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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 showed up after we left, and left before we got back. There are always a few that get away.

"We then hiked on the ridge trail at Esker Brook which was loaded with Yellow Warblers and a nice variety of spring migrants and summer regulars. ...seeing the Black-billed Cuckoo (thanks Peter) was a highlight along with Ceruleans calling, Tennesee Warblers, Blackburnian, and Redstarts.

"On Armitage road, we saw (in rather poor lighting) Cape May, Tennesee, Indigo Bunting, and Cerulean while Baltimore Orioles, and RB Grosbeaks sang. A select few got a glimpse of the Prothonotary which then disappeared.

All in all, a good trip with good people! Thanks Lyn for doing the tally!"


Montezuma NWR--Visitor Center area, Seneca, New York, US

May 14, 2016 7:27 AM - 7:31 AM

Protocol: Stationary, 6 species

Canada Goose 4

Pectoral Sandpiper 5

Purple Martin 25

Tree Swallow 15

American Robin 2

Baltimore Oriole 1


Montezuma NWR--Esker Brook Trails, Seneca, New York, US

May 14, 2016 7:46 AM - 10:09 AM

Protocol: Traveling: 0.7 miles, 43 species

Canada Goose 3

Wood Duck 1

Great Blue Heron 2

Green Heron 1

Turkey Vulture 1

Osprey 1

Mourning Dove 3

Black-billed Cuckoo 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 2

Willow Flycatcher 5

Eastern Phoebe 1

Warbling Vireo 3

Blue Jay 4

American Crow 5

Black-capped Chickadee 1

Tufted Titmouse 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4

Wood Thrush 3

American Robin 6

Gray Catbird 15

Northern Mockingbird 1

Cedar Waxwing 2

Northern Waterthrush 1

Tennessee Warbler 2

Common Yellowthroat 5

American Redstart 3

Cerulean Warbler 3

Blackburnian Warbler 2

Yellow Warbler 30

Yellow-rumped Warbler 4

Field Sparrow 3

White-crowned Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 2

Eastern Towhee 3

Northern Cardinal 5

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3

Red-winged Blackbird 5

Common Grackle 1

Brown-headed Cowbird 3

Baltimore Oriole 5

American Goldfinch 6


Armitage Rd. (Wayne Co. forested area), Wayne, New York, US

May 14, 2016 10:09 AM - 12:39 PM

Protocol: Stationary -- 25 species

Turkey Vulture 2

Mourning Dove 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 1

Eastern Phoebe 1

Great Crested Flycatcher 1

Yellow-throated Vireo 1

Blue-headed Vireo 1

Warbling Vireo 4

Red-eyed Vireo 2

American Robin 2

Prothonotary Warbler 1 Observed briefly at its usual nesting location.

Tennessee Warbler 2

American Redstart 1

Cape May Warbler 1

Cerulean Warbler 2

Blackburnian Warbler 2

Yellow Warbler 2

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1

Black-throated Blue Warbler 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

Indigo Bunting 1

Baltimore Oriole 1

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 opposite Larue's Lagoon in plain sight. Eaton Marsh had great looks at both Yellowlegs, both Dowitchers, 2 Pectoral, 2 Stilt and 2 White-rumped Sandpipers. Nice close looks at the 12 Great Egrets at Benning marsh.

At Knox-Marsellus the light was excellent so we could pick out 2 Baird’s among the peep, Pectorals and Semipalmated Plovers on the mudflat. Good Dowitcher numbers there but no sign of the Buff-breasts. We could see Killdeer at Puddler’s so if they were there we should have seen them unless they were in the tall grass feeding with the Ring-billed Gulls.

Another surprise was the large group of Purple Martins circling and coming to roost on the cell tower on the east side of route 89 opposite the Montezuma Audubon Center. We counted 140 flying in to join those already circling and landing on the highest point of the tower. So easily 300+.

FYI the shorebird flats along Savannah Spring Lake Road have been mowed and are waiting to be flooded for muckracers. Mike and Joann T. 

From the Syracuse RBA:

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)

8/25: A SANDERLING was seen near the Visitor’s Center.

8/27: 9 species of shorebirds including BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, WILSON’S PHALAROPE and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were seen at the Knox/Marsellus and Puddler’s Marsh area.

8/28: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from the May’s Point Road area.

8/29: A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed at the Mays Point Road nesting site.

8/30: 15 species of shorebirds including BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at the Knox/marsellus and Puddler’s Marsh area.