[cayugabirds-l] Southhill Rec Bald Eagle

2012-01-07 Thread Ken Smith
Heard and then saw an adult Bald Eagle perched in a tall White Pine on the 
northwest shore of the Ithaca reservoir. Flew south back towards Burns Rd but I 
could not relocate.

Ken Smith
Hills of Groton
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[cayugabirds-l] NE Ithaca, Sat 1/7

2012-01-07 Thread Mark Chao
On Saturday morning, we saw two AMERICAN CROWS copulating for about eight
seconds in a yard between Winthrop and Simsbury Drives in northeast Ithaca.
The female continued to quiver, prone and with half-spread wings, for a few
more seconds after the male dismounted.  These two crows had no wing tags,
but a tagged crow stood nearby the whole time.

 

Mark Chao

 

 


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[cayugabirds-l] Crow seasonality

2012-01-07 Thread Dave Nutter
At the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count compilation on New Year's Day Kevin McGowan mentioned that there didn't appear to be a single big crow roost in Ithaca so far this winter. Now at the end of the first week of January Mark Chao reports a pair copulating (3 months early?). However not all crow signs point to skipping winter. On this past Wednesday, January 4, at 4:28pm as I drove through the intersection of South Aurora St (NYS-96B) and Prospect St (also NYS-96B) at the base of South Hill near the Commons I saw a stream of crows flying southwest as if bound for a winter roost or pre-roost gathering. I haven't noticed the phenomenon before or since this winter, but haven't tried hard.--Dave Nutter
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[cayugabirds-l] Whiteness of muck

2012-01-07 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Thousands of Snows, wave afte wave, were heading towards the mucklands as we 
sat along 89 at Mays about 4:10 p.m. today. They might have gone to 
Knox-Marcellus but we went on to Armitage Rd. to look for eagles. One eagle was 
soaring over the trees where the nest is  a much smaller hawk was not too far 
from it but with sun in the eyes,  forget ID.

From there we went to 89/31 to look out over the muck where we encountered Ms. 
Read who said that some yrs. ago we had given her directions to finding 
Screechie  this old brain had no memory of that!!! 
She was looking for the Armitage Rd. eagle nest. Hopefully our directions were 
profitable. Just wish she had followed us to see an a never-to-be forgotten 
sight. Not that we haven't seen it before BUT

When we turned onto 31, in seconds we saw 1000s of Snow Geese coming in to land 
on the muck way out beyond the potato bldg.. A couple from Ithaca, not club 
members, was looking at the Snows already on the ground when the big flock came 
in. Then in came another huge flock of a thousand or so that seemed to put on 
their brakes, let the air out of their balloons  float effortlessly to the 
ground. Amazing how they miss each other.

We saw lots of Canadas  many hundreds of gulls on the muck on both sides of 
31. The Ithaca couple had missed seeing Screechie so headed to Union Springs to 
try to see her/him. We had seen the cutie along with 1 Bufflehead just before 
heading north about 3:45 p.m.. When we got back to Factory St. pond at 5:08 
p.m. we could still see Screechie in the box ... but then, we know what to look 
for. 

Forgot to mention that Becky  I saw 30 or 40 Brown-headed Cowbirds at her 
feeders on Thurs. afternoon. I saw not one bird at my feeders today until 10:45 
a.m.!! Must be they are pigging out at someone else's feeders.

Dave Nutter just mentioned crows in Ithaca. They're sure roosting in Auburn  
have been since fall. Thurs., Becky  I saw several thousand in trees  coming 
in to land from every direction lining Rtes. 5  20 in Aub.  also along 326 
across from BOCES near Half Acre. Again I extend the invitation to those of you 
who have never seen the amazing sight of crow-leaved trees, come to Auburn 
about 1/2 hr. before dark. Just sit  watch from one of the shopping centers or 
drive on 5  20 (the Arterial)  326 from Union Springs. 
Be sure to watch for the hundreds of robins that flock with them. 

What a beautiful day to be out birding even tho' it was extremely windy. 
Forty-eight degrees felt wonderfully mild, as long as we weren't in the wind.

Looking forward to reading what the group saw today around the lake. Did anyone 
go down Sweazy Rd. to look for the A. Screech Owl in the knothole in the tree 
just below the Cornell owned orchards?

Fritzie















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[cayugabirds-l] Eared grebe= Aurora

2012-01-07 Thread Susan Fast
Susie  I saw the/an EARED GREBE from the Wells College boathouse in Aurora
earlier today.  We assume Bob  Co. already saw it as it was in fairly
close.  We saw no horned grebes, however.

 

S.  S. Fast

Brooktondale


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