[cayugabirds-l] East shore park

2014-02-16 Thread daven1...@yahoo.com
Did not refind tufted duck. Lots of aythya ducks close and also distant in the 
shimmer. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck - No

2014-02-16 Thread bob mcguire
I spent an hour or so along Rt 89 this morning, trying to get a good look from 
the road at the large mixed flock of ducks  geese north of the ice edge. 
Numerous Redheads, Canvasbacks, both Scaup, Goldeneye, Buffleheads, a couple of 
Ruddy Ducks. But NO Tufted Duck. Access to the lake shore is what was needed. I 
thought for a moment of walking up the ice from Elaina's but didn't. After 
Dave's sighting yesterday, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the TUDU was in 
that flock.

Bob

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[cayugabirds-l] Kestral vs Merlin ID

2014-02-16 Thread Carl Steckler
Can someone please tell me how to a flying Kestrel from a Merlin ? Meg 
and I saw what we think were Kestrels , but because of their location 
could have been Merlins.  How does one tell the difference when they are 
on the wing?

thanks
Carl


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck - No; hybrids - yes

2014-02-16 Thread Jay McGowan
Livia and I spent a couple of hours along the east shore of Cayuga Lake
from East Shore Park up to Myers Point. A good number of Aythya flocks were
tucked in along the houses and docks just north of East Shore, but
difficult to get good looks at. No sign of the Tufted on this side either,
but we did find two rarer ducks: Chris's REDHEAD X CANVASBACK hybrid from
yesterday, and an apparent SCAUP X REDHEAD HYBRID. The former was sleeping
in a Redhead flock and difficult to pick out, very similar in size and body
shape to the Redheads and only slightly paler-bodied. When it would briefly
put its head up, its longer, sloping Canvasback-like face was evident, but
it was generally uncooperative. The scaup hybrid was more awake but even
less cooperative, swimming with a line of Redheads and disappearing behind
a house, not to be refound by us. It also had a very Redhead-like
appearance. The back was gray, the sides pale gray, darker than a scaup but
paler than the surrounding Redheads. The head was the strange
reddish-purple color I have seen on other Redhead hybrids, not as black as
a scaup but with just a tinge of red (not the irridescent purple that a
Lesser Scaup often shows, rather a dull, matte blackish red.) I have poor
photos of both birds that I will post when I get a chance.

Otherwise, the usual waterfowl dominated. White-winged Scoters and
Red-breasted Mergansers continue (40+ and 22+ respectively). Myers was
relatively quiet, with the point unpleasantly windy and well snowed in.
Most of the activity was off the marina, but no unusual species.

-Jay


On Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM, bob mcguire
bmcgu...@clarityconnect.comwrote:

 I spent an hour or so along Rt 89 this morning, trying to get a good look
 from the road at the large mixed flock of ducks  geese north of the ice
 edge. Numerous Redheads, Canvasbacks, both Scaup, Goldeneye, Buffleheads, a
 couple of Ruddy Ducks. But NO Tufted Duck. Access to the lake shore is what
 was needed. I thought for a moment of walking up the ice from Elaina's but
 didn't. After Dave's sighting yesterday, I wouldn't be at all surprised if
 the TUDU was in that flock.

 Bob

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[cayugabirds-l] 31 WW Scoter Long Point St Park

2014-02-16 Thread daven1...@yahoo.com
Close to shore. Not as windy as I expected too. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Lake Ice

2014-02-16 Thread daven1...@yahoo.com
Cayuga lake is totally ice covered from 2.5 miles north of the Aurora Village 
border all the way up as seen from rte 90. Mud lock is frozen. Seneca river is 
frozen. Incredible. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Gray Catbird - Lansing

2014-02-16 Thread Scott Haber
A very chilled-looking Gray Catbird was hanging out this afternoon along
the eastern end of the Town of Lansing Greenway off of Coventry Walk (which
itself runs west from Warren Rd. past the Northwood Apartments.

-Scott

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Gray Catbird - Lansing

2014-02-16 Thread Scott Haber
A minor typo: it's the Village of Lansing Greenway, not Town.

-Scott




On Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 5:50 PM, Scott Haber scotthab...@gmail.com wrote:

 A very chilled-looking Gray Catbird was hanging out this afternoon along
 the eastern end of the Town of Lansing Greenway off of Coventry Walk (which
 itself runs west from Warren Rd. past the Northwood Apartments.

 -Scott




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