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Happy Dyngus Day


Happy Dyngus Day everyone and it’s probably a holiday that many have never heard about! Anyways, Dyngus Day is very popular in the Buffalo area and a fun day that I love celebrating. If anything, Dyngus Day was a good bird day for me!


I went out to my normal area in Allegany State Park yesterday looking for displaying Timberdoodles (American Woodcock). I was successful in finding multiple male Timberdoodles displaying (CHECK) and I captured the evening on video (will post that video here soon)! Then today I received a report that our Osprey have returned along the Allegheny Reservoir! After work I took a quick drive over to Rt. 280 and sure enough there he was . . . . an Osprey (CHECK)! Poor thing looked cold and I think someone forget to tell him that we are getting more snow tomorrow!!

American Kestrel
American Kestrel along Quaker Lake

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34 responses

  1. Oh! Wow – wow – wow!!! That first osprey picture is to DIE FOR! And the kestrel is so sweet! On a bluebird box? I can’t WAIT to see your timberdoodle video. Did you make up that name? Or am I stupid? haha. Great day you had!

    24 March 2008 at 8:04 pm

  2. Great pictures. I look forward to the return of the Osprey here. I have never seen a Woodcock. Hope we don’t get much snow tomorrow!

    24 March 2008 at 8:18 pm

  3. Chita McKinney

    Hi Tom,
    That osprey was great!
    Neat site!
    Hope to see you in Erie in less than 3 weeks.

    24 March 2008 at 8:32 pm

  4. Tom

    Great Osprey Shot, I must say that Dyngus day was unknown to me as well. I’m going to put together a series of osprey images from Sanibel soon. I never really appreciated this bird until my recent trip. Their yellow eyes are quite spectacular, and as your picture shows, they really do look forward out of both eyes like an owl This stare kind of creeps me out a bit!


    24 March 2008 at 8:45 pm

  5. A very good Dyngus Day for sure!

    24 March 2008 at 9:03 pm

  6. Another reader new to Dyngus Day here … another fan of your great osprey photos, too.

    24 March 2008 at 9:25 pm

  7. What a strange holiday! I never heard of it before! Just curious…how do YOU celebrate it? Aside from photographing fine birds, that is?

    24 March 2008 at 9:26 pm

  8. Lisa at Greenbow

    I had never heard of this day either. I am all for another holiday to celebrate though. I haven’t seen a Woodcock yet. Bah Humbug

    24 March 2008 at 9:46 pm

  9. I love the osprey shot where he’s looking at us. I spotted my first Kestrel last week near the refuge. It’s getting exciting now with all the birds coming back.

    24 March 2008 at 9:51 pm

  10. Moe

    Great shots! Those osprey look great!

    24 March 2008 at 10:27 pm

  11. Dyngus Day sounds like a joke day. : )
    I am eagerly awaiting our osprey here. Soon, soon….

    24 March 2008 at 11:05 pm

  12. @ Barb – thanks and I got lucky it didn’t fly away on me! The kestrel was hunting for mice from the bluebird boxes! Timberdoodle is a name that the old timers use! I kinda like the name timberdoodle! I will try to get to the video as quick as I can!
    @ Ruth – Thanks and they are interesting birds! You should head out to a wet meadow and listen for them at dusk!
    @ Chita – thanks and can’t wait to see you in Erie!
    @ Tom – They are amazing birds and by summer . . . we just overlook them!
    @ Barb – thanks and sure was! You guys head out to see the parade?
    @ Marvin – Thanks and you should celebrate Dyngus Day!
    @ Rondi – Photography isn’t part of Dyngus Day . . . if you go to the webpage you would see the full details! But, more or less it’s the holiday with squirt guns and pussywillows! Just follow this link and it should help answer any other questions you might have!
    @ Lisa – This is a great one for sure! Hey, head out and look for them! I bet you might find them!
    @ Linda – thanks and glad you found the Kestrel! They are such great birds! I just love this time of the year!
    @ Moe – Thanks!
    @ Susan – I would never joke about Dyngus Day!! It is 100% real as Easter here in Western New York!! And if you think it is a joke . . . why did you say last year have never heard of Dyngus Day . . . I’m German. But it sounds like fun. I would love to beat someone with Pussywillows . . .

    24 March 2008 at 11:17 pm

  13. NatureShutterbug

    Fabulous osprey picture. Now you need a picture of one eating a fish ??

    24 March 2008 at 11:21 pm

  14. Nature Shutterbug, how about an Osprey flying with a Fish??

    24 March 2008 at 11:26 pm

  15. Our timberdoodles are back too, but I haven’t seen or heard one. The boy walked right up on one Saturday and got a real close look though. Too bad he didn’t have the camera. Congrats on the osprey and just love the kestrel picture!

    25 March 2008 at 5:48 am

  16. Timberdoodles! A new word on me and fun to say over and over again…lol!

    25 March 2008 at 6:42 am

  17. I found your wonderful blog through bird girl, and have enjoyed your wonderful photography. I’ll be back often…

    25 March 2008 at 7:14 am

  18. Dear Tom,
    Happy Easter. Dyngus Day sounds as if it is a day to have lots of fun!
    You took some amazing pictures. That would be fun for me. Spring is slowly coming to my gardens. Wildflowers soon for you!
    Timberdoodles is a great word! Looking forward to video.

    25 March 2008 at 8:09 am

  19. Wonderful photos of the osprey! Happy Dyngus Day–whatever that is.

    25 March 2008 at 10:30 am

  20. Yeah…Dingus Day….pity these people cannot really appreciate that great bastion of culture in Western New York. The funny thing is, people here get all up in a tizzy about it, but in Poland, where the holiday supposedly originated, the whole holiday is very laid back, and not very popular.

    25 March 2008 at 11:46 am

  21. I love the kestrel photo! Beautiful.

    25 March 2008 at 1:01 pm

  22. What a beautiful osprey. We haven’t seen them here yet, but I suspect it will be soon. Although, given the early morning temps (26F!), I hope they take their time getting here.

    25 March 2008 at 1:02 pm

  23. I love raptors. So darned impressive. And they LOOK like they mean business!
    My ex used to hunt woodcock. I never understood why someone would kill something they’d get 2 bites of meat from, so I talked him into raising various game birds, instead. 🙂
    Sorry for my recent absence, again…Back problems.

    25 March 2008 at 1:14 pm

  24. Marg

    Happy belated Dyngus Day!

    I didn’t know timberdoodle-love it kinda like oldsquaw 😀

    25 March 2008 at 1:30 pm

  25. Nice work – I have never seen an osprey and that is a brilliant shot. (I can’t wait to see one!) Nice work Tom!

    25 March 2008 at 2:24 pm

  26. Beautiful image and subject Tom, looks like things are starting to get in swing for you up there, things are turning around here as well ! 🙂

    25 March 2008 at 2:58 pm

  27. Mel

    What a pic!!! Lovely Osprey! 🙂

    25 March 2008 at 7:58 pm

  28. Thanks for the info on Dyngus day, I went and read the link, you learn something new everyday. Nice pictures too! I haven’t seen an Osprey yet, but soon I hope.

    26 March 2008 at 5:39 am

  29. Dyngus Day? Did you get a bucket of water poured on your head?
    Nice oprey. Haven’t seen ant since a visit to Lake Champlaign (?) in Vermont. They were stunning birds.

    26 March 2008 at 10:04 am

  30. @ Threecollie – too bad he didn’t have a camera! How cool!
    @ Jayne – Glad you learned a new word!
    @ Birdlady – thanks for visiting and I appreciate your kind words!
    @ Sherry – Thanks and it is! It’s a good video . . should be posted tonight (wed)!
    @ Joan – thanks and thanks!
    @ Scienceguy – We here in WNY do have our own Culture! LOL
    @ wesleyjeanne – thanks
    @ Robin – Thanks and look for them soon! Brr, it has been cold here also!
    @ Lana – They are amazing for sure! I think hunting for woodcock is more of a sport than deer! 90% of the time the hunter misses the bird!
    @ Marg – thanks and it’s an older name! More farmer name for them!
    @ Aullori – Thanks and they are common in areas with large amount of water!
    @ Bernie – thanks and it is starting finally!
    @ Mel thanks
    @ Vern – Glad you enjoyed! The Osprey should be there soon!
    @ Barbara – LOL, that I didn’t do but you pour it on others heads! Thanks

    26 March 2008 at 12:18 pm

  31. I’m for any day that encourages celebration – so I’m putting Dyngus day on my calendar.

    Tom, you certainly are out there doing Spring. Our snow is just now receding and you’ve inspired me to get out there in listen for some ‘peenting’.

    26 March 2008 at 6:58 pm

  32. Never heard of Dyngus Day…..Interesting. Love the bird shots as usual….

    26 March 2008 at 7:03 pm

  33. lvn600

    I really like seeing kestrels.-I see a few each year but not many that’s for sure.

    3 April 2008 at 9:07 pm

  34. Osprey shots are just beautiful, Tom, and the Kestrel is one of my favorites…such a cute pose.
    Wow, more snow? Poor birds just won’t know how to dress. Great post, thanks!

    4 April 2008 at 9:06 am

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