03/23/13 – Vassar Farm Hike

Mallards, Common Merganser and an American Black Duck

Mallards, Common Merganser and an American Black Duck

After pond hopping, we stopped at Vassar Farm for even more wildlife fun!  Ironically though, most of the excitement was found at the ponds.

The front ponds in particular were exciting, with many species of waterfowl present.  I got to see my first wood ducks and american wood ducks of the year, as well as common mergansers and mallards.  A great blue heron was also present there as well.

On the opposite side of the pond in the woods, I found several woodpeckers, including a yellow-bellied sapsucker and brown creeper.  Other notables included juncos, goldfinches and a white-breasted nuthatch.

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

For nearly the rest of the day, the sightings were few and far between.  I had a red-tailed hawk sitting on a fence post by the farm area, and then nothing for almost an hour!

Thankfully, the back pond had a few interesting species, such as this first-of-season eastern phoebe!  I also saw a pair of golden-crowned kinglets and a muskrat.

By the end of the day, I was exhausted.  I also had a pretty good case of wind burn on my face too from my prolonged exposure outside in gusty cold winds.

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