Today was quite a day for birding-by-car, and the Snipe Ireland Road area is
turning out to be quite the hotspot -- it seems like every time I pass the
pond/wetland at the bottom of the hill, I see something different. As
reported earlier, I saw a male COMMON MERGANSER fishing there this morning.
This afternoon, on the way to pick up my son at daycare, I had the pleasure
of a male and female WOOD DUCK relaxing on the far side of the pond (life
bird for me in the wild, although I've seen them before at a wildlife rehab
facility). Happily, there is a little pulloff across the road from the
pond, so I could stop and enjoy the view for a minute.
In addition, the biggest single grouping of TURKEY VULTURES I personally
have ever seen -- 10 birds in all -- came soaring over the hill from the
west as I was getting my son into the car. It wasn't a kettle -- these guys
were flying low and with purpose; perhaps there was something smelly and
tasty in the woods nearby. Is a group of TVs considered a true flock? Or
just a temporary grouping?
Anyway, also saw a large flock (I'd guess around 20 birds) of TURKEYS in a
field off South Brownell Road this morning between Rt. 116 and Williston.
Sure am glad I've started bringing my binos on my daily commute! :)