Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

2012-02-05 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

  
  
Chris Wood's eBird post from his first sighting contains notes that
describe the field marks distinguishing the grebe from a Clark's
Grebe:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S9554251

Anne Marie Johnson



On 2/4/2012 9:08 PM, david nicosia wrote:

  
I got a comment on my flickr account saying that the
  western grebe photos
I posted look more like a clark's grebe. This forced me to
  do a little research
on this as I have never been out west to have to learn to
  distinguish between
these two similar species.


The white lore would suggest a clark'sgrebe in non-breeding plumage
but I have read in several
field guides and on-line that western
grebes in non-breeding can show this too. The bill on the
  bird
I saw today was definitively olive-yellow and I had good
  lighting.
Is this the main field mark that is making this a
Western Grebe to everyone? Has anyone considered this
  could
be a clark's grebe? Just curious to what other's thought
  process was
on this. Thanks.


Dave Nicosia


  
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[cayugabirds-l] NYCC Snowy Owl

2012-02-05 Thread Dave K

NY Chiropractic Snowy Owl was on the bleachers 8:15 this AM. Far West side of 
the college campus behind (West of) the tennis courts and the maintenance 
bldg.. It's a mowed field with soccer goals and a couple of sets of bleachers 
strewn about.   
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[cayugabirds-l] CayugaRBA EARED GREBE far west

2012-02-05 Thread 6072292158
 CayugaRBA EARED GREBE far west of Wells College boathouse, Aurora

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[cayugabirds-l] Western grebe, RT Loon

2012-02-05 Thread Robbie LaCelle
Both birds can currently (11:00) be seen from hog hole. They seem to be near 
where Ken Rosenberg saw the Grebe yesterday.

Robbie LaCelle

Sent from my iPhone



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[cayugabirds-l] CayugaRBA SNOW OWL @ NYCC

2012-02-05 Thread 6072292158
 CayugaRBA SNOW OWL @ NYCC moved west to farm, hard to see past hedgerow,

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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy at chiropractic

2012-02-05 Thread cobra
Located approx 100 yards west of bleacher past hedgerow on the ground in
middle of field at 1:55pm

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[cayugabirds-l] OT: video clip of twirling hummingbird

2012-02-05 Thread Candace Cornell
The first 45 seconds (0:08-0:45) of this slo-mo clip, borrowed from a TED
lecture on pollinators, brilliantly captures hummingbird (spp.) behaviors
that are too difficult to see first hand 
http://www.youtube.com/v/xHkq1edcbk4?version=3.


Watch how both predator-prey (0:35-0:45) spin in circles, all while flying
right-side up, up-side down, or side ways. Is the predator mimicking the
prey's movements or are these normal hunting tactics for hummers? (Is there
an alternative explanation?)


G.B.!

Candace Cornell

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CayugaRBA SNOW OWL @ NYCC

2012-02-05 Thread Dave Nutter
After Dave Kennedy's elaboration of Suzanne Broderick's directions to the Snowy Owl at the NY Chiropractic College, Susan Danskin saw it and explained how she and I and several other competent birders didn't look carefully enough yesterday. I swung by for a look about noon and learned from birders at the site that the bird had flown west past the hedgerow onto the ground in an adjacent farm field where a poor view through the trees was possible (but difficult) if one knew where to look. It seemed not to be visible from East Bayard St either. However, the bird clearly likes that bleacher. There's quite a bit of whitewash on it. It's been seen several times there by birders, and also by a security guard who came to investigate us and had seen but not recognized the bird several days earlier. I think if people stay out of that soggy athletic field and stay by the maintenance building and adjacent places where one is allowed to have a car, the bird is likely to return to that bleacher.--Dave NutterOn Feb 05, 2012, at 12:17 PM, 6072292...@vtext.com wrote: CayugaRBA SNOW OWL @ NYCC moved west to farm, hard to see past hedgerow,


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[cayugabirds-l] Western Grebe - No (Hog Hole) Sunday PM

2012-02-05 Thread tigger64
For what it's worth, Bernie Carr and I spent several hours at the south end of 
Cayuga Lake on Sunday afternoon and could not find the Western Grebe.  We 
looked from what we took to be Hog Hole and could see two Red-throated Loons 
close together, and a Common Loon several hundred yards away.  The RT Loons 
were distant and we looked at them carefully but still thought they were both 
Red-throated Loons.  Over at East Shore Park we could see the same two birds 
and thought they were both RT Loons from that position, plus a total of three 
Common Loons.  We didn't go up Rte 89 and were out of time and did not go north 
of East Shore Park.  We also dipped on the White-winged Crossbills at 
Summerhill, finding only Pine Siskins plus a single Goldfinch at the Hovel 
Chalet.

Dave Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY



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[cayugabirds-l] Tying Up Loose Ends

2012-02-05 Thread bob mcguire
I had just finished up a recording session along Hoag Avenue this  
morning (100 Pine Siskins - no crossbills) when I got Dave's call  
about the Eared Grebe at Aurora. I headed over to the boathouse, met  
up with Susan Danskin, and spent a good hour scanning back and forth  
among scattered groups of grebes. A light breeze had picked up,  
ruffling the water and bouncing the distant dots around a bit. We  
eventually confirmed ten of the dots as Horned Grebes (the same number  
reported earlier by Dave) and focused on the eleventh, most distant of  
all. After awhile the breeze subsided and the water smoothed out. We  
had been scanning from the parking lot, thinking that a bit of  
elevation would help with the shimmer. Susan suggested that we get  
closer to the bird by walking out on the dock. So, instead of 7,000  
ft, we narrowed the distance to 6,900! But that was all it took. The  
shape we had been looking at was now clearly an Eared Grebe: darker  
overall than Horned Grebe, higher, fluffier bustle, much less white  
on the neck and face, thin bill, and the head had a definite crown  
above the eye.


Bob McGuire



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[cayugabirds-l] Sodus Point Bay

2012-02-05 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
John  I were at Sodus Point about 4 p.m. Sat.. Had the same birds as reported 
by Mark. Ice in the bay had receded greatly but edges were covered with geese, 
gulls  ??   Too far away to see well in the fading light. Did see the RT Loons 
along the nearer ice from the little parking area at the boat launch as you go 
down the hill into Sodus Point, as well as 8 or 10 RB Mergansers, maybe 20 or 
30 Coots, many WW Scoters as well as the pair of G. Scaup. The Goldeneye were 
along the breakwall along with close to 100 Long-tailed Ducks  a delightful 
sight!

We stopped at Geneva just after noon   light was wrong to ID anything much 
other than Canadas, gulls  mallards but we did see 2 Mute Swans with their 
orange bills  the knob at the base.

A Bald Eagle was on the Mud Lock nest. Hundreds of swans were north of Cayuga. 
Screechie was in the box on Factory St. pond. It amazes me at how many village 
people don't know about the owl. In re-reading my records, my 1st recording of 
seeing the owl was in 1996!!!

We're pleased to report that the Auburn NYSEG crew has put new osprey platforms 
on poles along Rte. 90 north of Union Springs  also on Backus Rd., the 1st 
road heading towards the lake north of the village.

I'm enjoying the discussions  pictures of the foreign grebe off Hog Hole. 

Fritzie

Mark Miller wrote:
Sat. afternoon at Sodus Point pier had lots of Long-tailed Ducks  WW Scoters, 
a few Horned Grebes, and a couple (Red-throated?) Loons. Only a few RB 
Mergansers. Also a couple Am Goldeneye  Greater Scaup. Great picture 
opportunities, will need to review my pics to see if I missed anything unusual.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

2012-02-05 Thread david nicosia
Here is the link to the photos I took of the
Western Grebe...they are all digi-scoped images. 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/sets/72157629174516367/ 


Dave Nicosia 




 From: Meena Haribal m...@cornell.edu
To: david nicosia daven1...@yahoo.com 
Sent: Sunday, February 5, 2012 7:21 AM
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID
 

 
Dave, 
After seeing your pics, you seem to have been much closer than I am, the bill 
looks yellowish and pointed. Plus average more grayish white flanks on the back 
too.  I would also tend to call it Clark's Grebe. And I think you are the only 
one who got such detailed pictures. 
Here is Chris's link. Where you dont see much detail at all. 
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinicola/6673387385/in/photostream/
 
So it would be interesting see what people would call it after your pics. 
You dont seem to have given link to your pics.
 
 Meena
 
Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
http://haribal.org/
http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/
 


 
From: bounce-39530942-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-39530942-3493...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of david nicosia 
[daven1...@yahoo.com]
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2012 9:08 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID


I got a comment on my flickr account saying that the western grebe photos
I posted look more like a clark's grebe. This forced me to do a little research
on this as I have never been out west to have to learn to distinguish between
these two similar species. 

The white lore would suggest a clark's grebe in non-breeding plumage
but I have read in several field guides and on-line that western
grebes in non-breeding can show this too. The bill on the bird
I saw today was definitively olive-yellow and I had good lighting.
Is this the main field mark that is making this a
Western Grebe to everyone?  Has anyone considered this could
be a clark's grebe? Just curious to what other's thought process was
on this.  Thanks. 

Dave Nicosia 

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[cayugabirds-l] cedar waxwings

2012-02-05 Thread Susan Fast
On a walk along Mt. Pleasant Rd. early this morning, I encountered a flock
of 100+ CEDAR WAXWINGS.  From a distance, I saw about 10 slightly larger
birds among, but these turned out to be STARLINGS.   Couldn't see what they
were feeding on; they all flew west eventually.

 

Steve Fast

Brooktondale


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

2012-02-05 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi Dave,
Nice shots. I'm sending a link to the ones I took on Fri., the 3rd, which show 
the view of the hind neck.
I struggled with the separation of Western / Clark's because I don't have 
experience with either bird. I didn't doubt the great birders that found and 
ID'd this guy as Western, but took the opportunity to refine my eye. The field 
guides like Sibley's / Crossley's etc. leave some ambiguity with these guys. 
What I wondered about was light lores and the lighter shading of the flanks 
with a plain demarkation which seems to fall more in line with the Clark's 
illustrations.
The light lores can show in both I gather and the bill is definitely more to 
the olive-yellow end than bright yellow at least in the light that I had, which 
wasn't bad. The hind neck black stripe is broad as you can see in my photo and 
the illustrations of Clark's narrower stripe would seem to be distinctive 
enough to catch my eye. I didn't get any shots of a spread wing. What 
ultimately makes me confident is that I heard this guy vocalizing several 
times. Listening to Lang's recording of both species I have no doubt I was 
hearing a Western Grebe. Clarks Grebe has more of a clear whistle quality than 
the vibrato that reached my ear.

This is a great bird and learning experience. I was excited to finally get look 
after several trips into the wind and waves.

Happy birding,

Gary

https://picasaweb.google.com/103826758925032410864/WesternGrebe?authuser=0authkey=Gv1sRgCObEttC66ZHZjAEfeat=directlink




On Feb 5, 2012, at 9:13 AM, david nicosia wrote:

Here is the link to the photos I took of the
Western Grebe...they are all digi-scoped images.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/sets/72157629174516367/

Dave Nicosia


From: Meena Haribal m...@cornell.edumailto:m...@cornell.edu
To: david nicosia daven1...@yahoo.commailto:daven1...@yahoo.com
Sent: Sunday, February 5, 2012 7:21 AM
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

Dave,
After seeing your pics, you seem to have been much closer than I am, the bill 
looks yellowish and pointed. Plus average more grayish white flanks on the back 
too.  I would also tend to call it Clark's Grebe. And I think you are the only 
one who got such detailed pictures.
Here is Chris's link. Where you dont see much detail at all.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinicola/6673387385/in/photostream/

So it would be interesting see what people would call it after your pics. You 
dont seem to have given link to your pics.

 Meena

Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
http://haribal.org/
http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/


From: 
bounce-39530942-3493...@list.cornell.edumailto:bounce-39530942-3493...@list.cornell.edu
 [bounce-39530942-3493...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of david nicosia 
[daven1...@yahoo.com]
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2012 9:08 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

I got a comment on my flickr account saying that the western grebe photos
I posted look more like a clark's grebe. This forced me to do a little research
on this as I have never been out west to have to learn to distinguish between
these two similar species.

The white lore would suggest a clark's grebe in non-breeding plumage
but I have read in several field guides and on-line that western
grebes in non-breeding can show this too. The bill on the bird
I saw today was definitively olive-yellow and I had good lighting.
Is this the main field mark that is making this a
Western Grebe to everyone?  Has anyone considered this could
be a clark's grebe? Just curious to what other's thought process was
on this.  Thanks.

Dave Nicosia

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

2012-02-05 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Great shots, guys!  Wow, you sure saw it better than I did.

It's an interesting question about species ID.  I don't have enough experience 
with the species pair to be overly confident, but I'd have to come down on the 
side of Western here, or perhaps a hybrid.

The face appears paler than a typical winter Western Grebe, but the eye is not 
close to showing out of the dark the way a Clark's should.  The flanks are 
pale, but they do not ever appear as having white in them the way Clark's do.  
The bill is olive-yellow, not clear yellow, and there is an obvious dark bottom 
edge that is typical of Western.  Gary's shot of the back of the neck is pretty 
convincingly wide and dark.

Great bird.  Let's keep the photos coming.

Kevin



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[mailto:bounce-39533224-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Gary Kohlenberg
Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2012 11:18 AM
To: david nicosia
Cc: Meena Haribal; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

Hi Dave,
Nice shots. I'm sending a link to the ones I took on Fri., the 3rd, which show 
the view of the hind neck.
I struggled with the separation of Western / Clark's because I don't have 
experience with either bird. I didn't doubt the great birders that found and 
ID'd this guy as Western, but took the opportunity to refine my eye. The field 
guides like Sibley's / Crossley's etc. leave some ambiguity with these guys. 
What I wondered about was light lores and the lighter shading of the flanks 
with a plain demarkation which seems to fall more in line with the Clark's 
illustrations.
The light lores can show in both I gather and the bill is definitely more to 
the olive-yellow end than bright yellow at least in the light that I had, which 
wasn't bad. The hind neck black stripe is broad as you can see in my photo and 
the illustrations of Clark's narrower stripe would seem to be distinctive 
enough to catch my eye. I didn't get any shots of a spread wing. What 
ultimately makes me confident is that I heard this guy vocalizing several 
times. Listening to Lang's recording of both species I have no doubt I was 
hearing a Western Grebe. Clarks Grebe has more of a clear whistle quality than 
the vibrato that reached my ear.

This is a great bird and learning experience. I was excited to finally get look 
after several trips into the wind and waves.

Happy birding,

Gary

https://picasaweb.google.com/103826758925032410864/WesternGrebe?authuser=0authkey=Gv1sRgCObEttC66ZHZjAEfeat=directlink




On Feb 5, 2012, at 9:13 AM, david nicosia wrote:

Here is the link to the photos I took of the
Western Grebe...they are all digi-scoped images.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/sets/72157629174516367/

Dave Nicosia


From: Meena Haribal m...@cornell.edumailto:m...@cornell.edu
To: david nicosia daven1...@yahoo.commailto:daven1...@yahoo.com
Sent: Sunday, February 5, 2012 7:21 AM
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

Dave,
After seeing your pics, you seem to have been much closer than I am, the bill 
looks yellowish and pointed. Plus average more grayish white flanks on the back 
too.  I would also tend to call it Clark's Grebe. And I think you are the only 
one who got such detailed pictures.
Here is Chris's link. Where you dont see much detail at all.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinicola/6673387385/in/photostream/

So it would be interesting see what people would call it after your pics. You 
dont seem to have given link to your pics.

 Meena

Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
http://haribal.org/
http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/


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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID
I got a comment on my flickr account saying that the western grebe photos
I posted look more like a clark's grebe. This forced me to do a little research
on this as I have never been out west to have to learn to distinguish between
these two similar species.

The white lore would suggest a clark's grebe in non-breeding plumage
but I have read in several field guides and on-line that western
grebes in non-breeding can show this too. The bill on the bird
I saw today was definitively olive-yellow and I had good lighting.
Is this the main field mark that is making this a
Western Grebe to everyone?  Has anyone considered this could
be a clark's grebe? Just curious to what other's thought process was
on this.  Thanks.

Dave Nicosia

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

2012-02-05 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hi all,

   I have been fortunate enough to have some experience comparing Western and 
Clark's Grebes side by side, both in the breeding season and winter.  Relevant 
to this thread, my experience is that:

-  At a distance or first glance the most obvious difference between 
the species is that Clark's Grebes appear not just subtly lighter in shade 
along their sides, but are blatantly lighter to the extent that even a quick 
scan of a mixed-species group can pick out pick out Clark's Grebes typically as 
being essentially white in appearance along their flanks.

-  To me the second most obvious feature distinguishing the two species 
is bill colour.  Again, my impression is that the distinction between the 
species is not subtle as long as one is not colour blind.  Specifically, I 
found that Clark's Grebes have a clearly warm (reddish-orange) colour cast, 
whereas Western Grebes' bills have a cool green colour cast.  So, to my eye, 
the difference in bill colour is greater than is illustrated for example in the 
Sibley guide, and in direct comparisons between the species I have found that 
this difference pops out quickly in reasonable lighting conditions.

-  For wintering grebes, my impression is that the amount of white on 
the side of the face is a far less clear differentiator of the two species than 
the above two characteristics.  In side-by-side comparisons of the two species, 
I could see consistent differences.  However, in order to find a pair of nearby 
birds to compare, I would have used flank shade and bill colour to pick out the 
pair, and then spend time looking carefully at the faces.
All in all, I think that Dave's nice photos show all of the characteristics of 
a Western Grebe, without any clear suggestions of Clark's.  All of the above 
just echoes what Chris wrote in his eBird checklist, to which Anne Marie 
pointed people.  I figured that it would be useful to chime in as to which of 
the characteristics Chris mentioned are the ones that a lesser mortal would 
most immediately notice as differentiating the two species in winter.

Wesley Hochachka



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Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2012 11:49 AM
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Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

Great shots, guys!  Wow, you sure saw it better than I did.

It's an interesting question about species ID.  I don't have enough experience 
with the species pair to be overly confident, but I'd have to come down on the 
side of Western here, or perhaps a hybrid.

The face appears paler than a typical winter Western Grebe, but the eye is not 
close to showing out of the dark the way a Clark's should.  The flanks are 
pale, but they do not ever appear as having white in them the way Clark's do.  
The bill is olive-yellow, not clear yellow, and there is an obvious dark bottom 
edge that is typical of Western.  Gary's shot of the back of the neck is pretty 
convincingly wide and dark.

Great bird.  Let's keep the photos coming.

Kevin



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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

Hi Dave,
Nice shots. I'm sending a link to the ones I took on Fri., the 3rd, which show 
the view of the hind neck.
I struggled with the separation of Western / Clark's because I don't have 
experience with either bird. I didn't doubt the great birders that found and 
ID'd this guy as Western, but took the opportunity to refine my eye. The field 
guides like Sibley's / Crossley's etc. leave some ambiguity with these guys. 
What I wondered about was light lores and the lighter shading of the flanks 
with a plain demarkation which seems to fall more in line with the Clark's 
illustrations.
The light lores can show in both I gather and the bill is definitely more to 
the olive-yellow end than bright yellow at least in the light that I had, which 
wasn't bad. The hind neck black stripe is broad as you can see in my photo and 
the illustrations of Clark's narrower stripe would seem to be distinctive 
enough to catch my eye. I didn't get any shots of a spread wing. What 
ultimately makes me confident is that I heard this guy vocalizing several 
times. Listening to Lang's recording of both species I have no doubt I was 
hearing a Western Grebe. Clarks Grebe has more of a clear whistle quality than 
the vibrato that reached my ear.

This is a great bird and learning experience. I was excited to finally get look 
after several trips into the wind and waves.

Happy birding,

Gary


[cayugabirds-l] west side Cayuga Lake Sunday

2012-02-05 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I had a great afternoon trip up the west side of Cayuga Lake today with Rick 
Bonney and Judy Burrill.  We started at Hogs Hole at 12:45, and as others 
reported were not able to locate the Western Grebe. We did see the 2 
RED-THROATED LOONS together -- an adult and a juvenile, solving a two bird 
theory mystery from the Christmas Bird Count. Judy spotted the male WOOD DUCK 
walking on the gravel beach right below Rt. 89.

Next stop was Poplar Beach, where a HORNED GREBE was very close in (with a 
Common Loon), and 4 LONG-TAILED DUCKS out in the middle of the lake, near an 
ISLAND of several thousand SNOW GEESE. The light was spectacular and I could 
make out quite a lot of details on the geese through the scope. I counted about 
10 Blue Geese and another dark goose turned out to be a Canada-type, but was 
smaller than the surrounding Snows - most likely a  CACKLING GOOSE. (a separate 
raft of large Canada Geese was nearby). While we were there, an adult LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED GULL flew by close to shore, heading north to it's regular hangout 
at Dean's Cove.

Along Lower Shore Rd. to Cayuga Lake State Park, spent a lot of time looking 
for Eurasian Wigeon (not successful). Did find 4 close and very obvious 
CACKLING GEESE in the large Canada flock, pretty good numbers of AMERICAN 
WIGEON and GADWALL, with 5 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 2 pairs of RED-BREASTED 
MERGANSERS, and an impressive count of 640 COMMON MERGANSER. (No Redhead or 
other aythea seen on the lake today).

We then headed up to the Chiropractic College to look for the SNOWY OWL. Our 
first scans of the soccer field and adjacent areas came up empty, as did an 
attempt to scan the fields to the west from Bayard Rd. Then as we came back 
through the campus, there was the OWL perched on a treetop at the west edge of 
the soccer field. After allowing great scope views and a few digiscopes, the 
owl flew directly towards us and then banked higher and flew by to the north, 
looking back over it's shoulder at us. It seemed to keep going, fairly high 
over the campus, and looked like it was heading all the way to the lakeshore.

On the way home we stopped along Wycoff Rd. in Ovid and got a clear but distant 
look at a single SHORT-EARED OWL to the west of Rock River Rd. at about 5:15 
PM. A good afternoon, indeed.

KEN


Ken Rosenberg
Conservation Science Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
607-254-2412
607-342-4594 (cell)
k...@cornell.edu


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[cayugabirds-l] Yesterday and today bird chasings

2012-02-05 Thread Meena Haribal
After watching the Grebe yesterday, I too headed to Summerhill in the 
afternoon. On Salt road, mostly I saw flocks of chickadees with Tufted 
Titmouse, and several White and Red-breasted nuthatches were seen. Nothing else 
except for the large truck with the backhoe was backing up on Dresser road made 
so much of noise that it was hard to hear any birds. Via Hovel Chalet and 
Fillmore Glen birth place I drove back to Lick street.

A Kestrel was seen half way between Hoag and Fillmore road.  As I came to the 
intersection of Lick and Hoag, I slowed down and scanned the trees. Nothing 
seemed to be around and then shortly from the tree that did not have anything, 
a bird took off calling loudly and right behind it a few more took off, of 
course they were White-winged Crossbills. Once I saw some, I saw more. Another 
group of some twenty plus joined.  So they were there . In the flock I saw one 
I think young male, he had beautiful yellowish head with lots of red on the 
back. He was sat on the top of the spruce and sang. He was stunningly 
beautiful.   I spent some fifteen to twenty minutes. Several minutes in between 
it seemed like there was no one. I guess all of them were busy feeding.

On the way back to Ithaca, I saw another Kestrel, two Red-tailed hawks, one 
Northern Harrier and a few Eastern Bluebirds between Lick and Ed Hill Road.



Today morning, I too made an early morning trip to Snow Owl at NYCC. First, I 
stopped at the South Field and looked at the benches, they were empty. Then I 
stopped at building with sign D from the parking lot, I saw a blue bleacher 
that looked like there was big white plastic bag stuck. I was still in the car 
and watching from inside. As I was watching the plastic bag rose slowly and I 
could a pair of eyes watching my car. I am sure it was aware of my presence. 
The bird was 500 feet away from me. After a couple of seconds again, ducked 
down such that it could not see me. The second set of bench was in line with 
birds eyes, blocking it from seeing me. I still sat in the car, then again it 
peaked at me for few seconds and hid behind again. So I felt the bird probably 
was disturbed by someone in the car so it was wary of the cars. So I did not 
get out to scope it. I went to parking lot on the other side of the building 
and sat near dumpster and watched it. It did the same thing, peak out of its 
hiding place and then hunker down. After sometime it lost interest in my car. 
The body was very dark and face disc was white, so think may be it was a first 
year female.



From there, I went further north and  turned on east side of the lake, Lake 
seemed pretty much empty, except for Canada Geese. Most of the left over 
Tundra Swans were heading towards MNWR. I did not stop at the Aurora as I had 
to be back home for some errands, so I missed the Eared Grebe, but I did see 
Dave Nutter!



Meena





Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
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