Date: 2/22/21 8:03 am
From: Sandy Podulka <sgp4...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sheldrake ducks, geese, pipit, buntings
Yesterday my daughter, Lisa, and I birded around the west side of
Cayuga Lake. We found a nice concentration of ducks and geese at
Sheldrake--many Canada Geese, Canvasbacks, and Mallards. Smaller
numbers of Trumpeter Swans, Redhead, Common Mergansers, Ring-necked
Ducks, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Red-breasted Mergansers. We
also saw 5 Snow Geese on shore, including one blue phase, and a
single Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, and Black Duck. The viewing
is nice because things are close. I just wish there were places for
birders to pull over along the road.

On Morgan Road, which leads down to Sheldrake, there was a good-sized
flock (I'm terrible at estimating numbers, so we'll leave it at that)
of Snow Buntings at moderately fresh manure. Smaller numbers of
Horned Larks, and one American Pipit right along the road, bobbing its tail.

eBird checklist with terrible pipit photos
here: https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S82133028

If you want to see Redhead, head to Seneca Lake State Park--huge raft
offshore there.

Sandy Podulka


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