[cayugabirds-l] woodcocks

2014-04-05 Thread Susan Fast
This morning, at 0600, while getting the morning paper, I heard a WOODCOCK 
peenting and chirping from the field close-by.  I could make out another one 
singing farther to the west.  They quit at 0615.  

Steve Fast
Brooktondale
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[cayugabirds-l] Horned grebe near east shore

2014-04-05 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
There's a nice breeding plumage horned Grebe at east shore park south of the 
most southerly docks.

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[cayugabirds-l] Whoops Pied billed

2014-04-05 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I guess I hallucinated nice orange horns on a pied billed grebe when from 
Stewart Park but I can only find pie billed from the southern end of the 
Eastshore sailing docks.

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[cayugabirds-l] N. Rough-winged Swallows

2014-04-05 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
 I had my FOY Northern Rough-winged Swallows mixed with Tree Swallows Friday in 
the wind shadow of the Aurora bluffs. I don't think I've ever been happier to 
find a flock of Swallows as I am after this winter.  

I also did a quick trip around the auto loop at Montezuma. Large numbers of 
Ring-necked Ducks are spread out in the cattail stubble along with many 
Gadwall, Bufflehead, Coot and American Wigeon. I also saw one Long-tailed Duck 
which I don't ever remember finding in the main pool before. The large Redhead 
numbers have dissipated and I only saw handfuls of them. 
Gary
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Yellowlegs

2014-04-05 Thread Geo Kloppel
I spotted a Greater Yellowlegs on mud at the west end of the rte 31 causeway 
across the mucklands around noon. There was also a large Calidris-type 
sandpiper, probably Pectoral Sandpiper

-Geo Kloppel
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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden: Bonaparte's Gulls Common Tern

2014-04-05 Thread Dave Nutter
On my SFO trip to Dryden Lake this morning Jason Huck found 2 winter plumage BONAPARTE'S GULLS on the edge of the ice which still covers the middle half of the lake. Later I told Susan Danskin about them, and she went in search of them. She did not find the gulls, but at the pond along NYS-38 closer to the Village of Dryden ("the one with dead trees where there's never any birds") she found a breeding plumage COMMON TERN as well as a pair of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and an OSPREY. Unbeknownst to us Nita Irby had seen possibly the same COMMON TERN this morning at Dryden Lake about an hour before my group arrived. Since this species had not been previously reported for the Cayuga Lake Basin this year, Susan asked me if she should send out a rare bird alert. I replied that the species not really rare, just first and a bit early, but the scale to use is the amount of adrenaline it provokes. Susan is pretty even-keeled; she did not send out an RBA. I, on the other hand, succumbed to temptation and returned to Desolate Pond in Dryden, where I was so pleased to see those birds that I wished other birders could have such an uncommonly good look at an uncommon Common Tern flying around over a fairly small body of water and posing for scope views on the branch of a fallen dead tree. So, rationalizing that one criterion for an RBA is that others are apt to refind the bird (there it still was, an hour after Susan's call, so why wouldn't it wait for other birders?) I sent out an RBA. The tern promptly took flight and flew out of view to the northwest.--Dave Nutter
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