Livia and I spent a couple of hours along the east shore of Cayuga Lake from East Shore Park up to Myers Point. A good number of Aythya flocks were tucked in along the houses and docks just north of East Shore, but difficult to get good looks at. No sign of the Tufted on this side either, but we did find two rarer ducks: Chris's REDHEAD X CANVASBACK hybrid from yesterday, and an apparent SCAUP X REDHEAD HYBRID. The former was sleeping in a Redhead flock and difficult to pick out, very similar in size and body shape to the Redheads and only slightly paler-bodied. When it would briefly put its head up, its longer, sloping Canvasback-like face was evident, but it was generally uncooperative. The scaup hybrid was more awake but even less cooperative, swimming with a line of Redheads and disappearing behind a house, not to be refound by us. It also had a very Redhead-like appearance. The back was gray, the sides pale gray, darker than a scaup but paler than the surrounding Redheads. The head was the strange reddish-purple color I have seen on other Redhead hybrids, not as black as a scaup but with just a tinge of red (not the irridescent purple that a Lesser Scaup often shows, rather a dull, matte blackish red.) I have poor photos of both birds that I will post when I get a chance.
Otherwise, the usual waterfowl dominated. White-winged Scoters and Red-breasted Mergansers continue (40+ and 22+ respectively). Myers was relatively quiet, with the point unpleasantly windy and well snowed in. Most of the activity was off the marina, but no unusual species. -Jay On Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM, bob mcguire <bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com>wrote: > I spent an hour or so along Rt 89 this morning, trying to get a good look > from the road at the large mixed flock of ducks & geese north of the ice > edge. Numerous Redheads, Canvasbacks, both Scaup, Goldeneye, Buffleheads, a > couple of Ruddy Ducks. But NO Tufted Duck. Access to the lake shore is what > was needed. I thought for a moment of walking up the ice from Elaina's but > didn't. After Dave's sighting yesterday, I wouldn't be at all surprised if > the TUDU was in that flock. > > Bob > > -- > > Cayugabirds-L List Info: > http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME > http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES > http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm > > ARCHIVES: > 1) http://email@example.com/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/ > > -- > > -- Jay McGowan Macaulay Library Cornell Lab of Ornithology jw...@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/ --