All, A few more details and highlights from a day at Montezuma. We were unable to find the reported Sedge Wren at Carncross. Shorebirds continue there in modest numbers (compared to the Main Pool), with about 50 Dunlin, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plovers and Least Sandpipers, and two Black-bellied Plovers.
Numbers on the Main Pool continue to be impressive, with Least Sandpipers numbering in the many hundreds, Dunlin over a hundred, Semipalmated Plover at nearly a hundred, Black-bellied Plovers at 6, and Short-billed Dowitchers at 14. We saw only a single White-rumped Sandpiper and Semipalmated Sandpiper. The male Canvasback continues but other duck numbers are greatly reduced, and no sign of the Eurasian Wigeon from last week. Two Common Terns hunted over the pool, and an adult male Orchard Oriole was singing from just before Larue's at the entrance to the Seneca Trail, as well as probably a second bird, unseen, farther down the drive. We birded Esker Brook and Towpath for landbirds. Tennessee Warblers were EVERYWHERE today, on nearly every checklist we submitted, with dozens at both of the above mentioned spots. Nothing too remarkable at either, but nice to see some warblers at Montezuma. On the way up and on the way back we scoped the breakwall at Frontenac Marina in Union Springs, where over 50 Common Terns were sitting on the breakwall, joined by a single Forster's Tern and, on the way up, an immature Bonaparte's Gull, and on the way back an immature Lesser Black-backed Gull. We didn't attempt a Big Day today and missed lots of southern breeders, but managed a healthy 145 or so for the day. Jay On Sat, May 16, 2015 at 9:06 AM, Jay McGowan <jw...@cornell.edu> wrote: > Notable birds on the wildlife drive at Montezuma just now included ORCHARD > ORIOLE, SEMIPALMATED, LEAST, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, > SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, > BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, COMMON TERN, CANVASBACK, and two flyover flocks of > BRANT. > > Jay McGowan > -- 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://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/ --