The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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March 21, 2013

Spring has sprung in WNY

Medina Journal-Register — The turn-around in the weather sure doesn’t make it seem like spring and it has the waterfowl moving again. There was a big bunch of Tundra Swans here earlier, along with a large number of Pintail ducks, but the cold snap seems to have pushed most of them from our area. The waterfowl are concentrated on the bigger marshes where the wind has helped to keep spots open from ice. There are a lot of Ring-necked ducks here with a few of each of the normal species seen in this area in the spring.

Sunday morning found fresh snow and many of the small marshes froze up tight. The resident geese stayed by their preferred nesting spots but had to sleep on fresh snow and ice!

There is a high concentration of Canada geese in the area and now is the time to see the “sky full of them”. Some Tundra swans can still be seen around the refuges too.

There was a nice encounter with a Short-eared Owl on the Sour Springs Road just south of the big power line on the INWR on Saturday evening. This was very near to where I had gotten some nice shots of a SEOW on the ground on the edge of a cut corn field about the middle of February. That one only stuck around for a couple of shots but this one sat there going about his business giving me some great poses.

This owl was a little farther south where the marsh comes up to the road on the west side. There is a ditch coming out of the cattails there and the highway guys had mowed it back from the road. When I spotted him sitting there near the ditch in the cut cattails I continued driving down the road and then turned around and slowly worked my way up to about 25 yards from him. It took some time but he seemed to accept me as not being a threat. The thought was that he had a vole and was eating it but that wasn’t the case.

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