[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

2011-01-30 Thread Marla Coppolino
Yesterday and this morning there is a juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at
my suet feeder.  I typically get all the regular woodpeckers at my feeders,
but this is the first time to have a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker here in
January.

Marla Coppolino
Groton, NY

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Return of the Chipping Sparrows

2011-04-17 Thread Marla Coppolino
Chipping Sparrows are at my feeders as of yesterday too -- Pleasant Valley
and Sharpsteen Roads about 5 mi. SW of Groton village.  They're holding onto
the feeders for dear life in the wind gusts!

Marla
Groton, NY

On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 7:09 PM, Carl Steckler c...@cornell.edu wrote:

 A welcome return of Chipping Sparrows at my feeders today. Although they
 are having trouble holding on with the 50 MPH plus winds we are getting on
 the hill.

 Carl Steckler


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[cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted grosbeak

2011-04-28 Thread Marla Coppolino
Yesterday before dusk and before the storms rolled through, a male
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK visited my feeder (first time I've seen it here).

Also over the past week, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS,
CHIPPING SPARROWS, PURPLE FINCHES, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, in addition to
the regulars, have visited my feeders.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

2011-01-30 Thread Marla Coppolino
Yes, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at my feeders was female, immature, and
with the brownish feathers.  I live within 5 miles of St. Anthony's cemetery
(actually less, as the Sapsucker flies), so it could very well be the same
bird that you saw.

Someone who lives near upper Treman Park contacted me off-list to say that
she has had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at her feeder all winter.
Marla



On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 6:44 PM, Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
k...@cornell.eduwrote:

 Marla,

 On the Cortland Christmas Bird Count on December 18, we found a
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the St. Anthony's cemetery on the hill above
 town of Groton. It was an immature bird that was still fairly brownish and
 had a white throat (female). I'm wondering if you are near there and if this
 could be the same bird?

 KEN


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 Director of Conservation Science
 Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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 607-342-4594 (cell)
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 On Jan 30, 2011, at 8:39 AM, Marla Coppolino wrote:

  Yesterday and this morning there is a juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
 at my suet feeder.  I typically get all the regular woodpeckers at my
 feeders, but this is the first time to have a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker here
 in January.
 
  Marla Coppolino
  Groton, NY
 
 
 




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[cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted grosbeaks

2012-05-01 Thread Marla Coppolino
I had a male and a female rose-breasted grosbeak at my feeders over the
weekend -- Pleasant Valley Rd. in Groton.
Marla

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[cayugabirds-l] Green heron

2012-07-22 Thread Marla Coppolino
There has been a green heron at my pond for at least the past several days.
 It has plenty of grasses and vegetation to hide in, and it seems to hide
itself well from me even in the open, but now that I know it's been around,
I'll keep binoculars handy and will be attentive to keep looking.

Located on Pleasant Valley Rd. in Groton.

Marla
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[cayugabirds-l] Pine siskins

2012-11-03 Thread Marla Coppolino
There's a vigorous flock of about 15 PINE SISKINS at my feeders now
(Pleasant Valley Rd. in Groton).

Marla Coppolino

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-bellied sapsucker

2012-12-27 Thread Marla Coppolino
This morning there is an immature male YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on the
lilac tree above my feeders. I believe it was last year I had an immature
female that hung around for the winter.

Marla Coppolino
Pleasant Valley Road, Groton

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-breasted nuthatch

2013-03-17 Thread Marla Coppolino
There have been more species of birds at my feeders this weekend than any
other!  Today there is a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH visiting my feeders for the
first time, as well as a FOX SPARROW, lots of COMMON REDPOLLS, AMERICAN
TREE SPARROWS, along with all the regulars.  Some of the recently returned
regulars also, like RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS.

Marla

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[cayugabirds-l] Black-billed cuckoo heard?

2013-03-28 Thread Marla Coppolino
I think I that I was hearing a black-billed cuckoo yesterday evening, in
the woods behind my property (Pleasant Valley Rd. in Groton).  Is that
possible? Would they be back in our area at this time?

Marla

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[cayugabirds-l] Not black-billed cuckoo

2013-03-28 Thread Marla Coppolino
Thank you to so many who have contacted me off-list.  I conclude it wasn't
a black-billed cuckoo that I heard, as they haven't returned to our area
yet.

Many of you had suggestions of what I may have heard, including:

Screech-owl
Saw-whet owl
Chipmunk
Frogs
Wilson's snipe
Wild turkey

Out of these, I'm thinking either it was a chipmunk or maybe possibly a
saw-whet owl.  I had the feeling that the sound was coming from the trees
in the woods, which is why I feel like it could be a bird.

I'll listen again this evening with newly-enlightened ears.  Thanks,
everyone, for all your suggestions!

Marla

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] East Hill Killdeer

2014-05-15 Thread Marla Coppolino
I've also been watching this killdeer pair last year and again this
year at E. Hill Office Bldg (I work here). I requested that the
landscaping crew does not mow this parking lot island until the chicks
hatch and all the killdeer leave. For added protection, I also put
little flags around the island (to remind the landscapers) and a cone
to keep the parking space beside the nest empty. I guess the killdeer
liked the special arrangement so much last year that they decided this
was the perfect spot again for this year's nest!

Could anyone tell me if a pair of killdeer mate for life? Or at least
for more than one year? I assume this is the same pair as nested there
last year, because the nest is in the same exact spot.

Marla Coppolino
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On Thu, May 15, 2014 at 12:48 PM, Marc Devokaitis mdevokai...@gmail.com wrote:
 From Ilene Miller who also reported them last year:

 The East Hill Office Building Killdeer is back for another year.  She laid
 an egg yesterday.  She has picked the same parking lot island and tree as
 last year.  I think she actually waited for them to put fresh mulch around
 the tree.


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[cayugabirds-l] Brown creeper

2015-01-31 Thread Marla Coppolino
A BROWN CREEPER has been at my suet feeders for the past several days
(Pleasant Valley Rd. in Groton).

Marla
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-winged blackbirds

2015-03-15 Thread Marla Coppolino
Two male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS are eating seed on the ground under my
feeders this morning. Pleasant Valley Rd. in Groton.

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[cayugabirds-l] Grackle

2015-03-21 Thread Marla Coppolino
Late this afternoon a gorgeous, shiny COMMON GRACKLE visited the ground
under my bird feeders. Location: Pleasant Valley Rd in Groton.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Helmeted Guinea Fowl

2015-10-26 Thread Marla Coppolino
I've kept guinea fowl for years as tick eaters, and they do a great job at
this.

Guinea fowl have the habit of ranging rather far from home (up to a quarter
of a mile or perhaps more), but they always return to their same roost at
night in the barn or coop. Hence I doubt the guinea fowl you spotted are
feral -- they were just far from their home.

I've never heard of any competition between wild turkeys and guinea fowl. I
would like to think that any extra tick-eaters out there are doing us a
favor.

Marla
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On Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 11:44 AM, Dimitri William Ponirakis <
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> I spotted a couple of Helmeted Guinea fowl (Numida meleagris) by the side
> of the road this morning. (Sweeney Road, Cortland  ) I presume they are
> escaped or feral.  I also heard that they are useful in reducing the tick
> population and also that there might be an issue with competition with
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