[cayugabirds-l] Towhee

2015-04-15 Thread bob mcguire
As Eastern Towhee is singing outside the window! FOY for the yard.

Bob McGuire

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[cayugabirds-l] New Arrivals

2015-04-15 Thread bob mcguire
I got kind of a late start this morning having been caught at home listening to 
the dawn chorus (!finally!). Didn’t get to the south end of the Basin until 
almost 9am. Nevertheless, there was a BLUE-HEADED VIREO singing along Maple 
Avenue (W. Danby) and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET along Tupper Road just above Geo’s 
place.

Then, from a hedgerow along the second field at Lindsay-Parson’s Preserve, I 
heard my FOY BROWN THRASHER singing. It was full song, but quite soft, and I 
was left wondering if it was a first year bird just trying out its song. And it 
was not perched high up in one of the trees or even at the top of a shrub. I 
never saw it because it was buried somewhere in the thickness of the brush. 
There was another Ruby-crowned there as well. Oh, and an immature Bald Eagle 
flew off from the edge of Coleman lake as I approached. Offspring from the 
Spencer Lake pair?

Bob McGuire
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[cayugabirds-l] NYSOA field trip in May

2015-04-15 Thread Kathryn Schneider
The New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA) is offering a field trip 
to the Intervale Lowlands Preserve in Lake Placid in the Adirondacks on the 
weekend of 16-17 May 2015. The weekend will start with an optional bird walk at 
Bloomingdale Bog on 16 May, and that afternoon Larry Master will give a 
presentation on the history and natural history of the Intervale Lowland 
Preserve. The main event will be a bird walk at the preserve on 17 May, where 
we hope to see Black-backed Woodpecker, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and many of the 17 
species of warbler that breed here. Visit the NYSOA web site (www.nybirds.org 
http://www.nybirds.org/) for more information including instructions about 
how to register for the trip.

Kathy Schneider
for NYSOA
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[cayugabirds-l] 10th annual Finger Lakes Land Trust Spring Bird Quest

2015-04-15 Thread Mark Chao
Throughout May, I’ll be conducting the 10th annual Spring Bird Quest (SBQ)
on preserves of the Finger Lakes Land Trust throughout our region.  The SBQ
has three purposes:  

 

* To give birders of all skill levels an opportunity to come together and
enjoy birds at some of the finest spots in our area, at the best time of
year

* To spread the word the Land Trust’s role in preserving vital habitat for
the birds we love

* To raise funds to support the Land Trust’s continuing work.

 

In the past, we’ve held the event only on Memorial Day weekend, but this
year, we will have SBQ activities on all five weekends in the month.  There
will be no fewer than eight public walks, including several at beautiful
sites that we Ithaca birders almost never think to visit.  See below for the
schedule.  (Some sites are far from Ithaca.  I can offer rides from
northeast Ithaca for up to three people.  Contact me if you’re interested.)

 

All the walks are free; donations on the spot are most welcome but not at
all required.  Moreover, I’ll be counting bird species found at the
preserves over the month and raising pledge money per species.  Proceeds
from the first nine SBQs have exceeded $35,000.  I have a crazy hope of
raising $10,000 for the 10th SBQ, from at least 100 donors.  In support of
this goal, a supporter of the SBQ and the Land Trust has pledged $10 per
donor up to 100 donors.  Can you help us to achieve these goals?

 

If you’re interested in pledging, please contact me.  You may also donate a
flat amount online at http://www.fllt.org/donate/.  And it would be
fantastic some of you might do your own species count and raise your own
pledges.  Let me know if you’re interested.

 

I look forward to seeing many of you out on the walks next month!

 

Mark Chao

 

 

Saturday, May 2 (Rain date May 3)

8:00 AM

Wesley Hill Nature Preserve 

Come and visit the mature forests of Wesley Hill, our westernmost preserve,
home to Briggs Gully and sweeping views of the hills surrounding Honeoye
Lake’s southern end. Directions: From Honeoye, take Rt. 20A east to East
Lake Road. Follow East Lake Rd. south for a short distance and then turn
left on County Rd. 33. Continue a short distance and turn right on Pinewood
Hill Rd. Follow Pinewood Hill, then Gulick Road south toward Cumming Nature
Center, for a total of 6.4 miles to preserve entrance, on right.

 

(This preserve is about 1 hour and 50 minutes from Ithaca.)

 

Saturday, May 9 (Rain date May 10)

8:00 AM

Bahar Nature Preserve and Carpenter Falls at 8:00 am 

This preserve includes a forested ravine alongside Bear Swamp Creek as well
as 65 feet of Skaneateles lakeshore.  After this walk, head over to the High
Vista Preserve for more birding!  Directions: From Route 38 in Moravia, take
Route 38A north for about 6.9 miles.  Turn right onto Burdock Street, and
continue for one mile after Burdock turns into New Hope Road.  Turn left
onto Rt. 41A north, then right (east) on Appletree Point Rd. and follow for
1.6 miles to parking area, on left.

 

Saturday, May 9 (Rain date May 10)

10:30 AM

High Vista Preserve 

Join us for a walk high above the eastern shore of Skaneateles Lake at this
diverse hillside forest full of songbirds. Directions: From Bahar Nature
Preserve  Carpenter Falls, head southeast on Carver Rd. toward Glen Cove
Rd., then turn left on N. Glen Haven Rd. After 5 miles, turn right onto Glen
Haven Rd./E. Lake Rd., then turn left onto Vincent Hill Rd.  The parking
area will be on the left.

 

From Rt. 41 south of Skaneateles, turn onto Vincent Hill Road West, just
north of the Cortland/Onondaga County line. After about 1/3 mile, the road
bends to the southwest and there is a small parking area on the right-hand
side.

 

Saturday, May 16

8:00 am

VanRiper Conservation Area and Whitlock Nature Preserve, Romulus

Bird walk led by the Eaton Birding Society 

I’ll plan to join the Eaton Birding Society on this walk through the woods
to the lake shore.  Directions from the South: The preserves are
approximately 23 miles north of Ithaca; 2.6 miles north of County Rt. 138;
and 2 miles north of the Thirsty Owl winery.  The gravel parking area is on
the right side of Rt. 89.  

 

Saturday, May 23

8:00 AM

Dorothy McIlroy Bird Sanctuary, Summerhill

This preserve contains deep hemlock woods, some sunny edges, and a fen.
Directions:  From Main Street in Groton, turn east on Route 222 (E. Cortland
Street).  After 2.2 miles, turn left onto Salt Road.  Turn left onto Salt
Road, then right on Route 90 to Lake Como Rd. Turn left on Lake Como Rd. and
continue for about 2 miles until you come to Fire Lane A. Make a right onto
lane to find the parking area on the right.

 

Sunday, May 24

8:00 AM

Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve, West Danby

This preserve, perhaps the Land Trust spot most renowned for birds,
comprises open fields, a large pond, forests, and various edge habitats.
From Ithaca, take Rt. 13 south to junction 

[cayugabirds-l] More W Danby Birds

2015-04-15 Thread bob mcguire
I would like to add to my earlier post of today:

Two pairs of HERMIT THRUSHES foraging along Maple Avenue.

A pair of FIELD SPARROWS, one singing lustily, at Lindsay-Parsons.

Two Great Blue Herons on nests on the pond by the fire station.

Bob

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[cayugabirds-l] Birding Ford Hill Rd

2015-04-15 Thread Donna Lee Scott
In Lansing, this morning, while my car was being repaired at Snyder's Repair 
Shop on Ford Hill Rd (excellent place, specializes in foreign cars, great 
waiting room with bird feeders over garden outside).
Ford Hill Rd. is a little dead-end off Lansingville Rd. just north of 
intersection with Lockerby Hill /Jerry Smith Roads (those roads change names 
there).

Right off the bat while walking down the hill to end of road and into the large 
NYSEG-owned, partially-thicketed meadow with small trees and a narrow woods 
edge around some of it, I found a pair of Chipping Sparrows, a Song Sparrow, 
then a pair of Bluebirds (checking out a blue bird nest box in a yard). Robins 
were all over the place, along with a few House Sparrows. I heard a lot of RW 
Blackbirds and Grackles.
I walked around the gate and into the meadow with its great view across the 
Salmon Creek valley; it was sunny and quiet. After clomping around a thicket 
and a muddy ATV track, I started hearing more birds.

I looked up ahead and saw a beautiful Brown Thrasher (FOY for me) sitting near 
the top of a small tree singing away in the sun. An all-yellow male Goldfinch 
sat in another tree nearby. Soon some Black Capped Chickadees appeared very 
near where I stood and Song Sparrows flitted about. More Robins explored the 
ground.

I circled around to another ATV trail that runs in the small woods along a farm 
field above the meadow; saw some Crows. Not much else there except 2 Downy 
Woodpeckers drumming in response to the other (I think).

I ended up back at the end of Ford Hill Rd. and went back into the meadow, 
where I heard some faint Field Sparrow songs.  I walked downhill and stood 
still listening and lo and behold 2 Field Sparrows flew right behind me into a 
bush! I got a nice close look at them. (Also, FOY for me).
Then I heard and saw 2 E. Phoebes and watched them flycatching with their 
little circular flight off the branch and back again.

As I walked back to the end of Ford Hill road, I found a pair of N. Flickers 
working the lawn where the Bluebirds had previously been.
It was a glorious morning!

I have heard that we are not supposed to go into this meadow area, but the man 
who runs the repair shop said the locals all go there, so I thought I would 
too. My bad.

Donna L. Scott
Lansing,


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[cayugabirds-l] Gravel Rd Osprey

2015-04-15 Thread John VanNiel
First saw the Gravel Road Osprey (the one South of 318) on Monday afternoon. JVN

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[cayugabirds-l] Campus Club Bird Study Group, April 14

2015-04-15 Thread mberkel
Tuesday morning, April 14, Campus Club Bird Study Group at Myers and Salt Point

European Starling
House Sparrow
American Robin
Eastern Bluebird
American Crow
Grackle
Red-winged Blackbird
Mourning Dove
Osprey
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Kingfisher
Common Loon
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
American Coot
Redhead
Bufflehead
Horned Grebe
Ruddy Duck

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcocks

2015-04-15 Thread Melanie Uhlir
After reading the description of Woodcock lek habitat (am I using the 
term correctly??), it occurred to me that they might be present in the 
field next to and behind my house so I stomped out through my marshy 
backyard and through the little woodlot to the edge. Sure enough, I 
heard peenting! Didn't dare venture farther since a) I had foolishly 
neglected to bring a flashlight with which to find my way back; and b) I 
didn't want to risk disturbing the birds.


On Monday evening at the airport I heard peenting but could not get a 
visual. Tonight I tried again and heard both peenting and the whistling 
audio of the display but again could not find a bird with my binoculars. 
Also heard what sounded like a Great Horned Owl from somewhere in the 
woods east of Mohawk Road.


On 4/13/2015 6:10 PM, Carol Keeler wrote:

Does weather effect the Woodcock's sky dance?  Do they stay down when it's 
windy like today?  Or do hormones dictate their behavior and weather has no 
effect.

Sent from my iPad
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