Friday, March 20, 2015
Summer bird on wintry equinox
After work, I walked along the west snow fence ( yes that's ironically what its called) surrounding the Ballfields at west end Long Meadow and I saw a flock of birds sitting in field 1' s left field. Thinking Mourning doves that usually sit there, to my surprise when i pulled out my small binoculars out of my backpack and seeing 16 KILLDEER sitting closely in the snow. Scanning farther to the left in Field 2 right field, ten more KILLDEER did the same sitting motionless trying not battle the elements. A total of 26 KILLDEER in Prospect is very notable, maybe a record.
After 5 minutes though, the first flock i watched took off leaving behind ten birds to fend for themselves. Snow & Killdeer mixed up in strange setting indeed.
Meanwhile,not unexpected are the ten RINGNECKED DUCKS and 5 COMMON MERGANSER in Prospect Lake. These winter citizens are fit for snowy weather.
A check of Cornell ebird recs reveal this checklist showing the high# for Killdeer [ well,I came close]