[cayugabirds-l] Eurasian Green-winged Teal

2014-03-22 Thread Christopher Wood
At East Shore park now.

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and blackbirds

2014-03-22 Thread Laura Stenzler
Lots of geese moving this morning, Snows and Canadas. Right over our house on 
Hunt Hill Rd., east of Ithaca (Dryden).  Yesterday they were more to the south 
of our house. Also big flocks of Blackbirds. Mostly Grackles so far. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and blackbirds

2014-03-22 Thread Daniel T Baldassarre
Anybody have big rafts out on the lake yet?

-Dan

 On Mar 22, 2014, at 9:33 AM, Laura Stenzler l...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 Lots of geese moving this morning, Snows and Canadas. Right over our house on 
 Hunt Hill Rd., east of Ithaca (Dryden).  Yesterday they were more to the 
 south of our house. Also big flocks of Blackbirds. Mostly Grackles so far. 
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eurasian Green-winged Teal

2014-03-22 Thread Jay McGowan
Livia and I just found a EURASIAN X AMERICAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL intergrade
off the Towpath Machine Shop in Cayuga, south of Mud Lock.

Jay
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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Snow Geese NOW

2014-03-22 Thread Marie P. Read
Flock of many hundreds of Snow Geese feeding in corn field on Mt Pleasant Rd 
opposite radio tower rd, (far south side of field), happening NOW!

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[cayugabirds-l] Major geese flight Broome county

2014-03-22 Thread daven1...@yahoo.com
Equally snows and canadas. All heading toward Cayuga basin. Thousands. Flocks 
all over!! 

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[cayugabirds-l] mega flock Snow Geese Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Rusty Blackbird

2014-03-22 Thread John Confer
I think I deleted my previous email attempt from yesterday, so again.


On Friday afternoon,


Snow Geese: flock near north end of lake, distant view in middle of lake, on 
ice, raft more than a mile long


G-w Teal and Ruddy Duck at extreme sw corner of Cayuga Lake.


25 Rusty Blackbird just east of Slaterville Springs (50 m) in wet woods north 
of Rt 79, between Rt. 79 and Slaterville-Harford Rd.


Cheers,


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Snow Geese NOW

2014-03-22 Thread Kim Haines-Eitzen
Thousands of snow geese continuing to gather here on Mt Pleasant.   What a 
sound and sight!
Kim

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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Crane - Clay Marsh; Bald Eagle carrying Am. Coot - Geneva

2014-03-22 Thread tigger64
Friday night at Clay Marsh a Sandhill Crane flew by.  Derby Hill reports seeing 
it pass this morning.  Earlier in the week a Bald Eagle was seen carrying an 
American Coot on Seneca Lake at the Geneva Waterfront.  Cackling Goose at the 
north end of Cayuga Lake.  Staging/migration of geese has begun in a big way, 
with a massive roost-flight to Seneca Lake on Monday.  Large numbers of ducks 
at north ends of both Cayuga and Seneca.

Photos of the Crane and Bald Eagle/Coot here:  
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[cayugabirds-l] Snows canadas swans

2014-03-22 Thread Donna Scott
Mobs of them flying north, on west side of. Cay. lake offshore Lansing Station 
Road

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese, Fox Sparrow, Rusty Blackbirds

2014-03-22 Thread Andrew David Miller
Watching the movement of snow geese from my office in the Veterinary Research 
Tower today has been quite interesting.  Almost all flocks have made a wide arc 
northeast (coming from the direction of Mt. Pleasant) of the tower that brings 
them over Cayuga Heights and then they drop down toward the lake.  Only 2 
flocks that I have seen so far have stayed straight flying north.  Estimated at 
least 3000 birds have flown past since 10AM.

This morning at our house in Freeville we had 1 fox sparrow, 17 Rusty 
blackbirds, and 3 grackles.  The grackles have been back for about a week, but 
this is the first we have seen of the blackbirds and the fox sparrow.  2 male 
and 1 female purple finch have also returned to the feeder after being gone for 
much of the winter.


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[cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Herons

2014-03-22 Thread Tobias Dean
First of the year for us. Two dropped down onto the still frozen farm pond
behind us on South Hill. Expert flying as they dropped almost vertically in
the stiff NW wind. Not sure they would want to take off in this wind, in
spite of frozen water.

Toby

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[cayugabirds-l] 1000s Snow Geese

2014-03-22 Thread Donna Scott
On ice edge , by open water, west side Cayuga Lake, opposite Union Springs. 
Seen from Frontenac Marina, basin St. U. Springs. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Snowstorm @ Potatoes Building

2014-03-22 Thread Suan Yong
Enormous gathering (~10k if not ~100k) of snow geese in the mucklands of 
Savannah, SE and SW of the Potatoes building. Not terribly close to the road, 
but close enough during a big repositioning event to just make you stare in 
awe. With them are many swans, and a good sized flock of pintails not far to 
the south of the road.

On the drive up, popped into Great Gully south of Union Springs and was 
surprised to be greeted by a FOY eastern phoebe, as well as a very ratty 
looking sapsucker.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant goose and other migration

2014-03-22 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
I decided to check the migration from Mt. Pleasant today between 10:30 and 
12:30. Flocks of geese filled the sky in every direction, but not as 
concentrated as yesterday's mid-day movement. I suspect that I missed much of 
the movement, especially of Snows as many flocks passed over as I headed up the 
mountain, and numbers diminished during the time I was there. Most of the 
larger flocks were well to the west of Mt. Pleasant, but many directly over the 
observatory at Mt Pleasant as well -- and as they fought the stiff NW wind, 
birds were often quite low.

Overall, I had roughly equal numbers of CANADA GEESE (11,800) and SNOW GEESE 
(9000) -- but 2000+ of the SNOWs were in a stubble field farther east on Mt. 
Pleasant Rd. I found a pair of ROSS's GEESE together in this flock, but they 
all took off before I could attempt photos. I also saw at least 6 CACKLING 
GEESE among the large flocks of Canadas -- observing relative size was 
difficult in some flocks, as many were mixed Canadas and Snows.

Other birds of interest passing by were 8 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 4 TUNDRA SWANS, 1 
adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 1 immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK (large brown, streaky, 
big-chested), several hundred COMMON GRACKLES, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and 
AMERICAN ROBINS, and 3 AMERICAN PIPITS. a flock of 10 KILLDEER was in a field 
across from the observatory, and 2 SNOW BUNTINGS flushed when the large Snow 
Goose flock took off.

It was very difficult scanning in all directions, and fighting the strong gusty 
winds, so I'm sure I missed many birds!

KEN


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[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swans in Big Flats

2014-03-22 Thread Paul Schmitt
Currently 103 Tundra Swans in the pond to the west of Kahler Road at the Speer 
Memorial Park. They are in the back pond behind Lowe Pond.  Also one Mute Swan 
keeping its distance and the usual resident flock of Canada Geese.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swans in Big Flats

2014-03-22 Thread david nicosia
There was obviously a big flight of TUNDRA SWANS last night and today. I saw a 
total of 15 TUNDRA SWANS migrating today in smaller groups than the geese. In 
addition, one birder found at least 36 TUNDRA SWANS in one part of Broome 
County which is
unprecedented for down here. 





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Currently 103 Tundra Swans in the pond to the west of Kahler Road at the 
Speer Memorial Park. They are in the back pond behind Lowe Pond.  Also one 
Mute Swan keeping its distance and the usual resident flock of Canada 
Geese.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Tundra swan pair visits Stevenson Rd Compost

2014-03-22 Thread Anne Clark
Today around 1300, a pair of tundra swans was walking around on the ice of the 
pond at the Compost Facility.  One had a strongly drooped left wing.  But as i 
sat, getting my camera out, they took off and they both flew well, south, then 
turning west toward the Lake.

Not a match for the many swans others have seen, but an unusual (first for me) 
bird at the Compost! 

Song sparrows also singing out there. 

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[cayugabirds-l] CBC field trip around the lake

2014-03-22 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

Six hardy souls joined me on the trip around Cayuga Lake.

We started at Diary Bar, where we heard a Robin singing made us feel it is 
spring and warm. A Junco was also singing from the same location. We saw and 
heard a Killdeer circling above our head, while some of the Common Grackles 
were making their presence known.



We headed to Stewart Park as a couple of members mistakenly showed up at Lab of 
O, so we planned rendezvous at Stewart Park. We did see birds from here but 
they were half a mile away. So we decided to go East Shore Sailing Park.

From here the view was much closer and ducks looked beautiful through the 
scope, but as it happened we were showered with freezing rain while we were 
here. But we did have some nice views of lots of Redheads, American Widgeons, 
Ring-necked Ducks, Scaups, both Common and Hooded Mergansers, one Northern 
Shoveller, three Green-winged Teals and two Goldeneyes. We also had a singing 
Song sparrow here. Then someone thought they saw an Eurasian Widgeon, but it 
turned out to be a false alarm. I did search for it but I did not see it 
either. But we were satisfied with the great looks we had of all those ducks 
so we decided to try Myers Marina.



Myers  marina was a bit of a disappointment as there were hardly any ducks in 
the marina. But out on the lake there were lots of Goldeneyes and other usual 
ducks and two Pied-billed Grebes.  From there we headed to Myers Point. Only 
birds of importance were two Long-tailed Ducks diving close to ice shelf close 
to shore. They were so very active, they spent just a few seconds on the 
surface and lots of time underwater. On the way to marina there were a couple 
of Turkeys in the field. Later near Jerry springer road we saw about 50 Turkeys 
and many of the males were displaying.



Then as my usual practice, I went to Center Road to look for larks and 
buntings. Except for two Horned Larks and a Redtail we did not see any birds.

Along Long Point State Park road we heard some chickadees, tufted titmouse and 
a Carolina Wren. From the shore we had some distant Red-breasted Mergansers and 
other usual birds.

At Union Spring pond we had two Horned Grebes and same usual ducks but in fewer 
numbers.



Harris's Park was excellent place to look at a few Red-breasted Mergansers, 
both males and females and lots of Canvasbacks! Previously in the morning we 
watched on male Canavasback dive along with dabblers and geese in a narrow 
patch of water at Stewart Park, he looked very odd among those groups. But I 
guess he was finding something, as he was actively diving to eat something 
juicy! At Harris's Park we also watched an adult eagle fly around several 
times. There is big nest on one of the electrical poles, we do not know whose 
nest it is. We will find out soon I guess.



We next stopped at the Mud lock where we saw a head in the eagle's nest, so 
that means they are still incubating or may be brooding the young! Chris 
pointed out to me a swallow trying to get something off of snow/ice patches. 
Then later we saw three Tree Swallows.



Further on we headed to Mucklands. Here it was fun as the sky was filled with 
birds. There was huge group of Snow geese trying to land and were not decided 
yet they wanted to land or not so they milled around a bit before landing. The 
sun was out at that time. So it was spectacular view! Some Tundra Swans were 
taking off and others landing. Canada Geese were milling around. Then there 
were thousands of Pintails everywhere. We also had a very good look at one of 
the Horned larks.



Then we headed to west side of the lake. We saw the same ducks, but much closer 
from the north end of the Lake Road.  Two Bald eagles that flew over Harris 
Park area made all the ducks take to flight and it was spectacular to see so 
many ducks in the air. Southern part of the Lake Road was still frozen so no 
birds were to be found. So we decided to take the inner route to look for snow 
geese and snow buntings.



We took Farron road, where we saw hundreds of Pintails in the snow melt puddles 
along with swans and geese. At some point there was huge pure flock of Pintails 
in the air.  We drove via Hoster Road and Kuneytown road but we did not find 
anything else of interest. At this point we had enough of ducks and geese so we 
decided to call it a day!

Overall it was very windy day, but we still enjoyed the birds with freezing 
hands and butts!



Cheers

Meena







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2014-03-22 Thread W. Larry Hymes
While traversing Upper Buttermilk Park (muddy, icy), I was surprised to 
find 2 GREAT BLUE HERON flying about the Lake Treman area together.  
There is some open water there, and 11 Canada Geese were also present.  
I assume the two birds were a pair that was checking out this area as a 
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swans + Canadas. Oswego marinas (Sat. afternoon) featured nearly 100 pairs 
Greater Scaup and some Lesser, also several pairs Common and Red-breasted 
Merganser. Saw several individual Great Blue Herons at various points along 
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