I'm surprised others haven't posted the results of various sky counts today. Mine started with an adult BROAD-WINGED HAWK circling over the Northeast Ithaca neighborhood, and at least 5 more streaming over as I walked from the parking lots o the Lab of O.
Heading out for a late lunch and seeing that Mt. Sapsucker was adequately covered (but what did they see?), I grabbed a sandwich and headed behind the Ithaca airport to skywatch. Surprisingly I saw no more Broad-wings, but I did have a migrating RED-SHOULDERED AND A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. The strangest sighting though was a shimmering flock of birds high against the blue sky — I got therein the scope and they were 9 breeding-plumage BONAPARTE's GULLS circling high overhead. Also back near the north end of Mohawk Rd. I saw a male sapsucker that had a clear red spot on the nape — otherwise didm' look too different KEN Ken Rosenberg Conservation Science Program Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850 (wk) 607-254-2412 (cell) 607-342-4594 k...@cornell.edu -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --