Saturday, September 17, 2011

Irondequoit Creek • September 17

Irondequoit Creek, Monroe, US-NY
Sep 17, 2011 2:09 PM - 4:23 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.8 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly cloudy and 45F mid afternoon birding kayak paddle with Mary Flood down Irondequoit Creek from LaSalle's Landing Park at the southern tip of Irondequoit Bay today. Though being the afternoon with a fair amount of paddling traffic on the water, it was a surprisingly birdy trip! In addition to the standard close encounters with Great Blue Herons, our first pleasant surprise was finding a very active mudflat near the beginning with Killdeers, Least Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, and a Sanderling that all allowed us to drift up unbelievably close. I was even able to ground my kayak on the mudflat to eliminate the boat rocking from the photo op. It was a Bob Marcotte-esque moment as I sat motionless and the peeps worked their way to mere inches from me. However, later in the trip was the main event when we came upon a Double-crested Cormorant fishing in the creek in front of us. It took no real notice to us as we came to a stop and wondered how it could keep diving in water that seemed only a couple feet deep. Suddenly, it surfaced with a relatively *huge* fish and methodically worked it into place so that it could swallow it whole, risking choking from our perspective. I got pictures of the entire event. Afterwards, the cormorant was very mellow and allowed additional pictures while it placidly swam onto the shore and then spread its wings to dry. The remainder of the trip was populated by the usual suspects.

Water Smartweed

Least Sandpiper (inspecting the skies for predators)

Solitary Sandpiper



Great Blue Heron. Mary spotted this. I would have never seen it in a million years!


Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant seconds after the last shot as the fish slides down its throat!

Double-crested Cormorant

Irondequoit Creek

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

20 species

Mallard  6
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Killdeer  2
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Sanderling  1
Least Sandpiper  3
Ring-billed Gull  4
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  4
Barn Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Gray Catbird  5
European Starling  1
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
American Goldfinch  1

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