This morning I birded the Orange County Black Dirt Region with many of my birding friends. It was a great day with many excellent finds. First was the continuing first year female SNOWY OWL on Indiana Road originally found by Matt Zeitler yesterday. Many people had great views of this bird today. Other nice finds for me were my FOS SNOW GEESE on Breeze Hill Road. There were three adults and one immature. Horned Lark were everywhere! Red-tailed Hawks were most numerous, I had at least 15 of these raptors. One light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, found by Bruce Nott was my FOS. Bruce also found a Merlin, but it flew just before I arrived. Other raptors included two each of Cooper’s Hawk and American Kestrel. Many folks saw a huge flock of Snow Bunting, but I missed them. I understand a well seen Lapland Longspur were among them. A nice find for me were two CACKLING GEESE among a huge flock (3000) at the Pine Island Turf Nursery. It was nice to bird with Linda Scrima and Kyle Dudgeon today and many thanks to Bruce Nott for his good finds.