Trip Report, Rockland Audubon Society

 

Trip: Valentineís Day at Rockland Lake

 

Date: February 14, 2010

 

Leader:  Della and Alan Wells

 

Participants: Dan Albantides, Zenon Bachir, Drew Ciganek, Peter Johnson, Frank Kemmer, Veronika Krause, Caroline McDonald, Pat Murray, Jim Previdi, Tom Rowe, Julia Warger.

 

Weather: Overcast and cold.

 

Highlights: Two Brown Creepers were a rare treat as were the two male Pileated Woodpeckers. Because there were so few birds at Rockland Lake, we decided to take a run to Sparkill Creek in Tappan to see the drake Mandarin Duck. It didnít disappoint. Although an obvious escapee, the breeding plumage male was absolutely spectacular.The similarity to the closely related Wood Duck was readily apparent, especially when listening to its faint whistle.

 

Lowlight: Rockland Lake was almost entirely frozen over.The limited area of open water was packed with Canada Geese and not much else.

 

 

Common Name

Comments

Dark-eyed Junco

Common

American Crow

 

Pileated Woodpecker

2 males seen at Nature Center near Fishing Station

White-breasted Nuthatch

Several

Tufted Titmouse

Several

Brown Creeper

2 seen

Canada Goose

Abundant

Bufflehead

 

Herring Gull

1 on ice

Common Merganser

1 sitting on ice

Hooded Merganser

2 males

Common Raven

Heard only

Ring-billed Gull

 

Song Sparrow

Several

Mute Swan

2 in open water

Black-capped Chickadee

 

Downy Woodpecker

 

Northern Mockingbird

1 seen

Blue Jay

Several heard near Fishing Station

Mallard

3 at stream

Northern Cardinal

1 at bridge over stream near Nature Center entrance

White-throated Sparrow

At Fishing Station

Red-bellied Woodpecker

1 at Fishing Station

American Coot

Seen by Pat at inflow stream

 

 

Mandarin Duck

At Tappan Memorial Park

American Robin

At Tappan Memorial Park

 

 

 

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Figure 1. RAS braving the elements and the dearth of birds at Rockland Lake. Taken February 14, 2010. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 2. Upside down Brown Creeper searching for tidbits. Taken at Rockland Lake on February 14, 2010. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 3. Downy Woodpecker methodically tearing apart a small limb. Taken at Rockland Lake on February 14, 2010. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 4. Northern Mockingbird along the footpath. Taken at Rockland Lake on February 14, 2010. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 5. RAS watching two Pileated Woodpeckers.Taken at Rockland Lake on February 14, 2010. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 6. One of two Pileated Woodpeckers at the Rockland Lake Nature Center.Taken at Rockland Lake on February 14, 2010. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 7. Tappan Memorial Park, home of the Mandarin Duck.Tappan, NY on February 14, 2010. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 8. RAS at Tappan Memorial Park watching the Mandarin Duck.Taken at Tappan, NY on February 14, 2010. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 9. Mandarin Duck at Tappan Memorial Park, Tappan, NY February 12, 2010. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 10. Mandarin Duck at Tappan Memorial Park, Tappan, NY February 12, 2010. Photo by Alan Wells.