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Birds of spring

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22 mins ago, Deep Hole said:

Now that is a serious start to Spring...

Blackbirds, ospreys, peepers and herring are the serious signs of spring

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I'll be starting to look for early herring sometime next week. The time would normally be now if it weren't for this 2-3 day cold snap. 

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45 mins ago, rst3 said:

1st Osprey was reported today on the Cape. 

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Good to have these guys back. 

 

No, sorry.. .that's a picture of my wife at the clearance sale at Macys.    Ospreys don't have talons like that or that crazy look in their eye.

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Here's a bird report from upstate NY.  While ice fishing Lake George today in the Bolton Landing area I heard the distinct call of a whippoorwill!  They are becoming scarce in our area and I've never heard one in the day or during this time of year.

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On 3/14/2019 at 7:30 PM, buz23 said:

Here's a bird report from upstate NY.  While ice fishing Lake George today in the Bolton Landing area I heard the distinct call of a whippoorwill!  They are becoming scarce in our area and I've never heard one in the day or during this time of year.

If you here something like that , you should record it on your phone if at all  possible.

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23 hours ago, rst3 said:

Ive never even heard a whippoorwill in daytime, much less in mid March. That's an amazing report. 

 

The best I can tell, if confirmed,  It would be the most Northern Whippoorwill ever reported in the US. on or before March 14...... ever.

 

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Id also report it to the local audubon society or state wildlife officials. Theyd probably be pretty interested.

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I will note that a bird song heard in Bourne that I swore was a whippoorwill turned out to be a screech owl. This was mid to late summer.

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Something different some might not have heard of.

 

The goose in the middle that looks like a miniature Canada Goose is actually a different species called a Cackling Goose.

 

Notice how small it is, really about Black Duck size. The second pic shows the different head shape and small bill.

 

This one's a Richardson's Cackling Goose,

 

Fairly unusual around here,

 

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