[cayugabirds-l] Mockingbird/Cardinal Song

2016-01-31 Thread Annette Nadeau
Just saw my first Mockingbird of the year in its usual area near the top of the hill on Burns Road in Brooktondale. Also heard my first Cardinal song near my yard on this 51-degree morning. Annette -- from my phone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Ladoga Scoters

2016-01-31 Thread bob mcguire
I just returned from a fruitless chase of the reported Long-tailed Duck at Myers. While missing the duck, I did find four White-winged Scoters close-in at Ladoga (two males, two females), one Double-crested Cormorant, one Pied-billed Grebe, and a distant Common Loon (plus Common Goldeneye and

[cayugabirds-l] Hold on to your hats! Agressive Sharp-shinned at Newman Golf Course?

2016-01-31 Thread Sandy Wold
I just had an interesting experience. It was dusk, about 5:30pm, and I was sprinting home on my bike from Stewart Park with a friend passing by the Golf Course where I was dive-bombed by a falcon-shaped bird. It was quite thrilling as I felt it come behind me and swoop over my off-white knit

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Recent highlights -- Newman Golf Course, lake, Plantations

2016-01-31 Thread Sandy Wold
Thanks for posting and sharing, Mark. As much as I would like to think birds like me as much as I like them, and hence they want to get as close to me as possible, now I see this was a hectic survival moment I biked into. I was laughing by the surprise of it all, but now I see the birds were

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow musings - possible intergrade at Liddell?

2016-01-31 Thread Jay McGowan
Hey all, Thought I would chime in briefly about the Fox Sparrow. I agree that it is darker than the majority of the birds we get passing through the area. I don't think it is out of the range of variation for Red, although it could perhaps be indicative of a more western-breeding populations

[cayugabirds-l] Recent highlights -- Newman Golf Course, lake, Plantations

2016-01-31 Thread Mark Chao
Thanks for your account, Sandy! The other day I too saw a Sharp-shinned Hawk chasing House Sparrows and other birds at the Newman Golf Course. The hawk blazed in to the feeder by the private residence along the inlet, scattering the songbirds, and perched in a bush for a couple of minutes,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow musings - possible intergrade at Liddell?

2016-01-31 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all, Talking about Fox Sparrow, there are several reports of Fox Sparrows in the Northeast. Mild winter to blame I guess. I have not looked at ebird distributions. Also several reports of Grey Catbirds too. At least some of them have gone where they are supposed to be i.e. in Yucatan. I

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Around the Lake Saturday

2016-01-31 Thread Dave Nutter
One of the neat things about birding with others is our varied experiences and perspectives regarding the same events. That's why I tend to submit independent rather than shared eBird checklists. Here are a few of my highlights from yesterday with the gang: First, on my way to join the others