WOW!!!

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Birdcast predicted no migration for us last night and the radar overnight that I viewed this morning supported that assertion.  I wasn’t disappointed because I knew I was going to be busy all morning, so what better time to have no influx of birds.  After I got home today, I couldn’t make up my mind if I was going out or not.  Lance Verderame called me and told me he had heard there were some good birds on Swan Lake, so that made up my mind.  When there are good birds up county, they are usually in a number of spots.  I know that Morningside Park is a big draw, so I headed there first.  I am so glad I did!  I immediately spotted five CANVASBACK!!! (above) This is the first record of this species in the county in five years!  They used to occur more commonly, but in the last ten years they have been nearly non-existent.   I was thrilled!  I posted them to “Whats App” and Karen Miller and Diane Bliss were able to come get these great new county birds for their list!  Along with them were a Double-crested Cormorant, 7 Ruddy Duck and 12 Common Mergansers. I got some shots of the Canvasbacks and then headed on to several other locations.  I had no luck until I reached Swan Lake.  This site had many FOS birds!  RED-NECKED and HORNED GREBE, Ruddy Duck, Hooded Mergansers, BONAPARTE’S GULL, (below) Ring-billed Gull, Ring-necked Duck, Mallard and Black Duck and of course Canada Geese. What a great afternoon with so many unexpected birds coming in on a night that no one thought they would!  GREAT BIRDING!

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4 Responses to WOW!!!

  1. Kathleen Ashman says:

    Congratulations on another exceptional day, John!

  2. What a day John! The Canvasbacks must have been especially exciting – that’s a bird we don’t see much in our area. Oh, and I love the Bonaparte’s Gull pic – beautiful. Matt

  3. Thanks Matt and congratulations on the Golden Eagle! I’m hoping for one soon.

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