Montezuma Birding (and Nature) Trail

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Montezuma NWR and area, 5/14/16

Posted by Dave Spier on May 15, 2016 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

from Steve Benedict: "Nice Eaton Birding Society trip on Saturday with the weather holding off high winds and rain until mid-day, unlike earlier forecasts. In attendance: Lynn Donaldson, Doug Cameron, Lyn Jacobs, Leona Lauster, Jon and Sarah Gross, Joan Robertson, Mark Miller, Peter Galvani, Marge Comstock, and Linda & Steve Benedict. A quick overview of the visitor center marsh yielded some regulars along with a Pectoral Sandpiper. I later found out we missed 2 Glossy Ibis that showe...

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Montezuma Wildlife Drive Bobolinks, MAC Purple Martin, 8/30/15

Posted by Dave Spier on August 31, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

via GeneseeBirds:

Highlights of a Montezuma ride this afternoon/evening [8/30/15] included a cloud of “starlings” over the smartweed at the beginning of the wildlife drive that turned out to be Bobolinks. We counted 200 flying in to join the rest after the main group landed, so easily 1000+. Other wildlife drive highlights included American Bittern ...

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Least Bitterns, MNWR, 7/12/14 (2014)

Posted by Dave Spier on July 13, 2014 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

[Sat., 7/12/14] From Betsy, via Eatonbirds: "... after volunteering at the refuge gift shop, I took a ride around the wildlife drive to see if I could see the Least Bitterns being reported at Larue's Lagoon. This was about 4:30 pm and just as reported, they were concentrated on the north end of the lagoon.... which is the first [open] place you come to on the right side (east) of the drive. I turned off the car and just waited a few minutes before seeing the first one flying right in front ...

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Wildlife Drive, 3/9/13

Posted by Dave Spier on March 10, 2013 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

from Carol Keeler: "The Montezuma wildlife drive is open to the spillway and photo blind. The water is frozen. There were gulls sitting on the ice as well as two juvenile Bald Eagles. Other Bald Eagles were sitting on the far side of the river and silhouetted by the sun. I also spotted a Harrier checking out the marsh. There were also a few Red-Wing Blackbirds.

"At Mud Lock lots of swans and ducks were leaving the lake. One adult Bald Eagle was sitting at the point near the new nest. An...

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refuge Main Pool at dusk, 3/6/13

Posted by Dave Spier on March 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

From Janet Akin, "I was on the Main Pool Tower last night (3/6/13) for Winter Raptor Survey and the movement of birds at dusk was amazing. Thousands of Red-winged Blackbirds, smaller numbers of Common Crackles and a few Rusty Blackbirds were staging along Wildlife Drive and then flew in small flocks into the the marsh. The flight into the marsh started about 5:55. The sound was deafening. While the black birds were gathering thousands of Snow Geese and Canada geese passed overhead headin...

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