Weather Forecasts and Geese

Mallard - Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY

Mallard - Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY

I am getting more than just a bit frustrated with the weather forecasts these days.  Today I slept in because the weather forecast said a rainy cloudy morning followed by a sunnier afternoon and evening.  When I got up this morning it was gorgeous.  When I just headed out to photograph this evening, it got cloudy.  It makes for a frustrating time.

Canada Goose - Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY

Canada Goose - Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY

Since it was getting cloudy when I left, I decided to do some scouting for tomorrow morning when it is supposedly going to be beautiful.  I headed down to Myer’s Point, a great spot to see migratory shorebirds as well as waterfowl.  My hopes were to see a Cackling Goose, a new species recently split from the Canada Goose.  There were basically zero birds visible as winds were up and a there was a kiteboarder taking advantage of the conditions.

I moved on to Stewart Park at the southern end of the lake where a Cackling Goose has been seen the last few days.  Waterfowl were fairly far out and the wind was stiff so I didn’t get the scope out.  However, a bunch of Mallards and Canada Geese had moved onto a couple ponds out of the wind.  I didn’t spot a Cackling Goose in the midst but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.  I have never seen one and they are rather tough to identify.  I did get a couple images before someone walked up to the pond and they all swam to the other side of the pond.

Tomorrow I’ll be out at Myer’s Point again hoping to find and photograph a few late shorebird migrants.  We’ll see what I can find.  Check back tomorrow for more images.

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