Re: [cayugabirds-l] Loon watch and foy here

2015-11-14 Thread John Greenly
Hi Meena and John

Have to chime in here, as the lake and I are rather good friends, from a few 
thousand hours of rowing and sailing!  From Taughannock State Park it's 8 miles 
on the water to Stewart Park at the bottom end of the lake, and the west shore 
down there (Hog Hole) is only 1.8 miles east of a direct southerly line from 
the shore at Taughannock.  I don't know how you figured those large numbers of 
miles;  below Taughannock, around about Myers, the lake actually bends more 
southerly, not to the east. On the other hand, Watkins Glen at the south end of 
Seneca Lake is about 17 miles WSW from Taughannock, a direction that would be 
just right if the Loons were migrating to Pittsburgh.  

I do wonder where they go from here though.  The Susquehanna takes an extremely 
twisty course with a large easterly excursion in Pennsylvania, it would be 
interesting to know whether they follow it or just go straight, which would 
save hours of flight.

Cheers,
John Greenly


On Nov 14, 2015, at 6:42 PM, John Confer wrote:

> Hi Meena,
> 
>  Good to see you at Taughannoch. 
> 
>   John and Sue Gregoire and I thought that some of the big, loose flocks of 
> loons that were well north of the point we stood on at Taughannoch was far 
> more likely to take them over the southern tip of Seneca Lake than to the 
> southern tip of Cayuga  Lake. As I look at Google Earth, that seems a much 
> more likely location that they fly over over than the southern tip of Cayuga. 
> Measured in Google, it looks to me that the southern tip of Cayuga Lake is 
> more than 10 miles east of due south from the tip of Taughannock.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> John
> 
> 
> From: bounce-119895794-25065...@list.cornell.edu 
>  on behalf of Meena Madhav 
> Haribal 
> Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 4:00 PM
> To: k...@empacc.net
> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Loon watch and foy here
> 
> John,
> I am not sure if they are following Susquehanna or they are just taking a 
> direct route. If you look up on the map, it seems they can fly directly to 
> Chesapeake Bay in direct line, they don't need to follow Route 15 as we do.  
> Route 15 is at least 20 miles left to their target destination in our area. 
> Also, as I mentioned earlier the Cayuga Lake southern tip bends to east 
> substantially by about  4 or 5 miles to the east from Taughannock State park 
> if draw straight line south.  They know what they are doing!
> 
> Cheers
> Meena
> 
> Meena Haribal
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> 
> 
> 
> 
> From: John and Sue Gregoire 
> Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 3:03 PM
> To: Meena Madhav Haribal
> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re: Loon watch and foy here
> 
> Meena pls pass to Wes and Diane. Sue and I continued on to Seneca Lake where 
> we
> found no loons. In thinking about those high Southwestward flyers we believe 
> they
> had plenty of altitude to spot the Susquehanna and thus took a bit more 
> direct route
> down Rte 15! (runs alongside the river from Corning south).
> 
> At home we also had Fox Sparrow and our FOY American Tree Sparrow.
> 
> Terrific morning with good company!
> 
> John
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> On Sat, November 14, 2015 10:37, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> 
>> Today morning Loon Watch trip somebody seem to have lost the eye piece cap 
>> for Nikon
> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park boundaries

2015-11-14 Thread Dave Nutter

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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park boundaries

2015-11-14 Thread Geo Kloppel
I was just looking at ecode section 336-10, which concerns the boundaries of 
Stewart Park. A casual reading might suggest that the park extends north into 
the lake a considerable distance (all the way to the city line), but this is 
not the case. A more careful reading will reveal that within the area bounded 
and described, only the city-owned property is included in the park. Since the 
lake is not city-owned property, it's not part of the park. Hence the Stewart 
Park firearms prohibition ends at the lakeshore.

http://ecode360.com/8395310#8395295

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Loon Watch

2015-11-14 Thread Peter
Thanks for the update.
Do you foresee any future such gatherings this season?
Thanks
Pete Saracino

On 11/14/2015 7:58 PM, Wesley W. Blauvelt wrote:
> With temperatures hovering a few degrees above freezing and winds gusting 
> from the NW at 20+ knots, conditions seemed perfect for a substantial loon 
> flight this morning. The 20+ Cayuga Bird Club members and observers who 
> arrived at Taughannock State Park around dawn were not disappointed. Dividing 
> into two watch stations; the traditional location at the confluence of 
> Taughannock Creek with Cayuga Lake and another approximately 100 yards south 
> along the lake shoreline, observations were started 15 minutes before sunrise 
> (6:31 AM). Over the course of the next two hours approximately 2,200 Common 
> Loons were observed…….plus one Red-throated Loon. Using 15 minute intervals, 
> two distinct flights were observed. Birds from Cayuga Lake were believed to 
> comprised the first flight, with there numbers declining by 7:15 AM. A second 
> flight, presumed from Lake Ontarion, began to arrive around 7:30 AM with 
> numerous waves of 60 to 70 birds arriving from the NNE just below the cloud 
> cover. This flight continued for approximately 45 minutes. A summary of the 
> counts from the south watch station follows: 6:30 AM - 19; 6:45 AM - 75; 7:00 
> AM - 277; 7:15 AM - 57; 7:30 AM - 151; 7:45 AM - 218; 8:00 AM - 102; 8:15AM - 
> 10; 8:30 AM - 27;  and 8:45 AM - 14. Count total = 958. The reported count 
> for the traditional location was 1,200. One observer noted that there where 
> too many birds to count! On that note, I would say it was a very successful 
> Loon Watch. Thanks to all who participated (and to the loons) and let’s try 
> to keep this great traditional alive in future years.
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[cayugabirds-l] Binocluar eye piece cap found

2015-11-14 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

Today morning Loon Watch trip somebody seem to have lost the eye piece cap for 
Nikon binoculars. If it is yours please send me an email at m...@cornell.edu.


We did have an incredible loon flight today morning of over 2000 loons. More 
details will come from the trip leader Wes or Diane.


On the way to loon count near Cayuga Nature Center, I saw Northern Flicker 
flying across the road.


Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrows in Brooktondale

2015-11-14 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have a couple Fox Sparrows under our feeder on Burns Rd in Brooktondale
this morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Snow Buntings

2015-11-14 Thread Marie P. Read
Around 3:30 pm today, 2 Snow Buntings and at least 3 Horned Larks on the 
easternmost hill, Mt Pleasant Rd. I would not have seen them had they not been 
flushed by a vehicle going by.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cedar Waxwings along Cayuga Waterfront Trail

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Loon watch and foy here

2015-11-14 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Meena pls pass to Wes and Diane. Sue and I continued on to Seneca Lake where we
found no loons. In thinking about those high Southwestward flyers we believe 
they
had plenty of altitude to spot the Susquehanna and thus took a bit more direct 
route
down Rte 15! (runs alongside the river from Corning south).

At home we also had Fox Sparrow and our FOY American Tree Sparrow.

Terrific morning with good company!

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On Sat, November 14, 2015 10:37, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> Today morning Loon Watch trip somebody seem to have lost the eye piece cap 
> for Nikon



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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Loon watch and foy here

2015-11-14 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
John, 
I am not sure if they are following Susquehanna or they are just taking a 
direct route. If you look up on the map, it seems they can fly directly to 
Chesapeake Bay in direct line, they don't need to follow Route 15 as we do.  
Route 15 is at least 20 miles left to their target destination in our area. 
Also, as I mentioned earlier the Cayuga Lake southern tip bends to east 
substantially by about  4 or 5 miles to the east from Taughannock State park if 
draw straight line south.  They know what they are doing!

Cheers
Meena 

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From: John and Sue Gregoire 
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 3:03 PM
To: Meena Madhav Haribal
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: Loon watch and foy here

Meena pls pass to Wes and Diane. Sue and I continued on to Seneca Lake where we
found no loons. In thinking about those high Southwestward flyers we believe 
they
had plenty of altitude to spot the Susquehanna and thus took a bit more direct 
route
down Rte 15! (runs alongside the river from Corning south).

At home we also had Fox Sparrow and our FOY American Tree Sparrow.

Terrific morning with good company!

John
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Kestrel Haven Avian Migration Observatory
5373 Fitzgerald Road
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N 42 26.611' W 76 45.492'
 Website: http://www.empacc.net/~kestrelhaven/
"Conserve and Create Habitat"

On Sat, November 14, 2015 10:37, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> Today morning Loon Watch trip somebody seem to have lost the eye piece cap 
> for Nikon



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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Loon watch and foy here

2015-11-14 Thread John Confer
Hi Meena,

  Good to see you at Taughannoch. 

   John and Sue Gregoire and I thought that some of the big, loose flocks of 
loons that were well north of the point we stood on at Taughannoch was far more 
likely to take them over the southern tip of Seneca Lake than to the southern 
tip of Cayuga  Lake. As I look at Google Earth, that seems a much more likely 
location that they fly over over than the southern tip of Cayuga. Measured in 
Google, it looks to me that the southern tip of Cayuga Lake is more than 10 
miles east of due south from the tip of Taughannock.

Cheers,

John


From: bounce-119895794-25065...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Meena Madhav Haribal 

Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 4:00 PM
To: k...@empacc.net
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Loon watch and foy here

John,
I am not sure if they are following Susquehanna or they are just taking a 
direct route. If you look up on the map, it seems they can fly directly to 
Chesapeake Bay in direct line, they don't need to follow Route 15 as we do.  
Route 15 is at least 20 miles left to their target destination in our area. 
Also, as I mentioned earlier the Cayuga Lake southern tip bends to east 
substantially by about  4 or 5 miles to the east from Taughannock State park if 
draw straight line south.  They know what they are doing!

Cheers
Meena

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From: John and Sue Gregoire 
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 3:03 PM
To: Meena Madhav Haribal
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: Loon watch and foy here

Meena pls pass to Wes and Diane. Sue and I continued on to Seneca Lake where we
found no loons. In thinking about those high Southwestward flyers we believe 
they
had plenty of altitude to spot the Susquehanna and thus took a bit more direct 
route
down Rte 15! (runs alongside the river from Corning south).

At home we also had Fox Sparrow and our FOY American Tree Sparrow.

Terrific morning with good company!

John
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On Sat, November 14, 2015 10:37, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> Today morning Loon Watch trip somebody seem to have lost the eye piece cap 
> for Nikon



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Loon watch and foy here

2015-11-14 Thread Ann Mitchell
I had a super time at the loon watch this morning witnessing the large flights 
of loons and visiting with everyone there. Gary and I went around the lake 
afterwards, and saw many more loons on the lake. Looks like there will be some 
more spectacular flights!
Good birding, 
Ann

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 14, 2015, at 6:42 PM, John Confer  wrote:
> 
> Hi Meena,
> 
>  Good to see you at Taughannoch. 
> 
>   John and Sue Gregoire and I thought that some of the big, loose flocks of 
> loons that were well north of the point we stood on at Taughannoch was far 
> more likely to take them over the southern tip of Seneca Lake than to the 
> southern tip of Cayuga  Lake. As I look at Google Earth, that seems a much 
> more likely location that they fly over over than the southern tip of Cayuga. 
> Measured in Google, it looks to me that the southern tip of Cayuga Lake is 
> more than 10 miles east of due south from the tip of Taughannock.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> John
> 
> 
> From: bounce-119895794-25065...@list.cornell.edu 
>  on behalf of Meena Madhav 
> Haribal 
> Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 4:00 PM
> To: k...@empacc.net
> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Loon watch and foy here
> 
> John,
> I am not sure if they are following Susquehanna or they are just taking a 
> direct route. If you look up on the map, it seems they can fly directly to 
> Chesapeake Bay in direct line, they don't need to follow Route 15 as we do.  
> Route 15 is at least 20 miles left to their target destination in our area. 
> Also, as I mentioned earlier the Cayuga Lake southern tip bends to east 
> substantially by about  4 or 5 miles to the east from Taughannock State park 
> if draw straight line south.  They know what they are doing!
> 
> Cheers
> Meena
> 
> Meena Haribal
> Ithaca NY 14850
> 42.429007,-76.47111
> http://www.haribal.org/
> http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/
> Ithaca area moths: https://plus.google.com/118047473426099383469/posts
> Dragonfly book sample pages: http://www.haribal.org/dragonflies/samplebook.pdf
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> From: John and Sue Gregoire 
> Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 3:03 PM
> To: Meena Madhav Haribal
> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re: Loon watch and foy here
> 
> Meena pls pass to Wes and Diane. Sue and I continued on to Seneca Lake where 
> we
> found no loons. In thinking about those high Southwestward flyers we believe 
> they
> had plenty of altitude to spot the Susquehanna and thus took a bit more 
> direct route
> down Rte 15! (runs alongside the river from Corning south).
> 
> At home we also had Fox Sparrow and our FOY American Tree Sparrow.
> 
> Terrific morning with good company!
> 
> John
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>> On Sat, November 14, 2015 10:37, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> 
>> Today morning Loon Watch trip somebody seem to have lost the eye piece cap 
>> for Nikon
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Loon Watch

2015-11-14 Thread Wesley W. Blauvelt
With temperatures hovering a few degrees above freezing and winds gusting from 
the NW at 20+ knots, conditions seemed perfect for a substantial loon flight 
this morning. The 20+ Cayuga Bird Club members and observers who arrived at 
Taughannock State Park around dawn were not disappointed. Dividing into two 
watch stations; the traditional location at the confluence of Taughannock Creek 
with Cayuga Lake and another approximately 100 yards south along the lake 
shoreline, observations were started 15 minutes before sunrise (6:31 AM). Over 
the course of the next two hours approximately 2,200 Common Loons were 
observed…….plus one Red-throated Loon. Using 15 minute intervals, two distinct 
flights were observed. Birds from Cayuga Lake were believed to comprised the 
first flight, with there numbers declining by 7:15 AM. A second flight, 
presumed from Lake Ontarion, began to arrive around 7:30 AM with numerous waves 
of 60 to 70 birds arriving from the NNE just below the cloud cover. This flight 
continued for approximately 45 minutes. A summary of the counts from the south 
watch station follows: 6:30 AM - 19; 6:45 AM - 75; 7:00 AM - 277; 7:15 AM - 57; 
7:30 AM - 151; 7:45 AM - 218; 8:00 AM - 102; 8:15AM - 10; 8:30 AM - 27;  and 
8:45 AM - 14. Count total = 958. The reported count for the traditional 
location was 1,200. One observer noted that there where too many birds to 
count! On that note, I would say it was a very successful Loon Watch. Thanks to 
all who participated (and to the loons) and let’s try to keep this great 
traditional alive in future years. 


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Loon Watch

2015-11-14 Thread John Confer
Great job, Wes.


From: bounce-119896078-25065...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Wesley W. Blauvelt 

Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 7:58 PM
To: cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Loon Watch

With temperatures hovering a few degrees above freezing and winds gusting from 
the NW at 20+ knots, conditions seemed perfect for a substantial loon flight 
this morning. The 20+ Cayuga Bird Club members and observers who arrived at 
Taughannock State Park around dawn were not disappointed. Dividing into two 
watch stations; the traditional location at the confluence of Taughannock Creek 
with Cayuga Lake and another approximately 100 yards south along the lake 
shoreline, observations were started 15 minutes before sunrise (6:31 AM). Over 
the course of the next two hours approximately 2,200 Common Loons were 
observed…….plus one Red-throated Loon. Using 15 minute intervals, two distinct 
flights were observed. Birds from Cayuga Lake were believed to comprised the 
first flight, with there numbers declining by 7:15 AM. A second flight, 
presumed from Lake Ontarion, began to arrive around 7:30 AM with numerous waves 
of 60 to 70 birds arriving from the NNE just below the cloud cover. This flight 
continued for approximately 45 minutes. A summary of the counts from the south 
watch station follows: 6:30 AM - 19; 6:45 AM - 75; 7:00 AM - 277; 7:15 AM - 57; 
7:30 AM - 151; 7:45 AM - 218; 8:00 AM - 102; 8:15AM - 10; 8:30 AM - 27;  and 
8:45 AM - 14. Count total = 958. The reported count for the traditional 
location was 1,200. One observer noted that there where too many birds to 
count! On that note, I would say it was a very successful Loon Watch. Thanks to 
all who participated (and to the loons) and let’s try to keep this great 
traditional alive in future years.


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[cayugabirds-l] guns at Stewart Park - next steps?

2015-11-14 Thread Sandy Wold
As someone who frequents Fuertes Bird Sanctuary, I greatly appreciated
Dave's courage and posting and the resulting discussion this brought up.
Since tickets were not issued and the hunters were bitter, shouldn't we
follow up - especially because this has happened before (re: picture of
hunters with buoys facing the direction of rowers).  It's not harassment if
these guys were violating park rules, right?  Who would we (as individuals
or as a club?) ask to make/post signage?  DPW? and who would we ask to send
reminders of local law and to which hunter organizations?

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