It was a windy, cold Spring day when I visited the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near Seneca Falls, New York last week. The Wildlife Drive was not completely open yet with a turn around and two way traffic on a normal one way drive around the Main Pool. Saw large flocks of migrating Redhead Ducks, red-winged blackbirds were staking out their territories, turkey vultures soaring overhead, Canada geese milling about, a Bald Eagle hunting near the river and other small songbirds singing. No sign of Song Sparrows, yet.
While walking on the observation deck at the Visitor Center, a streak of blue flew past me and landed on the corner of the deck’s wood fence. The female Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) stood still long enough for me to get a couple of photos before flying off. A male was nearby, staying out of range of my camera no matter how long I waited.