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Along the Lakeshore: Dec. 4

November bird watching

We wound around the various roads and observation areas without much success. Then we moved on to a large pool and the Knox Marsellus Marsh. This was a real find as it was groomed for the migrators. We spotted many snow geese, Canada geese, trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes and some smaller ducks. These critters were a long way away and it was hard to identify the small black spots on the water.

The sandhill cranes are relatively large and these were actively moving around. They would jump up and spread their wings. It seemed to be a fun move and they seemed to try and outdo each other in the spread and height of the jump. I had never seen anything like this before. The various species seemed to be organized into separate groups as they might be at a zoo. The geese were in one area, removed from the beach location where the Sandhill Cranes were performing. The trumpeter swans were out from the beach and just sort of moved around in the water.

When the wind picked up and the temperature slid down a bit, we all headed home to get ready for the SU game.

Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.

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