[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-bellied sapsucker

2012-12-27 Thread Marla Coppolino
This morning there is an immature male YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on the
lilac tree above my feeders. I believe it was last year I had an immature
female that hung around for the winter.

Marla Coppolino
Pleasant Valley Road, Groton

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[cayugabirds-l] Redpoll at Lab of O

2012-12-27 Thread Mary E. Winston
Happy New Year ...almost - I came to the Lab today to fill bird feeders in the 
Bird Garden and I stopped to watch what came to the feeders afterwards - 16 
Pine Siskins, 1 Redwing Blackbird and 1 Common Redpoll.  It makes you wonder 
what comes to the feeders when there is no one around!

Mary

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[cayugabirds-l] HUGE Snow Geese movement

2012-12-27 Thread Stephanie Greenwood
A huge, inestimable number of snow geese just flew overhead, the biggest 
I've ever seen.

Brought everyone out of their houses up here to have a look.
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[cayugabirds-l] And MORE as I typed previous message!!!!

2012-12-27 Thread Stephanie Greenwood

I've never ever seen so many.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] And MORE as I typed previous message!!!!

2012-12-27 Thread Geo Kloppel
Just passed over my house (West Danby). I guesstimated 8,000 - 10,000, more 
still coming.

-Geo Kloppel

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] And MORE as I typed previous message!!!!

2012-12-27 Thread Asher Hockett
And MORE over Ithaca. From the top of the MH building on Green St, skein
after skein, some quite low and others almost too high to see. Thousands
and thousands. Some even flying north.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM, Geo Kloppel geoklop...@gmail.com wrote:

 Just passed over my house (West Danby). I guesstimated 8,000 - 10,000,
 more still coming.

 -Geo Kloppel

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  I've never ever seen so many.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Christmas Count Area VII would welcome more participants

2012-12-27 Thread Marty Schlabach
Area VII of the Ithaca Christmas Count could use more counters.  Area VII is 
essentially the western most portion of the Ithaca count circle.  West of the 
lake, west of Rts 13A and 34/13.  There is a mix of city, rural, driving and 
walking in Area VII.  At noon, we all meet at Kelly's Dockside for lunch and 
sharing our sightings, and then head out to finish what isn't yet covered.

Please join us.

Marty

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] And many more and MORE Snow Geese as I typed previous message!!!!

2012-12-27 Thread Meena Haribal
I too spent couple of hours from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. in yard, really clearing 
snow, but I enjoyed it. Initial first half hour nothing happened except for the 
crow in my yard making all possible noise. Then soon I started hearing snow 
geese. At that point cloud cover was low so I did not see them. Occasionally, I 
could see a ghostly flock passing by in the cloud. Then the wind from northeast 
blew up the snow cloud. Then I watched hundreds of geese migrating. Some of 
them did seem reluctant to leave the basin, headed westward. But eventually 
joined their cousins who had decided they had enough of basin. Even after I 
have come inside I see some flocks passing by from my kitchen and living room 
window. There were a few flocks of Canada Geese mixed in.



While shoveling, I also heard Redpolls, they seemed to be somewhere nearby 
feeding on trees, but could not see any. I do not have any feeders in my 
neighborhood. so they must be feeding on some seeds.



There is one right now, which I see from computer chair as I am typing, but is 
trying to head towards lake.



Great to be home to see snow geese from inside the house!



Cheers

Meena



Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
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I went outside at noon and noticed a couple hundred Snow Geese flying north 
over Ithaca's West End from my yard, then a couple hundred again a few minutes 
later. I'm not sure if they are circling around or different birds. There are 
some Canada Geese in the air, too, and a bit aimless. They are similarly not 
high enough to be migrating but not decisively stopping either. I wonder if 
hunting has started on the lake. Grazing and grubbing are a rough go today.

--Dave Nutter

On Dec 27, 2012, at 01:06 PM, Asher Hockett veery...@gmail.com wrote:

And MORE over Ithaca. From the top of the MH building on Green St, skein after 
skein, some quite low and others almost too high to see. Thousands and 
thousands. Some even flying north.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM, Geo Kloppel 
geoklop...@gmail.commailto:geoklop...@gmail.com wrote:
Just passed over my house (West Danby). I guesstimated 8,000 - 10,000, more 
still coming.

-Geo Kloppel

On Dec 27, 2012, at 12:42 PM, Stephanie Greenwood 
stpegreenw...@gmail.commailto:stpegreenw...@gmail.com wrote:

 I've never ever seen so many.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] And MORE as I typed previous message!!!!

2012-12-27 Thread Geo Kloppel
My count is now 15,000 Snow Geese, riding a cold tailwind out of the NNW, so 
gusty that the flocks often appeared to be flying sideways, but definitely 
trending southwards at a good clip.

-Geo Kloppel

On Dec 27, 2012, at 1:14 PM, nutter.d...@me.com wrote:

 I went outside at noon and noticed a couple hundred Snow Geese flying north 
 over Ithaca's West End from my yard, then a couple hundred again a few 
 minutes later. I'm not sure if they are circling around or different birds. 
 There are some Canada Geese in the air, too, and a bit aimless. They are 
 similarly not high enough to be migrating but not decisively stopping either. 
 I wonder if hunting has started on the lake. Grazing and grubbing are a rough 
 go today.
 --Dave Nutter
 
 On Dec 27, 2012, at 01:06 PM, Asher Hockett veery...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 And MORE over Ithaca. From the top of the MH building on Green St, skein 
 after skein, some quite low and others almost too high to see. Thousands and 
 thousands. Some even flying north.
 
 On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM, Geo Kloppel geoklop...@gmail.com wrote:
 Just passed over my house (West Danby). I guesstimated 8,000 - 10,000, more 
 still coming.
 
 -Geo Kloppel
 
 On Dec 27, 2012, at 12:42 PM, Stephanie Greenwood stpegreenw...@gmail.com 
 wrote:
 
  I've never ever seen so many.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

2012-12-27 Thread Kelly L. Smith
at my feeder  looking cold.

Kelly 
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[cayugabirds-l] White-crowned Sparrow

2012-12-27 Thread Caroline Manring
At our feeder today, West Hill. A new one for us!

Caroline
Ithaca

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] HUGE Snow Geese movement

2012-12-27 Thread Geo Kloppel
Still streaming out the south gates of the Cayuga Basin at 2:30!

-Geo

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[cayugabirds-l] Feeder birds

2012-12-27 Thread Carol Keeler
One advantage to this weather is that it brings in the birds to the feeders.  
I've had more of my regulars than usual.  I now have 4 pairs of Cardinals which 
stay all day.  I counted 10 Tree Sparrows, 6 Juncos, and about 15 House 
Finches.  There are many Goldfinches, Tufted Titmice, Chickadees, Mourning 
Doves, and unfortunately House Sparrows.  I also spotted a lone Song Sparrow 
which is now wishing it migrated.   I occasionally see 3 Redpolls.  The huge 
group of Siskins that I had in late fall have not returned, nor have the 
Evening Grosbeaks which stopped by for a moment.   I have an occasional Blue 
Jay and WB Nuthatch too.  Then there are the woodpeckers , Downy, Hairy, and 
Red Bellied. There's also a Red Tail Hawk that hangs out, out back.  I haven't 
seen the Cooper's Hawk, but from the bird's behavior at times, I'm sure it's 
around.   It's been a very birdy couple of days.
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[cayugabirds-l] Cardinals

2012-12-27 Thread Sara Jane Hymes
The beauty of the red Cardinals was very present today as we counted 17 
(!!) Cardinals at our feeders in the early afternoon.  There were at 
least 11 males, but the way they all kept flitting about, it was sort of 
difficult to count.  What a gorgeous sight!


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] And MORE as I typed previous message!!!!

2012-12-27 Thread Ann Mitchell
I missed all the geese activity today because of work, but I did see 80 plus 
Canada's flying from West Hill towards the lake. Good birding,

Ann Mitchell
Sent from my IPhone

On Dec 27, 2012, at 1:14 PM, nutter.d...@me.com wrote:

 I went outside at noon and noticed a couple hundred Snow Geese flying north 
 over Ithaca's West End from my yard, then a couple hundred again a few 
 minutes later. I'm not sure if they are circling around or different birds. 
 There are some Canada Geese in the air, too, and a bit aimless. They are 
 similarly not high enough to be migrating but not decisively stopping either. 
 I wonder if hunting has started on the lake. Grazing and grubbing are a rough 
 go today.
 --Dave Nutter
 
 On Dec 27, 2012, at 01:06 PM, Asher Hockett veery...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 And MORE over Ithaca. From the top of the MH building on Green St, skein 
 after skein, some quite low and others almost too high to see. Thousands and 
 thousands. Some even flying north.
 
 On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM, Geo Kloppel geoklop...@gmail.com wrote:
 Just passed over my house (West Danby). I guesstimated 8,000 - 10,000, more 
 still coming.
 
 -Geo Kloppel
 
 On Dec 27, 2012, at 12:42 PM, Stephanie Greenwood stpegreenw...@gmail.com 
 wrote:
 
  I've never ever seen so many.
 
  --
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  Ecovillage at Ithaca
  221 Rachel Carson Way
  Ithaca, NY 14850
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[cayugabirds-l] Ovid Short-eared owl

2012-12-27 Thread Marty Schlabach
Yesterday, late in the day, Mary Jean, Phil and I hit the areas around Wycoff 
Rd  Rock River Rds, and Center Rd  Co Rd 129, Town of Ovid, where we've seen 
short-eared owls in past years.  Michele Manella reported one shortear at 
Wycoff and Rock River recently.  But, we came up empty.

This afternoon, we paid those areas a visit again and we had one short-eared 
owl about 4:45pm on Center Rd., just east of County Rd 129, but nothing at 
Wycoff and Rock River.  Horned Larks seem to be plentiful, with anywhere from a 
few to a dozen or more flying up from the roadside every couple hundred yards.

Marty

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] HUGE Snow Geese movement

2012-12-27 Thread Bill Mcaneny
 Interesting to hear that they were still streaming at 2:30.  I was digging
out my driveway at about 12:15 when I heard the Snows and saw them heading
south.  I wondered whether they were going to the corn fields because the
Canadas fly in the same direction in the morning and back to the lake later
in the day.  When the good folks south of us started to report the flights,
it was obvious the destination was not the corn fields, at least, not the
local ones.  I think the early reports started coming in about 12:30, just a
few minutes after my first sightings.  The timing and direction were perfect
for an escape to the south.  I think Geo's count was accurate.  While I
watched for just a few minutes, I saw perhaps 1000 to 2000 birds.  I wonder
what Geo's final tally was.  Too bad the birds couldn't have waited until
the census day next week.

Bill McAneny, Tburg

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[mailto:bounce-72547128-7495...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2012 2:38 PM
To: Stephanie Greenwood
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
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Still streaming out the south gates of the Cayuga Basin at 2:30!

-Geo

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] HUGE Snow Geese movement

2012-12-27 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
At dusk I stopped by Stewart park - the churning lakeshore was pretty bird 
less, but then I noticed the western sky filled with SNOW GEESE pouring in from 
the south. The skeins were flying north but drifting east over the lake, flying 
very strongly into the stiff wind. I'm sure I missed the beginning of this 
return flight, but I counted 5,300 birds. They seemed to be dropping onto the 
lake somewhere up near myer's. 

So it seems not all (any?) of the snows left the cayuga lake basin today. 

Ken

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On Dec 27, 2012, at 8:20 PM, Bill Mcaneny bmcane...@fltg.net wrote:

 Interesting to hear that they were still streaming at 2:30.  I was digging
 out my driveway at about 12:15 when I heard the Snows and saw them heading
 south.  I wondered whether they were going to the corn fields because the
 Canadas fly in the same direction in the morning and back to the lake later
 in the day.  When the good folks south of us started to report the flights,
 it was obvious the destination was not the corn fields, at least, not the
 local ones.  I think the early reports started coming in about 12:30, just a
 few minutes after my first sightings.  The timing and direction were perfect
 for an escape to the south.  I think Geo's count was accurate.  While I
 watched for just a few minutes, I saw perhaps 1000 to 2000 birds.  I wonder
 what Geo's final tally was.  Too bad the birds couldn't have waited until
 the census day next week.
 
 Bill McAneny, Tburg
 
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 Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2012 2:38 PM
 To: Stephanie Greenwood
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 Still streaming out the south gates of the Cayuga Basin at 2:30!
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] HUGE Snow Geese movement

2012-12-27 Thread Stephanie Greenwood
Those must have been the ones I saw streaming BACK from the South 
heading North, definitely in the lake direction from here about 5pm.

Don't know why they changed course and came back again. Weather? Wind? Lake?
Stephanie



On 12/27/12 9:25 PM, Kenneth Victor Rosenberg wrote:

At dusk I stopped by Stewart park - the churning lakeshore was pretty bird 
less, but then I noticed the western sky filled with SNOW GEESE pouring in from 
the south. The skeins were flying north but drifting east over the lake, flying 
very strongly into the stiff wind. I'm sure I missed the beginning of this 
return flight, but I counted 5,300 birds. They seemed to be dropping onto the 
lake somewhere up near myer's.

So it seems not all (any?) of the snows left the cayuga lake basin today.

Ken

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 27, 2012, at 8:20 PM, Bill Mcaneny bmcane...@fltg.net wrote:


Interesting to hear that they were still streaming at 2:30.  I was digging
out my driveway at about 12:15 when I heard the Snows and saw them heading
south.  I wondered whether they were going to the corn fields because the
Canadas fly in the same direction in the morning and back to the lake later
in the day.  When the good folks south of us started to report the flights,
it was obvious the destination was not the corn fields, at least, not the
local ones.  I think the early reports started coming in about 12:30, just a
few minutes after my first sightings.  The timing and direction were perfect
for an escape to the south.  I think Geo's count was accurate.  While I
watched for just a few minutes, I saw perhaps 1000 to 2000 birds.  I wonder
what Geo's final tally was.  Too bad the birds couldn't have waited until
the census day next week.

Bill McAneny, Tburg

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[mailto:bounce-72547128-7495...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2012 2:38 PM
To: Stephanie Greenwood
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] HUGE Snow Geese movement

Still streaming out the south gates of the Cayuga Basin at 2:30!

-Geo

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] HUGE Snow Geese movement

2012-12-27 Thread Geo Kloppel
From my position overlooking the upper reaches of Cayuga Inlet I saw great 
numbers of Snow Geese fly south beyond the limits of the basin - at least 3 to 
4 times the number that Ken reported returning to the lake at dusk. I expect a 
lot of them are still winging southward over moonlit Susquehanna country. 

Large flocks were still passing my place at 4:30, but the composition had 
changed, and the latest southbound flocks consisted of Canada Geese only. Given 
Ken's report at dusk, I would guess that in the late afternoon a final wave of 
Snows came down the lake, considered the enclosing highlands and the low 
ceiling, and turned back to the water, daunted by the uncertain prospects of 
making the long overland flight to Chesapeake entirely at night.

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[cayugabirds-l] Birds Hang Around Mistletoe For More Than A Kiss

2012-12-27 Thread Paul Schmitt
From Paul Schmitt:  

I found the following story on the NPR iPhone App:

Birds Hang Around Mistletoe For More Than A Kiss
by Sabri Ben-Achour

WAMU - December 27, 2012

For the Druids, mistletoe was sacred. For us, it's a cute ornament and maybe an 
excuse to steal a kiss. And of course it's a Christmas tradition



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