[cayugabirds-l] Cowbirds

2013-11-29 Thread Donna Scott
3 male, 1 female BROWN HEADED COWBIRDS at my hanging tray bird feeder just now. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Sunday

2013-11-29 Thread bob mcguire
I will lead an impromptu trip for the Cayuga Bird Club this coming Sunday, 
December 1st. Meet at the Lab of O at 8 am. We will start with Stewart Park and 
then work our way up the east side of the lake, going as far as Union Springs. 
We should be back in town by 2 pm. 

The weather looks good. Warmer, and light southerly wind. This trip IS open to 
the public. Come to see ducks, grebes, maybe a few late loons, and possible 
Snow Buntings.

Bob McGuire

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[cayugabirds-l] Hancock Snowy(ies)

2013-11-29 Thread Joe DeVito
Saw 3 Snowy Owls at Hancock. 2 female 1 male. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2013-11-29 Thread Donna Scott
100s with a few dark ones, flying south in vees, high up, over Lansing, NY 2:45 
pm. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant-midday-5 eagles

2013-11-29 Thread Susan Fast
Beautiful day atop Mt. Pleasant-cool NW breeze, some sun, puffy clouds.  Had
1 Noonloon.  From 1230 til 1300, 4 BALD EAGLES and 1 GOLDEN EAGLE showed up.
All adults.  The bald were together, soaring, diving, feet out sometimes.
One of them, for a while, soared with wings at a distinct dihedral, like a
tv.  I've seen this before and think it has some aggressive intention.  The
head of the golden showed that color in the sun, like an Aztec god.

After 1300, a lot of large flocks of CANADA GEESE began going over; some
silent, some very noisy.  Heard a few SNOW BUNTINGS, saw none.

 

Steve Fast

Brooktondale

 


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[cayugabirds-l] Thanksgiving birds

2013-11-29 Thread Robyn Bailey
Yesterday at our house we had an early showing of Eastern Screech-owl in the 
nest box (~2pm), followed later that night by the hooting of a Great-horned Owl 
(8-ish). About 15-16 turkeys have been hanging around the house yesterday and 
today. This morning, I heard a resonant sound like someone banging a cowbell 
slowly. When I went to track down the sound, I found a turkey pecking at a 
painted slate sign that we have hanging low in the garden (it says Chipmunk 
Crossing and has a chipmunk painted on it). He would peck it, watch it swing 
back and forth a few seconds, then peck it again, and pick at the rope that it 
hangs on intermittently. He had a friend that was watching this nearby. I 
couldn't determine the turkey's motives for pecking the sign, whether for 
amusement or to tell the chipmunks where they could go.

It certainly was amusing for me!

Robyn Bailey
Lansing


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[cayugabirds-l] Possible Eared Grebes - Aurora Bay

2013-11-29 Thread William Roberts
At approximately 3:25 P.M. this afternoon while briefly scanning Aurora Bay, 
immediately south of the Wells College maintenance plant, I spotted what looked 
like a pair of Eared Grebes about 300-400 yards off shore. This was just behind 
and adjacent to the gas pumps. In addition there were 20 Bufflehead and a pair 
of Common Goldeneye nearby but moving in the direction of the Wells College 
Boathouse. The CG drake meandered away from the small raft but joined the group 
periodically. I am hopeful that more astute birders will be able confirm 
definitively the species of grebes.

In addition, between 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., we saw an assortment of birds on 
various country roads in and around Aurora including Canada Geese, Snow Geese, 
American Crows, Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, D-e Juncos, Blue Jays, House 
Finches, House Sparrows, American Robins, European Starlings, Rock Pigeons, 
Red-tailed Hawks, Merlin, Northern Harrier, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downey 
Woodpecker, Northern Mockingbird, Mourning Doves, etc. An eBird report was 
filed. Good birding. Bill Roberts

Aurora
  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hancock Snowy(ies)

2013-11-29 Thread Judith Thurber
Saw 2 at 2:30one female atop the Trooper's Barracks ( thanks for the help J 
Kresge), north side trestles between to vent pipes sticking out of roof.The 
other very white male way across runway looking south and a bit east from 
observation viewing area.

Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 On Nov 29, 2013, at 1:10 PM, Joe DeVito joeb...@yahoo.com wrote:
 
 Saw 3 Snowy Owls at Hancock. 2 female 1 male. 
 
 Don't forget to look up,
 Joe DeVito
 
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[cayugabirds-l] 4 Snowy Owls at Syracuse airport on Black Friday

2013-11-29 Thread Judy Read
4 snowy owls this afternoon at Syracuse airport

1 female (barring, second heaviest the 4 birds)- first on roof of trooper's 
building, then spent about an hour walking and hunting on the ground in the 
snow, eventually flying to a lightpost on the left side of of the gas station 
building
1 male (very white)-on very low box along the taxi runway south of observation 
circle
1 immature (greyest barring of the 4 birds) by guard box, on ground, to left 
of entrance to employee parking on south side of airport, next to first freight 
building.  This bird flew to the lightpost over the gate at the guard box.  The 
guard let me get out of the car as long as I parked in the Delta freight 
building parking lot and stayed on the building side of the guard rail.  Great 
looks of the bird.
1 female (VERY heavily barred, wide very dark brown bars and appears to be a 
first year female)  on a light post at the private company CS ( ? ) at deep 
dusk.   Found by Bill, whose last name I did not get.  No photo of this bird 
but Bill let me use his scope.  At first I was reluctant to say at the time 
that this was definitely bird #4 for me.  After uploading the photos from the 
earlier birds I can definitely say I saw  4 different snowy owls at the airport.

My age/sex guesses (and they are exactly that, guesses) are based on Sibley's 
drawings.   

Some people feel good on Black Friday finding the newest television, I feel 
great finding 4 snowy owls!

Judy Read
Homer 
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