Date: 1/6/21 12:40 pm
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Seeking info for Basin First Records list
Hi Dave,
The Fayette Gyrfalcon was indeed seen on January 1st by Drew Weber, Cullen
Hanks, and Ash Ferlito, as well as by other observers later in the morning.
I tried for it without success several times on Jan. 2nd, and it has not
been reported to my knowledge since the 1st. Nevertheless, it is still
definitely a different individual from the Ithaca bird by virtue of
plumage. As far as I know, the immature at the Reynolds Game Farm has also
not been seen again since Sunday Jan. 3rd, despite many checking the area.
I did find a female HOARY REDPOLL in the redpoll flock around the NW corner
of the pheasant pens at the game farm today around noon, as well as a
COMMON GRACKLE in the starling flock, both species we missed for the Ithaca
CBC. The two BLACK VULTURES were still present with Turkey Vultures near
the compost piles as well.


On Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 12:35 PM Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> wrote:

> Hi All,
> Does anyone know whether the Gyrfalcon, which is often seen on N Hoster Rd
> in Fayette, was seen on January 1, 2, or 3 this year? I know it was seen as
> late as December 28.
> Here’s why I ask: There’s a long tradition of keeping an annual list of
> first records for the Cayuga Lake Basin. For a number of years I’ve been
> doing that. Past years’ lists are on the Cayuga Bird Club website, and the
> start of this year’s list should also be up soon, with Paul Anderson’s
> help.
> As you may know, on January 3 a Gyrfalcon was seen near Ithaca. The
> question for me is whether this was the first day the species was found
> this year, or whether the bird from the Canoga area was also seen that same
> day or earlier. If you have info as to when, where, and by whom it was
> seen, please let me know off list. Thanks!
> - - Dave Nutter
> <nutter.dave...>
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Jay McGowan
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Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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