[cayugabirds-l] Second-hand report of possible Lewis's Woodpecker

2019-02-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A non-expert-birder friend thought he saw a Lewis's Woodpecker in the little grove of woods near the inlet, across 13A from Glenside, at 2:30pm this afternoon, fussing around the bottom of the trees. Details are scant, and probably a longshot, but I figure I'd post it in case anyone feels like

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Update - another vote for shelter

2019-02-01 Thread Carol Keeler
The birds didn’t seem to be using the tree for shelter since they were on the tops of the branches and not in the tree. Many do roost in my Norway spruces. It will be interesting to see if they do the same thing tomorrow. Sent from my iPad > On Feb 1, 2019, at 4:50 PM, Marie P. Read wrote:

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Update - another vote for shelter

2019-02-01 Thread Marie P. Read
I was going to suggest something similar to Linda: any type of conifer can provide shelter for birds, particularly in the cold, windy weather we've had over the past couple of days. I have watched birds actually going to roost (at dusk) in certain spruces on my property in the past. Marie

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Update

2019-02-01 Thread Linda Orkin
I don’t know how others responded but perhaps the tree provides some specific site related shelter from the cold that may not be true or necessary at other times or in the past. I sound think you would see them foraging if they were. Keep watching and see what you see. Linda Orkin Ithaca NY

[cayugabirds-l] Update

2019-02-01 Thread Carol Keeler
Thanks to all the people who responded to my query. Your ideas sure gave some food for thought. I looked out this afternoon at the Cedar and it was covered in birds! It looked like a birdy Christmas tree. I counted 25 House Finches on the side that I could see. There were many more birds

[cayugabirds-l] feeder aggression

2019-02-01 Thread Alicia
Just had a female Hairy Woodpecker hitch herself up and around the suet holder attached to the side of a hopper feeder, and nail a Mourning Dove who was sunning itself on the roof, about 6" away fro the suet. The MODO had her tail toward the woodpecker and never saw it coming.  At least 6 or 8

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question

2019-02-01 Thread khmo
Sorry Carol, that response was to another's question which somehow became crossed by our email. I agree with Mark's response. John --- John and Sue Gregoire Field Ornithologists Kestrel Haven Migration Observatory 5373 Fitzgerald Rd Burdett, NY 14818 42.443508000, -76.758202000 "Create and

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question

2019-02-01 Thread khmo
I mis-spoke as this is an advanced Second year bird showing adult plumes but a youngster's eye. My guess he was born in 2017. Now that he is a third year the eye should go red come spring. John --- John and Sue Gregoire Field Ornithologists Kestrel Haven Migration Observatory 5373 Fitzgerald Rd

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question

2019-02-01 Thread Marc Devokaitis
Hi Carol, A guess would be that the fruits/seeds of the plant are "persistent", meaning they last a long time on the plant, and while Alaskan Cedar may not be a familiar for the local birds, they are into them now for whatever reason. Perhaps they're exploring novel food sources at this point in

[cayugabirds-l] Question

2019-02-01 Thread Carol Keeler
I’m wondering why my birds have suddenly found an Alaskan Cedar so interesting. I noticed several birds, Cardinals, Tree Sparrows, Chickadees all sitting at the tips of a birch tree which is close to the Cedar. They’d fly over to the Cedar and go in. More and more of my regular birds came