I was on Staten Island Sunday afternoon for a couple of hours. I can't promise the 50,000 birds someone reported last week, but mid-afternoon (1-3:30) there were at least 10,000 cacklers hanging out on the island, plus good numbers of sandhill cranes. very, very few ducks for some reason.
A survey of the photos I took overnight showed the cacklers seemed about 50% aleutian and 50% cackling based on neck band (or lack of it). A quick scan didn't show me any banded birds or any that didn't fit those two types....
Sunset at Woodbridge last night was stunning, with a large flock of cacklers coming in amongst the 5,000+ sandhills that flew in for the night. Make sure you don't leave early in the dusk, since they kept coming in until well dark, and the good night chorus was just amazing.
(and don't forget next week is the festival: http://cranefestival.com/
On Oct 31, 2011, at 8:05 AM, John Cant wrote:
> I would be
> grateful if someone could advise me whether large numbers of cacklers are
> still at Staten Island,
Chuq Von Rospach, photographer, writer, and herder of cats
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