It's interesting to think that our coverage was so good in the Ithaca area that 
multiple groups were encountering the same birds. At Mount Pleasant, we had 2 
NORTHERN PINTAIL in a large Canada flock shortly after 1 PM, and these were 
likely the same birds that passed over Hammond at 12:50. Then, there were 3 
CACKLING GEESE together in another flock about 15 minutes later, so again 
possibly one of the same flocks. Definitely no good finches or shrikes, though!


Ken Rosenberg
Conservation Science Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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On Mar 10, 2013, at 10:33 PM, Christopher Wood 
<<>> wrote:

I spent three hours at Hammond Hill State Forest east of Ithaca this afternoon 
(starting at 12:10pm) watching migrants.  As others have noted, there was an 
amazing flight of waterfowl throughout Tompkins County and beyond. This flight 
was strongly dominated by Canada Geese. I was curious how much of a 
concentrating effect Cayuga Lake had for the geese Would there still be some 
out to the east or if were they headed toward Cayuga Lake. The numbers of geese 
were just as high at Hammond Hill as Jessie and I had seen from Monkey Run 
earlier in the day. In comparing numbers with Luke Seitz and others watching 
from Cornell campus, it seemed that we recorded very close to the same number 
of birds. While some of these birds may have been the same, the great majority 
were probably different suggesting a very broad front given others reported 
similar numbers in Trumansburg. It would be fun to organize several different 
stations in the Finger Lakes (and beyond) the next time we have such a flight 
on a weekend.

Jessie Barry and Jeff Gerbracht joined me for part of the time I was here and 
helped me find much more than I would have done on my own.

Highlights included 8 Golden Eagles, 1 PINE GROSBEAK, 1 Northern Shrike, 1 
White-winged Crossbill and at least 24 Evening Grosbeaks.

Waterfowl made up the bulk of the show: 297 Snow Goose, 26575 Canada Geese, 13 
Cackling Geese, 1 Tundra Swan, 1 Wood Duck, 2 Northern Pintail

A complete checklist with some photos can be found at the link below. I broke 
counts of Canadas into 20 minute segments for anyone interested (which may just 
be me!)

Good birding,

Christopher Wood
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