Addicted to Spring
I am addicted to this spring time sunshine and ended up with 7 first of the years birds to report this weekend! CHEERS! Patty has been showing me all of the hot spots around Chautauqua Lake and although we were not successful in relocating the Tundra Swan she had earlier in the day . . . . . we still had a great time together on the outlet!
Some of the easier birdies to find included the American Coot (CHECK), Great-blue Heron (CHECK), Mallards and Canada Goose that were not far away from the roadside. The outlet was good but most of the birds were just bird specks! We first started investigating the Gulls who were sitting on the ice closer to shore . . . . Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull (CHECK) and is that a . . . . sweet its a Greater Black-backed Gull (CHECK).
We then focused on the mixed rafts of waterfowl specks in the background and started calling off. . . Mallard, Blackduck, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser and Buffleheads! The American Wigeon (CHECK) wasn’t expected but its big white forehead gave away its identity. Redhead Ducks (CHECK) were numerous but when they are tiny specks you begin looking for differences . . . . . then the pair of Canvasbacks (CHECK) appeared mixed in with the Redheads! This was pure happiness with my 7 year birds to mark on my 2009 checklist!
Other waterfowl will be moving through the area within the next few weeks like the Woodduck, Scaup species and the Tundra Swans (ok, swans are here but I just haven’t seen any yet)!
March = Fun Waterfowl
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