Date: 12/6/18 10:12 am
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] First SNOWY 12/05/18
Becky & I went birding for an hr. late yesterday on our way to Seneca
Falls. We were astounded that the lake above, & river below, Mud Lock
are both very high ....  river is over the banks along River Rd.. The
canal & river at May's is very high. I fear this high water is bad news
for later on. At Mud Lock we saw 3 prs. of mallards, a young bald eagle
in a tree & 2 ring-bill gulls.

No sandhill cranes were at Knox-Marcellus but saw lots of Canadas &
ducks. Due to lateness in the afternoon all Becky could ID were mallards
& gadwall. The muck on Armitage Rd. held nearly 200 swans, most on the
north side. Light was too poor to tell what kind.  A female harrier was
hunting along the edge of the road. Water is standing in the woods on
Armitage &, again, the river under the Armitage bridge is very high.

Van Cleef Lake in Seneca Falls had 3 pr. of common mergansers & one GBB
gull. Several robins flew over. The signs entering S. Falls are now
covered indicating that the name is Bedford Falls for the mo. of Dec. as
the community readies for the annual activities of "It's a Wonderful
Life" which begin tomorrow evening & run through the weekend.

The absolute highlight about 4:15 p.m. was the Snowy owl with reflected
sunlight giving it golden eyes,  Becky spotted it sitting on a  power
pole on private land.  Black markings on top of its head, indicated to
us that it had already been found & banded.

Here in Union Springs along with Canada geese flocks, we have seen only
a couple large flocks of snow geese & tremendous flocks of hundreds of
Am. crows that have come out from Auburn to feed in the corn fields and
our yard! Along Rte. 90 on Mill pond are mallards, gadwall & many
buffleheads.  Three squirrels pigging out on my feeders get fatter every
day.  A small hawk tried for 2 goldfinches but I didn't see if it succeeded.

Factory St. pond has buffles & mallards. Over the village we have seen a
bald eagle pair & an immature. I watched as an adult took a fish from
the lake at Frontenac boat launch & flew to a willow tree by Factory
pond to eat it.

Fritzie


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