Thanks for sharing this spectacular record, Willie, as well as all the other 
great highlights from the swamps!

Gull-billed Tern was reported by DeKay (1844) to occur around the Great Lakes 
in New York State, at a time when it was not known from Long Island (e.g., by 
Giraud). DeKay's vague statement is shared by Eaton (1910) but was ignored by 
Bull (1974).

It's interesting to note that this species, like Caspian Tern, has an 
inexplicable geographic distribution--practically cosmopolitan, but highly 
localized within almost every larger region.

Shai Mitra
Bay Shore
[] on behalf of Willie D'Anna 
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2020 3:28 PM
To: 'nysbirds-l'
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Amazing Cayuga Pool in Genesee County and other rarities

Congratulations to Peter Yoerg on one of the best finds ever in Western NY 
(yesterday evening) – an adult in breeding plumage GULL-BILLED TERN. With 
little information to go on other than somewhere in Iroquois NWR, Josh Ketry 
was out at Cayuga Pool early this morning and he relocated, photographed, and 
confirmed the identification of the tern. Many birders have been able to see it 
so far today. The bird spends its time sitting in and flying over Cayuga Pool, 
as well as nearby Kumpf Marsh. At Cayuga Pool, it is usually off to the back 
left (not the extreme left) and can be difficult to see because of cattails 
when sitting. It is much easier to see in flight. A scope is highly recommended.

Cayuga Pool is being drained, which we have learned over the years can be very 
productive for birds. Other birds at Cayuga Pool today were: the continuing 
SNOWY EGRET found by Josh Ketry and singing young male ORCHARD ORIOLE, a GLOSSY 
IBIS (found by Josh Ketry and identified by Chris Wood), two WILSON’S 
PHALAROPES found by Mike Morgante, a WHIMBREL found by Joe Mitchell, and about 
300 shorebirds, mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers, with some Semi Plovers, Least 
Sandpipers, Dunlin, one Pectoral Sandpiper, and a few Short-billed Dowitchers. 
My thanks to Andy Guthrie for the shorebird report.

At nearby Tonawanda WMA, the CATTLE EGRET found by Bev Seyler two days ago 
continues. It was seen from the north-south dike through Ruddy Marsh West 
(access from Rt 77) and also seen back where it was discovered, at Paddy 2 
(access from Griswold St) and most recently, on the dike between Paddys 3 and 
4. Maps of Tonawanda WMA may be found online at the DEC web site, here:

At about 1:15 today, Joe Mitchell had an adult SWAINSON’S HAWK fly over his 
home in Alden, Erie County, heading northeast. Perhaps someone will get lucky 
and see it at the swamps and hopefully, David Brown will get it at the Braddock 
Bay hawkwatch.

Good birding!
Willie D'Anna
Wilson, NY

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