10/17 — Weekend in the ‘daks

Yes, I spent a weekend in the Adirondacks and hardly saw any birds! How did I manage that?

1. It rained most of the time.

2. It was our first-ever and last-ever fall Quilters’ Getaway! We usually have our weekend in May but decided to add a fall event this year. We had a fabulous time, including an outrageous costume contest, but sadly, the camp will be closing and sold. Sob! We’ll find another place, but it won’t be the same without Sonrise.

What did I see? Hordes of Juncos moving through in waves, some unidentifiable gulls, and a Common Merganser! She (or immie he) patrolled the shoreline, back and forth, ducking her head underwater for a few seconds as she paddled along — checking out the minnow prospects.

Yup, a list bird and a life bird. Odd, that — I’ve seen the other two Mergansers and just assumed I had Common on my list too. But I don’t! That brings my NYS list to 196 solid IDs. Creeping up slowly on 200…

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2 thoughts on “10/17 — Weekend in the ‘daks

  1. Aha. As I was reading your earlier posts, I found myself wondering if you spent much, if any, time in the Adirondacks. Specifically, I was dying to know if you’ve seen an American Bittern with your own eyes. There’s a particular spot on the Marion River where I’ve seen one almost every time I’ve canoed past, and I remember those experiences as the most delightful bird sightings of my life. There is something endlessly comical about this plump bird pointing its beak up to the sky and swaying slowly back and forth, convinced that it’s fooling me.

    • For all the time we’ve lived here, I’ve spent embarrassingly little time in the Adks. Now that the boys are on the verge of grown, I hope we can have more time for the kind of holidays Bill and I had before we were married. Not that I want to spend 2 weeks in a tent…
      And I’ve never seen a bittern, nor done much canoeing. Most of my boating experience was on the bays and inlets of eastern LI.

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