This morning I counted 212 migrating Loons from Benjamin Hill in Newfield between 6:56 and 9:11 AM. I say _from_ Benjamin Hill because none actually went overhead there; these Loons were all far to the east, and obviously following the Cayuga through-valley. I could’t have counted them without my scope, yet it would have been easy to do so from my own backyard on Tupper Road.
The flight was divided into two major pulses by the slack period that we associate with the shadow of Wayne County between the north end of Cayuga Lake and the south shore of Lake Ontario. I’m guessing that Loons heading due south from Taughannock Point or passing high over Ithaca’s West Hill were just cutting off the “Ithaca elbow” (or dogleg or whatever we might went to call it) to pick up the Cayuga through-valley again a few miles south of the city. Every Loon I saw was on a track that passed up the valley between 1,920’ “Sorry Hunter Hill” on the west and the c. 1,730’ Thatchers Pinnacles on the east, most at an altitude not much greater than those summits, say between 2,000’ and 2,200’ -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --