Birded up the East side of Cayuga Lake to Montezuma with Lynn Leopold today. Lovely, despite the cold and occasional snow squalls! Highlights included many RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS on the lake and lots of GREEN-WINGED TEAL (no European) and NORTHERN SHOVELERS at Montezuma and Carncross Road. There were several GREATER YELLOWLEGS at LaRue's Lagoon along the Wildlife Drive and 10+ at Carncross Road. Quite a few COMMON LOONS on the lake, as well. Most gorgeous bird of the day was a breeding-plumage HORNED GREBE close-in at Ladoga, among other Horned Grebes and one Pied-billed Grebe. Also at Montezuma were A. Wigeon, Gadwall, Ring-necked Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, and two N. Pintail. Redhead at the Mill Pond in Union Springs and the Factory St. Pond, and Lesser Scaup along the way. Common Mergansers at Myers Point. At Salt Point, 50-60 CEDAR WAXWINGS were living up to their names by devouring the Cedar berries.

Most surprising bird was a male RING-NECKED PHEASANT that crossed Route 90 about half a mile North of Lansing Station Road!


Still waiting for spring,
Sandy Podulka


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