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Saturday August 31, 2013 was a gloomy muggy day in CNY. It also marked the first time I've been birding in 3 weeks.

First bird of the day, a Juvenile Red-winged Hawk. He was on a power line in the middle of a potato farm.


Photos from the refuge below the squiggle.

Van Dyne Spoor marsh in Savannah, NY

Tundra Swan Trumpeter Swan(Green-winged Teal in the foreground for size comparison)


Female Green-winged Teal


Juvenile Common Gallinule


A first for me, Black-crowned Night Heron

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Juvenile Peregrine Falcon. Another first for me. I got to see it go after bird. I couldn't tell if it was a Coot or Gallinule. It missed...

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Great Blue Heron


Female Green-winged Teal



Pied-billed Grebe, a juvenile I believe.


Belted Kingfisher. It's not a large bird and it was far away...

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Pied-billed Grebe emerging from a dive.


Adult American coot with juveniles.


Adult with older juvenile.


Double-crested Cormorant


Adult Common Gallinule



One last look at the Trumpeter Swans


From Van Dyne Spoor I went to the Wildlife Drive in Mud Lock.

Great Blue Heron


Some female ducks. Northern Pintails I think.


Greater Yellowlegs Sandpiper


Great Egret. There were about 5 in this pool, but even with a complete overcast it is hard to expose them...


Yet another Great Blue...


Now rare bird time. On Mays Point Road there is a Red-headed Woodpecker nest. It is in easy view of the road, so there has been a crowd of birders there for the last 2 months. It must be one of the most photographed woodpeckers in history...





Chick peaking out of nest hole.




Some of the birders on Mays Point Rd. with their huge Canikon cameras and huge lenses. I make do with a 55-300mm & 1.4x teleconverter...


Originally posted to boriscleto on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 04:00 AM PDT.

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