NYS Ornithological Association Annual Meeting
This weekend I attended the New York State Ornithological Association Annual Meeting in Batavia, New York. This meeting was hosted by the Buffalo Ornithological Society and I would like to say “thanks” for doing such an astonishing job organizing everything. You guessed it . . . . I had a LIFER this weekend!!
After breakfast our group headed to the famous Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant in search of waterfowl moving through the area. We were not disappointed with numerous Northern Shovelers, Ruddy Ducks, Mallards and other great birds (see the list below)! My highlight was the Eared Grebe (CHECK) which was a lifer for me and I am glad not to be the one identifying this bird. It looked like a Horned Grebe but this bird is grayer in its face (auriculars) than in the Horned Grebe. We also had some Black-bellied Plovers (CHECK) and Mockingbirds (CHECK) which were both first of the years for me. This was such a wonderful birding location and was hard to continue over to Iroquois.
Once we arrived at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge we continue to see more great birds like Belted Kingfisher, American Wigeon, Common Snipe, Greater Yellowleg (CHECK, first of the year) and Rusty Blackbirds. Just before we were about to leave someone said “bird of prey moving this way”! Our leader soon says “Peregrine Falcon” and everyone begins to get excited!! The bird continued flying directly towards us and then flew right over our heads (it even looked down at us as it passed over)!! What a wonderful bird to end this magnificent birding day!
After the field trip we attended a wonderful paper session and a dinner reception following. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Hector Galbraith who is an Avian Ecologist from Dummerston Vermont. Dr. Galbraith addressed us of the impacts of global climate change on avian populations. It was such an eye-opening presentation and I is very scary to think what effects we will be seeing over the next hundred years.
List of Decent Birds Observed on this trip!
|Canada Goose||Green-winged Teal|
|Ruddy Duck||Northern Pintail|
|Common Merganser||Hooded Merganser|
|Long-tailed Duck||American Blackduck|
|Ring-necked Duck||Scaup species|
|American Wigeon||Double-crested Cormorant|
|Pied-billed Grebe||Eared Grebe|
|Black-bellied Plover||Greater Yellowlegs|
|Great Blue Heron||Red-tailed Hawk|
|Blue-headed Vireo||Coopers Hawk|
|Red-winged Blackbird||Rusty Blackbird|
|White-throated Sparrow||White-crowned Sparrow|
Click on the Running Ruddies photo to watch a flickr slideshow of more pictures that I took this weekend.
I am back home (cats are happy) and expect to get back into the swing of things tonight with Saw-whet Owl Banding! Winds look encouraging and just maybe this will be the night for my first owl??