Sunday, May 22, 2011

LaSalle's Landing Park • May 21

Mary Flood and I got in out first birding kayaking run of the southern tip of Irondequoit Bay for the season today. Starting just before 1 PM, we first inspected the area around the eagle's nest, and found bird activity there to be low to nonexistent. (No eagles were found today.) After moving a little way's north to a small Bank Swallow colony which was nearly devoid of activity as well, we paddled across the bay to the western shore and to a very large colony of Bank Swallows. Here things were very busy! You can see a video of the bank here. The bank was thick with the activity and sounds of Bank Swallows. No nestlings were visible, yet, as the adults would fly completely into the nests and out of view for several moments before reemerging. A few adults would occasionally cling to the nest entrances for a bit, but they seemed to be resting more than anything else. (For reference, I had pictures from June 27 last year with most nestlings clearly visible and almost spilling out of their nests. I seem to recall the week afterwards the vast majority of the colony's nestlings had fledged.) There were a number of majestic low flyovers of Great Blue Herons and increasingly close passes of Bank and Tree Swallows along the water's surface.


When we returned to Mary's house in Webster, just north of 104, we noticed there was a remarkable flight line of Broad-winged Hawks over Mary's driveway. (This would seem to be consistent with the earlier hawk watch reports from today.) We casually counted around 20 to 30 Broad-wings in the space of a few minutes with no apparent end to the parade.


Killdeer


Great Blue Heron


Great Blue Heron


Bank Swallow


Bank Swallow


Canada Geese


Broad-winged Hawk


Broad-winged Hawk


Broad-winged Hawk


Broad-winged Hawk


Location:     Lasalle Landing Park
Observation date:     5/21/11
Notes:     Kayaking on Irondequoit Bay 
Number of species:     23


Canada Goose     20
Mute Swan     4
Mallard     4
Double-crested Cormorant     4
Great Blue Heron     3
Turkey Vulture     5
Broad-winged Hawk     2
Red-tailed Hawk     3
Killdeer     1
Ring-billed Gull     4
Caspian Tern     2
Great Crested Flycatcher     1
Blue Jay     1
American Crow     2
Tree Swallow     1
Bank Swallow     40
Barn Swallow     4
American Robin     2
European Starling     4
Yellow Warbler     5
Song Sparrow     1
Red-winged Blackbird     5
House Sparrow     20


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