4/3/21 - Liberty Loop Trail, Wallkill River NWR, Pine Island/Sussex, NY/NJ

Time:  5pm to darkObserver:  Andrew Block
several Canada Geese (plus 2 dead ones near each other, not good)8+ Mute 
Swansseveral Wood Ducks4 American Wigeons7 American Black Ducksmany Mallards7 
Blue-winged Tealsmany Green-winged Teals12+ Ring-necked Ducks6+ Pied-billed 
Grebes (courting like crazy)3 Mourning Doves2 Killdeer1 Calidris sp.2 Wilson's 
Snipes6 Great Blue Herons2 Black Vulturesseveral Turkey Vultures1 Bald Eagle2 
Red-tailed Hawks1 Red-bellied Woodpecker1 Downy Woodpecker3 Eastern Phoebesmany 
Tree Swallows5 American Robins4 Song Sparrowslarge flock of Red-winged 
Blackbirds and Rusty Blackbirds
Also had many Spring Peepers, some Pickerel Frogs and several Kauffeld's 
Leopard Frogs calling.    Along the west side of the trail there were literally 
hundreds of carp struggling to breath and move up a very narrow channel like 
salmon moving up stream.  They seemed to be stuck at a certain point and were 
backed up and dying because the level of the water is so low.  I wonder if the 
refuge is lowering the water level so low to kill off the carp.  In a few days 
there is going to be a sushi bonanza for the predators like eagles when they 
are all dead.  Saw a similar thing at Blackwater refuge in MD several years 
ago.  The eagles were so happy.
Andrew v. F. Block
Consulting Naturalist
20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3
Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4780 

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