[cayugabirds-l] More geese from the south

2014-03-29 Thread Geo Kloppel
Lots more geese are entering the Cayuga Basin from the south this morning, 
including flocks of Snow Geese.

-Geo Kloppel
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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake Trail

2014-03-29 Thread Susan Fast
I got my first-of-the-year usual walk along the Dryden Lake Trail this morning. 
 Found 40 species, which is pretty good for this time of year, and included 15 
types of waterfowl (listed below).
The Trail is mostly soft with some icy spots which can be avoided.  Lake is 
still ice-covered with open areas at both ends and the long pond and 
beaver-flooded area to the west.  Streams are open.

Snow gooselarge V flyover
Canada goose
Wood ducklots
Amer. wigeon 4
Black duck 11+
Mallard
Blue-winged teal 1 pair
Green-winged teal    some
Canvasback 1 pair
Redhead   some
Ring-necked duck  lots
Greater scaup   1
Hooded merganser lots
Common merganser 4
Red-breasted merganser    2 males

Steve Fast
Brooktondale

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eurasian Green-winged Teal

2014-03-29 Thread Jay McGowan
We are there now. The bird is farther out, with a group of other
Green-winged Teal along the edge of the ice in amongst Aythya. It appears
to be a EURASIAN X AMERICAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL--bold white horizontal
shoulder stripe as in Eurasian but with a faint trace of the vertical
shoulder stripe, often not visible. Very much like (if not the same bird)
Livia and I found last week at the north end:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17555304

Jay
On Mar 29, 2014 2:33 PM, Diane Morton dianegmor...@gmail.com wrote:

 A wide variety of birds at Frontenac Park in Union Springs, including one
 Eurasian Green-winged Teal among the American Green-winged Teal.  looking
 north, not too far off shore.

 Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2014-03-29 Thread Carol Keeler
Saw my FOS Osprey on the bridge near Mays Point.  It sat on the cross bar 
probably wondering where its nest had gone.  I went through the wildlife drive 
around noon.  Lots of gulls.  It sounded as if I were at the ocean.  There were 
a few GBHs , one lone Harrier, and a pair of Tundra Swans, some Canada Geese, 
as well as a few muskrats.  In the canal there were a pair of Red Breasted 
Merganzers and a couple of Goldeneye.
I went down Armitage Rd.  and found maybe 50 swans along the road.  Among them 
were two with green wing tags.

The Mucklands held less than the other day.  No Snow Geese, but it was still 
early.  Hunters were also set up.  Quite a few swans were there too.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes

2014-03-29 Thread Charles Randolph
About 2:45 today, two SANDHILL CRANES walking through the large corn field
to the south of Rte. 90 between Genoa and Locke, more specifically shortly
west of the farm with mailbox marked no. 10630, between Rte. 34 and the
curve on Rte. 90.  The two birds walked along the edge of the field and
down out of sight behind a rise with brush on it.  (Credit here goes to my
visiting brother Don, who first spotted them and is familiar with these
birds, which I am not.)

 Randy Ross, Cortland

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers, Salt Point

2014-03-29 Thread Carl Steckler
Meg and I made a quick turn around Salt Point and Myers. The highlights 
were:


Salt Point
The bluest Eastern Bluebird I have ever seen, the photo is going into my 
5 birds folder for the Jan 2015 meeting

Northern Mockingbird
Many American Robins
Red-winged Blackbirds
Several American Wigeon
Several Coots
Lesser Scaup
Redheads

Myers
Two Osprey, one caught a fish by the marina
Many Redheads
Lesser Scaup
several American Wigeon
Many Coots with several on the beach walking about, they really do look 
like chickens on land

Two Blue Heron, adult male
Mallards
Canada Geese
Ring-billed Gulls
one Greater Black-backed Gull juvenile, identified by pink legs

All in all time well spent

Carl

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes

2014-03-29 Thread Susan Fast
This is, I believe, near East Venice Rd. where it intersects Rt. 90.  There has 
been a pair of cranes nesting there for quite a few years.  The nest used to be 
in a small wetland behind a farmhouse  just to the SW of the south end of E. 
Venice Rd (across Rt. 90).  A group from the Crane Foundation in Wisconsin 
banded a chick there a couple years ago.  This sighting is good news, as I saw 
no activity at this wetland last year (or so far this year either).  The field 
to the east of the wetland used to be alfalfa from which the cranes got lots of 
bugs.  The field was sold 2 years ago, the alfalfa plowed up, and corn planted. 
 I had assumed the cranes had moved on, but apparently not.  Thanks for the 
news, and keep watching.

Steve Fast
Brooktondale (a ways away)
On Saturday, March 29, 2014 4:03 PM, Charles Randolph 
randolph.ros...@gmail.com wrote:
  
About 2:45 today, two SANDHILL CRANES walking through the
large corn field to the south of Rte. 90 between Genoa and Locke, more
specifically shortly west of the farm with mailbox marked no. 10630, between
Rte. 34 and the curve on Rte. 90.  The
two birds walked along the edge of the field and down out of sight behind a
rise with brush on it.  (Credit here goes
to my visiting brother Don, who first spotted them and is familiar with these
birds, which I am not.) 
 Randy Ross, Cortland  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes

2014-03-29 Thread Eben McLane
The description of where you saw these cranes is consistent with sightings over 
the years. If these birds are returning to an old, familiar nesting site, I may 
be able to pinpoint the location for all who are interested and don’t want to 
drive all the way up to the Montezuma complex to see these beautiful birds: E. 
Venice Rd., the next road east of the Genoa cemetery and Stewarts Corners Rd., 
intersects Rte 90, with a large cornfield on the south side of 90. In the past, 
the adults and their young have stayed mostly in the SW corner of the field, 
away from any traffic on 90. I’m not familiar with the crop rotation scheme on 
this field, but when it’s planted for corn there usually aren’t cranes around, 
as far as I can tell. Not sure why.
Eben McLane

On Mar 29, 2014, at 4:03 PM, Charles Randolph randolph.ros...@gmail.com wrote:

About 2:45 today, two SANDHILL CRANES walking through the large corn field to 
the south of Rte. 90 between Genoa and Locke, more specifically shortly west of 
the farm with mailbox marked no. 10630, between Rte. 34 and the curve on Rte. 
90.  The two birds walked along the edge of the field and down out of sight 
behind a rise with brush on it.  (Credit here goes to my visiting brother Don, 
who first spotted them and is familiar with these birds, which I am not.)

 Randy Ross, Cortland 


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[cayugabirds-l] FOY phoebe

2014-03-29 Thread Tobias Dean
Here at North Danby near Upper Buttermilk.


Toby

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[cayugabirds-l] Kids class and some notes

2014-03-29 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

Thank you to everyone who sent me information about snow geese, especially to 
Fritizie who called me to report about the lousy weather ahead.  Unfortunately, 
kids did not get to enjoy the birds as we were about to start it started 
pouring in Ithaca.  So we ended up spending time in Stewart Park in Ithaca.  I 
had scoped out the birds before hand and had thought it would be easy to put a 
scope on each species and let the kids see. First bird I wanted to show was an 
American Widgeon, which was fairly close to shore for a scope and further away 
for kids binocular. As it happened the widgeon kept swimming around a pair of 
Canada geese and a pair of mallard. So when I ever I asked the kids to see and 
tell me what they were seeing, they promptly replied Canada Geese and mallards, 
because by the time kids saw through the scope the bird would have swum away. 
It took several tries to finally show them a widgeon.  I could show them five 
species of ducks by the time the weather became so nasty that kids started to 
shiver and wanted to go back to the car. So it was a disaster, but at least one 
of them they learned to recognize five different ducks.  Wow it is hard. I felt 
I should have spent time on gulls. But we did observe one young Great 
Black-backed gull play with a  ball, who would throw it away and run and catch 
it. Once it fell into the water, gull dashed into the water clumsily and seemed 
eager not to let it fall into the water again.



Before the kids were on the scene, while I was scouting I saw several 
Red-Breasted mergansers and Goldeneyes close to East shore. There was also a 
flotilla of Ruddy Ducks one of the ducks was in full breeding plumage with 
lovely blue bill.



Yesterday after work I went to check out on the ducks and geese. Northern part 
of the lake was still frozen with patches of open water.



On the way near Taughannock state park I watched BLACK VULTURE fly over my car.



From Cayuga Lake State Park I could see a huge long raft of  Snow Geese and 
many were coming form  the east, seemed closer to Harris's Park. So I decided 
to head down there. From Harris's park they looked closer to west shore. So 
basically they were in the middle of the lake.



Then I headed to the Mucklands. As I arrived to the Mucklands, I saw lots of 
snow geese heading to the Mucklands and some tried to land. Then I heard four 
shots that scattered and scared them. so they circled over and went to Rail 
road side and circled around then headed what seemed to be towards the lake.  
Like last year there were several decoys in the field, but the snow geese that 
were trying to land were steering clear of that location. Just then the sun 
came out and the Tundra Swan in the sun were looking very gorgeous! I came 
across several flocks of blackbirds. So I headed towards Montezuma Refuge. I 
waited for some time at the parking lot of North Spring Pool, when I saw some 
congregation occurring down the road. At the time I also saw lots of snow geese 
in the background of grey cloud were lit with sun light they looked like whites 
caps on the lake as the waves of geese moved around.



On the way at the rest area on 89 just north of South Spring Pool parking lot, 
I found hugest congregation of blackbirds. Everyone was chattering in 
excitement. there was stiff wind from west and all the birds were facing west 
and sitting in the breeze. The flocks would lift and move around and settle on 
a next tree. They kept doing this till the whole group would break off and fly  
east towards the final roosting location.  I waited till the last few brave 
ones also left to sleep in the marsh. I am attaching a link to one clip, when 
the birds flew it was probably 1/20 of the flock size. I could watch this 
spectacle many times and year after year that never stops me from wondering in 
awe as to where these birds spend the day time and where are they heading.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=libmAnsR7eI



And on the way home somewhere near Ovid, I saw a smallish owl take off from the 
field close to the road, I think it was a probably a Screech Owl, but am not 
100% sure. Then also I came across a baby opossum crossing the road. It dilly 
dallied for a few sec as I approached it. I completely came to halt for it to 
cross. After few seconds it became brave and crossed the road. Last few steps 
it actually ran! It was very adorable.  After a I drove away, I realized I 
could have taken some pictures of it. May be next time!



Cheers

Meena



Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850

42.429007,-76.47111
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http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/



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