Re: [cayugabirds-l] lake ice waterfowl

2014-01-28 Thread Bill Evans
Just found this paper that shows in 1994 Lake Erie went from ~50% iced over on 
Jan 12 to ~100% on Jan 21 (Fig. 8).  I’m imagining grebes on 5000 square miles 
of lake getting confined to a smaller and smaller area over a week then 
abruptly on one calm night being forced to evacuate en masse.

http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/1520-0477(1996)077%3C0071%3AWWAICF%3E2.0.CO%3B2

Lake Erie was reported to be 95% ice covered last Thursday, so I imagine the 
most recent cold snap has by now pretty much eliminated that lake’s open water 
for waterfowl.

Bill E
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] lake ice waterfowl

2014-01-27 Thread Donna Scott
Not a chance the whole lake will freeze over, Dave. 
No ice at all up here where it is 460 feet deep. 1 1/2 weeks ago water near 
shore was 39 degrees. 
It freezes only at the shallow ends and areas adjacent, usually. 
A little raft of Redheads, Ring Necks, swimming, diving here. Accompanied by 
some Mallards. 
Birding from my kitchen window on this wild, windy day seems good. 

Sent from my iPhone
Donna Scott

On Jan 26, 2014, at 11:02 PM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:

 I don't know what possessed me to walk to the lake again today, having walked 
 both to East Shore Park and past Treman to the lake yesterday. Anyway, the 
 ice has grown considerably, extending about 3/4 of a mile from the land at 
 Treman's lakeshore, so today's walk was longer than I expected. I did get 
 fine views of ducks from between houses at about #967 Taughannock Blvd, 
 including White-winged Scoters close to shore, plus all the Mergansers, all 
 the (usual) Aythya, and Common Goldeneyes. The few Long-tailed Ducks I saw 
 were diving next to the ice edge in the middle of the lake. I also saw Canada 
 Geese, the usual 3 gull species, and an immature Bald Eagle on the ice. I 
 wasn't able to scan the whole lake and saw no grebes, loons, or coots. The 
 only Anas I saw was a single male Mallard flying over Inlet Island. With 
 serious cold expected to return and continue for awhile, and the ice shelf 
 already so big, I wonder how far it will grow, or if this could even be a 
 rare year that the lake freezes over.  
 --Dave Nutter
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] lake ice waterfowl

2014-01-27 Thread Dave Nutter
I don't know what possessed me to suggest the lake might freeze over when there's a gap of some 30 miles. Still, the ice I saw yesterday was not merely over 3 or 5 feet of water, it may have been 30 to 50 feet deep. Today around mid-day I happened to drive NYS-89, after the west wind had been blowing several hours. The ice edge had eroded back from about #967 to about #911, and later I saw that the cluster of pilings was once again in open water, unlike yesterday. I expected some destruction, but maybe it won't be completely to the shallows, and with the next cold, as soon as there's calm, the ice may extend even farther. --Dave NutterOn Jan 27, 2014, at 10:05 AM, Donna Scott dls...@me.com wrote:Not a chance the whole lake will freeze over, Dave.No ice at all up here where it is 460 feet deep. 1 1/2 weeks ago water near shore was 39 degrees.It freezes only at the shallow ends and areas adjacent, usually.A little raft of Redheads, Ring Necks, swimming, diving here. Accompanied by some Mallards.Birding from my kitchen window on this wild, windy day seems good.Sent from my iPhoneDonna ScottOn Jan 26, 2014, at 11:02 PM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:I don't know what possessed me to walk to the lake again today, having walked both to East Shore Park and past Treman to the lake yesterday. Anyway, the ice has grown considerably, extending about 3/4 of a mile from the land at Treman's lakeshore, so today's walk was longer than I expected. I did get fine views of ducks from between houses at about #967 Taughannock Blvd, including White-winged Scoters close to shore, plus all the Mergansers, all the (usual) Aythya, and Common Goldeneyes. The few Long-tailed Ducks I saw were diving next to the ice edge in the middle of the lake. I also saw Canada Geese, the usual 3 gull species, and an immature Bald Eagle on the ice. I wasn't able to scan the whole lake and saw no grebes, loons, or coots. The only Anas I saw was a single male Mallard flying over Inlet Island. With serious cold expected to return and continue for awhile, and the ice shelf already so big, I wonder how far it will grow, or if this could even be a rare year that the lake freezes over. --Dave Nutter--Cayugabirds-L List Info:Welcome and BasicsRules and InformationSubscribe, Configuration and LeaveArchives:The Mail ArchiveSurfbirdsBirdingOnThe.NetPlease submit your observations to eBird!--
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[cayugabirds-l] lake ice waterfowl

2014-01-26 Thread Dave Nutter
I don't know what possessed me to walk to the lake again today, having walked both to East Shore Park and past Treman to the lake yesterday. Anyway, the ice has grown considerably, extending about 3/4 of a mile from the land at Treman's lakeshore, so today's walk was longer than I expected. I did get fine views of ducks from between houses at about #967 Taughannock Blvd, including White-winged Scoters close to shore, plus all the Mergansers, all the (usual) Aythya, and Common Goldeneyes. The few Long-tailed Ducks I saw were diving next to the ice edge in the middle of the lake. I also saw Canada Geese, the usual 3 gull species, and an immature Bald Eagle on the ice. I wasn't able to scan the whole lake and saw no grebes, loons, or coots. The only Anas I saw was a single male Mallard flying over Inlet Island. With serious cold expected to return and continue for awhile, and the ice shelf already so big, I wonder how far it will grow, or if this could even be a rare year that the lake freezes over. --Dave Nutter
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