The Cayuga Inlet / Flood Control Channel in Ithaca is starting to open up.
Monday evening as I left the taxi depot, which is right next to the Fish
Ladder, I saw a quarter mile of water in the middle of the channel. There was
one Tundra Swan along with three American Black Ducks, and a few of the more
usual Canada Geese, Mallards, and Common Mergansers. I didn't wear boots to
hike beyond the parking lot for other vantages, so there may have been more
individuals or species.
Although Mallards have been frequenting the parking lot and entrance area of
Wegmans in Ithaca, seemingly because the relief channel alongside the parking
lot has been frozen, they actually have open water just downstream from Malone
Dr and partway to State St, which was packed with a couple hundred Mallards,
but no other species I could see.
Fall Creek is also open from the RR by NYS-13 and between Renwick Wildwood and
the wood chip pile on Pier Rd, and more narrowly so by the parking area at the
end of the road. I didn't have the chance yesterday to see who inhabits it, but
in the depths of the cold awhile back I saw 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and a
Common Goldeneye, which are pretty neat to see inland. Maybe there's enough
water for a Phoebe to stop there.
On NYS-89 in Romulus just south of and across from Dean's Cove an Osprey nest
that had been directly atop a power pole has been replaced by an new but empty
platform. I hope the former inhabitants like it well enough to gather a new
supply of sticks. They may not appreciate it but their fire risk will be
From Harris Park on Sunday there were two polynyi, a small one at the end of
the stone pier and a large one farther west. The larger one had many swans (a
couple hundred?, mostly Tundras, but at least 2 Mutes) plus many ducks. It was
a scope project. At Mud lock a handful of Tundra Swans rested on the ice along
the far side near just upstream from the dam, but a pair of Trumpeter Swans
was hidden among some pilings with big skirts of ice.
A few Mute Swans were among the many Tundra Swans scattered along the west
shore of the middle part of Cayuga Lake where there was open water in Varick
and near Sheldrake.
The large polynya off Myers Point held many ducks on Sunday, including Surf and
White-winged Scoters and a pair of WOOD DUCKS which Susan Danskin picked out.
There were many Mallards around the edges but I didn't see any other Anas than
a few American Black Ducks and a couple of Northern Pintail. That should be
At Glenwood Point (the Ithaca Yacht Club) there was at least one male American
Wigeon. Non-ducks at sunset on Sunday included a COMMON LOON, 5 or 6
RED-THROATED LOONS, 1 or 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, 4 HORNED GREBES, and a
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. Earlier a PIED-BILLED GREBE was photographed there.
Although there were rumors of Trumpeter Swan there, I am unconvinced yet; all I
saw were Tundras. All SIX species of Aythya were present and close along with
all 3 mergansers, and both usual Bucephala. An immature Bald Eagle also kept
On Mar 09, 2015, at 12:01 AM, job121...@verizon.net wrote:
Two new osprey platforms have been placed atop elec. poles: one across from
Union Springs High School driveway at the water plant. Another is north of the
RR track at the 2nd fire lane. Can't think of the name on the driveway sign or
what the firelane no. is. Maybe there are only crossed oars on the sign.
Down Backus Rd. in Hibiscus Harbor is a nest in a bad location, ... on top of
which has 2 transformers on it. Some sticks actually rest on the
leaves off trees, now is the time to be looking for such nests to let
know about them since she is co-ordinating such information.
Open water north of the RR bridge/Harris Park is refuge for great nos. of
but few geese at this time. A few tiny areas just south of Harris Park had
water with mostly common mergansers. The channel from the RR bridge to the
mostly open full of ducks. I saw many common red-breasted mergs,
redhead, canvasbacks, redheads scaup. Whatever else was there, I didn't
take time to
look ... oh yes, maybe 60 + swans less than a doz. Canadas. What amazed me
the great number of ducks right at the lock also on the river south of 5
In Auburn I saw many ring billed (garbage) gulls over the Bed, Bath Beyond
lot but only two north of Cayuga. Saw no evidence of eagle activity on the
nest at Mud Lock.
Out on the ice at Mud Lock I saw a female common merganser that looked
feathers that appeared to be quite water soaked. She didn't look healthy.
Along Rte. 90 north of the Lettie Cook Woods entrance were 2 dead deer lying
the shoulder, the first road kill I've seen in maybe 2 mos.. Becky released a
male skunk from
her neighbor's live trap