Had some time today so decided to leave frozen Broome County with Dan
and check out some waterfowl along Cayuga Lake. We didn't have much time
so we focused on East Shore Park Ithaca and North Mill Pond Union Springs
awesome views of waterfowl were possible.
East Shore Park had rafts of Aythya very close mostly REDHEAD, with several
GREATER and LESSER SCAUP sprinkled in here and there. Another highlight was
5 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS distant.
North Mill Pond had mostly REDHEADS, one RING-NECKED DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON,
GADWALL, female PINTAIL, HOODED MERGANSER, 2 TRUMPETER SWANS, BLACK DUCKS,
MALLARDS, and BUFFLEHEAD. We also had a PEREGRINE FALCON fly over the ducks
and they didn't flush which was strange. It landed in a tree and we got
good looks at this bird and made sure it wasn't a gyr.
We got great looks at mostly common birds and this was very gratifying as
waterfowl have become scarce in Broome with all the ice...
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