RBA * New York* Syracuse* January 19, 2015* NYSY 01. 19. 15 Hotline:
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):January 12, 2015 - January 19, 2015to report
by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga,
Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
Just in time when I was listening to a screech owl call on my computer! I was
trying to identify what sounded to me like a Screech Owl from recordings of my
recent Ecuador trip. I finally nailed it down as Choco Screech Owl Megascops
centralis. It amazingly sounds like our screech owl, but only
Interesting that the Green-winged Teal appeared for Anne Marie Tim today but
not for us yesterday. It’s always possible that we simply missed them, although
I know that we did scan the overhanging shrubbery at the west side of the pond
carefully. So I wonder where they might have gone. The
Several of us travelled around the lake yesterday, picking up a few new birds
for the year.
The TUFTED DUCK was easy to observe (sleeping) after Dave Nutter again spotted
it from along Rt 89. Gary Kohlenberg re-found the single Black Scoter in close
to the ice edge at Hog Hole. Also present
Tim and I made a quick trip around the lake today, checking points north of
where we were yesterday (skipping Myers and Hog Hole).
On the way north, we found a small group of HORNED LARKS on the farm fields
a block east of 34B in King Ferry south of 90. I forget the name of the
road, but it
A few minutes ago I stepped outside to call in one of the dogs - and flushed
what I guessed was a small owl from above the bird feeder. I played the
screech-owl whinny recording and got a response in about 30 seconds. A new yard
bird - hanging around the feeder, waiting for rodents to come in
At 10:30 today there was a bright white SNOWY OWL west of Rt 96a,
south of Geneva in the farm field to the southwest of Larsen Rd., not
far from the gas well. This is almost the exact spot I saw my first
snowy owl last winter on Dec 3 (which stayed in the area most of the
winter, along with two
Short-eared owls: I hadn’t seen this species since the 90s when it was
regularly seen at a field near the Triangle diner in King Ferry, so I took
the drive up to Scofield and was rewarded with great, almost
too-good-to-be-true looks, yesterday at two different individuals. I
approached from 34B,
Carol ( all),
Male Tufted Duck in breeding plumage is an easy ID: The SIDE IS BOLD PURE WHITE
in sharp contrast to the surrounding black everywhere else, in particular the
BLACK BACK, but also the black fore and aft ends, the neck and the entire head.
It is far whiter than the gray sides of the
Has anyone seen it this morning? Thank you.
Cayugabirds-L List Info:
Sizable raft of mostly Red Heads at Biil George rd, just north of intersxn w
Sweazey Rd ( seasonal rd. sedans should approach via Lansing Station rd). Off
ny rt. 34B.
They are swimming north towards Lans Stat. Rd. i saw one duck w definite quite
white side, but could not see back well due to
Union Springs: 19 Jan. 2015.
Confirmed this a.m. that the bird I saw yesterday afternoon in dim light
under one of our cedar trees was indeed a SONG SPARROW, my FOY.
As I was watching the song sparrow a Cooper's hawk came sweeping by on
its way to the stand of spruces where the the little
I'm heading out to Palm Desert, CA in Feb, where I've been many times, but this
time looking to do some birding and wildlife exploration.
I'll be hiking and driving to the Salton Sea and Joshua Tree and wondered if
any of you have any favorite spots that you'd share with me.
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