Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Bustle

2018-04-28 Thread Dave Nutter
I was at the Swan Pond at Stewart Park starting about 1:40pm as a fairly 
substantial rain shower was tapering off. 

There were lots of Barn Swallows (I saw 9 perched together during a lull) and 
several Northern Rough-winged Swallows (I saw 4 perched together), and at least 
1 male and one female Tree Swallow.

I did not manage to count the Yellow-rumped Warblers, who were doing a lot of 
flycatching over the pond, but I’m guessing there were at least 10. Nor did I 
manage to count the less conspicuous Palm Warblers, but I think there were at 
least 4, and they also did some flycatching. I was surprised not to find the 
Yellow Warbler I saw there a couple days ago, which I had assumed was on its 
territory there. Maybe it gave up for awhile. 

There was also an Eastern Phoebe and my first-of-year Eastern Kingbird 
flycatching over the pond. 

I agree, it was busy, and beautiful to watch. I stayed there for over an hour. 

- - Dave Nutter

> On Apr 28, 2018, at 9:13 PM, Sandy Wold  wrote:
> 
> This morning 8:30-10am I saw so many birds in my loop through Renwick Woods 
> to the Swan Pond and then through the Golf Course.  
> 
> Here are the highlights and many FOYs for me:
> --flicker kek-kek-keking incessantly near the top of a tree near a snag.  I 
> think it was a she (no mustache)
> --I estimate that there were at least 12 Golden-rumped Warblers.  They were 
> all sitting around the main pond on shrubs or up in trees darting out to snag 
> a bug over the water and back.  This was happening so fast, I could not 
> accurately count them.  The loud music and yelling over with the crew team 
> did not seem to affect them or their calling.
> --By 9:30am, I noticed a second warbler, the Yellow Warbler!  They had more 
> of a swallow-like insect hunting behavior.  At times I thought I saw a third 
> species of warbler and other species of swallow, and then they disappeared.  
> I thought I heard a flycatcher a few times, but never saw it.  The swallows 
> showed up soon thereafter, and I think they sound slightly different.
> --Then by 10am, a huge swarm of swallows arrived, about 30!  They were all 
> over the pond zipping back and forth.  I watched to see if the GRWs stopped.  
> They seemed to break for a minute or two, but then they went back at it.  It 
> was quite the choreography, and they seemed to operate at different heights 
> above the pond. I definitely saw Barn Swallows and think I may have seen one 
> of the other kinds.
> ---As all of this was going on, the bull frogs started up.
> --As I walked across the golf course, the tree frog went at it.
> --Heard but not seen: Kingfisher, Song Sparrow, American Redstart
>  
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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Bustle

2018-04-28 Thread Sandy Wold
This morning 8:30-10am I saw so many birds in my loop through Renwick Woods
to the Swan Pond and then through the Golf Course.

Here are the highlights and many FOYs for me:
--flicker kek-kek-keking incessantly near the top of a tree near a snag.  I
think it was a she (no mustache)
--I estimate that there were at least 12 Golden-rumped Warblers.  They were
all sitting around the main pond on shrubs or up in trees darting out to
snag a bug over the water and back.  This was happening so fast, I could
not accurately count them.  The loud music and yelling over with the crew
team did not seem to affect them or their calling.
--By 9:30am, I noticed a second warbler, the Yellow Warbler!  They had more
of a swallow-like insect hunting behavior.  At times I thought I saw a
third species of warbler and other species of swallow, and then they
disappeared.  I thought I heard a flycatcher a few times, but never saw
it.  The swallows showed up soon thereafter, and I think they sound
slightly different.
--Then by 10am, a huge swarm of swallows arrived, about 30!  They were all
over the pond zipping back and forth.  I watched to see if the GRWs
stopped.  They seemed to break for a minute or two, but then they went back
at it.  It was quite the choreography, and they seemed to operate at
different heights above the pond. I definitely saw Barn Swallows and think
I may have seen one of the other kinds.
*---As all of this was going on, the bull frogs started up.*
*--As I walked across the golf course, the tree frog went at it.*
*--Heard but not seen: Kingfisher, Song Sparrow, American Redstart*

*Welcome back friends!!!*

*CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION YOU CAN TAKE: Divesting from animal agriculture by
switching to a plant-based diet can help *
*​mitigate significant amounts of methane*
*.  A vegan diet is heart-healthy, non-violent, anti-colonial, and
sustainable! **Pledge the **Ithaca *
*10 or 30-day (Plant-based) Vegan
Challenge!**www.facebook.com/groups/IthacaVeganChallenge/
*

Instagram* #VeganPlanet2020*

*---**Sandy Wold, **sustainability educator/artist*
B.S. Chemistry/Biochemistry, University of Florida
M.S. Science Education​, UC Santa Cruz/SUNY Cortland
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[nysbirds-l] American White Pelican Upper Lisle County Park this evening 4/28/18

2018-04-28 Thread David Nicosia
Found an American White Pelican by the two islands at the upper end of the
Whitney Point, NY reservoir this evening. This is a first Broome record in
several years. What an amazing bird. The bird must have dropped in after a
strong cold front passed by as bird was not there this morning or early
afternoon.  The bird was fishing with its massive pouch bill and catching a
lot of small fish. With northwest winds tonight, hopefully he will stick
around for others to enjoy. There was a small group of people who joined me
to watch this most impressive bird.

See ebird list for some photos:

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey on nest, briefly

2018-04-28 Thread Dave Nutter
This afternoon one Osprey stood on the nest with its wings partly spread 
(Mantling? Solicitation?) while calling for a long time. Meanwhile a second 
Osprey kited fairly low over the occupied nest, then circled and repeated 
several times. 

It looks like an Osprey is incubating (white of a head low and a bit hard to 
see) on the nest at the east end of Stewart Park and also on the nest in Union 
Fields.

- - Dave Nutter

> On Apr 28, 2018, at 7:12 PM, marsha kardon  wrote:
> 
> There were two ospreys sitting peacefully together on the nest by the by the 
> bridge in Stewart Park today at about 9am.  
> 
>> On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 9:27 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:
>> Mid-day today I was at Stewart Park briefly, and I saw one Osprey standing 
>> on the nest west of the green suspension bridges. Nobody bothered it during 
>> the few seconds I looked at it. I wonder if that was courtship I witnessed 
>> before.
>> 
>> The nest at the east end of Stewart Park has an Osprey hunkered down on it, 
>> presumably incubating. 
>> 
>> - - Dave Nutter
>> 
>>> On Apr 26, 2018, at 9:03 AM, Barbara Chase  wrote:
>>> 
>>> I walked around Renwick woods earlier in the afternoon yesterday (April 25) 
>>> and watched that nest for about 15 min yesterday around 1:30pm.  I saw the 
>>> one osprey land on the nest briefly and then fly away when the second one 
>>> approached.  This interaction was repeated at least 5 times within the 15 
>>> minutes I watched.  Once the first osprey sat on the nest calling loudly 
>>> for about 2 minutes before the second osprey came and they both flew off.
>>> 
>>> Barbara Chase
>>> 
 On Apr 25, 2018, at 8:54 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:
 
 Yesterday afternoon shortly before 5pm I was on the Cayuga Waterfront 
 Trail where it crosses Fall Creek on a green suspension bridge between the 
 end of Pier Road and the western corner of Renwick Wildwood. There’s a 
 pole with an Osprey platform just west of that bridge (it’s not on the 
 Osprey Trail map, and I don’t know its name). If I recall correctly, last 
 year it looked like a nest there would be occupied (sticks being brought, 
 Osprey frequently standing on them), but then it was abandoned. I wondered 
 if there was too much human activity directly underneath. It’s a popular 
 fishing spot. This year on my sporadic observations I had not seen any 
 Osprey at this platform until yesterday afternoon, when I saw an Osprey 
 glide in and alight on the nest. I had just enough time to think, “Wow, I 
 must tell Candace!” before a second Osprey followed, but instead of 
 perching, it descended toward the bird on the nest talons first. The 
 occupant vacated pronto, flying upstream, while the evictor continued 
 westward without even touching down. Maybe there are established Ospreys 
 who don’t want certain other nearby platforms to be occupied. 
 
 - - Dave Nutter
 
 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] yellow warbler in Brooktondale.

2018-04-28 Thread Tom Hoebbel
Just saw a yellow warbler at our tube feeder...wasn't eating seed, but
checking out the goldfinches trying to pick up some tips!




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[cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler

2018-04-28 Thread Robert Horn
Prothonotary warbler was just spotted making its way along the bushes of our 
front yard. Bob













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[cayugabirds-l] Western MeadowLark

2018-04-28 Thread Leona Lauster
 The Western Meadowlark is still singing from the wire on Olmstead  Rd., 
Savannah, NY
this morning.

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[nysbirds-l] Listening to birds outside with Bill Evans' mic

2018-04-28 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

Last couple of days I have been listening via Bill Evans' mic on my roof and 
recording the calls with computer I hear around my house. I am amazed at all 
the birds I hear.  I live in a suburban location. I am appending ebird list for 
two days where you can also listen to the sounds too.  Plus, I can hear the 
night flight calls and record them.  Tonight, I had quite a few American Tree 
Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows and a few Chipping Sparrows including many other 
calls I have to yet identify. I am waiting for the warblers!

Vow what varieties fly over my house!


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[cayugabirds-l] Next Week's south winds- lots of arrivals and migrants May 2 and 3

2018-04-28 Thread David Nicosia
Looks like best days will now be May 2 and 3 with prolonged southwest winds
and plenty of migrants arriving. Since there will be westerly component to
the winds, the arrivals will continue downstate. The downstate area may
squeeze out the 4th as well. A front will cross much of upstate NY in the
afternoon of the 4th reaching downstate the evening of the 4th to early
morning of the 5th.  Lots of arrivals downstate already yesterday and I
imagine quite a few today both upstate and downstate. There is a
ridiculously strong cold front that blasts through the state by tonight
with cold and windy conditions for Sunday and even part of Monday. This
likely will ground a lot of migrating gulls, terns, early shorebirds etc
and bring all the migrating swallows down low on area lakes and ponds
Sunday to Monday. Places upstate could even see some snow showers Sunday!!
Then by Tuesday we recover some and then the warmth is on for at least a
couple days, May 2 and 3(4th downstate).

Good luck to all!

Dave Nicosia

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