Date: 4/2/21 6:44 pm From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...> Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Sandhill Cranes, Teals and Lesser Yellowlegs - and one comment
Today was the opening day of the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge "Loop", so our day was spent birding in and around that area.
On the back side of the Refuge (Morgan Road), we spotted 9 Sandhill Cranes in the cornfield on the right.
On Corncross Road, we spotted Lesser Yellowlegs in the shallow ponds right when you enter that road.
In the first pond at the entrance of Montezuma by the visitor's center, Blue Winged and Green Winged Teals.
One comment: When you drive on 5 & 20 East to get to the Refuge, one usually can stop on the side of the road right before entering, and see many old and new Osprey nests. Some of which have been these for 20+ years. Recently, National Grid came by, and removed EVERY single nest. They replaced most of these sites with discs, in the hopes that the birds will come back and make new nests on them, but what a shame. That made us sad. We called the Refuge's Visitor Center to find out what had happened.