[cayugabirds-l] Kentucky Warbler, Cornell Plantations

2015-09-09 Thread Jay McGowan
A KENTUCKY WARBLER found by Luke Seitz at dusk last night near the overlook
at the F.R. Newman Arboretum was seen briefly again this morning, but so
far additional attemps to relocate it are proving fruitless. It may still
be in the area, on the hillsides overlooking the ponds.

Jay

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

2015-09-09 Thread Rob Blye
Chipmunks and squirrels do what they do without conscience or shame as do all 
predators. Nature is messy. Good work for keeping your cats inside. 

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From: "Melanie Uhlir"  
To: "Robyn Bailey" , "Susan Fast" , 
"CAYUGABIRDS-L"  
Sent: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 4:17:23 PM 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs 

I guess I hate chipmunks now. Why didn't the vicious vermin eat the murder 
victims?? 

My cats are indoor-only. If I could train them to eat only chipmunks and House 
Sparrows I would let them out. 

Melanie 

On 9/9/2015 4:11 PM, Robyn Bailey wrote: 





Re: Part 2…I have heard that this is a chipmunk M.O. Fortunately, have never 
had to witness it in person. 



Robyn Bailey 




From: bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu [ 
mailto:bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu ] On Behalf Of Susan Fast 
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 3:20 PM 
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs 





I've been watching some inexplicable behavior (to me) by 1 or 2 goldfinches 
nesting in my yard. There are 2 parts. 





Part 1: 2 weeks ago I noticed a female goldfinch perching in bushes along the 
front of the house, then flying toward the upper lefthand corner of a large 
double-hung window, hovering for a second, then flying against the glass. This 
was late afternoon and she repeated the behavior a dozen times. I would scare 
her away, but she returned after several minutes. Night fell and she desisted. 
At 0700 next morning she was at it again. 


I tightly closed the inside curtains. No effect. I then hung a painter's 
dropcloth over the whole window on the outside. This stopped her briefly, but 
she then moved to the upper lefthand corner of an adjacent window (same size 
and shape, but 4' away) and continued. I put a dropcloth over that window also. 
I have 2 other identical windows in the second story over these, but she did 
not go up there, thankfully. I didn't see her the rest of the day. Next morning 
I took the cloths down and she did not reappear. 





Part 2: The last several days, I have seen a goldfinch flying repeatedly into 
the top (40' up) of a large sugar maple in our side yard. Nest, I figured. 
About an hour ago, my daughter found a headless baby bird, still warm, on the 
ground under the tree. The neck was still present, although skinless, the head 
gone except for the very bottom edge of it, apparently cleanly removed. She 
called me out to look, and as we did so, another baby dropped onto the roof of 
her car. Blood was still flowing from the point where the neck attaches to the 
body, but both head and neck were gone. No other damage visible. 


Both babies have rudimentary wing feathers and patches of fuzz here and there. 
At this time also, an adult goldfinch could be heard vocalizing from above in 
the tree. Shortly thereafter, a female adult was seen moving about among the 
goldenrod and other weed heads below the tree and picking out seeds. She was 
also vocalizing (prob. same bird) initially, but stopped after a couple 
minutes. 





Ideas welcome. 





Steve Fast 


Brooktondale 








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Re: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

2015-09-09 Thread Kathleen P Kramer
Several years ago, I posted to Cayugabirds-L about seeing a chipmunk kill an 
adult female cardinal. The chipmunk and the cardinal were feeding, apparently 
companionably, on the ground beneath my dad’s bird feeder. Suddenly, the 
chipmunk lunged at the cardinal and grasped her in his/her mouth by the head. 
The cardinal flopped wildly from side to side, trying to escape. We ran 
outside, not able to repress that desire to save the bird, even knowing that as 
Rob says, “Nature is messy.”

The chipmunk ran off, scolding loudly, but we were too late to help the 
cardinal. Her neck was broken. We had to go away from the house on an errand, 
so we placed the dead cardinal on a nearby stump. When we came back a short 
time later, the cardinal was gone. We know she didn’t leave under her own 
power, so the answer probably is that the chipmunk came back and dragged her 
away. Or perhaps a cat that wasn’t kept inside took her.  Pretty dramatic 
example of how predatory these little bundles of muscle really are.

Kathy Kramer

On Sep 9, 2015, at 6:53 PM, Rob Blye 
> wrote:

Chipmunks and squirrels do what they do without conscience or shame as do all 
predators. Nature is messy. Good work for keeping your cats inside.


From: "Melanie Uhlir" >
To: "Robyn Bailey" >, "Susan Fast" 
>, "CAYUGABIRDS-L" 
>
Sent: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 4:17:23 PM
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

I guess I hate chipmunks now. Why didn't the vicious vermin eat the murder 
victims??

My cats are indoor-only. If I could train them to eat only chipmunks and House 
Sparrows I would let them out.

Melanie

On 9/9/2015 4:11 PM, Robyn Bailey wrote:
Re: Part 2…I have heard that this is a chipmunk M.O. Fortunately, have never 
had to witness it in person.

Robyn Bailey

From: 
bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu
 [mailto:bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Susan Fast
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 3:20 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

I've been watching some inexplicable behavior (to me) by 1 or 2 goldfinches 
nesting in my yard.  There are 2 parts.

Part 1:  2 weeks ago I noticed a female goldfinch perching in bushes along the 
front of the house, then flying toward the upper lefthand corner of a large 
double-hung window, hovering for a second, then flying against the glass.  This 
was late afternoon and she repeated the behavior a dozen times.  I would scare 
her away, but she returned after several minutes.   Night fell and she 
desisted.  At 0700 next morning she was at it again.
I tightly closed the inside curtains.  No effect.  I then hung a painter's 
dropcloth over the whole window on the outside.  This stopped her briefly, but 
she then moved to the upper lefthand corner of an adjacent window (same size 
and shape, but 4' away) and continued.  I put a dropcloth over that window 
also.  I have 2 other identical windows in the second story over these, but she 
did not go up there, thankfully.   I didn't see her the rest of the day.  Next 
morning I took the cloths down and she did not reappear.

Part 2:  The last several days, I have seen a goldfinch flying repeatedly into 
the top (40' up) of a large sugar maple in our side yard.  Nest, I figured.   
About an hour ago, my daughter found a headless baby bird, still warm, on the 
ground under the tree.  The neck was still present, although skinless, the head 
gone except for the very bottom edge of it, apparently cleanly removed.  She 
called me out to look, and as we did so, another baby dropped onto the roof of 
her car.  Blood was still flowing from the point where the neck attaches to the 
body, but both head and neck were gone.  No other damage visible.
  Both babies have rudimentary wing feathers and patches of fuzz here and 
there.  At this time also, an adult goldfinch could be heard vocalizing from 
above in the tree.  Shortly thereafter, a female adult was seen moving about 
among the goldenrod and other weed heads below the tree and picking out seeds.  
She was also vocalizing (prob. same bird) initially, but stopped after a couple 
minutes.

Ideas welcome.

Steve Fast
Brooktondale


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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club meeting and speaker dinner Sept. 14, 2015

2015-09-09 Thread cl...@juno.com


The Cayuga Bird Club will be meeting on Monday, September 14, at 7:30 at the 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology with cookies and coversation at 7:15. Our speaker 
will be John W. Fitzpatrick, Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director of the Cornell Lab 
of Ornithology. His presentation is entitled, "To Interpret and Conserve: After 
100 years, what has Cornell Lab of Ornithology come to mean?"

As part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithologys centennial celebration and as 
the Labs director, John Fitzpatrick, will explore what has changed, what 
has flourished, and whats to come within the unique Lab founded by 
Arthur Allen and colleagues in 1915. Moving beyond history, this seminar looks 
ahead to the challenges faced by the Lab and everyone who cares about nature. 
We must regard our first hundred years as a trial runan 
experiment that has proven itself worthy of another hundred-year run, but this 
time the expectationsour measures of successwill be far more 
stringent, and the stakes are far higher as we work to help save the 
earths birds and biodiversity. Members are invited to dinner with the 
Fitzpatricks before the meeting at 5:30 at Taste of Thai Express (Rt. 13N 
downtown) . Please RSVP by noon Monday to cl...@juno.com so reservations can be 
made. 

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

2015-09-09 Thread Robyn Bailey
Re: Part 2…I have heard that this is a chipmunk M.O. Fortunately, have never 
had to witness it in person.

Robyn Bailey

From: bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Susan Fast
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 3:20 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

I've been watching some inexplicable behavior (to me) by 1 or 2 goldfinches 
nesting in my yard.  There are 2 parts.

Part 1:  2 weeks ago I noticed a female goldfinch perching in bushes along the 
front of the house, then flying toward the upper lefthand corner of a large 
double-hung window, hovering for a second, then flying against the glass.  This 
was late afternoon and she repeated the behavior a dozen times.  I would scare 
her away, but she returned after several minutes.   Night fell and she 
desisted.  At 0700 next morning she was at it again.
I tightly closed the inside curtains.  No effect.  I then hung a painter's 
dropcloth over the whole window on the outside.  This stopped her briefly, but 
she then moved to the upper lefthand corner of an adjacent window (same size 
and shape, but 4' away) and continued.  I put a dropcloth over that window 
also.  I have 2 other identical windows in the second story over these, but she 
did not go up there, thankfully.   I didn't see her the rest of the day.  Next 
morning I took the cloths down and she did not reappear.

Part 2:  The last several days, I have seen a goldfinch flying repeatedly into 
the top (40' up) of a large sugar maple in our side yard.  Nest, I figured.   
About an hour ago, my daughter found a headless baby bird, still warm, on the 
ground under the tree.  The neck was still present, although skinless, the head 
gone except for the very bottom edge of it, apparently cleanly removed.  She 
called me out to look, and as we did so, another baby dropped onto the roof of 
her car.  Blood was still flowing from the point where the neck attaches to the 
body, but both head and neck were gone.  No other damage visible.
  Both babies have rudimentary wing feathers and patches of fuzz here and 
there.  At this time also, an adult goldfinch could be heard vocalizing from 
above in the tree.  Shortly thereafter, a female adult was seen moving about 
among the goldenrod and other weed heads below the tree and picking out seeds.  
She was also vocalizing (prob. same bird) initially, but stopped after a couple 
minutes.

Ideas welcome.

Steve Fast
Brooktondale


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

2015-09-09 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I guess I hate chipmunks now. Why didn't the vicious vermin eat the 
murder victims??

My cats are indoor-only. If I could train them to eat only chipmunks and 
House Sparrows I would let them out.

Melanie

On 9/9/2015 4:11 PM, Robyn Bailey wrote:
>
> Re: Part 2…I have heard that this is a chipmunk M.O. Fortunately, have 
> never had to witness it in person.
>
> Robyn Bailey
>
> *From:*bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu 
> [mailto:bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of 
> *Susan Fast
> *Sent:* Wednesday, September 09, 2015 3:20 PM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs
>
> I've been watching some inexplicable behavior (to me) by 1 or 2 
> goldfinches nesting in my yard.  There are 2 parts.
>
> Part 1:  2 weeks ago I noticed a female goldfinch perching in bushes 
> along the front of the house, then flying toward the upper lefthand 
> corner of a large double-hung window, hovering for a second, then 
> flying against the glass. This was late afternoon and she repeated the 
> behavior a dozen times.  I would scare her away, but she returned 
> after several minutes.   Night fell and she desisted. At 0700 next 
> morning she was at it again.
>
> I tightly closed the inside curtains.  No effect.  I then hung a 
> painter's dropcloth over the whole window on the outside.  This 
> stopped her briefly, but she then moved to the upper lefthand corner 
> of an adjacent window (same size and shape, but 4' away) and 
> continued.  I put a dropcloth over that window also.  I have 2 other 
> identical windows in the second story over these, but she did not go 
> up there, thankfully.   I didn't see her the rest of the day.  Next 
> morning I took the cloths down and she did not reappear.
>
> Part 2:  The last several days, I have seen a goldfinch flying 
> repeatedly into the top (40' up) of a large sugar maple in our side 
> yard.  Nest, I figured.   About an hour ago, my daughter found a 
> headless baby bird, still warm, on the ground under the tree.  The 
> neck was still present, although skinless, the head gone except for 
> the very bottom edge of it, apparently cleanly removed.  She called me 
> out to look, and as we did so, another baby dropped onto the roof of 
> her car.  Blood was still flowing from the point where the neck 
> attaches to the body, but both head and neck were gone.  No other 
> damage visible.
>
> Both babies have rudimentary wing feathers and patches of fuzz here 
> and there.  At this time also, an adult goldfinch could be heard 
> vocalizing from above in the tree.  Shortly thereafter, a female adult 
> was seen moving about among the goldenrod and other weed heads below 
> the tree and picking out seeds.  She was also vocalizing (prob. same 
> bird) initially, but stopped after a couple minutes.
>
> Ideas welcome.
>
> Steve Fast
>
> Brooktondale
>
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[cayugabirds-l] horrific imagery

2015-09-09 Thread Melanie Uhlir
That last message about Goldfinch murder victims could have used a 
trigger warning.


Most of you are a lot more hardened to the violence of birdwatching than 
I am. I know Nature is horrible, cruel, and violent but...


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[cayugabirds-l] Common Yellowthroat singing

2015-09-09 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I am new to Fall birding. I usually find the approach of Autumn 
crushingly depressing, so I don't know how common it is for migrating 
species to sing. A Common Yellowthroat was just "Witchity"-ing in my 
yard in South Freeville. Typical behavior? The species nests on our 
property each year. Would it be our local male singing or more likely a 
migrant moving through? Does the day length sometimes trigger their 
springtime hormones?


I apologize if these are stupid questions.

Melanie

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