Last week, on June 11th, I found the nest hole of a pair of Hairy
Woodpeckers in a mature 100+ year old Sugar Maple which hangs over into my
yard. According to allaboutbirds.org, it will be another two weeks from now
before they fledge. The perfectly round hole is about 30 feet up on a
Sounds like an interesting project!
You mentioned that you were looking for opinions about what a birding trail
would include - after a quick search, I found a list of US birding trails on
the ABA site:
The descriptions of each are helpful,
I haven't been doing as much birding or traveling for birding this spring as in
previous years, so my sampling is sparse, but here goes:
I heard Blackpoll Warblers from plenty of random places over a goodly span of
time, so they did not strike me as missing, nor late, nor rare.
I only went to
Greeting from Newfoundland where we've been since late May.
This post probably won't allay too many peoples' concerns in Ithaca, but there
ARE some neotropical migrants up here, so maybe a lot of them just skipped the
Cayuga Basin en route northward...
The predominate species anywhere
My perception of spring migration is about the same as Chris' description.
Migration of neotropical migrants almost never happened. Because of
helping out with the Sapsucker Woods Acoustic Monitoring Project (SWAMP)
this spring, I have spent a lot of time in Sapsucker Woods this spring.
I have always felt that birders, from casual to die-hard, number in the
millions and comprise a group of potentially influential activists.
I would love to see an organization, or even discussion thread dedicated to
furthering the convergence of birding and environmental activism. While I
We are kayaker, and there are plenty of birds along the rivers. Yellow
warblers, Baltimore orioles and especially cedar waxwings.
Around our house, same as others are reporting.
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Exactly, Terry. The issue is that the birds are in the prime habitat (such as
at your campsite) but they are not as prevalent in the sub-prime habitat or
traditional backyard habitat…
Thanks for trying… :-)
On Jun 17, 2017, at 11:32 AM, Terry P. Mingle
These reports are very worrisome. Fortunately, this year we have a fairly
usual supply of Hummers, Tree Swallows and other named species at our cottage
(near Long Point).
But -- remember at night when moths used to flutter at windows in great
numbers? When did you last see that?
At least the
We have a TON of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at camp (Forest Lake Campground, in
Truxton). Not so many in Cortland (where we live).
Also I've seen almost all the usual suspects in Cortland this year (sans the
At camp, plenty of assorted swallows (Tree and Barn) Rose-breasted
Oh, yeah. I forgot about Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I remember when we used to
have them in the Northeast. They used to be a really common and cheerful
species of the summer. People used to put out these feeders filled with
sugar-water to attract them to their house for viewing pleasure. They
Thank you for sending this - it is exactly my experience & my concern.
I don't worry quite so much about migration, which can skip over us
easily due to weather patterns. In fact there was an odd weather
pattern in late April that seemed to sling a lot of 'my' warblers up to
the coast of
we usually have at least 2 nesting pairs of tree swallows in boxes furthest
from house. I haven't seen any in our boxes this year. barn swallows made
On Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM wrote:
> We have 17 boxes active, one with bluebirds, two with House Wren, a one
On Saturday morning, I saw the pair of ORCHARD ORIOLES again in the same
lone creekside willow where I reported them on Thursday, just upstream from
the boathouse in Stewart Park. Gary Kohlenberg and I saw these orioles in
this very tree also on Friday afternoon. The subadult male is not too
Chris et al,
I appreciate your comments and fully agree. We are blessed that after 31
years the restoration work to the sanctuary here has really come to
fruition. The creation of multiple water features and habitat niches has
proven very successful as has design/placement of nest boxes. The
Just pointing out the obvious here, but bird numbers in my immediate area of
Upstate NY are way down this year. I mean, WAY down. John, if you have full
capacity of nesting Tree Swallows, it may be that the sites you host are prime
and being filled to capacity because they are the
We have 17 boxes active, one with bluebirds, two with House Wren, a one
with chickadees and the remainder with Tree Swallows. Probably another
good year after a 100% occupancy/success rate last year. We believe this
is due to effective placement and predator guards that function well.
We usually have a dozen or so flying and nesting until mid summer. I haven't
seen a single one since early swallow migration.
On Jun 17, 2017, at 8:34 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard
We've had one nesting pr. with
We've had one nesting pr. with 5 young expected to fledge in 11 days.
Usually have at least 3 pr. with many others flying about. Not so this
yr.. Same with barn swallows. For the last 2 yrs. we've not had more
than a doz. of either lining up on our power line in late summer before
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