At 815am, several crows alerted me to a possible threat (to them). I vectored
in on a big ‘beech’ (I think, light gray) and in the V of two large trunks sat
one of the BARRED OWLs. It was about 15m up and about 50m from me inside the
deer exclosure, seen from Severinghaus Trail about 50m down
Our Indigo Bunting population jumped to 4 yesterday, with all of them, 3
males and a single female all at the feeders at one time late yesterday
afternoon. Along with the Purple Finches, R-b Grosbeaks and Goldfinches it
was quite the show! Our first Orioles showed up yesterday as well
Our first Eastern Wood Peewee is hawking insects over our pond this morning. We
missed it yesterday on our 3 am to 8 pm big day. Also, Parula warbler
singing around the yard today ((missed yesterday as well).
I will post a full big day report later today.
Hawthorn Orchard between 8-9AM was fairly quiet. 1 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH on the
South side gravel trail; 1 MAGNOLIA WARBLER in the brush where the trail opens
up into the field, and BAY BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN and NASHVILLE on the
Northwest end in the open area just off the recreation trail.
Steve raised a concern about the use of audio playback for personal
gain, not related to scientific study. I think it is important to think
of the consequences of our activities on wildlife, and I appreciate
Steve raising this concern.
I did 34 years of field study of Golden-winged
My apologies, as I gave you some misinformation the other day regarding
osprey platforms on utility poles. The osprey population on Cayuga Lake is
increasing exponentially and there are not enough platforms to suit their
present, let alone their future, needs. Since we need the
Has anyone seen the American Bittern in SSW today? If so, whereabouts?
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Excellent discussion on the use of playbacks…I'd like to weigh in…
Full disclosure: I regularly use playbacks in my photography work, and have
done for many years.
Certainly my use has temporarily taken various individual birds away from their
primary focus of finding enough food for
Yesterday, in the midst of a flurry of activity at the feeder, with visits
from a large flock of goldfinches, several male indigo buntings,
rose-breasted grosbeaks, Baltimore orioles, and several woodpeckers, I
observed a new behavior in a white-breasted nuthatch. The nuthatch was at
I've seen White-Breasted Nuthatches do the same sort of thing at a platform
feeder of mine (throughout the year, not just spring), a very dramatic
wingspread that I always took to be a threat display, as it seems to do it
when others come near the seed the nuthatch is eating from. I've always
I've seen this happening when a nuthatch is approached too closely by another
species of bird at a feeder, so a kind of interspecific aggressive display.
They also do it as a distraction display, when their nest is threatened by
another species of bird or a mammal such as a chipmunk. The
A really nice variety of birds in the Towpath Rd. forest along the canal this
morning. See my eBird report below. To access this area, park at the west end
of Towpath Road and take the first path on the right into the woods. If you
follow it all the way to the end you will be at the east end of
It is a tough display to capture. I've been trying for years, and the best I
have done is a little sequence that was taken through the kitchen window.
I have one shot at
Tonight the CAYUGA BIRD CLUB will hold the May meeting in the Auditorium of
the Lab of Ornithology. Our featured speaker tonight is MIA BOYNTON, a
grand-daughter of Louis Fuertes, who will present a talk entitled:
Fuertes Revisited: A Bird Artist in His Setting
Mia Boynton, a grand-daughter
Forgive the shameless self-promotion, but I thought some people might be
interested to know about a forthcoming waterfowl book authored by my dad, Guy
Baldassarre, who was a professor of ornithology and wildlife management at SUNY
ESF until his death almost two years ago.
Just as the clock struck three, a male INDIGO BUNTING landed on our rear
patio next to the feeder. It spent a few minutes sharing the feeder with a
female Baltimore Oriole, then flew away. A terrific bird, one that we have
not seen before in the yard.
Bill and Shirley McAneny, TBurg
I spent 3+ hours photographing the Red-headed Woodpeckers at May's Point this
morning. Their excavation continues, and all was going well until a European
Starling tried to take over the hole, attacking one of the woodpeckers while
its head was in the hole. Over the course of an hour or so,
I notice that no one has posted it yet today - several of us observed a
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO this morning south of the Sherwood Platform on the Wilson
Trail. Dan Lane first called it out, then a couple more, including Kevin
McGowan, got on it.
The Wilson Trail was rather quiet this morning,
Hi Cayuga Birders,
Driving on Rte 79 towards Ithaca today, I caught a short look at a bird
that I think was a great egret. I was not able to slow down or turnaround,
so hopefully someone else can confirm the bird.
The bird was near the Caroline Elementary School, but across 79 from the
GREAT EGRET confirmed in flooded area at corner of Thomas rd and Route 79 -
still there as of 6:10 pm
On May 12, 2014, at 5:42 PM, Christopher Dalton
Hi Cayuga Birders,
Driving on Rte 79 towards Ithaca today, I
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Just to clarify: I did finally find the Sapsucker bittern, but it was
yesterday morning, when I posted about it to Cayugabirds. Today I looked
briefly in the small pond and in the vegetation along the main pond with no
luck, but it may well still be around. Not much else to report from this
This evening, while on the evening dog walk around our yard in Horseheads,
NY (Chemung County), I found a new bird for our yard list. I first
identified it as a Blue-winged Warbler from next door (they breed in the
young forest/old field edge behind our house), but it turned out to
I'm very glad that John Confer weighed in with a scientist's perspective on the
use of playback, as this perspective is rarely heard in this oft-debated topic.
I agree with John completely that the use of playback to attract birds, even
during the breeding season, has little if any
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