Thanks for the update.
Do you foresee any future such gatherings this season?
Thanks
Pete Saracino

On 11/14/2015 7:58 PM, Wesley W. Blauvelt wrote:
> With temperatures hovering a few degrees above freezing and winds gusting 
> from the NW at 20+ knots, conditions seemed perfect for a substantial loon 
> flight this morning. The 20+ Cayuga Bird Club members and observers who 
> arrived at Taughannock State Park around dawn were not disappointed. Dividing 
> into two watch stations; the traditional location at the confluence of 
> Taughannock Creek with Cayuga Lake and another approximately 100 yards south 
> along the lake shoreline, observations were started 15 minutes before sunrise 
> (6:31 AM). Over the course of the next two hours approximately 2,200 Common 
> Loons were observed…….plus one Red-throated Loon. Using 15 minute intervals, 
> two distinct flights were observed. Birds from Cayuga Lake were believed to 
> comprised the first flight, with there numbers declining by 7:15 AM. A second 
> flight, presumed from Lake Ontarion, began to arrive around 7:30 AM with 
> numerous waves of 60 to 70 birds arriving from the NNE just below the cloud 
> cover. This flight continued for approximately 45 minutes. A summary of the 
> counts from the south watch station follows: 6:30 AM - 19; 6:45 AM - 75; 7:00 
> AM - 277; 7:15 AM - 57; 7:30 AM - 151; 7:45 AM - 218; 8:00 AM - 102; 8:15AM - 
> 10; 8:30 AM - 27;  and 8:45 AM - 14. Count total = 958. The reported count 
> for the traditional location was 1,200. One observer noted that there where 
> too many birds to count! On that note, I would say it was a very successful 
> Loon Watch. Thanks to all who participated (and to the loons) and let’s try 
> to keep this great traditional alive in future years.
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