This morning the Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) held its monthly scheduled event in the Guided Hike series with Naturalist Dave Spier. Since there were no participants except myself today's walk turned into a road trip.
Before entering the MAC I stopped in the pull off at East Colvin Marsh. Across the highway perched in a tree were a three Kingbirds.
While leaving the MAC parking lot Dave pointed out a Bald Eagle flying over the walnut grove.
We drove to Montezuma NWR. There we continued down Towpath Road and stopped to overlook the first impoundment (N 43º 00.085 076º 45.253). There we observed the hit of the day, 6 Trumpeter Swans. The 2 adults were keep their 4 juveniles in line.
During the course of our two hour travels along Towpath Road we identified 28+ species. First time views for me were a Semipalmated Sandpiper, a Black Tern, and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Dave spotted what he believed to be a Stilt Sandpiper.
Along the towpath we encountered a birding couple, Bud and Sue, plus a lone male birder from Ithaca.
All in all a splendid hazy, warm July day for viewing birds.