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The best place to see the snow geese at Dead Creek today (and also last
weekend) was to continue south on Rte 22A  past the Rte.17 turn off,
about 1/4 mile to the first right, Gage Rd. and go all the way to the
very end; walk down the dirt road about 100ft. and you can get a pretty
good look at the snow geese which have been hanging out in a depression
that hides them from the Rt. 17 viewing area. (Note that you're directly
south of the observation platform on Rte.17). Take a scope or zoom
optics. About 300-400 geese are there. After about an hour today I could
only find one dark goose among them, and it was too hard to tell whether
it was a morph or immature. It appeared to have a grey head ( was
probably a juvie, but  too far away and in flight.) A couple of horned
larks on Gage Rd., and a kestral. At Brilyea Access, 2 f. harriers,
small flock of cedar waxwings, 3 pied bill grebes, and one juvenile
moorhen, about 100 tree swallows  and a red-wing b.b. whose shoulders
were breeding-bright. Nancy G.