Waterfowl at Dorney Pond

Friday, Alex Lamoreaux of Nemesis Bird posted that he observed Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a lone Greater White-fronted Goose at Dorney Pond in Allentown, PA. I decided to make a quick stop on my way back to Newark from a weekend home with the family (eBird Checklist). I arrived at Dorney Pond at 3:20 this afternoon and within minutes I found a Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mallards, American Black Ducks, Mute Swans, and loads of Canada Geese.

Lesser Black-backed Gull at Dorney Pond in Lehigh County, PA on 25 November 12.

Mute Swans at Dorney Pond in Lehigh County, PA on 25 November 2012.

The pond is relatively small, which made scanning quite easy. I was able to find the Greater White-fronted Goose without a problem as it was calling quite frequently throughout the 25 minutes of my stay. This video is best watched at 480p.

Greater White-fronted Goose at Dorney Pond in Lehigh County, PA on 25 November 2012.

Greater White-fronted Goose at Dorney Pond in Lehigh County, PA on 25 November 2012.

As I was scanning for other species, I found these two American Wigeon feeding.

American Wigeon at Dorney Pond in Lehigh County, PA on 25 November 2012.

Canada Geese were the most prevalent species on the water, with an estimated 250 individuals present.

Canada Geese at Dorney Pond in Lehigh County, PA on 25 November 2012.

 

The Greater White-fronted Goose and Lesser Black-backed Gull represent year bird number 395 and 396. 400 is within reach!

The video and photos were taken with a Samsung Stratosphere on a Vortex Skyline 80 Spotting Scope using the Phone Skope Universal Adapter set up.

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