This morning Tim Lenz was scanning Cayuga Lake from Taughannock Falls State 
Park when he saw a PACIFIC LOON fly north past him, circle back, go south, and 
drop to the water, disappearing in shimmer aligned with and apparently closer 
to the Myers Point lighthouse. He also saw 4 Red-throated and 30 Common Loons 
and a Red-necked Grebe.

I succumbed to temptation, drove to Myers, and did not see any Pacific Loon, 
but there was considerable shimmer, particularly looking along the lake toward 
Taughannock. However, I did see 2 Common Loons and a Red-necked Grebe among 
numerous gulls on the water to the north past Salt Point and fairly close to 
the east shore. I also saw a Common Loon to the west from the lighthouse. 
Scanning from Ladoga Park Rd I saw another Common Loon in the bay to the south. 

On my way home I paused along East Shore Drive just north of the “Town of 
Ithaca” sign. I turned around and parked in the gravel area on the northbound 
side near #1143 and scoped from there rather than crossing the street. From 
here I saw 2 more Common Loons as well as the flock of female-type BLACK 
SCOTERS which Mark Chao recently mentioned. They were swimming and diving in 
the middle of the lake directly out from here, providing a much better scope 
view than I had from East Shore Park, and I believe their number has increased 
to 20. 

A quick scan from the east end of Stewart Park revealed an assortment of water 
birds, including Mallards, Buffleheads, Greater and Lesser Scaup, Surf and 
White-winged Scoters, Common Mergansers, Pied-billed Grebes, Double-crested 
Cormorants, and American Coots.

- - Dave Nutter

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