FOY kind of day

On my usual circuit around Snyder’s Lake I saw my first little chickenbeak — a Pied-billed Grebe. They dive vigorously when startled, but also make a stealth dive where they just sink below the surface, leaving only their head exposed, like the conning tower on an avian submarine.

Taken last year at Montezuma NWR

We walked down the road just before dusk. Spring Peepers are just beginning their evening chorus in the swamp across the road, and as we passed the fields we heard two American Woodcocks peenting and whistling. On the way back in the dark, a Killdeer flushed from the cow pasture calling a single note of alarm. Overhead what might have been a bat flittered by. I did see some moths and insects in the air, so in-flight snacks may be available.

General list of what’s been in the neighborhood in the past week:

European Starling, American Crow, Blue Jay, American Robin, House Sparrow, Ring-billed Gull, Red-tailed Hawk, Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Mute Swan, Ring-necked Duck, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Mallard, Canada Goose, Dark-eyed Junco, Hooded Merganser, Eastern Bluebird, Black-capped Chickadee, Downy Woodpecker, Turkey Vulture, House Finch, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Goldfinch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, American Tree Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Bufflehead.

3 species new for 2012.

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Categories: Bird photos, Feeder birds, First of season, NYS 2012, Species count, the occasional herp, Usual suspects | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “FOY kind of day

  1. oooooh grebes! grats!

    When I went out to check the feeders earlier today, there were many many little birds around and one something, never seen, that didn’t seem to be saying kikikikikik (per your earlier raptor report) but something more like AKAKAKAKAKAKAKAK really REALLY loud. Startled me! looked around but never did find the source. That sort of thing really ticks me off!

    • Naomi

      Red breasted nuthatch? They call enkenkenk very rapidly or EK EK EK more slowly but really loud.

  2. I’m mentally and emotionally ready to *kayak* that lake. hmmmm…..[envisioning taking binoculars on the kayak….]

  3. I love you and cornell. You always come through for me.

    http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-breasted_Nuthatch/sounds/ac

    “agitated” it is then! Probably because there were a couple cats lurking around.

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