Sunday, April 10, 2011

Owl Woods • April 10

Today, Pat Coate, a birder and bird photographer from the Southern Tier (http://monarchbfly.com/), and I spend a few hours birding around Braddock Bay. We started at Owl Woods where we found a Northern Saw-whet Owl. We then headed to the north marina on the west side of Braddock Bay for a nice session of diving duck spotting and finished up with a hour or so on the hawk watch platform on the east side of Braddock Bay, where it was an excellent day for raptor migration! (My hawk watch list below is extremely fragmentary and doesn't begin to describe what was really going on.) However, let's focus on our Saw-whet for now. First we begin with the, now standard, "Can you spot the owl?" shot. This is, perhaps, the toughest one to date.


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Can you spot the owl? The answer is below at the end.


Northern Saw-whet Owl. As usual, I am standing in the exact same place with this and the previous picture. Actually, I was slowly sinking in the mud, if you are familiar with Owl Woods! :-)


Here's the owl. I said it was a toughie!


Location:     Braddock Bay WMA--Owl Woods
Observation date:     4/10/11
Notes:      
Number of species:     1


Northern Saw-whet Owl     1


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Location:     Braddock Bay WMA--North Marina
Observation date:     4/10/11
Notes:      
Number of species:     20


Canada Goose     12
Mute Swan     4
Canvasback     4
Ring-necked Duck     3
Greater Scaup     12
Lesser Scaup     2
White-winged Scoter     1
Bufflehead     30
Common Merganser     4
Turkey Vulture     1
Sharp-shinned Hawk     1
American Coot     20
Killdeer     1
Ring-billed Gull     1
American Robin     3
European Starling     20
Red-winged Blackbird     3
Common Grackle     4
Brown-headed Cowbird     4
House Sparrow     20


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Location:     Braddock Bay WMA--Hawk Watch
Observation date:     4/10/11
Notes:      
Number of species:     8


Gadwall     1
Mallard     4
Great Blue Heron     1
Northern Harrier     2
Sharp-shinned Hawk     1
Cooper's Hawk     1
Red-shouldered Hawk     1
Red-tailed Hawk     4


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