Date: 1/13/21 4:29 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] What to make of 1000 Swans
Suppose all the swans of a typical winter were for some reason concentrated on the Main Pool instead of on flooded mucklands along the Clyde & Seneca rivers (Armitage, NYS-31 to Carncross Rd) and on Cayuga Lake from Mud Lock to the RR bridge plus farther south along the shores of Cayuga Lake to Union Springs and Red Jacket, I wonder if that would total 1000 Tundra Swans.

What is the ice situation on the lake and the refuge? What’s the flooding situation in the mucklands? Did the earlier waterfowl shooting season affect where the swans concentrate?

I’d like to hear what the DEC Cayuga Lake waterfowl count shows, and I hope the refuge gets counted at the same time. I wonder what their typical Tundra Swan count is.

Also I wonder what the number of Trumpeter Swans and Mute Swans is, although I know that’s harder to count if they are sleeping.

I wonder if the attractiveness of Montezuma this year for swans is in any way related to the attractiveness for cranes - weather patterns for nesting success, bringing them here during migration, mild weather other than that one big snow storm keeping them here?

- - Dave Nutter

> On Jan 12, 2021, at 7:10 PM, Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> wrote:
>
> Today we conducted a brief survey at the Montezuma Refuge (Wildlife Drive only) while also looking for the locations of some possible new eagle nests. In addition to a good number of ducks (mostly mallards, blacks, ring necks, a few geese and one redhead), we encounterd over 1000 swans - mostly tundra with some trumpeters as well. Most were simply sitting on the ice and many appeared to be sleeping. A number of young were among the larger group. So I'm wondering if their presence in mid-January is simply a testament to the mild winter we've had thus far? Will more severe weather send them packing? Have they given up the thought of Migration this year?
> Thoughts, opinions, musings all appreciated.
> Thank you.
> Pete Sar
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