Your encouragement led to my third trip to Rouses Point. Ken Copenhaver
and I visited yesterday and did not spot the gull or the Hawk Owl.
Today worked out much better. I have attached a few of many pictures:
The Gull spent much of the afternoon by itself at the edge of the
unbroken ice 200-300 feet south of the jetty with occasional forays for
food amongst the fishing shanties north of the jetty (where most of the
pictures came from). Our position on the jetty was:
44.972907,-73.352464 (paste this into the google map search box)
The Hawk Owl showed up promptly on our arrival around 4:00
(44.993548,-73.421493). It hunted it way east on Prospect Street and
then back west over an hour or so.
Thanks to Tom Gooley who lives in the area and has spent enough time
watching both of these birds to have a sense what to expect.
Fernando B.Corrada wrote:
> After searching near the fishing shanties on Kelly Bay with two birders from
> Potsdam and one from Syracuse we decided to look over the western shore.
> Driving south on Lake St. I saw a jetty from a distance and made a turn into
> Stony Point Rd. After walking a short distance I used my 10X binos and
> spotted a solitary white bird. I pointed it out to the fellow birder from
> Syracuse and he confirmed the sighting with his more powerful binos. A few
> minutes later we were able to look with an 80mm field scope and could easily
> ID the Ivory Gull. I took some pictures but the gull was a good 300+ yards
> Another birder joined us a few minutes later, I think his name was Bill
> (Purcell?) and he told us that he had seen a Hawk Owl not too far from were
> we were. We followed him to the spot but unfortunately the bird was not
> present. I think the spot was on Prospect St. across from an industrial park.
> Thank you Bill for taking us there.
> The ice on Kelly Bay is about 15 in. thick so it should be safe to walk for quite
> a bit longer. As long as I can see the snowmobiles going back and forth it
> would be OK to walk o the bay. The gull has been seen eating fish scraps near
> the shanties so that should be a prime area to look again. There are no fishing
> shanties on the west shore (NY side) and I do not recall seeing any north of
> the bridge.
> We were fortunate that the weather was pretty good, plenty of sun but the
> wind was fairly stiff (gusts 15-25 mph) off & on.
> Here is a link to my only usable shot:
> Good luck!
> Fernando B. Corrada