[cayugabirds-l] Writing from a black birder

2020-06-07 Thread Elaina M. McCartney
This piece written in 2016 by birder J. Drew Lanham, Birding While Black, 
speaks to the hearts of birders anywhere, anytime, but is particularly relevant 
this week.

https://lithub.com/birding-while-black/

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[cayugabirds-l] Union Field Ospreys

2020-04-01 Thread Elaina M. McCartney
Glad to see two Ospreys standing on the Union Field light pole nest this 
afternoon. At first only one was visible, the other sitting.

Elaina


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[cayugabirds-l] waterfowl raft

2020-01-08 Thread Elaina M. McCartney
Several thousand just north of Hog Hole in good light.

Elaina

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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Rough-winged Swallow

2019-06-07 Thread Elaina M. McCartney
A first yard bird for me, a Northern Rough-winged Swallow where there are often 
Barn Swallows hanging out under the docks.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/48020995866/

Elaina

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[cayugabirds-l] Baltimore Oriole.

2018-05-02 Thread Elaina M. McCartney
A male Baltimore Oriole landed on my hammock today, a bit north of Hog Hole. 
There’s usually a nest in my yard.

Elaina
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are all my feeder birds

2017-10-18 Thread Elaina M. McCartney
I have noticed a dramatic drop in the squirrel population and feeder birds SW 
shore Cayuga Lake in the past two months. I like to photograph squirrels so I 
noticed. Saw one lactating female about two weeks ago, and that's it. Up until 
a couple months ago I also had flying squirrels visiting every night, now 
nothing. There's a bonanza acorn crop, so maybe the squirrels don't need to 
raid my place this year. Tube feeder stays full days longer than it used to. 
Blue Jays used to show up whenever I tossed out some seeds on my deck. Now the 
seeds sit there uneaten. I do have woodpeckers and Mourning Doves around the 
yard, and a few chipmunks.

Elaina

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On Oct 18, 2017, at 12:47 PM, Barbara B. Eden 
> wrote:

For the past 2 months the resident birds that I daily feed have dropped in 
population This is the first time this has happened and even those pesky 
squirrels have left I live in Cayuga Heights and my backyard is a bird friendly 
habitat
Any thoughts would be appreciated
Thanks
Barbara Eden

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Osprey

2017-06-05 Thread Elaina M. McCartney
That may be the same Osprey that left my yard carrying a large stick headed 
toward Hog Hole on Saturday.

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On Jun 5, 2017, at 8:53 AM, Asher Hockett 
> wrote:

While my granddaughter rode her bike around the loop at Stewart Park on 
Saturday afternoon, I was treated to an Osprey hunting the lagoon, hovering and 
diving and successfully catching fish. After disappearing with the catch it (or 
its mate) returned to repeat the show. Later it (they) moved to the lake. Quite 
the beautiful spectacle IMO.

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asher

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[cayugabirds-l] American Coots

2017-01-26 Thread Elaina M. McCartney
A flock of at least 100 American Coots has been hanging out at the southwest 
corner of Cayuga Lake just north of Hog Hole for about a week.  It's been a 
long time since I've seen such a large number of Coots here.  Another unusual 
observation, a standup paddle boarder was heading north up the lake yesterday.

Elaina

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] please keep reporting Western Tanager

2016-03-10 Thread Elaina M. McCartney
The Western Tanager was enjoying the fruits of a tree in Wee Stinky Glen 
yesterday morning (March 9) shortly after 9 am, on a branch above the path that 
goes by the bench near the upper entrance of the Cornell Store.  A few photos:

https://flic.kr/p/EY3hcB
https://flic.kr/p/EY3j9H
https://flic.kr/p/EY3gEK
https://flic.kr/p/EDDnaL
https://flic.kr/p/F4V9qN
https://flic.kr/p/E9R1n6

When I first noticed it, I was drawn to look up by singing.  The Western 
Tanager was on a branch close to a House Finch.  A set of more photos is at 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/albums/72157665124320010

Elaina

From: Dave Nutter >
Reply-To: Dave Nutter >
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2016 21:42:39 -0500
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] please keep reporting Western Tanager

The WESTERN TANAGER is still being reported via eBird daily on Cornell 
University campus in the same area - the alcove at the east entrance to the 
underground Cornell Store (good for sunning and eating fruits of vines on the 
wall), the south and west sides of Day Hall (whose inhabitants put seed on the 
windowsills), the nearby stream known as Wee Stinky Glen and the fruiting trees 
over it, with forays to the south side of Sage Chapel.

Please keep reporting this bird. Also, any photographers or observers of 
detail, please let me know if you believe you are seeing progression of molt. 
I'd love to see the bird with more adult or breeding male characteristics such 
as red around the face or darker back feathers.

--Dave Nutter


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] guns at Stewart Park

2015-11-13 Thread Elaina M. McCartney
Here is a non-political early-morning photograph taken from the densely 
populated southwest shore of Cayuga Lake 24 October 2015 showing rowers heading 
out from the inlet in a northwest direction past my house for their usual 
morning practice.  The occupants in the boat to the right had set up elaborate 
decoys and camouflage in the dark in front of my house, with the shooting 
direction assumed to be across what would be the path of the rowers (shooting 
pointed away from the neighborhood houses and Treman Park of course).  The 
rowers froze when they saw the hunters, and subsequently the hunters packed up 
their decoys and departed when they saw the rowers.  Visibility was poor, but 
the rowers’ bow light can be seen.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/22451966336/



From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" 
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Reply-To: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" 
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Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:46:34 +
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
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Cc: Dave Nutter >, Laura 
Stenzler >
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] guns at Stewart Park

Dave, thanks for sharing your encounter with the List, because this potentially 
affects anyone who intends to go birding at Stewart Park or in the nearby 
areas, if this kind of activity is seasonally permitted from such a widely and 
publicly used space.

Does the Cayuga Bird Club have an official position on this and other past 
similar situations at the South shore of Cayuga Lake? As Laura suggested, 
perhaps a letter (from the Cayuga Bird Club) to the City of Ithaca 
representative(s) whose area(s) includes the disputed region, a letter to the 
Mayor, and a discussion placed on the agenda during one of the City 
Administration public meetings, would help clarify the City’s stance on this 
issue and possibly put forth an opportunity for official change in the future?

I believe that we, as birders, are not all blatantly opposed to hunting, but I 
do think there’s a time and place for that sport – Stewart Park, and the South 
end of Cayuga Lake in general, does not seem like the right place at any time.

Sincerely,
Chris T-H


On Nov 13, 2015, at 7:54 AM, Laura Stenzler 
> wrote:


Dave,

It is great that you followed through on all of this! It sounds like an 
intimidating situation, but you did not back down.   I think it would be 
worthwhile to share your experience with your city representative and the 
Major. I just read in the Ithaca Journal this morning that all Ithaca police 
officers are now wearing and using body cameras (as of Nov. 3) which must be 
turned on when they respond to a call.  So there is a good official record of 
what occurred (we hope).

   Good for you!

Laura


Laura Stenzler
l...@cornell.edu



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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] guns at Stewart Park

This afternoon I was enjoying Stewart Park - the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, the 
Fuertes Sanctuary (swan pond), the birds on the lake - as I often do. As I 
walked clockwise around the pond and came out from the Fuertes Sanctuary path 
near the lakeshore and toward the park road, I came face to face with 3 guys 
carrying guns and dragging a small boat. I took a couple photos on my phone 
(I've been practicing lately, but they weren't very good) and I told them they 
weren't allowed to have guns in Stewart Park. They said lots of law enforcement 
agencies had been called on them before, which sort of contradicts what they 
also said about me being the only one who has given them a problem, and they 
were told it was okay if the guns weren't loaded. I said the ban was in the 
City Code, and maybe those police hadn't read that part. They were skeptical. 
They said they'd seen guys walk right out and shoot waterfowl from Stewart 
Park. I said I would've tried to stop those guys, too. They didn't want to 
leave, but seemed to think that having police, who had agreed with them before, 
resolve the issue would get me out of their hair. So I called 911 and explained 
the situation. The guys in camo agreed to wait for the cops, although meanwhile 
they did put their guns back in their pick-up trucks. That was nice, since kids 
were arriving next to them for rowing practice at the Cascadilla Boathouse, 
although I think the kids were unaware of what was going on. Also I was pretty 
uncomfortable confronting people with guns while