Date: 3/14/19 11:39 am From: <khmo...> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake waterfowl/Sandhill Crane
While watching waterfowl at the ice edge (deep water mark at the head of the Bay at Lake Rd) we suddenly had thousands of Snow Geese overhead looking for a place to set. Eventually many set in among the ducks while others were on fields off Cemetery and Seybolt Rds.
There were many Canvasback, Redhead, Goldeneye, Common and Red-breasted Mergansers with a smattering of Ring-necked, Black, Mallard, and Baldpate (Am. Widgeon) ducks. Two spp of Swan Tundra and Trumpeter) were present in goodly numbers and, of course, a huge number of Canada Geese.
Five Bald Eagles were at the outer edge of the waterfowl. All youngsters less one fourth year. They made a few clumsy attempts at spooking the ducks but succeeded only in spooking each other. Other ducks were present in much smaller numbers.
The highlight was found with a small clutch of Canadas directly in front of the Park Police building. As we closed on the group, the supposed Great Blue morphed into a lovely Sandhill Crane who obliging posed for photos (later on FB).
Lunch at the Deerhead was disappointing. New chef, menu, higher prices and lesser portions, quality than the old days.
-- John and Sue Gregoire Field Ornithologists Kestrel Haven Migration Observatory 5373 Fitzgerald Rd Burdett, NY 14818 42.443508000, -76.758202000 "Create and Conserve Habitat" --