Orange County Cackling Goose, 11/18/17

~CACKLING GOOSE on Route 416 by Hillcrest Farms, 11/18/17.~ 

The good thing about not being able to bird all week is that I am really appreciating my birding time when I get it, down to the littlest things, such as that beautiful feeling of putting my binoculars up to my eyes and focusing in on a bird; it’s a joy. The bad thing (or at least one bad thing among the many), is that I feel out of practice. This is my second week of no weekday birding and I’ve had the same feeling both weekends, where I was just a little bit out of sorts and not really quick to ID birds.

Additionally, you would think that, since I didn’t have the opportunity to bird all week, that I might come up with a plan for my Saturday morning when I finally can get out. But I didn’t. So I just headed out and cruised the black dirt; my main goal was to try and find some Canada Geese to sort through. The morning was mostly a dud; my highlight was watching in my scope, as an absolutely gorgeous Coyote made its way across a field in the distance. That was awesome. I also bumped into John Haas, who I hadn’t seen in a while, so that was nice. We sorted through the largest group of Canada Geese that I had all morning (maybe 600 birds?). Unfortunately, we came up empty and I was running late to meet up with Linda Lou at the Bashakill to do water testing, so I had to run. While I was doing the water testing, John put out an alert that he had a CACKLING GOOSE on route 416 by Hillcrest Farms. After water testing and little lunch, I headed out into the rain and ran for John’s Cackler. It took me ages to find the bird, but eventually I did. It was a really good stop and I got really great looks in my scope and the usual goose documentary photographs. Huge thanks to John for finding and posting.

~I always hesitate to be too definitive with these birds – I have this as a Greater Scaup, at Round Lake, 11/18/17.~

After, I thought it might be a good idea to try for more waterfowl. I headed to Tomahawk Lake, since it wasn’t far away. I had: Common Mergansers, Ruddy Ducks, and a single Ring-necked Duck there. Then, I headed to Round Lake. I went there because there is a covered spot for viewing the lake, since the rain had picked up pretty good at that point. At Round Lake I had 4 species of waterfowl: Mallards, a single Ruddy Duck, two Pied-billed Grebes, and three Greater Scaup that were close enough to shore for some decent photos (rain and horrible lighting aside). By the time I left Round Lake, it was late and dark already. I was going to head to Glenmere Lake, but  that will have to wait until tomorrow…

~Three Greater Scaup at Round Lake on 11/18/17.~ 

 

4 thoughts on “Orange County Cackling Goose, 11/18/17”

  1. So glad you got the Cackling Goose! With these change of seasons and shortening days, you get in your groove as you adjust to winter birding. Great birds await us out there!

  2. Thanks for the post. After taking my wife to the doctor early this morning I had a chance to take a few close friends to some local spots. Had some success at the first 2 spots–6 Sandhills and a Cackling Goose but struck out looking for the Northern Shrike at the Great Swamp. Did see a late Woodcock on Wed. evening while again looking for the shrike . Have a great Thanksgiving.

    Bruce

    1. Sandhill Cranes and a Cackling Goose make for a nice outing. Why are shrikes so hard to track down? I’m waiting for one to show up in OC, we shall see. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Matt

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