[cayugabirds-l] Hudsonian godwit etc MNWR

2012-05-28 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
HHUDSONIAN GODWIT at Benning Marsh early. Apparently not relocated. Lots of 
shorebirds at Towpath. Excellent viewing. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Hudsonian Godwit Yes

2012-05-28 Thread gconigl3
Hi everyone, the Hudsonian Godwit at Benning Marsh has returned at around 2pm..
Greg and Melissa Coniglio
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[cayugabirds-l] Bird Photos from this Spring

2012-05-28 Thread Evan Barrientos
Hi all,
Although I am no longer in Ithaca for the summer, I wanted to share a gallery 
of NY birds from this year so far that I have just put up. The photos are 
mostly from birding trips or hikes when I did not take enough photos to make a 
whole gallery, so I compiled them all into one. 

Highlights include:
-'Ezra' eating a Rock Pigeon at Cornell (Closeups!)
-Long-tailed Ducks at Myer's Point
-The Red-tailed Hawk nest in Fall Creek Gorge, chicks being fed
-Some Hawthorn Orchard migrants
-American Woodcock (Closeups)
-A few grassland birds at Finger Lakes National Forest

http://ebarrientos.smugmug.com/Nature/nature-in-new-york/Just-Birds-New-York/22787204_sSSZJ4#!i=1835435401k=HTWXFk2

Soon I will be posting another gallery of bird VIDEOS. 

Best,
Evan Barrientos


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[cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA

2012-05-28 Thread Joseph Brin
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
*  May 28, 2012
*  NYSY 05.28.12 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):

May 21, 2012 - May 28, 2012
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison  Cortland
compiled:May 28 AT 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#306 -Monday May 28, 2012
 
 
Greetings! This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
May 14 , 2012
 
Highlights:
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AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT    
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
ORCHARD ORIOLE



Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)


 5/22: One WILSON’S PHALAROPE and a group of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were at 
Puddler’s Marsh.
 5/25: 5 adult and 2 young SANDHILL CRANES were seen from Carncross Road.
 5/26: A female HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found at Puddler’s Marsh. A WILSON’S 
PHALAROPEand WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were at Shorebird Flats on the wildlife 
drive.
 5/27: One of the best spring shorebird days ever at Montezuma. At 
Puddler’s Marsh there 13 species with some present in great numbers 
(Semi-plover, Semi-sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, and Dunlin). Here is the 
complete list.
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
KILLDEER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
DUNLIN
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
 An additional HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found at Benning Marsh.
 5/28: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was relocated at Benning Marsh. 8 species of 
shorebirds were at Shorebird flats on the 
wildlife drive.


Jefferson County


 An ORCHARD ORIOLE has been found nesting at a residence in Mannsville.
 5/26: 8 species of shorebirds including SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and 
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were found at El Dorado Beach. also found were 8 species 
of Warblers.


Derby HillBird Observatory


 This was the final week of counting Raptors at Derby Hill. 1,759 birds 
were counted this week. A GREAT EGRET was seen on 6/25. A complete summary of 
this season can be seen by clicking on the following link. 
http://onondagaaudubon.com/the-view-from-derby-hill-4/


Oneida County


 5/22: 2 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were spotted on Oneida Lake’s east end at 
the Marion Manor Marina south of Verona Beach. By Wednesday the 23rd. they had 
moved north and were last seen from the lighthouse parking area north of the 
park in the morning. Efforts to see them in the afternoon were unsuccessful and 
they have not been reported at any part of the lake.


Oswego County


 5/26: 14 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 3 DUNLIN were seen on the near island 
looking south from Constantia. A short while later 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen 
also.
 5/27: 3 BARRED OWLS and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK were heard at a residence in 
Constantia.


Onondaga County


 5/24: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen flying over Baaldwinsville.
 5/26: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER has returned to Whiskey Hollow. It seems to be 
wandering rather than settling in the traditional location.
 5/27: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was seen in Green Lakes State Park.



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[cayugabirds-l] Goetchius and Park/Baldwin (FLLT SBQ), Mon 5/28

2012-05-28 Thread Mark Chao
In the short-lived cool air of early morning on Monday, four birders joined
me at the Goetchius Wetland Preserve in Caroline for the third of my four
weekend bird walks for the Finger Lakes Land Trust Spring Bird Quest (FLLT
SBQ).  

 

We began our short visit in the big field by the parking lot.  This area,
formerly all grass, now has some large scrapes holding shallow water and
gravel, which seem to constitute decent habitat for migrant shorebirds.  We
found two SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and a KILLDEER here, but no probable passage
migrant shorebirds.  We also found two Mallards, sparing me the
embarrassment of missing this species on my weekend tally.

 

The new depressions in the field do seem to break up the grassy field, but
this year anyway, the BOBOLINKS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS, and EASTERN MEADOWLARKS
are still present.  Having grown accustomed to seeing testosterone-charged
male Bobolinks relentlessly chasing females and each other around here on
past SBQs, I was very surprised to see two males foraging together in peace
in a gravel patch, along with four Rock Pigeons and a Mourning Dove. 

 

From here, I also heard one typical whinny of a SORA, evidently from the
expansive wetland down the road.  We walked over and look a long look and
listen, but alas, didn't hear the Sora again.  (Later, John Confer arrived
and heard one short grunting phrase from a VIRGINIA RAIL, which I missed.)
But still we had a fine time just standing among many expected birds,
including both WILLOW and ALDER FLYCATCHERS singing in territorial defense,
plus a HOODED MERGANSER and three GREEN HERONS flying by.   

 

Then most of us headed over to the Baldwin Tract of the Park Nature
Preserve, in time for the start of the weekend's last bird walk at 8:30.
Here we had a terrific turnout of 20+ people.  It was our great privilege to
be joined by Frank and Blythe Baldwin themselves, who purchased this tract
more than 30 years ago, protected it from development, welcomed visitors,
and finally arranged a few years ago for the Land Trust to take it over.
Everyone who loves this site and the birds who live there owe Frank and
Blythe profound gratitude; it was very satisfying and fitting to be able to
extend our thanks directly and en masse at this year's SBQ.

 

After spending our first few minutes watching a snapping turtle laying eggs
right by the road (Blythe put up a road-hazard sign to help protect it from
parkers), we entered the preserve.  We found almost all of the site's
expected breeding species, including one or more singing PRAIRIE WARBLERS,
MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, OVENBIRD,
and BLUE-HEADED VIREO.  Regrettably, most of these birds didn't oblige us
with good views.  A WINTER WREN sounded its incomparably beautiful and
complex song at least a couple dozen times by the shelter above Six Mile
Creek, but despite our concerted effort, he too remained out of sight.  Oh
well - as I told the group, given a choice between a good look at a silent
Winter Wren, or a prolonged audience with a hidden one, I certainly wouldn't
object to the latter.

 

We did get one reward for our efforts to spot birds - a HERMIT THRUSH, who
took a long pause from flurries of conspecific chasing and perched for long
scope views, right by the shelter.  

 

Finally, as I led the group through the sunshine back to the parking lot, my
young baseball friend Mark Dodici came running up.  He reported that he and
a few others, who had stayed behind for a few extra moments at the shelter
and creek, had heard a BARRED OWL hooting twice in the ravine! 

 

I ended up with a list of 87 species found on Land Trust preserves for the
weekend.  Notwithstanding my most embarrassing misses - Red-tailed Hawk and
Downy Woodpecker - I'm pretty satisfied with the total, given the heat and
my inability this year to do much birding on my own outside the group walks.
I think that others found at least six species that I missed, including that
rail and owl.  

 

And counting repeat customers, we had over 50 people come out for the walks!
We collected over $300 in on-the-spot donations to the Land Trust; combined
with pledges for my weekend tally, I expect that this year's SBQ will raise
well over $3000 to support the Land Trust's continuing efforts to preserve
habitat in our region.  

 

To all who came out for the walks; 

to all who supported me and the Land Trust with pledges;

to Bob McGuire and Betsy Darlington, for assistance with guiding the groups;


to Frank and Blythe Baldwin once again for uncommon vision and generosity in
creating the preserved tract that now bears your name;

and to everyone who has had the patience to read my rambling posts three
days in a row - 

 

many thanks for another wonderful SBQ!

 

Mark Chao

 

 

 


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hudsonian godwit etc MNWR

2012-05-28 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Here are a few more details of my fine morning at Montezuma -- surprisingly 
cool and clear during the time I was there (until 11 AM).

On the drive up in the early morning I stopped to listen for Jay's GRASSHOPPER 
SPARROW on Rt. 90 near Lake Rd., having missed them at several stops nearby 
last weekend. I was rewarded by 2 singing GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS (one very close 
to the road, one further back) exactly where Jay described -- then a third one 
singing in the large field just to the north of Lake Rd. on the west side of 
Rt. 90. Lots of good habitat around there.

As I entered Montezuma Refuge at 6:30, I was greeted by a calling VIRGINIA RAIL 
at the beginning of the entrance rd. Along the Wildlife Drive, lots of song (I 
counted 14 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 3 CERULEAN WARBLERS, 1 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO on 
the drive), and a few shorebirds at the Flats including LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and SANDPIPERS. The highlight, though, was the only 
shorebird at Benning Marsh -- a beautiful male HUDSONIAN GODWIT, which fed, 
preened, and slept fairly close to the road.

While I was watching the godwit a commotion of Red-winged Blackbirds across the 
road alerted me to 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS, which flushed from the marsh like brown 
owls and flew off across the Main Pool.

At Puddler's Marsh on Towpath Rd., the shorebird habitat was excellent and 
birds were much closer than last weekend. Among the closest birds were 2 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, many DUNLIN and SEMIPALMATED 
SANDPIPERS, and 2-3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. Further out were many more DUNLIN, 
SEMI-SANDPIPERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS, 1 male WILSON'S PHALAROPE, 1 PECTORAL 
SANDPIPER, a few more WHITE-RUMPS,  and a few SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and both 
YELLOWLEGS. 12 species of shorebirds for the morning.

Also heard 2 more CERULEAN WARBLERS and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO along Towpath. 3 
TRUMPETER SWANS very close, lots of calling COMMON GALLINULE, MARSH WRENS, and 
SWAMP SPARROWS.


An EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE is singing in my backyard at 7:45 PM -- a new migrant for 
the year.

KEN


Ken Rosenberg
Conservation Science Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
607-254-2412
607-342-4594 (cell)
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On May 28, 2012, at 11:27 AM, Kenneth Victor Rosenberg wrote:

 HHUDSONIAN GODWIT at Benning Marsh early. Apparently not relocated. Lots of 
 shorebirds at Towpath. Excellent viewing. 
 
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