Wellington Field Trip
November 17, 2013

Report Photos by Penny O'Connor

Wellington and Oberlin Reservoirs Field Trip

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Leader: Erik Bruder

12 Birders, 30 Species (includes 1 barnyard goose)


Despite early-morning rain, 11 birders enjoyed a mild, calm morning at Wellington Reservoir. Threatening clouds gave way to blue skies. Predominant species were Canada Goose, American Coot and Ruddy Duck. Initially about 70 Canada Geese were present, but over the next two hours, the number swelled to about 760. Gull numbers as well started out low and added up with time.  Temperatures in the 60's prompted a chorus of Spring Peepers and ladybugs lighted on us.

From Wellington, the group moved to the Oberlin Reservoir.  Three Bonaparte's Gulls were among the Ring-billed and Herring Gulls, and one Common Loon.  Clouds rolled back in and scopes shuddered in the heavy wind at Oberlin. The wave action made birds hard to identify.

Thanks to Terri Martincic for sending our lists to eBird.




2013-11-17 8:30 a.m.

Wellington Reservoir

Protocol: Stationary

129 Minutes

Observers: 12

All birds reported?: Yes


   1 barnyard goose

 760 Canada Goose

  11 Mallard

   2 Redhead

   6 Ring-necked Duck

  30 Lesser Scaup

  12 Bufflehead

   1 Hooded Merganser

 200 Ruddy Duck

  6  Pied-billed Grebe

  4  Horned Grebe

   1 Red-tailed Hawk

 551 American Coot

  14 Ring-billed Gull

  14 Herring Gull

   5- Gull sp.

  14 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

   6 Mourning Dove

   1 Belted Kingfisher

  1  Red-bellied Woodpecker  

   2 Downy Woodpecker

   1 Pileated Woodpecker

   7 American Crow

   1 White-breasted Nuthatch

   2 Eastern Bluebird

   6 American Robin

   1 European Starling

   1 Song Sparrow

  25 American Goldfinch



2013-11-17 11:09 a.m.
Oberlin Reservoir
Protocol: Stationary
18 Minutes
Observers: 6
All birds reported? Yes

  12 Hooded Merganser
  50 Ruddy Duck
   1 Common Loon
   3 Bonaparte's Gull
  50 gull sp.


Wellington birders
Wellington birders

Patches of blue
The day started like this. Overcast

Bright Day
But ended like this! Bright & sunny.

Birding the woodline
Birding the woodline

Scoping the reservoir
Scoping the reservoir

The ladybugs have landed.

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