[cayugabirds-l] Finger Lakes Birdquest reminder

2010-05-29 Thread Karen Edelstein
Hello all (and apologies for cross-posting),

I'm forwarding this message that Mark Chao posted earlier this month. Please
consider taking advantage of this nice opportunity to get out in the field
with Mark, and visit some beautiful locations. One heads-up...the deer tick
population at Lindsay-Parsons Preserve in West Danby is quite high. Please
take appropriate precautions!

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The fifth annual Finger Lakes Land Trust Spring Bird Quest (SBQ) will
take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 29-31, 2010.

The purpose of the SBQ is to celebrate our local breeding birds and the
Land Trust's role in preserving their vital habitats. During the weekend,
I'll be birding Finger Lakes Land Trust preserves, keeping a count of
species I observe, and collecting pledges per species. All proceeds benefit
the Land Trust. In this way, other birders and I have found over 115 species
(including 22+ warbler species) and have raised over $17,000 on past SBQ
weekends to support the Land Trust's work in protecting some of the most
scenic and biologically important lands in our region. Please contact me off
list if you would like to make a pledge toward my tally this year, or if you
are interested in birding and raising pledges yourself.

In addition to counting species and raising funds, I'll also be leading bird
walks at four Land Trust preserves over the weekend.

Saturday, May 29
8:00 AM
McIlroy Bird Sanctuary
Summerhill (Cayuga County)

Sunday, May 30
8:00 AM
Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve
West Danby

Monday, May 31
6:30 AM
Goetchius Wetland Preserve
Caroline

Monday, May 31
8:30 AM
Park Nature Preserve
Dryden

All walks will depart promptly from the parking areas of the respective
preserves. For directions, see http://fllt.org/protected_lands/index.php.
All walks will last approximately two hours, except the one at Goetchius,
which will be shorter.

The bird walks are free, but donations to the Land Trust are encouraged.
Whether you decide to make a donation or not, I would be delighted if some
of you would consider attending one or more of these walks. I think that
there is no better birding in our region than at these preserves in late
May.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks for
your consideration!

Mark Chao
Ithaca
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Peregrine

2010-08-10 Thread Karen Edelstein
-- Forwarded message --
From: Marc Keane i...@mpkeane.com
Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 3:56 PM
Subject: Re: Peregrine
To: Karen Edelstein k...@cornell.edu


Hi Karen;

Posted one vid-clip to YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULdXBHzCjqc

Marc

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[cayugabirds-l] Salmon Creek Bald Eagle

2010-10-07 Thread Karen Edelstein
Adult bald eagle circling over Salmon Creek just now, about 1 1/2 miles
north of Ludlowville.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine

2010-08-10 Thread Karen Edelstein
Ooops. Sorry about that. Should have looked before hitting forward.

Mea culpa.

K

On 8/10/10, Kevin J. McGowan k...@cornell.edu wrote:
 As I suspected, the Peregrine is a Red-tailed Hawk.  The squirrel was the
 biggest clue.

 Cheers,

 Kevin



 On 8/10/10 4:47 PM, EdelsteinKaren k...@cornell.edu wrote:

 -- Forwarded message --
 From: Marc Keane i...@mpkeane.com
 Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 3:56 PM
 Subject: Re: Peregrine
 To: Karen Edelstein k...@cornell.edu


 Hi Karen;

 Posted one vid-clip to YouTube.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULdXBHzCjqc

 Marc



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[cayugabirds-l] Sharp-shinned downtown dining

2011-12-02 Thread Karen Edelstein
Great photo opps just now, watching a sharp-shinned hawk devour a
house sparrow under the yew bushes on the east side of Ithaca City
Hall. From the pile of feathers under the bushes, it looks like this
is a prime dining location. My husband Joe saw the same hawk pursuing
sparrows here yesterday.

Karen Edelstein

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[cayugabirds-l] City Hall sharpie still hanging out

2011-12-03 Thread Karen Edelstein
The hawk Joe and I watched yesterday seems to have started roosting in
the yew bushes in front of City Hall, and is there again today. You
can get within about 6 feet comfortably for a great eye-level view.

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[cayugabirds-l] downtown sharpie

2012-02-14 Thread Karen Edelstein
There was a sharp-shinned hawk perching just now on the wires that run
between Temple Beth El and the Finger Lakes Land Trust, across N. Tioga
Street, downtown Ithaca. He dove low over traffic and then settled on
another wire closer to the Planning Department building on Court St.

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[cayugabirds-l] City Hall sharp-shinned hawk is back in hunting territory

2012-01-02 Thread Karen Edelstein
In early December, we had several days of excellent sightings of the
sharp-shinned hawk that has been hunting sparrows in the yew bushes on the
east side of Ithaca City Hall. The bird disappeared for a few weeks, but
was just sighted again. Stop by Autumn Leaves Used Books and check with Joe
for updates. Last month, you could watch the hawk from about 5 feet away
through a gap in the branches as it ate its meals.

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[cayugabirds-l] downtown sharp-shinned hawk update

2012-01-04 Thread Karen Edelstein
I heard more reports today that people on the Commons have been seeing the
sharp-shinned hawk perched and/or hunting from a vantage point atop the
Night and Day building or the Mate Factor building. He has been picking off
birds in the air.

Karen

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[cayugabirds-l] Tuesday, 5/8: Science Cabaret on Night Migration

2012-05-02 Thread Karen Edelstein
Science Cabaret presents:
*A River of Birds in the Sky: tuning into night migration*

When: 7 PM, Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Where: Lot 10 Lounge, 112 S. Cayuga Street
FREE!!

Unbeknownst to most people, songbird migration in North America happens at
night. And many species give short call notes while they fly to maintain
contact with their fellow travellers and prevent mid-air collisions. We'll
talk about ways to detect and monitor these calls, with the possibility of
someday watching real-time, continent-wide songbird migration via the
internet. This amazing phenomenon may turn YOU into a night owl!

Bill Evans is an ornithologist and naturalist who focuses on night
migration, and ways to mitigate bird collisions with cell towers and wind
turbines.

Harold Mills is a computer programmer, birder, and musician who has a
lifelong fascination with sound.

TRIVIA WITH BECCA AT LOT 10 FOLLOWS THE CABARET...or if the winds are
right, there's a chance that attendees may be able to migrate up to Mount
Pleasant with Bill to listen to the birds flowing overhead.

For more information, visit http://www.sciencecabaret.org.

Science Cabaret is made possible through a partnership with the Light In
Winter Festival of Science and the Arts: http://lightinwinter.com.


Science Cabaret Now on Air!
Join hosts Jenny Nelson and Joanna Drivalas on 91.7 WICB Sunday nights from
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Check out the yummy menu here: http://www.lot-10.com/index.html
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] migrating cuckoos

2012-06-08 Thread Karen Edelstein
This is why, in the southern US, cuckoos are known as rain crows. I
hadn't made the connection to the cow-row call as part of the possible
derivation of that name before!

On the evening of July 11-a pitch-dark evening with a thundershower
lowering,-they were remarkably noisy, both sitting in trees and flying high
in air.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga lake basin map

2012-12-10 Thread Karen Edelstein
I'm not sure who authored the Cayuga Basin link on Google Maps, but anyone
who would like a kml or shapefile version of the boundary that I used to
create the maps in the revised Birding the Cayuga Basin guide released last
year...please just ask. That boundary was based on Wiegand and Eames' very
rough sketch, and then translated to a GIS using HUC 12 watersheds as a
basis. Those are drawn from digital elevation models, and while probably
not zoom-able to a parcel level, certainly would have more detail accuracy
than one that was based on a region-wide map. Geo, I'll cc you off-list
with a detail of Tupper Rd.

Karen

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[cayugabirds-l] new Bill and Melinda Gates building on Cornell campus

2013-03-04 Thread Karen Edelstein
The acres of all-glass-plate facade are up on the south side this new
building near the stadium. Does anyone know whether there are any bird
collision mitigation strategies planned? Looks like a thousand heartbreaks
waiting to happen.

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[cayugabirds-l] FLLT trails and Thatcher's Pinnacles

2013-06-22 Thread Karen Edelstein
Hi Annemarie,

Thatcher's Pinnacles high point is in Danby State Forest. The Land Trust's
trail system does not extend to there, or even to the border with the State
Forest Land. I've been working on an interactive map that might help to
show this a little more clearly. The final version should be up on our
website in the next few months, but here's the draft. If you click on the
middle button at the top of the table of contents, you can toggle layers on
and off and switch between aerial imagery and a topo map. Note that the
boundary of the State Forest is not accurate on this map, at least
according to county tax parcels. It should abut L-P.

http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=bf336198040d427d8ae43ca1cb31bff1

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] FLLT trails and Thatcher's Pinnacles

2013-06-22 Thread Karen Edelstein
Sounds like I need to rectify the discrepancy between the county's tax
parcels and our survey, in that case.
On Jun 22, 2013 9:50 AM, Geo Kloppel geoklop...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi Karen and all,

 It's not the Danby State Forest boundary that is inaccurate on that map.
 The boundary shown coincides fairly well (not perfectly) with the actual
 survey pins, whose locations I'm familiar with from years of walking the
 lines for the land trust. The problem is with the boundary shown for the
 preserve, which fails to extend far enough eastward to meet the State
 Forest, as it should.

 -Geo Kloppel

 On Jun 22, 2013, at 9:11 AM, Karen Edelstein k...@cornell.edu wrote:

  Note that the boundary of the State Forest is not accurate on this map,
 at least according to county tax parcels. It should abut L-P.


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[cayugabirds-l] OT: fab mushroom photos

2013-08-19 Thread Karen Edelstein
Hi Meena,

Great finds! Two of your mushrooms (pages 2 and 13) are actually not fungi,
but are saprophytic, nonphotosynthetic flowering plants. Probably Indian
pipe,  Monotropa uniflora.

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Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] OT: fab mushroom photos

2013-08-20 Thread Karen Edelstein
Thanks, Betsy! My 1980s botany is out of date!

See

 They were termed saprophytes, meaning plants that get their nourishment
from decaying organic matter. The term saprophyte is now obsolete, and
plants such as Indian pipe and others that obtain nutrients in the same
manner are called mycoheterotrophs or epiparasites. They appear to be
parasitic on the fungi as no benefit to the fungus from its association
with the Indian pipe has been discerned.

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From: Betsy Darlington darlingtonb...@gmail.com
Date: Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] OT: fab mushroom photos
To: Karen Edelstein k...@cornell.edu


Hi, Karen--
It turns out that they aren't saprophytes after all, but parasites on
mycorhizal fungi. (So says Kathie Hodge.)  When I learned this from her
several years ago, I was very surprised.  The same is true of squawroot and
beech drops.
Betsy


On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 12:24 AM, Karen Edelstein k...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Hi Meena,

 Great finds! Two of your mushrooms (pages 2 and 13) are actually not
 fungi, but are saprophytic, nonphotosynthetic flowering plants. Probably
 Indian pipe,  Monotropa uniflora.
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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern phoebe migration question

2013-11-11 Thread Karen Edelstein
I have a phoebe that is still hanging around the yard and barn. Isn't it
late for them to still be here?

Karen Edelstein
Lansing, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Reminder! Science Cabaret tonight, 7 PM

2013-12-10 Thread Karen Edelstein
Science Cabaret Presents:

*Three Climate Change Stories: Mine, Yours, and the Birds'*

When: *7 PM, Tuesday, December 10, 2013 *
Where: *Lot 10 Lounge, 106 S. Cayuga Street*
*FREE!! *

Join Scientist/Ornithologist Kim Bostwick for a lively Science Cabaret at
the intersection of Climate Change and You! Kim will relate her love of
science, nature, and birds to the current climate crisis and its
implications for biodiversity.  She'll share her personal response to the
climate crisis from her perspective as a parent, a bird-watcher, and a
professional scientist/ornithologist. During this talk Kim will describe a
simple plan you can use in your own response to climate change. Following
her talk join in a lively discussion. The implications of climate change
are huge!

For more information, visit http://www.sciencecabaret.org/.
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Science Cabaret is presented with support from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

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[cayugabirds-l] OT: Additional freezing info

2014-02-13 Thread Karen Edelstein
Also, I've read that when the early settlers claimed their military lots in
Lansing, the Ludlow brothers came up the frozen lake with their horse and
wagon rigs to Salmon Creek, and then made their way up the stream to settle
the hamlet of Ludlowville.

To wit: Thomas Ludlow, the son of Henry Ludlow married Julia Norris in
December 1778 in Southampton. They lived briefly at Roxbury, Morris County,
NY. In February of 1791 who was then a major in the Continental Congress,
his father Henry, and his brother Silas Ludlow moved to Tompkins County,
NY. They were the first white settlers in the area and came by way of
Athens, NY, on the Susquehanna River. The men arrived at the head of Cayuga
Lake and went north on the ice pulling their valuables behind them on a
sled until they reached the Salmon Creek outlet. They went up the ravine
and found the falls which would later provide them with water power. They
first located land that suited them and then gained title to it. This was a
pattern many others attempted to follow, but most of them did so less
succesfully than the Ludlows. They built cabins and waited for spring. They
then applied to purchase the land on which they had settled, known as
Military Lot Number 76 in the town of Milton. They paid $60.00 and
gradually developed around them as they wold and leased land to others.
They built a sawmill of logs, twenty feet square, and the first gristmill
below the falls.

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[cayugabirds-l] Change in DEC's tack for mute swan management

2014-02-28 Thread Karen Edelstein
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has issued the following
press release:

*DRAFT MUTE SWAN MANAGEMENT PLAN TO BE REVISED AND RELEASED FOR SECOND
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD*

While the initial public comment period on the draft Management Plan for
Mute Swans in New York State closed February 21, the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is already considering
changes to the draft plan, including an additional opportunity for public
comment, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

Over the past five weeks, DEC received more than 1,500 comments on the plan
from individuals and organizations as well as more than 16,000 form letters
and 30,000 signatures on various petitions.

The draft plan for management for mute swans received significant public
interest and DEC received many thoughtful and substantive comments,
Commissioner Martens said. DEC is listening to these comments and concerns
and will revise the draft plan and provide an opportunity for the public to
comment on the revised plan this spring.

In revising the plan, DEC likely will acknowledge regional differences in
status, potential impacts and desired population goals by setting varying
goals for different regions of the state. In addition, *DEC will consider
non-lethal means to achieve the management plan's intended goals.*

DEC continues to review all of the public comment received, and will issue
a revised draft this spring for another 30-day comment period. Prior to
finalizing the revised draft, DEC will meet with key stakeholder groups to
ensure that all potential management options are identified and considered.
In addition to a revised draft plan, DEC staff will prepare a summary of
the comments received and provide a response to the many questions,
concerns and ideas expressed by the people of New York State.

We appreciate the strong response that the draft plan received, and it's
clear that New Yorkers recognize the importance of a comprehensive mute
swan management plan that balances the interests of a diversity of
stakeholders, Martens said.  The revised plan will seek to balance the
conflicting views about management of mute swans in New York.



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[cayugabirds-l] More possible ospreys

2014-04-23 Thread Karen Edelstein
I was also told that last year there was an eagle nest along the driveway
of Seneca Falls Country Club (just south of Cayuga Lake State Park) that
I'm guessing is really an osprey nest. Nevertheless,  I haven't had a
chance to check in person.  Has anyone else seen this?  I will be up in
Geneva this weekend, so may try.

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[cayugabirds-l] interesting WB nuthatch behavior

2014-05-12 Thread Karen Edelstein
Yesterday, in the midst of a flurry of activity at the feeder, with visits
from a large flock of goldfinches, several male indigo buntings,
rose-breasted grosbeaks, Baltimore orioles, and several woodpeckers, I
observed a new behavior in a white-breasted nuthatch. The nuthatch was at
the tube feeder, and suddenly spread its wings and rotated its entire body
about 120 degrees like a pendulum. It then swung upright, and did the same
maneuver in the opposite direction, wings widespread. Mating displays of
birds of paradise came to mind immediately. This was the only nuthatch in
the near vicinity. Thoughts on what was going on?

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey interaction

2014-06-08 Thread Karen Edelstein
Last night, during our sunset walk at Salt Point in Lansing, Joe and I got
some nice views of the osprey pair sharing a fish on the platform edge.
When we were ready to leave (it was getting quite dark by then) one osprey
was down incubating presumably while the other stayed alert on the perch
(ha-ha... fish or pole or both). Some movement along the outside of the
nest caught Joe's attention.  Although the light was terrible, I could see
a long, twitching tail with a slight notch and very quick movements.  Blue
gray gnatcatcher I'm guessing.  The little bird and the big osprey had to
have been aware of each other but unbothered by each other's presence. The
little bird worked its way around the edge and then into the nest itself
before it got too dark to see anymore.
What was going on? Gleaning bugs?  Anyone else seen this? Could it have
been some species other than gnatcatcher?

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[cayugabirds-l] Impacts of approved casino at Tyre:OT?

2014-12-19 Thread Karen Edelstein
My advance apologies if this question is outside of list bounds (please
weigh in, Chris). I am wondering if there are concerns about the light
pollution from the gigantic casino facility just approved for Tyre, and the
impacts this gaming development may generate at Montezuma NWR. When this
project was first proposed, I asked Tom Jasikoff if a study would be done,
but never heard back.

Thanks for your thoughts.  Please email me off- list if Chris says this is
not ok too discuss here.

Karen

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[cayugabirds-l] Why to not feed jelly to orioles

2015-05-16 Thread Karen Edelstein
Here's an informative article that endorses sticking with natural sugars
(grapes and oranges).

http://nmconservationnetwork.org/2014/04/20/please-no-jelly-for-orioles/

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[cayugabirds-l] funny

2016-02-07 Thread Karen Edelstein
Really was our own SuperbOwl Sunday.

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[cayugabirds-l] Short-eared owls

2016-02-07 Thread Karen Edelstein
On our way back from Montezuma this afternoon, Joe Wetmore and I took a
quick detour down Lake Rd towards Long Point Winery to look for short-eared
owls. Caught a quick glimpse, I believe, of Laura Stenzler, but no owls. It
was getting late, so we headed back south on Rt 90. Almost immediately
after making the turn onto the main road, Joe spotted the short-eared owls
in the farm fields on the east side of 90. Not the greatest place to pull
over, but in the quickly waning light, I was able watch one flap across the
field just below the tree-line.

Other highlights included a lot of common goldeneyes seen from the Wells
boathouse, distant views of a large raft of snow geese mid-lake, and at
Montezuma, a harrier and a bald eagle at Tschache Pool, another harrier at
Mays Point Pool, as well as some entertaining muskrats swimming among the
many lodges at Mays.

A great little adventure. The only disappointment was that the Wildlife
Drive was not open. Perhaps I misunderstood that it would be open from
another post on the listerv. Quite the relaxing and beautiful afternoon.

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-bellied sapsucker!

2016-01-24 Thread Karen Edelstein
YBSS at our suet feeder just now!

Salmon Creek Rd
Lansing, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] OOB but interesting upcoming webinar from Conservation Biology Institute

2016-02-16 Thread Karen Edelstein
Webinar: It’s tough to be heard in the city: Adaptations of bird song in
urban environments

Presenter: Dr. David Luther, George Mason University

Registration link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/608493518552321

When
Start: February 22, 2016 @ 1 PM ET

End: February 22, 2016 @ 2 PM ET

Modern, high-density urban environments are an evolutionarily recent
habitat in which urban features such as uniform grey cement surroundings,
tall buildings with reflective surfaces, and loud low frequency ambient
noise pose a variety of novel selection pressures to animals that live in
this environment. The ambient noise environment can affect the perception
of acoustic mating signals and mask signal content. Because acoustic
communication is a critical component of both male-male competition and
female mate choice in many taxa including anurans, crickets, and birds, the
effects of urban ambient noise on signal transmission might have
significant consequences for mate choice and resource defense across a
diversity of taxa. A plethora of studies have found that birds and
amphibians in urban environments produce vocalizations with higher minimum
frequencies compared to the vocalizations of more rural populations. This
study investigates the songs and behaviors of white-crowned sparrows in and
around San Francisco to better understand the mechanisms and consequences
of song evolution in an urban environment.

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[cayugabirds-l] Long-eared owl, Salmon Creek

2016-09-23 Thread Karen Edelstein
I'm excited to say that after the last instance (I knew of) 15 years ago,
there was a long-eared owl calling about halfway up the hill behind my
house last night. He was vocal for only about 5 minutes around 11 pm, and
then quiet. The last time I heard LEOWs was in February 2001(?), a dueting
pair, who on my last encounter, flew out of the woods and swooped low over
the heads of John Greenly and me. People had been driving from as far as
the Catskills to listen. Hope this one stays around.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] OOB: Tree swallow migration

2016-09-30 Thread Karen Edelstein
Ooops. No "American" in those tree swallow. Just tree swallows, and maybe
they were Canadian, anyway. Sorry about that slip of the keyboard.

On Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 4:22 PM, Karen Edelstein <k...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> Joe Wetmore and I just returned from several days in the Provincetown, MA
> area. On Monday, while we were hiking to High Head Beach (North Truro)
> along the Cape Cod National Seashore, we witnessed what seems to be a
> fairly lightly documented phenomenon in that area: the massing of American
> tree swallows on their migration south. While the locals we later talked to
> mentioned that they frequently see a lot of tree swallows along the Cape in
> the fall, what we serendipitously encountered was really intriguing.
>
> On our walk, as we crested the dunes and could see the ocean, we noticed
> large clouds of birds swirling overhead. The white bellies, calls, and
> flight patterns were a fast clue that these were tree swallows, these birds
> were surprisingly round. Well, fat. The birds all landed on the beach in a
> group, not far from the surf line, each one perched on the highest ridge of
> sand in the vicinity. The flock numbered about 3000. All sitting on the
> sand, facing south. Occasionally, they would startle, and most take to the
> air, only to settle down again.
>
> A naturalist on our whale watching trip later the next day congratulated
> us for seeing these birds, since he knew of few birders in the area who
> talk about these migration massings. When I checked eBird later that night,
> the records there resonated...sitings of 80, maybe a few hundred there.
> Ebird kicked my report back, in fact, asking me whether I'd actually seen
> 3000. The whale guide indicated that a little bit south in Wellflleet, he
> sees an estimated 100,000 there some years.
>
> After doing a little reading, it made sense. The swallows are gorging
> themselves silly on the lipid-rich bayberries that grow along the dunes,
> fattening up to fuel their long flights to southern wintering grounds.
> Bayberries are their second preferred food after insects. The following day
> at Race Point, we saw more flocks along the coast, looking from a distance
> like black haze moving along the shoreline, then coming in waves to the
> shrublands in back of the dunes, presumably to eat more.
>
> While this was just dumb luck to have seen what we did, I bet it would
> make a great research project for some enterprising student. I just count
> myself as fortunate, particularly when I thought the swallows living around
> the Finger Lakes had been gone for over a month already.
>
> Karen Edelstein
>

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[cayugabirds-l] OOB: Tree swallow migration

2016-09-30 Thread Karen Edelstein
Joe Wetmore and I just returned from several days in the Provincetown, MA
area. On Monday, while we were hiking to High Head Beach (North Truro)
along the Cape Cod National Seashore, we witnessed what seems to be a
fairly lightly documented phenomenon in that area: the massing of American
tree swallows on their migration south. While the locals we later talked to
mentioned that they frequently see a lot of tree swallows along the Cape in
the fall, what we serendipitously encountered was really intriguing.

On our walk, as we crested the dunes and could see the ocean, we noticed
large clouds of birds swirling overhead. The white bellies, calls, and
flight patterns were a fast clue that these were tree swallows, these birds
were surprisingly round. Well, fat. The birds all landed on the beach in a
group, not far from the surf line, each one perched on the highest ridge of
sand in the vicinity. The flock numbered about 3000. All sitting on the
sand, facing south. Occasionally, they would startle, and most take to the
air, only to settle down again.

A naturalist on our whale watching trip later the next day congratulated us
for seeing these birds, since he knew of few birders in the area who talk
about these migration massings. When I checked eBird later that night, the
records there resonated...sitings of 80, maybe a few hundred there. Ebird
kicked my report back, in fact, asking me whether I'd actually seen 3000.
The whale guide indicated that a little bit south in Wellflleet, he sees an
estimated 100,000 there some years.

After doing a little reading, it made sense. The swallows are gorging
themselves silly on the lipid-rich bayberries that grow along the dunes,
fattening up to fuel their long flights to southern wintering grounds.
Bayberries are their second preferred food after insects. The following day
at Race Point, we saw more flocks along the coast, looking from a distance
like black haze moving along the shoreline, then coming in waves to the
shrublands in back of the dunes, presumably to eat more.

While this was just dumb luck to have seen what we did, I bet it would make
a great research project for some enterprising student. I just count myself
as fortunate, particularly when I thought the swallows living around the
Finger Lakes had been gone for over a month already.

Karen Edelstein

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[cayugabirds-l] Crow roost descended

2016-11-08 Thread Karen Edelstein
Over the past few weeks, a large roost of crows has formed in the woods off
Lansingville Rd just uphill and west of my house on Salmon Creek. Mid-
morning they stream east in loose groups. But this morning, hundreds have
dropped into the cleared cornfield on Salmon Creek Rd, and the many have
made their way to the road itself, where they seem to be pecking at the
compressed gravel and overturning dead vegetarian along the shoulder. There
were at least 60 or more on the road directly in front of my house,
scattering when a car comes by, and then reconvening. Thoughts on this?
I'm enjoying the entertainment.

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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl, Lott Farm

2017-01-11 Thread Karen Edelstein
Great views with Joe Wetmore just now of one snowy owl on the ground in the
field on the south side of Martin Rd. We parked just in front of the gate
of the service road in front of CASE-H, halfway between the farm  silos and
the airport.

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[cayugabirds-l] RB grosbeak, for real

2017-03-14 Thread Karen Edelstein
Oddly enough, the small flock of brown-headed cowbirds gorging on black oil
sunflower seed included a very bossy female rose-breasted grosbeak. I
didn't believe Joe at first when he told me, but just watched it with my
own eyes.

He also saw a phoebe looking for shelter from the storm earlier this
morning, poking about in the eves behind our kitchen.

Vagrants courtesy of this nor'easter?

Karen
Salmon Creek Rd, Lansing

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] RB grosbeak, for real

2017-03-14 Thread Karen Edelstein
So on more careful consideration, and sage input from Bill Evans, I'm going
to retract that bold report, and go with female red-winged blackbird. Which
made more sense to me, given the fellowship with the cowbirds. Ah well.
Welcome to my feeders, blackbirds! They also showed up in the last March 14
(1993) snowstorm in huge numbers.

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:57 PM, Karen Edelstein <k...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> Oddly enough, the small flock of brown-headed cowbirds gorging on black
> oil sunflower seed included a very bossy female rose-breasted grosbeak. I
> didn't believe Joe at first when he told me, but just watched it with my
> own eyes.
>
> He also saw a phoebe looking for shelter from the storm earlier this
> morning, poking about in the eves behind our kitchen.
>
> Vagrants courtesy of this nor'easter?
>
> Karen
> Salmon Creek Rd, Lansing
>

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[cayugabirds-l] Reminder, 7 PM tonight: Sound Meets Science presentation

2017-10-03 Thread Karen Edelstein
*SOUND MEETS SCIENCE: RADIO PRODUCTION AND THE NATURAL WORLD*

By Bill McQuay, Audio Producer, and NPR Contributor
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7 p.m.
Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road, Lansing

​In celebration of autumn at Salt Point, Bill McQuay, an audio producer and
NPR Contributor, will give a presentation entitled SOUND MEETS SCIENCE:
RADIO PRODUCTION AND THE NATURAL WORLD.  The talk will take place Tuesday,
October 3, 2017, at 7 PM at Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road in Lansing.
Sponsored by the Friends of Salt Point, it is free and open to the public.

McQuay will talk about radio production with a focus on production
techniques for stories about science and the natural world. He will share
samples of his work and discuss techniques and technologies used in his
award-winning productions.

McQuay is an audio producer and NPR Contributor. Prior to that, he worked
with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology / Macaulay Library of Natural Sound and
Video. For fifteen years McQuay was an NPR sound engineer, technical
director and producer for NPR programs including Morning Edition, Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, Performance Today and NPR's Radio Expeditions. Radio
Expeditions is where McQuay began his long time collaboration with NPR
science correspondent Christopher Joyce, a creative relationship that
continues today.

Salt Point and the Salt Point Speaker Series are managed by the Friends of
Salt Point Ltd. group of volunteers in cooperation with the Town of Lansing
Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, visit
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[cayugabirds-l] Speaker: Oct 3, Bill McQuay, Audio Producer & NPR Contributor

2017-09-25 Thread Karen Edelstein
SOUND MEETS SCIENCE: RADIO PRODUCTION AND THE NATURAL WORLD
By Bill McQuay, Audio Producer, and NPR Contributor
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7 p.m.
Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road, Lansing

​In celebration of autumn at Salt Point, Bill McQuay, an audio producer and
NPR Contributor, will give a presentation entitled SOUND MEETS SCIENCE:
RADIO PRODUCTION AND THE NATURAL WORLD.  The talk will take place Tuesday,
October 3, 2017, at 7 PM at Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road in Lansing.
Sponsored by the Friends of Salt Point, it is free and open to the public.

McQuay will talk about radio production with a focus on production
techniques for stories about science and the natural world. He will share
samples of his work and discuss techniques and technologies used in his
award-winning productions.

McQuay is an audio producer and NPR Contributor. Prior to that, he worked
with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology / Macaulay Library of Natural Sound and
Video. For fifteen years McQuay was an NPR sound engineer, technical
director and producer for NPR programs including Morning Edition, Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, Performance Today and NPR's Radio Expeditions. Radio
Expeditions is where McQuay began his long time collaboration with NPR
science correspondent Christopher Joyce, a creative relationship that
continues today.

Salt Point and the Salt Point Speaker Series are managed by the Friends of
Salt Point Ltd. group of volunteers in cooperation with the Town of Lansing
Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, visit
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[cayugabirds-l] Salt Point tonight

2018-05-15 Thread Karen Edelstein
Joe Wetmore and I marveled at the nimble and acrobatic flight of three to
four Common Nighthawks feeding on a midge hatch at Salt Point this evening.
Could be a first for me, certainly in Lansing.

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[cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines

2018-06-08 Thread Karen Edelstein
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.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines

2018-06-08 Thread Karen Edelstein
Thanks all...let's keep the comments to NYSEG flowing.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines

2018-06-08 Thread Karen Edelstein
Wow. I'm so sorry that happened to you. What a shoddy way of doing
business. It's not like they can replace the time it took to put that
garden into place. ..

On Fri, Jun 8, 2018, 7:24 PM Carol Schmitt  wrote:

> Our summer garden at our cottage was completely *clear-cut* early this
> winter.  Low-growth lilacs, honeysuckle, witch hazel, Japanese maples
> with a likely mature height of 12’, and other very small trees were sliced
> off at the ground.  My five bird feeders were removed and left on our
> front steps.  Mean-spirited and heart-breaking to discover when we opened
> the cottage for the season.
>   I made an appointment for the Auburn NYSEG forester to come look at the
> damage.  He said that although the decorative trees in question were
> considered ‘low-growth compatible’ and not a problem, “mistakes happen” and
> “our guys are only human”.  He said I can try to file a claim through
> their website.
>I was told that they now have a 5-year program to continue doing this,
> contracting with Ironwood Heavy Highway.  Having found that simple branch
> trimming was not effective, NYSEG now will simply completely remove any
> trees they deem a possible future problem under 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 <
> d...@cornell.edu>; 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
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> *From:* bounce-122625976-77717...@list.cornell.edu  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
> 452 Ringwood Road
> Freeville NY  13068 USA
>
> Phone  607-539-6608
> e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
>
> Website: http://www.marieread.com
> Follow me on Facebook:
> https://www.facebook.com/Marie-Read-Wildlife-Photography-104356136271727/
> 
> 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] Cayuga Lake Osprey Trail

2018-04-02 Thread Karen Edelstein
Since Dave Nutter referenced this the other day, I just wanted to remind
everyone about the interactive map I created a few years ago with Candace
Cornell. The URL changed since the original version so please update any
bookmark you might have had.  Here's the handy, shortened URL:
http://tinyurl.com/CLospreys

Still a work in progress, as more platforms are put in place and discovered.

As Candace says: "Eyes to the skies". It was great to see a few this
evening that had recently returned to Salt Point.

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[cayugabirds-l] Short eared owls

2019-01-14 Thread Karen Edelstein
Last night, Joe Wetmore and I watched 5 short-eared owls plying the fields
on both sides of Lake Road leading west from Long Point Winery, just south
of Aurora. We spotted the first one around 5 pm. So graceful, and the white
of their wings flashing brilliantly.

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[cayugabirds-l] Springport osprey

2019-03-20 Thread Karen Edelstein
Joe Wetmore and I had an osprey flying low over the road in the Town of
Springport along Route 90 near Fire Lane 20. About 10 am this morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] Great egret at McIlroy Bird Sanctuary yesterday

2019-05-26 Thread Karen Edelstein
In addition to some excellent botanic sightings yesterday at McIlroy, we
had some spectacular views from the wetland viewing deck of a great egret
swooping and looping over the water, roosting in a tree, and patrolling the
water's edge. Apologies for the late posting.

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[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorns and Ithaca street trees

2019-05-20 Thread Karen Edelstein
Dave...the city maintains an online database and interactive map of its
13,000+ trees. Hopefully this will be helpful in determining your hawthorn
variety (advance apologies. ..it does not seem optimized for mobile devices
so I can't absolutely verify).
https://www.cityofithaca.org/253/Tree-Inventory-GIS

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[cayugabirds-l] Common yellowthroat, Salmon Creek

2019-04-20 Thread Karen Edelstein
This morning, and for 3-4 days prior, I've been hearing common
yellowthroats singing in the woods behind my house (Salmon Creek Valley,
Lansing). In past years, they've also arrived on the early side, yet
hearing one singing by (or before) April 20th seemed a little odd. But this
morning, the bird was right outside my bedroom window, and very loud. I
checked it against the song on eBird (first recording on the list) and it
was identical--basically counter-singing to what was outside. I'm 100% sure
on this one.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Common yellowthroat, Salmon Creek

2019-04-21 Thread Karen Edelstein
Bob McGuire has gently corrected me that after I shared a recording with
him, it truly was a Carolina wren. Dang. Sorry about that false alarm. What
a stinker...

On Sat, Apr 20, 2019, 6:49 PM Karen Edelstein  wrote:

> This morning, and for 3-4 days prior, I've been hearing common
> yellowthroats singing in the woods behind my house (Salmon Creek Valley,
> Lansing). In past years, they've also arrived on the early side, yet
> hearing one singing by (or before) April 20th seemed a little odd. But this
> morning, the bird was right outside my bedroom window, and very loud. I
> checked it against the song on eBird (first recording on the list) and it
> was identical--basically counter-singing to what was outside. I'm 100% sure
> on this one.
>

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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern towhee

2020-04-12 Thread Karen Edelstein
We had a beautiful Eastern Towhee foraging and singing in the yard this
afternoon. I think this is the first time that I've had one as a yardbird
here in 30 years.

Salmon Creek valley
Lansing, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Red tail vs squirrel

2020-06-26 Thread Karen Edelstein
The last few weeks have been full of wild activity in our backyard, as a
nest of red tailed hawks up the hill has now fledged and are spending a
tremendous amount of time around our bird feeders and on the trees in the
yard. I captured this interaction between a couple of juvenile hawks and a
young squirrel the other day. Can any animal behaviorists give me more
information on what seems to be going on?

https://youtu.be/uA873t01oBg

As of today, these hawks are now successfully catching their own food on
their own.

Karen

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[cayugabirds-l] Cape May Warbler at Howland Island

2020-09-06 Thread Karen Edelstein
Beautiful and very sweet views of two Cape May Warblers today on the trail
just north of Coot Pond on Howland Island, seen by Joe Wetmore and me.

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[cayugabirds-l] Also, great-crested flycatcher today

2020-09-06 Thread Karen Edelstein
In approximately the same location as Cape May Warbler I just reported,
just east of Coot Pond, Howland Island. Top of tall snag on east side of
trail.

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