[cayugabirds-l] FOY birds (for me, at least)

2015-05-03 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
FOY Osprey yard bird - one just flew nearby by my yard (giles st in Ithaca) 
going towards Six Mile Creek.  Saw others at Salt Point and Myer's earlier, and 
a couple around the Ithaca area in recent days, but this is the first time this 
year I've seen the one (more than one?) that frequents my neighborhood.  
Gray Catbird made a noisy return to my backyard today, enjoying the birdbath.  
Yellow-rumped warbler at Salt Point in lansing.  Indigo Bunting female on wire, 
also at Salt Point - drab brown bird, with pale throat and bunting bill - 
didn't recognize it at first, but fit the descriptions of drabbest bird (but 
beautiful in its own way!)

OOB - well, way, way out of basin, but a couple of weeks ago I was at the Grand 
Canyon, and saw a California Condor as Steve and I hiked up the Bright Angel 
Trail :-). Very close in, tagged on both wings, but I couldn't read the tags.  
Soared nearby for a couple of minutes.  Of course, my camera was in my pack, 
but I savored the sight with my binoculars.  Snapped a couple of pictures with 
the phone before it disappeared into the distance.  Definitely a lifer.
-liisa

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[cayugabirds-l] SFO Trip Report to Braddock Bay Area from Saturday

2015-05-03 Thread Sandy Wold
Seven of us carpooled and caravaning up to Braddock Bay Banding station and
surrounding spots.  Dave Nutter was our leader, and the following are
highlights of that trip, which was yesterday 8am-4pm.

NEAR GAS STATION AT THE JUNCTION OF 318 EAST OF 414
We saw a GREATER AND LESSER YELLOW LEGS in the same flooded corn field
(seasonal pond?).  They stood close to each other a few times; so we got
good looks and were able to compare and contrast the two birds nicely.
There were also times when a ROBIN dropped by and a pair of GREEN-WINGED
TEALS, so we also got to size these yellow legs as well, relative to the
visitors.

BANDING STATION, 10:00 am-11:00am
We watch the banding of two BLUEJAYS (juvenile one and an older one) plus a
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.  Around the property, we saw a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK
out in the fields, CORMORANT FLOCKS FLYING NORTH, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER,
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKER.  At
the end of Ontario Road, we saw 3 HORNED GREBES, 6+ WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 2
LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 1 CASPIAN TERN, COMMON LOON.

BAYVIEW AVENUE, BREAKERS, 11:30-12:00
2 BONAPARTE GULLS, 3 MUTE SWANS (one displaying), 10+CASPIAN TERNS.

OWL WOODS, 12:15-1pm
PILEATED WOODPECKER, COOPERS HAWK, YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKER, AMERICAN
KESTREL, 2 BALD EAGLES, TURKEY VULTURE, COWBIRD, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, BARN
SWALLOW, PURPLE MARTIN.  No owl's nest found.

BRADDOCK BAY HAWK WATCH SITE, 1:07pm
10+ BUFFLEHEAD, 6+ CORMORANT

LOTT FARM, 3:30-4:30 pm
SAVANNAH SPARROW (near the chain link edge on the grass and up in the chain
link near the above-ground cistern) - a first for many of us.  Some of us
were getting leg and back cramps from sitting in the back seat for two
hours up there and two hours back (never again!).  We did not realize
sitting in the back seat would do this!

On our way out, our fearless leader found 2 UPLAND SANDPIPER foraging in
the farm field near the main road, between the big white farm building and
the main house.  We moved up closer with the cars and got a better look
with the scope, but were spooked by something (us?) and went out of sight
behind a berm.  Around the same time, we spotted a EASTERN MEADOWLARK in
the field.  The sun was full and the yellows were incredibly yellow.






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[cayugabirds-l] Connecticut Hills in the evening

2015-05-03 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
?After reading geo's post about Ovenbirds and thrushes in Danby area, I decided 
to try my hand at recording evening chorus. Unfortunately, I did not find any 
ovenbirds or Hermit thrushes.


I did find a pair of Raven's croaking, several Song Sparrows but not as 
numerous as in the past, lots of Am. Goldfinches and Robins singing, a 
yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Wood Thrush. But not otherwise many birds.  I 
spent just a couple of hours late in the evening.


On Friday morning, I took a walk In the Hawthorn Orchard. Everything was quiet 
except for a couple of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and it seems the East Hill Merlins 
have returned. This the second time I have heard them from Mitchell street end. 
I believe the sound was coming form a Pine tree, which was across the house 
next to East Hill cemetery on Mitchell street. I investigated this location a 
little later from a closer location, but I did not see the birds nor did I hear 
them again.

I also think I have found a Hairy woodpecker's nest and a White-breasted 
Nuthatch nest too.


Cheers

Meena




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[cayugabirds-l] Black-throated Blue Warbler

2015-05-03 Thread Eva Smith
Heard only while I was walking in the northern end of Shindagin Hollow
State Forest.

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[cayugabirds-l] FOY Birds

2015-05-03 Thread bob mcguire
While recording Brown Thrasher in the FLNF this morning (pre-dawn), heard my 
first VEERY singing.

CHIMNEY SWIFTS (50) were in the air at the corner of N Tioga  Court Streets, 
Ithaca. There was also a MERLIN calling intermittently to the NE of that 
corner. I suspect there may be a nest in a tall spruce there.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW is currently foraging under our feeder.

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[cayugabirds-l] Yard birds

2015-05-03 Thread Geo Kloppel
On my morning walk along the westernmost edge of the L-P Preserve, which is 
also the eastern edge of my property and the boundary between the towns of 
Newfield and Danby, I found plenty of Ovenbirds, the resident Louisiana 
Waterthrush, several Common Yellowthroats, a Blackburnian Warbler, a 
Black-and-White Warbler and a Chestnut-sided Warbler, along with the usual 
Hermit Thrushes, Blue-headed Vireos, etc.

-Geo Kloppel
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[cayugabirds-l] Wood Thrush and others

2015-05-03 Thread Donna Lee Scott
New arrivals this weekend at Lansing Station Rd, Lansing (FOY):

BALTIMORE ORIOLE
YELLOW WARBLER
GRAY CATBIRDS (2)
And just this morning for 1st time, I heard my usual WOOD THRUSH singing at 
dawn in my woods across the road from house.

C. LOONS still calling on lake, and yesterday a BROWN THRASHER was again 
singing its mimicked songs from atop a tall tree, while the CATBIRD did its 
songs in a bush below.

Donna scott

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Lansing, NY


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[cayugabirds-l] probable Black Scoter Red-necked Grebe at Salt Point

2015-05-03 Thread Benjamin Freeman
Just back from a quick walk around Salt Point with Lynn Leopold. An Osprey
was present on the nest platform- the female on the nest perked up a bit
when her mate flew over and also when a grackle tried to take a stick from
just underneath her beak. Also present was a Baltimore Oriole, Eastern
Kingbirds, Gnatcatchers and singing Yellow Warblers.

On the lake off the N end of Salt Point were several loons and one distant
Red-necked Grebe. A bit to the south was a single male scoter. It had
noticeable orange on the bill, and we did not see any white on it. This
probable Black Scoter is likely also visible from Myers Point.


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[cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Preserve new birds - Sunday

2015-05-03 Thread Marie P. Read
Laura Erickson and I took a walk around the Goetchius Preserve in Caroline this 
morning.

Joining the increasing avian lineup in the wet areas were 2 Lesser Yellowlegs 
and a Solitary Sandpiper.
And two Eastern Kingbirds in a hedgerow.

Also seen:

Spotted Sandpiper
Killdeer
Eastern Meadowlarks
Chipping, Savannah, and Song Sparrows
etc.

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Night time singer

2015-05-03 Thread Diana
Hi All,
 When I couldn't sleep last night I got up to read a little after three. At 
about 4:15  a House Finch started singing for all its worth. I'm guessing it 
was the light from the window because it stopped right after I turned off the 
light in about fifteen minutes. It started up again about an hour later at the 
edge of first light. 
 The House Wrens returned Wed. and my husband saw a Rose-breasted Grosbeak this 
morning. I have had White-throated  Sparrows all week. A pair of Purple Finches 
and a Chipping Sparrow have also been here most of the week. It certainly feels 
like spring finally!

Diana Whiting








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[cayugabirds-l] New arrivals

2015-05-03 Thread Carol Keeler
I had my FOS White Crown Sparrow, female RB Grosbeak, and House Wren today. The 
White Crowns usually arrive when the Serviceberry blooms.  They're not quite 
open yet, but close.

Now I need the Orioles , Catbirds, and Yellow Warblers to show up.

Carol Keeler
Auburn

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