[cayugabirds-l] Monday Night Seminar a the Lab

2012-04-22 Thread Jeff Gerbracht
Leo Douglas is currently a lecturer at Columbia University, with a
strong interest in the social and ecological impacts of human /
wildlife conflicts will be giving the Monday Night Seminar at the Lab
of Ornithology tomorrow at 7:30pm.  While he hails from Jamaica, his
talk will focus on his research in the Caribbean island of Dominica
which has had success in furthering conservation by utilizing the
beautiful Imperial Parrot as a Flagship species.


Flagship or Battleship? Unintended consequences of the use of an
Amazona parrot as a conservation flagship in the Caribbean by Leo
Douglas

This should be a very interesting talk and given the trend in
conservation of focusing conservation campaigns on single species,
it'll be illuminating as well.
I encourage everyone who can to attend this one.
  Cheers,
Jeff

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[cayugabirds-l] Derby Hill Raptor Watch Van Tour - April 25

2012-04-22 Thread Christopher Lajewski
Derby Hill Raptor Watch Van Tour
Wednesday, April 25 
8:00 AM-2:00 PM

Visit Lake Ontario for the spectacular spring raptor migration and leave the 
driving to us.  Travel in the Montezuma Audubon Center van to witness hundreds 
and perhaps thousands of broad-winged hawks, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, 
sharp-shinned hawks, and many migrating passerines! If weather conditions do 
not cooperate, the program will be moved to Thursday, April 26. This program is 
offered in cooperation with the Onondaga Audubon Society. 

Space is limited. Registration required. Call 315-365-3588 or e-mail 
montez...@audubon.org.  Meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 
89, Savannah, NY 13146. Fee: $15/child; $20/adult. Please pack a lunch. 

Chris Lajewski
Education Manager
Montezuma Audubon Center
2295 State Route 89, PO Box 187, Savannah, NY 13146
315.365.3588
clajew...@audubon.org
http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma


** Celebrate Important Bird Areas at the Montezuma Audubon Center's 6th Annual 
Wildlife Festival on Saturday May 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details visit 
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[cayugabirds-l] Savannah Mucklands and Armitage Road areas

2012-04-22 Thread Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
This morning, I trekked up to visit and scope out the area of Savannah 
Mucklands and the Armitage Road areas for field birds. I was there from about 
7:30am to 8:30am.

In the fields near the Potatoes building were about 10+ Savannah Sparrows, 8 
Horned Larks and 3 AMERICAN PIPITS.

One thing of note, regarding the dirt road to the South of the Potatoes 
Building. This is the dirt road located about a mile West of the Village of 
Montezuma along Route 31, about half-way along the entire Savannah Mucklands 
area, on the left side of the road. There is now a rope fence with a posted 
sign preventing the casual observer from pulling into that dirt road to even 
turn around. Don't plan on accessing any portion of the farm fields on the 
South side of the road. Active farm machinery was in the fields to the North of 
the Potatoes building (North of Route 31). I would not advise visitation when 
persons are actively cultivating or preparing the fields for planting, so as to 
prevent disruption from their routine and their need for open and ready access 
to the lanes. These fields belong to the persons who farm this area. Please be 
respectful of their lands.

Driving along Armitage Road, I scoped out the fields well North of Armitage 
Road. Several Savannah Sparrows (10+) and 2 Horned Larks were present. A single 
SANDHILL CRANE was standing in the field, then took flight, calling all the 
while. An adult BALD EAGLE was standing guard near the large Bald Eagle nest, 
located on the SW side of the open potato/corn field located on the South side 
of Armitage Road.

Good birding!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H
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[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard - Sunday 4/22/2012

2012-04-22 Thread Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
After returning from the Savannah Mucklands area this morning, I birded the 
Hawthorn Orchard on East Hill in Ithaca (located between Pine Tree Road, 
Mitchell Street, and the East Ithaca Recreation Way) from about 9:45 to 
11:00am. It was fairly quiet, in part due to the cold, windy, damp conditions. 
I was extremely surprised to see that many of the hawthorn trees (Crataegus 
sp.) were in bloom. This could make for an interesting spring, because they 
usually don't bloom until mid-May.

Bird-wise, I heard/saw the following:

19 Yellow-rumped Warblers (6 in NE corner, 12 in SW corner, 1 in SE corner)
1 Palm Warbler (heard singing and moving rapidly along East edge)
1 Blue-headed Vireo (NE corner)
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
~15 White-throated Sparrows
2 Brown Thrashers (male and female, along gravel pathway that leads from the 
East Ithaca Recreation Way up to the southern rugby playing field)
1 Field Sparrow (flyover, flight notes)

Heard an unidentified very rich, sweet-sounding, call note a few times that was 
very reminiscent of Hooded Warbler, but just couldn't locate the bird producing 
the sound. This was along the North slope that leads down into the ravine area 
from the NE corner.

Good birding!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

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[cayugabirds-l] bird call software

2012-04-22 Thread Ken Smith
Greetings,

Just bought a new Android smartphone and want to install bird song ID software. 
Any suggestions and/or experiences?

Thank you in advance,

Ken Smith
Hills of Groton
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[cayugabirds-l] L. Waterthrush @ Shindagin

2012-04-22 Thread Evan Barrientos
Managed to get fairly close to a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH singing at the bottom of 
a ravine and a WINTER WREN that seemed to be singing in response. Watched the 
LOWA singing from a perch and then forage in the rocky stream. No photos, but I 
recorded some good audio. Other bird activity was mostly quiet in the poor 
weather. 1 PURPLE FINCH was heard singing back in the conifers near the 
wetland. 
Best,
Evan B.

Begin forwarded message:

 From: do-not-re...@ebird.org
 Date: April 22, 2012 1:45:42 PM EDT
 To: emb...@cornell.edu
 Subject: eBird Report - Shindagin Hollow, Apr 22, 2012
 
 Shindagin Hollow, Tompkins, US-NY
 Apr 22, 2012 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 Protocol: Traveling
 1.5 mile(s)
 Comments: Temp ~40F. Wind calm. Overcast and occasional mist. 
 Many Large-flowered and red trilliums in bloom as well as Dutchman's 
 breeches. Leaves in early stage of development.
 12 species
 
 Wood Duck  1
 Broad-winged Hawk  2
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
 Hairy Woodpecker  3
 Northern Flicker  1
 Winter Wren  1 Singing with the LOWA
 American Robin  5
 Louisiana Waterthrush  1 Singing at bottom of ravine off the trail.
 Song Sparrow  3
 Dark-eyed Junco  3
 Red-winged Blackbird  6
 Purple Finch  1 Singing back in conifer stand.
 
 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


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[cayugabirds-l] Grey Squirrels after hummingbird feeders

2012-04-22 Thread Mona Bearor
 
I've been feeding birds in the same location for almost 20 years.  I've
always had grey squirrels, however, never before have I had them go after
the hummingbird feeders.  They hang from above the feeders, grab the feeder
with their front feet, and seem to drink the sugar water.  They are not
drinking the water in the ant trap that I can tell, plus I have several
other places they can drink from including two garden ponds.
 
Has anyone else observed this behavior?
 
Mona Bearor
So. Glens Falls
 

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[cayugabirds-l] Blue-headed Vireo SSW

2012-04-22 Thread Susan Danskin
The SFO local field trip had at least 3 Blue-headed Vireo foraging along Wilson 
Trail North this morning.  Also great views of the Barred Owl, Rusty 
Blackbirds, and a fishing female Belted Kingfisher.
Susan Danskin
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[cayugabirds-l] Peterson Field Guide App on Sale for .99 cents

2012-04-22 Thread Alberto Lopez
Hello,

Just wanted to let all you know that the Peterson Field Guide App is on Sale 
for .99 cents in celebration of Earth Day! Regular price is 14.99 and it is 
both iPhone and iPad native. Its pretty nice :) 


Alberto López 
Flickr

Stewart Park today:

Protocol:Traveling
Party Size:2
Duration:1 hour(s), 15 minute(s)
Distance:1.0 mile(s)
Observers:Alberto Lopez Torres, Chris Dalton
Comments:Birding with Alberto Lopez. Cloudy, windy from ~N at 10-15 mph. ~40 F.
Species
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38 species total

20
Canada Goose Branta canadensisDelete
4
Wood Duck Aix sponsaDelete
15
Mallard Anas platyrhynchosDelete
1
Blue-winged Teal Anas discorsDelete
Immature (?) male closely guarding female mallard
2
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collarisDelete
8
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatusDelete
10
Common Merganser Mergus merganserDelete
1
Common Loon Gavia immerDelete
flyover
25
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritusDelete
3
Turkey Vulture Cathartes auraDelete
2
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalusDelete
Flyover, adult chasing immature
1
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinusDelete
Flyover bird coming from direction of downton
2
Killdeer Charadrius vociferusDelete
1
Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphiaDelete
15
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensisDelete
5
Herring Gull Larus argentatusDelete
2
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinusDelete
3
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspiaDelete
1
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyonDelete
1
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratusDelete
2
Fish Crow Corvus ossifragusDelete
5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennisDelete
10
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolorDelete
10
Barn Swallow Hirundo rusticaDelete
2
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillusDelete
1
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolorDelete
4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caeruleaDelete
10
American Robin Turdus migratoriusDelete
12
Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronataDelete
2
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerinaDelete
3
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodiaDelete
2
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalisDelete
6
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceusDelete
6
Common Grackle Quiscalus quisculaDelete
2
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus aterDelete
2
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanusDelete
3
American Goldfinch Spinus tristisDelete
6
House Sparrow Passer domesticus


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[cayugabirds-l] Two Pine Siskins

2012-04-22 Thread Nari Mistry
Two Pine Siskins showed up at our feeders this afternoon, with the usual 
flock of Goldfinches. Could they be the same two laggards that have been 
reported earlier? (I don't remember where those two were seen.)

Nari Mistry,
Ellis Hollow rd.


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[cayugabirds-l] SFO SAturday Derby Hill, Summer Hill trip

2012-04-22 Thread Meena Haribal
Hi all,

 Meteorologists are really getting better and better. Our meteorologist told us 
it was going to be 100% rain at Derby Hill and we thought may be there would 
some variables and we get lucky. But it turned out to be 100% rain.  Highlights 
(some were for me alone!)

At Derby Hill, we had Brown Thrasher, Palm and Yellow Rumped Warblers, Eastern 
Towhee, Song and White-throated Sparrows, Tree, Barn and Rough-winged swallows. 
From the bluffs, we watched a few Long tailed Ducks, Red-breasted Mergansers 
and flyover of Common Mergansers, Double crested cormorants and Caspian Terns. 
At the Sage Creek marsh, before we arrived Wes's group had found a Greater 
Scaup female and had heard a Sora. After we arrived we could id Scaup sp and as 
a female, luckily for us, Sora decided to call again! Just before we left this 
location we saw a NORTHERN HARRIER cruise over the marsh into the woods and a 
couple of Common Loons over our head, flying north-east. That was our hawk of 
the day.



Then my group headed to Peter Scott swamp. Did not get much here, but two Great 
Blue Herons and several hidden Swamp Sparrows trilling as response to each 
other.



Then we headed to Summer Hill. Along upper reaches of Fall Creek, we stopped to 
look for a possible Louisiana Water Thrush, but did not hear any, but we did 
hear and see a chirping Junco, who was later joined by its mate. I also had a 
flyover of a Raven chased by crows. Earlier, at the Junction of Lake Como road 
and Rt 90 there was another Raven being chased by a Kestrel and I think some 
blackbirds, we did get to see  the Kestrel later.



At Summer Hill, it was initially very quiet. We spent sometime on Dresser Road, 
when we heard and saw a flock of PINE SISKINS that were calling, later they 
were doing zet or zreeet calls to from top of a Norway spruce.  On Dresser, 
a little ahead, back in the woods, there were at least three or four 
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS singing. Later at the junction of the Salt and Hoag 
road we encountered the same siskins, but it was really difficult to see their 
colors as there was very dense fog and light was very low. We also had a pair 
of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES doing a song which sounded like Brown Creeper. I 
have heard this song from them previously a couple of times too. Then there 
were two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES singing at two different speeds, that confused 
lots of students. A WINTER WREN sang his short bars twice and a HERMIT THRUSH 
gave one song bar.



Over all we had some 46-50 (for me) species of birds, in spite of almost 
continuous rain and fog at Summer Hill!



Cheers

 meena

PS: Today morning I was getting out of the house, a PILEATED WOODPECKER in my 
yard screamed in delight!













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Ithaca NY 14850
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[cayugabirds-l] Common Gallinule on Van Dyne Spoor Road

2012-04-22 Thread Leona Lauster
These photos are not great but they prove the ID.  Several birders have heard 
the Common Gallinule recently and some doubted the reports.  Ebird wanted them 
confirmed so I took the photos.  Sorry the light wasn’t better.  Mark Miller 
also saw this bird today.  In one photo you can see the little fish the bird 
caught.


https://plus.google.com/photos/101627732132660516717/albums/5734394500626620993

Other birds on Van Dyne Spoor Road: Bald Eagle, American Bittern in flight, 
Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and 9 Rusty Blackbirds. Also many 
Tree and Barn Swallows and one Rough-winged Swallow.

Leona Lauster
Lyons, NY

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