Saturday, November 29, 2008

November 29, 2008: Grand Island and Niagara Falls Birding

Today we had a very brief outing to get out and enjoy the sunshine! We took a quick ride up to Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island, and Goat Island on Niagara Falls, before it got dark..

Some flocks of flying Bonaparte's Gulls at Beaver Island

A group of birds get ready to roost at dusk - Goat Island, Niagara Falls
Some wintertime berries on Goat Island
Common Goldeneye (Goat Island)

Friday, November 28, 2008

November 28, 2008: Lake Ontario Shore Birding

We took advantage of our day off today to go birding along the Lake Ontario shorline, from Olcott, to Rochester (map at the end of the post). Our main intent was to see some of the Snowy Owls that have been reported ... We were not successful, but still got a few semi-decent shots in...

Horned Grebe - Olcott, NY

Bonaparte's Gull - Braddock Bay Marina

Red Throated Loon winter plumage - Summerville Pier (Rochester)

Above and below - Flying Red-Breasted Mergansers (Summerville Pier)

Found this Grey Squirrel at Ontario Beach Park (Charlotte)
Long-Tailed Ducks at Summerville Pier and Charlotte (above and below)

Ring Billed Gull at Charlotte
We were greeted by this collection of domestic geese at the Irondequoit Bay outlet


Monday, November 10, 2008

November 10, 2008: First Accumulating Snow - Alden, NY

We had our first sticking snowfall of the season! It did not last long though... As you can see below, it looks like the garden is done!