[cayugabirds-l] Raptors around Ithaca, Mon/Tues 9/9 and 9/10

2013-09-11 Thread Mark Chao
Late on Monday morning, just when the winds were shifting from northerly to
southerly, Tilden and I saw six BROAD-WINGED HAWKS over the Dryden side of
Sapsucker Woods.  Two birds flew west quite low over and possibly into the
treetops.  Two rose on a thermal and drifted south.  One glided fast and
very high on pointed wings straightaway to the south.  One flew east.  Now I
am looking forward to seeing what Broad-winged Hawk liftoffs or passages we
might see on Friday.

 

We found almost no other migrants on Monday, except for one Magnolia
Warbler.

 

Also, on Tuesday, we saw an immature BALD EAGLE flying north at about 5 PM
over Tutelo Park off of Route 13A in Ithaca.

 

Mark Chao


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Raptors around Ithaca, Mon/Tues 9/9 and 9/10

2013-09-11 Thread Dave Nutter
It's fascinating that the Broad-winged Hawks had apparently been roosting together, yet went so many different directions when they took off for the day. I wonder if they were hunting rather than migrating, and whether they would somehow gather again later to roost or migrate.--Dave NutterOn Sep 11, 2013, at 10:39 AM, Mark Chao markc...@imt.org wrote:Late on Monday morning, just when the winds were shifting from northerly to southerly, Tilden and I saw six BROAD-WINGED HAWKS over the Dryden side of Sapsucker Woods. Two birds flew west quite low over and possibly into the treetops. Two rose on a thermal and drifted south. One glided fast and very high on pointed wings straightaway to the south. One flew east. Now I am looking forward to seeing what Broad-winged Hawk liftoffs or passages we might see on Friday.
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[cayugabirds-l] Wednesday Morning Walk

2013-09-11 Thread bob mcguire
I spent a couple of hours this morning walking the Park Preserve and then the 
community gardens on Freese Road, trying to get some birding in before the full 
weight of the heat wave descended.

The Park Preserve was cool and a bit foggy and not especially birdy. I ran into 
one chickadee feeding flock that contained a Magnolia Warbler, three Red-eyed 
Vireos, and a single PHILADELPHIA VIREO (first of year for me). All together I 
found 2 Magnolias, 4 Common Yellowthroats, and assorted WB Nuthatches, 
goldfinches, Blue Jays, robins, and Song Sparrows.

At the Freese Road gardens I found at least two dozen Song Sparrows, about half 
as many Savannah Sparrows, 5 Common Yellowthroats and a flock of some 40 
Bobolinks. I was startled by how bright yellow-orange many of the Bobolinks 
were. Used to seeing the tuxedoed males during the breeding season and only 
hearing their bink-bink calls during migration, I was just not prepared for 
such a brilliant display.

As I was finishing up , I noticed a kettle of 16 Turkey Vultures rising up in 
the direction of the Game Farm.

Bob McGuire


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CBC field trip on Sunday Sept 15th - Montezuma, dikes included

2013-09-11 Thread Paul Anderson
Linda:

Thanks! What location should I tell them to congregate at?

Paul

On 9/11/2013 2:14 PM, Linda Orkin wrote:
 Thanks Paul, I can pick Cornell Students up if they want to go.

 Linda


 On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 1:52 PM, Paul Anderson p...@grammatech.com 
 mailto:p...@grammatech.com wrote:

 I will lead the first Cayuga Bird Club field trip of the season to
 Montezuma this Sunday. As usual, this trip is open to members and
 non-members alike.

 I have permission to take the field trip onto the dikes at
 Knox-Marsellus and Puddlers. This will allow us to get a bit
 closer to the shorebirds.

 We will carpool from the CLO parking lot at 7:30 and drive to the
 Montezuma visitor's center to pick up others at 9:00 am. From
 there we will take in Wildlife Drive then go to Towpath Road to
 walk out on the dikes. I expect we'll spend most of the time in
 that location, but depending on circumstances, we may try other
 spots in and around the refuge.

 Bring a scope if you have one, and be prepared to share looks with
 others.

 I have to get back to Ithaca by about 1pm, but others are welcome
 to continue the field trip without me after I leave.

 If any Cornell students need a ride from the campus, let me know
 and I am sure we can arrange a pickup.

 If you wish to attend, please let me know in advance so I can
 estimate numbers.

 Thanks!

 -Paul

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CBC field trip on Sunday Sept 15th - Montezuma, dikes included

2013-09-11 Thread Linda Orkin
Thanks Paul, I can pick Cornell Students up if they want to go.

Linda


On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 1:52 PM, Paul Anderson p...@grammatech.com wrote:

 I will lead the first Cayuga Bird Club field trip of the season to
 Montezuma this Sunday. As usual, this trip is open to members and
 non-members alike.

 I have permission to take the field trip onto the dikes at Knox-Marsellus
 and Puddlers. This will allow us to get a bit closer to the shorebirds.

 We will carpool from the CLO parking lot at 7:30 and drive to the
 Montezuma visitor's center to pick up others at 9:00 am. From there we will
 take in Wildlife Drive then go to Towpath Road to walk out on the dikes. I
 expect we'll spend most of the time in that location, but depending on
 circumstances, we may try other spots in and around the refuge.

 Bring a scope if you have one, and be prepared to share looks with others.

 I have to get back to Ithaca by about 1pm, but others are welcome to
 continue the field trip without me after I leave.

 If any Cornell students need a ride from the campus, let me know and I am
 sure we can arrange a pickup.

 If you wish to attend, please let me know in advance so I can estimate
 numbers.

 Thanks!

 -Paul

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 531 Esty St., Ithaca, NY 14850
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[cayugabirds-l] CBC field trip, Sunday Sept 15th - Montezuma, dikes included

2013-09-11 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard

PAUL, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE CONDITION OF TOWPATH ROAD IS?
ARE THE POTHOLES STILL LARGE ENOUGH TO SWALLOW A CAR?
IS A 4WD VEHICLE RECOMMENDED? DEET FOR SURE.   BOOTS, TOO?

FRITZIE,
UNION SPRINGS


I have permission to take the field trip onto the dikes at
Knox-Marsellus and Puddlers.

We will carpool from the CLO parking lot at 7:30 and drive to the
Montezuma visitor's center to pick up others at 9:00 am.

From there we  will take in Wildlife Drive then go to Towpath Road to walk 
out on the
dikes. 



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[cayugabirds-l] Make a donation to Guy's Marsh

2013-09-11 Thread Daniel T Baldassarre
Hello Cayugabirders,

Some of you may already be aware of this, but my dad, Guy Baldassarre, passed 
away from leukemia just over a year ago. Guy was a professor of ornithology at 
SUNY ESF in Syracuse specializing in waterfowl ecology and management. At the 
time of his death he was just finishing up a massive revision of the go-to 
waterfowl species account book Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America that 
is due out early next year. Guy spent countless hours up in the Montezuma 
wetland complex. His ornithology field trips there were the stuff of legends 
among the ESF undergrads. There's a very good chance that, even if you don't 
know Guys personally, you bumped into him if you've been birding Montezuma over 
the last 25 years. He was the friendly guy with the afro and the Boston Red Sox 
cap on.

Friends of Montezuma, in partnership with the NYS DEC, Ducks Unlimited, SUNY 
ESF, and many other contributors is planning a marsh restoration project in 
Guy's name. They will be restoring a 87 acre abandoned muck farm into a healthy 
wetland. The site is located in Savannah, at the corner of Van Dyne Spoor Rd. 
and Savannah Spring Lake Rd. It will be named Guy's Marsh, and promises to be 
a great spot for birders (there have been black terns scouting out the area 
over the last few years), complete with a boardwalk and observation tower.

If you would like to make a contribution towards the Guy's Marsh restoration 
project, or just to get more information about it, please visit the Friends of 
Montezuma website: http://friendsofmontezuma.org/guys-marsh.html

Thanks!

-Dan Baldassarre, PhD student at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CBC field trip, Sunday Sept 15th - Montezuma, dikes included

2013-09-11 Thread Dave Nutter
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