[cayugabirds-l] lakeshore birds

2021-02-04 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
>From Rt 90, just north of Aurora

A good flock of mostly redheads; I was very pleased to see quite a few 
canvasbacks, some scaup, and some little ones that were obscured by the trees.  
An adult eagle few over.  Several minutes later, my collie alerted me to two 
immature eagles perched on the lakeshore trees.  The flock soon flew north.  
I'm assuming that the immatures were progeny of the pair that nests at Paine's 
Creek.

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[cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows

2021-02-02 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
How common is it for them to winter here?  I have one or possibly a pair at my 
feeders this week.

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[cayugabirds-l] swans and larks

2021-02-02 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Nice flock of about 15 swans, including several young ones, just off my 
lakeshore, just north of the Aurora village line.

People looking for larks should try the Springport/Aurelius Townline road, and 
Benham road, which tees off the Townline road.  I see flocks of larks there 
every day, and on some days, snow buntings.  I have not seen any longspurs.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rust Blackbirds

2021-01-29 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
A single Rusty Blackbird showed up at my feeder today, much to my surprise.

From: bounce-125342393-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Joshua Snodgrass 

Sent: Friday, January 29, 2021 12:06 PM
To: Claire Damaske 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rust Blackbirds

I had a flock of about 15 blackbirds, most of which were Rusty at the Montezuma 
Audubon Center a week or two ago during a winter raptor survey. Certainly 
unexpected this time of year, but given how mild the winter has been in 
general, not unheard of. Nice birds and a welcome sight!
Josh

On Fri, Jan 29, 2021, 9:33 AM Claire Damaske 
mailto:cdama...@gmail.com>> wrote:
Is anyone else getting these?  I live on Gravel Rd in Tyre north of the 
thruway.  We started out with 3 Cowbirds last week.  Then 3 Starlings and a 
couple Red-winged Blackbirds joined them.  Two days ago we were up to 40 
Cowbirds and yesterday there were about 40 Rusty Blackbirds too!  How unusual 
is this?

Claire Damaske
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hoster-Stahl Gyrfalcon Video

2020-12-21 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Having watched the excellent video, I believe that I may have seen a gyrfalcon 
north of Aurora at Great Gully Cove.  It took off just as I drove by.  It was 
not a situation in which I could make a positive identification, but it sure 
looked like the bird in the video.  Just about a mile further down the road, a 
mature bald eagle was disturbed from its roost by a crow.  Interesting drive!

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 on behalf of Suan Hsi Yong 

Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:49 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Hoster-Stahl Gyrfalcon Video

Yesterday morning I drove up to Hoster Road through the most beautiful
hoary landscape, arrived to see the gyrfalcon fly from the
northernmost rock pile to the lone tree east of Hoster Road, as close
to the bird as I'd yet gotten. It eventually took off and flew around
back to the eastern edge of the big rock pile, looking like some rocky
mountain crags with the snow cover. There it sat for a good while
quite close to the road giving great looks before taking off ENE
towards the first houss on Stahl Road. There Dave (I think) pointed me
to the post it was sitting on just past the house, and yielded me the
opportunity to slowly drive up to it very close, where it did not seem
to mind my presence. I watched it look around, get buzzed by a fly-by
Northern Harrier, and shortly after setting up to take video caught it
taking off to the field to the north where it harassed a handful of
Canada Geese before flying off to the east.

Here's the video of the gyrfalcon, taking off in regular and 1/4-speed
slow motion.

  https://youtu.be/sqV60s5K7tY

Suan

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Bird deaths in New Mexico

2020-09-18 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
I spoke with family in Harding County NM (remote NE of state).  They started 
seeing bird deaths in August--disoriented birds flying into their porch area 
and outbuildings.  Not good news.

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Sad news:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/14/us/new-mexico-birds-died-migration-trnd/index.html
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

2020-05-31 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Consider the snapping turtle as a possibility.  They have been known to attack 
mature ducks as well as to take ducklings, which is more common.

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 on behalf of Gary Kohlenberg 

Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:29 PM
To: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
Cc: Sandy Podulka ; CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

I hadn’t thought of Mustelid or Possum as Wes suggested as a culprit.

As only one bird lost his head that could be predation after death. One other 
bird dead with head attached and another dying with possible neck issues makes 
the suggestion of botulism by Kevin Cummings and Morgan Hapeman interesting. I 
know Montezuma has had problems with this in the past. The water in Shindagin 
is pretty stagnant which could be a problem. It also better answers the 
unlikely idea of multiple birds shot in such a manner.

Gary

On May 31, 2020, at 11:53 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes  
wrote:

 Just throwing this out there as another possibility: weasel or ferret.

This is, as I understand it, classic kill method used by these Mustelids. 
They’ve been know to kill off an entire flock of chickens in a night, severing 
heads with minimal disruption to the rest of the body.

Thoughts?

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

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On May 31, 2020, at 11:07, Sandy Podulka 
mailto:s...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

That is also one of my favorite places!

I have seen 4 male Mallards in that small pond consistently this spring (but 
not today, and I guess I now know why).
I have no idea what could kill so many birds in such an odd way except a 
hunter, or maybe a group of hunters--I would think an owl wouldn't have a 
chance at all of them at once, as the others would fly off.

So sorry to hear this. As we are learning in so many ways these days, people 
can be truly cruel.

Sandy Podulka

At 10:08 AM 5/31/2020, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
Saturday I walked with my daughter down Shindagin Hollow Rd., in the State 
Forest, to the intersection with Gulf Creek Rd. for exercise, fun and to show 
her the area. It was very birdy and beautiful as usual especially the beaver 
pond at the bottom of the hill. This place always reminds me of the Adirondacks 
and is a favorite of mine.

There was a surprising amount of traffic on Shindagin Rd. both cars and 
mountain bikers savoring the nice day. Some out of state plates on cars of 
dozens parked at the intersection and FLT crossing. I was reminded how popular 
this area is and how much we need wild areas during a pandemic.

We were amazed at how many Red Newts were crossing the road. Some didn’t make 
it unharmed, but most of them did. I learned about their life cycle, that they 
are toxic, but contain off the charts cuteness. We tried to help a couple on 
the journey, but they are very independent minded and don’t need any 
intervention.

We noticed a dead bird in the pond by the outflow pipe under the road; a dead 
male Mallard. Kayla thought it quite interesting and checked to find it had no 
head. I thought that was weird, but I have seen it before, and guessed maybe an 
owl had decapitated it. I’m not actually positive owls would or could do 
this, but seem to remember some discussion about this. If anyone knows if it 
can be a thing please enlighten me.

I scanned the pond and saw movement which was another male Mallard struggling 
in the water. His body floated with the head hanging underwater unable to lift 
it up. He may have had a broken neck. I wasn’t able to reach the poor guy to 
end his misery which made me sad. More scanning found a third male Mallard 
floating in the pond dead. I didn’t see any more, but there could have been 
one in the grass. Three seems like a typical total for this small water to hold 
on any particular day.

My hypothesis is that they were all shot on the water with a shotgun. To 
cleanly decapitate a bird the shot would have to be at very close range. The 
other birds could have all been hit with the same shot if they had been 
swimming very together. This water is very small and birds not hit would have 
flown and probably circled around. It’s not likely they would have been shot 
in the air and fallen back into this small area.

This poaching event is very disturbing and we had another event like this in 
the same general area. I’m thinking of the eagle shooting over bait. No 
hunter would shoot birds in a barrel or sitting on the water even in season. In 
my opinion this is just criminal at any time.

We all have bigger social troubles overall, but felt compelled to document this 
as a complete view of birding in the finger lakes. The little things still go 
on.

Happier birding today,

Gary








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[cayugabirds-l] Aurora

2018-05-05 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Morning dog walk yielded an orchard oriole and a solitary vireo seeming to 
dispute over ownership of a particular branch on a cottonwood tree.  Field 
sparrows and towhees are abundant this year, as usual.

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[cayugabirds-l] Indigo buntings

2017-07-05 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
I am fortunate to have some fruiting mulberry trees that bear particularly 
delicious fruit.  Indigo buntings are among the birds that savor the berries, 
and as I stand under the tree eating berries, I see buntings only 10 to 15 feet 
from me.  What a treat!


Also, towhees have been particularly common this year (or maybe I'm just 
spending more time looking for them).


Linda VB

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[cayugabirds-l] seowl

2016-04-13 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Just south of Long Point Orchard on Rt. 90, about 5:30 pm.  West side of road.  
It's the first I've seen there this spring.
Linda Van Buskirk



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[cayugabirds-l] dead cooper's

2015-03-15 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
While cleaning up the yard yesterday, I found a dead cooper's hawk under our 
forsythia bushes (my grandson had reported a big bird hunting sparrows a while 
back).  Heavily horizontally streaked breast, rounded tail.  One would have 
thought that the English sparrow population would have kept it well fed.  I 
assume it wasn't in fine fettle, or it wouldn't have been quite so close to a 
house.

Linda Van Buskirk



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[cayugabirds-l] short-eared owl

2015-03-09 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk

The owl:  this evening at 5:45, just south of Long Point Orchard, Rt 90, 
Ledyard.
Geese eagerly eating newly exposed grass along the roadside in Aurora.

Linda Van Buskirk


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[cayugabirds-l] bald eagle

2014-06-02 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
About 7:25 am, a mature bald eagle, flying low, direction nw, crossed Rt 90 at 
the Aurora south village limit.   Glorious sight for a morning commute.  In 
past years, an eagle has patrolled the east shore of the lake near Aurora, but 
usually later in the day.

Linda Van Buskirk

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[cayugabirds-l] snowy

2014-03-11 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
My several drive-bys this winter had not yielded an Indian Field Road snowy, 
but last evening, one (very light) was perched on a utility pole near the 
intersection of Indian Field and Kenyon Road.  How long will they stay in the 
area?
Linda



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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Mud Lock Eagles on nest

2014-03-08 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Red-breasted merganser was still there today, along with a stunning pair of 
canvasbacks, some widgeons, red-heads, buffleheads, a scaup, and some geese.  I 
didn't look long, but did not find the grebes.  Everybody seemed to be feeding 
happily.
Linda

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[mailto:bounce-113017980-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of John and 
Fritzie Blizzard
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2014 1:22 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mud Lock Eagles on nest

Forgot to mention on Thurs., (3.6.14)  that Becky  I saw both adult eagles on 
the nest at Mud Lock. One flew as we stopped so couldn't tell if one had 
brought food for the other. Seriously doubt eggs have hatched.

Saw 2 horned grebes  a red breasted merganser on Mill Pond yesterday along 
with other regulars. Becky saw 1 of 2 Snowy owls on Saxton just off Indian 
Field Rd. later.
Fritzie
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Ice mid lake/Snowy Owl Genesee Co.

2014-03-06 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
That large ice flow could be the chunk that broke off from the north end of the 
lake.  It floated past Aurora the other morning.  When the winter is cold 
enough so that good ice forms to the north (according to my fishing depth 
guide, where the lake is less than 100 feet deep), late winter and spring are 
enlivened by the sight of floes traveling south.  I particularly like it when 
the floes are populated with geese going for a ride.
Enjoy this perfectly beautiful day-
Linda VB

From: bounce-112957098-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-112957098-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Linda Orkin
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 10:39 AM
To: Donna Lee Scott
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ice mid lake/Snowy Owl Genesee Co.

Fingerlakes Weather guy on Facebook said it was -9 in Rochester this morning 
and that is the coldest EVER March temperature recorded.  The closest was -7 in 
1872.
Let's hope this warming trend takes hold.
Linda Orkin
Ithaca  where it was -10 this morning...

On Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 8:51 AM, Donna Scott 
d...@cornell.edumailto:d...@cornell.edu wrote:
Re our string 2 + weeks ago about ice on Cayuga Lake, I arrived home from Fla 
yesterday  when I awoke after a zero degrees night, today, I see huge sheets 
of ice floating on lake here at Lansing Sta Rd where lake is 430 feet deep!
This has not happened here in many years.
Was in Batavia yesterday before returning here,  saw one of the Snowy Owls at 
Genesee County Airport, sitting on big chimney of long, dark blue, new house 
just south of airport.

Sent from my iPhone
Donna Scott
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] A hint of things to come...

2014-03-05 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
I assume it's hours of daylight rather than temperature that triggers behaviors.

From: bounce-112921516-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
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Yet another reason to love birds:  after a certain point in late winter, they 
say, To hell with the temperature, I'm getting on with it!

On Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 9:01 AM, Marie P. Read 
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Things are looking up. Mr. Cardinal just fed Mrs. Cardinal in a tree near my 
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Think Spring!

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
As of noon today, Cayuga was pretty much frozen from Chris's hill north.  
Chris's hill is the big rise north of Levanna, if one doesn't know local names. 
 South of that, the lake was a combination of frozen patches and open patches.  
This is the most ice I've seen since 1994, and then it didn't last, since 1994 
was windy, though it was also cold.

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[mailto:bounce-112539549-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

The full answer about the reluctance of Cayuga and especially Seneca to 
completely freeze over is a bit complicated, but a primer on the physical 
limnology can be read here:

http://www.gflrpc.org/Publications/SenecaLakeWMP/chap6a.pdf

-Geo Kloppel

On Feb 9, 2014, at 7:20 AM, Liisa S. Mobley ls...@cornell.edu wrote:

 There's been a bit of discussion about the Finger Lakes freezing over, as 
 well as the Great Lakes, on the Cayuga Birds list in recent weeks.  I came 
 across this article from one of the channel 9 (Syracuse) weathermen, which 
 indicates that the Great Lakes, as of last Friday, had more than 79% of their 
 surface area frozen.  
 Great Lakes Freezing Over: Dave Eichorn's Blog http://bit.ly/1gcubdX
 
 Where do all the birds go?  Lake Ontario is only about half frozen, so maybe 
 they go there.
 
 You'll notice in the photo that Cayuga and Seneca are not frozen.  Not 
 sure why they don't freeze over, too.  And, no, they are not deeper 
 than the Great Lakes, except for Erie.  (This is kind of bugging me, 
 so let me know if you have a good answer!) -Liisa
 
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Additional freezing info

2014-02-09 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
I wonder for how long.  The lake can skim over with a sharp dip in temp, and 
then winds break up the ice.  When we went down to the lakeshore Saturday 
morning (we're just north of the village of Aurora), the shore was covered with 
shards of ice, clear as glass-and then the water was indeed frozen over, but 
just a thin sheet, about 100 yards out.

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A. R. Cahn in The freezing of Cayuga Lake in its relation to bird life.  Auk 
29:437-444 reports that the lake was completely frozen over in 1796, 1816, 
1826, 1856, 1875, 1884, 1904, and 1912.  A couple of these were thought due to 
volcanic eruptions in other parts of the world.

Steve Fast
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[cayugabirds-l] snowy owl

2013-12-31 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
I just had a call from a friend on Indian Field Road.  Their snowy owl has 
been sitting on a pole just south (I believe) of the intersection of Indian 
Field Road and Poplar Ridge Road (Cayuga County; I'm not sure whether that's in 
Venice or Genoa; Indian Field is between 34 and 34B).

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[cayugabirds-l] FW: Swan A21

2013-12-28 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Old info, but possibly relevant.

From: George Fearon [mailto:gfea...@rochester.rr.com]
Sent: Friday, December 27, 2013 11:24 AM
To: Linda Post Van Buskirk
Subject: Swan A21

Linda,

I posted the text below on Swan A21.  I did have a picture with that tag number 
on it that I overlooked.

I now have information on the other Swan that was on the North pond in Union 
Springs on 12-19-2013. It was also tagged but I did not get the tag number at 
that time. I found out from Linda Van Buskirk That the other Swan was Number 
A21. Linda was leaving when I arrived at the pond. She got the number from the 
female and I got the number from the male. Attached is a photo of A21 that I 
overlooked in the 75 photos I took. See the text below on the female Swan 
number A21 identified by Linda Van Buskirk.

Hi George: A21 is a female banded as a cygnet at LaSalle Park, Burlington, ON 
on Jan 2, 2008. Her parents are A15  504, who nest at Tiny Marsh, near 
Midland, Ontario. She was seen at LaSalle on Dec 13  14, 2013. It is possible 
that she is interested in K33 as a mate, because previous to last year she 
stayed at LaSalle the majority of the winter. Last winter she was seen for two 
days, during the same period that K33 was tagged, and then she disappeared.

Please keep us posted, and if you could share my email with as many birders 
there as possible, it would be great to get more sightings as it appears there 
are a few more birds moving south from the Ontario population.

Kyna, Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration
trumpeters...@live.commailto:trumpeters...@live.com
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] K33 and A21

2013-12-27 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
When I saw them, I reported them as tundra, but my first thought had been 
trumpeter.  The heads were stained yellowish, and I second-guessed myself – 
George Fearon photographed K33 clearly and reported it as a trumpeter.
Linda Van Buskirk

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[mailto:bounce-111360161-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Suan Yong
Sent: Friday, December 27, 2013 9:20 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] K33 and A21

My Christmas day tour of some recent snowy owl spots - Ovid, Aunkst, Martin, 
Potatoes - found none, though there was a nice gathering of birders at the 
Potatoes building braving the cold together.

In the Union Springs Mill Pond were two swans with yellow wing tags (K33, A21) 
as has been reported earlier in the month, and at risk of becoming the boy who 
cries trumpeter, I think that's what these are:

http://m.flickr.com/photos/50094151@N03/sets/72157639067923424/

Have the Union Springs regulars been seeing these, and has anyone reported the 
tags to figure out where they may have come from?
Thanks.

Suan

P.S. For those keeping track, the conclusion from my last possible trumpeter 
photos from Stewart Park is a tundra (thanks Lee Ann and Kevin). I failed to 
mention then that that bird did not look noticeably bigger than the other, FWIW.
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[cayugabirds-l] tundra swans

2013-12-27 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
This evening, at dusk, I saw six tundra swans, one clearly a first year bird, 
just off the east shore of Cayuga Lake at (little) Gully Road.  After having 
seen the trumpeters closely so recently in Union Springs, these were obviously 
tundras.

Associated ducks, but it was getting too dark for me to see them clearly.
Linda

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[cayugabirds-l] tundra swans

2013-12-19 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
A pair of tundra swans on the mill pond in Union Springs this morning about 
10:45.  Both had yellow tags on the wings; I could read only one:  A21.
Quite a few widgeons, a bufflehead, lots of Canadas.

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[cayugabirds-l] great egret

2013-04-15 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
About 7:30 a.m. a great egret flew over route 90 just north of the DEC 
checkpoint  (between King Ferry and Aurora).  It was headed west.

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Candor - Killdeer

2013-03-11 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Killdeers, a pair, appeared  on Benham Road in Aurelius (Cayuga County) on 
February 28.

From: bounce-75481022-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-75481022-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Tom Vawter
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2013 11:32 AM
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Candor - Killdeer

We saw a single killdeer in flight last Sat eve (3/9) just N of the Triangle in 
King Ferry.

Tom Vawter
On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM, Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm 
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I could have sworn I heard one yesterday but shook it off as wishful
thinking. Sure enough, when I turned the corner off of our driveway
and drove by a large field, there they were!

I also have recorded their arrival on this day in 2010 and 2006.

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[cayugabirds-l] Kingbirds

2012-08-05 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
On a casual evening dog walk up (little) Gully Road north of Aurora, I saw the 
usual clusters of robins and bluebirds, and a cluster of kingbirds - probably 5 
to 7 or more - chipping sparrows aplenty, a house finch or two, a flicker, 
drumming and calling.  The birds were concentrated about a mile east of the 
McKenzie-Childs south driveway, where pastures flank the gully.


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Mob of crow (or is it called death of crow?)

2012-06-01 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Anglo-Saxon poetry, often and not surprisingly about war, death, and mayhem, 
associates ravens with battlefields.  While a raven is not a crow,  the 
association of death (murder) with black carrion eaters is not too far-fetched.
Linda

From: bounce-61034112-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-61034112-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Anne Clark
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 3:49 PM
To: Marie P Read
Cc: Kevin J. McGowan; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mob of crow (or is it called death of crow?)

And the irony is the murders often form when (the crows fear that?) a crow is 
threatened...  They don't go after prey in flocks; they group in response to 
THEIR predators, immediate or potential.

Anne




On Jun 1, 2012, at 3:35 PM, Marie P Read wrote:


Perhaps there is some logic behind it. Hm...

While I do love the old poetic terms for animal gatherings, I tend to agree 
with Kevin. After all, many birds kill and eat other animals , so why crows 
should be singled out as the only murderers in the bird world I don't know. 
No-one seems to get bent out of shape when our noble Peregrine Falcon nails 
some hapless shorebird. Or our charismatic Great Horned Owl nails a bunch of 
baby Peregrines in their nest, come to think of it. How come THEY don't have 
such nicknames.

Marie



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Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Mob of crow (or is it called death of crow?)

It's a flock.  Murder is an insulting term, poetic or not.

Kevin



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[mailto:bounce-61033781-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of John Wobus
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 2:25 PM
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mob of crow (or is it called death of crow?)

Meena wrote:

(or is it called death of crow?)

Murder of crows is the old poetic phrase.
Perhaps there is some logic behind it.

John

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Campus Screech-Owls

2011-07-13 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
While reading this email, I realized that I was hearing a GHorned owl - so I 
went outdoors with my laptop and played its song; though I couldn't pick it out 
in the foliage, it must have flown over my house to locate the call, since it 
definitely shifted position.  It's calling all around the house, but I am not 
going to torture it - or risk having an owl land on my head!
Linda Van Buskirk

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[mailto:bounce-37774897-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Scott Haber
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 9:58 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Campus Screech-Owls

Susan Newman and I observed the Eastern Screech-Owls that nested behind Mann 
Library on the Cornell campus this evening at dusk. Both adults and at least 
one fledgling (although it was difficult to tell as it was nearly dark when we 
were there and we were not equipped with spotlights) were still hanging around 
near where they've been observed over the last few weeks, but not in the same 
exact location.

The birds were quite vocal with the adults softly giving both the whinny and 
tremolo calls back and forth to each other and the one fledgling offering some 
interesting vocalizations as well, including what sounded like an abbreviated 
version of a Saw-whet's tooting...something I've never heard before from a 
Screech.

It was great to see that these birds are still doing well, although it's no 
surprise considering they picked a very quiet part of campus in which to set up 
shop.

Best,
Scott


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[cayugabirds-l] woodcocks

2011-06-23 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Horseback riding in Aurelius on trails through wet fields/woods, the farm owner 
and I scared up a family of woodcocks:  four flew, one went into the grasses by 
the trail.  An exciting first for both of us.
Linda

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[mailto:bounce-37737035-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2011 7:25 PM
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds - Mulberry Tree

Well, if the deaths continue without explanation, there's always DEC's Wildlife 
Pathology Unit:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6957.html#port

-Geo

On Jun 23, 2011, at 6:58 PM, bob mcguire wrote:

 Nope. No windows within 200 ft. And the dead birds were all UNDER the 
 trees.

 Bob
 On Jun 23, 2011, at 6:35 PM, Geo Kloppel wrote:

 Perhaps the fruiting mulberry trees are only luring birds into the 
 vicinity of something else that's deadly. Windows?

 -Geo

 On Jun 23, 2011, at 5:21 PM, bob mcguire wrote:

 Yes Joe, we've heard that. But death??
 On Jun 23, 2011, at 4:37 PM, Geo Kloppel wrote:

 The unripe fruits and the milky sap of several mulberry species are 
 mildly toxic, and can cause hallucinations and stomach upset.

 http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Morusal.htm

 -Geo


 On Jun 23, 2011, at 4:01 PM, bob mcguire wrote:

 I just had lunch with a friend who has two mulberry trees on his 
 property. This year, shortly after the fruits began to appear 
 (whitish-green when unripe, going to reddish-black when ripe), he 
 began to find dead birds under the trees: 5 Starlings, 2 male 
 Baltimore Orioles, 1 Gray Catbird so far.
 There is a strong correlation (timewise) between fruiting and the 
 deaths. Is anyone familiar with this phenomenon?

 Bob McGuire


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Crows?

2010-12-16 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
To clarify:  Auburn is at the head of Owasco Lake, the small Finger Lake that 
lies between Cayuga Lake and Skaneateles Lake.

Linda P. Van Buskirk, Ph.D.
Sr. Lecturer in Communication
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
607-255-2161; fax 607-254-1322

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[mailto:bounce-7530811-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Asher Hockett
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 10:36 PM
To: Andrew Roe
Cc: Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crows?

Large roosts of crows are famous. A few years ago, Auburn, NY, near the upper 
reaches of Cayuga Lake, had to resort to drastic (but non-violent) measures to 
rid the city of tens of thousands of them. Maybe Ithaca has a reputation for 
being more crow friendly. Here we have our own reverse pied piper in crow 
expert Kevin McGowan, who will likely add his educated perspective to my 
unscientific babbling.

They are using the slopes of south hill which lead down into 6 Mile Creek and 
the neighborhoods bordering the creek area for the roost these days (or nights, 
actually).
On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:05 PM, Andrew Roe 
andrew.walker@gmail.commailto:andrew.walker@gmail.com wrote:
This is only my second winter in Ithaca (I'm a grad student, here from the 
southeast) so I don't really know how normal this is- but there seem to be an 
ENORMOUS number of crows around downtown Ithaca and Cornell- swirling at dusk, 
covering roofs, nearly toppling trees, blotting out the sun, etc.

Can someone in the know let me know what's going on? Are these all birds 
passing through, or is there some sort of monumental attack on the Lab of O in 
the works?

Thanks,

Andrew



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asher

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