On April 8th 3 excellent birders joined me to bird Dryden Lake. The weather started out calm and cold, changing to blustery and snowy. On the lake we saw American Wigeon, Mallards, Black Ducks, about 30 Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwall, Hooded Mergansers displaying, Common Mergansers, one Red-breasted Merganser, Pied-billed and one Horned Grebe, many Double-crested Cormorants and a number of Great Blue Herons. As we walked the trail we saw a number of Golden-crowned Kinglets and two Eastern Phoebes who didn't look happy to be there! I pointed out the Bald Eagle's nest with an occupant. The other Eagle was sitting in a tree eating a fish. There were also two Osprey flying about. Towards the end of the path we counted at least three Swamp Sparrows and had a great look at one perched on a stalk. In total we saw thirty-two species which wasn't bad for a snowy, cold day.
On the way back to our cars, we ran into an SFO trip and shared the location of the eagle's nest. That was fun. It was only a little after 10 when our trip was over, so we all went to the local diner for breakfast and lots of warm coffee. The was a good day!! Ann Mitchell -- 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/ --