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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.

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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)

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Female Green-winged Teal

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Juvenile Common Gallinule

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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

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Female Green-winged Teal

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Pied-billed Grebe, a juvenile I believe.

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

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Pied-billed Grebe emerging from a dive.

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Adult American coot with juveniles.

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Adult with older juvenile.

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Double-crested Cormorant

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Adult Common Gallinule

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One last look at the Trumpeter Swans

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

Great Blue Heron

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Some female ducks. Northern Pintails I think.

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Greater Yellowlegs Sandpiper

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

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Yet another Great Blue...

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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...

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Chick peaking out of nest hole.

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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...

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

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