Date: 10/10/17 4:50 pm From: Daniel Mason <millipede1977...> Subject: Migration and Lake Fayetteville
I'm wishing I had more time today and went somewhere to actually bird. I heard some honking this morning and ran to the door to see what I can only assume were snow geese. Not too high but only got brief looks as they changed direction. Came from the NW and turned to head NE-ish. Not sure what the turn was about. Just a while ago I spent a short amount of time at Lake Fayetteville and wished I had the scope the whole time and that I had more time. Was out in the area and decided to take my wife to the blind as she's never been to the lake. Several rafts of birds were here and there but none were close. The closest raft I could see had a lot of coots but also saw a ring-necked duck and some green-winged teal. Very gloomy so it was hard to see anything that was further away but with the binoculars, there were a lot of birds here and there. From the blind I saw an odd bird with everything else. Couldn't identify anything that far off but this one bird stuck out. White and black is what I believe I saw. No great looks with the binoculars and the camera never captured it. Thought it had a black head but I may have been seeing things. At one point it raised its wings and allowed me to believe what I already believed that it wasn't a duck. I headed to the other side of the lack(the dam) as quickly as I could drive over there. Chilly and windy, my wife stayed in the van this time. Grabbed the scope and ran up there to find a boat had scared everything away. Saw what I think were just geese but I'll have to look at the pictures... and, what I think may have been a bonaparte's gull... again, will have to look at pictures. Everything was just too far.
Anyway, birds are definitely on the move. I really wish I had the chance to get to the hatchery or the eagle watch... or city lake. wonder if I missed anything spectacular today.