Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Braddock Bay • April 2

After our successful run in Owl Woods last Saturday morning, Mary Flood and I headed out to the west spit of Braddock Bay to see what we could see. Through the spotting scope we saw a few different kinds of ducks as well as swans and Ring-billed Gulls. Our real treat, though, was finding our first wildflowers of the seasons, and they weren't dandelions! :-) They were Coltsfoot and there was a nice-sized group of them at the end of the spit. On the way back to the car, we came upon a group of Wild Turkeys out on the spit. Once back at the car, we headed to the other side of the bay and looked for migrating raptors at the hawk watch platform. We had fun talking with the official hawk watch counter, Luke Tiller, and saw a lot of Turkey Vultures, but not much of anything else in the sky; a few Red-tailed Hawks and one or two Northern Harriers would be it during our stay. We checked out a few more ducks in the bay and called it a day!




Coltsfoot


Coltsfoot


Location:     Braddock Bay WMA--West Spit
Observation date:     4/2/11
Notes:    
Number of species:     6


Mute Swan     2
Bufflehead     1
Common Merganser     1
Red-breasted Merganser     1
Wild Turkey     10
Ring-billed Gull     30


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Location:     Braddock Bay WMA--Hawk Watch
Observation date:     4/2/11
Notes:    
Number of species:     7


Canada Goose     2
Mute Swan     5
American Black Duck     2
Greater Scaup     20
Turkey Vulture     40
Northern Harrier     1
Red-tailed Hawk     4


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