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Bob Dill wrote:
> Fernando,
> Your encouragement led to my third trip to Rouses Point today (Sat 
> 2/27).  Ken Copenhaver and I visited Friday and did not spot the gull 
> or the Hawk Owl.  Today worked out much better.  I have attached a few 
> of many pictures: 
> http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=bobdill112&target=ALBUM&id=5443111381728260081&authkey=Gv1sRgCKbJ9JnmnNihgwE&feat=email 
> <http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=bobdill112&target=ALBUM&id=5443111381728260081&authkey=Gv1sRgCKbJ9JnmnNihgwE&feat=email> 
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> 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). There was a large contingent of students 
> and others from Cornnel.   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.
     Bob
>
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> 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 
>> away. 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:  
>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/febco1/4391080810/in/pool-vtebird
>> Good luck!
>> Fernando B. Corrada
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