I was just standing on my back porch having a cigarette, when a small owl
swooped in and banked away about five feet from me. Appeared light
underneath, so I'm leaning toward Saw-whet owl for the ID (but I can't be
sure). That was amazing. I had a Northern saw-whet owl here (main street in
Just wanted to add that I first saw the gyrfalcon at 3 PM (thanks to the couple
parked on Stahl Rd with a scope set up on it). It quickly flew south to land on
the east side of Seybolt Rd (nabbing a duck dinner on it’s way) about 200 yards
south of Stahl Rd. It stayed there for about 20
At my feeders today there are at least five common redpolls.
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Once again, Sapsucker Woods walks for this upcoming weekend, February 28
and March 1, will be cancelled due to AM temps predicted to be below
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While sitting at the light at the corner of State and Fulton Streets I saw
a Raven flying not much higher that the nearby buildings east towards the
center of downtown. I see Ravens in many places at this point, but this
is the first time I've seen one right in downtown Ithaca.
An absolutely gorgeous YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER male just came to one of
our peanut feeders. Doubtful this is a migrant, since our first
sightings don't occur until April.
W. Larry Hymes
120 Vine Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
I saw this story on the BBC News iPad App and thought you'd enjoy it.
The girl who gets gifts from birds
Lots of people give food to the birds in their garden and get nothing in return
- but when one girl feeds the crows outside her house, they show their
affection with tiny presents.
As I was driving down Rt 89 this morning, it looked like the lake had flash
frozen overnight. There was no wind, and a dead flat lake. Anyone have any
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7:50am. Perched prominently over the inlet in the west end of Ithaca, near
the top of a tall tree approximately behind Kelly's Dock-Side.
Not-yet-mature. Easily visible from 89 and the Octopus when crossing the
inlet. A question mark b/c it was from a moving vehicle, no bins.
As Nancy suggested, the southern part of Cayuga Lake apparently experienced
another large-scale freezing event last night or yesterday. The main ice
edge, which had remained near the dentist's office on East Shore Drive, is
still present, but this morning thin ice extended uniformly north of the
What a wonderful article! I wonder if our Cornell crow experts have heard of
such behavior around here. It just shows how smart crows really are.
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On Feb 26, 2015, at 8:45 AM, Stephanie Greenwood stpegreenw...@gmail.com
I saw this story on the BBC News iPad App
I've found pictures on-line with squirrels, primarily grays, looking
like the one I have at my feeders. The*Notodric* mange supposedly is
squirrel specific doesn't seem to cause the misery that Sarcoptic
mange does in other animals. Depending on health of the squirrel if it
can survive the
I checked the west side of Cayuga Lake today. Taughannock was mostly
ice-bound, as was Sheldrake south of the point. Open water north of the point,
but scoping found only lots of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Poplar Beach was
good--open water and scoping from one point only, I counted 22
The Gyrfalcon was on Seybolt Rd (south of Seneca Falls) around Stahl Rd. It was
first perched north of the large barns on Stahl Rd, but flew south along
Seybolt. I was able to see it capture a Mallard in mid-air and start feasting
on it. A red-tail hawk took over the kill, soon to be followed
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