Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon with Mallard

2021-02-23 Thread Peter Saracino
Cool Dave.
Where is the Iron Works?
Pete Sar

On Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 9:18 PM Dave K  wrote:

> ~5PM I came across the Gyrfalcon that had a Mallard on a field South of
> Seneca Iron Works. The Mallard was still moving when I arrived but I didn't
> see the catch. The Gyrfalcon had to fend off two hawks but managed to keep
> its prey.
> Between hawks and despite traffic it fed steadily and eventually left the
> Mallard and flew to a tree perch on the West edge of the field.
> Some (bloody) pics at
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/50974933716/in/datetaken/
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Birds

2021-02-23 Thread Paul Schmitt
I agree with Marie and add that sometimes they find something better-
less wind exposure or richer food.My hummingbirds disappear for about 8
to 10 days each summer and I figure there is a temporary food source they
prefer.  The squirrels disappeared from the feeders here for about 5 days,
and then were back.

Paul Schmitt

On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 6:28 PM Marie P. Read  wrote:

> My bet would be the weather. Yesterday was cold and windy...birds are more
> hungry in those circumstances.
> Today it's much milder.
>
> Marie
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> On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 5:24 PM Carl Steckler 
> wrote:
>
> Yesterday there were dozens of birds at my feeders. So many that I had to
> refill the seed cake feeders.
>
> Today I have not seen any birds at all.
>
> Very strange , any one have any ideas?
> Carl
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[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon with Mallard

2021-02-23 Thread Dave K
~5PM I came across the Gyrfalcon that had a Mallard on a field South of Seneca 
Iron Works. The Mallard was still moving when I arrived but I didn't see the 
catch. The Gyrfalcon had to fend off two hawks but managed to keep its prey.
Between hawks and despite traffic it fed steadily and eventually left the 
Mallard and flew to a tree perch on the West edge of the field.
Some (bloody) pics at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/50974933716/in/datetaken/

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight

2021-02-23 Thread Deb Grantham
I live up on Sheffield Road, Ithaca/Enfield town line. I used to see many, 
probably hundreds, crows commuting up here every morning not long after it got 
light. They’d come from the southeast, City of Ithaca (I actually followed and 
backtracked them a couple of times), heading northwest. As they got up to this 
area, they’d start to disperse. Some would stop in the immediate area, many 
would keep going.

Then before dark, the commute would reverse.

I haven’t seen it happening in the last couple of years, though.

Deb


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Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:19 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight

About that time, I was walking toward the lakeshore at Treman to survey the 
waterfowl in the SW part of the lake. As I passed between the frozen marina and 
the woods of the Hog Hole swamp, I saw an estimated 450 crows commuting east 
overhead. It sounded like there were more on the way but not yet visible. The 
light was starting to dim, and I chose to look at the birds on the lake, so 
it’s possible that hundreds more crows commuted behind my back. There were 
hundreds of ducks of at least a dozen species stretching north into the 
distance, nothing new, but lots of fun if you don’t stress about numbers. 
(Clarification: hundreds of Redheads, Canvasbacks and Common Mergansers, and 
much smaller numbers of the other 9 species I saw). I didn’t count the geese on 
the lake, mostly along the west shore, but did note that about 80 Canada Geese 
flew low both north and south from the middle of Allan Treman State Marine Park 
just south of the knoll. My guess is that they had been trying to graze where 
the land was windswept, but it looked like tough going. An immature Iceland 
Gull continues in the SW corner of the lake. Lots of Great Black-backs 
dominating the ice-covered Red Lighthouse Breakwater. Many of the Herring Gulls 
are now in sleek breeding plumage. No Ring-billeds that I saw. 4 Double-crested 
Cormorants rested atop the piling cluster.
- - Dave Nutter

On Feb 22, 2021, at 5:39 PM, Elaina M. McCartney 
mailto:elaina.mccart...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
Approximately 5:20 pm today I noticed a steady flight of Crows from my vantage 
just north of Hog Hole, heading approximately toward Cayuga Heights/Cornell 
Campus, moving in the approximately the opposite direction of the large morning 
flight of 2/17.  I don’t know the extent of today’s flight, I assume it had 
been going on for a while before I looked up and noticed—pretty gray out there. 
I don’t have complete numbers, but did a quick count of maybe 100+ birds in 
less than a minute.  Looked like an evening “return” flight.
Elaina

From: 
mailto:bounce-125394393-3494...@list.cornell.edu>>
 on behalf of Elaina McCartney 
mailto:elaina.mccart...@cornell.edu>>
Reply-To: Elaina McCartney 
mailto:elaina.mccart...@cornell.edu>>
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:27 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight

Shortly before sunrise this morning I noticed out the window a stream (actually 
a river) of Crows flying north following the west shore of Cayuga Lake.  To 
attempt to count them I recorded a 20 sec video, and was able to count 270 by 
examining it slowly.  The steady flight, which seemed to originate somewhere 
southish of Hog Hole, lasted at least 15 minutes at a rate of approximately 800 
per minute.  I don’t know how long it had been going on when I first noticed 
it, but there were upwards of 12,000 individuals while I watched them pass at a 
steady rate.  Some stragglers in groups of 8-10 followed up until about 7 am.

During the GBBC I observed three immature Bald Eagles simultaneously from my 
window, making passes over a large raft of aythya and Canada Geese, just north 
of Hog Hole.  It was the first time I’d seen more than two at a time.  
Yesterday I observed a mature Bald Eagle land in a nearby tree during a brief 
snow flurry.  Last fall a neighbor had limbs removed from a large, dying red 
oak tree for safety, and constructed an osprey platform on what’s left of the 
tree.  Hoping there will be some nesting interest.

Elaina
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Birds

2021-02-23 Thread Marie P. Read
My bet would be the weather. Yesterday was cold and windy...birds are more 
hungry in those circumstances.
Today it's much milder.

Marie

Marie Read Wildlife Photography
452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY  13068 USA

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Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing 
Birds and Their Behavior

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On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 5:24 PM Carl Steckler 
mailto:simmshil...@gmail.com>> wrote:
Yesterday there were dozens of birds at my feeders. So many that I had to 
refill the seed cake feeders.

Today I have not seen any birds at all.

Very strange , any one have any ideas?
Carl
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Birds

2021-02-23 Thread Todd Beeton
After a couple of weeks of nonstop action out at my feeders (I'm in Geneva)
it's been more than a week without a single bird. The high activity of
mostly sparrows, chickadees and a couple woodpeckers and nuthatches at my
feeders corresponded with flocks of robins and starlings that took over my
neighborhood thanks to some nearby berry trees. But they did all seem to
leave at once. I've changed the seed as well as the location of my suet
feeder, to no avail. The squirrels are quite content not to have the
competition. But I am similarly puzzled.

On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 5:24 PM Carl Steckler  wrote:

> Yesterday there were dozens of birds at my feeders. So many that I had to
> refill the seed cake feeders.
>
> Today I have not seen any birds at all.
>
> Very strange , any one have any ideas?
> Carl
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[cayugabirds-l] No Birds

2021-02-23 Thread Carl Steckler
Yesterday there were dozens of birds at my feeders. So many that I had to
refill the seed cake feeders.

Today I have not seen any birds at all.

Very strange , any one have any ideas?
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] New feeder birds

2021-02-23 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Nope. Not the hoped-for Redpolls !
( altho, there are some redpolls in the general vicinity, seen on both Algerine 
& Emmons Roads).

It’s a pair of Mallards who started out under the street-side feeder & ground 
food areas the last 2 days. I saw them, as well as their footprints in several 
places in front.

Today, however, they are eating seeds under the backyard-lakeside feeders, 
along with my usual crows, mourning doves, blue jays & cardinals (& of course, 
squirrels).
The smaller birds stay up on the various feeders when all these big guys are 
here.

Several years ago, I had a whole flock of Mallards regularly flying in from the 
lake to eat under feeders in back/lakeside yard. Had to buy big bags of cracked 
corn to scatter. This flock included a mostly white mallard which I don’t think 
was a domestic bird.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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