Re: [cayugabirds-l] Additional freezing info

2014-02-10 Thread Geo Kloppel
Photos of the 1912 event show crowds of people out on the frozen lake; even 
horses. But two Cornell students skating near King Ferry were drowned when the 
ice gave way beneath them. Here's the Cornell Daily Sun article:

http://cdsun.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/cornell?a=dd=CDS19120219.2.1

-Geo Kloppel

On Feb 9, 2014, at 11:49 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk l...@cornell.edu wrote:

 I wonder for how long.  The lake can skim over with a sharp dip in temp, and 
 then winds break up the ice.  

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Additional freezing info

2014-02-10 Thread david nicosia
Wow. That is really interesting. It shows how much colder it was in the 1800s 
and very early 1900s. It is almost unheard of
for any of the Finger Lake to freeze over today. The above period was during 
the end of the Little Ice Age before the early 20th 
century warm-up. 




On Sunday, February 9, 2014 11:50 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk l...@cornell.edu 
wrote:
 
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.  
 
From:bounce-112541225-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-112541225-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Susan Fast
Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2014 9:19 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
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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[cayugabirds-l] thanks for SNOW guidance +Longspur

2014-02-10 Thread John Confer
Hi Folks,

  The class field trip was postponed from last week to 9 Feb. Of 
course it snowed, made roads slippery and we turned around to get home 
earlier than intended. But ... .

We go two Snowy Owls, one along Rt 34 just north of Lane Rd and 
about 1 mile south of Genoa on a fence post to the southeast of the farm 
buildings , and the other at the very large dairy farm on Indian Field 
Rd and partially surrounded by Saxton Rd. on a building roof on the east 
side of Indian Field Rd. At this location we say ~50 Horned Lark, ~6 
Snow Buntings, and 2-3 Laplad Longspur in driveway where the earth had 
been scraped bare by a plow blade.

Not the best field trip with two cars and snow and wind, but good 
enough to thrill the students. Thanks.

I am a jinx. I have been blanked on Short-eared Owls all year. 
Yesterday we were at the Lake Winery for an hour from 3:30 to 4:30 with 
no owls detected, although snow and wind made watching difficult. I've 
gone on three raptor surveys at Montezuma and a trip to Amherst Island 
without getting any short-ears. Warning, do not ever go on a trip with 
me to find short-ears.

thanks for help wit the field trip,

John

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Additional freezing info

2014-02-10 Thread sfernstr
In 1970, I worked as the class clerk for the Cornell class of 1910. One alumnus 
told me that, while a student, he had skated the length of Cayuga Lake to visit 
with his Dad. He returned, also by skates, the next day. He said the lake 
didn't stay frozen for very many days, and had failed to freeze so completely 
any other year he was in college.

Sarah Fern
 david nicosia daven1...@yahoo.com wrote: 
 Wow. That is really interesting. It shows how much colder it was in the 1800s 
 and very early 1900s. It is almost unheard of
 for any of the Finger Lake to freeze over today. The above period was during 
 the end of the Little Ice Age before the early 20th 
 century warm-up. 
 
 
 
 
 On Sunday, February 9, 2014 11:50 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk 
 l...@cornell.edu wrote:
  
 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.  
  
 From:bounce-112541225-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 [mailto:bounce-112541225-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Susan Fast
 Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2014 9:19 PM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 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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[cayugabirds-l] N. Mockingbird at feeder

2014-02-10 Thread Susan Fast
I've had a N. MOCKINGBIRD at my feeders for 3 days now. First ever.  I arrived 
Sat. morn., where I first saw it at the suet-cake cages. It was having trouble, 
as it still does, hanging low on the side, but it can manage.  I'm not sure 
what attracted it to the compostpile at the back of the yard, but once there it 
immediately found several old grapes I had thrown out earlier in the morning.  
It ate them all.  So I put out some more; good ones this time--round, red, 
seedless---which it found acceptable.  The next day, to vary the menu, I also 
put out some frozen blueberries, and these are a hit too.  It has also spent 
some time picking up and eating Wheaties crumbs.
I spent all weekend, and much of today, watching its behavior and its 
interactions with the regulars in the yard.  These have been the most 
interesting behavioral observations I have been fortunate to witness in a long 
time.
It is unconventional to put out fruit in the winter, but others might try it to 
see what is attracted.  You have to put the fruit out daily in the morning, 
otherwise the deer and possums eat it up at night.

Steve Fast
Brooktondale

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[cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA

2014-02-10 Thread Joseph Brin
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* February 10, 2014
*  NYSY  02. 10. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):

February 03, 2013 - February 10, 2014
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: February 10 AT 6:30 p.m. (EST)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#381 Monday February 10, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
February 03, 2014
 
Highlights:
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RED-NECKED GREBE
TRUMPETER SWAN
CANVASBACK
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
THAYER’S GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
PEREGRINE FALCON
GRAY CATBIRD
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR




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


     No reports this week.


Onondaga County


     2/4: A THAYER’S GULL was spotted among the large group of Gulls at the 
Inner Harbor off of West Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse. Also sees were 16 
ICELAND GULLS, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 1 RED-NECKED 
GREBE. The THAYER’S GULL has not been subsequently seen but all the other gulls 
and the Grebe have been seen daily. The best time to look is just before dusk 
as the Gulls congregate on the ice adjacent to open water.
     2/7: A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was found at Green Lakes State Park.
     2/8: A GRAY CATBIRD continues to be seen at Carpenter’s Brook Fish 
Hatchery near Elbridge.
     2/9: A SAW-WHET OWL also continues to be found at Beaver Lake Nature 
Center west of Baldwinsville. Look for it on the Bog Trail in the Cedar Trees.
     2/10: 4 adult male CANVASBACKS were seen in the Seneca River in 
Baldwinsville below the dam. Waterfowl numbers are increasing at this location 
with 11 species being seen today. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.


Cayuga County


     2/4: A BLACK SCOTER and 2 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Fair Haven State 
Park.


Oswego County


     2/4: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Phoenix above the dam.
     2/6: 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen with Snow Buntings near Oswego Harbor.
     2/8: A  male SURF SCOTER was found among WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED 
DUCKS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and a very large number of GREATER SCAUP. A 
PEREGRINE FALCON was also spotted.


Herkimer County


     2/9: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW continues at a feeder near Dolgeville. A 
SNOWY OWL was found near the intersection of Rts. 29 and 170 north of 
Middleville.


Madison County


     2/4: 2 ICELAND GULLS and 1 GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at the Madison County 
Landfill.
     2/9: A SNOWY OWL was seen near the Wind Farm in Fenner. 3 LAPLAND 
LONGSPURS were found on Thurber Road east of New Woodstock.

     

     

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Joseph Brin
Region 5
Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.
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