak in closer for the following photos.

Juvenile Dunlin

Juvenile Dunlin

Juvenile Dunlin

Other birds seen included the following:

Canada Goose 100
American Black Duck 9
Mallard 4 – 2 male, 2 female
Lesser Scaup 7 – 3 male, 4 female
Bufflehead 13 – 5 adult male, 4 juv male, 4 female
Hooded Merganser 13 – 5 male, 8 female-type
Common Merganser (North American) 10 female-type
Ruddy Duck 8 – 4 male, 4 female-type
Common Loon 1 adult
Double-crested Cormorant 1 adult
Bald Eagle 1 adult @ nest
American Coot 85 – large group @ Hunter Run Launch
Dunlin 1 Juvenile; Foraging on the sunken rd @ the entrance to Hunter Run Cove
Ring-billed Gull 1 adult
Rock Pigeon 60
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 20
Horned Lark 25 flyovers, calling
Black-capped Chickadee 2
European Starling 60
White-throated Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 6
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch 20