Great interview re Christmas Bird Count , Paul!
Thanks for doing it.

Donna Scott
Lansing
Count region 9;
+ collecting feeder count #s Jan 1,
4 -6 PM, 254-2473
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On Dec 28, 2017, at 11:17 AM, Paul Anderson 
<p...@grammatech.com<mailto:p...@grammatech.com>> wrote:


If the Black Vultures hang around until tomorrow (Friday), they will be a new 
species for the Christmas Bird Count.

My interview about the count (recorded Tuesday) was aired on WCHU today: 
http://whcuradio.com/morning-newswatch/new-years-day-with-cayuga-bird-club/. In 
it I mentioned vultures. Before 2004 we had never recorded a Turkey Vulture, 
but they've been seen every year since but one. Vultures moving their winter 
range north appears to be a trend.

-Paul

On 12/28/2017 10:18 AM, AB Clark wrote:
I too went back through Bluewing as well as CBL, and repeat sightings of 2 BLVU 
in Broome followed the 7, as were sightings of 2 in Cayuga Basin, several times 
through March and early April.  Then I can find no sightings (although I didn’t 
check ebird) until late summer, when they started being seen around the Compost 
(1 and 2 at a time).

Wonder if some tracking through lists and eBird could suggest where a pair 
could have bred not far from the purview of both lists and within a day’s sail 
of the compost.   I COULD check the Breeding Bird Altas…if I weren’t going to 
sail down to Binghamton for a few hours.

anne

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On Dec 28, 2017, at 9:59 AM, David Nicosia 
<daven102...@gmail.com<mailto:daven102...@gmail.com>> wrote:

We had 7 Black Vultures in Vestal NY last spring just south of Binghamton which 
was a record high for Broome County. We also had another bird reported in the 
spring in Chenango Bridge NY.
I also heard from the Chemung Valley folks that they had 8 BVs this spring a 
new record for them as well. Who knows in 10 years they may be regular in 
central NY. TVs were rare at one point many decades ago and they have made a 
remarkable expansion north. It would be cool to see both regularly up here!

On Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 9:33 PM, Kevin J. McGowan 
<k...@cornell.edu<mailto:k...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
Maybe. They do breed in the state and have become more common over the last few 
years.

Kevin




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Hi Kevin. Is the vultures' presence a sign of their creeping advance into the 
state?
Thanks.
Pete



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From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <k...@cornell.edu<mailto:k...@cornell.edu>>
Date: 12/27/17 3:41 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] the four Black Vultures


Yesterday I got a good look at the four Black Vultures that have been hanging 
around. They were sitting together on one of the compost piles at the Cornell 
facility on Stevenson Road. Two of the four had very black faces and feathers 
higher up on the back of the head, indicating that they are young birds hatched 
this year. The other two had gray, wrinkled faces of adults.



I saw both juveniles interact with an adult, pecking at each other’s bill in 
what looked like an “affectionate” way. (We use the term “affiliative behavior” 
for things like grooming and other positive interactions.) They may have done 
some brief allopreening, but I couldn’t tell for sure.



Black Vultures are known to have a complex social system where they associate 
and cooperate with kin. Young Black Vultures are known to hang out with their 
parents up until the next breeding season.



I suspect this group is a mated pair with two offspring. That would explain why 
we always see the four together.



Also present was the leucistic Turkey Vulture that has been seen off and on for 
a number of years.



I have photos at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41325840.



Kevin




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