[cayugabirds-l] Why cowbirds foster their eggs to other birds

2011-06-26 Thread Marilyn Ray

Hello Birders,

The other day I got into my car just as a show about birds was ending on 
the car radio.  I did not get to hear the name of the expert who was 
telling the audience about why cowbirds started leaving their eggs in 
the nests of other birds to hatch and raise their young.  The expert 
said that the practice had its origins in the middle part of the country 
when cowbirds had traditionally followed the roaming buffalo herds and 
did not have time to lay and hatch their own eggs before the herd moved 
on and they had to follow.


Could someone please tell me if this story is true?  If so, what was the 
food the birds got from following the buffalo that they could not get 
elsewhere?


Thanks,
Marilyn Ray

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[cayugabirds-l] Towhee

2011-12-18 Thread Marilyn Ray
Folks...We have been having visits from a male Rufous-sided Towhee over 
the last several weeks.  He is landing on our deck and enjoying the 
seeds dropped from several feeders.  We have lived in this house on the 
Ithaca edge of Brooktondale and had feeders out for over 25 years, and 
only once before I saw a Towhee in the leaves on the hillside.  Have 
other seen Towhees this time of year?  Are they frequent ground feeders 
below sees feeders?  Marilyn Ray


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Rose Breasted Grosbeak

2014-04-30 Thread Marilyn Ray
I also has one male red breasted grosbeak at my platform feeder on 
Besemer Road (edge W. edge of Brooktondale) Sunday, but has not seen one 
since...Marilyn Ray




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[cayugabirds-l] Question about an usual oriole

2014-05-09 Thread Marilyn Ray
Off and on for about an hour this morning before going to work I watched 
a male Baltimore Oriole eating half an orange I had fixed to the railing 
of the deck.  It was definitely a male Baltimore Oriole but it's tail 
feathers had about an inch of quite yellow, not orange, at the tips.  It 
was absolutely beautiful.  Is this a known variant, or a common 
variation and something I should have seen before?  Marilyn Ray


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Downy WP behavior

2016-08-12 Thread Marilyn Ray
Hi all,

We have one oriole feeder hanging from the eve in front of a dining room 
window on the back fo the house and one HB feeder hanging in front of 
the living room window on the front to the house. For years we have had 
HBs and Orioles feeding at both.  If one feeder has a visitor another 
bird will fly to the other feeder.  Sometimes male orioles are at the 
back feeder and a female is eating at the font feeder. This has been 
ging on for years.  Recently other birds, including Downey WPs, 
chickadees, and nuthatches sometimes feed at the oriole feeder as well.

Marilyn


On 8/12/2016 11:00 AM, Jody W Enck wrote:
>
> Hi Sara and all,
>
> I have an oriole feeder with three ports, and have had a Downy 
> Woodpecker drinking from it for about 6 weeks now.  Earlier this week, 
> a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird was also drinking from it (and 
> chasing away anything that got too close.  This morning a Black-capped 
> Chickadee stopped by for a drink.  Yesterday, I finally got pictures 
> of an actual Baltimore Oriole drinking from the oriole feeder.
>
> Lots of fun for me.  Maybe not so much for the birds.
>
> Jody
>
> Jody W. Enck, PhD
> Conservation Social Scientist
> and
> President, Cayuga Bird Club
>
> *From: *Sara Jane Hymes 
> *Sent: *Friday, August 12, 2016 10:16 AM
> *To: *CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> *Subject: *[cayugabirds-l] Downy WP behavior
>
> Recently we have been seeing something we’ve never had occur at our 
> feeders before.  A Downy Woodpecker has become a regular visitor to 
> our hummingbird feeders!  Our H-bird feeders are of the ‘flat’ square 
> variety attaching to window, and a round variety—but flat 
> surface—hanging from a porch.  Anyway, we were surprised to see a 
> woodpecker (tending to usually be a female) actively feeding from the 
> feeder.  At first I thought the Downy might be getting insects, but 
> then I could see the liquid moving—and realized it was actually 
> sipping the nectar!!  We do have a ‘dripping’ bird bath water supply, 
> but I guess it is just not enough for the Downy.  Has anyone else been 
> having this occur at their h-bird feeders during this dry summer?
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[cayugabirds-l] F Orchard Oriole

2020-05-04 Thread Marilyn Ray
This morning we had our first ever orchard oriole feeding at our 
oriole.  Then a few minutes ago it was back feeding at split orange 
fastened to our deck railing. Such a treat.


Marilyn Ray

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[cayugabirds-l] RBGB

2020-05-10 Thread Marilyn Ray
We've had a female RBGB around the feeders for about two weeks, but no 
males until yesterday.  What a relief to have him return and know things 
are okay.   Marilyn Ray


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows

2021-02-03 Thread Marilyn Ray
About seven or eight winters ago, we had a pair of white throats all 
winter and have had them ever since until last year when we had our 
usual pair plus maybe two more and nor we've had about six or seven all 
this winter.  The first winter the pair only ate from fallen seeds 
beneath the feeders, but the last few winters they hav gradually learned 
to use he feeders and use them most of the time.

On 2/2/2021 3:27 PM, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
> I usually have 2-6 at my feeders all winter. They breed in the woods 
> around my house east of Ithaca.
> Gary
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> On Feb 2, 2021, at 2:23 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk  
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> 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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Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows

2021-02-04 Thread Marilyn Ray
We live on the edge of Brooktonville.

On 2/3/2021 3:41 PM, Carol Cedarholm wrote:
> I'm wondering where you all live? In the country? I have had one only 
> rarely and live in town in Ithaca.  But the last few weeks I have had 
> one almost every day.
>
> On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 3:07 PM Marilyn Ray  <mailto:ml...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
>
> About seven or eight winters ago, we had a pair of white throats
> all winter and have had them ever since until last year when we
> had our usual pair plus maybe two more and nor we've had about six
> or seven all this winter.  The first winter the pair only ate from
> fallen seeds beneath the feeders, but the last few winters they
> hav gradually learned to use he feeders and use them most of the
> time.
>
> On 2/2/2021 3:27 PM, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
>> I usually have 2-6 at my feeders all winter. They breed in the
>> woods around my house east of Ithaca.
>> Gary
>>
>> On Feb 2, 2021, at 2:23 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk
>>  <mailto:l...@cornell.edu> wrote:
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>> 
>> 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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