As Nancy suggested, the southern part of Cayuga Lake apparently experienced another large-scale freezing event last night or yesterday. The main ice edge, which had remained near the dentist's office on East Shore Drive, is still present, but this morning thin ice extended uniformly north of the spot nearly to Portland Point. A bit south of Portland Point the surface became less uniform, with large patches of thin ice interspersed with areas of open water, although the distinction was difficult to ascertain from a distance. This patchy ice continued out of sight to the north of Myers, so I will be interested to hear what it was like along Lansing Station Road and points north.
Although a gull flock was still present at the ice "edge" along East Shore, most of the waterfowl I was able to find were off Portland Point and Myers Point. From Portland, I counted 17 RED-NECKED GREBES out on the lake in small groups, mostly in little islands of open water out in the middle of the lake. A group of five were also flying south over the ice headed towards Stewart Park, though I suspect they failed to find what they were hoping for. A group of nine LONG-TAILED DUCKS flew by going north, and a group of five WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS flew north and landed in the bay off Ladoga Point. RED-BREASTED MERGANSER numbers were up as well, with over 60 mixed in with more numerous Common Merganser flocks and in isolated small groups out on the lake. Good numbers of Aythya continue along the shoreline off the Myers marina and up towards Portland Point, but I did not find the Tufted or any hybrids among them. -- 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/ --