No idea!
On Jan 15, 2018, at 3:28 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <c...@cornell.edu> 
wrote:

> PS - One more thought: has a falconry bird been ruled out?
> 
> Thanks
> 
> Sincerely,
> Chris
> 
> On Jan 15, 2018, at 3:05 PM, bob mcguire <bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com> wrote:
> 
> Here is my report on yesterday’s trip around the lake. Of particular note: 3 
> Snowy Owls, Gryfalcon, Wood Duck, Glaucous Gull.
> 
> Bob McGuire
> 
> 
> Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip 14 January 2108
> 
> Seven well-bundled up folks joined Ken and me for a day-long jaunt around the 
> lake. This trip was postponed from the previous weekend due to the cold and 
> wind. The conditions today were not much better, starting out around zero but 
> no wind. 
> 
> Because the south end of the lake was misted over, we began to bird in 
> earnest at Ladoga where we quickly got on a pair of Trumpeter Swans. 
> Trumpeters are not unusual in the Basin, but they are a rare sight in 
> Tompkins County. Our ABA on the birds brought several more birders out to see 
> them. Then, following up on the sound of distant Cardinal, we are drawn to 
> nearby feeders and were able to add Pine Siskin and Northern Mockingbird to 
> several people’s year lists. From the spit at Myers we were able to look past 
> a couple of hunters to add two Long-tailed Ducks.
> 
> The next stop was Belltown Dairy to try for field birds. We were hugely 
> rewarded with a large flock of Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, and two Lapland 
> Longspurs feeding intermittently in the middle of the road and in the 
> adjacent field. The view of a Longspur on stubby legs, hunkered in the middle 
> of the road some 50 feet away, was the best that I have ever had!
> 
> We picked up Wild Turkey along Route 90 north of King Ferry and the 
> continuing Glaucous Gull from the bluffs just south of Aurora. There we also 
> had our first and rather small flock of Aythya ducks plus four White-winged 
> Scoters and a couple of Horned Grebes. I should note there that we never did 
> come across the large numbers of Aythya (numbering in the thousands) that had 
> been seen the previous week along the east side of the lake.
> 
> In Union Springs, the Factory Pond held the usual collection of Gadwall, 
> Buffleheads, Mallards, and Black Ducks as well as three Green-winged Teal and 
> a single Common Goldeneye. On to the Mill Pond we were able to pick out the 
> single Wood Duck amid the thousands of Canada Geese and assorted Aythya, 
> Mallards, Wigeon, and Gadwall. A quick check of the outlet creek yielded the 
> day’s only Belted Kingfisher and Song Sparrow. At this point we were already 
> well past lunch time and took a short break at the Nice ’n Easy - where we 
> ran into Gary Kohlenberg with great directions to the Seneca Falls Snowy Owl.
> 
> We found the first Snowy in a field just east of the airport runway and a 
> second one perched atop one of the hangers. At that point we were pretty much 
> done for the day and headed south to check on an earlier report of another 
> owl. As we passed the quarry on Hoster Road Diane said something like “That 
> looks the right shape for a falcon”. We stopped and, for the next hour, with 
> help from Kevin McGowan, tried for good scope views of a large, dark bird 
> with a consistently dark face that was perched in the tall trees above the 
> quarry and, maddeningly, obscured by branches. Photos were taken and the 
> field marks were discussed, to the ultimate conclusion that there was, again 
> this year, a Gyrfalcon in the area.
> 
> After that we really did head for home, with a quick stop along Ridge Road 
> for the third Snowy Owl of the day. The trip went a little longer than 
> planned, but the weather really wasn’t a deterrent. I’d have to say that it 
> was a successful trip!
> 
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