RE: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey Fatality

2015-07-24 Thread Karel V. Sedlacek
Bill,
Thank you for looking after the Osprey.
Karel

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[mailto:bounce-119477094-64835...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of William Roberts
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 1:26 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey Fatality

This evening around 4:45 pm I discovered an Osprey on Rt. 90, south of the
Village of Cayuga. It was in the north lane in front of the Mennonite farm
across from the nesting platform. It was apparently if not obviously the
result of having been hit by a vehicle. Part of one wing  was severed.

After retrieving the bird and severed wing I deposited both near the base
of the nesting platform; it appeared to me to be a mature unbanded bird.
The remaining Osprey seem to be in distress as it called from the tower. I
was unable to file a report from the site not having an internet-connected
phone.

Bill Roberts
Aurora
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[cayugabirds-l] Avicaching update—17-23 July

2015-07-24 Thread Ian Davies
Hi Cayugabirders,

During the past week, more than 20 different birders went Avicaching 
(http://ebird.org/content/ebird/avicaching/). These Avicachers reported 89 
species, including 13 warblers and some notable Avicaching birds like 
Ring-necked Pheasant and Solitary Sandpiper. It has been a fascinating time to 
be out in fields and forests, with the crispness of fall in the air each 
morning. Post-breeding dispersal continues everywhere, and seeing Hooded and 
Blackburnian Warblers in brushy field edges is almost commonplace. It is a 
great time of year to see these generally forest interior/treetop species 
presenting themselves in a much more viewable fashion, convenient for birders 
and photographers alike. How can you lose?

The Top 3 Avicachers this week were Gary Kohlenberg, Jane Graves, and Chris 
Wood. Gary earned an amazing 240 Avicaching points, with Jane and Chris coming 
in at 135 and 90 each. Lee Ann van Leer still holds on to the first-place 
position, but will that hold true after this week? As usual, the number of 
‘Avicaching points’ earned for visiting a location has changed from last week, 
and a whole new array of locations is now worth more. By earning these 
‘Avicaching points’, you improve your chances at winning a free pair of Zeiss 
binoculars. And don’t forget, all the Avicaching that you do directly benefits 
our scientific understanding of bird distributions. Thank you.

In case you’re curious about what you could see while Avicaching, check here 
for a full list and seasonal bar chart of the 154 species recorded at Avicaches 
so far: http://tinyurl.com/avicaching.

See you in the field,
Ian

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[cayugabirds-l] Adventures in Avian Propagation

2015-07-24 Thread John Eliot Parks
On Wednesday, July 29, native Ithacan Beau Parks (Natural Resources, Cornell, 
2005) will deliver a presentation in Hollis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, 
7:30-8:30 p.m., entitled Adventures in Avian Propagation.   This will be an 
interesting and entertaining presentation on Beau's experiences at the Avian 
Propagation Center of the San Diego Zoo where he is responsible for incubation 
and rearing of a fascinating range of rare and exotic birds.   He will also 
share his interests and participation in international conservation efforts 
with the Mangrove Finch in the Galapagos, the Orange-breasted Falcon in Belize, 
and the endangered Phillipine Eagle.Beau is Lead Keeper at the San Diego 
Zoo and is assisting with teaching the Cornell Summer Session course ANSC 2140, 
Raptor Natural History, Conservation, and Captive Management.


Dr. John E. Parks, Professor of Animal Science
Director, Cornell Raptor Program
131 Morrison Hall
Office: 607-255-2865
Cell: 607-229-3573
j...@cornell.edu








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[cayugabirds-l] bird walks Dryden Lake Sat.7/24 @Dryden Lake Festival

2015-07-24 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
I'll be leading free bird walks at Dryden Lake Festival tomorrow, 7/24 at 10 am 
and 3pm. 

The meeting spot should be near the dock by the largest parking lot.  You won't 
be able to drive directly to that parking lot as it will be only open to foot 
traffic. 

Lots of vendors and booths will be set up. 

There is more info here on the Festival of you are on facebook. :
https://www.facebook.com/DrydenLakeFestival/posts/940186862690568:0

There are food and crafts vendors, craft beer tasting, kissing booth with 
Hubbard's Hounds (not sure if one kisses the dogs or the people but either way 
it sounds like fun), silent auction, Civil War encampment, 5 live bands and 
more!

Hope to see some of you there!

---Lee Ann van Leer

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[cayugabirds-l] Correction:7/25 Re: bird walks Dryden Lake @Dryden Lake Festival

2015-07-24 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Sorry. I should have said Sat. 7/25 
Sent from my iPhone

 On Jul 24, 2015, at 11:13 PM, Lee Ann van Leer lavanl...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 I'll be leading free bird walks at Dryden Lake Festival tomorrow, 7/24 at 10 
 am and 3pm. 
 
 

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[cayugabirds-l] Newman Golf Course and Swan Pond Highlights and New Map Project

2015-07-24 Thread Sandy Wold
Yesterday from 7-9pm, I saw two or possibly more INDIGO BUNTINGS (immature?
 moulting?) in the cypress trees and cottonwoods along the main road going
left and right as you hit the T-of that road.  COMMON YELLOW THROATS at
Jetty Woods, tons of vicious mosquitoes.  CHIPPING SPARROWS hopping around
the grass and cypress tree trunks and EASTERN KINGBIRDS perching on tree
tops making sudden dashes for an insect.  They seemed to be everywhere
calling on the Newman Golf Course (heard and seen) all the way to the Swan
Pond.  I did not see or hear the Green Herons this time.  The pond had
become pea soup since a few days ago; perhaps that affected their hunting?
Also did not see or hear or the Cedar Waxwings this time.  I saw a Great
Blue Heron doing what appeared to be trick maneuvers in the air over the
Fall Creek inlet.  It was flying horizontally toward me, then suddenly turn
90 degrees perpendicular, returned to level, then 90 the other way, then
made a quick U-turn and flew upstream up the creek, all of this under 15
seconds and looking like it knew what it was doing (little or no wobble
coming out of the turns).  WOOD THRUSH heard for the first time ever (by
me) coming from Fuertes Bird Sanctuary, nearer to Route 13 and the creek
shore side.

I bumped into a birder who told me he had seen in past winters: Peregrine
Falcons hunting over the inlet, a coyote out on the lighthouse strip eyeing
the waterfowl, and an osprey diving at a GBH multiple times...I am going to
start mapping the inlet area and welcome input or unique stories or
patterns birders have noticed in this area over time.  I love this area of
the lake so much, and would love to see the Cascadilla Boat House restored
and used for educational purposes to further the mission of local education
institutions.   Perhaps having a detailed map of the area might illuminate
its (obvious) unique properties but maybe it might show something unseen
yet valuable for educational purposes. Perhaps people who don't make it up
to the Laboratory of Ornithology or the Cayuga Nature Center might be
reached by having a lake habitat location?

I'd love to see that building completely restored with original wrap-around
porch and scopes on all four sides with sit spots for people to sit and
watch for hours!!!  I'd love for there to be an emphasis on art as tool for
educating/learning about natural history and seasonal cycles...offering
sustainability workshops/events... Anyone else agree?  Other ideas for use
for the upstairs part of the building (assuming the rowing group is
staying)? Does this project appeal to anyone?  Does anyone know how to find
out the current status of the boat house?  I actually looked into a similar
idea back in 1996, but the idea was not well received.  Now that the rent
has been raised, maybe sharing the space is a more viable idea.  (I plan to
call the City and find out more.)  Any thoughts about whether the Lab of O
or other organizations (e.g. Cayuga Nature Center, New Roots, Sustainable
Tompkins, Cayuga Watershed Network, senior citizens,...) might be
interested in exploring how this building could serve the greatest number
of people and give them access to all the lake has to offer, which is so
much!!!  We have a great quality of life here in Ithaca, and the Cayuga
Waterfront Trail is such a great gift.  Wouldn't having the boat house
restored be icing on the cake!
Sandy
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[cayugabirds-l] Coopers hawk

2015-07-24 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
As i reached maple avenue bus stop a Coopers Hawk was chasing a bird, it looked 
like killdeer but not sure.

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