Where to Bird this Month: February

Long-tailed Duck. Non-breeding Male with Tail Erect. Irondequoit Bay (© Jay Greenberg)

Who knows what this month will bring weather-wise?  On average 90 species are seen in February. There usually is open water for waterfowl along Lake Ontario.The Genesee River is usually open somewhat as is the Irondequoit Bay outlet.  Long-tailed Duck, goldeneye, Bufflehead and Greater Scaup should be seen at these spots. Slater Creek now freezes… Read more

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Where to Bird this Month: January

Harlequin Ducks, Pultneyville (© Dominic Sherony)

Lake Ontario across from the Van Lare Treatment Plant in Irondequoit is a good spot to look for Little Gull. Sodus Bay and Conesus Lake usually have good numbers of waterfowl as long as there is open water and not too many hunters. Lake Ontario can also produce a King Eider or Harlequin Duck. If… Read more

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Where to Bird this Month: December

Short-eared Owl on Posson Road, NY © Melissa Groo - http://melissagroo.com/

In the woods, half the fun of winter birding is searching for lingering half-hardy species – birds that we usually expect to move south for the winter.  A few will stay in the area.  Check out any area with open water and food, such as berry-laden bushes and trees, or in areas of weeds and… Read more

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The Month in Birds, October 2014

Purple Sandpiper - Vagrant © Chuck Schleigh

Download Bob Spahn’s Noteworthies OCT 2014 table here. To report your November (or future) records: When possible, please enter bird lists into eBird or post on geneseebirds. Otherwise, please send next month’s reports by the 5th of December to Lynn Bergmeyer. 107 Longridge Ave., Greece, NY 14616. Narrative: October was a pleasant fall month, though there were… Read more

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Where to Bird this Month: November

Common Redpoll, Pittsford, NY. (© Richard Ashworth)

Will it be a finch winter? A Snowy Owl winter? November usually provides the clues. The first wintry weather arrives, and with it the birds of the season. Ducks, swans, late shorebirds and other migrants continue to move through the area…

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Where to Bird this Month: October

Evening Grosbeak (male), Mendon (© Dominic Sherony)

Durand Eastman Park, with its abundance of cone-bearing trees, orchard and other food supplies, is a prime fall and winter birding spot.  Webster Park also has good stands of conifers and a good view of the lake. 

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Where to Bird this Month: September

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Male © Richard Ashworth

A bit like May in reverse, this is the height of fall migration.  The woods fill with songbirds, the ponds with ducks, the lake with waterfowl, and the mudflats with shorebirds – all headed south.  September is the peak time to observe fall warblers and vireos, and most of the thrushes.  Blackpoll and Yellow-rumped Warbler… Read more

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Where to Bird this Month: August

Yellow Warbler, Pittsford, NY. (© Richard Ashworth)

Signs of fall migration accelerate.  Post-breeding dispersal is also evident, as young birds and their parents desert nesting grounds to feed and gather strength for the journey south.  On average, 167 species are seen. By mid-to late-month the first warblers will be migrating south through our area.  Bay-breasted, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Canada, Northern Waterthrush, Cape May… Read more

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Birds and People by Mark Cocker

The definitive groundbreaking book on the relationship between birds and humankind, with contributions from more than 600 bird enthusiasts from all over the world. Part natural history and part cultural study, this book describes and maps the entire spectrum of human engagements with birds, drawing in themes of history, literature, art, cuisine, language, lore, politics… Read more

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Where to Bird this Month: June

American Redstart on nest © Chuck Schleigh

June is the height of nesting season – but spring migrants can still be found early in the month. In some years, you can catch both ends of the shorebird migration; the last northbound birds at the start of the month, the first southbound birds at the end. On average, 169 species are reported. This… Read more

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