Migrant Waterfowl Moving Through Allegany State Park
Today was my first sign that waterfowl started moving through the Allegany State Park area. Canada Goose have been in the area all summer long (go figure!) and the Double-crested Cormorants have been around for the past month (or two). Woodducks and Mallards . . . where did you go?? But I never expected to find this odd shaped bird swimming in Red House Lake?? . . . . YEAH!! An American Coot!! Lucky the Geese were keeping this Coot’s attention while I was trying to photograph it . . . . I got “fairly” close to it.
This afternoon I also come across a few waterfowl over at Science Lake. My first guess was that it could have been a Woodduck but something didn’t look right!! I quickly hit my brakes and jumped out of the truck with camera in hand! I didn’t have my binoculars with me but these guys were obviously one of the Grebe species. Once I get home I realized these awesome birds were Pied-billed Grebes!! YEAH!! They made it back to the park.
Both the Grebe and Coot were awesome finds today . . . . but I also want to mention a few other great birds that I found today! I found a Blue-headed Vireo and Hooded Warbler out in the woods this morning and maybe a few kinglets! What a great day this was!