Yesterday afternoon, Ann Mitchell, Gary Kohlenberg & I went to Dryden Lake 
seeking the RED-NECKED GREBES which Jay reported. The grebes were together in 
the middle of the lake, mostly sleeping, but they did wake up, and preen a bit. 
They are distinctive enough to ID even when asleep, though, by their large size 
and typical grebe sleeping posture with the head resting on the middle of the 
back. My guess is that with north winds continuing, these birds may remain 

The only other waterfowl were an expected raft of CANADA GEESE, about 40 
scattered COMMON MERGANSERS, and one each of male HOODED MERGANSER and male 
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. The last species may be uncommon on Dryden Lake. I also 
glimpsed an adult BALD EAGLE, which I gather is not unusual there in recent 
years. Anyway the lake was ice-free and open for business, and worth checking 
during migration if you are in the area. The distance and waves there don’t 
hide waterbirds so much as on Cayuga Lake.
- - Dave Nutter

> On Mar 3, 2018, at 12:21 PM, Jay McGowan <> wrote:
> Two nonbreeding plumage RED-NECKED GREBES are currently sleeping in the 
> middle of Dryden Lake. Not much else aside from numerous Common Mergansers.


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