Thursday, June 30, 2011

LaSalle's Landing Park • June 26

A group of us took a paddle in the southern end of Irondequoit Bay this afternoon looking for birds. We started out in great form with soaring Bald Eagles, one adult and one juvenile. A bank on the east side contained about twenty Bank Swallows tending their nestlings. As we paddled away, a Belted Kingfisher showed up, rattled at us for several moments, and then went into its nest in the same bank. We crossed over to the west side bank where forty plus Bank Swallows were similarly tending to their young with food and removal of fecal sacs. I was not able to see any of the nestlings, though I was about as close as I could get in my kayak in the choppy water without upsetting the colony. As I was drifting away from the bank, the croak of a Great Blue Heron announced its presence to my left as it landed on a fairly close perch. It produced a nice photo-op. After that, we decided to return to the dock with Bank and Barn Swallows zooming around us in their quest for insect comestibles! :-)


Bank Swallows

Bank Swallow

Bank Swallow

Bank Swallow

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron


Lasalle Landing Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jun 26, 2011 1:30 PM - 3:04 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.6 mile(s)
Comments:     Kayaking in Irondequoit Bay
26 species


Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  5
Mallard  5
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Ring-billed Gull  10
Caspian Tern  1
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  2
Bank Swallow  100
Barn Swallow  10
Tufted Titmouse  1
Marsh Wren  5
American Robin  5
Yellow Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  10


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