Savannah-Montezuma (NY) – Bird Tour

Montezuma Audubon Center

After lunch decided to take a drive north to see what birds might be out and about the Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC).

Other than a few crows there were no visible birds on the ride over. After crossing the Savannah railroad bridge turned east on Seneca Street and proceeded to Van Dyne Spoor Road.

Van Dyne Spoor Road

In the woods on the Van Dyne Spoor Road observed what appeared to be two Red-tailed hawks.

Van Dyne Spoor Road

Drove to the dead end at the Seneca River.

Van Dyne Spoor Road

Two small birds flew into the bushes but they were too quick for observation.

Van Dyne Spoor Road

Driving toward the MAC. Observed a hawk at the intersection of Van Dyne Spoor Road and Savannah Spring Lake Road. It was in a tree to the left on the north side of Savannah Spring Lake Rd. First thought it was a Red-Tailed Hawk. But once if flew onto a pole on Van Dyne Spoor Road I was not so certain.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Hoped to meet up with Naturalist Dave Spier at the MAC so Dave could help me with identifying the hawk. Julie, an AmeriCorps worker, greeted me at the MAC and said that I just missed Dave who had left for the day.

On the way back home there was a Red-Tailed hawk on a pole on Rt. 89 at a spot Dave had previously pointed out to me.

Once home I emailed Dave. His response was that my photo was a Redtail (brown head and dark belly band). He added that a heavy, black belly band and light head plus white inner tail would be a Rough-leg. Also, a large hawk with a whitish line over the eye could be a Goshawk (in which case he would be extremely envious). Dave mentioned that he was working on the mid-winter Bald Eagle survey around the MAC.

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