back to birding
I took advantage of the sunny day on Saturday with a great day of birding with 51 different species observed! I have been a little busy the past few weeks and this birding adventure was very much needed (what can I say, I am a birder!)! I started the morning over at Chautauqua Lake outlet in Celoron and ran into a few birding friends (great seeing Bob and Jim).
Highlights at Celoron included multiple Canvasback, American Wigeon, Bufflehead, and Common Goldeneye out along the ice edge. My first for 2009’s included Greater Scaup (CHECK), Lesser Scaup (CHECK), Northern Pintail (CHECK), Gadwall (CHECK), Red-necked Grebe (CHECK) and White-winged Scoter (CHECK). Without a doubt the thousand or so gulls taking flight at once was an amazing sight!
I then found myself adventuring over to Swamp Road to finding Killdeers, American Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds most everywhere! Highlights included the Tundra Swans, Tree Sparrows, Eastern Bluebird, Woodduck, and Ring-necked Ducks along the roads. My first for 2009’s in Randolph included Brown Creeper (CHECK), Song Sparrow (CHECK) and Rough-legged Hawk (CHECK). Actually it was wonderful hearing the Song Sparrows in multiple locations singing up a storm.
I then talked Patty into adventuring over to Barcelona Harbor with me to only find a few gulls resting on the ice. With the unexpected frozen ice we decided to visit Dunkirk Harbor with a surprise visit with Young Naturalist J and his family. While visiting (and finally giving him some temporary tattoos) we saw many American Coots, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Goldeneye and Double-crested Cormorants (CHECK) which finally brought me to 50 species and 10 of which were first of the year birds!
Of course the trip home always brings something special and this was no exception. The numerous Turkey Vultures riding the warm thermals took my bird list up to 51 species for the day! I think our lasagna dinner was the most perfect way to end this great day of birding!
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