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CANCELLED – Waterfowl Trip around Lake Otsego – April 4, 2020
April 4, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pmFree
Featured image above: Common Goldeneye by Joan Tisdale; Audubon Photograpy Awards 2016
This program has been cancelled.
Join Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society on Saturday, April 4, for the annual spring waterfowl trip around Lake Otsego and environs. Our waterfowl watchers will leave from Cooperstown Village Lake Front Docks at the foot of Fair St. promptly at 8:30AM sharp by carpool. Sponsored by the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society for several years, the trip has always attracted many area birders. The trip is expected to return to the carpool location at the docks around noon. For more information, contact DOAS Member and Trip Leader, Bob Donnelly at email@example.com or 607-264-8156.
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.
Other bird species are seen as well along the trip – bald eagles, 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.