[cayugabirds-l] FOY Female RWBs

2021-04-04 Thread Laura J. Heisey
Just this afternoon, 2 at the feeders.  Beauties!

Laura
Newfield

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] OOB redpolls

2021-03-22 Thread Laura J. Heisey
I still have a handful of them in Newfield, foraging on and under the feeders.  
The group grew from an occasional one or two in mid-February to about 40 last 
week and is now dwindling.

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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] OOB redpolls

I still have a few (4) that come to my feeders in the morning in Victor, NY.
Christie Rochester
727.7995

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I’m house sitting for friends, located on one of the hills south of Binghamton. 
There are still a dozen redpolls here. They only show up in the cool mornings. 
I was surprised to see them still here.

Nancy Cusumano




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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!

2021-02-25 Thread Laura J. Heisey
I've had 2 Redpolls at my feeders for a week or so, first year to see any stick 
around my Newfield neighborhood.

A RB Nuthatch has been here all winter.  It's a joy to see one nearly every day!

Laura

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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!

We’ve had two at our sunflower seed feeder on Bald Hill in Danby!
Mary

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> On Feb 25, 2021, at 3:10 PM, Donna Lee Scott  wrote:
> 
> Today, I saw not only "my" Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 different times, 
> front a= nd back yards, but also saw 4 Redpolls under feeders in back about 2 
> PM !
> First time to see Redpolls in my yard.
> 
> RB Nuthatch was chopping up peanuts and stashing pieces in tree bark 
> and cr= acks in branches.
> 
> Donna L. Scott
> 535 Lansing Station Road
> Lansing, NY 14882
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[cayugabirds-l] Bluebird sleeping quarters

2021-02-03 Thread Laura J. Heisey
Each night, there are 4 Eastern Bluebirds tucking themselves into crooks and 
crannies of a locust tree behind my house.  They gather on the tree in the 
afternoon and emerge at first light.  I can't tell them apart so I wonder if 
they each go to the same spot or if they vie for the choicest spots.

I've been watching two of them tuck in from my "office" (aka dining room table) 
while I'm working from home.  Two others stay in spots on the tree that I can't 
see, but they all gather for a few minutes in the morning.

It's been going on for at least two weeks, probably longer.  I doubt it's 
unusual but I have never seen it before, and it's so much fun to watch!

Laura
Newfield, NY

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbirds

2020-09-13 Thread Laura J. Heisey
I have one today at my feeders in Newfield.

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbirds

Yesterday (Saturday) I had two hummingbirds visiting my feeder here in 
Trumansburg.
Annette

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CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Sunday, September 13, 2020.

1. Hummingbirds?
2. Re: Hummingbirds?
3. Re: Hummingbirds?
4. Re: Hummingbirds?
5. Montezuma Birding Tours: Driving and paddling
6. Re: Hummingbirds?
7. Re: Hummingbirds?

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Subject: Hummingbirds?
From: Laura Stenzler mailto:l...@cornell.edu>>
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 16:16:57 +
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Last night was a big migration night. (Check out 
https://birdcast.info/migration-tools/live-migration-maps/)

Has anyone seen hummingbirds today? Ours seem to have left.

Laura

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Subject: Re: Hummingbirds?
From: Geo Kloppel mailto:geoklop...@gmail.com>>
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 12:28:28 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

None at my feeders, but I did see one at the pond, where the New England asters 
are really starting to blow.

-Geo

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>  Last night was a big migration night. (Check out 
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> Has anyone seen hummingbirds today? Ours seem to have left.
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> Laura
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Subject: Re: Hummingbirds?
From: Laura Stenzler mailto:l...@cornell.edu>>
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 16:53:48 +
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Nice!

Laura

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On Sep 12, 2020, at 12:52 PM, Carol Keeler 
mailto:carolk...@adelphia.net>> wrote:

 Yes.  I’m in Auburn .  I had one at my feeder this morning.  Last night I had 
an influx of 6 young or female Purple Finches.  A few were still here this 
morning.  I had a Brown Thrasher last night too.

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On Sep 12, 2020, at 12:22 PM, Laura Stenzler 
mailto:l...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

 Last night was a big migration night. (Check out 
https://birdcast.info/migration-tools/live-migration-maps/)

Has anyone seen hummingbirds today? Ours seem to have left.

Laura

Laura Stenzler
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Subject: Re: Hummingbirds?
From: Barbara Bauer Sadovnic mailto:bsadov...@htva.net>>
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 14:13:54 -0400
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We had one at our feeder today, a female.

Barbara

> On Sep 12, 2020, at 12:16 PM, Laura Stenzler 
> mailto:l...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
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> Last night was a big migration night. (Check out 
> https://birdcast.info/migration-tools/live-migration-maps/ 
> )
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> Has anyone seen hummingbirds today? Ours seem to have left.
>
> Laura
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> Laura Stenzler
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Subject: Montezuma Birding Tours: Driving and paddling
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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 

[cayugabirds-l] FOY birds in Newfield

2020-05-01 Thread Laura J. Heisey
This morning I have my FOY Rose-breasted Grosbeak, House Wren and Blue-headed 
Vireo in the yard and woods-edges.

Hummingbird feeder and oranges are out but not visited yet.

Laura
Newfield

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[cayugabirds-l] FOY Phoebe in Newfield

2020-04-05 Thread Laura J. Heisey
FOY Phoebe singing in my Newfield back yard.

-Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Female Red-winged Blackbird

2020-03-23 Thread Laura J. Heisey
At my Newfield feeders.  First I've seen this year.

-Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Redpolls in Newfield yesterday

2019-02-24 Thread Laura J. Heisey
A flock of around 50 Common Redpolls visited my Newfield back yard yesterday 
around noon.  It may have been more than 50, but I was indoors and they were 
very close to the house, so I could only count them in small groups.  They 
stayed for just a few minutes, but what a treat those few minutes were!
I didn't see which direction they came from or went.

-Laura Heisey





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RE: [cayugabirds-l] like "The Birds," large flock of Starlings nr West Danby ~08:50

2018-03-01 Thread Laura J. Heisey
There was flock of at least 150 blackbirds in Newfield ~7:00 this morning. I 
saw Grackles and Starlings, and maybe heard a few Red-Winged Blackbirds in the 
mix.

Laura
Shaffer Rd.

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] like "The Birds," large flock of Starlings nr West 
Danby ~08:50

We just had a large flock of Starlings come through just north of West Danby 
~8:50. It was like a scene from "The Birds." The lawn was black with birds.

Then about 09:00 a smaller group of several dozen came through.

Yesterday, Wed, was when we actually got 6 RWB instead of just one or two. The 
fields are alive with the sounds of RWB.

Nigel
~1 mile north of the Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve,
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed woodpecker in Palmer Woods

2018-02-27 Thread Laura J. Heisey
Still there. I'm glad I finally got out to see it. A life bird for me.

Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Flicker in Newfield

2017-12-31 Thread Laura J. Heisey
I just had a Norther Flicker at my backyard suet feeder. This is a first ever 
winter sighting of one for me here, as well as a first known feeder visit.

Laura Heisey
Newfield

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] They're back!

2017-12-18 Thread Laura J. Heisey
I’m seeing quite a lot of activity at my feeders in Newfield, but fewer 
American Goldfinches for some reason. Over 20 Mourning Doves, lots of House 
Finches, DE Juncos, Northern Cardinals, Blue Jays, Chickadees and Tufted 
Titmouse, several Downy, Hairy, and Red-bellied woodpeckers, 2 Pileated 
woodpeckers, one American Tree Sparrow and 2 White-throated Sparrows (my 
favorite). I also hear an Eastern Screech Owl once a week or so.

Laura
Newfield

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Sent: Monday, December 18, 2017 9:15 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] They're back!

Recent snowy spell his brought back many of my usual feeder birds.
10 morning doves, 20 Gold finches, 3 titmouse, pair each of woodpeckers: downy, 
hairy, red bellied; 2 - 3 White breasted nut hatch, a Starling, 7 DE junco, 1 
House finch, 12 House sparrow, ~4 Blue Jay, intermittent small flocks Cedar 
waxwing, 2 Carolina Wren, 6 Northern cardinal.

On Cayuga Lake yesterday lots CA Geese, 8 Red breasted merganser, 2 bufflehead.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park swan pen Baltimore Oriole nest

2017-05-23 Thread Laura J. Heisey
Being a semi-noob birder, I'm going to say I'm not 100% sure of what I saw, 
never having watched Orioles do this ...

I think I spotted a Baltimore Oriole nest under construction yesterday. With 
binoculars I was able to follow a male carrying nest material from the lake 
side of the path to the tall maple tree on the swan pen 'island'. He stayed up 
there a while and I was able to see the sack-shaped nest as leaves moved with 
the wind. I gather the female was nearby or busy building. It will likely be 
hidden once the tree finishes leafing out.

The nest is on the north-ish side (facing the lake) of the tallest maple on the 
island, a few feet from the top.

Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Common Yellowthroat in Cornell's Wee Stinky Glen

2017-05-05 Thread Laura J. Heisey
The one day I didn't carry my binoculars! I've never heard a Common 
Yellowthroat anywhere near there.

It was singing from the honeysuckle bushes along the creek south of the stone 
footbridge, at ~11:45 this morning. I didn't have time to stick around and get 
a look at it.

Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow in Newfield

2017-03-22 Thread Laura J. Heisey
Just saw my first ever Fox Sparrow on the ground below my feeders. Life list 
#127. I'm very much looking forward to adding lots more on this year's Spring 
Field Ornithology class field trips.

Laura
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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Geese

2017-02-24 Thread Laura J. Heisey
I heard some flying over Newfield around 6:00 this morning.

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LOTS of geese flying north over Ellis Hollow this morning!!

Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-bellied sapsucker

2016-12-16 Thread Laura J. Heisey
I believe I spotted a yellow-bellied sapsucker at my feeders in Newfield this 
afternoon. I could only see its back and head, and while I haven't seen many 
that close, I am very familiar with all of the year-round woodpeckers here, and 
it wasn't any of the usual visitors.

I heard them in the woods nearby this spring and summer, but is it possible 
that any stuck around?

-Laura Heisey, Shaffer Rd., Newfield.
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Clay-colored Sparrow returns to Cornell

2016-05-09 Thread Laura J. Heisey
The Clay-colored Sparrow is singing from the same trees this morning. Its 
distinctive song makes it easy to spot even with the blossoms.

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[mailto:bounce-120461122-68441...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Gary Kohlenberg
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Clay-colored Sparrow returns to Cornell

Andrew Dreelin found the Cornell Arts Quad Clay-colored Sparrow this morning in 
the same area as last year. The flowering trees on the south side of Goldwin 
Smith Hall and associated walking paths. Chasing Chipping Sparrows with loving 
intentions possibly. Active late this afternoon even with the rain. 
I'm very happy to have him back. 
Gary 
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-tailed hawk and Crow at Sage Hall, Cornell campus

2016-04-25 Thread Laura J. Heisey
Twice today I've watched a crow dive-bombing a Red-tailed Hawk as it sits 
perched atop one or another of the Sage Hall spires.  The hawk seems 
unperturbed.  Pretty entertaining!

Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Western Tanager in Wee Stinky Glen

2016-03-31 Thread Laura J. Heisey
It's still here. I just saw it (and reported to eBird) in the tallest tree 
across from the semi-circle of benches between Day Hall and Sage Hall.


Laura

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Western Tanager still there?

2016-03-20 Thread Laura J. Heisey
It's here this morning. It was in the dogwood just outside the upper Cornell 
Store entrance at 7:38 and then flew off to Wee Stinky Glen.

From: bounce-120277486-68441...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-120277486-68441...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Laura J. Heisey
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 3:38 PM
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Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] Western Tanager still there?

I saw it alongside Day Hall on its usual window sill and on the ground below at 
7:40 this morning.

From: 
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Western Tanager still there?

Please post to list if you have seen the Western Tanager at Day Hall/Cornell 
Store today (3/16/16) or yesterday.
A friend from Syracuse wants to come see it.

Thanks,
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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Western Tanager still there?

2016-03-18 Thread Laura J. Heisey
I saw it alongside Day Hall on its usual window sill and on the ground below at 
7:40 this morning.

From: bounce-120277227-68441...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-120277227-68441...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Donna Lee Scott
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2:46 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Western Tanager still there?

Please post to list if you have seen the Western Tanager at Day Hall/Cornell 
Store today (3/16/16) or yesterday.
A friend from Syracuse wants to come see it.

Thanks,
Donna

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carolina Wrens nesting in hanging baskets

2014-08-24 Thread Laura J. Heisey
I had my first ever Carolina Wren nest in a hanging basket of tuberous begonias 
this summer.  One person I told said, Of course you do! They successfully 
raised and fledged five chicks. They're nesting all over my property in 
Newfield. I hear the buzzy I'm bringing food sound all day long every day. 
They now visit a basket of fuschias but I don't think they have a nest there. I 
thought they would but they just hang out there. They've put a serious dent in 
the bug population this year. I'll definitely encourage their return.


On August 24, 2014, at 5:00PM, Donna Scott wrote:

Re CAROLINA WRENS nesting in hanging baskets or the like: a few years ago C. 
Wrens nested in a plastic bag containing rubber belts for the lawn mower! the 
bag was hanging on a nail against the house under the floor of my roofed back 
deck (house is on a hill so there is a walk out basement on the side with the 
bag  - it was above my head), so plenty of shelter, yet easy access to the yard 
and spiders and insects in garden equipment nearby. I could see the nest thru 
the transparent bag.  3 Young.

I always have them nesting around here somewhere and this year they 
successfully fledged 3 young from one of those little woven, round-bottomed, 
pointed-top nest baskets that one hangs up somewhere - mine are under the roof 
of my front porch. Now one (or more?) of the wrens sleeps at night in another 
one of those baskets on the other side under the porch roof (I have 3 of those 
hung up under there).

I leave my big, browned not-so-evergreen Xmas wreath up on my front door long 
after winter because I like the way it smells and it is always nicely decorated 
with natural plants (by me). One year a Carolina Wren built a beautiful nest in 
the center of the wreath against the door. It lined the whole thing with soft 
green moss and laid its eggs.
As soon as  discovered the nest, I stopped using the front door and put ladders 
in front of the step to the porch to keep people from approaching the door. We 
all had to use the door from the garage. Sometimes I stood nearby to observe 
the babies in the nest and take a few photos and later they successfully 
fledged, I think.
Sometimes I put the old wreath on the side wall of my recessed front porch and 
now and then the wrens build a nest in the center of it over there.

This year I heard that monotonous vocalization (that Lindsay described) from 
the parent around the time the young were about to fledge. For a while one baby 
stood on top of the nest basket, as the parent chattered away, then baby went 
back into the nest. A couple days later they were all gone from the nest.

I live by Cayuga Lake (so a little warmer here in winter), and I have Carolina 
Wrens here all winter visiting my many bird feeders, and have had for at least 
a decade. I think there are as many wrens here as ever and that they survived 
this last real winter OK, perhaps due to bird feeders -- although I think I 
am one of the only residents on Lansing Station Road that keeps feeders full in 
winter ( all year round).

Donna Scott
Lansing
- Original Message -
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Carolina wrens nesting in fuchsia hanging basket

   I was interested in Dave Nutter’s recent reports on a pair of Carolina wrens 
that successfully nested in a hanging planter on his back porch. It was just a 
few days after his first report (7/18) that we noticed Carolina wrens carrying 
nesting material to a hanging basket of fuchsia suspended from a beam under the 
ceiling of our otherwise unenclosed back porch. By the weekend of 7/26-7/27, we 
suspected that they were incubating their clutch. August 10 was the first day 
we observed food being brought to the nest, but the eggs may have hatched a day 
or so earlier. My wife saw an adult bringing food to the nest early in the 
morning on 8/21, but the nest was empty by the afternoon, and so, to our great 
disappointment, we totally missed what we assume was the successful fledging of 
the young. We never peered into the nest (a domed structure with the entrance 
located on the side facing the backyard) to count babies, either. The nest 
location was about 10 feet from our back door and five feet from a kitchen 
window from which we could observe the activity. Since we spend very little 
time sitting on the porch, the birds took little or no notice of us and flew 
fairly directly to the nest when delivering food. We once heard them making 
nervous-sounding vocalizations when a seemingly oblivious chipmunk loitered for 
awhile on the ground under their nest location until we drove it away. My wife 
also once saw the wrens drive away a downy woodpecker that landed briefly on a 
post near the nest. Though we rarely heard the male giving its full song during 
the nesting period, at least one of the birds (the male?) spent an amazing 

[cayugabirds-l] New sightings imminent!

2014-07-11 Thread Laura J. Heisey
I just got permission to hang out in the woods across the road from my house on 
Shaffer Rd. I am SO looking forward to looking for  Ovenbirds, Scarlet 
Tanagers, and many others. Thank you to those who have helped me identify by 
sound what I'm going to look for first.
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[cayugabirds-l] Carolina Wrens

2014-06-23 Thread Laura J. Heisey
Hi all,

There are 2 Carolina Wrens attempting to build nests in hanging baskets on my 
porch. Is that normal behavior? Should I discourage them? I'm not sure how I'll 
be able to water the plants without damaging the nests. What will happen to 
them over the winter?

Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Another nesting Carolina Wren question

2014-06-23 Thread Laura J. Heisey
They really went to town today. The hollowed out parts of both baskets are 
stuffed with moss and all kinds of other material.

One basket is accessible by chipmunks, which I know is disastrous for the 
wrens. It's hanging on a shepherd's hook attached to the porch railing. I can 
remove the hook and hang the basket directly from the roof, foiling the 
chipmunks. It would mean moving the basket about a foot. Do I dare move it at 
this point?

Thanks everyone, for your advice and encouragement.
Laura
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Another nesting Carolina Wren question

2014-06-23 Thread Laura J. Heisey
I moved it this afternoon. Also redirected some vines that could serve as 
launch points for the chipmunks. That kind of sucks because the vines also 
serve as shelter and perches. I think they'll be fine. I'll send photos as 
things progress. This is very exciting.


On June 23, 2014, at 5:46PM, Laura J. Heisey wrote:

They really went to town today. The hollowed out parts of both baskets are 
stuffed with moss and all kinds of other material.

One basket is accessible by chipmunks, which I know is disastrous for the 
wrens. It's hanging on a shepherd's hook attached to the porch railing. I can 
remove the hook and hang the basket directly from the roof, foiling the 
chipmunks. It would mean moving the basket about a foot. Do I dare move it at 
this point?

Thanks everyone, for your advice and encouragement.
Laura
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[cayugabirds-l] Help a newbie identify a bird song?

2014-06-01 Thread Laura J. Heisey
Would anyone be willing to have me send them a short video with audio of a bird 
I have never heard? I'm new to birding so I don't know how to describe the 
sound in words.

Thanks in advance,
Laura
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