[cayugabirds-l] CayugaRBA small dark-headed gull on

2011-07-13 Thread 6072292158
 CayugaRBA small dark-headed gull on base of red lighthouse off Stewart Pk at 
8am.
--Dave Nutter

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] continuing shorebirds on Towpath Rd, Clay-colored Sparrow on King Rd

2011-07-13 Thread J. Gary Kohlenberg
Very late Tuesday afternoon the Clay-colored Sparrow was still singing atop the 
blue spruces. I heard two different song types, a three buzz song then on his 
next return a two buzz introduction followed by multiples. The songs may not be 
exciting or musical, but it sure is nice to see a new bird in the area.
I scanned shorebirds at Towpath and saw the same collection of shorebirds, but 
with a male Wilson's Phalarope. I couldn't see any darker stripe on the neck, 
but very bright white face, neck and under parts, plain gray back. He was 
running in tight, alternating, circles and picking in deeper water. He also 
walked with a rapid left/right picking motion at times.

Gary


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[mailto:bounce-37771914-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Nutter
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 3:56 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] continuing shorebirds on Towpath Rd, Clay-colored 
Sparrow on King Rd

Ann Mitchell  I went to the north end of the basin starting early this morning.

The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was singing on King Rd north of Seneca Falls.  We were 
brief and had no interactions with humans.

The shorebirding was excellent (temp still cool; clouds) from Towpath Rd (off 
North May's Point Rd in Tyre) looking north into Knox-Marsellus marsh and, for 
closer views, further east into Puddler's marsh.  We didn't try from East Rd, 
where breeze, backlighting and possibly earlier heat shimmer off the hill would 
have been issues.  Here's highlights:

KILLDEER - many, mainly on drier mud such as central/southwest part of K-M
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - many, mainly on shorelines, but also in dry mud areas with 
Killdeers
SOLITARY SANDPIPER - several, mainly on shorelines, often with Lesser Yellowlegs
GREATER YELLOWLEGS - several, mainly to east of other shorebirds and fairly 
close to Towpath Rd in Puddler's
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - a very large number, wading, along shores, and patrolling 
wet mud
LEAST SANDPIPER - many, on dry mud, wet mud, and very shallow water
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER - 1, in Puddler's in very shallow water and on wet mud
STILT SANDPIPER - 1 in shallow water in Puddler's with Lesser Yellowlegs
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER - 2 in Puddler's, 1 in K-M, feeding in water near Lesser 
Yellowlegs
WILSON'S PHALAROPE - 1 breeding plumage female with Lesser Yellowlegs in K-M 
along mud  water rows, fairly distant.  It was not swimming, nor spinning, nor 
walking drunkenly.  Instead it was walking in a low horizontal posture, lower 
and smaller than the Lesser Yellowlegs, and showing high contrast of white 
below  on foreneck, and black/maroon stripe on face and side of neck.  Back 
was plain grayish.
BLACK TERN - 40 or more in various plumages, many resting in shallow water
BOBOLINK - 1, molting

Waterfowl, mainly molting/eclipse, included:
CANADA GEESE
WOOD DUCK
GADWALL
AMERICAN WIGEON
MALLARD
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
GREEN-WINGED TEAL

The shorebird flats on the Wildlife Drive had a half dozen LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a 
couple of LEAST SANDPIPERS, and a KILLDEER.  We arrived late in the heat, 
having skipped the visitor center, and did not spend much time or effort, so 
it's possible others were hidden in vegetation.

Tschache is a desolate green field.

May's Point Pool had several GREAT EGRETS, GREAT BLUE HERONS, TRUMPETER SWANS, 
WOOD DUCKS  CANADA GEESE.


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Campus Screech-Owls

2011-07-13 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
While reading this email, I realized that I was hearing a GHorned owl - so I 
went outdoors with my laptop and played its song; though I couldn't pick it out 
in the foliage, it must have flown over my house to locate the call, since it 
definitely shifted position.  It's calling all around the house, but I am not 
going to torture it - or risk having an owl land on my head!
Linda Van Buskirk

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[mailto:bounce-37774897-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Scott Haber
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 9:58 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Campus Screech-Owls

Susan Newman and I observed the Eastern Screech-Owls that nested behind Mann 
Library on the Cornell campus this evening at dusk. Both adults and at least 
one fledgling (although it was difficult to tell as it was nearly dark when we 
were there and we were not equipped with spotlights) were still hanging around 
near where they've been observed over the last few weeks, but not in the same 
exact location.

The birds were quite vocal with the adults softly giving both the whinny and 
tremolo calls back and forth to each other and the one fledgling offering some 
interesting vocalizations as well, including what sounded like an abbreviated 
version of a Saw-whet's tooting...something I've never heard before from a 
Screech.

It was great to see that these birds are still doing well, although it's no 
surprise considering they picked a very quiet part of campus in which to set up 
shop.

Best,
Scott


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