Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Birds

2021-02-23 Thread Paul Schmitt
I agree with Marie and add that sometimes they find something better-
less wind exposure or richer food.My hummingbirds disappear for about 8
to 10 days each summer and I figure there is a temporary food source they
prefer.  The squirrels disappeared from the feeders here for about 5 days,
and then were back.

Paul Schmitt

On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 6:28 PM Marie P. Read  wrote:

> My bet would be the weather. Yesterday was cold and windy...birds are more
> hungry in those circumstances.
> Today it's much milder.
>
> Marie
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> On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 5:24 PM Carl Steckler 
> wrote:
>
> Yesterday there were dozens of birds at my feeders. So many that I had to
> refill the seed cake feeders.
>
> Today I have not seen any birds at all.
>
> Very strange , any one have any ideas?
> Carl
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are the birds?

2018-06-20 Thread Paul Schmitt
It strikes me that this might just be following the food.  Many years we see 
our hummers disappear for a week or more in early June to and then return.  
Went to Watkins Glen gorge this morning and was surprised to see many birds.  
Not usually the case there. Even saw Louisiana Waterthrush foraging in stream 
areas.  

Paul Schmitt

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> On Jun 20, 2018, at 3:31 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Something not mentioned is the impact of unexpected Atlantic tropical and 
> hurricane storm systems and the affect these may have upon migrating 
> neotropical passerines which launch from the Cape Hatteras, North Carolina 
> area East out into the Atlantic Ocean, to catch the Trade Winds pushing them 
> back toward the Caribbean and Northeastern South America. An example of this 
> migration is the well documented occurrence of Blackpoll Warblers taking 
> advantage of this wind pattern, their migration of which takes place over 
> several days.
> 
> Looking at accidentals, you will see several North American neotropical 
> migrants which showed up on the Island of Flores and Corvo Island located WNW 
> of The Azores, which is about 2,100 to 2,300 nautical miles to the ENE of 
> Hatteras, NC. Several of these showed up in the days following the passage of 
> Hurricane Maria. You can view this map to see the storm tracks and dates: 
> https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/data/tracks/tracks-at-2017.png The only plausible 
> explanation of the abundance of these accidentals (several Blackpoll Warblers 
> this past fall, for example), is the direct migration interference these 
> massive storm systems may have had upon the migrants setting out over the 
> Atlantic Ocean.
> 
> Imagine a single key moment during migration, where thousands of birds take 
> off from Hatteras, NC or other nearby areas along the East Coast, headed 
> East, aiming for those favorable Trade Winds to return them back to land, 
> only to be disrupted and exhausted by the unexpected rapid approach of a 
> massive hurricane. How many thousands of migrants might perish? How would 
> that affect species at the population level? Could the dearth of birds this 
> spring (as we have also seen with increasing frequency over the years) be the 
> direct result of the increasing frequency of and numbers of major hurricanes 
> or other perfect storms?
> 
> Perhaps this is worthy of some collaborative research project.
> 
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H
> 
> 
> On Jun 20, 2018, at 1:00 PM, David Nicosia  wrote:
> 
> I remember this conversation last year. If there is a marked rapid decline in 
> song birds as reported, then something has occurred in the past couple years 
> that is wiping our birds out. Habitat loss is a gradual slow process that 
> would not be so readily noticed on a wide scale from year to year. The 
> weather patterns, I don't believe were bad enough for massive mortality 
> events (although I haven't looked into this in full depth). Wind farms keep 
> popping up, but again its a gradual pressure that wouldn't manifest itself in 
> 1-2 years for such reported rapid declines. The only thing I can think of is 
> if there is a disease (west nile?) that is affecting songbirds and other 
> species? This could explain two poor breeding seasons. Does anyone know if 
> this is being reported in species of songbirds???  
> 
> Dave 
> 
> 
> 
>> On Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 2:10 PM  wrote:
>> The current "record" based on banded birds returned to the wild is 8 years 2 
>> months. That said, Nancy may well have been enjoying the progeny of that 
>> first pair as their site fidelity is high.
>> 
>> John
>> 
>> 
>> ---
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>> Field Ornithologists
>> Kestrel Haven Migration Observatory
>> 5373 Fitzgerald Rd
>> Burdett, NY 14818
>> 42.443508000, -76.758202000
>>> On 2018-06-19 17:17, Asher Hockett wrote:
>>> 
>>> Likely "your" pewee was at least two different birds, as their lifespan is 
>>> ~7 years.
>>> 
>>>> On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 7:57 PM, Nancy Cusumano 
>>>>  wrote:
>>>> It really is an odd summer!  We also are missing "our" peewee, who has 
>>>> been here reliably for the 14 years I have lived in this house. Missing 
>>>> him!
>>>> There are at least 2 pair of great crested flycatchers and on Friday an 
>>>> Indigo bunting showed up and is still around singing his head off from the 
>>>> tops of the black locust trees.
>>>> There are sapsucker babies (that sound like they are humming in morse code 
>>>> from inside the tree) and bluebirds too.  So down one peewee

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow

2017-05-08 Thread Paul Schmitt
Maybe the road is flooded where it crosses the creek?

PS

On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 12:03 PM, Laura Stenzler  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
>  I decided to check out Shindagin Hollow this morning to see if there was
> any activity. I was surpised to find that there is a barrier and "Road
> Closed" sign at the beginning of the unpaved portion of Shindagin Hollow
> Rd. (north end).  Does anyone know anything about why this might be and
> when it might be opened?
>
> I walked about 1/4 mile and found all of the bird action within the
> first 250 yards. It was quiet after that. Weird. The apple trees are all in
> bloom and the trillium are looking grand!
>
>   Here is a list of what I found (mostly heard).
>
>
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
> Veery  2
> Hermit Thrush  1
> American Robin  4
> Ovenbird  3
> Nashville Warbler  2
> Common Yellowthroat  3
> Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
> Black-throated Green Warbler  4
>
>
> Laura
>
>
> Laura Stenzler
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds

2016-07-18 Thread Paul Schmitt
This got me to recalling that last summer I saw a RW Blackbird take offense
at some Canada Geese there were too close to a nest at MNWR.  The male RWB
attached the gander's back, taking hold and riding him out of the area.  It
appeared the blackbird knew just where to be clear of the gander's beak.

Paul Schmitt

On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 1:42 PM, Dave K <fishwatch...@hotmail.com> wrote:

> On the Eastern end of Eaton Marsh this AM, Kingbirds were defending
> against an Osprey. It's the first time I've seen the Kingbirds red crown
> which, apparently, they use in this situation.
>
> https://flic.kr/p/K6Q3AJ
>
> https://flic.kr/p/K6NNDN
>
> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/28289055592/>
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> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/28289297622/>
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> *Sent:* Sunday, July 17, 2016 10:31 PM
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> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds
>
> As I drove south on NYS-89 west of Cayuga Lake this afternoon I saw a
> Red-tailed Hawk ahead, flying vigorously alongside the road, apparently
> having just been persuaded by an Eastern Kingbird to vacate a typical perch
> atop a power pole. As they crossed in front of me, the Kingbird closed the
> gap completely and appeared to land and remain between the shoulders of the
> flying hawk. They disappeared, still attached, behind farm buildings before
> I could tell what damage the Kingbird inflicted, but I bet it was pretty
> uncomfortable. Meanwhile second Kingbird had also joined the chase.
>
> --Dave Nutter
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[cayugabirds-l] Lightroom CC Photo Editing: The Complete Guide with Ben Willmore

2016-04-01 Thread Paul Schmitt
Hi!

Wish you were more comfortable with Lightroom? Here is a great chance to 
upgrade your LR skills for free.  For members home during the day, or with time 
in some evenings, Ben Willmore with build your skills.  While CreativeLive is 
recording the training course, you can listen in for FREE.  He is a skilled 
teacher and expert photographer who brings many photos to show the process.  
See the link:

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You will need to sign up as customer (no cost) and then RSVP.  The evening slot 
is a daily rebroadcast beginning around 8 pm.  When I am pressed for time, I 
find it good to drop in for brief times; course are built in segments so 3/4 
hours is enough.

If you find the content valuable for repeated viewing, they offer a discount to 
people on the RSVP list.

Ray Hunt and I have been watching free programs over the last 2 years.  
Willmore has been a top 
instructor.


Paul Schmitt


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mill pond path ... Union Springs

2015-09-29 Thread Paul Schmitt
If This  follows the pattern of many Eagle Scout projects that lack a 
commitment for maintenance, the trail will be gone in ten years.

Paul Schmitt

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> On Sep 28, 2015, at 9:38 PM, John and Fritzie Blizzard 
> <job121...@verizon.net> wrote:
> 
> Today I walked along the new "path" along the south side of Mill pond. 
> Needless to say, it left me feeling angry that the scout's mother, who 
> admitted to me that she knew next to nothing about birds & their needs, 
> pushed through their (her) agenda of making the path, DESPITE all the letters 
> you caring, knowledgeable birders wrote. Letters that were polite, filled 
> with suggests & reasons why the path should not be there. 
> 
> This was a mother pushing her shy son into something she thought he/they 
> could do so he could become an Eagle Scout. I understand ...  it's hard to 
> find projects that would earn a merit badge. (The roofless, gazebo with no 
> seats was one.) 
> 
>  I don't know who on the village board gave the final approval or if 
> liability has been considered. I do know that the former mayor who recently 
> resigned, was ready to give immediate approval at that 1st meeting after only 
> the barest of plans were presented. Indeed, there were no real plans 
> presented at the meeting I attended. It was just a proposal with the boy to 
> give more thorough plans at a future date as to what part the village would 
> play & what the boy was to do. Oh, & he proposed erecting a sign about the 
> birds that stop there. 
> 
> So folks, today I did a slow boil as I walked the rough path which still 
> needs a LOT of clearing, leveling, digging out stumps & putting in wood 
> chips. The path is as close as 5' from the water (with no bushes to hide 
> walkers) & as far as 20'. Beware, in places there is poison ivy underfoot & 
> along the path. A beaver has dropped a tree into the water. I was happy to 
> see a catbird in bushes between me & the water. ALL the ducks were at the NE 
> area of the pond. Not unusual but what will it be like when the pond is full? 
> Futile question. 
> 
> Thank you all who tried, as did I, to keep the pond edge & the pond as a safe 
> haven & home for "our" birds.  
> 
> Fritzie    24 yrs. here, loving & enjoying the birds of Union Springs.
> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction: owls there Thursday 4/16 morning.

2015-04-19 Thread Paul Schmitt
Well, I have photos of both chicks and adult from Saturday morning.  This 
report does not match.

Paul Schmitt

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 On Apr 19, 2015, at 6:15 PM, Marie P. Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 Correction: I was at the GH Owl nest THURSDAY morning, around 9:00 am. One 
 adult and one large nestling were visible in the nest.
  I was there myself on Friday morning when the owls were definitely in 
 residence.
 
 Marie
 
 
 
 
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 From: bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Marie P. Read 
 [m...@cornell.edu]
 Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 6:08 PM
 To: John Confer; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest
 
 John Confer wrote:
 
  We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned 
 Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in sight, there 
 was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I know some species 
 reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species in the same season? 
 If the red-tail is incubating, it must have started laying almost immediately 
 after the GHOW left, because it was there just two weeks ago.
 
 Well that is totally bizarre, because some friends of mine said they saw the 
 GH Owls on that nest Saturday afternoon (I think) and I was there myself on 
 Friday morning when the owls were definitely in residence.
 
 What happened?
 
 Marie
 
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
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 From: bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of John Confer 
 [con...@ithaca.edu]
 Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 4:56 PM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; John Confer
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy
 
The warbler team had a moderately good day. We did not find many migrants: 
 one White-throated Sparrow as we were leaving the Lab and then a 
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker calling as we got into the cars. The swan pen at 
 Stewart Park had few birds and the waterfront produced the more common 
 waterfowl. An ornithology class from Binghamton did find a Ruddy Duck, which 
 we missed. We heard and saw Fish Crow, at least 5 around the picnic tables 
 near the band shelter.  We did hear the wheesey call and see glimpses of two 
 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers along the west band of Fall Creek.
 
 
We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned 
 Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in sight, there 
 was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I know some species 
 reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species in the same season? 
 If the red-tail is incubating, it must have started laying almost immediately 
 after the GHOW left, because it was there just two weeks ago.
 
 
Jetty Woods had ~30 cormorants distributed among two trees with a lot of 
 guano beneath them, suggesting several days stay. We had a fine view of a 
 flicker singing, if you call it that, and then later the same bird on the 
 ground, apparently eating ants.
 
 
Perhaps most enjoyably, we found a White-breasted Nuthatch pair carrying 
 material into a cavity in the end of a large, broken branch along the south 
 end of Jetty Woods. One bird actually removed some material from the nest, 
 which reminded me of trying to move furniture to please my wife.
 
 
   A nice morning of birding.
 
 
 John Confer
 
 
 
 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl at Hancock Airport

2014-12-31 Thread Paul Schmitt
I have a friend who is returning to France in a few months and would love to 
see a Snowy before leaving.  Have there been any more sightings at Hancock 
Field since December 26?

Appreciate any update.  

Thanks, 

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[cayugabirds-l] Golden-crowned Kinglet

2014-11-13 Thread Paul Schmitt
I was out trying to photograph wild turkeys in a friends woods just south
of Corning. Among the small birds was a golden-crowned kinglet.  It was so
close, 3 feet, that I could not focus on it. I watched it probe the small
branches on the hemlock I was next to.   I heard a few seep voices above,
so I suspect there was at least on other.  Isn't this very late to be
seeing these?

No luck on the turkeys, so this softened my disappointment on the turkeys.

Paul Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] Making Montezuma even better

2014-09-11 Thread Paul Schmitt
The recent Cayugabirds’ thread on the birding at Montezuma NWR brought out many 
ideas.  Of course, ideas are the easy part; finding the resources is the tough 
part. As I have been exposed to the staff’s work at the refuge this year, I’ve 
seen a multitude of often complex responsibilities that they meet with limited 
resources.  There are population surveys, bird banding, water management, 
invasive plant surveys and control, habitat restoration, water control 
structure maintenance and miles of dikes(and roads) to maintain.  That is a 
limited list. Our ideas require new resources. So, making something of these 
ideas all comes down to resources.

If you appreciate Montezuma NWR as I do, and if you want it to be even better, 
then you personally need to consider what you can do to support these ideas.  
With the 18th Annual Montezuma Muckrace only a day away, now is a perfect time 
to step up and consider four key types of support.

First, support the Muckrace by sponsoring a team.  Last year it brought in 
$10,600.  Could it be more with your support?  If you aren’t already involved, 
go to:

http://www.friendsofmontezuma.org/muck_race.html#sthash.oWIR9WMZ.dpbs

Select a team.  The team names are pretty creative, so surely you can find one 
that intrigues you. I’ve done this.  Won’t you as a birder join me?

Secondly, become a member of the Friends of Montezuma.  I’ve done this, too.  
Here’s the link to their membership form:

http://www.friendsofmontezuma.org/membership.html

Next, once a member, it becomes easy to find a volunteer event to support the 
refuge staff. I helped with a survey of Black Tern nesting populations this 
summer, and it was a great way to see some of the refuge that is normally 
hidden.  Seeing the terns was a memorable experience.  Just one or two days a 
year is a great way to pay back the staff for all the birding that we enjoy 
there. 

Lastly, buy a duck stamp.  The visitor center at Montezuma NWR has them.  They 
are used to acquire further critical wildlife habitat.  I have my 2014 duck 
stamp and I keep a favorite one – A Wood duck-- on my photo pack to show my 
support for the refuge system.  Wouldn’t it be great if all birders did the 
same?

With these four actions, we can move from helpful ideas to an even more 
enriching refuge. I hope you will join me.



Paul Schmitt

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park

2014-08-22 Thread Paul Schmitt
The large airports have learned to stop cutting the grass so short.  I believe 
over 9  inches discourages them.   But that goes contrary to the American 
ideal, eh? 

Paul Schmitt

From: Meena Madhav Haribal 
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 6:41 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L ; Donna Lee Scott 
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park

I have not read the article, but I feel lawns are nuisance.

So if you have lawn then the geese love to be on the lawn!



Just my thoughts.



Meena

Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
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From: bounce-117763609-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
bounce-117763609-3493...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of Donna Scott 
d...@cornell.edu
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 4:58 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park 

See article about nuisance of CANADA GEESE in the mowed lawn areas at 
Lansing's Myers Park.
http://www.lansingstar.com/around-town/10960-goose-poop-threatens-myers-park-attendance

Members of the informal group Friends of Salt Point (FOSP) discussed this issue 
a little at yesterday's regular meeting with Town of Lansing's Recreation 
Director, Steve Colt. Steve is a member of Friends of Salt Point and is looking 
for humane ways to get the geese to go somewhere else.
He has found a fair amount of information on this topic that he shared with 
Candace Cornell, me, and the other members of FOSP who are all Lansing 
residents.

Donna Scott

Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 
d...@cornell.edu
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpeckers feeding their chick

2014-07-04 Thread Paul Schmitt
Noting that Jay McGowan beat me to report the chick is visible at May’s Point 
Road, I can only add that I was able to get good photographs of the chick plus 
also of the pair of adults at the cavity with one clearly feeding the chick.  
It is at my blog at:  http://birds-n-blooms.blogspot.com/  

In addition, had an entertaining time watching a good number of Black Terns 
dipping down to feed in the main pool at the  Seneca spillway.  That are so 
quick that it is nearly impossible to follow them with a camera, somewhat  like 
photographing butterflies in flight. 

Absolutely beautiful day with the wind keeping the mosquitoes down.

Paul Schmitt


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[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swans in Big Flats

2014-03-22 Thread Paul Schmitt
Currently 103 Tundra Swans in the pond to the west of Kahler Road at the Speer 
Memorial Park. They are in the back pond behind Lowe Pond.  Also one Mute Swan 
keeping its distance and the usual resident flock of Canada Geese.

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[cayugabirds-l] Birds Hang Around Mistletoe For More Than A Kiss

2012-12-27 Thread Paul Schmitt
From Paul Schmitt:  

I found the following story on the NPR iPhone App:

Birds Hang Around Mistletoe For More Than A Kiss
by Sabri Ben-Achour

WAMU - December 27, 2012

For the Druids, mistletoe was sacred. For us, it's a cute ornament and maybe an 
excuse to steal a kiss. And of course it's a Christmas tradition



http://www.npr.org/2012/12/27/168147882/birds-hang-around-mistletoe-for-more-than-a-kiss?sc=17f=1001


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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2011-12-16 Thread Paul Schmitt
Several thousand Snow Geese in field east of NY 414 2 miles north of Fayette .  
That wold be about 1-1/2 miles north of Swedish Hill. Thought SG had mostly 
gone south by now.

Montezuma quiet except one imm Bald Eagle at visitor center and two adults 
across pool at nest tree.

Paul Schmitt

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