Woa, these may be what you anticipated ...!? Shocking, sad ... / Magnus

The Crisis for Birds Is a Crisis for Us All: The mass disappearance of North 
American birds is a dire warning about the planet’s well-being.
By John W. Fitzpatrick and Peter P. Marra 
Dr. Fitzpatrick is the director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Dr. Marra is 
the director of the Georgetown Environment Initiative.
New York Times, Sept. 19, 2019
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/opinion/crisis-birds-north-america.html

Birds Are Vanishing From North America: The number of birds in the United 
States and Canada has declined by 3 billion, or 29 percent, over the past 
half-century, scientists find. By Carl Zimmer. New York Times, Sept. 19, 2019. 
Updated 3:27 p.m. ET
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/science/bird-populations-america-canada.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article


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Re: Migrants
From: Kevin J. McGowan
Sent: Saturday, September 14, 2019 9:26 PM
To: Laura Stenzler; CAYUGABIRDS-L; Magnus Fiskesjo

"Watch this space!"

Look for some fascinating, and depressing information about this topic in the 
next couple of weeks!

Kevin

Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D.
Project Manager
Distance Learning in Bird Biology
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
k...@cornell.edu
607-254-2452

From: bounce-123920973-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
<bounce-123920973-3493...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Magnus Fiskesjo 
<magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu>
Sent: Saturday, September 14, 2019 9:10 PM
To: Laura Stenzler <l...@cornell.edu>; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
<cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>
Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] Migrants
 

What a lucky occasion! 

Such flocks seem rare. I have not seen any of these birds migrating this fall, 
no warblers, despite a number of excursions. I think I have seen just one 
Yellow-rumped warbler. In Lindsay Parsons the other day, the only migrants were 
2-3 warbling vireos (also, a couple catbirds and goldfinches, but those would 
be local residents, I think?). Otherwise silent and rather empty, and most 
places seem pretty empty of birds ... is my admittedly unscientific overall 
sense. In birdbooks and online, one often sees notes on drastic declines in 
various birds, because of farming, poisons, etc. There was a discussion here 
earlier, involving experts on numbers of breeeding birds, and it was 
interesting to read, but also inconclusive, and I still wonder if there are 
things to read that sum up what we know of the overall big-picture decline of 
bird numbers, if that is what is happening? 

--yrs.
Magnus Fiskesjö, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
McGraw Hall, Room 201. Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
E-mail: magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu, or: n...@cornell.edu  
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From: bounce-123920880-84019...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-123920880-84019...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Laura Stenzler 
[l...@cornell.edu]
Sent: Saturday, September 14, 2019 7:56 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Migrants

Hi all,
This evening between 5:30 and 7 pm there was a large migrant flock moving 
around our yard on Hunt Hill Rd, east of Ithaca. They went back and forth and 
generally stayed in the vicinity, which I found unusual and wonderful. As 
always, they were moving fast from spot to spot, hiding behind leaves and 
generally being a pain to identify. But I did see the following:
Swainson's Thrush
Robin
Parula Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Baybreasted Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Chestnut sided Warbler
Common Yellow Throat
Red-eyed Vireo
Catbird
Chipping Sparrow
Phoebe
Eastern Wood pewee
Titmouse
Goldfinch
Chickadee
Hummingbird

Plus a couple of warblers I was unsure about.  Possible Pine Warbler and 
Blackpoll Warbler. But I am not confident about either.
It was a fun and amazing 1 1/2 hours!

Cheers!
Laura

Laura Stenzler
l...@cornell.edu
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