[cayugabirds-l] turkey

2017-05-02 Thread Sara Jane Hymes
A friend sent me a photo of a tom Turkey who was strutting through her yard off 
of Pleasant Grove Rd.  I don’t recall m/any reports of turkey within the city 
of Ithaca/Lansing recently.  A pleasant surprise for all concerned.
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[cayugabirds-l] Virginia Rail

2017-05-02 Thread Geo Kloppel
West Danby this evening: I found a Virginia Rail as usual in the little marsh 
on Hillview Road beside the old county landfill. Others are likely to be 
present nearby, like in the Cayuga Inlet headwater marsh just west of the 
landfill cap, along abandoned Center Schoolhouse Road.

-Geo
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] hummer!

2017-05-02 Thread Linda Orkin
Here's the link on Amazon.


https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BUEPBEA/ref=ox_sc_
act_title_1?ie=UTF8=1=A11GPMLU3DAQ41

On Tue, May 2, 2017 at 1:47 PM, Linda Orkin  wrote:

> Do you have the bird tape on your window?  I just got it and am putting it
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>> after I put up my hummingbird feeders. Got a couple good photos of him
>> while he was collecting himself.
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[cayugabirds-l] How many Rose-breasted Grosbeaks?

2017-05-02 Thread John Confer
I have suspected that the red pattern and the variation in black-to-brown 
coloration on the wings made many individual Rose-breasted Grosbeaks 
distinguishable. This year I decided to try to take digital images of every 
RBGR that I saw that perched on the feeder at a position so that I could 
photograph its front and, if possible, also its side. So far I've downloaded 
sets of images for 10 RBGR that perched appropriately. After 
examining/comparing the images of the first 10 birds, 9 of them were distinctly 
different individuals. We only saw two males at a time so without a photo album 
I would have only counted 2 males, plus two females also. I'm still making my 
photo album of them, and repeats are still uncommon. Who knows how many it will 
add up to.

Fun with birds.

John



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] hummer!

2017-05-02 Thread Linda Orkin
Do you have the bird tape on your window?  I just got it and am putting it
up.

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY

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> FOY Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird.  Crashed into my window, landed on the
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> put up my hummingbird feeders. Got a couple good photos of him while he was
> collecting himself.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bobolinks and a Yellow Warbler

2017-05-02 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I heard the Bobolinks for the first time this year this morning. Don't 
know if I've previously been sleeping through their boingy songs or if 
they've just arrived. I've yet to see or hear a warbler.

Melanie in Freeville

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> I had my FOY Yellow Warbler this morning and a B yesterday.  We also 
> had Bobolinks fly over toward our field here in Brooktondale, but I am 
> not sure they stayed here.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden to Ithaca trail

2017-05-02 Thread Linda Orkin
Just voted again.

http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60418376/

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[cayugabirds-l] hummer!

2017-05-02 Thread Carol Cedarholm
FOY Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird.  Crashed into my window, landed on the
deck and after a minute shook himself off and buzzed away. The day after I
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[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard: 2 May 2017 - Golden-winged Warbler

2017-05-02 Thread Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
This morning, while birding the Hawthorn Orchard, I came upon a silently 
foraging adult male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER. This bird was located in the 
Southwest portion of the Hawthorn Orchard, about 100 yards to the East of the 
single shagbark hickory tree in the SW area. After messaging the Cayuga RBA 
GroupMe, Jay McGowan relocated the bird in the same general area as before. 
While Jay was there, it was joined by a singing Blue-winged Warbler. Soon 
after, the Golden-winged Warbler also sang. Jay got pictures and some audio 
documentation of this bird. Later, I ran into Ann Mitchell, Gary Kohlenberg, 
and Ken Kemphues, who all came from successfully seeing and hearing the 
Golden-winged Warbler, all in the same spot.

Just a heads-up that the hawthorns and other plants are leaving out nicely and 
the birds are harvesting Tortricid moth larvae from the hawthorn leaf clusters. 
This could turn out to be a banner year at the Hawthorn Orchard. The plants and 
insects are about a good 10+ days ahead of schedule at this spot.

Good birding!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] flock o' warblers - corection

2017-05-02 Thread tess
Apparently I got too excited: I meant *Golden-_Winged_ Warbler,* which I 
think is warbler species 26 for our yard. (It's golden crown made a big 
impression on me ... .)

Thanks, Janet -

Alicia

On 5/2/2017 11:52 AM, Janet Akin wrote:
> Golden Crowned Warbler?
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>> This morning saw a wee bump in migrants to our yard (southwest town 
>> of Ovid).  In addition to the small flocks of YR Warblers, RC 
>> Kinglets, and WT Sparrows that have dominated the soundscape here for 
>> the past several days today we found 2-3 *RB Grosbeaks,* 2-4 
>> *Orioles*, and some smaller birds that have been gleaning the oak 
>> tassles & apple blossoms: 1 *BH Vireo*, 2 *BG Gnatcatchers*;2 *BT 
>> Green*, 1 *Yellow*, 1 *Nashville*, and 1 *Chestnut-Sided Warblers* - 
>> and briefly (15 seconds) but vividly and very well seen, a new 
>> yardbird: a beautiful, silent male *Golden Crowned Warbler*.  The GC 
>> Warbler was below the birds in the oak trees, about 6' up in an apple 
>> sapling that was in bloom, checking out the blossoms for something, 
>> and obligingly stayed in full view until a male cardinal flew in next 
>> to him and the warbler darted away.
>>
>> It was pretty birdy here this for such a cool, damp, overcast & windy 
>> day, but we often have good birds after thunderstorms pass through 
>> since (I think?) birds get spun off Seneca Lake and need a place to 
>> touch down.
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[cayugabirds-l] Rose- breasted Grosbeak

2017-05-02 Thread Ann Mitchell
I just saw my first ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK at my feeders. Earlier today and 
yesterday there were two PINE SISKIN also present. Happy spring!!
Ann

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] checking, what insect is all about our faces now?

2017-05-02 Thread Sandra J. Kisner
None of the sites I've checked mention Bill Staines' cover, but check the 
complete lyrics to the "Black Fly Song" here:

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/en/article/the-black-fly-song-emc/

Sandra

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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] checking, what insect is all about our faces now?

They really are black flies, and they bite!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_fly

Sandy Podulka

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[cayugabirds-l] Sanderlings at Myers

2017-05-02 Thread bob mcguire
I checked the spit at Myers around 8 this morning especially to look for any 
migrating birds forced down by yesterday’s storm. I passed Jay on the way in 
and, because he did not signal anything unusual, I wasn’t expecting much. One 
of the resident SPOTTED SANDPIPERS flew up the creek as I drove up. And there 
was the usual congregation of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls both on the spit 
and the woody debris just offshore - accompanied by several Double-crested 
Cormorants. A Killdeer was giving alarm calls from the beach. Going to check it 
out, I spotted first one, then a second SANDERLING running along the shoreline 
- first north, then south, under the new swimming dock and beyond. I called Jay 
to come back and settled in to keep an eye on them. Unfortunately, I got 
distracted by my eBird app as I tried to enter the morning’s birds. When I 
finally looked up, the Sanderlings were gone.

I am new to the eBird-app-on-phone thing and, while I find it handy, it is also 
addicting (and distracting)!  So I have to figure out some sort of work flow 
that doesn’t detract from actually looking for and observing birds.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] checking, what insect is all about our faces now?

2017-05-02 Thread Sandy Podulka
They really are black flies, and they bite!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_fly

I think the term "gnat" is kind of a lay term that people use for 
small flying things that annoy them, which would certainly include 
those dreaded black flies, which I try really hard to view as "bird 
food" and "what brings the warblers in spring." (But I rarely succeed.)

"Gnats" officially come in many varieties, such as Fungus Gnats and 
Wood Gnats, which look nothing like black flies.  Scroll down through 
this link to see the various groups of flies.
http://www.naturespot.org.uk/taxonomy/term/6

Sandy Podulka

p.s. Thanks for the head net link! It looks great and REI is a 
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>face as warblers show up was black fly. Am I right?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Guess which bird...

2017-05-02 Thread Dave Nutter
My guide to birds of Europe says Redwing breeds in Scotland and winters in the 
rest of Britain. I'm sure it's a fun bird to see, but it would not make 
headlines. Their red is on the sides and wing lining. The Redwing shows actual 
white on the brow and chin.  Female Red-winged Blackbirds are more tawny on the 
brow to even orange on the lores and chin, as shown in the photos in the 
article. Like other of our common birds, the female Red-winged Blackbird is a 
good bird to study to think about details of plumage. 
--Dave Nutter

> On May 2, 2017, at 10:49 AM, Bill Mcaneny  wrote:
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> To clarify (or to add to the confusion), there is a migratory thrush in 
> Europe that goes by the name of REDWING.  It is not clear to me that the bird 
> in the report from Scotland is a Redwinged BLACKBIRD.  The REDWING looks 
> superficially like the female blackbird, being brown, sort of stripey, and 
> showing a white eye-line.  It may be unusual or even rare in Scotland, 
> causing some excitement.  BTW, the Redwing is in the same family (turdus) as 
> the American Robin.  Glad to be of help.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] checking, what insect is all about our faces now?

2017-05-02 Thread khmo
Please answer publically as we have also been confused. We believe these
 local, pesky critters are gnats but black flies are now our in numbers
in the ADK. Would love to know how to tell the difference. 

Our very scientific method is that the gnats bite me but black flies
don't while Sue is a favorite meal for the latter when we are in the
mountains. ;-) 

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> Hi all, I always thought this little black flying insect around my face as 
> warblers show up was black fly. Am I right?  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Guess which bird...

2017-05-02 Thread Scott Haber
The original article correctly identifies the bird in question as a
Red-winged Blackbird and includes several diagnostic photos from Scottish
birders. I'm not sure why there's been any "confusion".

-Scott

On Tue, May 2, 2017 at 10:49 AM, Bill Mcaneny  wrote:

> To clarify (or to add to the confusion), there is a migratory thrush in
> Europe that goes by the name of REDWING.  It is not clear to me that the
> bird in the report from Scotland is a Redwinged BLACKBIRD.  The REDWING
> looks superficially like the female blackbird, being brown, sort of
> stripey, and showing a white eye-line.  It may be unusual or even rare in
> Scotland, causing some excitement.  BTW, the Redwing is in the same
> family (turdus) as the American Robin.  Glad to be of help.
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[cayugabirds-l] checking, what insect is all about our faces now?

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[cayugabirds-l] Guess which bird...

2017-05-02 Thread Bill Mcaneny
To clarify (or to add to the confusion), there is a migratory thrush in
Europe that goes by the name of REDWING.  It is not clear to me that the
bird in the report from Scotland is a Redwinged BLACKBIRD.  The REDWING
looks superficially like the female blackbird, being brown, sort of stripey,
and showing a white eye-line.  It may be unusual or even rare in Scotland,
causing some excitement.  BTW, the Redwing is in the same family (turdus) as
the American Robin.  Glad to be of help.

 

Bill McAneny


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Guess which bird made the front page of the Scottish BBC news...

2017-05-02 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I wanted you to know that I got the forwarded note from a Scots woman colleague 
whom I just showed a male Red-winged Blackbird to a couple weeks ago on a trip 
around the pond, presumably for her first time.
I hope the Scots who get to add the F to their life list are as thrilled as I 
was with the Tufted Duck a couple years ago.

And I still think we should all be called “twitchers”, the instinctive lurching 
and twisting motion made in response to peripheral activity, a far more 
accurate nickname than “birdwatchers” which implies there is a bird sitting 
still long enough to be watched. Like that ever happens!

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On May 2, 2017, at 09:22, Dave Nutter 
> wrote:

Everyone knows what Red-winged Blackbirds are. They arrive here at the very 
start of Spring when there are still bouts of cold and snow to survive, causing 
general wonderment about their judgement. They fly, perch, and call 
conspicuously, establishing their territories. Their short, harsh song is among 
the best known by the general public. Their plumage is all black except for 
big, bold, red wing patches. They are obvious birds, well-named, and easy to 
ID. But those are just the males.

The females are a totally different story. They arrive a couple weeks later 
when people have stopped paying attention to the males. Females' most obvious 
association with the males is to be chased at high speed around marshes. 
Females act different, doing more skulking in marshes where they feed and nest. 
They are smaller than the males. They have no black. They have no red. When 
most people see a female Red-winged Blackbird, they think, "Oh, a stripy brown 
bird." Many people stop there, daunted by that category, while other folks are 
confused by finding not finding it among the sparrows. The name is no help at 
all. Identifying a female Red-winged Blackbird is a more complicated puzzle 
which birders memorize. It's also a reminder, whenever there is no obvious 
match for a brown bird, to check the field guide for females of various 
species, using shape and habitat as clues. And often birds' names are just 
distracting arbitrary words.

--Dave Nutter


On May 1, 2017, at 1:47 PM, Jody Enck 
> wrote:

Hi All,

Here's an opportunity to dust off your field guides (as many as you can find) 
and look at all the different plumages presented in those guides of Red-winged 
Blackbirds.  Like many, many species of birds, males and females of Red-winged 
Blackbirds look quite different.  The picture posted on the BBC website of the 
bird is a female.  So, yes, this time of year about half the Red-winged 
Blackbirds out there really do look like this.  As these are typically 
short-distant migrants, it is quite astounding that this bird made it all the 
way to Scotland.  Even if it hop-scotched across Greenland and Iceland to get 
there, it is quite a feat for this bird.  Very cool.

Jody

On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 1:34 PM, Tom Hoard 
> wrote:
Maybe a juvenile?

Sent from my iPad

On May 1, 2017, at 11:36 AM, Sandra J. Kisner 
> wrote:

Is that what they think a red-winged blackbird looks like?  Or is it just a 
poor choice of illustration?

Sandra

From: 
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Guess which bird made the front page of the 
Scottish BBC news...

The things some people get excited about… (:-)
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Begin forwarded message:


Subject: Guess which bird made the front page of the Scottish BBC news...
Date: May 1, 2017 at 10:16:00 EDT


http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-scotland-39769825/birdwatchers-flock-to-orkney-for-rare-bird
[https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/1024/cpsprodpb/164D1/production/_95854319_p051n2tf.jpg]

Red-winged blackbird spotted on North Ronaldsay - BBC 
News
www.bbc.com
Birdwatchers are making their way to North Ronaldsay after what is claimed to 
be the first European sighting of a red-winged blackbird.


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[cayugabirds-l] Rosie is back!

2017-05-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Male ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAK just landed in trees overlooking back yard feeders. 
Now he is in sunflower seed feeder on back deck!

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[cayugabirds-l] Magnolia too

2017-05-02 Thread Geo Kloppel
...and here's a Magnolia Warbler, also in its traditional nesting area.

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[cayugabirds-l] Hooded Warbler

2017-05-02 Thread Geo Kloppel
This morning a Hooded Warbler is back, singing in a traditional nesting area a 
couple hundred feet from my house (Tupper Road, West Danby)

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[cayugabirds-l] White Crowned Sparrow

2017-05-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
At ground feeding area in my front yard. FOY for yard. Catbirds singing all 
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[cayugabirds-l] R/T Hawks in gorge by Stewart ave bridge next to fall creek drive

2017-05-02 Thread Barbara B. Eden
Just had fabulous looks this morning of the 2 little ones being fed 

Barbara Eden

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[cayugabirds-l] Wood thrush

2017-05-02 Thread Kenneth J. Kemphues
Wood thrush has returned to Hawthorn orchard

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