November weather is here with intent. Low clouds, light but chill rain, and a general air of closing-up-shop for the season. The feeders are constantly busy and need daily refills, and any kind of suet is a magnet.
I’m so glad we drove out to the reservoir Sunday. No one has reported seeing the Snow Geese since then.
I took a quick drive around Nassau Lake on my way to stock up on more seed. The lake surface was almost glassy except for the circles of rain drops and woodsmoke drifted slowly horizontally just above the water. Things were very quiet, nowhere near the rafts of ducks from last week. The rain grew heavier as I parked and scanned the lake, watching a large bird fly over — was it an osprey? Nope, a Great Black-backed Gull. I had forgotten how massive they look on the wing. Hooded and Common Mergansers swam in mixed flocks, with a few Ruddy Ducks and American Coots for variety.
One flock of about 30 Hooded Mergansers were performing maneuvers in company. You’d be watching them swim vigorously with a lot of wing-flapping and dashing at each other, then they would almost all dive in unison, then pop back up and start swashing about again.
Then it started to pour, so home again.
Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Junco, Blue Jay, American Crow, European Starling, House Sparrow, Canada Goose, Mallard, Ring-billed Gull, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Flicker, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Great Black-backed Gull, Ruddy Duck, American Coot.
23 species, 3 new to this list.