The weekend provided a lot of cool natural sights and a few year birds. On saturday morning I was at Junior Staff. We had quite an adventure dissecting a Long-tailed Weasel that one of the Junior Staffers had brought in. We investigated the mysterious cause of it’s death, learned about it’s anatomy, and much more.
For the benefit of the faint-hearted I will not show any pictures of the actual dissection, because they are pretty gruesome. It’s all for science though!
There was a ton of bird activity in the woods, including a bunch of Eastern Phoebes and the highlight, a single Winter Wren in the swamp.
A brief stop at sherwood after revealed a gorgeous breeding plumage Common Loon.
The only real birding I could do was a outing to Marshlands, NY, which was a great choice. Bunches of Northern Flickers foraged in the field along with Red-winged Blackbirds. A large group of Wild Turkey displayed and ate around the feeders.
We went down to the shoreline where scoping turned up a bunch of year birds. American Oystercatchers walked along the sandbars, Greater Yellowlegs flew among the marsh, and a single Snowy Egret stood on the beach. There were also a lot of Great Egrets, 2 nesting Osprey and a Northern Gannet very close to shore.