Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds

2017-06-20 Thread Janet Akin
I did a breeding bird survey at Montezuma today. We had 27 Yellow Warblers on 
Esker Brook. Just one example but other birds in good numbers including Gray 
Catbirds, Willow Flycatcher. Goldfinch ,Cedar Waxwings. I have had Black-billed 
Cuckoo on all three surveys I have done this spring.  Janet Akin

From: David Nicosia 
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 8:40 PM
To: Cayuga birds 
Subject: Re: -[cayugabirdsl] Lack of birds

I have noticed that breeding species seem to be in fairly typical numbers in 
Broome Co. neotropical species included.  
Neotropical migration was poor and mostly likely related to a cool and chilly 
May 1-16 with a 2 day warm period with  very
strong southwest winds on May 18th and 19th. Many of our usual migrants, like 
the ones seen at the Hawthorn's for example,
simply overshot our area these two days. As for your lack of breeding species 
like chipping sparrows, yellow warblers, 
baltimore orioles and others, could this be due to the severe drought your area 
had last summer? We didn't have it nearly as bad down here
in Broome Co. Do drought conditions hurt insectivores like breeding birds due 
to less insects, harder to find earthworms (for robins) etc so
that nesting success drops?  This is the only thing that I can think of since 
the species that Chris T-H mentioned originally
winter in different locations (some in the tropics and others in the southern 
U.S) and have different migration timetables. 
These  species are also usually fairly tolerant of humans and disturbed 
habitats. Maybe it was last year's drought leading to poor nesting success
across many different songbird species. And given songbirds high mortality 
rates, this could lead to a noticeable drop in numbers from last year
to this year. Just a thought. Hopefully they will bounce back, this year is 
pretty wet, and in fact it could be too wet!  



On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 9:48 AM, Glenn Wilson  wrote:

  In Union Center (Endicott), do not have any Tree Swallows that I know of.

  BUT the Spring Street feeders are very active with Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, 
Cardinals, Juncos with young, White and Red breasted Nuthatches, Mourning 
Doves, at least two Hummingbirds, one pair of nesting Bluebirds, two nests of 
Prairie Warblers, calling Ovenbirds and Towhees, and a very vocal Phoebe. Can't 
forget Purple Finches, nesting House Finches, and two active House Wren nests

  Other than Tree Swallows, I would say this location is pretty normal. No 
Great Blue or Green Herons after the goldfish yet but no doubt they will come.

  Glenn Wilson
  Endicott, NY
  www.WilsonsWarbler.com

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[cayugabirds-l] OT: fireflies, bats, avian visitor

2017-06-20 Thread Dave Nutter
Again this year my overgrown yard at the base of West Hill in the City of 
Ithaca supports a show of fireflies. We first noticed them yesterday evening 
and it's too soon to tell if numbers are down, but at least they are not 
missing. 

Bats are scarce, though. We saw one during an early warm spell this spring, and 
we worried it might not have aerial plankton to sustain it. Then we saw none 
for weeks. Recently we've seen one on a few evenings but not every evening. In 
past years there were commonly 2 or 3 pretty reliably. It's possible that this 
year we are not out looking as diligently though. 

To redeem this as a birding post, I will add that this morning in an unusual 
occurrence a male Black-and-white Warbler visited our yard, singing 
persistently while foraging in a maple tree (okay, it was our neighbor's tree, 
but I'm still counting it!). Eventually his songs moved farther off to another 
yard down the street. I guess he was cruising rather than defending a 
territory. 

--Dave Nutter


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds

2017-06-20 Thread Marc Devokaitis
Throwing my two cents into this vicissitudinous thread...I just wrapped up
a correspondence with a woman in Maryland who was distraught several weeks
ago because her usual 50-hummingbird station was only getting two birds.
Yesterday she wrote to say she now had 40+, but the arrival of the bulk of
them was nearly *one month* later than usual.

eBird line graphs bear out similar trends -- because so many people ask
about hummer numbers in particular, I've been following the frequency and
abundance figures for several states (NY, MA, NJ) and while numbers were
measurably lower then than the average of the previous four years early on
in the season, in the past few weeks that has shifted and the counts for
the mid-June weeks seem to be much more in line with previous years.

With hummers in particular, I think some people leave each season with the
memory of numbers and frequency based on the late summer, when the number
of birds tends to double or triple, then they get disappointed when the
pre-breeding numbers are not at that same level.

Marc



On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 8:45 AM, Richard Tkachuck 
wrote:

> We have 3 nest boxes in my yard with tree swallows.
> Richard Tkachuck
>
> On Jun 18, 2017 9:48 AM, "Glenn Wilson"  wrote:
>
> In Union Center (Endicott), do not have any Tree Swallows that I know of.
>
> BUT the Spring Street feeders are very active with Rose-Breasted
> Grosbeaks, Cardinals, Juncos with young, White and Red breasted Nuthatches,
> Mourning Doves, at least two Hummingbirds, one pair of nesting Bluebirds,
> two nests of Prairie Warblers, calling Ovenbirds and Towhees, and a very
> vocal Phoebe. Can't forget Purple Finches, nesting House Finches, and two
> active House Wren nests
>
> Other than Tree Swallows, I would say this location is pretty normal. No
> Great Blue or Green Herons after the goldfish yet but no doubt they will
> come.
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com
>
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