[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Bird ID Help Needed

2015-01-04 Thread Sandra Wold
Today after the storm clouds parted around 3pm, the sun came out and Cayuga
Lake at Stewart Park was glorious, and may still be!  Can anyone verify the
following birds at Stewart Park?  They were in the far eastern corner and
then some of them moved westward.
1 Red-throated Loon in winter plumage? gorgeous, elegant, stunning and
looked more like a Western Grebe, which I know is highly unlikely if
impossible.
2 Red-necked Grebes?  but the heads were dark black and bird looked more
like a Double-crested Cormorant but Mallard-size, swimming with 6
domestic(?) Snow Geese (orange beaks, no black feathers).
2 Common Mergansers?  but looked the coot-size!
and there was a Great Blue Heron napping in the muck near the RR tracks!

Thanks in advance for any help!
Sandy

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Bird ID Help Needed

2015-01-04 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Stewart Park was definitely not glorious when I visited at around 1:30 today! 
Overcast, windy, and rain made viewing conditions hard, and the heat shimmer 
made any far offshore identifications just about impossible.  Close-in I had 
nothing but Mallards and domestics, along with the three expected gulls. I did 
have two juvenile Great Blue Herons jousting over the minnows to be speared in 
the lagoon off the creek, along with a Belted Kingfisher, but that was the 
extent of interesting birds for me. A scan from East Shore Park added only a 
pair of Northern Pintails very far off north into the shimmer.

The small flock of domestic ducks hanging out at the east end of the Stewart 
Park includes some all-white “Pekin” domestic Mallards, some all-dark, glossy 
“Cayuga ducks”, a couple of Indian runner Mallard domestics (they look like 
bowling pins when they walk), and a few mixed others, including a broken-wing 
clean Mallard make that might be a hunting injury looking to hang out with the 
ducks that don’t fly off all the time. As a rule, anything odd with them is 
just an odd domestic mutant individual.

No loons, no grebes, no scoters, no Cackling Geese for me today.

Kevin

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Bird ID Help Needed

Today after the storm clouds parted around 3pm, the sun came out and Cayuga 
Lake at Stewart Park was glorious, and may still be!  Can anyone verify the 
following birds at Stewart Park?  They were in the far eastern corner and then 
some of them moved westward.
1 Red-throated Loon in winter plumage? gorgeous, elegant, stunning and looked 
more like a Western Grebe, which I know is highly unlikely if impossible.
2 Red-necked Grebes?  but the heads were dark black and bird looked more like a 
Double-crested Cormorant but Mallard-size, swimming with 6 domestic(?) Snow 
Geese (orange beaks, no black feathers).
2 Common Mergansers?  but looked the coot-size!
and there was a Great Blue Heron napping in the muck near the RR tracks!

Thanks in advance for any help!
Sandy
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