I wanted to update everyone that the BLUE GROSBREAK has shown up at someone’s feeder in Waterloo “a stone’s throw” from the landfill, her words. This was posted in the Upstate NY Bird Watchers group on FB around 8am today.
Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator 315.365.3588 Montezuma Audubon Center PO Box 187 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, New York 13146 montezuma.audubon.org ________________________________ From: Cordia Popp <ccle...@yahoo.com> Sent: Thursday, May 7, 2020 9:22:15 PM To: Johnson, Alyssa <alyssa.john...@audubon.org> Subject: Re: Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] Blue grosbeak Great thanks! I’ll forward it to Daniel. Glad he spotted something significant! Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone<https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS> On Thursday, May 7, 2020, 9:14 PM, Johnson, Alyssa <alyssa.john...@audubon.org> wrote: Hi! Scroll to the beginning, I sent out an email to a local bird club that encompasses the entire Cayuga lake basin, which includes the landfill. Just to give your some context. Thanks again! It made my week. Alyssa Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator 315.365.3588 Montezuma Audubon Center PO Box 187 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, New York 13146 montezuma.audubon.org ________________________________ From: Dave Nutter <nutter.d...@me.com> Sent: Thursday, May 7, 2020 9:27 AM To: Johnson, Alyssa Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Blue grosbeak Thanks for the information, Alyssa! And please give my thanks to Daniel Popp, his wife, and the Seneca Landfill managers for sharing their finding with you, and letting you in to take photos. I love seeing Blue Grosbeaks, and I have seen them several times farther south where they usually live, so I don’t feel a personal need to go see this individual bird, especially when I have the vivid record of the photos and accounts you and they provided. Cardinals are known to attack their “rival” reflections in mirrors or windows. Blue Grosbeaks are in the same family. I’m less familiar with Blue Grosbeak behavior, but this individual certainly shares the trait. Here’s a link to the First Records list: http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/cayuga-lake-basin-first-records Blue Grosbeak is species #219 this year on the Chronological version. On the Taxonomic version, Blue Grosbeak is near the bottom on line #472 in the last family, Cardinalidae, along with more common birds, such as Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, and Scarlet Tanager, plus uncommon species such as Dickcissel. The “notes” column on the left of the Taxonomic list gives the years in which very rare birds have been found in the Cayuga Lake Basin. In the case of Blue Grosbeak, I’m only aware of records in 2012, 2013, and now 2020. There are also names of counties in the “notes” column for species which have been found in those nearby counties but have not yet been found in the Cayuga Lake Basin. - - Dave Nutter On May 7, 2020, at 3:09 AM, Johnson, Alyssa <alyssa.john...@audubon.org<mailto:alyssa.john...@audubon.org>> wrote: Daniel Popp! Thank you. I’ll share that info with him, that he’s on record! I don’t think he realized how cool it was at first, and was impressed by my reaction to the bird. It was a pretty cool experience, for me too. Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator 315.365.3588 Montezuma Audubon Center PO Box 187 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, New York 13146 montezuma.audubon.org<http://montezuma.audubon.org> ________________________________ From: Dave Nutter <nutter.d...@me.com<mailto:nutter.d...@me.com>> Sent: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:54:14 PM To: Johnson, Alyssa <alyssa.john...@audubon.org<mailto:alyssa.john...@audubon.org>> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Blue grosbeak Hi Alyssa, How exciting! Such a beautiful and, for this region, rare, life bird, plus a bit of an adventure to go there, and striking (!) behavior. Great photos, too! I keep a list on the Cayuga Bird Club website of first annual records of species found in the Cayuga Lake Basin, which includes Seneca Meadows. Of course this is the first report of a Blue Grosbeak in 2020. I like to credit the name(s) of the person(s) who found the bird. Did you get Dan’s last name? Thanks! - - Dave Nutter On May 6, 2020, at 5:01 PM, Johnson, Alyssa <alyssa.john...@audubon.org<mailto:alyssa.john...@audubon.org>> wrote: A lifer for me! I work at the Montezuma Audubon Center, and earlier today someone sent us a picture saying she thinks her husband saw a blue grosbeak at work, which is at the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Waterloo. I confirmed the picture ID, and made some calls and was able to meet up with the district manager of the landfill, as well as the original spotter, Dan. Dan graciously took me to the spot where this male blue grosbeak has been observed since Monday attacking his reflection in windows and mirrors of the heavy equipment. It was certainly a blue grosbeak! I will be posting pictures to the MAC fb page later, and have of course reported to eBird. The location of the bird is literally in the dead center of the landfill. It is not easily accessible, and I don’t know if I could find that spot again without an escort. I did warn the district manager though that people may be contacting them to see for themselves! Happy birding! 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