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Published July 26, 2014
Tags: General Observations, Red-headed Woodpecker, American White Pelican, Common Yellowthroat, Least Bittern, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Eastern Kingbird, Swamp Sparrow, Cedar Waxwing, Green Heron

I made the long trip back out to Montezuma today because an American White Pelican had been seen there and I just had to get another look at that massive bird! The first time I saw this species was at Tifft two years ago - and then again last year at INWR.  Lighting was very poor as it was just after sunrise when I arrived. But I did get to see him and the view was pretty decent in my scope.

I met Joe Brin for the first time there and together, we tried finding the Sandhill Cranes that I was pretty certain I heard (or was it a crow?). After getting directions from Joe, I left him and went to hike down Armitage Road. No Prothonotary Warblers were found, but I still had a few nice sightings: an Indigo Bunting, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Red-eyed Vireo, Cedar Waxwings, and, alas, a young Cowbird being fed by a House Finch.

I was surprised to see Joe coming up the road as I was walking back to the car; he found the cranes and had come to find me. Thank you, Joe! We went back to Knox Marcellus Marsh and scoped them for a little while - and then off I went again to do more area birding since I had come so far.

Many hours later, I ended the day with great views of the "famous" Red-headed Woodpeckers (an adult and its offspring) and several sightings of both adult and juvenile Least Bitterns.
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Least Bittern
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Least Bittern
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Least Bittern
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Least Bittern with his lunch
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Least Bittern
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Leaving his perch
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Least Bittern
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Least Bittern
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Red-headed Woodpecker
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Off to the right is a wood chip s/he knocked off
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Adult and juvenile Red-headed Woodpeckers
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Red-headed Woodpeckers - adult and juvenile
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Common Yellowthroat (male)
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Common Yellowthroat (male)
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Young Swamp Sparrow
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Eastern Kingbird (1 of 5 that must have been a family group)
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Cedar Waxwing
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Juvenile Bald Eagle
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1st Year Green Heron flyby
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Young Ospreys - what a huge nest they build!
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American White Pelican way out ont he marsh in very early morning light.
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Great Blue Heron - I think he's got something stuck in his bill.
Reply from: tim on 7/30/2014 9:10 PM
 Beautiful Common Yellowthroat and least bittern photos Sue.Print and frame that 1st CYT photo
Reply from: tim on 7/30/2014 9:10 PM
 Beautiful Common Yellowthroat and least bittern photos Sue.Print and frame that 1st CYT photo
Reply from: Sue on 8/3/2014 11:08 AM
 Thanks very much, Tim!
Reply from: Metis Birding on 8/15/2014 9:39 AM
 Looks like a great day of birding-- and some nice photos to show for it! I have always loved Cedar Waxwings.