REDHEAD raft along SW shore of Cayuga Lake again/still.
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My husband and I had a thrill while walking Esker Brook trail this morning,
when a sandhill crane came flying and calling over our heads. Heading
toward Knox-Marcellus marsh maybe.
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A few minutes ago, as we were having lunch, two gorgeous male Pileated
Woodpeckers flew down just outside our window, one low on the box-elder
the other low on a black locust nearby. I think they were sizing up each
other, in an annual Spring ritual in our yard. In my bird archives I see
The Montezuma wildlife drive is open up to the spillway. The water is all
frozen. There were gulls sitting on the ice as well as two juvenile Bald
Eagles. Other Bald Eagles were sitting on the far side of the river
silhouetted by the sun. I also spotted a Harrier checking out the marsh.
This afternoon Luke, Jessie and I went up the west side of the Cayuga Lake and
focused our efforts along Lower Lake Road on the NW side of the lake. There are
tens of thousands of birds with huge numbers of Snow Geese. Most pintail are
now in the mucklands and Mallard, Black Duck and Common
Here are some highlights and other notes from around Ithaca over the past
few days. The birding hasn't been quite as easy as in our previous, very
lucky outings, but the common birds, occasional surprises, and even long
silences have still been quite worthwhile.
* FISH CROWS heard calling in
Finally made it up to Morgan Road today on the way home from Oswego. About 18
folks were gathered to view the possible evening's flight. After several
distant possibilities and half the group leaving for Carncross Road, we headed
to our car where the 90-degree angle of the buildings funneled in
After these first few owls flew by the buildings on Morgan Road (they didn't
come out until about 5:45), Scott Haber, Susan Newman and I decided to head
down to the distant birds near Carncross Road, where we could see birds
fighting with each other and perching from afar.
As part of the group that relocated to Carncross Rd. this evening where we
had excellent looks at three Short-eared Owls, I should note that the
distant possibilities that Colleen referred to were indeed distant
Short-eared Owls. They were quite far out and we tried to help many in the
This evening, Mary Jean, Emma and went to Ovid to pick up Chinese takeout, and
on the way home, about 6:30pm we saw 3 short-eared owls along Center Rd, just
east of Co Rd 129. We also drove along Rock River Rd and Wycoff Rd, but didn't
After going a long period of time without birding, I FINALLY got out today and
was rewarded heavily for it.
Bald Eagles were at every location today. had a juvenile pull a fish out of the
river along the wildlife drive. A Northern Shrike was a great warm up for the
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