On Nov 14, 2017 1:49 PM, "Lynn Bergmeyer" <lynnbergme...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Has anyone seen Seneca Lake rarities today?  GRACO or PALO or BLGR??
> On Nov 13, 2017 12:04 AM, "Upstate NY Birding digest" <
> cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu> wrote:
>> CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Monday, November 13, 2017.
>> 1. Red-headed WP @ Palmer Woods
>> 2. Seneca Lake rarities today
>> 3. Brant
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>> Subject: Red-headed WP @ Palmer Woods
>> From: Suan Yong <suan.y...@gmail.com>
>> Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2017 10:49:33 -0500
>> X-Message-Number: 1
>> There's a red headed woodpecker at Palmer Woods, north side, 42.461656 N
>> 76.481159 W, first seen attacking a pileated woodpecker who held fast for a
>> bit before fleeing. It's been foraging and stashing food in a white oak,
>> and making occasional forays to shoo off interloping blue jays. It appears
>> to be establishing a wintering territory.
>> Suan
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>> Subject: Seneca Lake rarities today
>> From: Jay McGowan <jw...@cornell.edu>
>> Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:50:07 -0500
>> X-Message-Number: 2
>> Hi all,
>> Seneca Lake experienced an inundation of rare birds today. The first was
>> found by Kevin Ebert and Logan Kahle at Seneca Lake State Park, first
>> reported as a Barnacle Goose but on close inspection revealed to be a
>> BARNACLE GOOSE HYBRID. Based on body and bill size and the fact that is
>> was
>> hanging closely with a group of Cackling Geese, I suspect it was a
>> Barnacle
>> x Cackling cross, but it's hard to be sure. Also noteworthy were the
>> density of CACKLING GEESE in the large Canada flock off the swimming beach
>> near the east end of the park, with at least 30 in the close group and a
>> handful of others scattered in more distant groups. A few pictures here:
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40477631
>> Yesterday, Shawn Billerman, Jeremy Collison, and I had a group of 16
>> GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in with other waterfowl in Knox-Marsellus
>> Marsh
>> at Montezuma NWR. This is by far the highest number of this species I have
>> seen in the area. Checklist with poor photos showing the whole group here:
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40455625
>> Today lower numbers of white-fronts were seen by others around midday.
>> When
>> Livia and I stopped by in the afternoon we were unable to pick any out of
>> the Canadas, but we did get a better look at a hybrid we had seen the day
>> before, which I now suspect to be a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED x CANADA GOOSE
>> HYBRID. It looks quite different from the usual "Stewart Park Goose" we
>> see
>> around Ithaca, Canada x Graylag/domestic, showing more white on the face
>> with a smaller and more slender body. Again hard to be sure on parentage,
>> but I think it's a good candidate for a wild hybrid.
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40477637
>> Meanwhile at the south end of Seneca Lake, Mayte Torres discovered a
>> female-type BLUE GROSBEAK near the waste water treatment plant just west
>> of
>> the canal in Watkins Glen. Livia and I decided to drop down and take a
>> look
>> on our way home as the sun started to dip towards the horizon. We found
>> the
>> grosbeak easily enough, hanging out with Song Sparrows in the brushy field
>> behind boats just east of the waste water plant, on the north side of the
>> parking lot accessed from Decater Street off of 4th St. As we were
>> preparing to leave, I took one last scan over the lake and noticed a big,
>> white-bellied cormorant sitting on the pilings at the base of the metal
>> light tower on one of the breakwalls offshore. Sure enough, it was a
>> juvenile GREAT CORMORANT. The bird was still present on the same perch as
>> we left at dusk, and was visible from the viewpoint at the southeast
>> corner
>> of the lake as well. To cap it all off, a small, dark loon distant out on
>> the lake with several Commons convinced me it was a PACIFIC LOON. More
>> details and photos of the grosbeak and cormorant here:
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40478420
>> Birders will certainly be looking for all three of these individuals
>> tomorrow, so we will be sure to post if they are refound.
>> Good birding,
>> Jay
>> --
>> Jay McGowan
>> Macaulay Library
>> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
>> jw...@cornell.edu
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>> Subject: Brant
>> From: Judith Jones <j...@cornell.edu>
>> Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2017 22:08:57 -0500
>> X-Message-Number: 3
>> 4 in Canada Goose flock in field at south end of Stewart Park, 4:30 pm
>> Sunday.
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