Date: 11/12/20 6:23 am
From: Todd Beeton <toddbeeton...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
Saw 5 loons fly low north over Clute Park and land in Seneca Lake to feed
it seems.

Added bonus: a bald eagle flying west and landed in a tree in Watkins Glen.

On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 9:12 AM Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:

> From my lans. stat. Rd. dock on east side, I saw ~8 Loons up & Down lake
> , all diving & feeding. Nobody took off flying.
>
> Another Loon flew low from N to S, but then circled back north & landed.
> I did not see this bird take off, so don’t know how far it flew before
> landing.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing Station/Cayuga L.
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 12, 2020, at 9:07 AM, Martha Fischer <mf26...> wrote:
>
> Are birds moving?
>
> Get Outlook for iOS <https://aka.ms/o0ukef>
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> *From:* <bounce-125123331-3494015...> <
> <bounce-125123331-3494015...> on behalf of Bill Evans <
> <wrevans...>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, November 11, 2020 4:23:29 PM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
>
>
> Folks, the conditions look excellent and such an opportunity doesn’t
> happen every year, so plan your morning accordingly!
>
>
>
> Favorable forecast for observing a large loon flight tomorrow morning (Nov
> 12):
>
> 1. We are in the window when big fall flights have been documented
> in the past.
>
> 2. We’ve had southerly winds with no loon movement since Nov 3rd (8
> days) - the spring is loaded.
>
> 3. Weather forecast tomorrow is for NNW wind @ 7 mph - perfect for
> the spring to unload.
>
> 4. Viewing conditions should be good – mostly cloudy with no lake
> effect snow.
>
> 5. Temp ~43 F, so not brutally cold.
>
>
>
> Loons from current migratory aggregations on the Finger Lakes and southern
> Lake Ontario are likely to embark for southbound passage as early as 6:40
> am. The main flight off Cayuga & Seneca Lake will mostly vector down the
> lake basins and have passed on by 7:30 am. So places like Stewart Park
> and Clute Park (Watkins Glen) should offer good viewing. If you can get
> there in time, Taughannock State Park can be a wonderful site to view the
> early flight down Cayuga.
>
>
>
> The peak of the flight off Lake Ontario will likely pass over
> Ithaca/Watkins Glen latitudes between 7:45 and 8:30, with lesser magnitude
> continuing thereafter. The densest flight vectors from Lake Ontario have
> been noted in the past coursing down the east side of the Seneca Lake Basin
> and the west side of the Cayuga Lake Basin, but the flight off Lake Ontario
> can be seen to some degree from high terrain anywhere in the southern
> Finger Lakes and Southern Tier counties of NY.
>
>
>
> If you have the opportunity to observe, please post your results here
> and/or eBird including the location & time period you counted, direction of
> flight, and the percentage of loons estimated to be flying below 1000
> feet/300 m above ground level.
>
>
>
> Best wishes!
>
>
>
> Bill Evans
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