[cayugabirds-l] Really cool wind map

2015-05-11 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
This one is even cooler than the one I sent last year:

https://www.windyty.com

Check it out, birdy weatherwatchers!
Be sure to note that you can choose the altitude of interest and you’ll find 
amazing differences. For example, last evening, surface winds were very mild 
and non-directional. 3000m winds were those wicked t-storms flying through the 
area.

ChrisP
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods migrants

2015-05-11 Thread Brad Walker
Hi all,

Migrants of note this morning include a Swainson's thrush on the inner leg
of the Wilson trail, Eastern wood pewee, multiple Tennessee warblers, and a
Blackpoll warbler singing on the north side of the building.

Brad

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Basin Big Day Saturday- Congratulations

2015-05-11 Thread John Confer
What an exceptionally great day. Thanks for taking the time to compile 
the observations.

John

On 5/10/2015 4:26 PM, Jay McGowan wrote:
 Livia and I had a fun day yesterday. We had a few setbacks: slow 
 migrant birding in Ithaca; missing some know stakeouts like Upland 
 Sandpiper, Rusty Blackbird, and Palm Warbler; almost no raptors 
 whatsoever, despite favorable winds and sun; and generally hot and 
 windy conditions all day. Even so, we had a good morning for breeders 
 and got most of our targets at Montezuma in the afternoon, so we were 
 able to end the day with 175 species.

 Highlights:
 --Challenging but decent night migration at home in Northeast Ithaca, 
 including an early GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, HERMIT 
 THRUSH, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and VIRGINIA RAIL.
 --Good night birding, with over 10 AMERICAN WOODCOCK, EASTERN 
 SCREECH-OWL, BARRED OWL, and GREAT HORNED OWL.
 --Productive morning at Park Preserve and Hammond Hill, with 15 
 species of warblers and most of the essential forest birds like Ruffed 
 Grouse and Winter Wren, as well as Pine Siskin.
 --Slow going at Sapsucker Woods but a nice singing WILSON'S WARBLER on 
 the Wilson Trail.
 --Continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on campus, not singing but quickly 
 found.
 --Lindsay-Parsons added WORM-EATING, BLACK-AND-WHITE, and HOODED 
 WARBLERS but little else, making it rather a time sink in the overall day.
 --Hot and windy at Stewart and Myers, but managed to pick out a LESSER 
 BLACK-BACKED GULL on the jetty and several ORCHARD ORIOLES singing 
 around Myers.
 --Despite challengingly shimmery lake conditions, we were able to find 
 BONAPARTE'S GULLS and a few lingering RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS off the 
 Aurora bluffs, as well as 14 COMMON and a single FORSTER'S TERN on the 
 marina breakwall in Union Springs.
 --An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on Lake Road just a few houses north 
 of Long Point State Park that flew across the road in front of us. An 
 awesome bird, if overall unhelpful for the day considering the 
 cooperative one at Mays Point (saving us all of about 30 seconds).
 --Continuing SNOW GOOSE at the Visitor Center.
 --Extensive mudflats on the Main Pool hosting almost 100 LESSER 
 YELLOWLEGS, 400+ LEAST SANDPIPERS, DUNLIN, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, and 
 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER.
 --EURASIAN WIGEON, LESSER SCAUP, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, RING-NECKED 
 DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and all the expected dabblers at Montezuma. A male 
 COMMON GOLDENEYE is also apparently around, but we missed it.
 --Two GREAT EGRETS flying around Knox-Marsellus from East Road, as 
 well as BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS from Towpath at dusk.
 --Continuing PROTHONOTARY WARBLER on Armitage Road, singing as we 
 drove up.
 --Singing ORCHARD ORIOLES on Lake Road south of Aurora and Van Dyne 
 Spoor Road. One was also reported on the Wildlife Drive.
 --Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and lots of the same shorebirds in the 
 fields on Carncross Road.

 Our biggest misses were all Accipiters, Broad-winged and 
 Red-shouldered hawk, Rusty Blackbird, Palm Warbler, Upland Sandpiper, 
 American and Least bittern, many migrants that seemingly just showed 
 up today (Bay-breasted, Cape May, Blackpoll, Philadelphia Vireo, Alder 
 Flycatcher, cuckoos, and frustratingly White-crowned Sparrow), and 
 worst of all, Carolina Wren! With so much time spent in upland spots 
 in the morning, we didn't realize this was going to be a challenge 
 until it was too late. This morning I saw at least six species we 
 missed yesterday. Oh well. No sign of Friday's Glossy Ibis nor the 
 Little Blue Heron.

 Good birding,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods migrants

2015-05-11 Thread Scott Haber
To add to Brad's tally:  there were two Northern Parulas, both singing, on
the Wilson Trail North just west of the Sherwood Platform at about 9:15AM.
A Blackburnian Warbler also sang a few times further east on the Wilson
Trail, just beyond the footbridge.
Scott

On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 8:04 AM, Brad Walker edgarallenhoo...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Hi all,

 Migrants of note this morning include a Swainson's thrush on the inner leg
 of the Wilson trail, Eastern wood pewee, multiple Tennessee warblers, and a
 Blackpoll warbler singing on the north side of the building.

 Brad
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[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard Monday

2015-05-11 Thread bob mcguire
I got there a bit before 7 this morning, immediately ran into Stu Krasnoff and 
shortly thereafter Sudan Danskin, Laura  Ton, and Marjolein (sp?). Together we 
observed and listened to a wonderful variety of migrants: multiple Tennessee 
Warblers, 3 Bay-breasted Warblers foraging in a group, 2 Bay-breasted Warblers 
doing the same, plus 2 Northern Parulas, several Nashville and Magnolia 
Warblers, several Common Yellowthroats and Yellow Warblers, as well as a single 
American Redstart. A male Scarlet tanager flew off to the south, and here were 
Baltimore Orioles singing and chattering. And a few of us got a quick glimpse 
of a Swainson’s Thrush when it perched up momentarily before disappearing deep 
into the thicket.

The Tennessee Warblers clearly dominated the soundscape with their loud two and 
three-part songs. The hawthorns are in full bloom with the cherries just a bit 
behind. I almost forgot - we got good looks at a single Blackpoll Warbler. This 
normally signals the end of spring migration. How many days do we have left??

Bob McGuire
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[cayugabirds-l] Bahar and High Vista Nature Preserves (FLLT SBQ), Sat 5/9

2015-05-11 Thread Mark Chao
On Saturday, I led two walks at Finger Lakes Land Trust preserves in the
southern Skaneateles Lake watershed, both less than an hour from northeast
Ithaca.  At the Bahar Nature Preserve in Niles, our group of ten birders
found a fine mix of passage migrants and presumed summer breeders,
including one or two female CAPE MAY WARBLERS, a NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA
WARBLER, a probable PINE WARBLER, two BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, a few
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, and many BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS.  At the
High Vista Nature Preserve in Scott, we found a HOODED WARBLER,
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and a very cooperative LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, among
other fine birds.  Like Bob’s group at Lindsay-Parsons (another Land Trust
preserve), we saw two male SCARLET TANAGERS battling here over a watchful
green female.



A detailed account, photos, and some further reflections on the importance
of land preservation around Skaneateles Lake are up on my Spring Bird Quest
blog:  http://www.fllt.org/spring-bird-quest-blog-by-mark-chao/.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA

2015-05-11 Thread Joseph Brin
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* May 11, 2015*  NYSY  05. 11. 15 Hotline: Syracuse 
Rare bird AlertDates(s):May 04, 2015 - May 11, 2015to report by e-mail: 
brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National 
Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga 
County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison  
Cortlandcompiled: May 11 AT 3:00 p.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #442 Monday May 11, 2015 Greetings. 
This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 04, 2014 
Highlights:---
LEAST BITTERNLITTLE BLUE HERONGLOSSY IBISBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONLEAST 
BITTERNEURASIAN WIGEONBLACK-BELLIED PLOVERICELAND GULLFORSTER’S TERNBLACK 
TERNWHIP-POOR-WILLCOMMON NIGHTHAWKRED-HEADED WOODPECKERPHILADELPHIA 
VIREOSWAINSON’S THRUSHPROTHONOTARY WARBLERCLAY-COLORED SPARROWORCHARD ORIOLE

As expected a huge push of passerines occured this week. All warblers except 
PRAIRIE  and ORANGE-CROWNED were reported. Also no GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH or 
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER have been seen yet. Everything else is there for the 
taking. A small number of shorebirds have shown up also. Get out and enjoy.

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
(MWC)
     5/7: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER has returned to Armitage Road on the west side 
of the bridge. A LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen flying from Mays Point pond toward 
the main pool. It was not relocated.     5/8: LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMI-PALMATED 
SANDPIPER, DUNLIN and both YELLOWLEGS were seen at the visitor’s center and 
along the Wildlife Trail. A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the main pool. A 
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has returned to the dead trees along Mays Point Road.A 
GLOSSY IBIS, a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and a FORSTER’S TERN were al seen in the 
corn field on Carncross Road.     5/9: 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen 
at the beginning of Towpath Road.     5/10: A BLACK TERN was seen along the 
Wildlife Drive. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was spotted on Eskerbrook Trail.

Derby Hill
     A very slow week at Derby except for Saturday which was the big bird 
festival. A great day with 2,148 Hawks made for a very successful experience 
for everyone. Other highlights were a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and a CLAY-COLORED 
SPARROW on 5/5, another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on 5/8 and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW on 
5/9.

Oswego County
     5/4: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.     5/6: A 
GOLDEN-WINGED and LAWRENCE’S type hybrid WARBLER were seen at Great Bear 
Recreation Area north of Phoenix.     5/7: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at 
Roosevelt Road north of Constantia.     5/10: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen in 
flight in Constantia. A L;EAST BITTERN was noted at the Rt. 3 Bridge over the 
Salmon River in Constantia.

Onondaga County
     5/6: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found on the yellow trail at the power 
lines in Green Lakes State Park. It was refound on the 7th. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW 
was seen at Three Rivers WMA in Baldwinsville.     5/7: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was 
seen at St. Mary’s Cemetary in Syracuse.

Madison County
     5/5: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Woodman Pond.

New arrivals-
SORASEMI-PALMATED PLOVERBLACK-BELLIED PLOVERLEAST SANDPIPERBLACK 
TERNYELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOBLACK-BILLED CUCKOOCOMMON NIGHTHAWKCHIMNEY 
SWIFTRUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDEASTERN PEEWEEWILLOW FLYCATCHERPHILADELPHIA 
VIREOBLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERSWAINSON’S THRUSHPROTHONOTARY WARBLERTENNESSEE 
WARBLERMOURNING WARBLERHOODED WARBLERCAPE MAY WARBLERBAY-BREASTED 
WARBLERCHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERBLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERCANADA WARBLERWILSON’S 
WARBLERBLACKPOLLCLAY-COLORED SPARROW

 --  end report


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard Monday

2015-05-11 Thread Geo Kloppel
Hi Bob, you wrote:

 I almost forgot - we got good looks at a single Blackpoll Warbler. This 
 normally signals the end of spring migration. How many days do we have left??

The trouble with the Blackpoll benchmark is that at least a few Blackpolls pass 
through here early (10th of May!), though the main wave is still 2 or 3 weeks 
away (I hope!)  

Blue-winged Warbler only arrived at my place a couple of days ago, and just now 
I had a FOY Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in my yard. So I'm counting on spring 
migration to continue for a while yet.

I'm just starting to watch for Common Nighthawks, which passed over West Danby 
on the 19th last year.

Yesterday I encountered Broad-winged Hawks twice (sorry, Jay!)
The first hawk was being chased by a Baltimore Oriole at the Sweedler Preserve. 
The second was incubating eggs in its nest in the woods about 100 yards from my 
house. A few days ago it was possible to view the nest from quite a respectful 
distance, but this heat wave has encouraged leaf-out, and now the hawks have 
much more privacy.

-Geo


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[cayugabirds-l] RFI Common Mergansers

2015-05-11 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi everyone,

I would like to photograph Common Merganser females with ducklings this spring 
(or is it now immediately summer?!). If anyone sees any (Stewart Park or Myers 
Point are good spots, I'm told) could you please let me know. Hooded Mergansers 
too. If I succeed, the finder gets a nice print for their wall!

Thanks!

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Errata

2015-05-11 Thread bob mcguire
For those with nothing else to read:

My post from earlier today mentioned Bay-breasted Warbler twice. It should have 
been 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS doing the same”. And “Sudan” Danskin. I don’t think 
so!

 (Thanks Stu)

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[cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird

2015-05-11 Thread Yvonne Fogarty

I saw mu first hummingbird today on Bundy Rd. 
Sent from my iPad

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