I was joined by 12 eager birders on this sunny but very chilly Saturday morning. We started by going to Stewart Park to see what was on the water. On the east side of the park we were treated to a nice collection of waterfowl, with highlights including Wood Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, and a few Aythya including Lesser Scaup, Redheads, and Ring-necked Ducks. It was hard to see much that was far out on the water because of the extreme shimmer. The Swan Pen area was lively with Passerines, including Goldfinch, House Finch, countersinging Carolina Wrens, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Here's the Ebird checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61487073.
We then went North, stopping first at Ladoga where we the best find was a pair of Long-tailed Ducks, and a pair of White-winged Scoter. At Myer's, we found a nice Lesser Black-backed Gull on the spit, but diversity was otherwise very low: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61492343. We headed towards the Aurora Boathouse, first stopping in King Ferry at the coffee shop. As we descended into Aurora, we could see huge rafts of Snow Geese far out on the lake. Just judging from the scale, there must have been tens of thousands of birds in three large groups. At the boathouse itself, the wind had picked up a bit to make it quite cold , and the shimmer again made it really difficult to see far away birds, so we could only barely make out the distant snow geese. In consolation we had a Bald Eagle soaring over the location where they nest. https://ebird.org/checklist/S61492068. Finally, we decided to make one last stop at Long Point on the way home. This yielded a few loons, but not much else: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61491877. The only other bird of note was a Pheasant that flew across the road on the way back. Despite the cold, the shimmer, and the low diversity, we all had a great day. -Paul -- Paul Anderson, VP of Engineering, GrammaTech, Inc. 531 Esty St., Ithaca, NY 14850 Tel: +1 607 273-7340 x118; http://www.grammatech.com ________________________________ The information contained in this e-mail and any attachments from GrammaTech, Inc may contain confidential and/or proprietary information, and is intended only for the named recipient to whom it was originally addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, distribution, or copying of this e-mail or its attachments is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail and permanently delete the e-mail and any attachments. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/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/ --