Category Archives: Finger Lakes region

More Photos from our WWNP group trip to Montezuma NWR

To view the intial article and photographs, click here.

All of our ‘Wildlife Watchers and Nature Photographers’ [WWNP] group who went to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge [NWR], near Seneca Falls, New York, are welcome to submit photographs for this gallery  (as in please do so!)

 Bald Eagle (immature), by Kathy Fenna. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
Bald Eagle (immature), by Kathy Fenna. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bald Eagle (adult), by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
Bald Eagle (adult), by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bald Eagle in flight, by Anrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
Bald Eagle in flight, by Anrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osprey at nest, by Kathy Fenna. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
Osprey at nest, by Kathy Fenna. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osprey by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
Osprey by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Harrier (female) in flight, by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
Northern Harrier (female) in flight, by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Song Sparrow, by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
Song Sparrow, by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesser Yellowlegs, by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
Lesser Yellowlegs, by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-winged Blackbird (male), by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
Red-winged Blackbird (male), by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-winged Blackbird. Esther Kowal-Bukata. Copyright, 2014. All rights reserved.
Red-winged Blackbird. Esther Kowal-Bukata. Copyright, 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-winged Blackbird. Esther Kowal-Bukata. Copyright, 2014. All rights reserved.
Red-winged Blackbird. Esther Kowal-Bukata. Copyright, 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

And last but not least, by Andrea Burke, Snow Geese in flight (1). Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
And last but not least, by Andrea Burke, Snow Geese in flight (1). Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Geese in flight (2), by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
Snow Geese in flight (2), by Andrea Burke. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Geese. Esther Kowal-Bukata. Copyright, 2014. All rights reserved.
Snow Geese. Esther Kowal-Bukata. Copyright, 2014. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As requested above, if other members of the group have photographs they would like to include in this post we would be very pleased to add them.  Please re-size them to 600 pixels on the long side and e-mail them to me, as attachments, via:  wwnp[AT]eddiewren[DOT]com — simply replace the [AT] and the [DOT] with the correct symbols.

  • To go back to the original article and photographs, click here

Eddie

WWNP group visit to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge [NWR], Seneca Falls, NY

Today’s WWNP group visit to the Montezuma NWR in the Finger Lakes region of New York State was a gem, both in terms of the weather and the 41 bird species seen.

About half of the group when we first arrived
About half of the group when we first arrived

When we arrived, about 8:00am, the sun was in a cloudless sky but there was still a fairly significant frost lying and large areas of the ponds were still under ice.  Initially we all went on the ‘Wildlife Drive’ around the Main Pool, which turned up a wealth of waterfowl, a solitary wader (lesser yellowlegs) and countless industrious muskrats.  After that, our five cars went their separate ways to various viewing areas and we re-grouped at noon, for lunch and a laugh, followed by a second trip around the preserve.

Trumpeter Swans. Copyright 2014, Eddie Wren, all rightes reserved.
Trumpeter Swans. Copyright 2014, Eddie Wren, all rightes reserved.

 

Northern Harrier (female). Copyright 2014, Eddie Wren, all rightes reserved.
Northern Harrier (female). Copyright 2014, Eddie Wren, all rightes reserved.

 

Lesser Yellowlegs. Copyright 2014, Eddie Wren, all rightes reserved.
Lesser Yellowlegs. Copyright 2014, Eddie Wren, all rightes reserved.

The birds seen were:

  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Snow Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Mallard
  • American Black Duck
  • Northern Pintail
  • Northern Shoveller
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Greater Scaup
  • Bufflehead
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Ruddy Duck (David G.)
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Egret (Susan W.)
  • Osprey (at nest sites and flying)
  • Bald Eagle (including a surprising group of 11 immatures)
  • Northern Harrier
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • American Coot
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Killdeer
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
Bufflehead (male). Copyright 2014, Eddie Wren.  All rights reserved.
Bufflehead (male). Copyright 2014, Eddie Wren. All rights reserved.
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Tree Swallow (migrating flock)
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • Song Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
Muskrat. Copyright 2014, Eddie Wren.  All rights reserved.
Muskrat. Copyright 2014, Eddie Wren. All rights reserved.

If anyone who was with us at Montezuma has any more species’ names that need to be added to this list, please just let me know.

Similarly, would all the photographers who were in the group — i.e. most of you! — kindy forward two or three of your best shots to me so we can make a gallery of the day’s images that aren’t just by Andrea and I…. please!  {:-)

Speaking of Andrea, she has already sent me some great photos which I will be posting as soon as I can on page two of this day’s write-up and these will then be linked here.

  • Gallery of photos by Kathy Fenna, Esther Kowal-Bukata and Andrea Burke: click here

Eddie — 6 April, 2014