Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mergansers

2020-04-29 Thread Geo Kloppel
Previous BBAs confirmed breeding at several locations along the south shore of 
Long Island, so in the simple latitudinal sense, Cayuga Lake is not too far 
south. But...

-Geo

> On Apr 29, 2020, at 3:21 PM, Tom  wrote:
> 
> Will Red-breasted Mergansers breed/nest as far south as Cayuga Lake?  I find 
> the females hard to differentiate from Common Mergansers.
> 
> Tom V
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> 
> --
> 
> Cayugabirds-L List Info:
> http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME
> http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES
> http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm
> 
> ARCHIVES:
> 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
> 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds
> 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html
> 
> Please submit your observations to eBird:
> http://ebird.org/content/ebird/
> 
> --

--

Cayugabirds-L List Info:
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

ARCHIVES:
1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds
3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html

Please submit your observations to eBird:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

--



[cayugabirds-l] Mergansers

2020-04-29 Thread Tom
Will Red-breasted Mergansers breed/nest as far south as Cayuga Lake?  I find 
the females hard to differentiate from Common Mergansers.

Tom V
Sent from my iPhone


--

Cayugabirds-L List Info:
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

ARCHIVES:
1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds
3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html

Please submit your observations to eBird:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

--



[cayugabirds-l] Nashville Warbler in Lansing

2020-04-29 Thread Robyn Bailey
I had a Nashville Warbler outside my kitchen window in Lansing around 12:30. My 
first warbler of the year!

Cheers,

Robyn Bailey

--

Cayugabirds-L List Info:
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

ARCHIVES:
1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds
3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html

Please submit your observations to eBird:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

--

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Female RBGR here at noon today.

2020-04-29 Thread Melissa Groo
Rose-breasted Grosbeak male just now appeared on my backyard deck in
Brooktondale! So beautiful!

Melissa Groo

On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 12:49 PM  wrote:

> We captured some nice images as female Purple Finch and Female Grosbeak
> posed side by side on a black oil feeder this noon.
> --
> John and Sue Gregoire
> 5373 Fitzgerald Rd
> Burdett, NY 14818-9626
> "Conserve and Create Habitat"
> N 42.44307 W 76.75784
> --
> *Cayugabirds-L List Info:*
> Welcome and Basics 
> Rules and Information 
> Subscribe, Configuration and Leave
> 
> *Archives:*
> The Mail Archive
> 
> Surfbirds 
> BirdingOnThe.Net 
> *Please submit your observations to eBird
> !*
> --
>


-- 

Melissa Groo

Associate Fellow, International League of Conservation Photographers
Wildlife Columnist, Outdoor Photographer magazine
Contributing Editor, Audubon magazine
Ambassador, Project Coyote
Represented by National Geographic Image Collection

www.melissagroo.com

New Nat Geo story:
The uplifting tale of these tiny island foxes, nearly wiped out by disaster


Come visit the Melissa Groo Gallery at Audubon Greenwich
!








Instagram @melissagroo

--

Cayugabirds-L List Info:
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

ARCHIVES:
1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds
3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html

Please submit your observations to eBird:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

--

[cayugabirds-l] Female RBGR here at noon today.

2020-04-29 Thread khmo
We captured some nice images as female Purple Finch and Female Grosbeak
posed side by side on a black oil feeder this noon. 
-- 
John and Sue Gregoire
5373 Fitzgerald Rd
Burdett, NY 14818-9626
"Conserve and Create Habitat"
N 42.44307 W 76.75784
--

Cayugabirds-L List Info:
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

ARCHIVES:
1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds
3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html

Please submit your observations to eBird:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

--

[cayugabirds-l] Northern Waterthrush in Brooktondale

2020-04-29 Thread Sandy Podulka
Singing near our house this morning in a skunk cabbage bog, but also 
95% sure I heard it yesterday, too. But didn't have time to track it 
down yesterday.


Also, a Chipping Sparrow and a Spotted Sandpiper arrived today, and a 
Fox Sparrow is still hanging around.


Sandy Podulka


--

Cayugabirds-L List Info:
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

ARCHIVES:
1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds
3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html

Please submit your observations to eBird:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

--


[cayugabirds-l] Scopes - and Vortex

2020-04-29 Thread Sandra Lynn Babcock
Hi everyone,

For those of you looking at scopes who also want to throw your purchasing power 
behind companies whose values align with your own, you might want to do some 
digging into Vortex, which touts its support of the Second Amendment on its 
website.  I realize this is probably not an issue for many folks in our region, 
but it may be for others.

Best,
Sandra Babcock

On 4/29/20, 12:03 AM, "bounce-124589348-73410...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of 
Upstate NY Birding digest"  wrote:

CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

1. Re: Spotting scope question
2. RE: Spotting scope question
3. Etna: Low Sandhill Crane Flyover
4. RE: Spotting scope question
5. Re: Spotting scope question
6. RE: Spotting scope question
7. Re: Spotting scope question
8. Re: Spotting scope question
9. RE: Spotting scope question
10. Re: Spotting scope question

--

Subject: Re: Spotting scope question
From: Jody Enck 
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 07:02:50 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Hi Pete,
For good value for price, check out Vortex products.  I bought my scope 10
years ago, so I won't mention specific products as they change over time.
However, I did learn several important lessons that I'd like to pass
along.  In no particular order

Get a decent tripod.  You want one that is stout enough to be steady in
wind, but not too heavy.  If the scope is bouncing around because the
tripod is not steady, the use of the scope is seriously diminished.  Also,
consider how small or big it is when it breaks down.  It's one thing to
reduce it to half size to fit in the back of your car.  It's a
completely different thing to want to take it in your carry-on on a plane.
Or, even get it to fit in your checked suitcase.

Consider power carefully.  I considered quality of the glass in the
eyepiece and whether it maintained clarity and correct color out to the
edges.  However, I chose a smaller power (45x) to cut costs.  Big mistake.
Everyone else has 60x or even 85x.  Ducks and grebes they are picking out
and discussing the finer points of feather molt just look like dark dots in
my scope.  Don't scrimp on power.

Shape of barrel (straight or angled).  Don't even consider a straight
barrel.  I have one.  That was by far the single worst decision I ever made
with any of my optics.  If the bird you are trying to look at is up in a
tree, the straight barrel is completely useless unless you lay on your back
on the ground.  If you want to show other people something through your
scope, you'll be constantly moving the scope up and down.  I lead field
trips, and my straight barrel is very, very frustrating.  Angled barrels
allow you to see things that are nearly straight up (at least 70 degrees),
and you can turn the scope on its side with a quick adjustment to allow a
shorter person to use it.

When you get it, practice with it a lot.  Carry it around with you all day
long.  Most importantly, use it to locate birds for hours on end.  The more
used to it you are, the more functional it will become, and the more fun
will be your birding.

Good luck!
Jody



Jody W. Enck, PhD
Conservation Social Scientist, and
Founder of the Sister Bird Club Network
607-379-5940


On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 8:45 PM Peter Saracino 
wrote:

> Hi folks. I'm in the market for a relatively inexpensive (but halfway
> decent)spotting scope (straight barrel), and am wondering if anyone out
> there can recommend one.
> Thank you.
> Pete Sar
> --
> *Cayugabirds-L List Info:*
> Welcome and Basics 
> Rules and Information 
> Subscribe, Configuration and Leave
> 

> *Archives:*
> The Mail Archive
> 
> Surfbirds 
> BirdingOnThe.Net 
> *Please submit your observations to eBird
> !*
> --
>

--

Subject: RE: Spotting scope question
From: "Gone" 
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 10:26:36 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2


My wife and I use straight 60x  80mm scopes, hers is a Vortex Optics Viper 
HD and mine is a  Clestron Ultima 80  with a BAADER PLANETARIUM  Hyperion zoom 
8-24 mark III eyepiece. I found my Celestron lacking after looking through my 
wifes Viper with the ED glass so I 

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [OneidaBirds] Derby Hill Bird Observatory (28 Apr 2020) 8371 Raptors

2020-04-29 Thread Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
Mid-afternoon yesterday, it became apparent that there was a substantial push 
of Broad-winged Hawks and other raptors. I had stepped outside and immediately 
observed two small kettles of swirling Broad-wings overhead. Unfortunately, I 
didn’t have much time to spend looking skyward.

Below is the tally from Derby Hill Hawk Watch on Lake Ontario’s southeast 
shoreline.

Good birding!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H


Begin forwarded message:

From: "repo...@hawkcount.org [oneidabirds]" 
mailto:oneidabirds-nore...@yahoogroups.com>>
Subject: [OneidaBirds] Derby Hill Bird Observatory (28 Apr 2020) 8371 Raptors
Date: April 28, 2020 at 9:35:11 PM EDT
To: oneidabi...@yahoogroups.com
Reply-To: repo...@hawkcount.org


Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Mexico, New York, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 28, 2020
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture   0   0   0
Turkey Vulture  243 17272   28612
Osprey  27  145 161
Bald Eagle  35  181 385
Northern Harrier21  234 314
Sharp-shinned Hawk  289 15441794
Cooper's Hawk   12  113 232
Northern Goshawk0   3   4
Red-shouldered Hawk 9   119 634
Broad-winged Hawk   768099649964
Red-tailed Hawk 43  10332535
Rough-legged Hawk   0   15  62
Golden Eagle0   4   34
American Kestrel11  194 272
Merlin  1   22  39
Peregrine Falcon0   5   13
Unknown Accipiter   0   0   0
Unknown Buteo   0   0   0
Unknown Falcon  0   0   0
Unknown Eagle   0   0   0
Unknown Raptor  0   0   0
Total:  837130848   45055


Observation start time: 05:00:00
Observation end time:   17:00:00
Total observation time: 12 hours
Official CounterKarl Bardon
Observers:  Bill Purcell, Judy Thurber, Kevin McGann


Weather:
Mostly cloudy with light S-SE wind in the morning, then moderate N-NE wind in 
the afternoon

Raptor Observations:
A very enjoyable morning with large kettles of Broad-wings over the North 
Lookout in the morning, but a lake breeze kicked in after noon and the rest of 
the day was spent staring at very distant birds through the scope well inland 
from the South Lookout

Non-raptor Observations:
140 Northern Flickers, 3 Pine Warblers, 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 8400 
Red-winged Blackbirds, 125 Rusty Blackbirds, 2200 Common Grackles

Predictions:
Strong SE wind, mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain between 9 am and 1 pm, 
high of 61 degrees F, should be good migration


Report submitted by Karl Bardon ()
Derby Hill Bird Observatory information may be found at: 
http://onondagaaudubon.com/derby-hill-bird-observatory/
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site 
Profile] [Day 
Summary]
 [Month 
Summary]
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - [Project 
Details]

__,_._,___

--
Chris Tessaglia-Hymes
PO Box 488
8 Etna Lane
Etna, NY 13062
607-351-5740


--

Cayugabirds-L List Info:
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

ARCHIVES:
1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds
3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html

Please submit your observations to eBird:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

--


[cayugabirds-l] Spotting Scope - Pete Saracino

2020-04-29 Thread Stephen Taylor
Hi Pete,
I have a Kowa TSN824 spotting scope with a 20x-60x zoom lens. It is over 20 
years old and its optics quality isn’t up to today’s standards. But it could 
meet your needs. If you’re interested contact me privately by email. 

Steve Taylor 
Pittsford NY
steve...@rochester.rr.com

Sent from my iPhone

--

Cayugabirds-L List Info:
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

ARCHIVES:
1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds
3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html

Please submit your observations to eBird:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

--



[cayugabirds-l] Surf Scoter, south end of Cayuga

2020-04-29 Thread Jay McGowan
A male SURF SCOTER is on the lake, WNW from East Shore Park. New arrivals
up at Myers Point this morning included ORCHARD ORIOLE and WARBLING VIREO.

Jay

--

Cayugabirds-L List Info:
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

ARCHIVES:
1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds
3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html

Please submit your observations to eBird:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

--

[cayugabirds-l] Indigo and a surprise

2020-04-29 Thread khmo
We had a male Indigo Bunting visit the firs thing Tuesday morning. Abut
two weeks ahead of its norm here, we had expected many other spp first. 

The big surprise came in Birding By Trailcam. As we downloaded several
trailcams yesterday we were surprised to find video of a Brown Thrasher
that had visited here last Sunday !

J 
-- 
John and Sue Gregoire
5373 Fitzgerald Rd
Burdett, NY 14818-9626
"Conserve and Create Habitat"
N 42.44307 W 76.75784
--

Cayugabirds-L List Info:
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

ARCHIVES:
1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds
3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html

Please submit your observations to eBird:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

--