Naturalist Dave Spier conducted an early morning bird monitoring hike around the Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) today.
At 7:00 AM, our group of four assembled in the MAC parking lot. Dave led our group (Linda from Palmyra, Chuck from Lyons and myself) out onto the frosty grounds.
Upon leaving the parking lot we saw a flock of Canada geese flying east. This was the first of several Canada geese that we would observe this morning.
Walked toward Sandpiper Shallows our presence put up a Great Blue Heron. Using Chuck's telescope stand we viewed 13 Trumpeter Swans floating at the south end of the pond.
Went towards the rim of Marganser March.
We continued toward the observation deck. Upon entering the wood Chuck brought to our attention a Red-bellied Woodpecker. Then Dave noted a Tufted Titmouse.
From the observation deck we scanned the area. Some of the Trumpeter Swans took to flight.
We headed back to the MAC center by way of Warbler Walk. There to the right of the path was a huge tree. Dave identified this massive tree as a wolf tree.
Cresting a mound Chuck pointed out an area in which he would like to place a bench.
Some of the Audubon Center flora seen on this frosted morning.
Back inside the MAC center referring to The Sibley Field Guide Dave took a few minutes to point out the birds that we saw today.
The sightings the Trumpeter Swans and the Red-bellied Woodpecker were a first for me making the early morning waking worthwhile.