Date: 2/22/17 7:03 am From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...> Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Durand-Eastman Park Yesterday
My wife Mari and I joined Judy Slein on a walk in Durand-Eastman Park yesterday. Just inside the Wisner Road entrance there were at least 8 PINE SISKINS in the trees, probably more based on the calls we were hearing, and a flock of 50+ Snow Geese flew overhead going east. The hotspot for birds on the walk was the bike trail on the east side of Tamarack Swamp (across Lake Shore Blvd from the Pine Valley entrance to the park). In addition to numerous juncos, tree sparrows, goldfinches, 3 sp. of woodpeckers, singing Carolina Wren, etc.), Mari spotted a GRAY CATBIRD which we all got to see well. At one point a Red-tailed Hawk zoomed right over our heads and hit the ground less than 100 feet away in an attempt to catch a dove (which got away). As we were leaving that spot Judy heard a WINTER WREN song so we went back and all heard it as it sang a second time. An enjoyable spring day in February.