All, Took a day trip to Montezuma and vicinity. Started at Visitor's Center and the place was pretty much void of shorebirds. Just a small grouping of about 18 LEAST SANDPIPERS. There could have been more as many were hidden in the grass by the edge of the swamp. I heard a SORA with its calls here too among others. A nice CASPIAN TERN flew right over head and I had my camera ready to go.
My list is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36508278 Next stop was the Mucklands and there still is a lot of waterfowl and gulls. I had quite a few BONAPARTE'S GULLs but didn't refind the LITTLE GULL. I didn't really find many shorebirds. Highlight for me were 54 CASPIAN TERNS loafing in two groups one on each side of the road. see: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36511569 Next stop was Carncross Road and again there was a nice gathering of CASPIAN TERNS loafing here. I counted 51 this time. Carncross is looking interesting as there were many many yellowlegs of both species in the flooded corn stubble. The corn stubble made it hard to find all the birds. I did manage to get on 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and 1 LEAST. Undoubtedly there are more birds here, they were hard to see at midday too with the sun at my face. The wind didn't help either. If the water levels remain the same or drop some, this could be a great place like previous springs. see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36512868 Last stop was wildlife drive. Highlight was a continuing LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at Eaton Marsh. Also 2 SANDHILL CRANES at Eaton as well. see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36516018 Best, Dave Nicosia -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --