[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill cranes (Seneca Lake)

2018-03-20 Thread Gian Dodici
I was lucky enough to have two sandhill cranes fly over (low and calling)
me this morning at the east end of Fairground Lane, Watkins Glen.  They
were flying over the cattails on the west side of Catharine Creek.

Gian

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[cayugabirds-l] Am Wigeon

2017-03-17 Thread Gian Dodici
About 20 minutes ago I saw a lone American Wigeon loafing on ice in Virgil
Creek just downstream of the Springhouse Rd bridge in Dryden.  I don't
recall ever seeing waterfowl in that reach before though I expect wood
ducks.

Gian

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[cayugabirds-l] Canada & snow geese

2015-12-31 Thread Gian Dodici
Hundreds of Canada geese and snow geese in field off Livermore Road and
Simms  hill rd, Dryden.

Gian

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[cayugabirds-l] N. Goshawk

2015-03-18 Thread Gian Dodici
I saw a beautiful adult northern Goshawk perched in a tree above an old
barn foundation half way up the north side of Yellow Barn Road this evening
at around 6:45.

On another note, this past weekend I had pine siskins and common redpolls
join the regular Am. goldfinches at my feeder up near the top of hunt hill
road. Other than a single redpoll a month, or so, ago I had seen neither
all winter.

Gian

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Pelagic oddity near DeRuyter

2014-07-18 Thread Gian Dodici
Sorry this was this morning 7/18
On Jul 18, 2014 1:55 PM, Gian Dodici gdod...@gmail.com wrote:

 I stumbled (almost literally) on what I think is a GREATER SHEARWATER in
 the woods adjacent to a small trib at the north end of DeRuyter Reservoir
 this morning.  The bird seemed to be in decent condition so I released it
 into the reservoir where it was last seen swimming in the northwest corner
 of the reservoir.  Not sure how long it's been around, or how it ended up
 in the woods, but it appears to be a long way from home.


 https://plus.google.com/photos/108162973708281960515/albums/6037460891881380593

 Gian


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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl freeville

2014-01-16 Thread Gian Dodici
I only get the digest so don't know if this has been reported today. At
3:45pm The SNOWY OWL was perched on the same post that I saw her(?) on last
week.  While I was watching she flew and landed on a utility pole on the
south side of Fall Creek Road next to the Cornell barns.

Gian

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[cayugabirds-l] Action on Hunt Hill

2013-12-19 Thread Gian Dodici
I came home this afternoon and could see something struggling in the
poultry fence I have around my chicken coop.  My first thought that a
chicken had gotten out and was trying to force its way back in but quickly
realized that it was a northern goshawk that was struggling in the fence.
 I went into the house to get my fireplace gloves and a blanket that I
planned to throw over it whilst I tried to extricate it from the fence.
 Much to my surprise the bird flew off as I approached and landed on a
nearby branch.  I went back to the house to grab the camera and got a
couple of distant shots before it flew off.

As I approached the fence I could see that one of the roosters was stuck
 in the fence. Apparently, the goshawk was trying to pull him through.  I
pulled the rooster out of the fence and left him there hoping that the
goshawk would return.  About 20 minutes later it did and flew / hopped /
dragged the rooster about 10 yards before it gave up and started eating.  I
was able to quietly approach and take a few more photos but unfortunately
there was some brush between me and the action.  I left the goshawk feeding
on the rooster.

I checked on the carcass after dark and it looked like what I have always
assumed was typical of a raptor meal -- bird on its back with the breast
muscles removed.

I think that the pictures should be available here:
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Gian

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[cayugabirds-l] Short-eared Owl @ Morgan road

2013-03-08 Thread Gian Dodici
Based on intelligence I received from Mark Chao, I stopped by the DEC
facility on Morgan Road, just north of Savannah, yesterday in hopes of
seeing short-eared owls.  Unfortunately,  I did not make it up there
until 6:20  (Mark reported them being active up to an hour before
sunset) but was rewarded with great views of at least three
short-eared owls.  Two were prowling the vegetation and provided
numerous close views, albeit with failing light.  One bird was on the
ice, possible with prey but it was far enough out that I couldn't be
sure.  I had not previously had the opportunity to hear them
vocalizing like they were last night.

There were spectacular numbers of waterfowl in flight, in fields, and
in any open water throughout the Northern Montezuma Wildlife
Management Area.  It was quite an evening!

Gian Dodici

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