NEK Audubon members met up with Green Mountain Audubon members at Dead Creek
yesterday morning and spend most of the day biding the hot spots in that
area. Upon arrival at 8:30 am a huge flock at least 3,000 to 5,000 Red
wing-Blackbirds foraged on the north side of the viewing area while perhaps
3,000 Snow Geese were within in close viewing on the other side of rt. 17
at the viewing platform. At least 3 Northern Harriers and 2 Peregrine
Falcons along with a Red tailed Hawk were in the vicinity. A drive into the
Brilyea access was mostly quiet although one lone American Coot along with
70+ Green winged Teal were seen.
Gage Road was also quiet except for another male Harrier and Larry Haugh
picked up one Horned Lark. Thanks to Gary Chapin who picked out and helped
with the field marks on a Little Gull at Tri-town Water Dist. Which was
among several Bonaparte Gulls. Only waterfowl on the lake at this location
were 2 Common Loons and a few Mallards.
Larry Haugh and the rest of NEK members visited Whitney Creek were we had
good luck at the access on east side on road. Several shorebird species were
found here until the 3rd Peregrine of the day chased everything off. List
follows: After we left Ted Murin found another 7 Pectorl Sandpipers, a
White-rumped Sandpiper and 8 Rusty Blackbirds.
5 Black-bellied Plover
2 Pectoral Sandpiper
At the F & W access on the west side at Whitney Creek 4 Greater Yellowlegs
and 10 Scoters were seen at least one of the scoters White-winged. A final
stop on Basin Harbor Rd (Otter Creek & Dead Creek merge) 36 Common
Mergansers, several Yellowlegs at least one of which was Lesser Yellowlegs
and 8 Dunlin. Thanks to Bruce MacPherson for organizing this birding day.