[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Area Today

2016-03-24 Thread bob mcguire
I had a rather interesting afternoon/evening at the north end of the lake 
today. Thinking I’d take advantage of the weather and see what was around to 
record, I headed for Montezuma after lunch. First of all, most of the OSPREY 
nests/platforms along the east side were still unoccupied. The two exceptions 
were the tower off Beacon Marine (Village of Cayuga) and one of the power line 
towers on Rts 5 & 20 just west of the refuge.

My first real stop was the Visitor’s Center pool. While scoping the edges for 
snipe (none), I noticed a pair of smallish shorebirds that flew in and circled 
the pool several time as though they intended to land. Twice they came quite 
close to the deck, and I was able to see the dark throat that was sharply 
delineated from the light belly. The form was Calidris-like (not Tringa). They 
never did land and flew off to the west. FOY (for me) PECTORAL SANDPIPERs!

My next stop was along East Road, overlooking Knox-Marsellus Marsh. There 
continued to be large numbers of Green-Winged Teal and Northern Pintails. 
Shortly after I arrived a group of nine SANDHILL CRANES flew in, calling, and 
settled into the marsh at the base of the hill.

At the far east end of the Mucklands, viewed from Rt 31, there was a pair of 
GREATER YELLOWLEGS feeding with the expected Ring-billed Gulls, Pintails, 
Mallards, Black Ducks, and Green-winged Teal.

>From there I checked a number of spots in the Savannah area: RR Road, Muckrace 
>Flats, Morgan Road, Carncross Rd, Marten’s Tract, and the MAC, hoping for new 
>arrivals like Swamp Sparrow or Virginia Rail. What I did find was a trio of 
>MARSH WRENS on Carncross Rd. Though hidden in the reeds, they continued to 
>sing for at least ten minutes.

 My final new year-bird was a WILSON’S SNIPE that flushed from the end of the 
path leading east from the parking lot at Marten’s Tract.



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[cayugabirds-l] Birdy Day

2016-03-24 Thread Judy M. Thoroughman
I'm having quite a birdy day.  On the way home from work I saw a Bald Eagle 
flying over Fall Creek in Etna.  Got out of the car at home heard something 
scratching around and found a Ruffed Grouse stalking around in the woods a few 
feet behind the bird feeder.


I was just outside and there are at least 2 and possibly 3 Woodcocks dancing in 
close proximity to the house.


Spring has definitely sprung.


Judy

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[cayugabirds-l] Towhee

2016-03-24 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have our FOY Eastern Towhee in Brooktondale today.



...Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.
  ~Warren Buffett


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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Tree Swallow

2016-03-24 Thread Marie P. Read
Recovering from the flu, I tottered up Mt Pleasant Rd this afternoon around 
2:30. The south wind was intense and few birds were in evidence. But a familiar 
chittering call caught my ear from on high...Mt Pleasant's first Tree Swallow 
of the season!

Marie





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Freeville NY  13068 USA

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[cayugabirds-l] Carolina Wren

2016-03-24 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Big day for Shirley.

A CAROLINA WREN appeared beneath the suet feeder, picking up a few scraps
dropped by the woodpeckers.  We will have to wait to see if it is one of the
wrens from previous years.  They have nested in the eaves of the garage.
Not only that, but they have endured the constant coming and going of human
types beneath their nest.

Bill McAneny

TBurg


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