I was able to get a Northern Saw-whet Owl to respond to my tooting last night
at Six Mile Creek. In a year when we've had so many migrants they seem
reluctant to be very vocal in the areas I've been.
On Dec 30, 2012, at 8:14 PM, nutter.d...@me.commailto:nutter.d...@me.com
Save something for the actual count!
Does anyone know where the TURKEY VULTUREs are roosting? While out and about
this week I saw scattered individuals here and there all over, but they most
likely are concentrating at a single roost spot. I would good to get a count
there in the evening;
I have been buying thistle feed from Lowes in vestal labeled Garden Treasures
out of convenience. No birds would eat it. Someone told us that they found the
same thing. I bought a bag from Tractor Central labeled Royal Wing. I put a
feeder full out this morning at just after 7am. The feeder is
I buy Nyjer seed from true value Agway in Ithaca. it is in a yellow bag; called
premium birdseed packed by ETO sterilization, Linden New Jersey, and it's
registered by wild Bird feeding Institute.
I have 100 -200 birds including lots C. Red Polls!
I have not heard about what is wrong with seed
Maybe worth having for count week, there were 2 Common Ravens perched on the
smaller communications tower on Mt Pleasant around 2pm today. It's a spot I
have seen ravens perching several times in the past.
Alas, none of those cute little white birds though. Will they show up for
I skied on South Ithaca Recreation Way and the highlight was a croaking raven
that flew over my head at about 0.5 miles marker from Burns road. I also heard
a pair of Bluebirds calling from somewhere near 1.0 mile marker.
I encountered usual chickadees and nuthatches only when I approached
* New York
* December 31, 2012
* NYSY 12 .31.12
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
December 24, 2012 - December 31, 2012
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands
A red morph Eastern Screech-owl was present in its home snag along the
East Ithaca Recreation Way this afternoon at 4:00. Whoever will be
counting in Area IV may wish to check it out. Park at Game Farm Rd.
Walk in .25 miles (sign on the south side of the trail). Turn around
and walk back
This was the best birding year ever for me personally. In New York, it was
nothing short of spectacular.
Some of my highlights: WESTERN GREBEs winter into the early spring on Cayuga
Lake, the masses of SNOW
GEESE last spring (and again this fall), significant fallout of migratory
Having received Bob McGuire's kind tip during a fortuitous street encounter
not long before he posted here, I took my kids out to the East Ithaca
Recreation Way to look for the screech-owl. At 4:35 PM, we found it exactly
where Bob specified.
First the owl was sleeping low in the cavity, with
I don't know for certain where the Turkey Vultures are roosting, but I suspect the evergreens west of Community Corners from Spruce Lane south. Another place I've seen them gathering near dusk is along NYS-366 just east of the Cornell fleet garage in evergreens on the slope down to Varna. I've
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