[cayugabirds-l] Spring Field Ornithology March 23 - May 15; discounts volunteer position open

2011-02-14 Thread Erica Van Etten
Hi everyone,

I am once again coordinating the Spring Field Ornithology class at the Lab
of Ornithology, which will be March 23 - May 15th. Of course many of you are
familiar with the class already as alumni, leaders or already enrolled this
year!  For those of you who planning to enroll, I am writing to remind you
that there is a $10 discount the weekly field trip section if you sign up by
March 1.

I am also writing because I looking for at least one volunteer to assist
with the set-up/break down of the Wednesday night lectures. The volunteer
would receive free admission to lectures and visits to the bird skin
collection, and possibly also the weekly field trips. Volunteer benefits
are transferable; meaning you can volunteer and give your free lectures to a
friend as a gift. Please contact me at sfocl...@cornell.edu if you are
interested.

And finally, if you have never heard of Spring Field Ornithology (SFO), here
is your chance!

Spring Field Ornithology is an 8-week course offered each spring by the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The class consists of Wednesday night lectures,
weekend field trips on Saturdays or Sundays to birding hotspots in central
NY (Braddock Bay, Derby Hill, Sapsucker Woods, Montezuma, Arnot, etc), and
two optional overnight trips to Montezuma and to Cape May area, NJ.  The
lecture section includes two visits to the bird collections of the Cornell
Museum of Vertebrates and an owl prowl. Instruction is by Steve Kress, Vice
President for Bird Conservation for National Audubon, staff at the Cornell
Lab of Ornithology, and local birding experts. The field trips are organized
into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels so the course is suitable
for complete novices to experienced birders. You stay with the same field
trip group each week, and there is a sense of community that builds
throughout the course. Many people enjoy the trips so much they return to
take them year after year with their friends! College students may take the
course for credit by making arrangements for an independent study with their
advisor.

For more information or to enrolll, visit the course website:
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/sfo. You may also enjoy browsing our class
website and where students uploaded photos taken during the field trips last
year (and since last year). http://sfocornell.ning.com/  There is a $10
discount on field trip registrations received by March 1. For more
information, contact me (Erica Van Etten) at sfocl...@cornell.edu.

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Happy birding!

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Erica Van Etten

Course Coordinator
Spring Field Ornithology
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/sfo

(607)254-2466 (office)
607-279-6402 (cell)

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[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swans

2011-02-14 Thread Elaina McCartney
There are presently about 40 Tundra Swans all the way south on Cayuga along the 
Treman park shore, SW corner, where the ice has now melted.  Many of them are 
upside-down.

Elaina

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[cayugabirds-l] 2 MUTE SWANS south of

2011-02-14 Thread 6072292158
 2 MUTE SWANS south of marina Myers Pt
--Dave Nutter

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[cayugabirds-l] Green-winged Teal, Dryden Lake

2011-02-14 Thread Susan Fast
Hi,

Around noon today (Monday), I saw a single GREEN-WINGED TEAL in the
northeast corner of Dryden Lake.

Steve Fast


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[cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA

2011-02-14 Thread Joseph Brin
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
*  February 14, 2011
*  NYSY 1402.11
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):
February 07, 2010 - February 14, 2011
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison  Cortland
compiled:February 14 AT 7:00 p.m. (EST)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#243 -Monday February 14, 2011
 
 
Greetings! This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 
07 
, 2010
 
Highlights:
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TRUMPETER SWAN
BALD EAGLE
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
MERLIN
PEREGRINE FALCON
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
COMMON GRACKLE
COMMON REDPOLL
HOARY REDPOLL



Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)


 No reports this week.


Onondaga County


 2/8: 5 HOARY REDPOLLS were found at the feeders at Beaver Lake Nature 
Center west of Baldwinsville. They are still being seen every day by different 
observers.
 2/12: 8 BALD EAGLES of various ages were seen in the trees below the dam 
on 
the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. While they are still being seen at the south 
end of Onondaga Lake near the Carousel Mall The Baldwinsville location offers 
much closer views of the birds. The birds can be seen from Lock Street by the 
Dance Studio of on Marble Street on the other side of the river. 

 2/13. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found on the ice at Mercer 
Park 
in Baldwinsville. It was seen on the 14th. on ice below the dam. A MERLIN was 
seen in the big willows below the dam. Further south in the county a 
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at the intersection of Waters Road and Rt.20 and a 
LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found at the intersection of Vincent Corners and Bardeen 
Roads.
 2/14: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen flying in downtown Syracuse.


Oswego County


 2/9: 10 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in both phases were seen in open areas near the 
Mexico and Richland Town Lines.
 2/14: A COMMON GRACKLE was at a feeder in Brewerton. A possible Snipe was 
flushed in the same location.


Madison County


 2/13: 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found in with Horned Larks and Snow 
Buntings 
on Thurber Road south of Cazenovia. 2 HOARY REDPOLLS and possible Greater 
Redpolls were at a feeder on Carpenter Road east of DeRuyter.


Cayuga County


 2/14: A first year GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Fair Haven State Park at the 
north end of the Bay. also seen were WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, LONG TAILED DUCKS, 
and TRUMPETER SWANS.



--end transcript
 
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Joseph Brin
Region 5
Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.


  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Amherst Island questions

2011-02-14 Thread Bernie Monette
The latest I have heard is that the snow on the roads/tracks can be quite
bad.

This was the last report from the Kingston area:

There are lots of Common Redpolls about; the largest flocks reported were 60
at the Queen's Biological Station with a Hornemann's Hoary as well, and 135
at Bedford Mills also containing one or two Hoaries. Pine Siskins have
almost gone with only one mentioned this week. Bohemian Waxwings are still
around in good numbers, 15 at Charleston Lake P.P. last Friday, 50 near
Camden East on Saturday feeding on Buckthorn berries and another 14 at QUBS
on Thursday. 
Bald Eagles are still plentiful; 2 at the Dupont lagoon, 5 at QUBS with an
immature Golden, all reported on Wednesday and another Bald Eagle at
Charleston Lake P.P. on Thursday. Two Peregrines were roosting on Botterel
Hall on the Queen's campus on Tuesday and another (could be one of the two)
zipped over the Kingston harbour on Wednesday. There is a Barred Owl at QUBS
and Amherst Island had a Snowy, a N. Hawk and 3 Short-eared Owls. Snow
conditions on Amherst are not favourable; the Owl Woods Road is heavily
drifted in and the rest of the island has very high snowbanks. If it is
windy at all this makes for some very trying birding. All the N. Harriers
seem to have left and the number of Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks is way
down from earlier in the winter.
The Amherst ferry channel was devoid of gulls and waterfowl on Wednesday and
the south shore of Amherst, although open, yielded nothing but Common
Goldeneye. A few Mute Swans have been added to the mix at the Dupont lagoon
and there were 14 Trumpeters at Chaffey's Lock on Wednesday.
There was a N. Shrike near Yarker last Saturday, and I've had two sightings
of Am. Robins noted this week; a half dozen in Bayridge on Saturday and a
singleton near Inverary yesterday. A few other birds that are always hard to
find in mid-winter include a Red-winged Blackbird on Amherst, 2 Rusty
Blackbirds near Elginburg and a pair of Golden-crowned Kinglets at
Charleston Lake P.P.
Cheers,
Peter Good
Kingston Field Naturalists
613 378-6605 

Cheers,

Bernie

http://www.newlight.ca
http://www.flickr.com/photos/berniemonette


 From: David M Diaz dmdia...@hotmail.com
 Reply-To: David M Diaz dmdia...@hotmail.com
 Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:49:04 -0500
 To: Raghuram Ramanujan ra...@cs.cornell.edu
 Cc: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Amherst Island questions
 
 The number thing to remember is- avoid any actions that may flush owls.  I
 went to Amherst Island several years ago and saw a lot of shenanigans.
 
 David Diaz
 Trumansburg, NY
 
 Sent by David
 
 On Feb 12, 2011, at 9:30 PM, Raghuram Ramanujan ra...@cs.cornell.edu wrote:
 
 
 I'm thinking about driving up to Amherst Island the weekend of the 26th to
 look for some wintering owls to photograph -- particularly Saw-Whets (and
 anything else would be a bonus). To those who are familiar with the area --
 is this too late in the season? Also, if people have other tips
 (photography-related or otherwise), I'd love to hear them. Thanks!
 
 Raghu 
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