Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed - state land, too

2021-06-15 Thread Alicia Plotkin
More generally, another problem are policies by NYS Parks and the Wildlife Management areas.  Grassland areas under their control increasingly seem to be rented out for farming.  For example, part of Willard Wildlife Management area that 25 yrs ago was in grass that only got mowed in late

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-Breasted Chat at Montezuma

2021-05-19 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Just heard 3rd hand that there was a yellow breasted chat somewhere near the intersection of the Esker Brook and South Spring Trails this evening, observed by very experienced birders.  I have no further details on exactly where and it could be that this 3rd hand info on location has gotten

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black-throated Green Warbler

2021-04-27 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Just came home from an early morning appt to find my yard (west side of Ovid) awash in Yellow Rumped Warblers - had only seen 5 warblers of any kind before today, but there were at least 15 singing, chipping & gleaning at 12:45.  Still hear some singing now, 30 minutes later.  Wasn't able to

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Natural Purple Martin nesting?

2021-04-14 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Summary of what was known in early 20th century in Birds by Bent - rare but not completely unheard of at that time. Note that Naples, Florida was considered to be remote country then! > *Nesting*.--Before the advent of the white man the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bad news for Osprey along 5 & 20

2021-03-23 Thread Alicia Plotkin > *On Behalf Of *Alicia Plotkin > *Sent:* Tuesday, March 23, 2021 3:29 PM > *To:* John Gregoire ; CAYUGABIRDS-L > > *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bad news for Osprey along 5 & 20 > > The osprey nest on the cell phone tower just north of T

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bad news for Osprey along 5 & 20

2021-03-23 Thread Alicia Plotkin
The osprey nest on the cell phone tower just north of Trumansburg went missing at the end of last winter, was rebuilt and used successfully again last spring/summer, and went missing again about a month ago, I assume torn down but didn't see it being done. On 3/23/2021 3:07 PM, John Gregoire

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question

2021-02-22 Thread Alicia Plotkin
A friend a mile away reports one is regular at his feeder this winter.  Don't remember reports of any over-wintering here on the west side of Ovid before this year, and there is only one report in eBird for Dec-Feb in the Seneca drainage of Ovid before 2021 (assuming Dave Kennedy was on the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County

2021-02-20 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Great idea!  The Syracuse article you linked to says that a number of these mega-farms are in the planning stage for NYS.  Maybe an approach through the permitting process or legislation would be more effective than approaching them individually?  Does anyone on this list have good DEC or

[cayugabirds-l] The saw whet that got away!

2020-11-19 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, I'm not on social media & stumbled on this randomly - if everyone already saw it, apologies for clogging you inboxes! Have a good weekend & a safe holiday - Alicia -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT

2020-11-12 Thread Alicia Plotkin
East side of Seneca Lake in Ovid, was out from 7:30-7:40 and 7:50-8:45 (maybe too late).  Saw the following: 7:30-7:40: 0 7:50-8:00: 5 in single group, a tad lower than expected but still migration height - moving very fast with the wind, a couple hundred yards inland of the shore 8:00-8:15:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] First fall DE Junco 10/13/20

2020-10-13 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Also had at least one pair breeding here in Ovid - first breeding bird I entered in the BBA in fact, one was collecting & carrying nesting material. Later saw them with fledglings but never found the nest, although have found nests twice before. Alicia On 10/13/2020 1:01 PM, Linnea Garrepy

Re: [cayugabirds-l] RHWO at Long Point

2020-07-04 Thread Alicia Plotkin
In 2011 many birders, including my husband & me, went over to the Aurora to see the nesting RH Woodpeckers at Paines Creek, easily visible and audible from Rte 90.  This is abt 1/2 mile north of Long Point.  A gentleman who said he lived in Aurora stopped to chat with my husband & me.  He

[cayugabirds-l] Grasshopper Sparrows are around

2020-05-31 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, I think there are a lot more of these guys than people realize.  If you don't happen to know what a grasshopper sparrow sounds like, take a listen here - it's pretty distinctive.  At least in Lodi, Ovid & Romulus, many of

[cayugabirds-l] OT: anyone want shed snake skin?

2020-05-26 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Our resident Rat Snake shed its skin today.  Usually the skin gets dinged up in the process, maybe losing the last foot of tail or tearing the belly midway, but today's skin is totally intact and also impressive - just shy of 7'.  Does anyone have a use for this at a nature center or in a

[cayugabirds-l] Sampson State Park uplands at lunchtime

2020-04-13 Thread Alicia Plotkin
On this blustery cloudy day with brief bursts of light rain, not a lot of birds out but a few each of several varieties of sparrow were singing: song, Savannah, field, and towhee.  Best parts of the walk were two tiny blue azure butterflies flitting in front of us and a long (5+ minute) look

[cayugabirds-l] osprey nest south of Covert?

2020-04-01 Thread Alicia Plotkin
For the past two years, osprey have nested on a cell phone tower that is just south of the hamlet of Covert, on the east side of Rte 96.  When I looked earlier this year, the nest seemed to be missing but I didn't stop and check carefully until today.  There may be a few remnant sticks, I'm

[cayugabirds-l] Nocternal sparrow behavior

2020-03-18 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, Last night about 1:00 am I was working at my computer in a somewhat dimly lit room - in addition to the monitor there was a single light on, about 15 feet from the window and directed downward.  I heard a scampering/skrittering noise on the roof,* sounded like maybe a tree branch had

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Meadow lark

2020-01-21 Thread Alicia Plotkin
I assumed she meant Center Rd and not Center St, which is in the Town of Ovid, due east of the village. Try putting 2600 Center Road Ovid into Google & you'll get this intersection, which often has interesting birds - a Snowy Owl spent 4 mos there several years ago. Alicia On 1/21/2020 8:12

[cayugabirds-l] Subj should be "Sampson SP Lake Trail mess!"

2019-09-03 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Apparently I was too angry to accurately identify where the Lake Trail is!  It starts at the south tip of Sampson SP.  To get there, you'd take the road that runs through the village of Willard and past the grounds of the old Williard Psych Center, now partly occupied by the shock

Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow

2017-06-17 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Thank you for sending this - it is exactly my experience & my concern. I don't worry quite so much about migration, which can skip over us easily due to weather patterns. In fact there was an odd weather pattern in late April that seemed to sling a lot of 'my' warblers up to the coast of

Re: [cayugabirds-l] N. Parula??? [was Prairie Warbler???]

2017-04-21 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Was wondering where these lucky folks were birding? No Parula's are showing up in eBird in NYS except for a posting from Sullivan County, haven't seen anything posted to this list, either. An eBird listing might require moderator approval but would hope that was happening quickly this time

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Important Lyme Disease info!

2017-03-26 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Apparently anaplasmosis also has made its way to central NY. Our dog became extremely ill and nearly died last November. Her symptoms were odd and it wasn't clear what the cause of her problems were until the test for anaplasmosis came back positive. She already was somewhat on the mend by

[cayugabirds-l] Mockingbird mocking

2017-03-19 Thread Alicia Plotkin
We went to Sampson State Park again today where we heard a mockingbird singing a full repertoire of songs from apparently across the large field judging by the quality of the sound and the volume. Except then I saw the bird, only about 50' away - he was singing in a full but very quiet voice,

[cayugabirds-l] Eagles and Snow Geese

2017-03-17 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Beautiful day to be outside! We took our dog for a walk at Sampson State Park this afternoon and as we were walking on the road that leads to the gate on the north end, where the private housing abuts the park, we saw hundreds of Snow Geese flying just above the lake from north to south. We

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca Falls birds: Snowy Owl and four swan species

2017-01-07 Thread Alicia Plotkin
We lived in Seneca Falls from 1985-1995 and during at least part of that time, there was a pair of black swans on a pond that I think belonged to the Lotts - at any rate, near the intersection of 414 and County House Road. I watched one Snowy Owl at the Lott Farm from 12:45 to 2:15

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Western tanager still here

2016-03-18 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Thanks to Liisa, at 10:25 this morning I was able to spot him in the two smallish trees just west of the benches in Wee Stinky Glen. He was eating some of the dessicated fruit in one tree (crab apple?), then went down to the water to get a drink, then flew back up and spent quite awhile in

[cayugabirds-l] Chartering the MV Haendel - no actual birding content ...

2015-11-17 Thread Alicia Plotkin
(1) A group of birders chartered the Haendel awhile ago - maybe 10 yrs ago? - for some mid-lake birding, and & then reported back to this list. Any of the folks who did that still on the list? (2) I am on the board of The Floating Classroom

[cayugabirds-l] In lobbying, the medium actually is the message!

2015-07-12 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Mr. Steckler is correct. I was told the same thing by both a congressional aide and a state agency staffer, namely that contact from citizens has impact increasingly in the following order: * electronic petitions carry the least weight * followed by form emails * followed by

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Old Birds/New Birds

2015-05-06 Thread Alicia Plotkin
: What do Indigo Buntings eat at a feeder? I will buy LOTS of it! On 5/6/2015 2:35 PM, Alicia Plotkin wrote: Nothing borrowed but something definitely blue: brilliant male Indigo Bunting is sharing our feeders with four Pine Siskins. Weird year. Alicia --- This email has been checked for viruses

[cayugabirds-l] Old Birds/New Birds

2015-05-06 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Nothing borrowed but something definitely blue: brilliant male Indigo Bunting is sharing our feeders with four Pine Siskins. Weird year. Alicia --- This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Bonaparte's Gulls, Varick

2015-04-20 Thread Alicia Plotkin
As of 12:30 pm today, there were abundant Bonaparte's Gulls flying in streams up and down the lake off E. Varick, in the same area as described in yesterday's emails. The lake was choppy and white capped, the light was very bright and flashing off the waves, and I have no idea if any Little

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Please Consider Assisting with the Rusty Blackbird Blitz

2015-04-01 Thread Alicia Plotkin
This is forwarded from another state bird list, but maybe some people on Cayuga Birds might appreciate the reminder if they are going to be out and about birding tomorrow? Alicia Forwarded Message To help conserve this elusive and vulnerable songbird, consider

[cayugabirds-l] multitudes of snow geese, Town of Covert

2015-03-25 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Tried to send this as soon as I got home, but just found a message from Lyris saying it had bounced because the original subject line referred to South Seneca County and Lyris said that sounded like spam for a vacation home rental! So blame Lyris for it being send so late ...

[cayugabirds-l] Ovid Siskins and White-Crowned Sparrows

2015-02-14 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Yesterday we had our first pine siskins, two females, and today we had a male and female, on our nyger feeder. We also continue to have one or two redpolls on the same feeder most days and the female flicker continues at the suet as do(es) a carolina wren or wrens - usually we have two but

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpoll !

2015-01-30 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Also here in Ovid. Hard to tell for sure how many redpolls, but at least two different males and one female in the swirl of goldfinch, house finch juncos at the feeders. First ones since January 2013. Alicia --- This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Waterfowl hunting regulation

2015-01-08 Thread Alicia Plotkin
In 2005 the Ithaca City Court ruled that only the State of New York can regulations activities in or on Cayuga Lake because the State has retained its rights to regulate the lake. The court cited a Court of Appeals case that ruled on jurisdiction over activity in Canandaigua Lake. (The

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Impacts of approved casino at Tyre:OT?

2014-12-21 Thread Alicia Plotkin
The casino is likely to be the anchor for other major development in the immediate area. One $100,000,000 project already has been presented to the Planning Board, to be located a little further west on Rte 318, and proposing hundreds of thousands of sq feet of retail commercial space on a

[cayugabirds-l] Wake of vultures?

2014-09-10 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Heading north on Rt 414 this morning at 7:30 AM, about 2 miles north of the 96/96A intersection in Ovid, at least 30 Turkey Vultures were scattered around the ground in a field that appeared to have had hay cut recently (maybe yesterday judging by the dark green color) and gathered into long

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Suing over Bald Eagle deaths (explanation, perilously close to off-topic ...)

2014-08-15 Thread Alicia Plotkin
This is a fascinating article and I hope everyone reads beyond the headline if they click through to it. Money is indeed at the heart of it, but the groups suing aren't making any money except to get the costs for bringing the lawsuit reimbursed - /the money here is what the industry claims

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Support NW Refuges

2014-08-05 Thread Alicia Plotkin
This might just be an Ithaca policy. We get one every year haven't done that yet for 2014-15, but at least as of last year we always were able to pick it up at our local post office in Ovid. Best - Alicia On 8/5/2014 12:31 PM, Melissa Groo wrote: FYI, the Duck Stamp is

[cayugabirds-l] YB Chat in FL National Forest

2014-07-11 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, This was a life bird for me so I came home to do some checking before posting. At 2:30 PM today I saw a yellow-breasted chat next to the Ravine Trail in the FL National Forest in Hector. The bird was first near the short wooden stairs that are just northeast of the turn around

[cayugabirds-l] OOB Red-Headed Woodpecker in Ovid

2014-06-29 Thread Alicia Plotkin
For the second time in 20 years, we had a brief visit from an adult RH woodpecker this morning. The first time, which was at least 15 yrs ago, one stopped in for a quick bite at our sunflower seed feeder in early spring. This morning's bird snacked on ripe cherries. (The tree has small

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Fairgrounds Access

2014-06-26 Thread Alicia Plotkin
TMI on Seneca Falls and fairgrounds: There actually /is/ something called the Seneca County Fairgrounds, but they have nothing to do with the Lott Farms and in fact are in Waterloo, on the north edge of the village off Swift Street. Every year the Seneca County Fair is held there in mid-July.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sparrows in the area

2014-05-21 Thread Alicia Plotkin
On 5/21/2014 8:15 PM, Chris R. Pelkie wrote: ... Our recent mob of singing White-crowned Sparrows have headed north as have our winter feeder Juncos. ChrisP Chris Richard, Keep in mind that there may not be mobs of them time time of year, but juncos do breed here. A junco has been

Re: [cayugabirds-l] ANy resource for hybrid warbler photos?

2014-05-14 Thread Alicia Plotkin
markings on the body. Take a look at some photos on the web and see if that seems reasonable for what you saw. -Jay On Wed, May 14, 2014 at 11:52 AM, Alicia Plotkin wrote: Hi, As often happens after storms in May, we had a bunch

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: RE:[nysbirds-l] Willow Ptarmigan Point Peninsula YES [OOB]

2014-04-26 Thread Alicia Plotkin
More info on the Willow Ptarmigan at Point Peninsula as posted to the NYS BIrds list Original message From: Arie Gilbert Date: 04/26/2014 12:15 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Arie Gilbert Subject: RE: Willow Ptarmigan Point Peninsula

[cayugabirds-l] Injured Red-Tailed Hawk

2014-04-01 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, On my way home from work, at 5:30 PM, an injured mature (and gorgeous) red-tailed hawk was in a field just south of Interlaken. It was able to jump and flap for very short distances - maybe 3' in lift and 10' in distance - and was progressing through a series of flap/hops, but

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Injured Red-Tailed Hawk - update request for help

2014-04-01 Thread Alicia Plotkin
4G LTE Smartphone -- Original message-- *From: *Alicia Plotkin *Date: *Tue, 4/1/2014 6:08 PM *To: *CAYUGABIRDS-L; *Subject:*[cayugabirds-l] Injured Red-Tailed Hawk Hi, On my way home from work, at 5:30 PM, an injured mature (and gorgeous) red-tailed hawk was in a field

Re: [cayugabirds-l] American three-toed woodpecker

2014-03-09 Thread Alicia Plotkin
I can't remember whether it was a Black-Backed or Three-Toed Woodpecker, but one of these was seen 20-25 years ago by an experienced birder from the Eaton Birding Society - maybe Lyn Jacobs? - at her home near Canandaigua Lake. The sighting pre-dates eBird and apparently never was entered but

Re: [cayugabirds-l] count v hunting: a possible solution

2013-12-31 Thread Alicia Plotkin
As Dave may remember from his days skirmishing with dog walkers at Treman Marina, the City neither owns nor controls what happens offshore in Cayuga Lake. The lake bottom, and what happens above it, is regulated solely by the state of NY. (Unlike most bodies of water in NYS, both Cayuga and

[cayugabirds-l] meadowlark question

2013-06-26 Thread Alicia Plotkin
A meadowlark was singing on territory in neighbor's hayfield at least by April 28th this year. I heard him regularly, early in the day, for over a month and then my schedule changed so I do't really know if he still is singing there mornings or not. To my surprise, our neighbor just asked

[cayugabirds-l] Lumpy Hooded Warblers?

2013-05-14 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, Many hooded warblers are sleek little birds, looking much like this A couple days ago, I was watching the local male signing, and he had a distinct hump on his back, like this

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lumpy Hooded Warblers? - better link!

2013-05-14 Thread Alicia Plotkin
, Alicia Plotkin wrote: Hi, Many hooded warblers are sleek little birds, looking much like this A couple days ago, I was watching the local male signing, and he had a distinct hump on his back, like this

[cayugabirds-l] More on SSW today a question about the BirdCast forecast

2013-05-10 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Usually 11 warblers on May 10th isn't so exceptional, but this year it felt like a jackpot! Late in the morning there was a (live) BLACK-THROATED BLUE hanging out with two or three BLACK-THROATED GREENS at the northeast corner of the Hoyt Pileated Trail. Initially he sang a weird song partway

[cayugabirds-l] Migration on radar?

2013-05-01 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Could someone more learned than I - which is just about anyone - interpret what is happening on radar right now what it might mean for tomorrow morning? I'm hoping good things ... Thanks! Alicia -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma?

2013-04-06 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, Have a friend who was thinking about going up the west side of Cayuga and checking out Montezuma tomorrow. Anyone go up today who could give us an idea of what is there this weekend? Alicia Plotkin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

[cayugabirds-l] OT: Comet visible in western sky now

2013-03-20 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, In case I'm not the only one who has searched fruitlessly for Comet PanSTARRS, it is visible right now, significantly north of west, and higher in the sky than I expected - maybe ~6 full moon diameters (?) above the horizon - I'm even worse at astronomical descriptions than bird

[cayugabirds-l] Raptor Love is in the Air

2013-01-06 Thread Alicia Plotkin
, still there without changing their position when I had to leave after 5 minutes. Alicia Plotkin Ovid -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rufuous Hummingbird

2012-10-26 Thread Alicia Plotkin
I stopped in to the Schlabachs around 1:15 this afternoon and also got to enjoy a couple visits by the hummingbird, about 20 minutes apart. I echo Candace's thanks to Marty Mary Jean - just sitting in the sun at their picnic table waiting for the hummer was lovely: an Amish man with a team

Re: [cayugabirds-l] snow geese movement

2012-02-20 Thread Alicia Plotkin
the river of flocks continued. They were flying pretty much parallel to Cayuga Lake, hard to say just where they were headed. Alicia Plotkin Ovid On 2/20/2012 8:25 PM, Eben McLane wrote: Owasco Lake 4:30 PM Monday: enormous flight of several thousand snow geese flying SW, low in the sky

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crow hunting regulations

2012-02-09 Thread Alicia Plotkin
On 2/9/2012 9:05 PM, Mark Miller wrote: ... but if you happen to be from Geneva or Auburn it's kind of hard to find anyone pro crow due to the devastation they cause. The rules are designed to help maintain population levels at healthy limits. Just FYI, I had a flock (murder) of about 1000

[cayugabirds-l] Eagles 7/1 - and just how many RH woodpeckers are there in Aurora?

2011-07-02 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, Thanks to all for suggestions on the best places for eagles - we did succeed yesterday. As many suggested, we drove up the east side of Cayuga, stopping first to watch the Red-Headed Woodpeckers at the intersection of Poplar Road Rte 90. We had a late start and didn't get to

[cayugabirds-l] Eagles at Mud Lock

2011-06-29 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, I have a young (10 yr old) friend visiting from France who is not a birder but who is interested in seeing an adult Bald Eagle this week. Are the mud lock eagles still in the general area of the nest? Are any other adult eagles likely to give good looks and, if so, what's the best

Re: [cayugabirds-l] downtown pileated woodpecker/waxwings

2011-06-05 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Cedar Waxwings also were in the midst of the furor in Bank Alley yesterday, calmly eating cornelian cherries (I think) while the Physics Guys shot puffs of air in their direction. Alicia On 6/4/2011 8:39 PM, M Kardon wrote: I was surprised to see a pileated woodpecker on

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warblers

2011-05-30 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, Prothonotaries were observed photographed carrying food to peeping nestlings at a nest site in a cavity in a dead tree that arced over the Canal, just south of this same bridge, in the early 1990's.* They continued to nest there for two or three years, until the tree fell into the

[cayugabirds-l] SSW at 1:00 pm today

2011-05-25 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Had a few minutes on the Wilson Trail after lunch - best bird was a Wilson Warbler working the shrubs just north of the foot bridge on the branch of the Wilson Trail that is closer to the wetlands - very cooperative and visible bird. Also, with others, saw a YB Sapsucker completely flattened

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Field Sparrows?

2011-05-23 Thread Alicia Plotkin
I'm over in the Seneca Basin, but there seems to be one or two singing males in each of the usual fields near our house in Ovid, FWTW. Alicia Ovid On 5/23/2011 12:39 PM, Annette Nadeau

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Red Winged Blackbirds/Grackles

2011-03-06 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, For the first time in the 20 yrs we have been here, our yard with its two modest feeders has transformed into a set from The Birds - over a hundred grackles, RW blackbirds, and a few starlings have taken over the feeders, driving away the usual titmice, nuthatches, chickadees,

[cayugabirds-l] snows - buntings and geese

2010-12-10 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, A flock of 35-40 snow buntings has been hanging around the intersection of Munson Rd Hall Rd (town of Ovid) this week; and a flock of ~200 snow geese was foraging through the stubble of a corn field just south of Interlaken, in the bend of Rte 96, at 11:30 this morning.

[cayugabirds-l] Only FOY sightings welcome?!

2009-10-18 Thread Alicia Plotkin
, or if it was the first or second or whatever seen in the basin this year - I just want to hear about the birds! Alicia Plotkin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Archives: 1) http