GREAT EGRET confirmed in flooded area at corner of Thomas rd and Route 79 - 
still there as of 6:10 pm


On May 12, 2014, at 5:42 PM, "Christopher Dalton" 
<<>> wrote:

Hi Cayuga Birders,

Driving on Rte 79 towards Ithaca today, I caught a short look at a bird that I 
think was a great egret. I was not able to slow down or turnaround, so 
hopefully someone else can confirm the bird.

The bird was near the Caroline Elementary School, but across 79 from the school 
in a flooded field. What I remember seeing was a large white bird with long 
black legs, a long neck and a long yellowish bill. My brain said immediately, 
"Great Egret". But I wasn't able to stop, slow town, or turn around to confirm. 
Has anyone else seen this bird around? Was I seeing something? Was it a 
misleading piece of lawn statueage? I hope someone else will see the bird and 
confirm that I wasn't hallucinating!

In overdue news, Alberto Lopez, Nancy Chen and I covered much of the east half 
of Tompkins county on Saturday morning. Of the 122 species that we bumped into 
before 2 PM, highlights were 2 Soras calling and a Snipe barking at Goetchius, 
a flyover American Bittern at the Park Preserve (South), expected but awesome 
breeding warblers at this site and at Hammond Hill (Mourning, Canada, Hooded, 
LA Waterthrush, Prairie, etc), Bonaparte's Gulls and Orchard Orioles at Myers 
and Salt Points, respectively, lingering ducks, a Red-breasted Merganser and 
Horned Grebe at Stewart Park, and Cape May Warblers and a Philadelphia Vireo at 
Sapsucker Woods. Plus one frustrating glimpse at what may have been a goshawk 
at the Park Preserve, a bird that, like so many others, will remain 
unidentified into eternity.

Sure is fun birding this time of year.

Good birding,
Chris Dalton
Ithaca, NY
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