Date: 11/21/20 8:53 am From: Paul Anderson <paul...> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Myers and Sapsucker Woods this morning: Snow Buntings then Fox Sparrow and GH Owl
I went to Myers at about 8:45 this morning in the hope of seeing some loons fly by. The first thing I noticed however was a hooting coming from across the creek in Salt Point. It sounded just like a classic Northern Saw-whet Owl except that the hoots were a fair bit longer. It only lasted about 30 seconds or so and I didn't go over to investigate further.
I ran into Kevin Packard there and we did see about 7-8 Common Loons, only one of which was in flight, and that one was going north and landed. We had two Bald Eagles too. The best treat though was two Snow Buntings that flew in close to us.
From there I went to Sapsucker Woods and was delighted to find a Fox Sparrow in the feeder garden along with a generous helping of the usual suspects: Goldfinch, Chickadees, W-b Nuthatches, House Finches, Mourning Doves, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Titmice, and Downy, Hairy, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Also one White-throated Sparrow.
In the tall pine tree close to where the Wilson Trail meets the Severinghaus Trail, I found a Great-horned Owl glaring at me menacingly from about 40 feet up.
I have some photos that I'll post to the FB group later.
Paul Anderson, VP of Engineering, GrammaTech, Inc.
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