Thousands of Snows, wave afte wave, were heading towards the mucklands as we
sat along 89 at Mays about 4:10 p.m. today. They might have gone to
Knox-Marcellus but we went on to Armitage Rd. to look for eagles. One eagle was
soaring over the trees where the nest is a much smaller hawk was not too far
from it but with sun in the eyes, forget ID.
From there we went to 89/31 to look out over the muck where we encountered Ms.
Read who said that some yrs. ago we had given her directions to finding
Screechie this old brain had no memory of that!!!
She was looking for the Armitage Rd. eagle nest. Hopefully our directions were
profitable. Just wish she had followed us to see an a never-to-be forgotten
sight. Not that we haven't seen it before BUT
When we turned onto 31, in seconds we saw 1000s of Snow Geese coming in to land
on the muck way out beyond the potato bldg.. A couple from Ithaca, not club
members, was looking at the Snows already on the ground when the big flock came
in. Then in came another huge flock of a thousand or so that seemed to put on
their brakes, let the air out of their balloons float effortlessly to the
ground. Amazing how they miss each other.
We saw lots of Canadas many hundreds of gulls on the muck on both sides of
31. The Ithaca couple had missed seeing Screechie so headed to Union Springs to
try to see her/him. We had seen the cutie along with 1 Bufflehead just before
heading north about 3:45 p.m.. When we got back to Factory St. pond at 5:08
p.m. we could still see Screechie in the box ... but then, we know what to look
Forgot to mention that Becky I saw 30 or 40 Brown-headed Cowbirds at her
feeders on Thurs. afternoon. I saw not one bird at my feeders today until 10:45
a.m.!! Must be they are pigging out at someone else's feeders.
Dave Nutter just mentioned crows in Ithaca. They're sure roosting in Auburn
have been since fall. Thurs., Becky I saw several thousand in trees coming
in to land from every direction lining Rtes. 5 20 in Aub. also along 326
across from BOCES near Half Acre. Again I extend the invitation to those of you
who have never seen the amazing sight of crow-leaved trees, come to Auburn
about 1/2 hr. before dark. Just sit watch from one of the shopping centers or
drive on 5 20 (the Arterial) 326 from Union Springs.
Be sure to watch for the hundreds of robins that flock with them.
What a beautiful day to be out birding even tho' it was extremely windy.
Forty-eight degrees felt wonderfully mild, as long as we weren't in the wind.
Looking forward to reading what the group saw today around the lake. Did anyone
go down Sweazy Rd. to look for the A. Screech Owl in the knothole in the tree
just below the Cornell owned orchards?
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