### [cayugabirds-l] Use of GPS Coordinates

```The Cayuga Bird Club is in the process of finalizing the text of the
new Basin Birding Guide. At the last minute we have decided to include
GPS coordinates with the directions/maps for each of the 76 sites. I
would like help and feedback with the following question: which format
for coordinates to incorporate? I expect that folks will use GPS
coordinates either at home (on their computers - Google Earth of
Maps), or on car GPS units, or on smart phones.

The simplest format seems to be so-called decimal degrees
Latitude:   ##.°
Longitude:  -##.°

An alternative format is degrees minutes seconds
Latitude:   N##°##' ##
Longitude:  W##°##' ##

(I  know there are still other formats as well.)

I would prefer to go with what seems to be the most straight forward:
decimal degrees. Is there a good argument for any other format? Can
I provoke a good Sunday discussion here?!!

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### Re: [cayugabirds-l] Use of GPS Coordinates

```Hey All,

I'm no expert and perhaps that makes my two cents more valuable.  All I
seem to need are the numbers and the first decimal point to be able to
successfully plug the locations into both my car GPS and my iPhone. It
would seem that anyone that needed a more sophisticated way of listing
coordinates would be able to just use the numbers and put the proper
notations that they needed, after them.

Let's see what others say.

Best
Linda Orkin

On Sun, Dec 18, 2011 at 8:24 AM, bob mcguire bmcgu...@clarityconnect.comwrote:

The Cayuga Bird Club is in the process of finalizing the text of the
new Basin Birding Guide. At the last minute we have decided to include
GPS coordinates with the directions/maps for each of the 76 sites. I
would like help and feedback with the following question: which format
for coordinates to incorporate? I expect that folks will use GPS
coordinates either at home (on their computers - Google Earth of
Maps), or on car GPS units, or on smart phones.

The simplest format seems to be so-called decimal degrees
Latitude:   ##.°
Longitude:  -##.°

An alternative format is degrees minutes seconds
Latitude:   N##°##' ##
Longitude:  W##°##' ##

(I  know there are still other formats as well.)

I would prefer to go with what seems to be the most straight forward:
decimal degrees. Is there a good argument for any other format? Can
I provoke a good Sunday discussion here?!!

Bob McGuire

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### Re: [cayugabirds-l] Use of GPS Coordinates

```Probably more important than DD (degrees decimal) or DMS (degrees minutes
seconds) is that all submitted data uses the same system.  Most common are
Everyone taking GPS coordinates in the field needs to use the same data
system when submitting the DD or DMS to you.

But back to your original question:
I would look on Garmin's and TomTom's websites and find out which is their
default mode.

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Use of GPS Coordinates

The Cayuga Bird Club is in the process of finalizing the text of the
new Basin Birding Guide. At the last minute we have decided to include
GPS coordinates with the directions/maps for each of the 76 sites. I
would like help and feedback with the following question: which format
for coordinates to incorporate? I expect that folks will use GPS
coordinates either at home (on their computers - Google Earth of
Maps), or on car GPS units, or on smart phones.

The simplest format seems to be so-called decimal degrees
Latitude: ##.°
Longitude: -##.°

An alternative format is degrees minutes seconds
Latitude: N##°##' ##
Longitude: W##°##' ##

(I  know there are still other formats as well.)

I would prefer to go with what seems to be the most straight forward:
decimal degrees. Is there a good argument for any other format? Can
I provoke a good Sunday discussion here?!!

Bob McGuire

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### Re: [cayugabirds-l] Decimal degrees

```
What it really boils down to is how accurate you want to get. I

f you start at the extreme 1 second is approximately 90 feet give or
take depending on your location. That means that one minute is roughly
equal to 5,400 feet and one degree 324,000 feet.
So if you take 1/10th of a degree you get 32,400 feet, 1/100th 3,240
feet and 1/1000 or .000 you get 324 feet. So you see if you are off by
.01 degrees you are a half of a mile either way. Personally this is not
what I would call accurate enough.

The problem with using the easier method of decimal degrees is unless
you go to three places you loose accuracy, and even then you have an
error factor of + or - 90 feet which means you are within 180 feet of
where you need to be. And all of this does not take in the built in
error factors in the GPS system.

Bottom line for me I would go for degrees, minutes, seconds. Most GPS
systems can handle either format.

Carl

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### Re: [cayugabirds-l] Decimal degrees

```The metric Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates were
pretty convenient for pinpointing locations on printed USGS topos, as
UTM grid ticks are shown in the margins. The block grid of the New
York State Breeding Bird Atlas follows UTM. I still have a few USGS
sheets on which I drew the BBA grid, and I did the same in my old
DeLorme's Atlas.  But for casual birding navigation I vote for
decimal lat  long.

-Geo

Geo Kloppel
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Spencer NY 14883

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### [cayugabirds-l] Iceland Gull Compost Piles

```John and Karen Confer and I spent a sunny hour at the compost piles
this morning from 8:30 to 9:30. The Iceland Gull recently seen by Dave
Nutter and others was present from the beginning. As the morning
progressed, scores of additional gulls streamed in from the direction
of the Lake. We looked hard for Thayer's Gull but were unable to come
up with anything that we were confident in.

As we were leaving, two Turkey Vultures appeared.

Bob McGuire

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### [cayugabirds-l] GPS Coordinates

```
OK, OK!!

We will go with the decimal degrees format. It does appear to be the
most straight forward.

Thanks for all of your responses. Now, get outside and enjoy the day!

Bob

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### [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Christmas Bird Count on the Radio tonight. And can someone remind me what our count week is please?

``` Hey Everyone,

Just got confirmation of this a little while ago. I will be speaking on
WVBR tonight at 6:40. I think it will mostly be about the Christmas Bird
Count and perhaps a little bit about the club. (I hope)

I invite you to tune in if  you have the time.

Shin Hollow Radio is broadcast on WVBR 93.5 FM, on the first and third
Sunday nights of each month from 6 to 7pm.

The show features guests from the small towns around Ithaca talking about
their businesses, projects, causes, and fascinations.

The show is hosted by the staff of the Finger Lakes Community Newspapers,
Bill Chaisson, Glynis Hart and Jesse Disbrow.

And while we're on the subject, a reminder to all that we want you to help
us count birds on January 1st.  Get in touch with me if you have any
interest in this. Don't be shy about your abilities.  Info is on our
website cayugabirdclub.org.  Fun to write that. Thanks again Paul.

Best
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### [cayugabirds-l] CayugRBA SNOWY OWL far south

``` CayugRBA SNOWY OWL far south of NYS-31 in mucklands, Montezuma 340pm
--Dave Nutter

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### [cayugabirds-l] Goshawk??

```I was just walking on Hopkins road near the Medical Center and a large
raptor went over south to north, leaving a large stand of trees to head for
another, bigger one across a field. I had no binoculars, and it was fairly
far off (at least 300 yards at its closest)
--It appeared very dark (the uncensored thought was almost black!) on top
and light underneath (no discernable belly-band)
--the flight seemed accipiter-like to me (what I noticed most prominently
being the apparently perfectly flat configuration of wings between flaps--
no dihedral whatsoever)
--the flight pattern was three or four quick flaps to a fairly long (2-3x
as long as it took to make the flaps), very straight, pretty fast,
purposeful soar
--the bird read as an accipiter but its tail seemed proportionally short
compared to a Cooper's or a Harrier
--I could detect no white rump patch
--I did *think* I noticed something striking about the head coloration (a
vague wisp of the thought why is an Osprey coming out of a woods-edge?
occurred before I got a look at the shape and flight pattern)
--As it made off without my permission, the last two thoughts I had on its
size and shape were that it seemed much like either the biggest Cooper's
Hawk of all time or the smallest Bald Eagle

Is it possible this bird was a Northern Goshawk? Could someone who has NOGO
experience tell me if these impressions sound familiar? There's not much in
Sibley or any of the other books I have about the flight pattern, and I've
never seen one in flight.

My other thought was maybe I saw a Rough-legged Hawk, which could account
for the size and the high contrast in colors above and below, but I simply
didn't get the impression of a buteo at all.

Thanks,
Caroline Manring
NW Ithaca

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### [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl, etc.

```This afternoon I took a relaxed trip up the west side of Cayuga Lake to the mucklands along NYS-31 west of the Village of Montezuma. I did not fortify myself with scrapple per Steve Fast's recommendation, but perhaps my overly-spicy Italian sausages from yesterday had some lingering effects, because I was able to re-find his SNOWY OWL. I was scoping from my car parked by the building on the south side of the road west of the "potatoes" building, my 5th stop as I proceeded east. At 3:35pm I saw it flying low far to my south-southeast, and it alit on a long berm which I think was the far side of an east-west ditch. It sat there until 3:53 when it took off flying very low to the southeast and dropped out of my view. I believe this was in the field northeast of the end of Towpath Road. I was unable to relocate it either from the porch of the potatoes building or from East Road. Meanwhile I heard that Tim Lenz had seen a Snowy Owl over Tschache Pool. Although I never saw my bird climb out of my portion of the mucklands, the timing was plausible for it to be the same bird. Of course it may just be the time of day two owls became active. Anyway, the good news is that it's still possible to find a Snowy Owl in the Montezuma area. Mine was either a female or young bird, having a good deal of sooty spots on the wings, back, crown,  nape.As for the rest of the trip,I did not get out early enough to see the lake totally flat calm, but I did find a COMMON LOON in the cove north of Sheldrake Point, a HORNED GREBE off Elm Beach Road, and a/the flock of several thousand SNOW GEESE midway between Dean's Cove and Aurora. As I approached Cayuga Lake State Park I added TUNDRA SWANS, a few AMERICAN WIGEONS and GADWALLS, a flock of RING-NECKED DUCKS, and a "BLUE" GOOSE. This was all in addition to the expected CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, RING-BILLED GULLS, HERRING GULLS, and a few GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS.At Montezuma NWR nearly all the water is frozen, but there was a bit of open water far out in the main pool containing CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, at least 5 male GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 5 AMERICAN COOTS, and about a hundred NORTHERN SHOVELERS which were flushed by an adult BALD EAGLE. There were also scores of southbound TUNDRA SWANS overhead. Tschache Pool had two adult BALD EAGLES, atop muskrat lodges, one of them displacing a female NORTHERN HARRIER. There was barely any open water in Knox-Marsellus, but surrounding it were plenty of CANADA GEESE and MALLARDS, plus a few TUNDRA SWANS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, and NORTHERN PINTAILS, species which were numerous out on the mucklands. There was a RED-TAILED HAWK in a tree at the edge of the woods north of Knox-Marsellus and another adult BALD EAGLE perched next to a nest in woods northeast of the intersection of NYS-89  NYS-31. I also saw a distant eagle flying over Mays Point Pool.--Dave Nutter
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### [cayugabirds-l] Hog Hole yesterday -- Thayer's Gull, 4 geese sp.

```Sorry for the late post. Yesterday evening I went to Hog Hole where
the Thayer's Gull was resting on the docks in the marina. Other
highlights below.

Hog Hole Ithaca, Tompkins, US-NY
Dec 17, 2011 4:01 PM - 4:51 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.9 mile(s)
Comments:     I came here to see if there were any interesting geese
or other birds following the AMAZING movement of Canada and Snow Geese
elsewhere. There were a fair number of Canadas here, and judging by
the presence of a Cackling Goose, I suspect that many of these were
different from the ones roosting here each evening. In addition, there
were also some Canada that continued flying south even at sunset. The
only Snow Goose was a blue morph bird in with the Canadas. The biggest
surprise was a juvenile Thayer's Gull -- it appeared identical to and
was certainly the same bird I found on 9 December at the compost
piles. I don't believe it has been seen since about the 11th.
25 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)  1     Blue morph adult with Canadas in marina.
Brant (Atlantic) (Branta bernicla hrota)  2     Continuing juveniles.
Along with all the geese we saw in flight today on the Cortland CBC,
this made by SIXTH goose species for the day -- a new high species
count for me in Upstate New York.
Cackling Goose (Richardson's) (Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii)  1
One adult in with a flock of Canada that came in and landed in the
marina. Excellent views in flight and on the ground. A fairly typical
Richardson's with a silvery upperparts, pale breast, no neck ring.
Much smaller than CANG with shorter bill.
bird came into roost and others (20% continued moving south).
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  350     Very rough estimate -- most
birds were off Stewart Park.
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)  1     Male off of Stewart Park
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)  3
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  16
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  7
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  29     Exact count included
birds off of the red jetty and another flock that flew over.
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  42
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1     Adult.
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  350
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  470     * My
highest count yet of the fall/winter.
Thayer's Gull (Larus thayeri)  1     Juvenile. Almost certainly the
same bird that I found on 9 December, though it hadn't been seen in
almost a week. There were no differences at all from the bird I found
before, including the very limited pale at the base of the bill (not
typical, but not rare in juv THGU on this date). Upperwring patterning
also identical as was overall coloration.
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  75
gull sp. (Larinae sp.)  1     A very distant white-winged gull
Glaucous / Iceland / Thayer's type bird that was probably a pure
Iceland Gull. Either a first or second-winter bird. Pale brown below,
not gleaming white.
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  20
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) (Picoides villosus [villosus Group])  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Chris Wood
Ithaca, NY

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### Re: [cayugabirds-l] Use of GPS Coordinates

```Another use of these coordinates is tagging photography--taking a picture
of a bird with a gps-capable camera produces the coordinates where the
bird was sighted (actually, where the birder was standing when the bird
was sighted).  Looking on flickr, I see the flickr map function uses the
decimal degrees format.  Pictures that I've taken with my hand-held GPSmap
camera have degrees and decimal minutes xx° xx.xxx', a third format added
to your two below--the seconds converted to decimal minutes.  There are
converters available for whatever format is chosen.  A quick web search
produced
http://www.csgnetwork.com/gpscoordconv.html

--Elaina

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The Cayuga Bird Club is in the process of finalizing the text of the
new Basin Birding Guide. At the last minute we have decided to include
GPS coordinates with the directions/maps for each of the 76 sites. I
would like help and feedback with the following question: which format
for coordinates to incorporate? I expect that folks will use GPS
coordinates either at home (on their computers - Google Earth of
Maps), or on car GPS units, or on smart phones.

The simplest format seems to be so-called decimal degrees
Latitude:   ##.°
Longitude:  -##.°

An alternative format is degrees minutes seconds
Latitude:   N##°##' ##
Longitude:  W##°##' ##

(I  know there are still other formats as well.)

I would prefer to go with what seems to be the most straight forward:
decimal degrees. Is there a good argument for any other format? Can
I provoke a good Sunday discussion here?!!

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### RE: [cayugabirds-l] Use of GPS Coordinates

```Hi Bob,
Great question as I know different folks relate differently to numbers.
My personal preference is the decimal degrees for lat-long.  That is what I
have my hand-held GPS unit set to.

Jody

Jody W. Enck, PhD.
Research Associate, Human Dimensions Research Unit
Department of Natural Resources
Cornell University
phone 607-255-8192
web  www.dnr.cornell.edu/hdru/

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Use of GPS Coordinates

The Cayuga Bird Club is in the process of finalizing the text of the
new Basin Birding Guide. At the last minute we have decided to include
GPS coordinates with the directions/maps for each of the 76 sites. I
would like help and feedback with the following question: which format
for coordinates to incorporate? I expect that folks will use GPS
coordinates either at home (on their computers - Google Earth of
Maps), or on car GPS units, or on smart phones.

The simplest format seems to be so-called decimal degrees
Latitude:   ##.°
Longitude:  -##.°

An alternative format is degrees minutes seconds
Latitude:   N##°##' ##
Longitude:  W##°##' ##

(I  know there are still other formats as well.)

I would prefer to go with what seems to be the most straight forward:
decimal degrees. Is there a good argument for any other format? Can
I provoke a good Sunday discussion here?!!

Bob McGuire

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### [cayugabirds-l] Decimal degrees

```I would STRONGLY advocate for decimal degrees. That does not mean degrees plus
decimal minutes by the way.
I'm engaged in building a database for our worldwide deployments of acoustic
listening devices and believe me, the 17 different ways people write down
locations are a nightmare to encode logically as well as prone to all kinds of
errors. Decimal Degrees is what Google Maps uses and what works best in a
sortable list.
Decimal degrees also means no use (or misuse) of Northing-Easting style
references such as 82°0'0W instead of -82.. Should there be spaces between
each part? Are those straight foot and inch marks or curly typography quotes?
Does the W come first or last? Ugh! In any given list, you'll find all
permutations.
Besides, how many people know how to type the degree symbol? On a Mac, it's
Shift-Option-asterisk, by the way. (:-)

Here is one of many online calculators to convert from DMS or DM.m:

http://www.satsig.net/degrees-minutes-seconds-calculator.htm

In my experience, most GPS devices can report out in more than one mode. Just
explore the preferences or settings menu.

__

Chris Pelkie
Research Analyst
Bioacoustics Research Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Ithaca, NY 14850

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### [cayugabirds-l] R-w Blackbird

```The Red-winged Blackbird (male) I reported earlier in the week is at my feeders
this morning here in Brooktondale.

Annette

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### Re: [cayugabirds-l] Use of GPS Coordinates

```My most common use is to plunk the DD decimal degrees coordinates into Google
Maps on my phone. It works 100% of the time. My GPS mapping program uses DD or
DMS.

The other GPS driving applications I use, GPS Drive and MapQuest, always seem
to get confused so I have to enter locations in address form. Google Maps is
standard on the iPhone and probably on other phones as well. My vote would be
for DD decimal degrees.

Gary

On Dec 18, 2011, at 8:24 AM, bob mcguire wrote:

The Cayuga Bird Club is in the process of finalizing the text of the
new Basin Birding Guide. At the last minute we have decided to include
GPS coordinates with the directions/maps for each of the 76 sites. I
would like help and feedback with the following question: which format
for coordinates to incorporate? I expect that folks will use GPS
coordinates either at home (on their computers - Google Earth of
Maps), or on car GPS units, or on smart phones.

The simplest format seems to be so-called decimal degrees
Latitude:   ##.°
Longitude:  -##.°

An alternative format is degrees minutes seconds
Latitude:   N##°##' ##
Longitude:  W##°##' ##

(I  know there are still other formats as well.)

I would prefer to go with what seems to be the most straight forward:
decimal degrees. Is there a good argument for any other format? Can
I provoke a good Sunday discussion here?!!

Bob McGuire

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### [cayugabirds-l] spectacular viewing Stewart Park

```If anyone is heading downtown in Ithaca, I recommend a stop at Stewart Park -
with the bright sun and calm lake, the thousands of geese, ducks, and gulls,
offer an unusually spectacular view. Many of the birds are in very close. Among
the thousands of CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, and the common 3 gulls, were a mixed
GADWALL, AM WIGEON, COOTS (100 or so), a newly arrived group of 20+ NORTHERN
PINTAIL, and a little further out several rafts of HOODED MERGANSERS -- I
counted 60 birds, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and COMMON MERGANSERS.

I briefly found a (the) 2nd-cycle ICELAND GULL floating with the mergansers --
it likely joined the gulls on the newly formed ice edge and was at the wrong
angle for me to pick out the white wing-tips and relocate.

I'm sure there is a good goose or two for anyone with enough time and patience
to sort through them.

This was about noon -- I hope everything is still there and in nice light.

KEN

Ken Rosenberg
Conservation Science Program
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### [cayugabirds-l] Towhee

```Folks...We have been having visits from a male Rufous-sided Towhee over
the last several weeks.  He is landing on our deck and enjoying the
seeds dropped from several feeders.  We have lived in this house on the
Ithaca edge of Brooktondale and had feeders out for over 25 years, and
only once before I saw a Towhee in the leaves on the hillside.  Have
other seen Towhees this time of year?  Are they frequent ground feeders
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### Re: [cayugabirds-l] Towhee

```It is rare but not totally unheard of.  There are some Nov. Dec and Jan
ebird reports for them And yes, Towhees are in the sparrow family, so feed
on the ground.  This is cool, do you have any idea if you are in the count
circle for the Christmas Bird Count. You can check that out on our bird
club website, cayugabirdclub.org.  This would be a great bird to count for
this year (on Jan.1)

Enjoy

Linda

On Sun, Dec 18, 2011 at 3:16 PM, Marilyn Ray ml...@cornell.edu wrote:

Folks...We have been having visits from a male Rufous-sided Towhee over
the last several weeks.  He is landing on our deck and enjoying the seeds
dropped from several feeders.  We have lived in this house on the Ithaca
edge of Brooktondale and had feeders out for over 25 years, and only once
before I saw a Towhee in the leaves on the hillside.  Have other seen
Towhees this time of year?  Are they frequent ground feeders below sees
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### RE: [cayugabirds-l] spectacular viewing Stewart Park

```I guess the other 99+% of the geese are no-good?

-Original Message-
From: bounce-39017438-9286...@list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-39017438-9286...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Kenneth
Victor Rosenberg
Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2011 2:29 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] spectacular viewing Stewart Park

If anyone is heading downtown in Ithaca, I recommend a stop at Stewart Park
- with the bright sun and calm lake, the thousands of geese, ducks, and
gulls, offer an unusually spectacular view. Many of the birds are in very
close. Among the thousands of CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, and the common 3
gulls, were a mixed group of REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCKS, with a few SCAUP,
arrived group of 20+ NORTHERN PINTAIL, and a little further out several
rafts of HOODED MERGANSERS -- I counted 60 birds, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and
COMMON MERGANSERS.

I briefly found a (the) 2nd-cycle ICELAND GULL floating with the mergansers
-- it likely joined the gulls on the newly formed ice edge and was at the
wrong angle for me to pick out the white wing-tips and relocate.

I'm sure there is a good goose or two for anyone with enough time and
patience to sort through them.

This was about noon -- I hope everything is still there and in nice light.

KEN

Ken Rosenberg
Conservation Science Program
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607-254-2412
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### RE: [cayugabirds-l] Towhee

```Eastern Towhee is indeed an unusual bird around here at this time of the year.
It has been recorded on the Ithaca Christmas Count 17 of the last 48 years.
Rarely do we ever record more than one, although last year we had two.  High
count was six in 1982.

Kevin

From: bounce-39017463-3493...@list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-39017463-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Linda Orkin
Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2011 3:26 PM
To: Marilyn L Ray
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Towhee

It is rare but not totally unheard of.  There are some Nov. Dec and Jan ebird
reports for them And yes, Towhees are in the sparrow family, so feed on the
ground.  This is cool, do you have any idea if you are in the count circle for
the Christmas Bird Count. You can check that out on our bird club website,
cayugabirdclub.orghttp://cayugabirdclub.org.  This would be a great bird to
count for this year (on Jan.1)

Enjoy

Linda
On Sun, Dec 18, 2011 at 3:16 PM, Marilyn Ray
ml...@cornell.edumailto:ml...@cornell.edu wrote:
Folks...We have been having visits from a male Rufous-sided Towhee over the
last several weeks.  He is landing on our deck and enjoying the seeds dropped
from several feeders.  We have lived in this house on the Ithaca edge of
Brooktondale and had feeders out for over 25 years, and only once before I saw
a Towhee in the leaves on the hillside.  Have other seen Towhees this time of
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### Re: [cayugabirds-l] CayugRBA SNOWY OWL far south

```Another (or the same?) SNOWY OWL was just reported flying across Tschache Pool
at Montezuma NWR. They're coming

Ken Rosenberg
Conservation Science Program
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607-254-2412
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On Dec 18, 2011, at 3:40 PM, 6072292...@vtext.com
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CayugRBA SNOWY OWL far south of NYS-31 in mucklands, Montezuma 340pm
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### Re: [cayugabirds-l] CayugRBA SNOWY OWL far south

```This snowy owl is probably the same bird and is now in the back of tschache
pool next to a tiny polynya filled with terrified coots!

On Sunday, December 18, 2011, Kenneth Victor Rosenberg k...@cornell.edu
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607-342-4594 (cell)
k...@cornell.edu

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CayugRBA SNOWY OWL far south of NYS-31 in mucklands, Montezuma 340pm
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### Re: [cayugabirds-l] spectacular viewing Stewart Park

```Keep an eye out for a gorgeous male WOOD DUCK at the south end of the lake. I saw it off Stewart Park on Wednesday 14 December. Sorry I forgot to post it, as that was a busy taxi day. On 10 December I also saw a flock of about 20 NORTHERN PINTAIL off Stewart among the CANADA GEESE. They took flight and I thought they went south, and I haven't seen them since, but I wonder if they have been hanging around the area unseen for a week.--Dave NutterOn Dec 18, 2011, at 02:28 PM, Kenneth Victor Rosenberg k...@cornell.edu wrote:If anyone is heading downtown in Ithaca, I recommend a stop at Stewart Park - with the bright sun and calm lake, the thousands of geese, ducks, and gulls, offer an unusually spectacular view. Many of the birds are in very close. Among the thousands of CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, and the common 3 gulls, were a mixed group of REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCKS, with a few SCAUP, CANVASBACK, BUFFLEHEAD, GADWALL, AM WIGEON, COOTS (100 or so), a newly arrived group of 20+ NORTHERN PINTAIL, and a little further out several rafts of HOODED MERGANSERS -- I counted 60 birds, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and COMMON MERGANSERS.

I briefly found a (the) 2nd-cycle ICELAND GULL floating with the mergansers -- it likely joined the gulls on the newly formed ice edge and was at the wrong angle for me to pick out the white wing-tips and relocate.

I'm sure there is a good goose or two for anyone with enough time and patience to sort through them.

This was about noon -- I hope everything is still there and in nice light.

KEN

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