Date: 10/28/17 5:26 pm From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> Subject: [HMBirds] Waterfowl and such 10/28
This morning I joined the Red crossbill festivities at Rensselaerville State Forest and then wandered off. Some of you knew that I was off to finally get some species for myself in Montgomery County. I randomly found a Cooper's Hawk as my first. I stopped at the Auriesville Pilgrimage Lunch Area in/by Amsterdam and was psyched to find three really close juvenile White-winged Scoters. The only other species of any note there was Common Merganser, with 14 enjoying the sun. I also visited Mosher Marsh northeast of Amsterdam and that was terrible.
I later joined Stacey and Gary on their way up north and am very grateful that they took me around Saratoga Lake in a windstorm as I wouldn't have seen what we did without a scope. We found scattered American Coots, a few Buffleheads, a raft of 23 Black Scoters, Red-breasted Mergansers were still present, a Common Loon, 6 or 7 White-winged Scoters, and then closer to sunset 6 Brant joined us at Brown's Beach. The Brant magically disappeared shortly before Susan Beaudoin came to see them, which I found rude.