[cayugabirds-l] Unusual flock

2021-02-03 Thread Bob Anderson
This morning in the middle of a downtown snow squall a swarm of birds 
descended on my ornamental crab apple. There were about 40 CEDAR 
WAXWINGS, 3 ROBINS and 4 STARLINGS. They zoomed around for several 
minutes before being scared off by a passing snowplow. Very exciting.


Bob


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[cayugabirds-l] First ever yard Field Sparrow

2020-05-01 Thread Bob Anderson
I have never seen a field sparrow at our feeders on N Cayuga, Ithaca, in 
the forty or so years I've had them, but Wednesday what I thought was 
going to be a chipping sparrow turned out to be a FISP when I got the 
binoculars on it. Despite the prominent pink bill I was hesitant to ID 
it because its never been here. So I set up my scope and Thursday it 
returned giving me a wonderful view of its bill and eye ring. I haven't 
seen it today.


Bob


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[cayugabirds-l] Myer's Road Ospreys

2020-04-02 Thread Bob Anderson
This afternoon I was out enjoying some solitary birding heading down 
Myer's Road toward Myer's Point Park and when I came opposite the Osprey 
platform on the south side of the road I encountered 4 ospreys (I think 
it was 4 although I only saw three simultaneously). They were flying in 
circles close to each other. It turned out one had a fish in a claw and 
the others were interested. After a couple of minutes the group 
dispersed a bit and the one with the fish flew to the nest. Shortly 
after that another osprey joined the fisher. I thought for a while they 
were going to mate but the one with the fish was more interested in eating.


At the private marina next to Myer's Point were a dozen American Coots, 
a pair of hooded mergansers, a one greater scaup.


Bob



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[cayugabirds-l] Jetty woods Sunday morning

2013-05-05 Thread Bob Anderson
My first visit to the woods and jetty road this year found them dry, 
compared to last year when I had to wear boots. I did not find much 
variety of migrants. Many singing YELLOW WARBLERS and WARBLING VIREOS 
but a single BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and AMERICAN REDSTART.

Bob


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[cayugabirds-l] Unusual spring

2013-04-28 Thread Bob Anderson
We've never had a COMMON REDPOLE at our feeders on N Cayuga St but this 
year, in late April, we have had a female coming almost daily including  
today. We seldom see PINE SISKINs or PURPLE FINCHes but today we had 
both. (The siskin has been here several times over the past two weeks.) 
I think the addition of another feeder to our previous two must be part 
of it. In any case, we love it.

Bob


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[cayugabirds-l] Wood ducks at Stewart Park

2011-10-25 Thread Bob Anderson
At about 3 this afternoon there were 12 wood ducks in Stewart Park on 
the south side of the big pond you come to on your left just before you 
have to turn right around the one-way circle. Gorgeous. Also one great 
blue heron.

Bob

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods 10-11 am

2011-05-09 Thread Bob Anderson
I circled the pond on the Wilson trail counter-clockwise (if your are 
looking from above I guess.) It was pretty noisy at the start, with 
several WARBLING VIREOS singing, a couple of bubbling HOUSE-WRENS, and a 
persistent NORTHERN FLICKER going ki-ki-ki On the northern half I 
saw one each of those three, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER, and 
GRAY CATBIRD. On the southern half I saw a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and 
then immediately a DOWNY-WOODPECKER that put the the finishing touches 
on it's hole, flew in, and poked it's head out to survey the view. Very 
cute. At the bench near the exit from Wilson south I ended up in a flock 
of 7 to 10 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS that contained a single PALM WARBLER. 
A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW sat in the trees near the feeders but wouldn't 
approach since a worker was tidying up the area.


My goodness it is nice to see the sun.
Bob

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[cayugabirds-l] Field sparrow Yellow warbler at the Swan Pond

2011-04-23 Thread Bob Anderson
About 3:30 the sun came out to give good looks at these two which 
foraged ahead of us as we circled the pond.

Bob  Alyce

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[cayugabirds-l] Jetty Woods Saturday morning

2010-05-01 Thread Alyce Bob Anderson
I went to the Jetty Woods north of Newman golf course this morning from 
9 until 11. Beautiful shirt-sleeve weather with no wind. I saw 23 
species including 4 warblers. The best for me was a blue-winged warbler, 
first time I have found it myself. I spent 15 minutes trying to locate a 
singing warbler. I knew it was close, I searched every tree and bush, 
and finally found it down by the water, a norther waterthrush. Every 
spring I have to relearn my bird songs. Another cool thing was seeing a 
pair of wood ducks land in a tree.


Wood Duck
Hooded Merganser
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Least Flycatcher
Carolina Wren
Gray Catbird
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Yellow Warbler
American Redstart (many)
Northern Waterthrush
American Goldfinch

Bob


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