To make a long story short, I got a call from Sean Sime asking me if I was going for the GRAY KINGBIRD in Conesus, New York in the western Finger Lakes. I told him I was going tomorrow if it was still seen today. He informed me that Dave Klauber had just had the bird. He also suggested that if I left right away, I might have the bird today myself. Since I was standing in the pouring rain (it was really a great day at the Bashakill in spite of the rain, but I’ll tell you that story tomorrow) I decided to head home, check out google maps to see how far it was, and ultimately headed north west before 1pm. I arrived at 4:30 pm, but got a bit lost at Conesus. Once I found the correct location on Conesus Inlet, I headed right out the boardwalk. Again, long story short, a young man told me the bird had been seen ten minutes earlier. It took about another ten minutes when the bird was spotted on top of a distant snag. The bird proceeded to put on a great show over the next 45 minutes as many other birders arrived. This was New York State bird #402 for me!