[cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
There's been a bit of discussion about the Finger Lakes freezing over, as well 
as the Great Lakes, on the Cayuga Birds list in recent weeks.  I came across 
this article from one of the channel 9 (Syracuse) weathermen, which indicates 
that the Great Lakes, as of last Friday, had more than 79% of their surface 
area frozen.  
 Great Lakes Freezing Over: Dave Eichorn's Blog
 http://bit.ly/1gcubdX

Where do all the birds go?  Lake Ontario is only about half frozen, so maybe 
they go there.

You'll notice in the photo that Cayuga and Seneca are not frozen.  Not sure why 
they don't freeze over, too.  And, no, they are not deeper than the Great 
Lakes, except for Erie.  (This is kind of bugging me, so let me know if you 
have a good answer!)
-Liisa

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread Geo Kloppel
The full answer about the reluctance of Cayuga and especially Seneca to 
completely freeze over is a bit complicated, but a primer on the physical 
limnology can be read here:

http://www.gflrpc.org/Publications/SenecaLakeWMP/chap6a.pdf

-Geo Kloppel

On Feb 9, 2014, at 7:20 AM, Liisa S. Mobley ls...@cornell.edu wrote:

 There's been a bit of discussion about the Finger Lakes freezing over, as 
 well as the Great Lakes, on the Cayuga Birds list in recent weeks.  I came 
 across this article from one of the channel 9 (Syracuse) weathermen, which 
 indicates that the Great Lakes, as of last Friday, had more than 79% of their 
 surface area frozen.  
 Great Lakes Freezing Over: Dave Eichorn's Blog
 http://bit.ly/1gcubdX
 
 Where do all the birds go?  Lake Ontario is only about half frozen, so maybe 
 they go there.
 
 You'll notice in the photo that Cayuga and Seneca are not frozen.  Not sure 
 why they don't freeze over, too.  And, no, they are not deeper than the Great 
 Lakes, except for Erie.  (This is kind of bugging me, so let me know if you 
 have a good answer!)
 -Liisa
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Birding Van Tour

2014-02-09 Thread Chris Lajewski
Cayuga Lake Birding Van Tour
Feb. 12, Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cayuga Lake is an Audubon designated Important Bird Area because of the 
incredible number of waterfowl that use the lake during winter and migration 
seasons. Hop in the Montezuma Audubon Center van for an excursion to the 
northern part of the lake where up to 30 species of ducks, geese and swans can 
be seen. Bald eagles and snowy owls are a possibility too! Participants are 
encouraged to bring their camera. Fee: $8/child;
$13.50/adult. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 
315.365.3588 or email montez...@audubon.org.

Chris Lajewski
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread John Confer
Historically, Lake Superior did freeze over entirely. The current open 
water during winter allows for much greater evaporation that would occur 
if the ice cover were 100%. One of the major contributors to the drop in 
the level of the Great Lakes is the additional winter evaporation 
associated with the reduction/absence of ice cover.
Lakes Seneca and Cayuga are oriented somewhat in the direction of 
prevailing storms. In winter the temperature of both lakes is within 
0.1C top to bottom as a consequence of mixing of water from top to 
bottom related to prevailing winds. For both lakes to freeze at the top 
for the entire length, it would be necessary for the entire water column 
to loose enough heat to be very close to 0C. As long as the power plant 
continues to release a great deal of heat to the surface, Cayuga Lake 
will never freeze 100%, even without any effect of global climate change.
The concentration of redheads in Cayuga Lake is a consequence of keeping 
some shallow areas open due to water movement from the deeper areas that 
don't freeze. Other, shallow lakes in this area do freeze over 100% so 
that there is no way that diving ducks can get food.
(PS: This may seem odd coming from a birder, but my grad work was in 
limnology with half the research since grad school was on lakes.)

John Confer

On 2/9/2014 7:20 AM, Liisa S. Mobley wrote:
 There's been a bit of discussion about the Finger Lakes freezing over, as 
 well as the Great Lakes, on the Cayuga Birds list in recent weeks.  I came 
 across this article from one of the channel 9 (Syracuse) weathermen, which 
 indicates that the Great Lakes, as of last Friday, had more than 79% of their 
 surface area frozen.
 Great Lakes Freezing Over: Dave Eichorn's Blog
 http://bit.ly/1gcubdX
 Where do all the birds go?  Lake Ontario is only about half frozen, so maybe 
 they go there.

 You'll notice in the photo that Cayuga and Seneca are not frozen.  Not sure 
 why they don't freeze over, too.  And, no, they are not deeper than the Great 
 Lakes, except for Erie.  (This is kind of bugging me, so let me know if you 
 have a good answer!)
 -Liisa

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
As of noon today, Cayuga was pretty much frozen from Chris's hill north.  
Chris's hill is the big rise north of Levanna, if one doesn't know local names. 
 South of that, the lake was a combination of frozen patches and open patches.  
This is the most ice I've seen since 1994, and then it didn't last, since 1994 
was windy, though it was also cold.

-Original Message-
From: bounce-112539549-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-112539549-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2014 8:29 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

The full answer about the reluctance of Cayuga and especially Seneca to 
completely freeze over is a bit complicated, but a primer on the physical 
limnology can be read here:

http://www.gflrpc.org/Publications/SenecaLakeWMP/chap6a.pdf

-Geo Kloppel

On Feb 9, 2014, at 7:20 AM, Liisa S. Mobley ls...@cornell.edu wrote:

 There's been a bit of discussion about the Finger Lakes freezing over, as 
 well as the Great Lakes, on the Cayuga Birds list in recent weeks.  I came 
 across this article from one of the channel 9 (Syracuse) weathermen, which 
 indicates that the Great Lakes, as of last Friday, had more than 79% of their 
 surface area frozen.  
 Great Lakes Freezing Over: Dave Eichorn's Blog http://bit.ly/1gcubdX
 
 Where do all the birds go?  Lake Ontario is only about half frozen, so maybe 
 they go there.
 
 You'll notice in the photo that Cayuga and Seneca are not frozen.  Not 
 sure why they don't freeze over, too.  And, no, they are not deeper 
 than the Great Lakes, except for Erie.  (This is kind of bugging me, 
 so let me know if you have a good answer!) -Liisa
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread Ann Mitchell
My understanding is that the lake completely froze over was 1912. If someone 
has a different date, that would be great! Ann

Sent from my iPhone

 On Feb 9, 2014, at 2:27 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk l...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 As of noon today, Cayuga was pretty much frozen from Chris's hill north.  
 Chris's hill is the big rise north of Levanna, if one doesn't know local 
 names.  South of that, the lake was a combination of frozen patches and open 
 patches.  This is the most ice I've seen since 1994, and then it didn't last, 
 since 1994 was windy, though it was also cold.
 
 -Original Message-
 From: bounce-112539549-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 [mailto:bounce-112539549-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
 Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2014 8:29 AM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over
 
 The full answer about the reluctance of Cayuga and especially Seneca to 
 completely freeze over is a bit complicated, but a primer on the physical 
 limnology can be read here:
 
 http://www.gflrpc.org/Publications/SenecaLakeWMP/chap6a.pdf
 
 -Geo Kloppel
 
 On Feb 9, 2014, at 7:20 AM, Liisa S. Mobley ls...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 There's been a bit of discussion about the Finger Lakes freezing over, as 
 well as the Great Lakes, on the Cayuga Birds list in recent weeks.  I came 
 across this article from one of the channel 9 (Syracuse) weathermen, which 
 indicates that the Great Lakes, as of last Friday, had more than 79% of 
 their surface area frozen.  
 Great Lakes Freezing Over: Dave Eichorn's Blog http://bit.ly/1gcubdX
 
 Where do all the birds go?  Lake Ontario is only about half frozen, so maybe 
 they go there.
 
 You'll notice in the photo that Cayuga and Seneca are not frozen.  Not 
 sure why they don't freeze over, too.  And, no, they are not deeper 
 than the Great Lakes, except for Erie.  (This is kind of bugging me, 
 so let me know if you have a good answer!) -Liisa
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread Carl Steckler
With both Miliken Station ( or what ever it is called now) and the 
Cornell lake source cooling adding warm water it almost impossible for 
the lake to completely freeze over, there will always be some open 
water. It really is just a matter of how much. Also for the record, 
having lived in the area except from 1966- 1972, since 1948 and  I have 
never seen the lake completely freeez over even in the mid 1980s when we 
had -20 weather for two weeks.


Besides, were supposed to be having Global Warming aren't we? :?)
Carl Steckler

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread Geo Kloppel
My grandmother's photo album contains some photos of the famous 1912 Seneca 
Lake freeze-over. Hasn't happened again since then.

-Geo Kloppel

On Feb 9, 2014, at 3:33 PM, Ann Mitchell annmitchel...@gmail.com wrote:

 My understanding is that the lake completely froze over was 1912. If someone 
 has a different date, that would be great! Ann
 
 Sent from my iPhone
 
 On Feb 9, 2014, at 2:27 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk l...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 As of noon today, Cayuga was pretty much frozen from Chris's hill north.  
 Chris's hill is the big rise north of Levanna, if one doesn't know local 
 names.  South of that, the lake was a combination of frozen patches and open 
 patches.  This is the most ice I've seen since 1994, and then it didn't 
 last, since 1994 was windy, though it was also cold.
 
 -Original Message-
 From: bounce-112539549-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 [mailto:bounce-112539549-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
 Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2014 8:29 AM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over
 
 The full answer about the reluctance of Cayuga and especially Seneca to 
 completely freeze over is a bit complicated, but a primer on the physical 
 limnology can be read here:
 
 http://www.gflrpc.org/Publications/SenecaLakeWMP/chap6a.pdf
 
 -Geo Kloppel
 
 On Feb 9, 2014, at 7:20 AM, Liisa S. Mobley ls...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 There's been a bit of discussion about the Finger Lakes freezing over, as 
 well as the Great Lakes, on the Cayuga Birds list in recent weeks.  I came 
 across this article from one of the channel 9 (Syracuse) weathermen, which 
 indicates that the Great Lakes, as of last Friday, had more than 79% of 
 their surface area frozen.  
 Great Lakes Freezing Over: Dave Eichorn's Blog http://bit.ly/1gcubdX
 
 Where do all the birds go?  Lake Ontario is only about half frozen, so 
 maybe they go there.
 
 You'll notice in the photo that Cayuga and Seneca are not frozen.  Not 
 sure why they don't freeze over, too.  And, no, they are not deeper 
 than the Great Lakes, except for Erie.  (This is kind of bugging me, 
 so let me know if you have a good answer!) -Liisa
 
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Yeah, global warming is happening alright, you just have to look around.  
According to the arctic weather web site
http://www.athropolis.com/temperature/coldreport2.php
due north of us in Nunavut is cold, but Barrow, Alaska has been consistently 
warmer than Ithaca for weeks, and is currently ten degrees F above us.  
Hammerfest, Norway and Murmansk, Russia are warmer than we are, and Tiski and 
Pevek, Russia on the Arctic Ocean in Siberia are over 54 degrees F!!!  Siberia 
in the 50s in February?  That's just wrong.

Kevin



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Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2014 4:14 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

With both Miliken Station ( or what ever it is called now) and the Cornell lake 
source cooling adding warm water it almost impossible for the lake to 
completely freeze over, there will always be some open water. It really is just 
a matter of how much. Also for the record, having lived in the area except from 
1966- 1972, since 1948 and  I have never seen the lake completely freeez over 
even in the mid 1980s when we had -20 weather for two weeks.

Besides, were supposed to be having Global Warming aren't we? :?) Carl 
Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Sunday Excursion to Dories for Lunch

2014-02-09 Thread bob mcguire
At the urging of our food column editor, Steve Fast, I led a small group of 
bird club members on a trip up the lake to Dories (Aurora) for lunch. Good 
food, good prices, and we found a few good birds along the way.

There were gulls on the ice off East Shore Park, but they were mostly hunkered 
down and facing us, so we were unable to turn any white-winged gulls. At Ladoga 
we got good looks at the diverse flock of ducks, including Canvasback, Redhead, 
Ring-necked, and both Scaups. There were Common Goldeneye and a couple of 
Long-tailed Ducks offshore but no grebes in sight. 

We then detoured through the farm fields in north Lansing and into Genoa where 
we came upon a cooperative flock of Snow Buntings (150), Horned Larks (15), and 
two Lapland Longspurs. Sad for me to say, but we also ran into a successful 
coyote-hunting party on Mahaney Road. 

We jogged over to Indian Field Road where we found two Snowy Owls, one atop a 
light pole, the other on a dairy barn. We passed the Lab/campus shuttle heading 
south, and couldn't help wondering how they missed the turn when heading out 
from Corson/Mudd Hall. They had just seen the owls and seemed quite content.

From the boathouse in Aurora we scanned the lake and picked out a couple of 
Horned Grebes and White-winged Scoters along with the usual Goldeneye and 
Buffleheads. Finally, just after noon, we made it to Dories, warmed up, had a 
great lunch, and headed back. Out last stop was along the road just north of 
Long Point State Park to look more closely at a pair of Tundra Swans. While 
there, Jason picked out a distant grebe that turned out to be a Red-necked 
Grebe, swimming with a few Horned Grebes. Just as I write this I received an 
email from Jason Huck who remained behind after we left Long Point. He found 
an additional group of close-in White-winged Scoters and fifteen Horned 
Grebes. All together, not bad for a cold mid-winter day.


Bob McGuire
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[cayugabirds-l] Lake Freezing

2014-02-09 Thread Tom

Lake-source cooling doesn't add significant heat to the lake, even when it's 
running in the summer (something like the equivalent of 4 hrs of sunlight over 
a year).

Cayuga Lake froze from shore to shore @ Aurora (the widest point) in '78-'79, 
when what was then Milliken Station was operating full-bore, not in the 
attenuated state it's operated now.

Let's keep our perspective (and honesty) in our rants.

Tom Vawter

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[cayugabirds-l] Lake Freezing

2014-02-09 Thread Tom
Linda,

Didn't the Lake actually freeze from shore to shore @ Aurora in '78-'79 when 
Sissy Farenthold declared it so  cancelled Wells classes?

And Ms Mobley,
A short answer to why Seneca  Cayuga don't freeze easily is that they are 
examples of the surface area to volume problem.  Although their absolute 
depth isn't as great as the Great Lakes, their shape means their surface area 
is small compared to their depth and volume.  Since heat is lost thru the 
surface, they don't cool as fast as lakes w/ larger relative surfaces areas.  
In addition, they both lie in a general NW-SE orientation, with a long fetch 
to the prevailing NW winds, which keep the water stirred up.  When they do  
freeze, it's most likely after a series of very clear, very calm nights, when 
cold water (4 C) can accumulate and freeze on the surface.  Once there's 
enough ice to resist break-up when winds resume, the lake will remain frozen 
with ice and 0 C water at the top and 4 C water all the way to the bottom.

Physical limnology is very cool!

Tom Vawter

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[cayugabirds-l] Additional freezing info

2014-02-09 Thread Susan Fast
A. R. Cahn in The freezing of Cayuga Lake in its relation to bird life.  Auk 
29:437-444 reports that the lake was completely frozen over in 1796, 1816, 
1826, 1856, 1875, 1884, 1904, and 1912.  A couple of these were thought due to 
volcanic eruptions in other parts of the world.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
Hi everyone
Thank you for all of the stimulating
and informative answers!
Ice is interesting.  My favorite ice image this year was the snowy owl at 
Stewart Park gently bobbing up and down on a small chunk of ice at dusk.
-Liisa

Liisa Mobley

On Feb 9, 2014 6:30 PM, Tom atvaw...@gmail.com wrote:
Linda,

Didn't the Lake actually freeze from shore to shore @ Aurora in '78-'79 when 
Sissy Farenthold declared it so  cancelled Wells classes?

And Ms Mobley,
A short answer to why Seneca  Cayuga don't freeze easily is that they are 
examples of the surface area to volume problem.  Although their absolute 
depth isn't as great as the Great Lakes, their shape means their surface area 
is small compared to their depth and volume.  Since heat is lost thru the 
surface, they don't cool as fast as lakes w/ larger relative surfaces areas.  
In addition, they both lie in a general NW-SE orientation, with a long fetch 
to the prevailing NW winds, which keep the water stirred up.  When they do  
freeze, it's most likely after a series of very clear, very calm nights, when 
cold water (4 C) can accumulate and freeze on the surface.  Once there's 
enough ice to resist break-up when winds resume, the lake will remain frozen 
with ice and 0 C water at the top and 4 C water all the way to the bottom.

Physical limnology is very cool!

Tom Vawter


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 On Feb 9, 2014, at 2:27 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk l...@cornell.edu wrote:

 As of noon today, Cayuga was pretty much frozen from Chris's hill north.  
 Chris's hill is the big rise north of Levanna, if one doesn't know local 
 names.  South of that, the lake was a combination of frozen patches and open 
 patches.  This is the most ice I've seen since 1994, and then it didn't last, 
 since 1994 was windy, though it was also cold.

 -Original Message-
 From: bounce-112539549-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 [mailto:bounce-112539549-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
 Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2014 8:29 AM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

 The full answer about the reluctance of Cayuga and especially Seneca to 
 completely freeze over is a bit complicated, but a primer on the physical 
 limnology can be read here:

 http://www.gflrpc.org/Publications/SenecaLakeWMP/chap6a.pdf

 -Geo Kloppel

 On Feb 9, 2014, at 7:20 AM, Liisa S. Mobley ls...@cornell.edu wrote:

 There's been a bit of discussion about the Finger Lakes freezing over, as 
 well as the Great Lakes, on the Cayuga Birds list in recent weeks.  I came 
 across this article from one of the channel 9 (Syracuse) weathermen, which 
 indicates that the Great Lakes, as of last Friday, had more than 79% of 
 their surface area frozen.
 Great Lakes Freezing Over: Dave Eichorn's Blog http://bit.ly/1gcubdX

 Where do all the birds go?  Lake Ontario is only about half frozen, so maybe 
 they go there.

 You'll notice in the photo that Cayuga and Seneca are not frozen.  Not
 sure why they don't freeze over, too.  And, no, they are not deeper
 than the Great Lakes, except for Erie.  (This is kind of bugging me,
 so let me know if you have a good answer!) -Liisa

 Liisa Mobley
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[cayugabirds-l] Compost gulls--Iceland, Glaucous, possible Thayer's

2014-02-09 Thread Jay McGowan
Just a quick note, don't have time to go into more detail, but among the
gulls at the compost today were a 2nd-cycle type GLAUCOUS (all plain
white), two nice frosty 1st-cycle ICELAND, and a darker Iceland-type that
may well have been a 1st-cycle THAYER'S, although I thought it looked on
the pale end at the time.

Photos here, although a little washed out:
https://plus.google.com/photos/37855303614931880/albums/5954443926503892769/5978584978027729938?pid=5978584978027729938oid=37855303614931880

And here is a link to Garrett MacDonald's photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16862556

At East Shore in the afternoon Dave and Gary had a young Glaucous and I
picked out a nice adult Iceland on the ice.

-- 
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Macaulay Library
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Additional freezing info

2014-02-09 Thread Dave Nutter
That looks like Cayuga Lake froze completely at intervals of 20, 10, 30, 19, 9, 20, and 8 years between when the white settlers arrived and when that article was published in 1912. It would be surprising if there were then a gap of over a century.--Dave NutterOn Feb 09, 2014, at 09:18 PM, Susan Fast sustf...@yahoo.com wrote:A. R. Cahn in "The freezing of Cayuga Lake in its relation to bird life". Auk 29:437-444 reports that the lake was completely frozen over in 1796, 1816, 1826, 1856, 1875, 1884, 1904, and 1912. A couple of these were thought due to volcanic eruptions in other parts of the world.Steve Fast--Cayugabirds-L List Info:Welcome and BasicsRules and InformationSubscribe, Configuration and LeaveArchives:The Mail ArchiveSurfbirdsBirdingOnThe.NetPlease submit your observations to eBird!--
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[cayugabirds-l] lansing roadside birding

2014-02-09 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
This morning I drove several roads in Lansing, looking for open country birds. 
Highlights were on Buck Rd:  at #648, west of Van Nostrand Rd., I was surprised 
to see a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER hanging on a frozen apple in the crown of a 
heavily laden tree -- it eventually dropped off and flew in bounding flight 
over my head into the woods on the south side of the road. A little further 
along, near corner with Cobb St. a large flock of AM TREE SPARROWS was in a 
weedy field, with birds teed up on the frozen seed heads -- on a single scan I 
counted 160 sparrows. Among them was a single immature WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, 
and several JUNCOS. Later on Cobb St., just south of Buck, a farmer was 
spreading that wonderful manure on the snow field, and there were about 200 
SNOW BUNTINGS, 40 HORNED LARKS, and a single LAPLAND LONGSPUR.

It was quite birdy throughout that area, with hundreds of CEDAR WAXWINGS in 
trees far to the north of East Lansing Rd., several COM RAVENS flying about 
calling and a nice dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.

(if anyone has a reliable shrike close to Ithaca, please let me know)

KEN


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Conservation Science Program
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[cayugabirds-l] pair o Brown-headed Cowbirds--Freeville

2014-02-09 Thread Anne Clark
9 Feb 14
In contrast with the ongoing discussions of lakes freezing,  a pair of 
Brown-headed Cowbirds (as in one male, one female) arrived twice to my feeders 
at 147 Hile School Road.  My observations were separated by about 3 hours and 
both birds were there both times. 

They were of course, very fluffed and looked a lot heftier than their summer 
selves.  

The other feeder birds were our regulars: a male Red-bellied Woodpecker, a 
female Hairy Woodpecker, a passel of Black-capped Chickadees, one Tree Sparrow 
and 2-3 Mourning Doves.  (The feeder went unfilled 9 Jan til Saturday, so these 
were the alert locals). 

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Additional freezing info

2014-02-09 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
I wonder for how long.  The lake can skim over with a sharp dip in temp, and 
then winds break up the ice.  When we went down to the lakeshore Saturday 
morning (we're just north of the village of Aurora), the shore was covered with 
shards of ice, clear as glass-and then the water was indeed frozen over, but 
just a thin sheet, about 100 yards out.

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Additional freezing info

A. R. Cahn in The freezing of Cayuga Lake in its relation to bird life.  Auk 
29:437-444 reports that the lake was completely frozen over in 1796, 1816, 
1826, 1856, 1875, 1884, 1904, and 1912.  A couple of these were thought due to 
volcanic eruptions in other parts of the world.

Steve Fast
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