Two More Lifers – Woo Hoo!

I went back to the Irondequoit Bay Outlet on January 4th and found two more lifers (I still haven’t straightened out the lifers from the other day, but I will when I get a chance). I’ll say up front that these photos stink because I was in a Private Property, No Trespassing, No Parking zone, so I stayed in my vehicle so I could make a fast getaway if I had to. The birds were pretty far out, they were on the move, the water was moving pretty good, and I was almost pointing the camera directly into the sun. Enough excuses? Okay, here goes! I saw at least two male and two female Buffleheads Bucephala albeola:

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And I saw some Mute Swans Cygnus olor:
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Thank you Mon@rch for providing ids without my having to ask! I’m really looking forward to going to Montezuma Wildlife Refuge in the spring – I’ve been told that there are 25 different species of ducks there, among many other birds. Even though Mon@rch says the Batavia Water Treatment Plant is better because the birds are closer. Uh huh, you read right, water treatment plant. As in everything that goes *down* the toilet.

Soooo, the test went well. I saw some of my friends, but didn’t have time to talk much. The test lasted for 4 hours, I was there for 1.5 hours after going through my test twice, and figured I wasn’t missing anything so I left. And that’s that. I’m not allowed to talk about it. Bummer. I wanted to talk about it.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mon@rch
    Jan 06, 2007 @ 15:25:41

    shouldn’t be long before we get your life list up!!

    Reply

  2. Pam
    Jan 06, 2007 @ 15:41:08

    Yay Mon@rch! That’s good to hear – I’d hate to tell you where I’m at right now. Thank you again for all of your help!

    Reply

  3. Mary
    Jan 06, 2007 @ 20:10:23

    These photos don’t stink, Pam! I’ll learn some IDs just by reading your posts. The swans are great. I love water and the birds that go with it.

    You must have aced the test if you went through it twice. I sure hope you will be happy with the result!

    Keep trespassing on private property and in no parking zones. It’s worth it, don’t ya think?

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  4. Susan Gets Native
    Jan 06, 2007 @ 22:20:24

    I was thinking about you on my birding trip today.

    You have a bird on your life list now that I DON’T HAVE, you stinker. I have seen tundra swans, but not mute swans.

    Your pics are very good, considering they were ill-gotten.
    🙂

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  5. Lynne at Hasty Brook
    Jan 07, 2007 @ 04:26:01

    Hooray on your new life birds! The mute swans are beautiful!

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  6. Pam
    Jan 07, 2007 @ 08:55:30

    Mary – thanks – it’s just as you described on your blog – don’t breathe, don’t do anything when you’ve got the zoom going!
    I hope the test results come back good, too! Now that I’ve taken this one, I’m looking to sign up for another one for an historical park – right up my alley!
    Yup – I almost went down to the bay yesterday after my test, but figured people *might* be home then – I wouldn’t want to see something I just have to photograph and not be able to!

    Susan – of course I had to go to your blog to see why you were thinking of me! Scat fungus – cool – and scary man-made water control – argh!
    I’m sending you some good vibes to find some mute swans – or you could take a *long* drive to see the ones here! 😀
    Ill-gotten photos are the best – as you know!

    Lynne – Thanks! They are beautiful – I love the curve of their necks!

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