Saturday, March 30, 2013

Rosie Now Visible at Night, Tundra Swans, and Sandhill Cranes

The HawkCam adjuster worked on the NYU Cam today and now, once again, as was the case in previous years, one can watch the NYU nest of Rosie and Bobby at nightWhen the eyeasses hatch  there is actually quite a bit of action after dark and now we will all have a chance to study it!
But earlier in the day...

 I was out driving around looking for Red-tailed Hawk nests when I looked over at a flooded field a few miles shy of  the Illinois border  and there were a flock of very white, very big birds...and they looked very much like swans, swimming around in the vernal lake. 
 Unfortunately it was a very big wet field on private land.  I drove around the field and finally found a pair close enough to identify.  Tundra Swans!

Then back to the area with a broader view of the flock.
 And arrived just at the moment a flock of Canada Geese was coming in for a landing.

I'll try again tomorrow and bring more magnification with me.
 A flock of Sandhill Cranes had just passed over when a minute after, another pair, apparently late off the mark appeared trumpeting madly, in an attempt to catch up to their brethren  on their way toward the Sugar River.

Perhaps tomorrow will bring a Red-tail nest!
 Coming soon, due to reader's  questions...the idiosyncrasies of Pale Male and Octavia's nest location at 927 Fifth Avenue.
Donegal Browne 

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