Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ashbridge's Bay, April 25, 2009 - Avian Update

While a few buffleheads and oldsquaws are hanging around (might they stay all summer?), the complement of usual suspect summer species has filled out quite nicely. While one swallow does not a summer make, a whole bunch of them starts making one think about the warmer days coming. Even the kingfishers are back. The audio landscape is now in its usual state, dominated by redwings and cardinals, then gulls, song sparrows, the chatter of mallards, squawks of Canada geese, and the occasional croak of a kingfisher, or cry of a killdeer plover. Other regulars at the park report the return of the herons, but I have yet to see one.
And the highlight, as regular readers know - the swans are on the nest!

They are on the same spot used the last few years, with mixed success.

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