[cayugabirds-l] Little Gull, Mackenzie-Childs bluffs

2015-04-19 Thread Jay McGowan
An adult LITTLE GULL was just on the water off the Mackenzie-Childs bluffs
just north of Aurora. At 855 it took off with a few Bonaparte's and headed
south towards Aurora. Lots of Bonaparte's in Aurora Bay and off Long Point
for it to hang out with.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Today's Little Gull Cayuga Lake

2015-04-19 Thread david nicosia
 Again, thanks to timely rare bird alerts from Jay McGowan and Tim Lenz, I was 
successful in getting this life bird. 
I took a few photos. Great bird! Thanks Tim and Jay! 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/sets/72157652069955115/
Dave Nicosia
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RE:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction: owls there Thursday 4/16 morning.

2015-04-19 Thread Marie P. Read
Correction: I was at the GH Owl nest THURSDAY morning, around 9:00 am. One 
adult and one large nestling were visible in the nest.
 I was there myself on Friday morning when the owls were definitely in 
residence.

Marie




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452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY  13068 USA

Phone  607-539-6608
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From: bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Marie P. Read 
[m...@cornell.edu]
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 6:08 PM
To: John Confer; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest

John Confer wrote:

 We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned 
Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in sight, there 
was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I know some species 
reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species in the same season? If 
the red-tail is incubating, it must have started laying almost immediately 
after the GHOW left, because it was there just two weeks ago.


Well that is totally bizarre, because some friends of mine said they saw the GH 
Owls on that nest Saturday afternoon (I think) and I was there myself on Friday 
morning when the owls were definitely in residence.

What happened?

Marie


Marie Read Wildlife Photography
452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY  13068 USA

Phone  607-539-6608
e-mail   m...@cornell.edu

http://www.marieread.com

Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake BasinAvailable here:

http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery/Sierra-Wings-Birds-of-the-Mono-Lake-Basin/GNlCxX37uTzE/CBPFGij6nLfE

From: bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of John Confer 
[con...@ithaca.edu]
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 4:56 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; John Confer
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy

The warbler team had a moderately good day. We did not find many migrants: 
one White-throated Sparrow as we were leaving the Lab and then a Yellow-bellied 
Sapsucker calling as we got into the cars. The swan pen at Stewart Park had few 
birds and the waterfront produced the more common waterfowl. An ornithology 
class from Binghamton did find a Ruddy Duck, which we missed. We heard and saw 
Fish Crow, at least 5 around the picnic tables near the band shelter.  We did 
hear the wheesey call and see glimpses of two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers along the 
west band of Fall Creek.


We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned 
Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in sight, there 
was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I know some species 
reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species in the same season? If 
the red-tail is incubating, it must have started laying almost immediately 
after the GHOW left, because it was there just two weeks ago.


Jetty Woods had ~30 cormorants distributed among two trees with a lot of 
guano beneath them, suggesting several days stay. We had a fine view of a 
flicker singing, if you call it that, and then later the same bird on the 
ground, apparently eating ants.


Perhaps most enjoyably, we found a White-breasted Nuthatch pair carrying 
material into a cavity in the end of a large, broken branch along the south end 
of Jetty Woods. One bird actually removed some material from the nest, which 
reminded me of trying to move furniture to please my wife.


   A nice morning of birding.


John Confer





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Re: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction: owls there Thursday 4/16 morning.

2015-04-19 Thread Noe Fernandez Pozo
Hi,

I saw the GHO on the nest today.

Cheers,
Noe


 On Apr 19, 2015, at 7:19 PM, Susan Danskin dans...@twcny.rr.com wrote:
 
 A friend sent me a photo of the chick in the nest time stamped 10:45 am 
 today.  is it possible John’s group was looking at a different nest?  I know 
 Gary K said he spent a bunch of time looking at the wrong nest a couple of 
 weeks ago.
 Susan
 
 
 
 
 
 On Apr 19, 2015, at 7:02 PM, Paul Schmitt pschmi...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Well, I have photos of both chicks and adult from Saturday morning.  This 
 report does not match.
 
 Paul Schmitt
 
 Sent from my iPad
 
 On Apr 19, 2015, at 6:15 PM, Marie P. Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 Correction: I was at the GH Owl nest THURSDAY morning, around 9:00 am. One 
 adult and one large nestling were visible in the nest.
  I was there myself on Friday morning when the owls were definitely in 
 residence.
 
 Marie
 
 
 
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
 Phone  607-539-6608
 e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
 
 http://www.marieread.com
 
 Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake BasinAvailable here:
 
 http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery/Sierra-Wings-Birds-of-the-Mono-Lake-Basin/GNlCxX37uTzE/CBPFGij6nLfE
 
 From: bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Marie P. Read 
 [m...@cornell.edu]
 Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 6:08 PM
 To: John Confer; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest
 
 John Confer wrote:
 
  We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great 
 Horned Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in 
 sight, there was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I 
 know some species reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species 
 in the same season? If the red-tail is incubating, it must have started 
 laying almost immediately after the GHOW left, because it was there just 
 two weeks ago.
 
 Well that is totally bizarre, because some friends of mine said they saw 
 the GH Owls on that nest Saturday afternoon (I think) and I was there 
 myself on Friday morning when the owls were definitely in residence.
 
 What happened?
 
 Marie
 
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
 Phone  607-539-6608
 e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
 
 http://www.marieread.com
 
 Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake BasinAvailable here:
 
 http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery/Sierra-Wings-Birds-of-the-Mono-Lake-Basin/GNlCxX37uTzE/CBPFGij6nLfE
 
 From: bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of John Confer 
 [con...@ithaca.edu]
 Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 4:56 PM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; John Confer
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy
 
  The warbler team had a moderately good day. We did not find many migrants: 
 one White-throated Sparrow as we were leaving the Lab and then a 
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker calling as we got into the cars. The swan pen at 
 Stewart Park had few birds and the waterfront produced the more common 
 waterfowl. An ornithology class from Binghamton did find a Ruddy Duck, 
 which we missed. We heard and saw Fish Crow, at least 5 around the picnic 
 tables near the band shelter.  We did hear the wheesey call and see 
 glimpses of two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers along the west band of Fall Creek.
 
 
  We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned 
 Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in sight, 
 there was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I know some 
 species reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species in the same 
 season? If the red-tail is incubating, it must have started laying almost 
 immediately after the GHOW left, because it was there just two weeks ago.
 
 
  Jetty Woods had ~30 cormorants distributed among two trees with a lot of 
 guano beneath them, suggesting several days stay. We had a fine view of a 
 flicker singing, if you call it that, and then later the same bird on the 
 ground, apparently eating ants.
 
 
  Perhaps most enjoyably, we found a White-breasted Nuthatch pair carrying 
 material into a cavity in the end of a large, broken branch along the south 
 end of Jetty Woods. One bird actually removed some material from the nest, 
 which reminded me of trying to move furniture to please my wife.
 
 
 A nice morning of birding.
 
 
 John Confer
 
 
 
 
 
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RE:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest

2015-04-19 Thread Marie P. Read
John Confer wrote:

 We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned 
Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in sight, there 
was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I know some species 
reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species in the same season? If 
the red-tail is incubating, it must have started laying almost immediately 
after the GHOW left, because it was there just two weeks ago.


Well that is totally bizarre, because some friends of mine said they saw the GH 
Owls on that nest Saturday afternoon (I think) and I was there myself on Friday 
morning when the owls were definitely in residence.

What happened?

Marie


Marie Read Wildlife Photography
452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY  13068 USA

Phone  607-539-6608
e-mail   m...@cornell.edu

http://www.marieread.com

Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake BasinAvailable here:

http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery/Sierra-Wings-Birds-of-the-Mono-Lake-Basin/GNlCxX37uTzE/CBPFGij6nLfE

From: bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of John Confer 
[con...@ithaca.edu]
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 4:56 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; John Confer
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy

The warbler team had a moderately good day. We did not find many migrants: 
one White-throated Sparrow as we were leaving the Lab and then a Yellow-bellied 
Sapsucker calling as we got into the cars. The swan pen at Stewart Park had few 
birds and the waterfront produced the more common waterfowl. An ornithology 
class from Binghamton did find a Ruddy Duck, which we missed. We heard and saw 
Fish Crow, at least 5 around the picnic tables near the band shelter.  We did 
hear the wheesey call and see glimpses of two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers along the 
west band of Fall Creek.


We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned 
Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in sight, there 
was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I know some species 
reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species in the same season? If 
the red-tail is incubating, it must have started laying almost immediately 
after the GHOW left, because it was there just two weeks ago.


Jetty Woods had ~30 cormorants distributed among two trees with a lot of 
guano beneath them, suggesting several days stay. We had a fine view of a 
flicker singing, if you call it that, and then later the same bird on the 
ground, apparently eating ants.


Perhaps most enjoyably, we found a White-breasted Nuthatch pair carrying 
material into a cavity in the end of a large, broken branch along the south end 
of Jetty Woods. One bird actually removed some material from the nest, which 
reminded me of trying to move furniture to please my wife.


   A nice morning of birding.


John Confer





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Re: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction: owls there Thursday 4/16 morning.

2015-04-19 Thread Paul Schmitt
Well, I have photos of both chicks and adult from Saturday morning.  This 
report does not match.

Paul Schmitt

Sent from my iPad

 On Apr 19, 2015, at 6:15 PM, Marie P. Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 Correction: I was at the GH Owl nest THURSDAY morning, around 9:00 am. One 
 adult and one large nestling were visible in the nest.
  I was there myself on Friday morning when the owls were definitely in 
 residence.
 
 Marie
 
 
 
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
 Phone  607-539-6608
 e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
 
 http://www.marieread.com
 
 Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake BasinAvailable here:
 
 http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery/Sierra-Wings-Birds-of-the-Mono-Lake-Basin/GNlCxX37uTzE/CBPFGij6nLfE
 
 From: bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Marie P. Read 
 [m...@cornell.edu]
 Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 6:08 PM
 To: John Confer; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest
 
 John Confer wrote:
 
  We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned 
 Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in sight, there 
 was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I know some species 
 reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species in the same season? 
 If the red-tail is incubating, it must have started laying almost immediately 
 after the GHOW left, because it was there just two weeks ago.
 
 Well that is totally bizarre, because some friends of mine said they saw the 
 GH Owls on that nest Saturday afternoon (I think) and I was there myself on 
 Friday morning when the owls were definitely in residence.
 
 What happened?
 
 Marie
 
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
 Phone  607-539-6608
 e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
 
 http://www.marieread.com
 
 Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake BasinAvailable here:
 
 http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery/Sierra-Wings-Birds-of-the-Mono-Lake-Basin/GNlCxX37uTzE/CBPFGij6nLfE
 
 From: bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of John Confer 
 [con...@ithaca.edu]
 Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 4:56 PM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; John Confer
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy
 
The warbler team had a moderately good day. We did not find many migrants: 
 one White-throated Sparrow as we were leaving the Lab and then a 
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker calling as we got into the cars. The swan pen at 
 Stewart Park had few birds and the waterfront produced the more common 
 waterfowl. An ornithology class from Binghamton did find a Ruddy Duck, which 
 we missed. We heard and saw Fish Crow, at least 5 around the picnic tables 
 near the band shelter.  We did hear the wheesey call and see glimpses of two 
 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers along the west band of Fall Creek.
 
 
We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned 
 Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in sight, there 
 was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I know some species 
 reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species in the same season? 
 If the red-tail is incubating, it must have started laying almost immediately 
 after the GHOW left, because it was there just two weeks ago.
 
 
Jetty Woods had ~30 cormorants distributed among two trees with a lot of 
 guano beneath them, suggesting several days stay. We had a fine view of a 
 flicker singing, if you call it that, and then later the same bird on the 
 ground, apparently eating ants.
 
 
Perhaps most enjoyably, we found a White-breasted Nuthatch pair carrying 
 material into a cavity in the end of a large, broken branch along the south 
 end of Jetty Woods. One bird actually removed some material from the nest, 
 which reminded me of trying to move furniture to please my wife.
 
 
   A nice morning of birding.
 
 
 John Confer
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction: owls there Thursday 4/16 morning.

2015-04-19 Thread Susan Danskin
A friend sent me a photo of the chick in the nest time stamped 10:45 am today.  
is it possible John’s group was looking at a different nest?  I know Gary K 
said he spent a bunch of time looking at the wrong nest a couple of weeks ago.
Susan





 On Apr 19, 2015, at 7:02 PM, Paul Schmitt pschmi...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Well, I have photos of both chicks and adult from Saturday morning.  This 
 report does not match.
 
 Paul Schmitt
 
 Sent from my iPad
 
 On Apr 19, 2015, at 6:15 PM, Marie P. Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 Correction: I was at the GH Owl nest THURSDAY morning, around 9:00 am. One 
 adult and one large nestling were visible in the nest.
  I was there myself on Friday morning when the owls were definitely in 
 residence.
 
 Marie
 
 
 
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
 Phone  607-539-6608
 e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
 
 http://www.marieread.com
 
 Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake BasinAvailable here:
 
 http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery/Sierra-Wings-Birds-of-the-Mono-Lake-Basin/GNlCxX37uTzE/CBPFGij6nLfE
 
 From: bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Marie P. Read 
 [m...@cornell.edu]
 Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 6:08 PM
 To: John Confer; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest
 
 John Confer wrote:
 
  We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned 
 Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in sight, there 
 was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I know some species 
 reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species in the same season? 
 If the red-tail is incubating, it must have started laying almost 
 immediately after the GHOW left, because it was there just two weeks ago.
 
 Well that is totally bizarre, because some friends of mine said they saw the 
 GH Owls on that nest Saturday afternoon (I think) and I was there myself on 
 Friday morning when the owls were definitely in residence.
 
 What happened?
 
 Marie
 
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
 Phone  607-539-6608
 e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
 
 http://www.marieread.com
 
 Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake BasinAvailable here:
 
 http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery/Sierra-Wings-Birds-of-the-Mono-Lake-Basin/GNlCxX37uTzE/CBPFGij6nLfE
 
 From: bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of John Confer 
 [con...@ithaca.edu]
 Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 4:56 PM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; John Confer
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy
 
   The warbler team had a moderately good day. We did not find many migrants: 
 one White-throated Sparrow as we were leaving the Lab and then a 
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker calling as we got into the cars. The swan pen at 
 Stewart Park had few birds and the waterfront produced the more common 
 waterfowl. An ornithology class from Binghamton did find a Ruddy Duck, which 
 we missed. We heard and saw Fish Crow, at least 5 around the picnic tables 
 near the band shelter.  We did hear the wheesey call and see glimpses of two 
 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers along the west band of Fall Creek.
 
 
   We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned 
 Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in sight, there 
 was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I know some species 
 reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species in the same season? 
 If the red-tail is incubating, it must have started laying almost 
 immediately after the GHOW left, because it was there just two weeks ago.
 
 
   Jetty Woods had ~30 cormorants distributed among two trees with a lot of 
 guano beneath them, suggesting several days stay. We had a fine view of a 
 flicker singing, if you call it that, and then later the same bird on the 
 ground, apparently eating ants.
 
 
   Perhaps most enjoyably, we found a White-breasted Nuthatch pair carrying 
 material into a cavity in the end of a large, broken branch along the south 
 end of Jetty Woods. One bird actually removed some material from the nest, 
 which reminded me of trying to move furniture to please my wife.
 
 
  A nice morning of birding.
 
 
 John Confer
 
 
 
 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Little Gulls, Varick

2015-04-19 Thread Jay McGowan
At least two of 3+ LITTLE GULLS of various ages found by Tim Lenz an hour
ago still present in Varick, on water across from 4590 Rt. 89.

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[cayugabirds-l] White-eyed Vireo, Towpath Rd.

2015-04-19 Thread Jay McGowan
A WHITE-EYED VIREO was singing from the shrubby area on the right at the
beginning of Towpath Road, Montezuma NWR around 11:00. Unfortunately it
only sang for a couple of minutes before falling silent or moving away and
we were never able to locate it, nor have we heard it again along the rest
of the road.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction: owls there Thursday 4/16 morning.

2015-04-19 Thread Dave Bulatek Teresa Wagner Bulatek
There is a Red-tailed hawk nest not far from the owls' nest.  We have photos 
of the owls from Friday evening, April 17.

Teresa
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To: CAYUGABIRDS-L cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 7:58 PM
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction: 
owls there Thursday 4/16 morning.



Hi,

I saw the GHO on the nest today.

Cheers,
Noe



On Apr 19, 2015, at 7:19 PM, Susan Danskin dans...@twcny.rr.com wrote:

A friend sent me a photo of the chick in the nest time stamped 10:45 am 
today.  is it possible John’s group was looking at a different nest?  I 
know Gary K said he spent a bunch of time looking at the wrong nest a 
couple of weeks ago.

Susan






On Apr 19, 2015, at 7:02 PM, Paul Schmitt pschmi...@gmail.com wrote:

Well, I have photos of both chicks and adult from Saturday morning.  This 
report does not match.


Paul Schmitt

Sent from my iPad


On Apr 19, 2015, at 6:15 PM, Marie P. Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:

Correction: I was at the GH Owl nest THURSDAY morning, around 9:00 am. 
One adult and one large nestling were visible in the nest.
 I was there myself on Friday morning when the owls were definitely in 
residence.


Marie




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From: bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Marie P. Read 
[m...@cornell.edu]

Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 6:08 PM
To: John Confer; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest

John Confer wrote:

 We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great 
Horned Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in 
sight, there was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I 
know some species reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor 
species in the same season? If the red-tail is incubating, it must have 
started laying almost immediately after the GHOW left, because it was 
there just two weeks ago.


Well that is totally bizarre, because some friends of mine said they saw 
the GH Owls on that nest Saturday afternoon (I think) and I was there 
myself on Friday morning when the owls were definitely in residence.


What happened?

Marie


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From: bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of John Confer 
[con...@ithaca.edu]

Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 4:56 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; John Confer
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy

 The warbler team had a moderately good day. We did not find many 
migrants: one White-throated Sparrow as we were leaving the Lab and then 
a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker calling as we got into the cars. The swan pen 
at Stewart Park had few birds and the waterfront produced the more 
common waterfowl. An ornithology class from Binghamton did find a Ruddy 
Duck, which we missed. We heard and saw Fish Crow, at least 5 around the 
picnic tables near the band shelter.  We did hear the wheesey call and 
see glimpses of two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers along the west band of Fall 
Creek.



 We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great 
Horned Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in 
sight, there was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I 
know some species reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor 
species in the same season? If the red-tail is incubating, it must have 
started laying almost immediately after the GHOW left, because it was 
there just two weeks ago.



 Jetty Woods had ~30 cormorants distributed among two trees with a lot 
of guano beneath them, suggesting several days stay. We had a fine view 
of a flicker singing, if you call it that, and then later the same bird 
on the ground, apparently eating ants.



 Perhaps most enjoyably, we found a White-breasted Nuthatch pair 
carrying material into a cavity in the end of a large, broken branch 
along the south end of Jetty Woods. One bird actually removed some 
material from the nest, which reminded me of trying to move furniture to 
please my wife.



A nice morning of birding.


John Confer





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[cayugabirds-l] 2015 basin first records updated

2015-04-19 Thread Dave Nutter
I have updated the 2015 First Records List for the Cayuga Lake Basin here:

http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/cayuga-lake-basin-first-records

My apologies for taking so long. Even now I have not double-checked all the 
info. Please let me know if you believe any of the information - species, 
observer(s), location, date - to be incorrect or incomplete.

--Dave Nutter
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[cayugabirds-l] Re: RE:[cayugabirds-l] [bluewing-group] Today's Little Gull Cayuga Lake

2015-04-19 Thread Dave Nutter
About 4 miles north of Dean's Cove and just north of 4590 NYS-89, a bright 
yellow house, there's a gravel pull-off near a dock with twin thatch-roofed 
boat shelters. That's where I saw 2 of the LITTLE GULLS were when Jay McGowan 
reported them. They then moved a bit south, though they were still visible in a 
flock of a couple hundred BONAPARTE'S GULLS swimming and feeding 
phalarope-style dabbing at the water. I don't think there are other safe  
legal places to pull off in that area. If you want to see them I would not 
delay. Today's numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls that the Little Gulls are with are 
phenomenal, and these birds are migrating, though rain and continuing insect 
emergence may cause them to delay a bit.

--Dave Nutter


On Apr 19, 2015, at 08:40 PM, Glenn Wilson wil...@stny.rr.com wrote:

 I want to go tomorrow too but the TV says RAIN for the next 5 days L.

 Glenn

  

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 [mailto:bluewing-gr...@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Linda K Tuyn
 Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 8:31 PM
 To: David Nicosia
 Cc: Cayugabirds-L; Bluewing-group
 Subject: Re: [bluewing-group] Today's Little Gull Cayuga Lake

  

 Wow! Great bird and photos! Were you at Dean's Cove or thereabouts? An 
 address? I may go up tomorrow..

  

 Linda T

  

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 Again, thanks to timely rare bird alerts from Jay McGowan and Tim Lenz, I was 
 successful in getting this life bird.

  

 I took a few photos. Great bird! Thanks Tim and Jay!

  

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/sets/72157652069955115/

  

 Dave Nicosia

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[cayugabirds-l] Todays birding notes

2015-04-19 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
?I went to Hammond Hill in the hopes of recording Ruffed Grouse, but I just 
manage to hear them (two of them) and got a faint recording.

Boy the forests are so noisy out there! Initially the wind was slow, and later 
it became up to 10 miles an hour or so. In  the breeze, dry leaves on the 
ground and dry birch made so much of noise it was impossible not to hear them 
through the microphone. When you are just listening somehow your brain filters 
the surround sounds and impresses on you on the sound you want to listen to.

There were Swamp Sparrow, Chickadees and Ruby Crowned Kinglet singing right at 
the entrance of the Hammond Hill Road. I got nice recordings, of course with 
the leaf noises of Dark-eyed Junco, Brown Creeper, four species of woodpeckers 
drumming (Red-bellied, Hairy, Northern Flicker and Yellow-bellied sapsuckers) 
almost in five minutes with some overlaps along with a tree which sounded like 
an woodpecker.  A Hermit Thrush was also singing but was in a distance.


Later I got an overlapping songs of Chipping and Song sparrows.


Also a note of interest is on one of the small ponds along Irish Settlement 
road there was a female Bufflehead.


In the afternoon I was looking out of the window when I found both squirrel and 
rabbit dash to cover. So I went outside to see if any hawk was present. But I 
did not see any.  A little later, may be half an hour later, I went to take a 
stock of my vegetable plot, when I heard and saw a male and female cardinals 
dash into multiflora rose bush with a alarm calls and hunker down.  Soon I 
found two hawks take off form somewhere nearby, may be they were in my trees. 
One was slightly smaller than the other. First I thought they were Broad-winged 
Hawks because of the wing shape, but soon realized they had very long tails. So 
watched them, the smaller one had greyish underside and the other had streaks. 
They circled above my yard for several minutes  and kept going higher and 
higher till they were almost visible as a speck with binoculars and headed 
northwardly direction. I noticed they had a very large patch of white sides of 
the tail. I am suspecting they were Northern Goshawk an adult and a younger 
bird.


Finally, in the evening I went for a fusion music concert of Shakuhachi and a 
guitar like sounding traditional instrument of Aomori Prefecture (forgot the 
name Shamisen?) and Indian tabla. I found that my brain was processing only two 
instrument at a time and not all the three instruments. So that reminded me of 
my earlier comment of leaf noise not being perceived by my brain. So I have a 
question for musicians/musical minded people out there, when you are at a 
concert how does your brain process the sounds form different instruments?  How 
does that relate to processing hearing multiply singing birds? Do you hear all 
birds at once or you notice them one by one?  Give it as a challenge next time 
you are out there listening!



Meena





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RE:[cayugabirds-l] [bluewing-group] Today's Little Gull Cayuga Lake

2015-04-19 Thread Glenn Wilson
I want to go tomorrow too but the TV says RAIN for the next 5 days L.

Glenn

 

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On Behalf Of Linda K Tuyn
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 8:31 PM
To: David Nicosia
Cc: Cayugabirds-L; Bluewing-group
Subject: Re: [bluewing-group] Today's Little Gull Cayuga Lake

 

Wow! Great bird and photos! Were you at Dean's Cove or thereabouts? An address? 
I may go up tomorrow..

 

Linda T

 

On Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 6:08 PM, 'david nicosia' via bluewing-group 
bluewing-gr...@googlegroups.com wrote:

Again, thanks to timely rare bird alerts from Jay McGowan and Tim Lenz, I was 
successful in getting this life bird. 

 

I took a few photos. Great bird! Thanks Tim and Jay! 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/sets/72157652069955115/

 

Dave Nicosia

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