To add to Jim's note on Dead Creek WMVA, I was there around 12:00 on Wed. While I enjoyed the show of Snow Geese in the air when I arrived, they landed well to the back of the field. So I checked out the ducks in the wet area to the E. of the info booth.
12 green winged teal
7 greater yellowlegs
3 pectoral sdps
1 m and 1 f harrier
While I was writing down the sightings, I heard the yellowlegs vocalizing with their in flight call and was thinking 'thanks for the confirmation!' I looked back to the water and almost all was gone - as the Peregrine flew overhead!! Nice to see that guy this time.
1 Snow Goose along access road to dam, 1 Pied-bill Grebe, 2 Great Blues. There were small flocks of blackbirds about, but by sight and sound, I only IDed Red- wings.
I had started the morning out in Bristol (10am) area hoping the Black Vultures or Cranes might be venturing out after the 3" of new snow, but nair a glimpse. However, I did run across a large flock
of Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles, Cowbirds, Starlings, robins and 1 cardinal, 1 crow, 1 Great Blue Heron and 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler along the road to L Winnona.
> Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 17:56:27 -0400> From: [log in to unmask]> Subject: [VTBIRD] White-rumped Sandpiper at Dead Creek WMVA> To: [log in to unmask]> > Hi All,> > Late this afternoon I stopped at the Goose viewing area in Addison to try for a > Cackling Goose. There were plenty of Snow Geese and in decent viewing > range but no Cackling variety with them. While looking at the Geese I heard > some Greater Yellowlegs and located them in flight and watched where they > landed. I went over to that area and found:> > 5 Greater Yellowlegs> 2 Pectoral Sandpipers> 1 White-rumped Sandpiper> > The shorebirds were flying back and forth between the virtual pond(east of > the viewing platform) and the first cornfield(flooded) toward the east. > > I did not count the Geese at all but if I had to take a guess, I would estimate > around 4,000 Snow Geese.> > I also saw :> > 1 Snow Bunting> 1 Horned Lark> 2 Northern Harrier> > Enjoy Birds,> > Jim Mead
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