Re: [cayugabirds-l] Former Ithaca birder Ned Brinkley has passed

2020-11-22 Thread Carol Schmitt

Re: [cayugabirds-l] RHWO at Long Point

2020-07-01 Thread Carol Schmitt
 

[cayugabirds-l] Upside down Hummingbird

2020-06-28 Thread Carol Schmitt

[cayugabirds-l] Hummer! 5/2/19

2019-05-02 Thread Carol Schmitt
Just had a hummingbird at our Aurora cottage!
Last year we also saw our first one on May 2nd. 
Carol Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] Paul on the radio!

2018-12-27 Thread Carol Schmitt

Hi Paul,
   Nice job this morning! 

For those of you who didn't catch it, he did a great job describing and 
promoting the Christmas Count.  The podcast should be available soon on the 
WHCU website, under Your Turn.

Carol Schmitt


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines

2018-06-08 Thread Carol Schmitt

Our summer garden at our cottage was completely clear-cutearly this winter.  
Low-growthlilacs, honeysuckle, witch hazel, Japanese maples with a likely 
mature heightof 12’, and other very small trees were sliced off at the ground.  
My five bird feeders were removed andleft on our front steps. Mean-spirited and 
heart-breaking to discover when we opened the cottagefor the season.
  I made anappointment for the Auburn NYSEG forester to come look at the 
damage.  He said that although the decorativetrees in question were considered 
‘low-growth compatible’ and not a problem, “mistakeshappen” and “our guys are 
only human”. He said I can try to file a claim through their website.
   I wastold that they now have a 5-year program to continue doing this, 
contractingwith Ironwood Heavy Highway. Having found that simple branch 
trimming was not effective, NYSEG nowwill simply completely remove any trees 
they deem a possible future problemunder any of their power lines.
Carol Schmitt
-Original Message-

From: Muhammad Arif 
To: Marie P. Read ; Karen L Edelstein ; 
CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Cc: Bill Evans ; Donna Lee Scott 
; Candace Cornell 
Sent: Fri, Jun 8, 2018 11:33 am
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines




Marie, Thank you.
 
I also just sent them an email. If anyone else would like to send NYSEG a note, 
here is their “contact us by email” page:https://www.nyseg.com/WritetoNYSEG.html
 
They also have a Facebook page and it might be worthwhile for some of us to 
post messages there. I found this page:https://www.facebook.com/NYSEandG which 
says Binghamton but regardless, it ought to get their attention. (I’ve posted a 
message there as well).
 
--
muhammad arif
http://flickr.com/arif-photos
http://facebook.com/mnarifphotos
https://mainetomiami.wordpress.com
 

From: bounce-122625976-77717...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Marie P. Read 

Sent: Friday, June 8, 2018 10:19:38 AM
To: Karen L Edelstein; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Cc: Bill Evans; Donna Lee Scott; Candace Cornell
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines
 

I just sent NYSEG the following email:

"I am hearing from others in Tompkins County that clear cutting/brush hogging 
under powerlines is currently being done in the area. I want to stress that 
this is entirely the WRONG time of year to do this! There are numerous birds 
nesting in the utility access areas whose breeding efforts will be destroyed 
when vegetation is removed. Have a heart PLEASE. At this time of year, this 
removing vegetative cover is cruel and unnecessary. Please wait until autumn 
when the birds have finished nesting and are leaving the area for the winter. 
Thanks!"

Marie






Marie Read Wildlife Photography
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From: bounce-122625773-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-122625773-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Karen Edelstein 
[k...@cornell.edu]
Sent: Friday, June 8, 2018 9:28 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Cc: Paul Paradine; Bill Evans; Donna Lee Scott; Candace Cornell
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines

I was dismayed to see that NYSEG has been clearcutting/brush-hogging vegetation 
down to bare ground under the powerlines on Salmon Creek Rd. With the nesting 
season still well in process, I'm very concerned about the probable mortality 
of birds that has resulted in this area of (formerly) dense growth.

While I do not know whether this vegetation removal is happening elsewhere in 
the county, I would like to see if we can prevail on NYSEG to delay cutting at 
least until later in the summer.

Your thoughts?
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[cayugabirds-l] male hummer 5/2

2018-05-02 Thread Carol Schmitt
Just hung the hummingbird feeder at our lakeside, Aurora-area cottage, and was 
dive-bombed by a handsome male hummer.  Our last earliest record was May 3rd.
Carol S.

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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl by Lott Farm

2018-04-06 Thread Carol Schmitt

A Snowy Owl was still up by Lott Farm yesterday, across theroad under the wind 
turbine, sitting in the field.  A handsome bird. 
Carol S.

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[cayugabirds-l] female redwing back

2018-03-19 Thread Carol Schmitt
We had a female Redwing at our feeders yesterday. Isn't this a bit early, or 
are they around already?
Carol S.

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Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow

2017-06-17 Thread Carol Schmitt

 These reports are very worrisome. Fortunately, this year we have a fairly 
usual supply of Hummers, Tree Swallows and other named species at our cottage 
(near Long Point).
But -- remember at night when moths used to flutter at windows in great 
numbers?  When did you last see that?
At least the lightning bugs are are still creating a fairyland at night.
Carol S.

 -Original Message-
From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Cc: Alicia Plotkin 
Sent: Sat, Jun 17, 2017 11:20 am
Subject: Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow


Oh, yeah. I forgot about Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I remember when we used to 
have them in the Northeast. They used to be a really common and cheerful 
species of the summer. People used to put out these feeders filled with 
sugar-water to attract them to their house for viewing pleasure. They were 
these super tiny birds, about the size of a very large bee, and used to hover 
from flower to flower feeding on nectar, and would glean insects from spider 
webs from under the eaves of our house.


I’m obviously being facetious, but I’m greatly concerned that we are now 
beginning to visibly see the effects of the greatest environmental catastrophe 
since the fifth mass extinction – and this one being entirely caused by human 
activity. Are we seeing the death of the canaries in the coal mine? Is this 
finally becoming more visible and working it’s way up the food chain? I haven’t 
seen a single fly-by Ruby-throated Hummingbird or heard any chittery 
territorial calls from them this season.


Past few summers, insect numbers have been WAY down. Remember those longer road 
trips across country, or just after a road trip for a few hours? My windshield 
would get smattered solid with insect splatter – not so much any more.



I’m concerned that we are all becoming complacent with these changes, and 
accepting them as the “new norm”. This isn’t normal, this is a huge red flag, 
and something should be done about it – the question is: what?


Party-pooper,
Chris






On Jun 17, 2017, at 10:54 AM, Alicia Plotkin  wrote:


Thank you for sending this - it is exactly my experience & my concern.  I don't 
worry quite so much about migration, which can skip over us easily due to 
weather patterns.  In fact there was an odd weather pattern in late April that 
seemed to sling a lot of 'my' warblers up to the coast of Maine where the 
fallout was welcomed with delight and surprise.

However the lack of nesters anywhere but prime habitat is far more worrisome, 
especially without any readily identifiable weather event to explain it.  It's 
deeply concerning and I have wondered why no one is talking about it.  Thank 
you for bringing it up!

Alicia

P.S.  You left off hummingbirds, which are non-existent or in very low numbers 
for everyone I know, both folks with feeders and people like me whose plantings 
are tailored to their tastes. I have not seen a single one in my yard yet.  
This is hard to believe, our habitat is pretty prime: we live in a large 
clearing in the woods that is filled with wildflowers, additional 
hummingbird-favored plants we have added, plenty of water, trees with perfect 
forks for their nests (based on their past preference), and a neighbor who puts 
fresh nectar in her feeder every day.


On 6/17/2017 9:52 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:

Everyone, 


Just pointing out the obvious here, but bird numbers in my immediate area of 
Upstate NY are way down this year. I mean,WAY down. John, if you have full 
capacity of nesting Tree Swallows, it may be that the sites you host are prime 
and being filled to capacity because theyare the best locations. It sounds to 
me like the sub-par sites are not being filled.


Acoustically, birds are seriously lacking this year. Visually, birds are 
lacking this year. Birding at the Hawthorn Orchard was a disaster, yet there 
was food and everything was primed to receive birds. Regular numbers of 
expected birds were hugely lacking. What happened to the Tennessee Warblers and 
Blackpoll Warblers? I think I recorded something like three Tennessee Warblers 
at most on one day at the Hawthorn Orchard, then they were just done. Blackpoll 
Warblers…you were lucky to see or hear a single bird this spring. Blackpoll 
Warblers used to come through here in droves – just driving around, you would 
pass singing Blackpoll Warbler after Blackpoll Warbler, during their peak 
migration through this area. Remember? When all of those Blackpoll Warblers 
came through, that marked the “end” of that spring migration – the cleanup 
species – this simply didn’t happen.


In overflow areas, where habitat may not be the best, or is sub-par, and which 
normally fills in because the best habitats are already taken by other birds, 
the birds simply are not there.


Yellow Warblers, everywhere? Nope.
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, everywhere? Nope.

[cayugabirds-l] Marie Read’s National Wildlife cover photo!

2017-03-26 Thread Carol Schmitt

Our local photographer extraordinaire Marie Read’s photo of a Rose-breasted 
Grosbeakgraces the April/May 2017 issue of NationalWildlife Magazine.

Congratulations again to her!
Carol Schmitt
See it at :
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: The Washington Post: First a peck, eventually a peep: Watch baby eagle emerge from egg in SE Washington

2017-03-15 Thread Carol Schmitt

 In spite of the storm
Carol Schmitt

 



Subject: The Washington Post: First a peck, eventually a peep: Watch baby eagle 
emerge from egg in SE Washington



First a peck, eventually a peep: Watch baby eagle emerge from egg in SE 
Washington
http://wapo.st/2m0IzTG





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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine story from Maine

2016-11-28 Thread Carol Schmitt
I was forwarded this from a friend who has an island in Maine.  A nice story.
Carol Schmitt


Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 11:48 AM
Subject: JoshFecteau.com : “A Falcon Named Feisty”


  
  

  
JoshFecteau.com : “A Falcon Named   Feisty” 





  
A Falcon Named Feisty 
  
Posted:   25 Nov 2016 06:37 AM PST

On Monday morning, I was counting shorebirds at a beach in Biddeford   when 
suddenly every bird in sight took flight. Well, nearly every bird.   
Glancing to my left, I quickly located the cause of the panic. Unbeknownst  
 to me, a Peregrine   Falcon had completed a sneak attack and had a 
Black-bellied Plover   pinned to the sand. In mere moments, the plover's 
life was over.
  
  
With my camera handy, I snapped some quick shots of the two (soon to be   
one) winged ones. When the peregrine made an adjustment, I noticed plastic  
 bands on the bird's left leg.
  
  
Reviewing my photos later, I was able to read the plastic markers --   the 
bands were black and green with white lettering "40" over "U". I sent   an 
email to Charlie Todd of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries &   
Wildlife and received a prompt reply. He told me that the Peregrine Falcon  
 I'd seen was born on a bridge in Maine back in 2009 and had even earned   
the nickname "Feisty". Charlie wasn't aware of a sighting of Feisty since   
April 2012 in Westbrook, so he was thrilled to learn that the bird was   
still around.
  
I've since learned that Feisty had a rather unusual first few years of   
life, starting with some fame as the star of a peregrinecam, and later as   
a survivor of a serious wing injury. Rather than detail his early years   
here, I encourage you to view this impactful slide show   put together by 
Avian Haven.

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[cayugabirds-l] FOY Oriole

2016-04-28 Thread Carol Schmitt
I've been wondering when Orioles would show up at our lakeside cottage!  Time 
to get out the oranges and jelly
Carol Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] airport woodcocks

2016-03-25 Thread Carol Schmitt

  Woodcocks weredisplaying last night at the airport as darkness fell  --- 
about 7:30pm, in their usualfield on Mohawk Rd, south of the intersection with 
Snyder Rd.
   We lookforward to this spring ritual every year, ever since our first 
woodcock huntwith Betsy Darlington many years ago!
Carol Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] Our club Prez on the radio!

2015-12-29 Thread Carol Schmitt
Jody Enck was interviewed this morning on WHCU, and gave a great description of 
our upcoming Christmas Count!
If you missed it, you can listen to the podcast:
http://whcuradio.com/morning-newswatch/join-birders-on-new-years-day/
Nice job, Jody!
Carol Schmitt

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant American Pipits etc

2015-11-06 Thread Carol Schmitt
Along with enjoying the Cinnamon Teal (which, by the way, seemed to have 
distinct speckles on it's side, and chevron-feather markings fore and aft -  
i.e. definitely a hybrid?), and a count of 68 Sandhills from East Rd., we 
saw a lone Snow Bunting at Tschache, right in the grassy tracks before the gate.
Carol Schmitt

 

-Original Message-
From: Marie P. Read <m...@cornell.edu>
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>
Sent: Fri, Nov 6, 2015 11:04 am
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant American Pipits etc


My walk on blustery Mt Pleasant this morning turned up:

A flock of about 50
American Pipits
1 Horned Lark
None of Those White Birds from a few days
ago

On the way back, a Common Raven was on the road near a large flock of
American Crows checking out the newly harvested corn field. The raven took of
and was chased by a crow for a minute or so, giving me great comparison views of
the two species in flight.

Marie 


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Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of
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[cayugabirds-l] OT: Taurid Meteor Shower

2015-11-05 Thread Carol Schmitt
If we get clear skies in the next few nights, watch for the Taurid meteors.  
This year could be another good show.
(Taurus is to the right of Orion.  Use Orion's belt as a pointer.)
Carol Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] Loon fallout

2015-10-21 Thread Carol Schmitt
Loons were everywhere on the lake today.  The best part is their music -- 
constant calling back and forth to each other, starting before first light and 
continuing into the evening.
Carol Schmitt (south of Long Point)

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[cayugabirds-l] Holiday weekend bird

2015-09-05 Thread Carol Schmitt

 We took this shot this afternoon, (from about 6 ft. away, through glass and 
screen), of "our" guy!  He spends his a lot of each day in the trees over our 
deck, and plunging in the water.
 Carol Schmitt
  

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[cayugabirds-l] osprey, Red-thr Loon, Snipe, Woodcock

2015-04-02 Thread Carol Schmitt
Yesterday morning, while watching the Red-throated Loon by the white 
lighthouse, an Osprey flew over and landed by the inlet.  On a roll, we 
continued on and the Snipe was still calmly probing in the wet spot on 
Stevenson Rd.  Last night, precisely at 8:00 pm (Mohawk Rd, airport). a 
Woodcock flew in and began peenting loudly, then sky-dancing.  The moon was 
bright and Venus was sparkling.
  Today we could hit 60º?  Nice.
Carol S.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Moving the Christmas Count Date Earlier

2013-12-30 Thread Carol Schmitt

 
Iagree with Sandy.  The Jan. 1stdate for the count has its origins with Doc 
Allen, I believe.  He chose it since everyone would have aday off anyway and 
this has worked for years.
   All of our data is based on thisdate so I would think that consistency would 
have value.  (Kevin?)  Until recently, waterfowl numbers on Jan. 1st 
weretremendous;  it is the currenthunting season that is effecting us.
   I want to stick with ourtraditional date.  We might possibly have more 
student participationif we picked another weekend, but many people leave school 
earlier in Decemberthan you might think.  Also, thoseweekends before Christmas 
are much in demand for other holiday parties, etc.(certainly true for our 
household, so we’d be unlikely to participate in thefuture) and I think we’d 
create more of a problem.
   I hope we can make some change onthe hunting regulations at the south end of 
the lake and improve the situationin that way.
CarolSchmitt

 

 

-Original Message-
From: Sandy Podulka s...@cornell.edu
To: Cayuga List Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu
Sent: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 10:04 am
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Moving the Christmas Count Date Earlier


Moving the Christmas Count earlier would certainly make itimpossible for us and 
many local families to participate--there are toomany conflicting required 
school or work, or other social events the twoweeks before Christmas. In 
addition, the compilation dinner would not bewell-attended, and I think that is 
an important event bringing many localbirders together--it's a nice way to 
start the new year.

Sandy 

At 07:49 AM 12/30/2013, you wrote:

I'll stick my neck out andresurect the suggestion that we change our Christmas 
count date. It wouldbe great to add the many students and holiday travelers to 
our group ofcounters. Maybe the second or third Saturday of December.

Laura 

Laura Stenzler
l...@cornell.edu

On Dec 29, 2013, at 10:52 PM, Dave Nutternutter.d...@me.comwrote:


Perhaps the line of fire proximity of people  buildings was the reason the 
DEC police calledin the gunners who were in the SW corner of the lake tied to a 
tree alongthe shore of Treman. I saw in the background 2 adults and a child on 
thebeach of the west shore, associated with the first house, a large newone. 

I'd like to petition the DEC to have the south end of the lake, say theportion 
within the City of Ithaca, which does not allow firing guns, offlimits to 
hunting. 



--Dave
Nutter

On Dec 29, 2013, at 08:47 PM, Anne Clarkanneb.cl...@gmail.comwrote:


It sounds as if some of thesefolks might be illegally close to buildings, 
although I suppose theyargue that their guns are pointing down the lake.  On 
the otherhand, in the park area, trails and inlets make a complex problem 
forclaiming that nothing could be in the line of fire when shooting at 
ducksflying in and over.  Do they really stop firing when the ducks swingtoward 
shore? 

Per the DEC hunting regulations

Question: How far from a building do I have to be to discharge myfirearm?
Answer: You cannot discharge a firearm or bow within 500 feet of anyschool, 
playground, occupied factory or church. You cannot discharge afirearm or bow 
within 500 feet of a dwelling, farm building, or structureunless you own it, 
lease it, are an immediate member of the family, anemployee, or have the 
owner's consent. This does not apply to thedischarge of a shotgun over water 
when hunting migratory game birds andno dwelling, public structure, livestock, 
or person is in the line offire.

On Dec 29, 2013, at 5:07 PM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg wrote:


I birded at East Shore Park onSaturday mid-day, and at Stewart Park this 
morning -- I must say that Ihave never seen so much hunting pressure at the 
south end of the lake. Iwant to say clearly that I am not against legal duck 
hunting in wellmanaged areas (and I buy a Migratory Bird Stamp to support 
wetlandconservation), but what is going on this year does not seem to 
besustainable or an appropriate use of such a large public space. Boatswith 
hunters and decoys were anchored right under the trees at the SwanPen at 
Stewart Park, at the tip of the red lighthouse jetty, at thewooden buoy marker, 
on the beach at Hogs Hole, and along East Shore --yesterday there was an 
additional boat cruising the center of the lake tochase duck flocks. Needless 
to say there was not a single spot for ducksto rest safely anywhere in the 
southern quarter-mile or so of Cayuga Lake(and probably north past Myer's Point 
as well), and any flock thatcircled around over the south end of the lake (no 
matter how high) wasshot at. I don't know if DEC would consider that proper 
management ofthis important waterfowl wintering area. This seemed pretty 
differentfrom the past few years when a few hunters kept the duck flocks 
movingaround but there was plenty of place for them to rest -- notably alongthe 
Stewart Park shoreline, which was not available today. 

This activity will undoubtedly affect the 

[cayugabirds-l] Palmer's Woods - Prof. Lawrence Palmer

2013-05-14 Thread Carol Schmitt
Dr. E. Lawrence Palmer was a professor of nature study at Cornell, a number 
of decades ago.  One of our famous local people, actually, with a long tenure 
and many professional books and articles to his name.
  His son was the shoe-throwing, Attica/Weatherman Robin Palmer!

Carol Schmitt

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