Friday, September 26, 2014

Autumn Arrives

It was a busy week after my holiday week off, but I managed to get out for a bit Wednesday and Thursday evenings as the summer closed.  I chose Mitchell's Bay as waterfowl is now migrating through.
Upon my arrival at the shore trail at Angler Line, a couple of geese were calling.  Obviously not Canada Geese, so I looked up and saw a pair of Snow Geese flying overhead.

There were a few hundred geese in the field, but nothing else of note.  Greater White-fronted Geese have been reported in various locations this week, so be on the look-out for them.

I sat on the dock for some some time and noted quite a few Pied-billed Grebes on the Bay.  A few Great Egrets were around as usual.  It was a year ago the Snowy Egret was at Mitchell's Bay.  And, a year ago (September 21) that strange sighting of a Purple Sandpiper!  I guess that will never happen again!

At the dock area, several dragonflies were moving around. I caught sight of this red-type saddlebags. I never got a good side view, so I am not sure if it is a Red or Carolina, but nice to see anyway.

While there, I got a brief view of a Least Bittern.

I went out again Thursday, but there was less activity.  More geese in the field though, including three Snow Geese.

The weather is extremely nice for this time of year, but maybe there is some rare bird out there.  A White Ibis perhaps?
Let's see what happens this weekend!

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