[cayugabirds-l] Adirondack Boreal Bird Workshop and Field Trip

2012-06-03 Thread Bill Ostrander
Hi, everyone.  Here's an exciting opportunity from NYSOA:

 

NYSOA Boreal Bird Workshop and Whiteface Mountain Field Trip July 7-8, 2012

The New York State Ornithological Association is offering a boreal bird
workshop and field trip in Wilmington, New York on the weekend of July 7-8,
2012.  On Saturday, Adirondack bird experts, John and Pat Thaxton will give
a presentation entitled The Usual Suspects: A Rogue's Gallery of Adirondack
Boreal Specialties.   The presentation, which is free and open to the
public, will take place at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation
Center, 977 Springfield Road near Wilmington beginning at 3:00 p.m. on
Saturday, July 7th.  John and Pat will lead the Sunday field trip to
Whiteface beginning at 7:30 a.m. The field trip is open to individual,
student, family and life members of NYSOA but limited to 20 participants.
Field trip attendees must preregister for the field trip by calling Kathy
Schneider at (518) 799-3457 or emailing her at falll...@nycap.rr.com.

More information about the exceptional expertise of the speakers and field
trip leaders, trip arrangements, including discounted lodging, directions
and membership in the New York State Ornithological Association can be found
at the NYSOA website, nybirds.org.  

Bill Ostrander
Elmira, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Adirondack Boreal Bird Workshop and Field Trip

2012-06-03 Thread Bill Ostrander
Hi, everyone.  Here's an exciting opportunity from NYSOA:

 

NYSOA Boreal Bird Workshop and Whiteface Mountain Field Trip July 7-8, 2012

 

The New York State Ornithological Association is offering a boreal bird
workshop and field trip in Wilmington, New York on the weekend of July 7-8,
2012.  On Saturday, Adirondack bird experts, John and Pat Thaxton will give
a presentation entitled The Usual Suspects: A Rogue's Gallery of Adirondack
Boreal Specialties.   The presentation, which is free and open to the
public, will take place at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation
Center, 977 Springfield Road near Wilmington beginning at 3:00 p.m. on
Saturday, July 7th.  John and Pat will lead the Sunday field trip to
Whiteface beginning at 7:30 a.m. The field trip is open to individual,
student, family and life members of NYSOA but limited to 20 participants.
Field trip attendees must preregister for the field trip by calling Kathy
Schneider at (518) 799-3457 or emailing her at falll...@nycap.rr.com.

 

More information about the exceptional expertise of the speakers and field
trip leaders, trip arrangements, including discounted lodging, directions
and membership in the New York State Ornithological Association can be found
at the NYSOA website, nybirds.org.  


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[cayugabirds-l] Adirondack Boreal Bird Workshop and Field Trip

2012-06-03 Thread Bill Ostrander
Hi, everyone.  Here's an exciting opportunity from NYSOA:

 

NYSOA Boreal Bird Workshop and Whiteface Mountain Field Trip July 7-8, 2012

 

The New York State Ornithological Association is offering a boreal bird
workshop and field trip in Wilmington, New York on the weekend of July 7-8,
2012.  On Saturday, Adirondack bird experts, John and Pat Thaxton will give
a presentation entitled The Usual Suspects: A Rogue's Gallery of Adirondack
Boreal Specialties.   The presentation, which is free and open to the
public, will take place at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation
Center, 977 Springfield Road near Wilmington beginning at 3:00 p.m. on
Saturday, July 7th.  John and Pat will lead the Sunday field trip to
Whiteface beginning at 7:30 a.m. The field trip is open to individual,
student, family and life members of NYSOA but limited to 20 participants.
Field trip attendees must preregister for the field trip by calling Kathy
Schneider at (518) 799-3457 or emailing her at falll...@nycap.rr.com.

 

More information about the exceptional expertise of the speakers and field
trip leaders, trip arrangements, including discounted lodging, directions
and membership in the New York State Ornithological Association can be found
at the NYSOA website, nybirds.org.  


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ulysses Bald Eagle nest progress

2012-06-03 Thread Dave Nutter
Paul Schmitt raises the question of size difference in the Bald Eagle nestlings being due to age instead of gender. I considered that. These nestlings are not mere chicks just out of the egg. They are hulking, huge, completely-feathered, birds, and they have been for weeks. I'm guessing that the younger one has had time to catch up, and they are at their full-grown male or female size by now. Admittedly this is just my surmise that in the case of such a long nestling period, the generalization that fledglings are adult-sized when they leave the nest might trump the fact that raptor eggs tend to hatch asynchronously giving the older chick a head start of a day or two. That day or two difference is now a small percentage or their total age. As usual I am perfectly willing to make guesses and interpretations based on very little information or personal experience, so again as usual I welcome word either way on this issue from actual ornithologists or people who have more studiously observed Bald Eagle youngsters at this stage.--Dave NutterBegin forwarded message:From: Paul pschm...@stny.rr.comDate: June 02, 2012 11:01:41 PMTo: Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.comSubject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ulysses Bald Eagle nest progressHi Dave,I understand the size indicating male or female in adults, but couldn’t the size now be a matter of which hatched first? I can see a size difference in the two Redtail chicks at the Stewart Avenue bridge. The larger one also was further along in developing flight feathers. Anyone at the lab who could shed light on whether size differences show up before the young are even fledged? By the way, sounds like these are at about the same stage as the two in the nest near Corning. I need to check on them tomorrow to see if they are exercising their wings.Paul SchmittFrom: Dave NutterSent: Saturday, June 02, 2012 10:25 PMTo: cayugabirds-L@cornell.eduSubject: [cayugabirds-l] Ulysses Bald Eagle nest progressThis evening I again biked out NYS-89 to check on the BALD EAGLE nest near the Glenwood Pines restaurant in the Town of Ulysses. I saw no adults, but the two youngsters are out of the nest and into the branches of the nest tree. One bird (perhaps larger, therefore female) was rather sedentary, perched near the nest, picking at its talons with its bill and seldom opening its wings. The other bird (smaller, I think, therefore male) was quite active, "fluttering" from branch to branch.
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[cayugabirds-l] Worm-eating Warblers

2012-06-03 Thread geokloppel
I found 3 - 4 singing Worm-eating Warblers this morning in the usual location. 
They were silent until about 8:00 AM, then began countersinging, but gave Iit 
up after 45 minutes as the clouds darkened and the showers increased.

Geo Kloppel
Bowmaker  Restorer
227 Tupper Rd
Spencer NY 14883
607 564 7026
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[cayugabirds-l] Gonewit?

2012-06-03 Thread paul
I tried to find the Godwit at Benning this morning. No luck.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cape May Field Trip

2012-06-03 Thread Ann Mitchell
Just to let you know, the trip is filled.:(  Ann

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[cayugabirds-l] Sunday aft. birding

2012-06-03 Thread Susan Fast
Mid-afternoon today, Susie  I stopped at the Goetchius Preserve on Flatiron
Rd. and were engulfed in tiny frogs/toads from the parking lot out to the
ponds.  It took a while to get to the ponds, as each step had to be preceded
by a “ha-ta-ta” to clear a space before putting a foot down.  Amphibs were
brown and all ½” long, hopped well and could swim.  No birds at the ponds.

After getting ice cream in Richford, we parked along Rt. 38 a few miles
north of the town.  Two adult RED-TAILED HAWKS were soaring over the ridge,
sometimes coming together in tandem flights.  Both then soared very high,
and one dropped like a stone in the “dive-display”, pulling up just at
treetop level.  It was a “wow” moment.  We’ve never seen one drop that far;
about 100 yds.  Interestingly, the other followed it down about 2 seconds
later.

They then moved north a bit and suddenly there were 4 hawks circling about,
but now there appeared to be aggressive interactions.  There was a hit and a
bird lost several feathers.  Further observation showed the two new hawks to
be juvenile RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS.

Entertainment and ice cream both excellent.

 

Steve  Susie Fast

Brooktondale


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[cayugabirds-l] Life on the ledge or is it life on the edge?

2012-06-03 Thread Meena Haribal
Hi all,

I spent a couple of hours on Stewart Avenue Fall Creek Bridge watching two 
teenaged red-tailed Hawks, First of all,

I thought what a beautiful location to start your life and rear kids. 
Red-tailed Hawks think like Carl Sagan. They built the house just like him on 
the ledge, only in much more beautiful side of the bridge in the gorge.



Teenagers are almost fully feathered, stretching there muscles and flexing 
their wings at each other. They looked like awfully bored kids with nothing 
else to do. They went the edge of their nest and looked down thoughtfully and 
sat long time and decided nah, better be back in the center of the nest. One 
went to the edge and spread its wings and tail and looked down 200 yards into 
the water and sat in that position long while watching here and there with its 
beautiful grey eyes and then finally got up and slowly turned around and 
climbed the rock to the nest. Second one went to the other side of nest. Sat on 
some lose rocks for long. Peered down at the greenish bushes underneath and 
then decided no that is too far and moved back to the center. Four times they 
defacated lifting their tails sending out a projectile arc over into the creek. 
Thank goodness nobody is below them. It is possible to measure with what force 
they defacted based on the arc formed and publish in JIR and may be one can get 
a Ig Nobel prize for it. I have them on the video if anybody is interested in 
teh data. I was also amazed that the crumbly rocks did not give away with their 
weights sending them down into the gorge. We were thinking may be we should 
demand a safety net for them, so that if they fall into the gorge they will not 
die.



In the mean time both parents flew over the nest but had no intention of coming 
anywhere near the nest. they were often chased by other birds including a crow. 
One parent sat on a white pine and preened and when the second arrived in its 
direction it flew away in the opposite direction as if to say I have had enough 
no more. The second one too decided I am going over to the lake to see what's 
going on out there, leaving the youngsters to their fate. I think now 
youngsters are anytime they are ready to take a flight.



In the morning I was watching a Prothonotary, he did something funny. He seemed 
to be removing something from his cloaca, after some efforts he did get some 
whitish material, he rubbed it with his beak on a branch and continued singing. 
I don't know what it was. Any ideas you biologists? Today one closer to the 
bridge sang most of the time we were there. Last week it was the one closer to 
the river that sang most of the time in the evening I was there.



Cheers

Meena







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


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[cayugabirds-l] Your musings

2012-06-03 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Ah, Meena .. 

Love your observations, the questions  thoughts that course through  your mind 
 that you spill them out for others to mull over  enjoy.

Habbagudweek!! . Fritzie
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Life on the ledge or is it life on the edge?

2012-06-03 Thread Dave Nutter
I'm wondering if the top of the Ithaca Gun smokestack, where I often see a Red-tailed Hawk perching, affords a view of the nest. I suspect it does, but it seems awkward to determine for certain.--Dave NutterOn Jun 03, 2012, at 06:50 PM, Meena Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote:Hi all,I spent a couple of hours on Stewart Avenue Fall Creek Bridge watching two teenaged red-tailed Hawks, First of all,I thought what abeautiful location to start your life and rear kids. Red-tailed Hawks think like Carl Sagan. They built the house just like him on the ledge,only inmuch more beautiful side of the bridge in the gorge.
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[cayugabirds-l] Meadowlark

2012-06-03 Thread M K Mannella
Very new yard bird: an eastern MEADOWLARK  has been singing for a few days and 
just a few minutes ago I got a visual ID. This in addition to the nesting 
ORCHARD ORIOLE this year makes it very exciting to bird  front my front yard . 
I think the OROR have hatched but I can not tell for sure. 
Michele

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@ The Hayward House BB
www.thehaywardhouse.com




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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

2012-06-03 Thread smb4inc
This morning a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was in the trees on the north side of 
the intersection of Triphammer Road with Winthrop in Ithaca. 


Suzanne in Ithaca

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[cayugabirds-l] Deer/redwing

2012-06-03 Thread B Mcaneny
Curious activity this a.m. in our field on 89 near Boy Scout Camp, T-burg. A 
deer was in field when I spotted it but it looked strange. Something on head, 
antlers? No. Binox showed a Red Wing Black Bird on its head carefully picking 
something off deer's head, like the oxpeckers we saw in Africa. The deer 
totally accepted this activity and would move its head from side to side slowly 
during the picking. This went on for 5 min or more in a very calm way. Has 
anyone seen this behavior?

Shirley McAneny
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Deer/redwing

2012-06-03 Thread Marty Schlabach
I saw something similar several years ago, probably about 7-8 miles north along 
rt. 89. In this case, the red wing was on the back of the deer, rather than the 
head.  I didn't watch it long enough to see what the bird was doing, but the 
deer did not seem to be concerned.  -Marty Schlabach

From: bounce-61038553-3494...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-61038553-3494...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of B Mcaneny
Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2012 8:58 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Deer/redwing

Curious activity this a.m. in our field on 89 near Boy Scout Camp, T-burg. A 
deer was in field when I spotted it but it looked strange. Something on head, 
antlers? No. Binox showed a Red Wing Black Bird on its head carefully picking 
something off deer's head, like the oxpeckers we saw in Africa. The deer 
totally accepted this activity and would move its head from side to side slowly 
during the picking. This went on for 5 min or more in a very calm way. Has 
anyone seen this behavior?

Shirley McAneny
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[cayugabirds-l] a few Sunday birds

2012-06-03 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I was surprised to hear a PINE SISKIN over my house this morning -- further 
evidence perhaps that a few might be breeding in the area.

At Myer's Point, there was a single SEMILPALMATED SANDPIPER on the lakeshore, 
and an ORCHARD ORIOLE singing by the park entrance.

I birded up along Salmon Creek for several hours in the steady light rain, 
mostly listening for singing birds out the car window. Lots of common local 
breeders, but I could find no Cerulean Warblers in any of the formerly 
traditional spots (there used to be 30+ singing males along Salmon Creek in the 
mid 1990s). I also checked several side streams and could not find Acadian 
Flycatchers. Saw a silent LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH along one stream.

Back at home, the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS just fledged from their nest in a 
partially dead willow, and they were noisily feeding around the yard.

KEN


Ken Rosenberg
Conservation Science Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
607-254-2412
607-342-4594 (cell)
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Deer/redwing

2012-06-03 Thread Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
I wonder if they were possibly plucking engorged deer ticks...

Sincerely,
Chris T-H


On Jun 3, 2012, at 9:04 PM, Marty Schlabach wrote:

I saw something similar several years ago, probably about 7-8 miles north along 
rt. 89. In this case, the red wing was on the back of the deer, rather than the 
head.  I didn’t watch it long enough to see what the bird was doing, but the 
deer did not seem to be concerned.  –Marty Schlabach

From: 
bounce-61038553-3494...@list.cornell.edumailto:bounce-61038553-3494...@list.cornell.edu
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Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2012 8:58 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Deer/redwing

Curious activity this a.m. in our field on 89 near Boy Scout Camp, T-burg. A 
deer was in field when I spotted it but it looked strange. Something on head, 
antlers? No. Binox showed a Red Wing Black Bird on its head carefully picking 
something off deer's head, like the oxpeckers we saw in Africa. The deer 
totally accepted this activity and would move its head from side to side slowly 
during the picking. This went on for 5 min or more in a very calm way. Has 
anyone seen this behavior?

Shirley McAneny
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] a few Sunday birds

2012-06-03 Thread Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
I noticed a precipitous decline in that population in the years immediately 
following the paving of the stretch of road between Brooks Hill and French Hill 
Roads. The old dirt road that used to be, was always littered with various 
insects (winged and not) foraging upon presumed mineral droplets in the 
moisture that would collect on the pebbles on hot, humid days.

Sincerely,
Chris T-H


On Jun 3, 2012, at 10:10 PM, Kenneth Victor Rosenberg wrote:

I was surprised to hear a PINE SISKIN over my house this morning -- further 
evidence perhaps that a few might be breeding in the area.

At Myer's Point, there was a single SEMILPALMATED SANDPIPER on the lakeshore, 
and an ORCHARD ORIOLE singing by the park entrance.

I birded up along Salmon Creek for several hours in the steady light rain, 
mostly listening for singing birds out the car window. Lots of common local 
breeders, but I could find no Cerulean Warblers in any of the formerly 
traditional spots (there used to be 30+ singing males along Salmon Creek in the 
mid 1990s). I also checked several side streams and could not find Acadian 
Flycatchers. Saw a silent LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH along one stream.

Back at home, the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS just fledged from their nest in a 
partially dead willow, and they were noisily feeding around the yard.

KEN


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