Keeping Watch - Daily Updates on Spring Migration
Henry County - 2/28/12 —
The swan sightings continue to amaze me. For years we have been releasing swans and watching them disappear over the horizon never to see most of them again. Now suddenly we seem to be on a swan flyway.
Today (2/28) on the Old Rome sand pit there were 3 Trumpeter swans, 40 Canandas, 25 Greater White-fronted geese and one Bald Eagle in the air.
On 34 by-pass/Winfield Avenue borrow pit- 7 Trumpeter Swans and a couple of diving ducks (Ruddy's).
On Joy Lake there were 10 or so Red Heads, a mix of Greater/Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Ducks and one Hooded Merganser.
2/26/12 - Clear windy and 60F. Two pair of Wood Ducks on the home pond.
34 by-pass/Winfield Avenue borrow pit- 5 Trumpeter Swans, 4 Common Goldeneyes, 3 Canvasbacks, 12 Mallards, 4 Scaulps, 2 Bald Eagles (best viewing from Winfield Avenue.
Joy Lake - 1 pair of Common Goldeneyes, nice mix of Scaup and Ring-necked Ducks, two fly-by flocks of Lesser White-fronted Geese, 14 pairs of Canvasbacks, 10 Canada Geese, a few Mallards and one pair of Hooded Mergansers.
One Turkey Vulture north of the county quarry. (7 more for the day, a total of 8)
One Kingfisher on the river below Oakland Mills.
(and another flock of several hundred white fronts.)
2/24/2012 -Snow - Cloudy - 32 F.his morning there were 5 adult Trumpeter Swans on the 34 by-pass/Winfield Avenue borrow pit along with one pair of Scaulp. A Bald Eagle flew over the water while I was there.
At the Joy Lake 34 bypass borrow pit there were hundreds of Mallards and nice small flocks of Canvasbacks, Red Heads, Canada Geese, Scaulp, and White-fronted Geese, along with a pair of Ring-necked Ducks and a pair of Ruddy Ducks. 3 Hooded Mergansers showed up on the home pond.
Nice bunch of Canada Geese were visiting the old Rome Sand Pit.
One Bald Eagle was observed along the river below Oakland Mills.
We are the winners in this face off between winter and spring.