Ducks, grebes, coots and loons are migrating north through western Pennsylvania this month. It’s time to get outdoors and see them before they’re gone.
Here are just a few of the species reported in Butler and Westmoreland Counties last weekend, photographed by Steve Gosser during spring migration 2011 to 2017. If you like Steve’s photos, check out the opportunity below to see his presentation in Clarion, PA tonight, March 14.
Above a male bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) comes in for a landing. Notice how pink his feet are in March!
Below, a redhead (Aythya americana) stretches his wings while ducks and geese sleep in the background.
A male hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) displays his crown.
American coots (Fulica americana) wade in shallow water as they feed.
The male northern shoveler (Spatula clypeata) is distinctive with his long shovel bill, green head, and rusty flanks.
Below, ring-necked ducks (Aythya collaris) take off. Because of the white ring around their bills, I sometimes call them ring-billed ducks by accident. The ring is a good field mark.
A red-necked grebe (Podiceps grisegena) in breeding plumage, March 2014.
Get outdoors soon to see migrating waterfowl.
Meanwhile, see more of Steve Gosser’s photos tonight March 14 at 6:30pm at the Clarion Free Library in Clarion, PA. Steve will be sharing his favorite photos and birding adventures at the Seneca Rocks Audubon meeting. All are welcome. More info here: http://www.senecarocksaudubon.org
(photos by Steve Gosser)