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This afternoon, a few thousand Snow Geese were in the air over the corn fields at Dead Creek WMA. (The last remaining standing corn was being cut, which might bring the birds in closer to the road.) A visitor from New York reported that there are "tens of thousands" at Point au Roche Campground near Plattsburgh.

There were maybe twenty Green-Winged Teal visible from the Brilyea dirt road - but then something (probably a peregrine) chased literally hundreds up from the reeds. The tiny ducks wheeled and circled in the air like shorebirds for almost five minutes, getting close to the water and then lifting off again. The cloud of teal included at least 300, possibly as many as 500. I've never seen anything like it in the duck world!

Also - there was a small raft of White-Winged Scoters off DAR State Park.

Maeve Kim
Jericho Center