Saturday, June 8, 2019

Saturday's Critters #286

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On the afternoon of the second day of our Finger Lakes NY trip  we drove to the Montezuma Nat'l Wildlife Refuge in Seneca Falls New York.  The wildlife refuge is located near the end of the Cayuga Lake.  We drove the 3.5 wildlife drive, seeing Purple Martins, Great Egrets, Canada Geese, Red-wing Blackbirds, Bald Eagle, Northern Shoveler duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Tern, Gadwall ducks, DC Cormorant, Song Sparrow, Mallards, unknown Sandpiper and lots of turtles.  



The Canada Geese were the most common bird seen at the wildlife refuge.  


There were a few Great Egrets in different areas of the refuge. 


I am guessing at this id, I think they are Gadwall ducks. 


We saw a few Great Blue Herons at the wildlife refuge. 


I think this is a juvenile Bald Eagle. I do not see the white head. 


Another guess at this bird, a Caspian Tern?  I appreciate any corrections on my id guesses. 


The Purple Martins were at two bird houses near the visitor center. 


The Pied-billed Grebe is a cutie. 







I really loved this Bald Eagle sculpture near the end of the wildlife drive. I think it can be seen off of Rt 90.



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57 comments:

  1. I think that is a royal tern.

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  2. Hi Eileen,
    Such wonderful shots of birds in some sort of action. Surely you have the felicity to click at the right moment! Way to go!

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  3. These photos of the birds make great postcards. It is nice to see them closeup without visiting the place.

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  4. Hi Eileen!
    Tyvärr kan jag inte hjälpa dig med identifikationen men jag njuter av dina fantastiska fågelbilder! En rik natur som bjuder den intresserade på mängder av upplevelser.

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  5. Dearest Eileen; I always love your picture made in collage. I sometimes black kite flying, Haha not successful enough to post. The picture of flying bald eagle is wonderful and the great sculpture is stunning♪ How sweet the Grebe looks♡♡♡
    Thank you very much for hosting and Have a wonderful weekend and new week(♡˘◡˘♡)
    Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  6. Love the Purple Martins...they are so lively birds.
    Enjoy your Saturday and thanks for hosting!

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  7. Hello Eileen,
    You have made beautiful series of photos of your trip.
    The last photo is my favorite.
    I also think that they are mallards.
    Do you want to place my link, I still don't succeed.
    Best regards Irma

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  8. Hari OM
    that sculpture is quite something! As to the Gadwall and the Tern - both correct... and I adore the grebe! YAM xx

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  9. Both your Gadwall ID and your Caspian Tern ID are correct, Eileen. Well done!

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  10. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful images. The sculpture was very impressive made.
    Happy Weekend!

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  11. what awonderful selection of birds, I particularly like the photo of the martins in their little home

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  12. ...I'm glad that you had an enjoyable visit to Montezuma!

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  13. Tão lindas que me deu vontade de ali estra! ADOREI! beijos, ótimo fim de semana! chica

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  14. Great photos of the birds. I love the Great Egret, such a lovely bird and the eagle sculpture is gorgeous. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. I should also have mentioned that as best as I can tell from the picture the mystery sandpiper is a Spotted Sandpiper.

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    1. Thanks again, that would have been my guess. I think it was on the list of birds seen that morning too.

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  16. Very busy place! Egrets and herons are among my favorites. Love the martin houses!

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  17. I looked up Maryland on the map, it's so much fun seeing all these critters return north to us all. I love them! Thanks for hosting. Have a great one!

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  18. Another amazing array of wonderful critters, Eileen! That eagle sculpture is quite something.

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  19. Isn't that sculpture gorgeous! Love the juvenile Eagle you saw too! Enjoy your weekend! Happy critters!

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  20. Hi Eileen. That's a very striking collage of the many different birds of your trip. And yes, your ID of both Gadwall and Caspian Tern is correct. We get both species over here, the Gadwall is common, the tern less so. Good to see so many Purple Martins busy at their collective home.

    Thanks for the link and enjoy your weekend.

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  21. Nice collection of bird pics!

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  22. i see you did very well with your identifications. finger lakes looks like a great spot, beautiful pictures of the big birds. a great selection of birds!!!

    have a great weekend, many thanks for hosting!!!

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  23. love the gadwall ducks first, the grebe second and the Eagle that looks real 3rd place. so much beauty.

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  24. i forgot to say that i also LOVED the sculpture of the bald eagle!!

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  25. Great shots of all these different birds!

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  26. This looks like an excellent wetlands with a good variety of species.

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  27. I'm always impressed with your selection of birds. Now I need to get a baby rabbit out of my window well.

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  28. An fine assortment of birds! The eagle sculpture needs a pressure wash! I am reminded of the damage which was done to the Finger Lakes by acid rain. Toxic sulfurous smoke from the coal-burning power plants and other industries in Pennsylvania streamed up to northern New York State and threatened the entire food chain which depended upon the fish and other aquatic species. Cleaning up the effluent reversed the problem. How any thinking person can deny the adverse effects of pollution is beyond me. Sadly our oceans are becoming more acid with no end in sight.

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  29. Great Blue Herons look so attractive...
    Thank you for sharing wonderful photos

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  30. Nice mosaic of all posted critters and love the sculpture of the Eagle
    MB

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  31. all very wonderful nature photos ~ love the 'condo like' bird house ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  32. Certainly looks like a bald eagle to me! Thanks for hosting dear

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  33. The bird house, hope there were some vacant rooms for them all, and then the Grebe, what a surprised look in his eyes. Lovely mosaic, you captured the ones in flight so well.The sculpture, what a marvellous piece of work to have there, from a distance it would look very real.

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  34. Hi Eileen, Thanks for taking us along to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in Seneca Falls. Wow, you saw a lot of birds. Thanks for the neat photos. I am amazed at things like comparing the Great Egrets and the Great Blue Herons. They look almost exactly alike except for the color. And, yes, the Pied-billed Grebe is a cutie! Thanks for sharing all and for hosting the link up. Wishing you a fine weekend! John

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  35. Herons always look so elegant! Thanks for hosting us each week, Eileen!

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  36. I love that sculpture and the vintage martin house...great birds in your post.

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  37. Wonderful birds, and a terrific sculpture.

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  38. I never see grebes here. Wonderful photos.

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  39. You've seen so many beautiful and interesting birds! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  40. The east coast has such a wonderful array of birds due to all the fly over migration routes! You saw so many beautiful birds at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in Seneca Falls. I'd love to =visit these parts of upstate NY someday

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  41. Wow, nice. I love the bald eagle sculpture !

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  42. What a wonderful variety of birds you saw, I do like how you've done your mosaic of photographs.
    That is such a great sculpture too.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    All the best Jan

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  43. Lots of great looking photos of all the birds.
    Wonderful sculpture of the eagle!!

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  44. Eileen I see you have already received your ID answer. This is a wonderful place to visit and so much to see. Great shots of all the critters. Thanks for hosting and have a lovely week ahead.

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  45. I love seeing all the water birds! The Grebe is especially cute. And the Eagle sculpture is wonderful!
    Have a great day!

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  46. Amazing pics. Beautiful birds.
    Greetings.

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  47. Today, I'd like to extend my many thanks for being a loyal participant at I'd Rather B Birdin'...much appreciated!!

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  48. Eileen, you've outdone yourself with all the photos this week. I wish I could see a grebe in particular. My friends had one enter their back yard from a scrubland area and were at first shocked by how ugly it appeared, then fascinated when they got their bird book and identified it.

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  49. Marvelous sightings here, Eileen -- including that wonderful sculpture! Happy new week!

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  50. What a treasure trove of birds! I think that is juvenile Bald Eagle, too.

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