[cayugabirds-l] owl swoop

2015-02-26 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
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
Tburg) a couple years ago, and given the lightness of the undersides I'm
inclined that way for the ID, but honestly, that was just a really cool
moment with an unexpected small owl. I hope s/he comes back!
Good birding!
Josh

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[cayugabirds-l] More info on gyrfalcon

2015-02-26 Thread M Miller
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 minutes, then flew back north a 
few hundred yards, and was still in the area when I left. Photos can be seen on 
the Eaton Birding Society facebook page.


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[cayugabirds-l] redpolls

2015-02-26 Thread Andrea Sears
At my feeders today there are at least five common redpolls. 

Andrea

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods walks

2015-02-26 Thread Linda Orkin
Hello all,

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
zero.  Hopefully this is the last time this winter that these Cayuga Bird
Club led walks need to be called off..  Please check our calendar at
cayugabirdclub.org for updated info and for upcoming field trip and
meetings.

Thanks

Linda Orkin
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[cayugabirds-l] Downtown Raven

2015-02-26 Thread bilbaker
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.

Bill
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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

2015-02-26 Thread W. Larry Hymes
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.


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[cayugabirds-l] BBC News: The girl who gets gifts from birds

2015-02-26 Thread Stephanie Greenwood
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.

Read more:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31604026


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[cayugabirds-l] Ice on the lake

2015-02-26 Thread Nancy
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 
other  observations?

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 I made a stop of the Game Farm this morning and ended up not counting crows 
 or looking for rare gulls.  Instead I spent an hour photographing a pair of 
 BALD EAGLES. They were perched together in a large bare tree along the west 
 side of Dodge Road, just south of Stevenson Rd. One appeared to be a full 
 adult, the other still had a black mask and some dark in the tail, but looked 
 adult from a distance.
  
 While I was watching the younger bird dashed to the Game Farm and came right 
 back with a large Norway rat in its talons. Then it sat and dismembered and 
 ate the rat in the tree right next to the road as the other eagle, the crows, 
 and I watched.
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle?

2015-02-26 Thread Marc Devokaitis
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.

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[cayugabirds-l] south Cayuga ice

2015-02-26 Thread Jay McGowan
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
spot nearly to Portland Point. A bit south of Portland Point the surface
became less uniform, with large patches of thin ice interspersed with areas
of open water, although the distinction was difficult to ascertain from a
distance. This patchy ice continued out of sight to the north of Myers, so
I will be interested to hear what it was like along Lansing Station Road
and points north.

Although a gull flock was still present at the ice edge along East Shore,
most of the waterfowl I was able to find were off Portland Point and Myers
Point. From Portland, I counted 17 RED-NECKED GREBES out on the lake in
small groups, mostly in little islands of open water out in the middle of
the lake. A group of five were also flying south over the ice headed
towards Stewart Park, though I suspect they failed to find what they were
hoping for. A group of nine LONG-TAILED DUCKS flew by going north, and a
group of five WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS flew north and landed in the bay off
Ladoga Point. RED-BREASTED MERGANSER numbers were up as well, with over 60
mixed in with more numerous Common Merganser flocks and in isolated small
groups out on the lake. Good numbers of Aythya continue along the shoreline
off the Myers marina and up towards Portland Point, but I did not find the
Tufted or any hybrids among them.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] BBC News: The girl who gets gifts from birds

2015-02-26 Thread Carol Keeler
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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 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.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs: Squirrel Notodric mange

2015-02-26 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
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 winter weather, they can recover!

This squirrel is not a bit concerned about me trying to chase it from 
the squirrel-proof feeders. I think squirrels  pigs should be in the 
same class.

Fritzie

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[cayugabirds-l] West Side

2015-02-26 Thread Susan Fast
 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 RED-NECKED 
GREBES and 3 COMMON LOONS.  Dean's Cove mostly ice with 3 BALD EAGLES--one with 
what appeared to be a muskrat.    I hope it was not my friend there.   The East 
side of the Lake was mostly open south of the ice edge, but I did not check 
beyond Long Point SP.  I found no grebes at all along the East side--no horned 
grebes at the Wells College Boathouse even.
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[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon - finally!

2015-02-26 Thread M Miller
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 by a second 
red-tail. The gyrfalcon continually harassed them until it was able to reclaim 
it’s meal. Amazing show - guess it pays to be persistent, this being about my 
6th try to find this life bird.


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