Make it 3 on March 3rd.

Today I went out in search of the Greater White-Fronted Goose that had been seen in the same area as the Pink-footed Goose. I cruised by Pierce Circle first and found no geese present. My second stop was Breeze Hill Road and Lynch Avenue, where after about 20 minutes of searching I located the GWFG among 200 or so Canada Geese. The bird was foraging on the bank beyond the pond at first and then moved down into the water with approximately 40 Canadas. I got really good looks at the bird in my scope, but it was quite a distance from the road. What a weekend it has been, three really good birds all in Orange County! Here is a heavily cropped long distance shot of the bird:

Greater White-fronted Goose at Breeze Hill and Lynch in Orange County NY, 3-3-13
Greater White-fronted Goose at Breeze Hill and Lynch in Orange County NY, 3-3-13

Update 3-7-13, here’s one more photo of the Greater White-fronted Goose:

Unfortunately the sun was at the birds back, preventing a decent photo. GWFG in Orange County, 3-3-13.
Unfortunately the sun was at the birds back, preventing a decent photo. GWFG in Orange County, 3-3-13.

 

It was a nice sunny day, so I wanted to try to actually get some decent photos, so I headed to Wallkill River NWR. Karen Miller eventually met me over there and we walked the Liberty Loop. We had a lot of birds and I had some decent results with the camera:

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I’m still enjoying the N. Harriers. They were abundant today at the Wallkill River NWR.
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We were happy to see many Northern Pintails present. Wallkill River NWR 3-3-13.
Northern Pintails in flight at Wallkill River NWR, 3-3-13.
Northern Pintails in flight at Wallkill River NWR, 3-3-13.

 

 

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