Date: 1/12/18 10:52 am
From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...>
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Webster o Hamlin beach along the lake - 1/12/18 - Snowy Owls
    This morning I checked a number of spots from off Sand Bar Park to Irondequoit Bay to off Irondequoit Bay to the mouth of the Genesee River,past the Dewey Avenue and East Manitou Overlooks on the Braddock Bay and then to Hamlin. As general observations: Much of the snow cover was gone. Bodies of water with ice tended to have varying amounts of fog. Distant scope views over water were hampered by thermal distortion = heat shimmer. Duck hunters at many of the spots where ducks were hoped for.   In terms of interesting bird notes, 130+ Mute Swans at Irondequoit Bay - N and 2 ad. Bald Eagles on the ice. Also a few Redheads with the ducks and lots of Great Black-backed Gulls. Down at the Newport House area, 6 Double-crested Cormorants, but no Great Cormorant that I could find. Lots of Great Black-backed Gulls and lots of mergansers. Driving through Durand-Eastman on Kings Highway, no blackbirds today. Off Irondequoit - hunters.Mouth of the river - Snowy Owls on each pier; Summerville owl on the rip rap area before you get out to the long cement pier. Fish Crow in the park.Off Dewey and East Manitou - hunters both places. Adult Bald Eagle on the ice at Buck Pond. At Braddock Bay, a Snowy Owl about middle of the new jetty at the mouth of the Bay. Few ducks and most way out off Manitou Beach Road. Finally nothing of special interest at Hamlin Beach.     Heavy fog rolling in off the lake then heavy rain on the way home nearing Noon.Bob Spahn, <rspahn...>
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