Waterfowl Count

Cackling Goose (rear) and Canada Goose in the foreground

The New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA) has conducted a statewide waterfowl count each January since 1955. Since 1960, the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club has covered Dutchess County. The winter waterfowl count is held for a period of one week with one target day. Volunteers team up to scan the Hudson River as well as inland waterways, lakes, and ponds. Contact fieldtrips15@watermanbirdclub.org for more information or to volunteer.

Otis Waterman was the club’s first waterfowl count coordinator, serving from 1960 to 1976, followed by Alice Jones from 1977 to 1988, Helen Manson from 1990 to 1996, Barbara Butler from 1997-2013, and currently Adrienne Popko since 2014.

You can browse the data below to get an indication of population trends as well as to spot some interesting sightings over the years. See records for the combined years: 1960-2013 (pdf format)

Species201620152014201320122011Avg when
Total Species23141220171216.0
Greater White-fronted Goose11.3
Snow Goose21512.6
Cackling Goose11.0
Canada Goose1447482929861103202051345999804.6
Mute Swan37482341591048.4
Wood Duck5123.8
American Wigeon12
American Black Duck6712928411668139198.6
Mallard x Black12221.4
Blue-winged Teal15
Northern Shoveler33
Northern Pintail19201617.8
Green-winged Teal1211424.2
Ring-necked Duck12192226791157694.7
Lesser Scaup411.7
Greater or Lesser Scaup62012.5
White-winged Scoter2
Long-tailed Duck11.0
Common Goldeneye119152126.1
Hooded Merganser29145846214429.9
Common Merganser244253137267289125268.9
Red-breasted Merganser11
Ruddy Duck314239.9
Common Loon51
Pied-billed Grebe13.3
Horned Grebe1
Double-crested Cormorant2.7
Great Cormorant2
American Coot13732411153.5
Total Birds1780411117132511272022628668612530