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Waterfowl Trip around Lake Otsego – March 30, 2019

March 30 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm


Each year in early Spring, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society hosts a waterfowl watching trip that carpools to locations around Otsego Lake in search of waterfowl.  Temperatures during this time of year tend to be unpredictable – with equal chances for either a mild day or freezing cold weather.  Thankfully, there is usually open water available either naturally or as a result of dock bubblers that help to provide viewing areas for our local species.

Sightings from the past have included unusual duck species, such as the Eurasian wigeon (spotted alongside an American wigeon), along with more common area waterfowl like ring-necked, wood and black ducks, bufflehead, hooded, common and red-breasted mergansers, greater scaup, American coot, mallard, northern shoveler, and Canada goose.

Pintail; Photo by Dave Kiehm, Deaddrift Studio.

Other birds species are seen as well along the trip – bald eagle great blue herons and a Cooper’s hawk are sightings that have been recorded in the past along with Wilson’s snipe, American pipit, and red-winged and rusty blackbirds.  

Birders at all levels are welcome to join our expert leaders who freely share their knowledge during this fun trip.  Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather.

On Saturday, March 30, the annual spring waterfowl trip around Lake Otsego and environs will leave from Cooperstown’s Lake Front Docks at the foot of Fair St. promptly at 8:30AM sharp. Sponsored by the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society for several years, the trip has always attracted many area birders. Cars will be pooled and radio connected, and the trip will last until around noon. For more information, contact DOAS Member and Trip Leader, Bob Donnelly at rsdonn@yahoo.com or 607-264-8156.



March 30
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society


Cooperstown Region Carpool
1 Fair Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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