Where to Bird this Month: February

Who knows what this month will bring weather-wise?  On average 90 species are seen in February.

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

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

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 but you may find mergansers near there.

Feeders could become the best spots for seeing birds this month. Harsh weather will make a food supply attractive and draw American Goldfinch, redpoll and of course Black-capped Chickadee.

Snow Bunting may still be found along the edges of roads near fields where seeds may have gotten caught.

Virginia Rail, Mendon Ponds, NY. (© Richard Ashworth)

Virginia Rail, Mendon Ponds, NY. (© Richard Ashworth)

Mendon Ponds has produced Virginia Rail the past couple of years.

If you really need a bird fix, grab some sunflower seed and walk the Nature Center trails to feed the Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse and nuthatches. The first spring hawk flights may occur near the end of the month. Stay tuned to happenings at Braddock Bay Park.

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  • Dennis Fronheiser

    Is it common for Eastern Bluebirds to winter over?
    I just sat one in the woods at Hamlin Beach StPk.

  • Hi there. Yes it’s very common for some hardy individuals to over winter. They tend to group in small flocks so you often see more than one.

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