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