[cayugabirds-l] Sumac for catbirds and robins

2020-05-24 Thread AB Clark
A couple of sumac heads “saved” over winter in a dry bouquet are getting lots of attention from my catbirds and now a male robin. I just hung them at our feeders. I knew crows, jays and woodpeckers (hairy, downy) love them, but didn’t realize that they were quite so broadly popular. Maybe I

[cayugabirds-l] mango pits and eager eating

2020-05-11 Thread AB Clark
Worrying about something more substantial than orange to sustain the orioles, I put out a mango pit with some attached fruit, The adult male oriole reappears to appreciate it after hiding on Saturday, a young male came in today, but also catbirds have been using it. I think I may widen my

[cayugabirds-l] Cliff swallows on HIle School Rd Wetland--Wed May 6

2020-05-07 Thread AB Clark
I haven’t rechecked today but the swallow species distribution has shifted as of yesterday, Wed May 6: more Barn Swallows but also 2-3 Cliff Swallows, looking a different shape, no tail streamers and with distinct light rumps clearly seen. At least one Rough-winged Swallow was still there,

[cayugabirds-l] A flock of Rusty Blackbirds

2020-04-18 Thread AB Clark
Singing away in Hile School Rd wetland—estimated at 20+. Will count from pictures and get into eBird—phone battery limitations. Also small newish flock of Savannah Sparrows (6) today and last 2 days in upland field East of the unfinished wetland road. They particularly like the small sapling

[cayugabirds-l] A disturbing report on a bird disease in Europe

2020-04-15 Thread AB Clark
Specifically through”Birdguides” about a mysterious illness affecting at least Blue Tits in Germany, but from the comments, it must be more widely spread. https://www.birdguides.com/news/mystery-illness-killing-off-german-blue-tits/

Re: "Juvenile cowbirds sneak out at night" - RE: [cayugabirds-l] Cowbirds

2020-04-12 Thread AB Clark
andle nestlings for research > purposes, always with fear and the most care possible. Nestlings don't stay > in nests any longer than absolutely necessary because nests are depredated by > raccoon, cat, weasel, skunk, raptors, etc. Nestlings generally can't leave > any earlier because t

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cowbirds

2020-04-11 Thread AB Clark
I wonder if there has been some mis-intepretation either in the article or by subsequent readers. Cowbird young, like other passerines, leave the nest in the care of parents (foster or otherwise) and live outside the nest from then on. (OK individuals may hop outside during the day and return

[cayugabirds-l] Flicker taking refuge on a trunk face

2020-04-10 Thread AB Clark
A pair of flickers just followed one after other up trunk of large ash, on E side of tree. After one flew, the other has clung to the trunk, with its head folded back, bill down into its feathers, in “roosting” position, if you can imagine. A red v located very weirdly at the top off the

[cayugabirds-l] Barn swallow and VA rail-Hile school Rd Wetland

2020-04-09 Thread AB Clark
AMong the 25+ tree swallows, one Barn Swallow was swirling about over the open water, and a VA rail was heard tik-tik ing mostly, rather faintly, on the N side of the road. About 1030 am today. Counts and observations were abbreviated by the wind-rain coming in as I walked fast home. Also

Re: [cayugabirds-l] There male redwings, Mon West Danby area also

2020-02-20 Thread AB Clark
The early F-types I was referring to were very clearly female, being observed by my grad student who was working on them for his disseration. They had begun twittering, cattail to cattail by March. Their marsh was all unfrozen. We were starting to wonder if they would actually build nests in

[cayugabirds-l] singing House Finches

2020-02-20 Thread AB Clark
Not very organized song but trying out the old syringeal muscles after some down time. anne Anne B Clark 147 Hile School Rd Freeville, NY 13068 607-222-0905 anneb.cl...@gmail.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] There male redwings, Mon West Danby area also

2020-02-20 Thread AB Clark
As someone studying redwing nesting and nestlings in the 89-2000 region, I can say they were incredibly variable 3 decades ago. They could easily show up in February when the winter was warm. We had actual females back in a marsh near Binghamton/Endicott as early as February. Usually females

Re: [cayugabirds-l] There male redwings

2020-02-18 Thread AB Clark
Not trying to compete, but late last week, had a flock of mostly young males (up to 19) and today a group of ca 50-60. A smaller subset came to feeders (25? they swooped in where I couldn’t see all on the ground) with a nice male Common Grackle. Again, it is interesting that a majority of

[cayugabirds-l] Screech owl trilling on a warm fall night

2019-10-01 Thread AB Clark
In between rain showers—Toward Ed Hill Rd and SSE of my house on Hile School Rd. Anne -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

Re: [cayugabirds-l] US population trends; time frame for bird study

2019-09-26 Thread AB Clark
Just to say—what all of us really know—we don’t want our children to be the generation to have no one to come behind them, to care and innovate and compost for them as they age and become infirm. Demography is a complex thing and, as we in the west take longer to die on average, we must

[cayugabirds-l] Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Stevenson Rd Compost

2019-09-21 Thread AB Clark
Apologies for not putting this out during the day, but there were two Lesser Black-backed gulls on the mounds at the Stevenson Road Composting Facility between 1120-130 today. They were with maybe 700 Ring-billed Gulls and 25 or so Herring Gulls. One was an adult, white head/neck, with very

Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nysbirds-l] Fwd: News Alert: North America has lost 29% of its birds since 1970, study finds. Experts blame habitat loss, pesticides, light pollution and cats.

2019-09-19 Thread AB Clark
a. Starlings are declining in Europe also, apparently due to farming practices (no grain lying around? hedgerows?). But if you want to look for some “black bird” related explanations, check out the USDA site to see how many “nuisance” birds were killed using Avitrol on big feedlots where a

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Swallows eating mushrooms

2019-08-01 Thread AB Clark
Mushrooms almost immediately attract a range of small insects, some of which specialize on reproducting in them—tiny beetles, gnats (flies) and I am sure several other groups. I wonder if they were not picking these easy insects off, especially given their juvenile (klutzy predator) status?

[cayugabirds-l] Great Egret--Hile School Rd wetland pm 28Jul19

2019-07-28 Thread AB Clark
Seen S of Hile School Rd, central wetland, preening calmly in dead trees—two probably juvenile Great Blue Herons in tree next door. Found as light was low at 855 pm tonight—sans binocs, etc. Ran back home to get scope—not trusting my size estimates in deep dusk. Dark legs, marginally smaller

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Turkey eggs question.

2019-07-10 Thread AB Clark
Depends on how old the embryos were when incubation was interrupted. Far along, they are probably dead. Very early, there’s a chance, especially since it is quite warm. Before the start of incubation, an excellent chance. Of course, it also depends on how many hours ago the nest was hit.

[cayugabirds-l] Backyard drama--Flicker escapes Cooper's Hawk attack

2019-06-07 Thread AB Clark
More than attack—the hawk had the flicker in its claws on our backyard lawn area where the attack apparently had taken place, but was struggling to get up. With Flicker flapping and “peep-peep-peeep”ing, they were sweeping at ground level across the lawn toward the “old field’ vegetation and

Re: [cayugabirds-l] first ever here

2019-05-13 Thread AB Clark
HI all I just want to note that a) I have had more males than usual but that means 3, plus several females- in a rural area- and b) Bluewing bird listers in Broome have sent out 3 or 4 messages about unusual/rare/first time visits from RB grosbeaks at their in-town feeders. Hearing both

[cayugabirds-l] First House Wren this morning

2019-04-23 Thread AB Clark
At least the first prospectively assessing the nest boxes on Hile School Rd. This morning at 7am singing atop the empty feeder. Anne Clark -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] HUGE flock of red-winged blackbirds

2019-03-19 Thread AB Clark
Maybe 2-3 K or more and I had no binocs (on a stool, cleaning a nest box) but they worked their way along the fields of Ed Hill Rd just S of Hile School rd, then west around the wood lot at the intersection of Ed Hill x Hile School to cross Hile School Rd going North toward Peruville Rd. They

Re: [cayugabirds-l] odd Bufflehead

2019-02-24 Thread AB Clark
Just a thought, and an inference based on passerines (Red winged blackbirds): Late fledged males were also likely to turn up in spring with more juvenile plumage—orange-y epaulet, small epaulet, lots of light edging to the feathers or some downright brown. Naturally my sample is small because

[cayugabirds-l] a solitary Common Redpoll--Stevenson Rd Compost drive

2019-02-03 Thread AB Clark
At 210 pm today, coming in on driveway from Stevenson Compost mounds, just N of the gateway to the pheasant pens, a single Common Redpoll sat in the sun as high as one can get in the small trees there. After giving me good looks and some distant pics, it flew S toward where a bunch of

[cayugabirds-l] Rough-legged hawk W and E of Warren at Cherry la today 2 Feb 19

2019-02-02 Thread AB Clark
At approximately 1430, a rough-legged hawk was hunting the field that makes up the SW quadrat of Cherry La x Warren Rd. It sat watching from trees on N side of Cherry la, then (disturbed by my stopping car) it moved a bit W along Cherry, then East to sit on airport fencing along Warren’s E

[cayugabirds-l] Ash seeds and blackbirds

2018-10-20 Thread AB Clark
Another eager cluster of redwinged blackbirds is eating the ash seeds from the apparently still healthy ash trees. This has happened several times this month. Maybe this is well appreciated, but I had no idea that ash seeds were such a resource for fall feeding birds. Anne Anne B Clark

[cayugabirds-l] "raven"--the rest of the story

2018-08-25 Thread AB Clark
Several people immediately offered help in retrieving the “raven” reported from the Enfield area. We were organizing capture, but after I got back from Binghamton around 630 pm, I called the homeowner, who went out to find that it was now dead. This morning Nancy Cusmano very kindly retrieved

[cayugabirds-l] Raven needs help--near Trumansberg

2018-08-24 Thread AB Clark
I just got a message via Suzanne Broderick that there is a raven down and acting “dazed” in a yard on Enfield Center Rd West, near Trumansberg. I am currently finishing my day at Binghamton University and unable to get there in any reasonable time to try to capture and take to Wildlife Clinic.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] seeking mockingbirds

2018-08-16 Thread AB Clark
There is often one at the East end of Stevenson road, around the house on the south side of the road, or somewhere roadside along that stretch between Turkey Hill Rd and the fields just beyond (west of) the south-of-road house. best, Anne Anne B Clark 147 Hile School Rd Freeville, NY 13068

[cayugabirds-l] fledglings, fledglings, fledglings

2018-06-28 Thread AB Clark
And fleeing avoidant parents! In the last 2 days, have watched tree swallow fledglings, cedar waxwing fledglings, bluebird fledglings, robin fledglings, redwinged blackbird fledglings, grackle fledglings, American crow fledglings and am currently listening to the incessant pleading of red

[cayugabirds-l] Squirrels, birds and a previous thread

2018-06-08 Thread AB Clark
Sat and watched a white pine and its neighboring small maple, as the sun disappeared. At least three little phantom shapes were working the trees, especially the pine. One or more was/were red squirrels and I think one was a chipmunk but maybe all were red squirrels (young? to be so close

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines

2018-06-08 Thread AB Clark
The powerlines from Warren Road to Dankert Park were also brush hogged and cleared of similarly dense growth—many birds along there. About 10 days ago. Anne Anne B Clark 147 Hile School Rd Freeville, NY 13068 607-222-0905 anneb.cl...@gmail.com > On Jun 8, 2018, at 9:28 AM, Karen Edelstein

[cayugabirds-l] White-crowned Sparrow--just OOB

2018-05-01 Thread AB Clark
This morning, a lovely pair of Purple Finches and a pair of Red Bellied Woodpeckers were using our feeders along with Chipping Sparrows (and red squirrels), when suddenly a White-crowned Sparrow appeared on the ground below. No Tree Sparrows today. One at least was still here on Sunday.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thanks for Pine Warbler replies

2018-04-16 Thread AB Clark
A male has been frequenting my feeders for two days, with my first Chipping Sparrow. The warbler is focused on the suet, strongly! No trouble with that little pointy bill. Anne Anne B Clark 147 Hile School Rd Freeville, NY 13068 607-222-0905 anneb.cl...@gmail.com > On Apr 15, 2018, at

[cayugabirds-l] Ring-necked Duck pair at Hile School Marsh

2018-04-10 Thread AB Clark
Very pretty and good views, although I’d guess they are unlikely to stay long. A regular parade of Hooded Mergansers, Bufflehead, Wood Ducks and of course Mallards have been there on various days over last week. Two Belted Kingfishers continue also. I have seen no Tree Swallows out here, but

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Phoebe

2018-03-31 Thread AB Clark
Phoebe being incessant, Sandra Place dead end, today at 1530h. American crow nest nearby—I received severe reprimands for even thinking of going near it---the sort of harsh crow scolds reserved for cats and lesser vermin. Pretty insulting. But the phoebe just flipped around over the little

[cayugabirds-l] Crow Spies Wanted

2018-03-14 Thread AB Clark
Hi everyone It has now gotten to that time of year when crows have already been making some tentative moves with or without sticks and a few non-snowy days will probably be enough to spark nesting activity. We crow-people would love to hear about any crows in Ithaca that are breaking sticks

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?

2018-02-14 Thread AB Clark
There are certainly more knowledgeable ornithologists to answer but this touches on some questions we are trying to answer with crows over 30 years. (Over that time, no directional change in average winter-spring temps, in part because 1990 is a VERY warm year.) Gonadal development is

[cayugabirds-l] Black Vulture foursome at Compost Facility

2018-01-30 Thread AB Clark
At 1320h, my grad student Connor reported that all four cold Black Vultures were sitting in edge trees/hedges just SW of the leachate ponds at the Stevenson Road Cornell Composting Facility. I am afraid all he had to offer was peanuts. Anne B Clark 147 Hile School Rd Freeville, NY 13068

Re: [cayugabirds-l] the four Black Vultures

2017-12-28 Thread AB Clark
I too went back through Bluewing as well as CBL, and repeat sightings of 2 BLVU in Broome followed the 7, as were sightings of 2 in Cayuga Basin, several times through March and early April. Then I can find no sightings (although I didn’t check ebird) until late summer, when they started being

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle - Etna, NY

2017-12-21 Thread AB Clark
We frequently have bald eagles out here between 38 and Ed Hill Road on Hile School Rd. I haven’t been home enough to note whether they are settling down in the woods next door as they did last year and year before. During 2015 we had at least 3…2 adults or near adults and a juvenile. But one

[cayugabirds-l] Pine siskin at feeders--just oob

2017-11-25 Thread AB Clark
The first I have seen this year. One female (no obvious yellow anywhere) and did not stay long. Earlier today, A small flock of small birds went overhead, near Ed Hill x Hile School Rd, that I couldn’t identify at the time, as fast moving silhouettes. Now I am thinking that they might have

[cayugabirds-l] Bluebirds--Prospecting

2017-11-24 Thread AB Clark
Checking out the nest boxes used by wrens and tree swallows last year. I think the holes are too small…but they seem quite intrigued. anne Anne B Clark 147 Hile School Rd Freeville, NY 13068 607-222-0905 anneb.cl...@gmail.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Tree Sparrow at my feeder

2017-11-08 Thread AB Clark
Among a lot of feisty House Finches, I think it is just one American Tree Sparrow—the first I have seen this fall. But the flock is flitting in and out, so maybe more. Anne B Clark 147 Hile School Rd Freeville, NY 13068 607-222-0905 anneb.cl...@gmail.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are all my feeder birds

2017-10-25 Thread AB Clark
I think it is extremely reassuring that, when the wild foods are ample, the feeder-aware birds still prefer to use them. Superior nutrition and nutritional diversity, I am sure. Anne B Clark 147 Hile School Rd Freeville, NY 13068 607-222-0905 anneb.cl...@gmail.com > On Oct 25, 2017, at

[cayugabirds-l] Not birds--Painted lady butterfly obs across Eastern US

2017-09-24 Thread AB Clark
Both Cayuglists are noting the painted lady explosion. And interestingly, if you type "painted lady butterfly" into a search engine right now, you will find that there are “wow—all the painted ladies” reports from Minnesota, Jamestown, and many more places. What kind of synchrony is this?

[cayugabirds-l] Crows, WNV and another plea for information

2017-09-10 Thread AB Clark
HI Everyone, I hope this isn’t overuse of the List to ask for help:our banded crow population in and around Ithaca is suffering from the WNV plague—again, and strongly. We are losing tagged and untagged-but-known family members. Since birds also travel to forage at this time of year, we

[cayugabirds-l] Kestrel, Barn Swallows and Crow (OOB)

2017-08-17 Thread AB Clark
I watched an interesting sequence around 7 am and got some of it in some really bad pictures. For Basin lovers, all birds in question also use the part of Ed Hill Road that is within the Basin. Indeed the Kestrel may be one of the young ones raised in house eaves on Ed Hill Road, and if not,

[cayugabirds-l] Virginia Rails being obvious (out of basin)

2017-08-02 Thread AB Clark
Virginia rails (2) that have been recently foraging in the Hile School Rd wetlands are very vocal and fairly fearless and picture ready this past week. I have found them along the S edge of unpaved road, on the east side of the wetlands, in mixed willow and grasses. The young green herons,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hungry youngsters!

2017-08-02 Thread AB Clark
If I may chime in: because our crow families do have known territories, and families include unbanded birds, it would be great to have anyone finding an UNbanded dead crow in the Cornell Campus-Cayuga Heights-Sapsucker Woods-Airport areas text or email Kevin or me before disposing of it

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Red-winged Blackbird

2017-07-19 Thread AB Clark
Could be molt, and it might be exacerbated by a fight with another male. Seems late in the year for this, but I have watched fights between males (typically in late April or early May) that resulted in chunks of feather pulled out and bald or partly bald males. > On Jul 19, 2017, at 6:33

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gallimule tough love (I hope)

2017-07-06 Thread AB Clark
Hi John et al, this is well-known gallinule “parental” behavior. As many will know, birds often lay more eggs and hatch more young than they can rear. The theoretical explanation is that in a good year, when the healthiest as well as most young can be raised, parents benefit by being ready

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gallinules climbing cattails for pollen

2017-06-22 Thread AB Clark
That is so cool! I recall hearing that during WWII, cattail pollen was explored as a protein source, a way to fortify breads, etc. We have used it in bread, although it wasn’t something that led me to spend time collecting it in quantity. So the gallinules might be making a very good choice!

[cayugabirds-l] For List interests: FYI--Tick disease program from BU specialists

2017-05-20 Thread AB Clark
Julian has been working with Ralph Garruto on studies of ticks, lyme and other diseases around the campus of Binghamton University, and monitoring tick abundance patterns, infection patterns, etc. Not quite as abundant as in the scrubby areas of Ithaca, and notably, least infected in the

[cayugabirds-l] White-crowned sparrows stop by-just out of basin

2017-05-09 Thread AB Clark
Four white-crowned sparrows are dining at our feeders this morning. It appears to be two males and two females, going purely on brightness and a bit of behavior (mild aggression between two brightest). Also a female purple finch, song sparrows, chipping sparrow(s), downy and hairy

[cayugabirds-l] E. Kingbird at Hile School Rd Wetland

2017-05-07 Thread AB Clark
May 6th evening—David saw our first E. Kingbird insect foraging on edges of the Hile School Rd Wetland/Marshes, along with Tree Swallows, at least. May 2—I had a Spotted Sandpiper skipping about on high points, near the road as it crosses. Water very high. Beavers keep rebuilding after

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Further info Yellow House Finch

2017-05-06 Thread AB Clark
I am not sure what specific berries we lacked during winter that would contribute, but of course, purple finches and house finches could have been influenced by diets south of here. On the other hand, it appears that carotenoids that end up purple-red are the result of conversion of yellower

[cayugabirds-l] Heads up from the Crow People: West Nile Virus and nests

2017-05-05 Thread AB Clark
Dear Cayuga-birders, WEST NILE VIRUS already diagnosed in our crows!!! :-(( We who follow the crows want to report that Vet Pathology has just diagnosed West Nile Virus as cause of death of a crow in Cayuga Heights, in late April. Another diagnosis is pending , but to be honest,

[cayugabirds-l] Creek/marsh at Hile School Rd-Herons

2017-04-29 Thread AB Clark
1045 am--First I’ve seen for 2017 and the most adults at one time ever—four Little Green Herons were croaking, hunting and flapping around together over the marsh, and among the Salix sp., etc quite near the road. I have never had closer looks. Not a great day for photos, but if they continue

[cayugabirds-l] House wren serenade this morning

2017-04-26 Thread AB Clark
At about 630 am, “the” house wren sang near our house for the first time in 2017. He was answered and it appears that there are now at least 2, possibly 3 territories encircling the yard. “The” wren has resumed his singing position atop a spruce near the outdoor lamp (a street lamp style

[cayugabirds-l] First nest building robin

2017-04-11 Thread AB Clark
Sharp looking female American Robin took long streamers of grasses and tried for log-sized goldenrod stalks to a nice solid crotch in an small ash this morning. I have seen more action in the nest site this evening. A Phoebe tried to fly into our garage, which I take as a nest site seeking

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Phoebe!

2017-04-02 Thread AB Clark
Phoebes apparently arrived en masse. The first one I had was right across from the Frog Barn on Sapsucker Woods Rd, on Thursday 30 March, 12 noon. Sounded a bit out of practice. Then another was singing in my yard (oob) on HIle School Rd later that afternoon. Anne B Clark 147 Hile School

[cayugabirds-l] Grey Catbird at Thomas Road

2017-03-12 Thread AB Clark
478 Thomas Road, second house on “W” side from Ellis Hollow Rd. Seen sitting fluffed in low rose bush not far from the feeders, with three similarly fluffed American robins, although they were more actively scoping all the rose bushes for hips. First time I have ever seen a robin hovering

[cayugabirds-l] foy feeder Song Sparrow

2017-03-12 Thread AB Clark
is eating seed this morning with other current consumers: chickadees, titmouse, downy and hairy woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers, nuthatch, flock of house finches, goldfinches, white-throated sparrows, tree sparrows, juncos, cardinals, bluejays. No sign of red-winged blackbirds and

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Robins

2017-02-06 Thread AB Clark
I had over 1000 robins fly over Hanshaw Rd S of intersection with W Dryden Rd on 15 Jan. There were flocks of about 200 or more in my field that same day, about the same time. Since then I have been routinely seeing 100-200 moving near dusk, in Freeville area…last weekend on Palmear Rd. The

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: FYI for nature photography lovers

2017-02-03 Thread AB Clark
> This was just sent around on the Broome Bluewing list and it seems > appropriate to alert Cayuga Bird list as well. Hope some of you get to see it! Anne > > Nature's Best Is Almost Here! > > We cannot overstate how incredibly excited we are for our newest exhibition, > Nature's Best

Re: [cayugabirds-l] just heard a Cardinal singing

2017-01-06 Thread AB Clark
On 31 Dec, I had two or three notes of a white-throated sparrow, and on 3rd Jan, an aborted beginning of a mourning dove “song”. Days are getting longer and sun makes them SEEM longer still. > On Jan 6, 2017, at 10:22 AM, Laurie Roe wrote: > > Just heard a Cardinal

[cayugabirds-l] tree sparrows all over (just oob)

2016-11-12 Thread AB Clark
In our various patches of acres on Hile School Rd, mixed with juncos, white-throated sparrows, robins, etc. These are the first I have seen this fall. They are looking very bright and beautiful. Anne -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl=strikingly white Redtail Hawk

2016-10-26 Thread AB Clark
I checked out the Snowy Owl report and found the bird after getting conflicting directions from Thompson Veg farm workers. It is actually a strkingly beautiful Red-Tail Hawk, with markings that make no genetic sense to me. It has a brilliant adult-red tail, lots of dark streaking in head, a

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl

2016-10-26 Thread AB Clark
That would be just E of Ed Hill Rd, on Fall Creek rd. Heading out there now. Don’t be fooled by the wooden sculptured owl that is on the right, leaving Freeville, going E. Anne > On Oct 26, 2016, at 9:33 AM, W. Larry Hymes wrote: > > Just got a call from the manager of

[cayugabirds-l] Lesser Black-backed Gull--Stevenson Rd Compost

2016-09-18 Thread AB Clark
Adult with only very small amount of head flecking (i.e. close to breeding plumage). Today, 18 Sept, around 1030 am, on the mounds amidst a plethora of Ring-billed Gulls and maybe 7-8 Greater Black-backed Gulls, ca 120 crows (about 1/3 Fish Crows), plus pigeons, starlings and Turkey

[cayugabirds-l] aggressive humming birds

2016-09-04 Thread AB Clark
Not only have the several hummingbirds visiting my feeders been displacing each other frequently, but I just watched a hummingbird in a long, high chase of a goldfinch nowhere near a feeder. Not sure what the precipitating event or state was…but of course, staying in good condition must be

[cayugabirds-l] Fate of Great Horned Owl--Hile School Rd

2016-09-03 Thread AB Clark
As some will recall, there was a sick young Great Horned Owl on Hile School Rd, at the marshy headwaters of the Owasco Lake, where some were finding rails, gallinules, marsh wren etc. As I promised at the time, I am passing along the news that I received from the Wildlife Clinic: sadly the owl

[cayugabirds-l] 3 Great Egrets--Hile School Road

2016-08-12 Thread AB Clark
Just now, 12 Aug, in the marshland at Hile School Road and Rt 38, where the Common Gallinule, rails etc were earlier in the summer. My neighbor called me down and I got there in time to see them slow-flapping to the N visible end of the marshland where they disappeared downward. He also

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds

2016-07-18 Thread AB Clark
And the dangers are real: I saw Red-winged Blackbirds lose their nests to large bumbling goose families that, heads in the air, simply walked the nests over and into the swamp. It doesn’t require a predator to do damage! Anne > On Jul 18, 2016, at 2:00 PM, Asher Hockett

[cayugabirds-l] fledglings everywhere--Oriole today

2016-06-21 Thread AB Clark
Hile School Road-Freeville One of several Baltimore Oriole nestlings became a fledgling this morning, and is now giving new meaning to the adjective “incessant”. Its sibling(s) are still being fed in the nest and I am seeing relatively little parental attention going to it. But the parents

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Merlin nesting update

2016-06-16 Thread AB Clark
I heard a merlin twittering on Christopher Circle/Christopher Lane yesterday evening, although hadn’t seen activity on it. I have not scoped it recently. > On Jun 16, 2016, at 6:26 PM, John Confer wrote: > > Not good news, overall, for Merlin nests. > > The Titus Ave.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin(s) @ Cayuga Heights

2016-06-14 Thread AB Clark
Hi Suan and All Merlin Watchers, The Merlins on Christopher Circle have either gone completely silent or fledged (too soon?) or they have moved. I saw no birds around or visible on the nest by late last week. IS this related to the Highland Avenue pair? I have no idea how far they might

[cayugabirds-l] Ravens and the new mown hay

2016-06-02 Thread AB Clark
Today, as the June mowing of the last few days was smelling good, but causing confusion among the previously nesting Red-winged Blackbirds and Bobolinks, a group of Ravens parked themselves on fields next to my house. I suspect this is the same group as flew through earlier in the week—there

[cayugabirds-l] a flight of ravens this morning

2016-05-31 Thread AB Clark
At around 730 am this morning, a flight of whoop-calling ravens flew SW to NE across land just S of us on Hile School Rd. First two birds, flying together, followed closely by a calling third, and then shortly after that, a strongly calling group of 3. All kept heading across Ed Hill Rd

[cayugabirds-l] oriole nest, h-birds and cuckoo

2016-05-28 Thread AB Clark
Among other things on this clearly summer day: The Ruby-thoated Hummingbirds found the newly offered feeder and a male was doing U-shaped display flights not far from the feeder area within hours. An Baltimore Oriole nest is complete in clear view (nice for us, maybe not for the oriole) off a

[cayugabirds-l] migrating birds react to street level lights

2016-05-18 Thread AB Clark
I thought that this Conservation Mag article would be of interest to those on Cayuga and Bluewing lists, since it relates both to the nocturnal migrant calls people hear and raises some questions about why. Despite the url, I am not sure we can conclude they are disoriented by them.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] W-C sparrow-yes, today

2016-05-16 Thread AB Clark
“MY” white-crowned sparrow turned back up this morning, after I neglected to fill feeders Fri and Saturday, but refilled them midday Sunday. I have had one since late winter, got up to four recently (and thought I could tell the one apart by crown and also confident way it moved around the

[cayugabirds-l] A not-quite-basin report-Boblink singing

2016-05-09 Thread AB Clark
147 Hile School Rd: First (in my irregular birding around the paths) bobolink singing hopefully over a patch of golden rod stalks that the red-winged blackbirds call their own. And first blue-winged warbler (or maybe 2) in the breaking tree buds, foraging and singing, and a first catbird,

[cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak

2016-05-02 Thread AB Clark
Male--over my feeders this am. Yes, just a bit outside the basin, but the bird flew toward the boundary and Fall Creek…and of course, there were reports starting 25th April. :) Anne Hile School Rd -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] osprey nest on Warren Rd.

2016-04-21 Thread AB Clark
That explains the flyover osprey when I was on Winthrop Dr. a couple of days ago. And on Tuesday also, a bald eagle and a raven (chased off by two resident crow families) over Muriel. The bald eagle was remarkably low! The raven looked distinctly young, brownish and broken primaries. Anne

[cayugabirds-l] Raven forager--Freese x Hanshaw fields

2016-04-17 Thread AB Clark
I encountered a Common Raven alighting and foraging in the wettest spot in the NE corner of the field at Freese x Hanshaw (a spot just SW of the corner signs). The nearest pair of crows was quite upset at this, diving at it, but it didn’t even look at them while landing. It captured

[cayugabirds-l] Cortland County--BUT Wild Turkeys in flight!

2016-04-06 Thread AB Clark
This is an out of county observation this morning at 815 am. (in Cortland county, south along 38 from Harford, and about a mile N of Morton Road, based on map. I thought it said Morey road. ). It was just so unusual to see, thought it worth sharing. Wild turkeys coming out of a roost along

[cayugabirds-l] a surfeit of urban vultures?

2016-04-01 Thread AB Clark
While checking on and looking for crow nests around Ithaca, mostly to NE side and Cayuga Heights, I am encountering numerous vultures swooping low through neighborhoods, just sailing around looking for your backyard carrion, I suppose. But my impression is that there are more than in years

[cayugabirds-l] Raven correction and update

2016-03-27 Thread AB Clark
Yesterday, 26 March, I reported watching a raven sitting beside a yard at junction of Neimi Road and Hanshaw Road. (I also spelled Neimi incorrectly). Actually it was on the S side of intersection of ETNA and Hanshaw, where there are actually houses. Today, 27 March, at about 11 am, just

[cayugabirds-l] Raven gets friendly?-and Crow 9U

2016-03-26 Thread AB Clark
As I was coming back to Freeville via Hanshaw Road (13 to West Dryden Road), there was a Raven just sitting in a tree along the road, basically in the front yard of the house or two on the W side of Hanshaw, just before getting to Niemi Road. Two crows came out from W of the house to call at

[cayugabirds-l] feeder birds

2016-03-19 Thread AB Clark
Just outside of the Basin, Hile School Road: Since Thursday 17 March, only two rather than a dozen American Tree Sparrows have visited my feeders. They are here this morning, and one just did “crest-up" at the other, which kept crest feathers flat—I assume two males. This morning 19 Mar, the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Audubon: The Film... needs 9 more to make happen, by 3/10, 7pm (8 more needed)

2016-03-09 Thread AB Clark
6 more—I just got two tickets. > On Mar 9, 2016, at 2:21 PM, Marie P. Read wrote: > > I just signed up. > 8 to go! > > Marie > > Marie Read Wildlife Photography > 452 Ringwood Road > Freeville NY 13068 USA > > Phone 607-539-6608 > e-mail m...@cornell.edu > >

[cayugabirds-l] very young and singing Blackbird

2016-02-25 Thread AB Clark
A young male Redwinged Blackbird, still in all stripy plumage with no visible red on wing, sat outside the house at 730 AM running through bits and pieces of Redwinged Blackbird songs and calls. I recorded a short bit. Regular very breathy “kr” of the conkereee-- identifiably male

[cayugabirds-l] Eagles "everywhere"

2016-02-20 Thread AB Clark
Feb 20 2016 1045 Freeville: Two adult Bald Eagles soared over 38 just S of the intersection with Hile School Road, one of which soared E up Hile School Rd and across Ed Hill RD (in and out and into the basin).. They stayed very high; an adult Red-tailed Hawk soared with them over Rt 38 and I

[cayugabirds-l] White-crowned sparrow--Hile School Rd feeders

2016-02-11 Thread AB Clark
>From just outside the Basin: Feb 11 2016. For the second time since yesterday am, a White-crowned Sparrow was investigating and feeding a little at my feeder on Hile School Road, ~0.2 mi W of Ed Hill Road. As yesterday, it didn’t stay long. Today, I have watched off and on all day, and it

[cayugabirds-l] brown-headed cowbirds again--Hile School and Ed Hill Roads both

2016-02-02 Thread AB Clark
ABout 10 am, today 2 FEb 16, a brown-headed cowbird male was at my feeder and I thought I saw a small flock of them moving SE into the brushy areas around our house on Hile School Road…just out of the basin. But these are birds, with wings. At 330 pm today, several (or many) cowbird males

[cayugabirds-l] Crow Roosts and a new Crow Roost website

2015-12-21 Thread AB Clark
Greetings, fellow birders! Announcing a new website www.crowroosts.org that I hope will be of interest and use! As some of you are aware, we have an ongoing study of crow roosts as sources of nitrogen and agents of changes in N-cycling. Crow roosts are seen as

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