Lake Erie Birding
As, I had mentioned in my previous post! I spent the day with Jordon birding along Lake Erie in Chautauqua County, NY. I wanted to try to add a few birds to my 2006 year list. We had lots of fun trying to identify many duck spots that even the spotting scopes couldn’t help bring in closer. Lighting wasn’t the best but we did get a few good looks of some waterfowl that cooperated. Highlight of the day had to be two Red-necked Grebes that we had at one of our pull over areas.
We also enjoyed watching the Hooded Mergansers and American Coots feeding in-between the docks. It was nice to closely approach them without too much startling. We also came across some Greater Scaup and A Belted Kingfisher around the dock area which I never expected to find.
Here is my list of birds that we saw which isn’t in any particular order.
Bufflehead – 16, Common Goldeneye – 12, Great Black-backed Gull – 52, Common Merganser – 14, Red Breasted Merganser – 5, *Red-necked Grebe – 2, Horned Grebe – 6, American Crow ~, Common Grackle – 1, Double-crested Cormorant – 82, Herring Gull ~, Ring-billed Gull ~, Mallard ~, Black Duck – 1, Canada Goose ~, Pied Billed Grebe – 4, *American Coot – 50, Hooded Merganser – 57, Belted Kingfisher – 1, Greater Scaup – 7,
* My first for my 2006 list and in a few days, the list starts all over again!
Sounds like you had a great day with the birds..I just wanted to let you know that Alan Gregory’s Conservation News has a pretty good posting on the Alleghany National Forest. Thought you might find it interesting…since i knew you were in the area.
29 December 2006 at 9:43 pm
Thanks for the heads up on this!
29 December 2006 at 10:17 pm
Very nice bird photos! I’m learning so much on your blog – thanks for sharing what you do!
29 December 2006 at 10:34 pm
Thanks for visiting and commenting! I am inspired from everyone else’s blogs like yours and happy to share!
29 December 2006 at 11:06 pm
Hey you got a pretty good list there yourself….guess where we may go today as it’s too cold to band-yes slowly I turned……………Niagara Falls! Oh boy I love the Falls-course I’ll have to bone up on Gulls first!
2 January 2007 at 10:29 am
Gulls are tough, good luck!
2 January 2007 at 10:52 pm