[cayugabirds-l] Cayuta Outlet Winter Wren

2011-06-23 Thread Geo Kloppel
This morning I took a walk along the very easy stretch of the FLT that goes down the Cayuta Outlet gorge. A Winter Wren was singing about 250 yards downstream from the lake control dam in the mouth of the gorge. I continued downstream, enjoying lots of Canada Warblers and other

[cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds - Mulberry Tree

2011-06-23 Thread bob mcguire
I just had lunch with a friend who has two mulberry trees on his property. This year, shortly after the fruits began to appear (whitish- green when unripe, going to reddish-black when ripe), he began to find dead birds under the trees: 5 Starlings, 2 male Baltimore Orioles, 1 Gray Catbird

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR - White-rumps

2011-06-23 Thread tigger64
In spite of the curious date and seemingly large number, everything in the field pointed to White-rumped Sandpipers and others e-mailed to say they also saw good numbers of White-rumps last weekend at Knox-Marsellus. A quick check of Bull '98 shows an inland maxima of 97 at MNWR on 30 May

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds - Mulberry Tree

2011-06-23 Thread Geo Kloppel
The unripe fruits and the milky sap of several mulberry species are mildly toxic, and can cause hallucinations and stomach upset. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Morusal.htm -Geo On Jun 23, 2011, at 4:01 PM, bob mcguire wrote: I just had lunch with a friend who has two

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds - Mulberry Tree

2011-06-23 Thread bob mcguire
Yes Joe, we've heard that. But death?? On Jun 23, 2011, at 4:37 PM, Geo Kloppel wrote: The unripe fruits and the milky sap of several mulberry species are mildly toxic, and can cause hallucinations and stomach upset. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Morusal.htm -Geo On

[cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds

2011-06-23 Thread bob mcguire
OK. So I just spoke with the friend. He did not spray and the neighboring property is a Christmas tree farm - and they do not spray. One addition: a Cedar Waxwing, found dead on the ground under the tree - sitting up like it was still alive, with a poop half out. So perhaps that guy was

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds - Mulberry Tree

2011-06-23 Thread Geo Kloppel
Perhaps the fruiting mulberry trees are only luring birds into the vicinity of something else that's deadly. Windows? -Geo On Jun 23, 2011, at 5:21 PM, bob mcguire wrote: Yes Joe, we've heard that. But death?? On Jun 23, 2011, at 4:37 PM, Geo Kloppel wrote: The unripe fruits and the milky

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds - Mulberry Tree

2011-06-23 Thread bob mcguire
Nope. No windows within 200 ft. And the dead birds were all UNDER the trees. Bob On Jun 23, 2011, at 6:35 PM, Geo Kloppel wrote: Perhaps the fruiting mulberry trees are only luring birds into the vicinity of something else that's deadly. Windows? -Geo On Jun 23, 2011, at 5:21 PM, bob

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds - Mulberry Tree

2011-06-23 Thread Asher Hockett
A couple of thoughts: Alcohol poisoning. With the recent very hot spell, coinciding with sugar development in the berries, fermentation is a good liklihood. The link posted by Geo refers to mild toxicity. However, that is directed at us for human consumption. Birds have a lower threshold for

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds - Mulberry Tree

2011-06-23 Thread Geo Kloppel
Well, if the deaths continue without explanation, there's always DEC's Wildlife Pathology Unit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6957.html#port -Geo On Jun 23, 2011, at 6:58 PM, bob mcguire wrote: Nope. No windows within 200 ft. And the dead birds were all UNDER the trees. Bob On Jun 23,

Fw: [cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds - Mulberry Tree

2011-06-23 Thread B Mcaneny
When we lived on Long Island, there was a big mulberry tree in front of our house. When the berries fell to the round and stayed there a while, they would ferment. The mourning doves would then come around and get staggering drunk. However, I don't remember ever seeing a dead bird under the

[cayugabirds-l] roadkills

2011-06-23 Thread wrevans
Speaking of dead birds, I found five roadkill yellow warblers in the past two weeks during my bike rides between Bald Hill Rd and King Rd on rte 96B. All were adult males. Bill E -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] woodcocks

2011-06-23 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Horseback riding in Aurelius on trails through wet fields/woods, the farm owner and I scared up a family of woodcocks: four flew, one went into the grasses by the trail. An exciting first for both of us. Linda -Original Message- From: bounce-37737035-3493...@list.cornell.edu

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds - Mulberry Tree

2011-06-23 Thread Meena Haribal
Were the birds really dead or in coma? There is a variety of red geranium when Japanese Beetle feed on them the get intoxicated and fall down to ground. But after few hours they are awake and alive. But then they again go for the same flowers and fall down again. I don't know how long they keep

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds - Mulberry Tree

2011-06-23 Thread bob mcguire
Dead. On Jun 23, 2011, at 7:51 PM, Meena Haribal wrote: Were the birds really dead or in coma? There is a variety of red geranium when Japanese Beetle feed on them the get intoxicated and fall down to ground. But after few hours they are awake and alive. But then they again go for the same