[Ontbirds]Swallows near Goat Island

Bob Hawkins bhawkins at idirect.com
Tue Nov 7 06:21:56 EST 2006

Sunday morning (November 5)  a flock of 100+ Northern Rough-winged Swallows 
circled and "bugged" at the north (upstream) end of Goat Island. They 
continued out toward the arched bridges of the Canadian hydro water intake 
above the Horseshoe Falls. The  birds were actively feeding although we saw 
few insects.  Many of the birds were flying all around us and immediately 
above our heads, making very close-up observation possible. Global warming?

None was observed farther downstream beside Three Sisters Island closer to 
the falls.

Goat Island State Park is reached via either a footbridge or a driving 
bridge from Niagara Falls, NY (with difficulty through the roadwork). 
Birders may  walk from the Canadian side via the Rainbow Bridge.

Bob and Sandra Hawkins

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