[cayugabirds-l] Short-eared owl

2011-03-30 Thread M K Mannella
Last night just before dark we had a SHORT-EARED OWL make a couple of circles 
around the house. 
(does that count as a yard bird or does it have to actually land to be 
counted?)

Michele
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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Meadowlark

2011-03-30 Thread M K Mannella
Today at noon on Center Road (at CR129) there was an Eastern Meadowlark
perched on
top of a hay bale. This is the third year I've seen one at this location. 2
years ago the snowy
owl was still there when the meadowlark arrived.

Michele
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[cayugabirds-l] Tree Swallow

2011-03-30 Thread Kurt Falvey
 

Saw our first Tree Swallow fly-by this morning.a sure sign of Spring!  

 

 

 

Julie  Kurt

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Dundee, NY 14837

 

Email: k...@brokenroadfarms.com

 

www.BrokenRoadFarms.com

 


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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park, Mar 30, 2011

2011-03-30 Thread Tim Lenz
Hi,

I had my biggest species total of the year so far at Stewart Park this
morning with a lot of waterfowl and landbird diversity.  Of particular
interest were singing RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, an OSPREY, one male BROWN-HEADED
COWBIRD (confirmed visually--a lot of the starlings here imitate Cowbirds!),
a JUNCO, and two RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS.  AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES have also
arrived after being absent in the park for almost the entire winter.

Stewart Park, Tompkins, US-NY
Mar 30, 2011 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
48 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  120
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  1
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  3
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  50
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  1 female with Bufflehead
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)  1 continuing male
Redhead (Aythya americana)  10
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  140
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)  2
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  50
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  20
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  1
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  3
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  6
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1 perched in tree over golf course
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1 **FOY; strafed the shoreline west to east,
then headed north
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  20
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  5
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  3
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1 heard only
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  2 females
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  10
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  2 flying north high over fall creek
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3 all singing
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) (Sitta carolinensis carolinensis)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1 singing
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  8
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  30
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1 heard only, chip notes
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  10
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)  2 singing in Jetty woods and seen
walking along shoreline
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  15
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1 calling male
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  12

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Short-eared owl

2011-03-30 Thread Dave Nutter
A yard bird is anything you identify by hearing or seeing it while you are on your property. The bird can be as far as you can see or hear. Congratulations.--Dave NutterOn Mar 30, 2011, at 04:03 AM, M  K Mannella mkmanne...@gmail.com wrote:Last night just before dark we had a SHORT-EARED OWL make a couple of circles around the house. 
(does that count as a "yard bird" or does it have to actually land to be counted?)

Michele
Interlaken/Ovid

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey and Common Teal, Dryden

2011-03-30 Thread Jay McGowan
On my way home just now I saw an OSPREY in a dead snag in the pond along Rt.
38 south of Dryden just north of Crystal Drive.

The COMMON TEAL was still at George Road this morning.  I will have to check
again tomorrow when the bird might be closer, but it was my impression I
could make out just the shadow of vertical white bar on the shoulder,
indicating this bird might by an intergrade between the two subspecies,
though it still shows characters of a Eurasian much more than of an
American.  If true, this would also indicate this is a different bird than
the one I found on the 17th that was present until at least the 20th (but
not the 22nd through the 25th), because I took careful note of that bird and
it did not seem to show any such shoulder mark.  I will look into this soon.

Good birding,
Jay McGowan
Dryden, NY

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Short-eared owl

2011-03-30 Thread RICHARD JILL WOOD

Note that a state bird is different.  For example, if you are in Maryland and 
you see a Neotropic Cormorant on the other side of the Potomac in Virginia, the 
Cormorant is NOT a Maryland bird.

For the record, I have seen a Neotropic Cormorant on the Potomac.  He was in 
the Maryland side, however.

Richard

To: mkmanne...@gmail.com
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From: nutter.d...@me.com
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Short-eared owl
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 22:15:10 +

A yard bird is anything you identify by hearing or seeing it while you are on 
your property.  The bird can be as far as you can see or hear.  Congratulations.
--Dave Nutter

On Mar 30, 2011, at 04:03 AM, M  K Mannella mkmanne...@gmail.com wrote:

Last night just before dark we had a SHORT-EARED OWL make a couple of circles 
around the house. 

(does that count as a yard bird or does it have to actually land to be 
counted?)



Michele

Interlaken/Ovid



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[cayugabirds-l] Common Teal :( :(

2011-03-30 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
John was with a friend at the Refuge Visitor's Center early this afternoon. 
Called to tell me he was looking at the Common Teal along with some others. 
GRRR 

I called Becky  off we went in about 20 min.. The same desk volunteer who had 
shown the Teal to John was still there  but couldn't relocate the teal for 
us ...GRR 

I was back there about 4:45 p.m. with our son  2 of his friends. Lots of g.w. 
teal ... no Common. GRRR! G!  GRRR!  Spit! Maybe I should find another 
hobby in my old age!

Well ... I guess I can take comfort in the fact that I spotted a fair sized 
flock of Snow Geese along 89 going down the hill to the Muck  then another 
good sized flock flew over as I got out of the car here at home in Union 
Springs just before dark. Aren't all gone.

Along with numerous good waterfowl  the trumpeter swans, we also saw several 
Bald Eagles, adults  juveniles. John's friend, who has lived here all his 65 
yrs., had never, ever seen a bald eagle. He can't say that anymore because John 
showed him the ones at Mud Lock  on Armitage Rd.. Glad for that :) :)

Well, how many more times will I go off on a wild goose ... ee ...Common 
Teal chase??? The King Eider eluded Kathy S., daughter, Becky  me several 
times. At least we saw a Golden Eagle on Mon.. AND I'm truly very happy for 
John that he got to see the Common Teal.

Good luck to all you other seekers. Hope you are finders.

Fritzie :( :( 








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[cayugabirds-l] Golden-crowned kinglet

2011-03-30 Thread Karen Steffy
Yesterday morning, I had a very good look at what I was pretty sure was a 
Golden-Crowned Kinglet.  It seemed early, though, so I started second-guessing 
myself.  This morning, I was putting it up to one of those mystery birds that 
never get identified.

With a little bit of research help from my dad, Bob Anderson (Hi dad!), I did 
find that for the past few years, there have been Kinglets reported on January 
1.  This Kinglet was very cooperative, flitting around a shrub on Hurd Rd., at 
eye height for a good thirty seconds or so.  I was able to see the yellow on 
the top of the head before it flew off.  I guess I'd better stop 
second-guessing myself!


Karen



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[cayugabirds-l] Random bird observations - Wednesday March 30

2011-03-30 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all,

Stewart Park this morning: the Common Mergansers are performing their courtship 
flights/chases and pairs are looking at nest sites.

Mt Pleasant this afternoon (1:30 to 2:30) has its first Killdeer of the season, 
and while I was watching that, a magnificent male Northern Harrier flew up and 
began circling higher and higher before heading off. Several Horned Larks in 
the fields. An addition to the welcome spring sounds: a Brown Creepers singing 
from the wood along Mt Pleasant Rd. An Eastern Bluebird was checking out a nest 
box on a utility pole opposite the observatory.

My yard just now: A Chipping Sparrow has joined the few Common Redpolls on the 
nyjer seed feeder. The redpolls suddenly froze as a Sharp-shinned Hawk just 
strafed the feeders before flying off.

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[cayugabirds-l] Purple Finches in Newfield

2011-03-30 Thread Donna Jean Darling

A pair of Purple Finches graced the feeders this morning at 403 Main St. 
Newfield.
We've had a Turkey Vulture cruising Rt. 13 in the town since 3/20.  There are 
several ripe deer carcasses for the taking.
Smile: it's contagious!
Donna Jean
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