[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vultures

2019-07-04 Thread Carol Keeler
When I drove into Auburn going to Wegmans this morning,  there was a kettle of 
25 or more TVs soaring .  I’m three miles east of there and just had a group of 
10 TVs go over.  I’m used to seeing just a few at a time going over.  What’s 
with a huge group in the middle of the city.  I bet there’s great thermals with 
all this heat.

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[cayugabirds-l] Orioles

2019-05-15 Thread Carol Keeler
It’s certainly been a year for Orioles.  I have at least three males and two 
females.  The surprise today was having two Orchard Orioles show up.  One is a 
female.  The male looks like a first summer male in Sibley.  They like the 
oranges and grape jelly so maybe they will stay around.

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[cayugabirds-l] Last Bird

2019-05-05 Thread Carol Keeler
Well all my regulars have finally arrived here in Auburn.  A male RTH 
Hummingbird just showed up at the feeder.  Yesterday I had a surprise visit of 
a 10 member flock of Pine Siskins.  I have both sexes of RB Grosbeaks.  Got 
pictures of the female Grosbeak and P Finch on both sides of the feeder.  Now 
I’ll be able to tell them apart.  A Catbird and House Wren finally showed up 
Friday.  I have two pair of P Finches which I hope will stay.  They were around 
all winter.  I have large numbers of WTH Sparrows and WC Sparrows.  

I really appreciate having so many birds coming to my feeders since I’m stuck 
at home after a hip operation.  They are better entertainment than screens.

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[cayugabirds-l] FOS bird

2019-04-30 Thread Carol Keeler
Just had a male Rose Breasted Grosbeak!  I love hosting those birds.  But, I 
still haven’t got my Catbird back.

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[cayugabirds-l] Newbies

2019-03-14 Thread Carol Keeler
Just had my first Red Winged Blackbird.  The unexpected bird was a Song Sparrow.

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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.

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> 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.
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> 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.
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> Keep watching and see what you see.
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> 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 in the 
> trees all around the Cedar.  I’ve seen all my yard birds on it except for the 
> woodpeckers.  I’ve yet to see a bird try to eat anything from the seed cones 
> though which hang at the bottom of the ferny sprays.  Maybe they don’t know 
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[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 in the trees all 
around the Cedar.  I’ve seen all my yard birds on it except for the 
woodpeckers.  I’ve yet to see a bird try to eat anything from the seed cones 
though which hang at the bottom of the ferny sprays.  Maybe they don’t know how 
to get to them.  It’s very interesting behavior for birds that never go to that 
tree.  Thanks again.

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[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 and seemed to check 
out the tree.  At one time there was a Blue Jay, a couple of male Cardinals, 
two Titmice, a Chickadee, Tree Sparrows, and House Sparrows all sitting in the 
birch waiting to go in the Cedar.  What’s going on?  I know the Cedar has 
little seed cones.  I’ve never seen any birds in the Cedar before.  It was 
fascinating to watch.  I usually see the birds in the Norway spruces which are 
nearby, not the Cedar.  There are no feeders on that side of the house.  Any 
ideas of what’s going on?

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Suet question

2018-12-16 Thread Carol Keeler
Good question.  I’d never considered that and I do use it.

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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeaks!

2018-12-04 Thread Carol Keeler
Finally I had a flock of male and female Evening Grosbeaks here in Auburn!
Unfortunately, a squirrel came and a Coopers Hawk, at the same time and scared 
them off.  I have no idea how long they had been here.  Luckily my camera was 
nearby and I did get a few pics.   I hope they return.  Cooper is still sitting 
in the crabapple tree and watching the feeders.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] White Crowned Sparrow

2018-11-24 Thread Carol Keeler
I’d had mostly the brown crown ones, but yesterday I had a beautiful white 
crown Sparrow.  I hadn’t seen any for weeks and then one shows up. 

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> We had two on Yellow Barn Rd yesterday, too. Both adults, which is sort of 
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> ...along with White Throated Sparrow scootching around in leaves under bushes 
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[cayugabirds-l] Tree Sparrow

2018-11-10 Thread Carol Keeler
Had my SOS American Tree Sparrow this morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] New yard bird

2018-11-09 Thread Carol Keeler
I didn’t think my backyard birding could get any better today, but it did.  I 
had this single “grackle” hanging around.  Eventually I realized it was too 
small for a grackle.  I thought, Rusty Blackbird?  So I looked it up in Sibley 
and yes, that’s what I have. It’s a new life list and yard bird for me.   I got 
pictures.  Just as I finished the Cooper’s hawk flew in after the birds. I 
don’t think it caught one.  I’d been watching about 8 Pine Siskins who finally 
found the nyger sock, 4 pairs of Cardinals, House Finches and Sparrows, 
Mourning Doves, Titmice, 10 Juncos,  and Chickadees.  I hadn’t seen the Siskins 
in several days.  The chickadees are just coming back in after the Cooper 
scare.  I tried to get a pic of Cooper in the crabapple but he flew.  Then a 
deer went through the back yard.  What a day!  I hope the Rusty Blackbird 
returns.

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[cayugabirds-l] A Wow Bird

2018-11-09 Thread Carol Keeler
It was a magic morning watching my birds at the feeders.  I had a White Crown 
Sparrow and  White Throated Sparrow which I hadn’t seen in quite a while.  I 
went out and through out more Sparrow food and came in to watch again.  A large 
bird the size of a mockingbird landed on the arbor.  My camera was , for once 
right in front of me,  so I began taking lots of pictures.  The bird wasn’t 
interested in the feeder .  It landed on the ground once.  I have mice and 
voles around the feeder.  It seemed more interested in the birds.  Most had 
left.  Well, when I got to examine the images closely I found out it was an 
immature first winter Northern Shrike!  I’ve never been that close to a Shrike 
before.  I’ve only seen adults.  Talk about making my day!  Now I just need 
some Evening Grosbeaks and Redpolls.  I live in a rural development.  Our lots 
are 2 acres or more and there is a farm across the road on route 20, so the 
habitat does work for these birds.  So exciting!


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2018-10-27 Thread Carol Keeler
Yes, I have 6 Siskins busily eating the niger seed.  I’ve seen at least one a 
day for the past so days.

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[cayugabirds-l] Migrants

2018-10-16 Thread Carol Keeler


Last Friday I had a Red Breasted Nuthatch for one day.  It was unbelievably 
tame and came within a foot of me.  It’s only the second time I’ve had one 
here.  I haven’t seen it again, unfortunately.
I have four White Crowned Sparrows.   One is an adult and the other three are 
first year Birds.  I had 3 adults a week ago.  
This morning I had my first Junco of the season, a beautiful male.  
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[cayugabirds-l] Migrants

2018-10-01 Thread Carol Keeler
I’ve had two White Throated Sparrows the last three days.  I’ve also had a few 
Yellow Rump warblers coming for the bayberries.  I had so many last year they 
stripped the bushes clean.  Not this year.  My only other warblers were a 
juvenile Yellow Throat which do nest in my yard, and a female Redstart.  I have 
about 10 Blue Jays mobbing the feeders.  I had a pair all summer.  Not sure if 
the extras are off spring or migrants.  

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question re: Towpath Road

2018-07-26 Thread Carol Keeler
Very good question.  I bet lots of people would like to know.
Van Dyne Spoor was improved this year, but those rains may change that.

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>> (especially since the rains of this week) about the condition of the road 
>> and accessibility by car, SUV, or 4x4?
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>> Thank you. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin

2018-06-23 Thread Carol Keeler
Looks like it’s staying around.  Seems very hungry.

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[cayugabirds-l] Surprise

2018-06-23 Thread Carol Keeler
Another surprise today.  There was a Pine Siskin at my nyger feeder.  I’ve 
never had one this late in the year before.  I’ve only gotten a single bird 
which doesn’t stay for long.

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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin

2018-05-28 Thread Carol Keeler
Had a big surprise this morning with a lone Pine Siskin on the nijer feeder.  
I’ve had them in spring before, but not this late.  It didn’t stay long.
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[cayugabirds-l] New yard bird

2018-05-10 Thread Carol Keeler
I just had my first ever at home male Indigo Bunting!  He was thinking about 
going to the feeder.  I hope he returns, but he’s probably just passing through.
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[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrows

2018-04-20 Thread Carol Keeler
I now have 2 Fox Sparrows!  They’ve been here for two days now. I had one about 
five years ago which stayed for minutes.  I don’t get great numbers of birds 
like you do in the Ithaca area.  I’m delighted.
I also just had a flock of Cedar Waxwings sitting in a tall maple.  Now and 
then they would hawk insects .  

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[cayugabirds-l] New birds

2018-04-19 Thread Carol Keeler
Well, the Chipping Sparrows finally made it to Auburn.  I had two this morning. 
I still have American Tree Sparrows and Juncos.  For the second time ever I had 
a Fox Sparrow.  I’ve been watching for both birds.  I’ve had quite a few Song 
Sparrows for quite awhile.  I also have three male Purple Finches, plus one 
female that have become regulars at the feeders.
Yesterday, the Osprey from the cell phone tower down the street on rt. 20 flew 
over.  It’s back!  I also nearly got run over by a Cooper’s Hawk chasing a 
grackle.  I was out filling the feeders.  I don’t think the grackle got caught. 
 I could feel them zoom by.  


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[cayugabirds-l] Great Egrets

2018-04-13 Thread Carol Keeler

5 At Tschache
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[cayugabirds-l] White pelican

2018-04-13 Thread Carol Keeler

Main pool Montezuma. 11:30

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[cayugabirds-l] Ospreys

2018-04-06 Thread Carol Keeler
Two ospreys on the beams on route 89 over the Clyde river and locks. Old nest 
was removed and replaced with a metal disk. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] female redwing back

2018-03-19 Thread Carol Keeler
I’ve had both male and female Redwings since the first nor’easter.

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[cayugabirds-l] Storm visitors

2018-03-02 Thread Carol Keeler
I haven’t had a lot of action at my feeders lately, but it picked up today.  
Lots of grackles, RWBB, with one female. A large flock of snow geese flew over 
going south.  The best sighting so far is three male Purple Finches!  I do get 
them here in Sennett spring through summer but never this early.  All my 
regulars are here too.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mystery bird

2018-02-19 Thread Carol Keeler
Thanks to all of you for IDing my mystery bird.  I should have been able to do 
it myself.  I had a big influx of Yellow Rumps here at home eating the 
bayberries.   They were here for days,  until they finished all the berries.  I 
guess I went brain dead on it.  Thanks for your help.  I’ve got a number of 
warblers, vireos, and flycatchers to ID  yet.  

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[cayugabirds-l] Mystery bird

2018-02-19 Thread Carol Keeler

I’ve been editing some pictures I took last fall and have one I can’t identify. 
 It kind of looks like a pipit, but doesn’t match any picture in Sibley.  Can 
anyone please ID for me?

www.pbase.com/carol_keeler_photo/image/167028793

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Trip Sunday

2018-01-15 Thread Carol Keeler
Tom Mc Donald in his talk at Montezuma had some suggestions as to why Snowy 
Owls come to the same areas. Lights at airports seem to attract them.  They 
stop where there is water.  In the winter they often hunt waterfowl.  Cayuga 
lake is right near the airport and gives them another source of food besides 
rabbits and rodents.  
Last year’s Gyrfalcon was also hunting waterfowl on the lake .  I do wonder if 
it’s the same bird returned.

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[cayugabirds-l] White crown Sparrow

2017-10-16 Thread Carol Keeler
I was surprised to find a White Crown Sparrow under a feeder.  Is it early?  I 
had Juncos a few days ago, but they didn’t stay.  I’m glad I put out the mixed 
seed for the Sparrows.

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[cayugabirds-l] Bonaparte hill

2017-08-04 Thread Carol Keeler
There's one out of breeding plumage with the caspian terns at Eaton Marsh. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!

2017-07-27 Thread Carol Keeler
I've had two pair of hummingbirds that I've seen regularly since they returned 
in May.  I have two feeders out on the deck plus plenty of flowers.  Mine like 
salvia and catmint.  I've often wondered if the same ones return here because 
they are used to my feeders.  That goes for my Orioles and catbirds that come 
to the jelly feeders.  I had to lure the Orioles from the woods slowly bringing 
the feeders closer to the house until they were on the deck.  I only had to do 
it one year.  Do they remember, or is it by chance that the birds find it?

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> I have maintained a feeder all summer too with no results until yesterday 
> when my husband saw one there briefly. We never seem to have any despite many 
> plantings for them until August or when the Bee Balm and Rose of Sharon are 
> flowering so I guess it is on time for our yard.
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>> I have heard that you need more than one feeder or food source to 
>> consistently attract hummingbirds.  Do you have two sources of food for them 
>> or is my information incorrect?
>> 
>> Thanks
>> Marc
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>> -Original Message-
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>> [mailto:bounce-121683513-62610...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Melanie 
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>> 
>> For a while the only evidence I had that hummingbirds were around was that 
>> the nectar level would drop in the feeders. However, woodpeckers like to 
>> drink the nectar too. But since my monarda started blooming I've been seeing 
>> them on a more regular basis and the past few days I've seen two at a time, 
>> chasing each other. I haven't seen an adult male for a few days. A 
>> hummingbird moth has joined in the monarda celebration.
>> 
>> Melanie
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>>> On 7/27/2017 3:21 PM, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
>>> As we were talking with our son Chris in our living room on Tuesday,
>>> he exclaimed excitedly, "A hummingbird just came to your feeder!!"  It
>>> moved out of sight, but soon returned.  We had not seen one at our
>>> feeders since May 11
>>> I've written about this phenomenon before.  To paraphrase the "Field
>>> of Dreams" movie, when he's here, the birds will come! This is
>>> probably purely a matter of coincidence.   HOWEVER,  it has happened
>>> enough times before to make me suspect that perhaps other "forces" may
>>> be at play.
>>> 
>>> Have others of you been seeing hummingbirds of late?  If not, maybe I
>>> could send our son to your house!
>>> 
>>> Larry
>>> 
>>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva

2017-05-31 Thread Carol Keeler
While I know where the park is, I don't know the landmarks you are talking 
about.  Is Castle Creek the creek coming into the lake on the east side?  On 
the map I see a tiny creek about in the middle, too.  

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> I support that idea!  Especially since the beach at Castle Creek is also 
> slatted to be used as a launch for kite-boarders.
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> From: bounce-121571822-48869...@list.cornell.edu 
>  on behalf of Charlie Rouse 
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> Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 4:02 PM
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> 
> Just came from there. There were two Whimbrels at the end of the Castle Creek 
> jetty, constantly being flushed by walkers. They would return, but in a very 
> short while would be flushed again. These birds need a place to rest for 
> extended periods, but just can't get it here. Looks like I'm going to have to 
> re-present my idea of "Sandpiper Island", an offshore refuge that is 
> inaccessible by humans. It got shot down by the city and state the first 
> time, 3-4 years ago, but I'm going to jump back in and take the issue as far 
> as I can.
> 
> Charlie Rouse
> Genreva
> 
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> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva
> 
> There were just 4 Whimbrel and 10 Ruddy Turnstones at Lakefront Park, Geneva. 
> They were on the small beach near the new metal bridge over Castle Creek. 
> They were flushed by dog walkers while Linda Mott and I were there but 
> returned to the beach. At times they would land on the rocks on the jetty. 
> Also saw the Cerulean Warbler in the Mays Point nesting area today for the 
> first time this year for me. In the Wilgoose field on Rt. 89 we saw two adult 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous

2017-05-28 Thread Carol Keeler
Here in Auburn I've had two pair of hummers for several weeks.  My friend has 
them in Skaneateles too.  I see them frequently at my feeders.

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[cayugabirds-l] Banner Day for Migrants

2017-04-30 Thread Carol Keeler
I had a great day for new arrivals today.  Both the Catbird and House Wren 
showed up.  Also an Eastern Towhee showed up for the second time ever at my 
house.  The male Baltimore Oriole comes frequently for the shelled peanuts.  
Has anyone else ever had them come for peanuts?  They usually come for the 
grape jelly.  The Purple Finch showed up too.  I haven't seen him in many 
days.i have four White Crowned Sparrows too.  I didn't get a chance to walk 
around the property to look for other migrants like the Warbling Vireo that I 
usually get.  Great day for birds!

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[cayugabirds-l] Oriole

2017-04-29 Thread Carol Keeler
Today a male Baltimore Oriole showed up on the peanut feeder.  I haven't seen 
one on that before.  It's usually the jelly feeder they come for.  

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[cayugabirds-l] Grosbeak

2017-04-28 Thread Carol Keeler
Just after I read that Marie had a Grosbeak, a male Grosbeak showed up at my 
feeder in Auburn. 

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[cayugabirds-l] New arrival

2017-04-27 Thread Carol Keeler
Here in Auburn my FOY White Crown Sparrow arrived.  All but one of my White 
Throated Sparrows seems to have left last night.  The White Crowns arrive here 
when my serviceberry is in bloom.  They began blooming yesterday.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Brooktondale, slightly OOB)

2017-04-24 Thread Carol Keeler
I really like hearing what birds have arrived so I can start watching for them. 
 I figure that in about a week, it might show up in Auburn.  Thanks for the 
notice.

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[cayugabirds-l] Purple Finch

2017-04-11 Thread Carol Keeler
The Purple Finches and Chipping Sparrows have made it to Auburn.  I got the 
Sparrow a couple of days ago, and just got a beautiful male Purple Finch.  It 
was interesting to compare Sparrows.  I had a Tree and Chipping Sparrow feeding 
side by side.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] More Turkey Vultures

2017-03-26 Thread Carol Keeler
I was told yesterday by the Savannah Audubon director that the Mud Lock eagles 
are rebuilding their nest near the old, blown down nest but farther in the 
woods.  It might be much harder to see.

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> only 3 nests I checked). Oh, and no sign of any eagle activity near the Mud 
> Lock nest that has blown down.
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> 4 Tree swallows at Mud Lock. Also a young rough-leg near May's Point.
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>> Woods -- and another bird just north of our property.
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[cayugabirds-l] FOS

2017-03-05 Thread Carol Keeler
I've got a Song Sparrow and a White Throated Sparrow under my feeders.  I've 
been getting Red wings (both sexes) and Grackles too.  Migration is certainly 
underway in Auburn.

Not a bird, but I had a first time visitor today in my yard- a mink!  A big 
surprise in a rural subdivision.

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [OneidaBirds] Eagles and Waterfowl at Oneida Lake

2017-02-22 Thread Carol Keeler
Correction, it was Cherie Sassman who photographed it , not Linda.

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> The ice is open where Oneida Creek enters Oneida Lake on Route 13. There were 
> a fair number of Canada Geese and Common Mergansers plus a few Mallards. I 
> also counted about 5 American Widgeons.
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> There were 4 Bald Eagles on the ice when I arrived--2 immature and 2 adults. 
> One of the immature eagles kept flying low over the birds in the water as 
> though it was trying to startle them into flight.
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> The most unusual sighting of the day was a goose that had most of the 
> markings of a Canada but the neck and head had very different coloring. I'm 
> guessing it's a mutation or perhaps a cross with something? It had too much 
> pigment in general for me to call it leucistic. I'm posting a link to a 
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> 
> http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa343/NYBirder/odd%20goose%200598%20web_zpsqraapvaw.jpg
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [OneidaBirds] Eagles and Waterfowl at Oneida Lake

2017-02-22 Thread Carol Keeler
It's far from your area but I thought someone might be very interested in the 
unusual goose Linda photographed and have an answer for her.

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> The ice is open where Oneida Creek enters Oneida Lake on Route 13. There were 
> a fair number of Canada Geese and Common Mergansers plus a few Mallards. I 
> also counted about 5 American Widgeons.
> 
> 
> There were 4 Bald Eagles on the ice when I arrived--2 immature and 2 adults. 
> One of the immature eagles kept flying low over the birds in the water as 
> though it was trying to startle them into flight.
> 
> The most unusual sighting of the day was a goose that had most of the 
> markings of a Canada but the neck and head had very different coloring. I'm 
> guessing it's a mutation or perhaps a cross with something? It had too much 
> pigment in general for me to call it leucistic. I'm posting a link to a 
> picture--I hope this works. Anyone have an opinion?
> 
> http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa343/NYBirder/odd%20goose%200598%20web_zpsqraapvaw.jpg
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[cayugabirds-l] Red Breasted Nuthatch

2016-09-19 Thread Carol Keeler
Just had my first RB Nuthatch at my house near Auburn.  I've never had one here 
in the 17 years I've lived here.  My friend down the lake in Skaneateles has 
them yearly.  I had them in Syracuse too.  I hope it becomes a regular though 
it probably was just passing through.

Few Hummingbirds coming now.  I suspect the ones I am getting are migrants.

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[cayugabirds-l] Red Headed Woodpecker Question

2016-08-05 Thread Carol Keeler
I have an image of this year's Red Headed Woodpecker.  It's not great but you 
can see what you need to for this question.   Do they eat eggs of other birds?  
Are those eggs or fecal sacs?  I watched it up in a tree and then it dove into 
some bushes.  It came up on the dead tree with what you see in its mouth.  I 
think it robbed eggs from another bird's nest, but I'm not sure.  I don't think 
it was around its own nest hole to remove fecal sacs. It had been in a green 
tree, not a dead one.   Any ideas?  It was the only time I was able to find the 
bird this year.  

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[cayugabirds-l] Leucistic Purple Finch

2016-08-04 Thread Carol Keeler
I just put up an image of a leucistic Purple Finch on my website incase you're 
interested.   He came to my feeders just a few times this spring.  He's eating 
serviceberries.

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [OneidaBirds] Fort Drum

2016-06-04 Thread Carol Keeler
Thought this might be of interest since Fort Drum is a hot spot for grassland 
birds.

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> Following is a link to an article  in the Watertown Times regarding a 
> proposed missile site at Fort Drum. 
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> An excerpt from the article says "The Fort Drum site would have a 1,219-acre 
> footprint, about 200 acres larger than other sites. The Drum site would 
> require the clearing of 996 acres of forests, shrub areas and grasslands."  
> "There is also some concern that the site placements at Fort Drum and Camp 
> Ravenna could negatively affect surface water streams"
> 
> I know that many of us have enjoyed going to see the grassland species of 
> birds at Fort Drum that we don't find in many other places. This would 
> certainly have a negative impact on them. 
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> http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/new-study-says-fort-drum-missile-site-could-bring-jobs-tax-revenue-20160602
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] B. Orioles in Trumbull Corners - SUET!

2016-05-10 Thread Carol Keeler
I found it very interesting that the Orioles have been coming to the suet.  
They've never touched the suet here.  They just go to the jelly feeders.  
They've never touched the oranges I put out either.  They must like the sugar 
high from the jelly.

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> 
> Yesterday we had a female Oriole drinking nectar from our Lungwort.  She 
> systematically worked through the many flowers. This was a first for me.
> 
> Regi
> "Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, 
> you will perceive the divine mystery in things."  Dostoyevsky.
> 
> 
>> On May 10, 2016, at 11:32 AM, Andrew David Miller 
>>  wrote:
>> 
>> I live a few houses down from Marie and it is remarkable how delayed things 
>> are on the hill this year.  We have lived here for three years and this is 
>> the first year that the Orioles have shown any interest in orange slices 
>> that we leave for them.  The previous two years they have routinely fed on 
>> the suet (which they are doing this year as well).  However, they are going 
>> through the orange slices at a rapid rate.  Interestingly, we moved here 
>> from eastern Massachusetts, where we routinely had orioles that fed on our 
>> suet.
>> 
>> We did have a few migrants in the yard yesterday evening include a 
>> black-throated blue warbler, redstart, and chestnut-sided warbler.  A 
>> catbird returned yesterday.  Surprisingly tree swallows, which have nested 
>> here every year, have not returned.  
>> 
>> Andrew Miller 
>> Ringwood Rd.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> -Original Message-
>> From: bounce-120469864-61975...@list.cornell.edu 
>> [mailto:bounce-120469864-61975...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Marie P. 
>> Read
>> Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 10:21 AM
>> To: Dave Gislason ; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
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>> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] B. Orioles in Trumbull Corners - SUET!
>> 
>> Hi Cayugabirders,
>> 


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[cayugabirds-l] Observation

2016-05-09 Thread Carol Keeler
I just watched something cool through my kitchen window.  A starling was 
peeling bark off my River Birch.  I assume it was for nesting material.  I've 
watched birds gather many nesting materials but never peeling bark.

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[cayugabirds-l] New arrivals

2016-05-05 Thread Carol Keeler
I'm so glad I put out the feeders.  The male Hummingbird is back.  The Oriole 
has come to the jelly feeder repeatedly.  On top of that, the House Wren just 
let loose with song.  Three new arrivals in one day.

I've got 5 White Crown Sparrows, but I think the White Throats and Juncos have 
left.

I found a warbler out in my wild area foraging in the shrubs.  I only know a 
few common warblers such as the Yellow and Yellowthroat which nest out back. I 
got some good images so I hope to figure out what it is.  
It's been a good birding day for me here at home.  I do enjoy reading about 
everyone's new arrivals.



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[cayugabirds-l] Oriole

2016-05-05 Thread Carol Keeler
He's here! Finally.  My Baltimore Oriole just showed up at the jelly feeder.  
Now I just need the  Hummingbirds to return.  I'm putting out their feeder 
today.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak in Danby

2016-05-03 Thread Carol Keeler
Yes.  I had both the first day.  A female  came back yesterday and sat in the 
birch tree for a long time, almost like she was sleeping.   She never went to 
the feeders. Could she have been a new migrant who'd just dropped in and needed 
a rest?

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> Don’t forget to watch for female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks! My first-of-year 
> Grosbeak (a female) just arrived at the feeder a few minutes ago. They can be 
> confused with female House Finches and Female Red-Winged Blackbirds (on first 
> glance, at least - and if you are not looking for them).
> 
> Bob McGuire
>> On May 3, 2016, at 6:03 PM, Judy Cuyle  wrote:
>> 
>> My husband first spotted the male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak late this morning 
>> and he was still here (top of Bruce Hill Road) a few minutes ago. I think 
>> they're my favorite bird! So glad to see him back this year.
>> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Wh C Sparrow

2016-05-02 Thread Carol Keeler
A White Crown Sparrow has made it to Auburn.  I still have White Throats too.

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[cayugabirds-l] Catbird

2016-04-29 Thread Carol Keeler
My Catbird is back.  It just came to the jelly feeder.

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[cayugabirds-l] Grosbeak

2016-04-29 Thread Carol Keeler
I checked my feeders first thing this morning and there was a RB Grosbeak .  
They must have moved north quickly.  My new bird feeder migrants have kept pace 
with Ithaca.  I also have 5 W TH Sparrows. I didn't get the huge fallout others 
did.  I still have a few Juncos.  Yesterday the Purple Finch was back.
Looks like I better get my Oriole feeders out.

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[cayugabirds-l] New birds

2016-04-17 Thread Carol Keeler
Here in Auburn some new migrants are coming my way, finally. This morning I had 
a pair of Purple Finches.  This is the earliest they've shown up here.  They 
didn't stay long, unfortunately.  I also had a Chipping Sparrow show up.  They 
usually nest in my yard.  Finally there was a White Throated Sparrow.  My Tree 
Sparrows seem to have moved on, but I still have lots of Juncos.

I moved my feeders from their winter spot out front to the back of the house.  
The birds relocated them very quickly.  

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[cayugabirds-l] Blackbirds

2016-04-03 Thread Carol Keeler
I filled my feeders yesterday and broadcast lots of seed today.  Wow did I get 
a lot of takers!  I had a huge flock of blackbirds , Red Wings both male and 
female, Grackles, Cowbirds, and Starlings.   I did get my regulars too.  There 
were Cardinals, Blue Jays, Gold and House Finches, Titmice, Chickadees, Juncos, 
Tree Sparrows, Song Sparrows as well as House Sparrows.  It was hard for the 
little ones to get to the food due to the Blackbirds.  I had a good number of 
Robins which looked very pathetic in the driving snow storm.  I saw them eating 
crab apples and scavenging along the driveway. I threw  out some blueberries on 
the driveway.  It took forever for the Robins to find them.  No fall out of 
Pipits here, unfortunately.  My only new birds were the female Red Wings.  The 
Cooper's Hawk made a fly- by and landed briefly in the cherry tree.  It was a 
very birdy day.  I do wish the Blackbirds hadn't stayed around all day.

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[cayugabirds-l] Chickadee

2016-01-23 Thread Carol Keeler
Chickadee was singing its spring phoebe song this morning.  I've been watching 
for an unusual bird at my feeders.  I finally have a good number of American 
Tree Sparrows.  Among them was a Song Sparrow!  No Siskins here, yet.  Lots of 
crows around the house lately.  I don't usually get large numbers of them even 
though I'm close to Auburn.

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [OneidaBirds] Western Grebe in Oswego

2015-12-16 Thread Carol Keeler
Update on Western Grebe location.

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> Date: December 16, 2015 at 3:21:28 PM EST
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> Subject: [OneidaBirds] Western Grebe in Oswego
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> 
> A beautiful Western Grebe was found on the western end of Breitbeck Park in 
> Oswego today. It's in the water near the old power-plant with the tall twin 
> stacks. It looked content to be there so lets hope it stays awhile.  Also, 3 
> Snowy Owls on the breakwalls. Photos linked below.
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [OneidaBirds] Western Grebe - Oswego

2015-12-16 Thread Carol Keeler
For those who might want to check it out.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cowbird

2015-11-24 Thread Carol Keeler
Among my many (ugh) English Sparrows this morning was a single female Cowbird.

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[cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird

2015-08-22 Thread Carol Keeler
One of my female hummingbirds was sampling the grape jelly at the Oriole 
feeder.   She seemed to like it since she ate for several minutes.  I haven't 
seen a hummer eat jelly before.  

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlins galore - thanks

2015-07-29 Thread Carol Keeler
I sure wish you could export some of those Merlins to me up in Auburn.  I have 
tons of House Sparrows for them to eat.

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 Nestlings may have fledged, but Merlins still have to eat and hunt. Yesterday 
 (Monday 27 July) at 9:32am I was on Meadow Street waiting to turn left onto 
 Buffalo Street by the FastRack gas station when I heard a short succession of 
 unidentified agitated call notes to my left. Immediately afterward I saw a 
 MERLIN carrying small prey and flying from near the source of the sound, 
 proceeding northeast low over Joe's Restaurant, across Meadow Street, then 
 lost to view among treetops. Was the nest by the Finger Lakes Land Trust 
 office successful? That's the direction it went. I don't know whether the 
 sound was from the Merlin, its prey, its prey's parent, or another witness.
 
 By the way, I haven't noticed an actual shortage of House Sparrows yet, and 
 to me Merlins seem like a good trade for them so far.
 --Dave Nutter
 
 On Jul 28, 2015, at 09:22 AM, John Confer con...@ithaca.edu wrote:
 
 Thanks to assistance from participants in the cayugabirds-l, Mark Witmer, 
 Maddie Ulinski, and I were able to monitor 7 Merlin nests this 
 spring-summer. The Briarwood Lane nest fledged the third of three nestlings 
 this morning (28 July). Five nests were in Ithaca, one in Dryden and one of 
 Wells College campus. Three of the nests were predated. Although this is a 
 statistically tiny sample, it provides a very high rate of nest failure in 
 comparison to other, large surveys. The dominant prey species at all nests 
 was the House Sparrow. Interestingly, House Sparrows have been declining 
 very rapidly, a decline that started long before Merlin started to nest and 
 increase in abundance in New York.
 
 It is nice to have our little urban falcon zipping around the town/city, 
 picking off a lot of species but mostly House Sparrows.
 
 Thanks again for directing us to nest locations.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Merlin

2015-07-09 Thread Carol Keeler
I take it that the Merlin app does not work on an iPad.  Am I right?  
I downloaded it to ID a bird I just got a glimpse of.  I had a Goldfinch sized 
bird that I only saw from the back.  It was distinctive because it's outer tail 
feathers were yellow like a Junco's are white.  Any idea as to what it might be 
?  Is it a Goldfinch?

For those talking about the absence of Hummingbirds, my Hummers have been here 
on and off all day.  I only saw the males today.

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[cayugabirds-l] Crows

2015-05-28 Thread Carol Keeler
I read that crow nestlings were returned to their nest.  What I'd like to know 
is, how do the parents respond to this?  Do they seem to know you are helping 
them, since they are such smart birds? Or do they see it as an invasion and 
attack the person returning the babes.  Does it vary depending on the crows' 
personality?  I would expect there is always a crow watching the nest.

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[cayugabirds-l] New bird

2015-05-17 Thread Carol Keeler
Well better late than never I guess.  I had a Pine Siskin, finally.  There may 
be two of them, but I only saw one.One was on the feeder and I thought I 
heard another vocalizing not far away.  The first time I ever had one in my 
yard was at this time of year.  My White Crown Sparrows, 4, are still here.  
Another one of my resident birds has shown up, a Willow Flycatcher.  I never 
saw him, but heard him fitz-bew.  I also am hearing the Yellow Warbler and 
Yellowthroat.  It was a great morning to be out.  The traffic on rt. 20 is 
less, thus it's quieter, and I can hear more birds.  The Warbling Vireo has 
been singing all day so far. I can hear him on the sunporch.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Orioles

2015-05-15 Thread Carol Keeler
The Orioles at my house won't eat oranges.  What they eat is grape jelly.  I 
also get Catbirds, House Finches, and House Sparrows eating the jelly.  One 
year a Robin used to come.  A Goldfinch tried it this year but found it not to 
his liking.

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 Our pair of Baltimore orioles arrived 3 or 4 days ago.  I heard the male soon 
 after they arrived, but only got a glimpse of him last evening.
 Every year I struck by how difficult it can be to get sight of such a noisy, 
 bright orange bird.
 I'm glad they're back.
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[cayugabirds-l] Morning Yard Birds

2015-05-08 Thread Carol Keeler
I went back to the creek to see if any of my regular residents had returned.  I 
heard the Warbling Vireo and Yellow Warbler who has right now come close enough 
to the house to hear him singing.  I could also hear the Catbird.  Returning to 
the house I spotted an Eastern Kingbird in the birch tree.  I think I've had 
one before, but they are infrequent visitors.  

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[cayugabirds-l] Finches

2015-05-07 Thread Carol Keeler
I just watched a House Finch displaying for a lady.  They were both on the edge 
of the birdbath.  He was talking away.  He'd bow and flutter his wings, raise 
his tail up high.  She didn't act too impressed and slipped off the birdbath.  
Another male came along and they went at it fluttering straight up.  Very cool 
to watch.

The male RB Grosbeak just showed up at his usual hopper feeder though he fed on 
the ground with the WC Sparrows.  Both the Tree and Barn Swallows are zooming 
about the yard catching bugs.

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2015-05-07 Thread Carol Keeler
I'm a couple of miles from Skaneateles Lake.  I just watched an Osprey snap a 
couple of branches off the top of a tree across the road on rt. 20, then fly 
toward toward the lake.  It's a new yard bird for me.  Now I've got to see 
where it might be building a nest.  awesome!

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[cayugabirds-l] New birds

2015-05-06 Thread Carol Keeler
Both the Gray Catbird and Hummingbird showed up today.  The Catbird sneaked 
onto the jelly feeder while I was filling the seed feeders.  The Hummingbird 
closely examined the oranges I have out for the Oriole, but stopped at his 
feeder later on.  The Oriole has been to the jelly feeder three times today, so 
far.  He's very talkative down by the creek where they usually nest. I love all 
the bird music!  

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[cayugabirds-l] Oriole

2015-05-05 Thread Carol Keeler
It must be a day for B. Orioles.  Mine finally showed himself at the jelly 
feeder.  I'd heard him out back yesterday.  Now I need to watch for the Mrs.  I 
had two pair last year.  Also, I now have 3 White Crown Sparrows.  I think the 
White Throats have moved on.  I still have two Juncos.  I had a Barn Swallow 
twittering from the garage gutters the other day.  Still waiting and watching 
for my other regulars.

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[cayugabirds-l] New arrivals

2015-05-03 Thread Carol Keeler
I had my FOS White Crown Sparrow, female RB Grosbeak, and House Wren today. The 
White Crowns usually arrive when the Serviceberry blooms.  They're not quite 
open yet, but close.

Now I need the Orioles , Catbirds, and Yellow Warblers to show up.

Carol Keeler
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[cayugabirds-l] White Throated Sparrows

2015-05-01 Thread Carol Keeler
While south of Auburn, the Ithaca is getting fall outs of warblers and Rose 
Breasted Grosbeaks, I have a fallout of White Throated Sparrows. I've had one 
for many days, but this morning I have at least 10 under the feeders and 
trolling the gardens.  Some have the bright white markings and others have the 
Buffy markings.  I rarely get White Throats here.  I usually get a good group 
of White Crowned Sparrows, so it's a treat to get the White Throats.

One of the Purple Finches returned this morning.  I still have Juncos.
I'm hoping for the RB Grosbeak and Orioles sometime today.  

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[cayugabirds-l] New birds

2015-04-30 Thread Carol Keeler
I just had two beautiful male Purple Finches show up at my feeders.  It's the 
first time I've had two.  I'm now waiting for the Orioles and RB Grosbeaks!  

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[cayugabirds-l] White Throated Sparrow

2015-04-18 Thread Carol Keeler
I had a beautiful adult White Throated Sparrow under my feeders this morning.  
I didn't have an immatures this winter, like I do some years. Such a beautiful 
bird.

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[cayugabirds-l] Woodcocks

2015-04-13 Thread Carol Keeler
Does weather effect the Woodcock's sky dance?  Do they stay down when it's 
windy like today?  Or do hormones dictate their behavior and weather has no 
effect.

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2015-04-02 Thread Carol Keeler
Dave's Osprey post reminded me that yesterday I saw my FOS Osprey sitting on a 
nest on rt. 20 near the Montezuma entrance.

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[cayugabirds-l] Around the lake

2015-04-01 Thread Carol Keeler
I began quite early at Montezuma.  I saw Red Wings, C Geese, an immature Bald 
Eagle, a couple of Great Blue Herons,  and a few muskrats.  I spotted a few 
very distant swans.  

From there I went to Union Springs.  Just a few ducks on Mill Pond- 
Buffleheads and Redheads.  I did not find the Grebes.  To make a long story 
short, I found very little anywhere I went.  The water was very low at Myers 
and Stewart Park.  Is it usually like that?  The lake was still frozen, but 
not the creek.

I went to Alan Tremain Park to see the Red Throated Loon.  Success!  It was in 
the marina like it was reported yesterday.  It's a life bird for me.  
I swung by Farron Rd. to look for Snowy Owls.  I spotted two, way out in the 
field as described yesterday.  

The loon made my day!

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[cayugabirds-l] Snowgeese

2015-03-27 Thread Carol Keeler
Just had a large flock of Snowgeese fly over-going south.  I don't regularly 
get Snowgeese here between Skaneateles and Auburn.  

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bluebird in the Backyard

2015-03-25 Thread Carol Keeler
Yes, I've tried the fishing line strategy.  It didn't deter the House Sparrows 
one bit.  I try to keep taking out the House Sparrow nests, but that doesn't 
slow them down much.  If anyone has a solution to the House Sparrow vs. 
Bluebird nest box problem, I'd like to hear about it, too.

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 On Mar 25, 2015, at 10:27 AM, Rustici, Marc mrust...@arnothealth.org wrote:
 
 Good Morning,
  
 I also have the same issue.  I thought I had seen where someone had suggested 
 putting fishing line on the boxes  a certain distance (don’t know specifics) 
 wide and from the entrance and perch that detracted the sparrows because they 
 did not fold their wings as much as a bluebird thus limiting the box to be 
 used by bluebirds.  I am hoping the collective wisdom of the group may have 
 some specifics on this that could be shared.
  
 THANKS
  
 Marc  Rustici   
  
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 [mailto:bounce-118979244-62610...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Judith 
 Thurber
 Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:05 AM
 To: Karel V. Sedlacek; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bluebird in the Backyard
  
 Ah, the responsibility of stewardship rears its head.  I have the same issue 
 at my house and am dreading the necessary confrontation, but…
  
 Judy Thurber
 Liverpool
  
  
 
 On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:41 AM, Karel V. Sedlacek k...@cornell.edu 
 wrote:
  
 
 Mr. Bluebird and Mr. House Sparrow are both interested in the birdhouse.  
 First sighting for us of a Bluebird here in Forest Home.
 Karel V Sedlacek
 Senior Analyst, Consulting Services
 Alumni Affairs and Development
 Cornell University
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[cayugabirds-l] FOS birds

2015-03-22 Thread Carol Keeler
Since other people have mentioned getting Song Sparrows, I've been on the watch 
for one at my feeders.  Tonight, one showed up.  FOS for me.  Yesterday I had 
another FOS- a Turkey Vulture on rt 41A.

Yesterday was serendipitous for me.  I was backing into the garage and glanced 
up and there was a Sharpshin Hawk on top of the Weeping Cherry.  Luckily, I had 
brought my camera with a 80-400 mm lens with me when I went to Homer.  I 
stopped the car about halfway into the garage.  Got out the camera, lowered the 
window some, and fired away.  The bird stayed for many shots.  It left its 
perch to chase a Cardinal, without success, and returned to the tree.  I moved 
the car out of the garage and again the Sharpie stayed put.  A great day for 
Sharpie photos.  Today, I was out on the sunporch finishing lunch, looked up 
and the Sharpie was putting on the brakes so it didn't hit the sliding door.  
Those tails make great brakes.  Looks like this guy will be around quite a bit. 
 It can have all the House Sparrows it wants, but not my Cardinals.  I've had 
four pairs of Cardinals this winter.  The most I've ever had.

In case you are interested, here's a link to the Sharpie images.

http://www.pbase.com/carol_keeler_photo/image/159513362
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[cayugabirds-l] Blackbirds

2015-03-19 Thread Carol Keeler
Had another even larger flock of blackbirds.  There were mostly Grackles but I 
found four Red-Wing Blackbirds mixed in. FOS for me.  I also heard a Robin 
singing.  Spring must be coming!

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[cayugabirds-l] Grackles

2015-03-14 Thread Carol Keeler
Had a large flock of Grackles fly over this morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] Grackle

2015-03-12 Thread Carol Keeler
Just got a migrant- a Grackle!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] BBC News: The girl who gets gifts from birds

2015-02-26 Thread Carol Keeler
What a wonderful article!  I wonder if our Cornell crow experts have heard of 
such behavior around here.  It just shows how smart crows really are.

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 I saw this story on the BBC News iPad App and thought you'd enjoy it. 
 
 The girl who gets gifts from birds
 
 Lots of people give food to the birds in their garden and get nothing in 
 return - but when one girl feeds the crows outside her house, they show their 
 affection with tiny presents.
 
 Read more:
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ladoga Point

2015-02-21 Thread Carol Keeler
I think others might like to know that, too.  I would.

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 At the risk of showing my ignorance, just where is viewing allowed at Ladoga 
 Point? It looks like the entire site consists of private homes.
 Just asking
 Thanks
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birding at Ladoga (near but not at Ladoga Point)

2015-02-21 Thread Carol Keeler
Thanks so much for the great directions.  I have been to Myers, but not Ladoga. 
 Now I can find it.  Thanks!

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 Birding at Ladoga:
 
 From NYS-13 at Stewart Park go north on East Shore Drive (NYS-34) 5.6miles to 
 the T at Rogue's Harbor. 
 Turn left onto Ridge Road (NYS-34B) and go west about 1.7 miles to the bottom 
 of the hill (do not cross the bridge), and at the crossroads near the 
 schools, a church, and a car repair shop. turn left / SSW onto Myers Road. 
 Go SSW on Myers Road about .47 mile to the all-way stop at the bottom of the 
 hill. 
 Do not cross the railroad here or go into Myer Park, but instead turn left / 
 ESE onto Lake Shore Road and go one block (.14 mile) to the next crossroad. 
 Turn right / south onto Ladoga Park Road, cross the railroad and go a short 
 .08 mile to the end at the lake. 
 
 The end of this little road is what appears (when not covered by snow) to be 
 a gravel boat launch or at least a part of the gravel beach which is not 
 obviously part of anyone's yard. You can park at the end of the road, set up 
 a scope and look south toward Portland Point  the Cargill salt mine 
 facilities on a bay of Cayuga Lake. Carl is correct that the Ladoga Point 
 itself, just to the west, is inaccessible to the public because it is covered 
 by a series of cottages. That's why I don't call the birding spot Ladoga 
 Point, I just call it Ladoga, because the view is not from a point at all, 
 but just from an access spot along a rather straight stretch of shoreline.
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[cayugabirds-l] Redpoll

2015-01-26 Thread Carol Keeler
Just had a Redpoll at my feeders here outside of Auburn.  First one this year.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eaton Marsh

2014-11-13 Thread Carol Keeler
I agree with Judy.  It's nice to know of the contributions of Professor Eaton 
and it gives meaning to the name change.   

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 Thank you so much for writing this for those of us who did not know of this 
 amazing man's contributions!  I found it most enlightening and had wondered 
 about the reason for the change from the first mention of it in Montezuma NWR 
 posts. 
 
 Judy Thurber
 Liverpool
 
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 Hi All,
  
 Recently, at Montezuma NWR, what used to be known as Shorebird Flats was 
 dedicated in memory of Elon Howard Eaton, and is now known as Eaton Marsh. 
 To familiarize the subscribers to Cayugabirds as to who Eaton was, I have 
 included a short biography below. Professor Eaton truly was a pioneer figure 
 in the ornithological history of New York State and well deserves the 
 posthumous recognition.
  
 Charlie Rouse
 Secretary,
 Eaton Birding Society
 -
 Elon Howard Eaton
  
 Elon Howard Eaton was born in Springville, New York, on October 8, 1866. 
 He spent his early years there enjoying the outdoors, which was the basis 
 for his life’s work. 
  
 He was graduated with an B.A. degree from the University of  Rochester in 
 1890, having been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received an M.A. degree in 
 1893. 
  
 While still an undergraduate he was an instructor of science at the 
 Canandaigua Union School, and after graduation returned there as 
 vice-principal and science instructor until 1895.
  
 From then until 1907, he was a Master of Science at the Bradstreet School in 
 Rochester.  During this time he was working on his first book, Birds of 
 Western New York, which was published in 1901.
  
 Professor Eaton joined the faculty at Hobart  William Smith colleges in 
 1908 and taught for 26 years.  He established and was head of the biology 
 department, teaching classes in biology, ornithology and physiology, among 
 others.
  
 From 1908 to 1914, he served as State Ornithologist for the New York Museum 
 and acted as Curator. It was at that time where he was selected to write 
 Birds of New York. (Volume I, 1910; Volume II, 1914). 
  
 This two volume treatise was the first complete study of birds of  
 Northeastern North America, and is still considered the standard authority.  
 Professor Eaton was instrumental in the establishment of Montezuma National 
 Wildlife Refuge, and for many years tried in vain to save Potter Swamp in 
 Yates County- ultimately succumbing to the advancement of agriculture. In 
 its day, Potter Swamp was a place where Big Day counts would exceed of 150 
 species.
  
 Much of Professor Eaton’s time was spent in original research in 
 ornithology, ecology, genetics, migration and conservation.  He presented 
 papers on his investigations before the American Ornithologist Union - and 
 in 1927 was selected to head the Biological Survey of the Finger Lakes.  His 
 prodigious efforts set a standard for work of this sort, being recognized as 
 the most complete investigation of its kind ever conducted. 
 A short time later he was appointed to the Advisory Council of the New York 
 State Conservation Department, where he helped formulate policy.
  
 Accolades to Professor Eaton include: Two honorary degrees from the 
 University of Rochester.  M. Sc. degree in 1911 - and a D.Sc. degree in 1925.
 Naming of the H  WS Colleges science building Eaton Hall in his honor in 
 1961, and was the Inaugural Recipient of the HWS Distinguished Faculty 
 Award in 1992. 
  
 In 1932, a group of ardent birders in the Geneva area established the Geneva 
 Bird Club under the guidance of Professor Eaton, and upon his death, renamed 
 the club the Eaton Birding Society in his honor.
  
 Professor Eaton died at home in Geneva on March 27, 1934.
  
  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Avocet

2014-11-08 Thread Carol Keeler
So what about the American Avocet you have in your subject.  Is it at Montezuma 
too?

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 Just talked with Mark Miller. Shorebird Flats is now Eaton Bird Flats. He 
 also just saw a Glossy Ibis there. Ann
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Ibis

2014-10-31 Thread Carol Keeler
One ibis is still at the Eaton Marsh on the wildlife drive 

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[cayugabirds-l] Purple Sandpiper

2014-10-29 Thread Carol Keeler
Although it sounds as if it has departed, if anyone goes to Myers and relocates 
the Purple Sandpiper, would they please post it.  This is the first free day 
I've had to come down to see it.
Thanks!

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[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vultures

2014-10-12 Thread Carol Keeler
Yesterday as I worked in my yard I spotted a south bound TV.  As I watched it 
turned into a river of as many 30 TVs migrating past.  I had guests who were 
spellbound by all the birds.  It's the first time I've spotted a large group 
migrating through.

I had a very unusual new yard bird the other day.  I looked out the kitchen 
window and spotted a Great Blue Heron walking through the arbor.  There's a 
very shallow creek out back and perhaps it followed my paths down toward the 
house.  They do periodically fly over, but this was the first grounded one.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Monarch caterpillar relocated to Salt Point

2014-08-30 Thread Carol Keeler
So very good to hear!  A friend of mine raised three Monarch caterpillars that 
she found in her garden.  She just released them as beautiful adults.  I see 
one or two Monarchs daily in my yard.  I haven't found any caterpillar yet.  I 
do plant native plants to try and help.  I have lots of common milkweed in my 
yard and have planted many swamp milkweed plants to attract Monarchs.  Each new 
Monarch is important in view of their decline.  I hope the one you found makes 
it to adulthood and the next step in its journey.

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 The Monarch caterpillar that Suan found yesterday downtown has been 
 transported to the Salt Point natural area in Lansing and placed deep within 
 a milkweed patch. Sue Ruoff, one of the Friends of Salt Point and the person 
 responsible for creating the butterfly attracting meadows and securing Salt 
 Point's Monarch Waystation (http://www.monarchwatch.org/), used Suan's 
 directions to locate the creature and it's now been introduced it to it's new 
 home.
 
 FYI: Monarch Waystation #8782 is at Salt Point, Lansing. This is a registered 
 Waystation with Monarch Watch, a group dedicated to the conserving Monarch 
 populations. I wrote about it in my last On Osprey Time 
 (http://www.lansingrec.com/parks/20-salt-point/salt-point-articles/27-on-osprey-time)
  blog installment, Blog #48, which will be posted shortly.
 
 ​Thank you Suan for bringing this to our attention and to Betsy, Sue, and all 
 others that attempted to help the caterpillar.
 
 Candace
 
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[cayugabirds-l] orioles

2014-08-30 Thread Carol Keeler
I just put out the jelly feeder and there were 3 beautiful male Orioles at the 
feeder! I've had 2 Orioles regularly, but never three.  They had a conflict 
with the House Sparrows, as usual.  One Oriole ended up hanging upside down on 
the perch.  I think each Oriole got to eat.  The problem with the feeder now,  
is that it often gets mobbed with bees.  I think the Orioles come early, before 
the bees (and hornets).  Is there any solution for getting rid of the bees?  I 
had read that if you moved the feeder a few feet, the bees weren't smart enough 
to find .  Not so.  They found it right away.  It only confused the Orioles.   
I solved the bee problem of bees on the Hummingbird feeders by getting bee 
proof ones, which do work.  No solution for the Oriole feeder though.

My female Hummingbird has been hovering in front of the large sunroom window, 
seemingly watching me.  She's done it so often, I'm beginning to wonder if she 
is checking me out.  It might be a curious young one since her breast is very 
white. The feeders are full, so she's not asking for more food.  

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