Dead Creek WMA was alive with bird activity earlier this evening! At dusk
three Short-eared Owls were actively feeding along route 17 near the goose
viewing platform. Each of these birds came incredibly close for excellent
viewing. I was amazed at these individuals overall dark color (almost
russet) and bright golden-yellow eyes. They were very aware of our presence
but seemed unconcerned overall...Quite a treat!
Also at DCWMA:
1 American Bittern (giving partial vocalizations from the Brilyea Access
1 Black-crowned Night-heron
2 Canada Geese each with a silver band on the left leg. (one of these seemed
to have a slight limp- rehab birds?)
singing Horned Larks and Meadow Larks,
Several Swamp, Savannah, & Song Sparrows, several Tree Swallows, a few
killdeer, and huge flocks of male Red-winged black birds mixed with Cowbirds
(migrants I would imagine)!
very few ducks!
Brendan Collins, Middlebury