Montezuma NWR

Six Sandhill Cranes at Knox-Marcellus Marsh.

Six Sandhill Cranes at Knox-Marcellus Marsh.


This morning, Karen Miller and I headed up to Montezuma NWR to search for the Garganey reported yesterday. We spent considerable time at Knox-Marcellus Marsh looking for the rare duck. It was a good day of birding, but the Garganey never showed all day. We had many nice birds in the area though. At this location, we had six SANDHILL CRANES, two FOS BLACK TERNS, a CASPIAN TERN and many more common species. We pulled ourselves away from the marsh to try for some other good birds in the area. On Armitage Road, we failed to find the Prothonotary Warbler. We did have many common forest birds at this location as well as two Cerulean Warblers. In nearby fields we had a few Bobolink and Savannah Sparrows. We then took the ride through the “Wildlife Drive”. Here we saw a few Northern Shovelers, Marsh Wrens and Green-winged Teal. The real highlight here was a MINK we spotted running down the road directly toward us. As it got close, it was clearly holding a frog in its mouth. I stopped the car as it was headed right for us. It was never deterred by the running vehicle, only running to the side of the car to pass us. I was able to get a few decent shots as it passed by. Finally at 4pm we decided to start our long ride home. Tom Burke mentioned to me that he thought there was a good chance that in the evening, ducks would move around and that the Garganey would be found again before dark. It wasn’t in our plans to stay that long, and we headed home. Upon my return home at 7:30 pm, I found out that the duck had finally appeared in the marsh at 6:30 pm. Oh well! Congratulations to those determined souls who hung in there when it looked quite bleak. They deserver their reward!
Caspian Tern at Montezuma.

Caspian Tern at Montezuma.


Mink with a frog.

Mink with a frog.


trotting by undeterred by the car.

trotting by undeterred by the car.


with one last burst, he is gone.

with one last burst, he is gone.

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2 Responses to Montezuma NWR

  1. Karen c miller says:

    Great pics of the mink with its dinner! Fun day, John. Thank you.

  2. My pleasure! Great day! That ^&#@%^ Duck!

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