Bashakill and Morningside Park 7/27/12

the first fall Semipalmated Plover I’ve seen 7/27/12

a rather striking first year Ring-billed Gull

I went out this morning after the big storm last night. A lot of damage here at Yankee Lake. Power continues to be out for 18 hours now. Three trees came down on our road, one crushing our neighbors car. Very unfortunate, one of the worse storms we’ve experienced here. Upon arriving at the Bashakill, I saw that a number of Great Egrets continue, at least five. When I went to the Main Boat Launch on South Road I was very sad to see that the Osprey nest came down in the storm last night. The chicks were on the side of the nest yesterday afternoon, nearly ready to fledge. This morning I saw both adults, but no sign of the chicks. Hopefully they are on the ground under the tree. There is no access to this site as the vegetation on the marsh is too dense to get through. We will keep watch to see if the young birds show up. If they didn’t get harmed, the parents will tend to them on the ground (if there is ground under there) and continue to raise them. At Morningside Park, the storm brought in at least a few birds. 9 Least Sandpipers, 1 Semipalmated Plover and 3 Spotted Sandpipers were present, as well as 15 Ring-billed Gulls. At the college there were 44 Killdeer.

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3 Responses to Bashakill and Morningside Park 7/27/12

  1. scott says:

    On our way back from Ithaca this afternoon (very stormy there yesterday as well), we stopped at Apollo Plaza and there were 14 Killdeer there. 2 Cerulean Warblers were active at house this afternoon with 2 up in the shagbark hickory at the base of our driveway.

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