Date: 3/4/17 1:46 pm From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...> Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Honeoye Snipe and Sandy Bottom Park Update
Despite the 14 degree temperature, sunny afternoon skies and light wind promised good viewing conditions at Sandy Bottom Park on Honeoye Lake, so I went down to see if the Tufted Duck might still be around. No luck with that - the flock of several hundred Redhead and scaup has either moved on or is further south on the lake. I could see some 85 shapes in the water south of the park at the edge of visibility in the shimmer, so the flock may still be there. The Ring-necked Duck flock just offshore has increased to at least 104, and there was a Killdeer in the partly frozen marsh.
West of Honeoye there's a pond on the south side of 20A. I saw a medium-sized duck in it (turned out to be a Ring-neck) so I drove into the church parking lot by the pond. As I got near the pond a Snipe flew out across the parking lot right in front of me, zig-zagging away. Quite early.