At Taughannock this morning 11 loon watchers showed up without prior arrangement. I arrived just before sunrise (6:53am):
6:53-7:08 : 10 southbound 1 northbound 10 on water 7:08-7:23 : 56 southbound 5 northbound 7:23-7:38 : 9 southbound 1 northbound 11 on water 7:38-7:53 : 7 southbound 1 northbound 7:53-8:08 : 11 southbound 5 on water 8:08-8:23 : 14 southbound 6 northbound 8:23-8:38 : 49 southbound 8 northbound or circled north
The first wave were almost all low (slightly above treeline at the highest) and following Cayuga's South-easterly trajectory. The gap felt longer than we'd hoped. The second wave were mostly high-flying dots, a good number heading directly overhead or south-westerly perhaps towards Watkins Glen, fun challenge to pick them out amid the flock of ring-billed gulls that decided to kettle high in our northwest sky for some reason.
Good fun with the gathered crowds. Thanks especially to eagle-eyed Aaron visiting from Colorado who was especially good at spotting faraway birds.