I neglected to include on 1 January
Red-breasted Merganser by Sarah Hansen along CR-153 in Sheldrake, Ovid
...which makes 99 species on 1 Jan and 108 to date.

- - Dave Nutter

> On Jan 16, 2020, at 5:09 PM, Dave Nutter <nutter.d...@me.com> wrote:
> 
> I am filling out the Cayuga Lake Basin 2020 First Records table. Its 
> availability for your perusal on the Cayuga Bird Club website Resources page 
> should be ... imminent. As I said, I’m working on it. Meanwhile here’s a 
> preview.
> 
> I think I have sorted out almost all the information I sought regarding the 
> Ithaca Count on New Year’s Day (aka Christmas Bird Count). In addition to 
> those 89 species (appended below this message), there were an additional 9 
> species reported elsewhere in the Basin on 1 January:
> 
> 90) Snow Goose by Amelia Otis at Rafferty Rd in Genoa
> 
> 91) Mute Swan by Kevin McGowan from Portland Pt Rd in Lansing and by Dave 
> Kennedy at Cayuga Lake SP on Lower Lake Rd in Seneca Falls
> 
> 92) Trumpeter Swan by Dave Kennedy in Montezuma NWR from NYS-89 in Tyre and 
> on the north side of Armitage Rd in Galen or Savannah, and by Wade & Melissa 
> Rowley on Carncross Rd in Savannah
> 
> 93) Tundra Swan by Dave Kennedy in Montezuma NWR at Tschache Pool and at from 
> East Rd in Tyre, and by Wade & Melissa Rowley on Carncross Rd in Savannah
> 
> 94) American Wigeon by Dave Kennedy in Montezuma NWR from East Rd in Tyre
> 
> 95) Northern Pintail by Dave Kennedy in Montezuma NWR from East Rd in Tyre
> 
> 96) Ring-necked Duck by Sarah Hansen at Sheldrake along CR-153 in Ovid, by 
> Dave Kennedy at Cayuga Lake SP on Lower Lake Rd in Seneca Falls, and by Wade 
> & Melissa Rowley on Carncross Rd in Savannah
> 
> 97) Snowy Owl by Janet & James Sandefur at the Finger Lakes Regional Airport 
> in Seneca Falls
> 
> 98) Northern Shrike by Janet Akin on Farron Rd in Seneca Falls
> 
> 
> On 2 January these species were added:
> 
> 99) Green-winged Teal by Dave Kennedy in Montezuma NWR from East Rd in Tyre, 
> and by Jane Graves and Barbara Clise on the Factory St Pond in Union Springs, 
> Springport
> 
> 100) Gyrfalcon by Reuben Stoltzfus, Joe Brin, and Renee Kittleman in Seneca 
> County. I’ve heard rumors the bird was seen in the basin on 1 January (if so, 
> please let me know by whom), but that’s been hard to confirm because eBird 
> censors the data to protect the species, and for similar reasons this 
> location is vague. 
> 
> 
> On 4 January...
> 
> 101) Horned Lark by Chris Wood at Finger Lakes Regional Airport in Seneca 
> Falls
> 
> 
> On 7 January...
> 
> 102) Iceland Gull by Reuben Stoltzfus along Lower Lake Rd in Seneca Falls
> 
> 103) Northern Saw-whet Owl heard by Chris Wood on Etna Rd between Mohawk and 
> Hanshaw Rds in Dryden
> 
> 
> On 8 January...
> 
> 104) Peregrine Falcon by Dave Kennedy at Van Cleef Lake in Seneca Falls
> 
> 105) Hermit Thrush by Shawn Billerman around the Lab of O, which could be in 
> Ithaca, Lansing, or Dryden
> 
> 
> On 11 January...
> 
> 106) Tufted Duck by Jay McGowan in the SW part of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca
> 
> 107) Black Vulture by Kevin McGowan on Stevenson Rd in Dryden
> 
> 
> That’s all the species reported in the Cayuga Lake Basin this year that I’m 
> aware of so far. If you think I may have screwed up, please let me know. 
> 
> Also, for Count Week, I’m aware of 3 additions: a distant female Red-breasted 
> Merganser I saw on Cayuga Lake from the SW corner on 31 December;  a Snow 
> Goose found by Meena Haribal and Amelia Otis on Beebe Lake on 2 January; and 
> a Ring-necked Duck found on Beebe Lake by Amelia Otis, Daniel Toronto, and 
> Leah & Ruth Dodd on 2 January.  
> 
> And regarding small falcons on the Ithaca Count, it was definitely 2 
> different American Kestrels, one sighted a couple times (sorry, I did not 
> find out by whom) around Boiceville Rd in Caroline, and one along Stevenson 
> Rd in Dryden reported by Anne Clark. As for the 5 Merlins reported on the 
> Count, I have not tried to track down where and when they were seen, nor what 
> direction and how fast they were going, but of my three sightings of Merlin 
> within the Count Circle so far this January, two of them were flying very 
> fast and probably were crossing a boundary between Count Areas. 
> 
> - - Dave Nutter
> 
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
>> From: Dave Nutter <nutter.d...@me.com>
>> Date: January 1, 2020 at 11:11:32 PM EST
>> To: CayugaBirds-L b <cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu>
>> Subject: Ithaca Count - quick & dirty data
>> 
>> Here’s a brief run-down of what was reported at the compilation this 
>> evening. Some numbers may be revised. Species only found by a single party I 
>> hope to find out where & by whom. Many species had below average numbers. 
>> Here are the species that were found, grouped by 5s:
>> 
>> Canada Goose 2770
>> Wood Duck 1 (Scott Sutcliffe et al, somewhere on W side of lake)
>> Gadwall 4 (area 9, hoping for details)
>> American Black Duck 2 (Dave Nutter, Hog Hole)
>> Mallard 458
>> 5
>> Canvasback 1 (area 9, hoping for details)
>> Redhead 3700 (may be kept despite similar number from 3 areas)
>> Greater Scaup 5
>> Lesser Scaup 6
>> White-winged Scoter 1 (Dave Nutter, W side of lake)
>> 10
>> Long-tailed Duck 2 (area 9, hoping for details)
>> Bufflehead 3 (area 8, hoping for details)
>> Common Goldeneye 133
>> Common Merganser 11
>> Hooded Merganser 30
>> 15
>> Ruddy Duck 6 (possibly same 3 counted from areas 7 & 8)
>> Ring-necked Pheasant 1 (by ? on Pheasant Walk, Caroline)
>> Ruffed Grouse 6
>> Wild Turkey 58
>> Common Loon 5
>> 20
>> Pied-billed Grebe 6
>> Red-necked Grebe 1 (Chris Wood, N of E Shore Park)
>> Double-crested Cormorant 4 (SE part of Cayuga L)
>> Great Blue Heron 2
>> Turkey Vulture 67 HIGH
>> 25
>> Northern Harrier 1 (area 8, hoping for details)
>> Sharp-shinned Hawk 5
>> Cooper’s Hawk  7
>> Bald Eagle 16 (HIGH but may be revised if double-counted)
>> Red-tailed Hawk 118
>> 30
>> Rough-legged Hawk 2
>> American Coot 4 (area 8, hoping for details)
>> Ring-billed Gull 458
>> Herring Gull 1084
>> Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 (at Cornell Compost & Stewart Park)
>> 35
>> Great Black-backed Gull 133
>> Rock Pigeon 1286
>> Mourning Dove 439
>> Eastern Screech-Owl 22
>> Great Horned Owl 5
>> 40
>> Barred Owl 2
>> Belted Kingfisher 5
>> Red-bellied Woodpecker 251
>> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 (by ? at Kendal)
>> Downy Woodpecker 390
>> 45
>> Hairy Woodpecker 148
>> Northern Flicker 21
>> Pileated Woodpecker 37
>> American Kestrel 2
>> Merlin 5 HIGH
>> 50
>> Eastern Phoebe 1 (by ? near Quarry & Ellis Hollow Rds)
>> Blue Jay 1144
>> American Crow 1541
>> Fish Crow 15
>> Common Raven 37
>> 55
>> Black-capped Chickadee 2078
>> Tufted Titmouse 425
>> Red-breasted Nuthatch 18
>> White-breasted Nuthatch 407
>> Brown Creeper 16
>> 60
>> House Wren 1 (by John Fitzpatrick? location?)
>> Winter Wren 2
>> Carolina Wren 84
>> Golden-crowned Kinglet 52
>> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6 HIGH
>> 65
>> Eastern Bluebird 54
>> American Robin 22
>> Gray Catbird 1 (Phil McNeil, Jackie & Patrick Marr on Freeville-Dryden Trail)
>> Northern Mockingbird 5
>> European Starling 2118 (to be raised)
>> 70
>> Cedar Waxwing 33
>> Snow Bunting 1 (by John Fitzpatrick over Caroline School)
>> Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
>> American Tree Sparrow 209 (to be raised)
>> Chipping Sparrow 2
>> 75
>> Field Sparrow 3 (area 8, hoping for details)
>> Dark-eyed Junco 706
>> White-crowned Sparrow 2 (feeder on German Cross Rd)
>> White-throated Sparrow 124
>> Song Sparrow 89
>> 80
>> Swamp Sparrow 9
>> Northern Cardinal 456
>> Red-winged Blackbird 1 (by? near Calkins Rd)
>> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
>> House Finch 325
>> 85
>> Purple Finch 5
>> Pine Siskin 1 (feeder on Hinging Post Rd)
>> American Goldfinch 440
>> House Sparrow 498
>> 89
>> Initial tally was said to be 90 species, so maybe I missed one?
>> 
>> Species already found during Count Week (29-31 Dec, 2019):
>> 
>> Red-breasted Merganser (Nutter, SW Cayuga L 31 Dec )
>> Others?
>> 
>> Some species to seek for Count Week (2-4 Jan, 2020):
>> 
>> Greater White-fronted Goose
>> Snow Goose
>> Cackling Goose
>> Mute Swan family of 3 if they enter count circle near Myers
>> Tundra Swan
>> American Wigeon
>> Northern Shoveler
>> Northern Pintail
>> Green-winged Teal
>> Ring-necked Duck
>> Tufted Duck
>> Surf Scoter
>> Black Scoter
>> Red-throated Loon
>> Horned Grebe
>> Wilson’s Snipe
>> Bonaparte’s Gull
>> Iceland Gull
>> Glaucous Gull
>> Long-eared Owl
>> Short-eared Owl
>> Peregrine Falcon
>> Northern Shrike
>> Horned Lark
>> Hermit Thrush
>> American Pipit
>> Lapland Longspur
>> Fox Sparrow
>> Savannah Sparrow
>> Eastern Towhee
>> Eastern Meadowlark
>> Rusty Blackbird
>> Common Grackle
>> Common Redpoll
>> 
>> 
>> - - Dave Nutter

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