[cayugabirds-l] Fall Creek

2010-04-17 Thread Linda Orkin
Just now, while on a run along Fall Creek I came across a flock  
(approximately 10) of Northern Rough-Winged Swallows swooping and  
soaring close th the water under-through the foot bridge by Flat Rock.  
It was a great vantage point from which to enjoy their grace. Must  
have been some kind of hatch to keep them them there for so long.



Linda


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[cayugabirds-l] intergrade Eurasian x American Green-winged Teal - Seneca Co.

2010-04-17 Thread Tom Johnson
Cayugabirders,
On 14 April, Tim Lenz and Marshall Iliff saw and photographed a male
Green-winged Teal showing a mix of American Green-winged Teal (Anas
[crecca] carolinensis) and Common Teal (Anas [crecca] crecca)
characters at LaRue's Lagoon, Montezuma NWR auto loop.  These include
a white stripe along the folded wing (horizontal) as on Common Teal,
paler borders to the colored patches on the face as on Common Teal,
but with shadows of the normal American Green-winged Teal vertical
white chest bars.  Today, Jay McGowan and I saw the bird (presumably
the same one) with 200 Green-winged Teal in the Main Pool just west
of LaRue's Lagoon.
Cheers,
Tom

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] West side of Cayuga Lake, plus Montezuma area

2010-04-17 Thread Matthew Medler
I knew I'd forget something:  a singing House Wren heard several times 
in the Sheldrake area.


Matthew Medler wrote:
I spent the day today (17 April 2010) birding with Tim Lenz, Alberto 
López, and Chris Wiley.  We started at Stewart Park, then headed up the 
west side of Cayuga Lake, and hit a few spots in the Montezuma area. 
Despite the cold, windy conditions, and the occasional rain and sleet, 
we had a nice day of birding.  Here are some of the highlights:


1 Field Sparrow on the Swan Pen trail

Hundreds of migrant swallows flying north along the west side of the 
lake; mostly Tree Swallows, but also a few Barn Swallows, N. 
Rough-winged Swallows, and Purple Martins


3+ singing Pine Warblers in the Sheldrake area, singing from white pines 
in two different yards; there were also 5+ Yellow-rumped Warblers in the 
same area.


2 stunning Long-tailed Ducks and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at 
Dean's Cove


1 Red-necked Grebe, ~25 Common Loons (on the water), and a few 
Bonaparte's Gulls in Varick


4 Upland Sandpipers at the the Empire Days Fairgrounds in Seneca Falls

1 (early) Solitary Sandpiper at the entrance to Montezuma NWR

13 Lapland Longspurs, 15+ Horned Larks, and 1 Vesper Sparrow, Savannah 
Mucklands


3 continuing American Golden-Plovers, 15 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser 
Yellowlegs, 1 Dunlin (mostly in breeding plumage), and 60 Wilson's Snipe 
at the end of Van Dyne Spoor Road.  (The railroad crossing is open again.)


Good birding,
Matt Medler
Ithaca

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