Along with the incredible mass of snow geese, there was a decent congregation of
predators hanging around the superflock. A beautiful Coyote was lurking near
the end of Gage Road. Two apparently immature peregrines, coming in low, sent
up a chaotic swirl of geese at one point, and one of the immature Bald Eagles
was picking at the remains of what appeared to be a goose. Add Male and female
harriers and a passing merlin to top off the list.
uoting Larry & Mona Rogers <[log in to unmask]>:
> This is a day late - didn't get near the computer yesterday.
> The snow geese were there in good numbers, but all over toward the Gage
> Road - Eagle Lagoon area. I'm beginning to think that the state built the
> Rt. 17 viewing shelter on the wrong side of the refuge, at least for this
> Going into Brilyea I saw many mallards/blacks, a handsome wood duck pair,
> and three pied-billed grebes in the lagoon by the causeway. Coming out I
> spotted a pair of American Widgeons in near-breeding plumage.
> Back on Rt. 17 I spotted a peregrine having an afternoon snow goose snack
> on the ground, about a half mile in. I watched him eat for about 20 minutes.
> There was also a harrier buzzing around and a nearly immobile large
> light-colored raptor sitting in a tree near the barn over near Gage Road.
> This was probably a red tail, but I couldn't see any dark belly band. Hard
> to say - it was nearly a mile away.
> All in all, a pretty good day.