Thanks for the fast feedback, folks! 

I have now added the missing Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers from the Ithaca 
Christmas Bird Count, which I had inadvertently entered as Yellow-bellied 

I have updated the Peregrine Falcon report to 4 January found by Lisa Podulka 
at A H Treman State Marine Park in Ithaca, a report I had not found, although 
I’d heard rumors of a Peregrine during Count Week.

I have added Brown-headed Cowbird from John & Sue Gregoire at Kestrel Haven on 
Fitzgerald Rd in Hector on 1 January. Until today I only knew of Cowbirds on 
Hile School Rd just outside the Basin. Interestingly, 2 other reports of 
Cowbirds were also from that part of the basin.

Regarding the Barred Owl during Count Week, the reports I’ve seen were either 
before 2022 or outside the Basin, so the earliest 2022 Basin record I have is 
from Cascadilla St in Ithaca on 13 January. Any more info is welcome. 

I welcome all reports, questions, and corrections. The criteria are: The bird 
must be wild, free, alive, and within the Cayuga Lake Basin*. I’m looking for 
any independent observations of a species from the earliest date in 2022. That 
means if there is a broad migration front and people find a species several 
places at once, I’ll try to include them all. If a species is rare according to 
eBird (even seasonally rare) I’d like to know what field marks were observed 
that prompted the ID as opposed to a similar but more likely species.  

*The Cayuga Lake Basin includes land which drains into Cayuga Lake. It also 
included some land to the north which drains south away from Lake Ontario but 
toward the Seneca River or Clyde River and associated canals, and some land 
which drains north toward those rivers & canals. The boundaries on the east and 
west in this area are from a map in the 1926 book by Karl Wiegand & Arthur 
Eames, The Flora of the Cayuga Lake Basin, New York: Vascular Plants,  which 
was adopted by Ornithology professor and Lab of O founder Arthur Allen as the 
basic birding territory for study. Included are Howland Island on the east and 
Junius Ponds on the west and all the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Various 
streams are shown on that map which allow the border to be drawn onto modern 
maps as well. 

- - Dave Nutter

> On Jan 14, 2022, at 9:22 AM, Dave Nutter <> wrote:
> The 2022 first records tables (chronological and taxonomic) are now available 
> on the Cayuga Bird Club website resources page:
> Thank-you to Paul Anderson for making the tables and putting them on the 
> site, but he is not responsible for the information on the tables. I gleaned 
> the data mainly from eBird reports as well as the Ithaca Christmas Bird 
> Count, but postings on CayugaBirds-L also work well. Please contact me with 
> any questions, corrections, or submissions. 
> I’ll send a more in-depth explanation later.
> - - Dave Nutter


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