[cayugabirds-l] White-crowned sparrow

2021-04-28 Thread Andrew David Miller
A single white-crowned sparrow appeared at our feeder station today, amongst a 
plethora of white-throated sparrows, song sparrows, and several chipping 
sparrows.  A single redpoll appeared today as well after about a week without 
one.

-A. Miller
Ringwood Rd. Freeville NY


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[cayugabirds-l] Field sparrow and other observations

2021-04-22 Thread Andrew David Miller
A field sparrow joined the current sparrows (song, white-throated, and a lone 
fox) at our feeder station this morning picking through the snow.  We last had 
a redpoll at our Nyjer feeder on Monday of this week.  We were also visited by 
a hermit thrush scratching under the feeder station this morning.  This happens 
rarely, but consistently, every winter where a hermit thrush will show up for a 
few hours, pick around for food and then we don't see one for weeks on end.  I 
have no idea the significance of this since it is not a bird I associate with 
feeders, but I thought it was an interesting observation to share.


A. Miller
Ringwood Rd. Freeville


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[cayugabirds-l] Ringwood Rd. Birds

2020-10-30 Thread Andrew David Miller
For the last two weeks we have had 1-2 evening grosbeaks at the feeder; 
however, this morning we were overwhelmed by a flock of ~30 birds with a 
roughly 70:30 ratio of females to males.  They have been very flighty and have 
been spooked several times by passing ravens and most recently headed southeast 
towards the Ringwood Ponds nature preserve.  The usual feeder birds over the 
last several days include red and white breasted nuthatches, downy, 
red-bellied, pileated, and hairy woodpeckers, white throated sparrows, purple 
finches, pine siskins, goldfinches, titmice, chickadees, cardinals, and 
bluejays.

I had a late towhee and phoebe off Pleasant Hollow Rd. a few days ago.

Cheers-


Andrew D. Miller DVM, Dipl. ACVP
Associate Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine



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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

2020-06-01 Thread Andrew David Miller
Any dead wildlife in New York State can be submitted to the NYS wildlife health 
unit if the circumstances are appropriate.  There is a facility in Delmar as 
well as one here associated with the NYS diagnostic laboratory next to the 
veterinary college.  However, the reporting and submission of any dead wildlife 
needs to be done through the DEC.  Details can be found here:

https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6957.html

The regional DEC office will be able to provide more information.  I must 
stress that picking up dead wildlife should be avoided by members of the 
public.  Many animals harbor zoonotic diseases, some of which can still be 
transmitted to humans even after death. Report the mallards to the DEC regional 
office and they will take it from there.

-Andrew


Andrew D. Miller DVM, Dipl. ACVP
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences, Section of Anatomic Pathology

From: bounce-124668162-61975...@list.cornell.edu 
 On Behalf Of Suan Hsi Yong
Sent: Monday, June 1, 2020 8:45 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

Would any local facility be willing to do a necropsy if someone were willing to 
retrieve the bodies?

Suan

On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 8:29 AM Gary Kohlenberg 
mailto:jg...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
Thanks John and Sue,

What would the likelihood of botulism be in your opinion? The issues MNWR had 
were some years ago and I don’t know how prevalent it is.

Gary

On Jun 1, 2020, at 6:37 AM, 
"k...@empireaccess.net" 
mailto:k...@empireaccess.net>> wrote:


You folks know that area and the ducks but, as most ducks sleep on the water, 
the idea of a terrestrial predator doesn't fly. Snappers may scoop up numerous 
ducklings and goslings and can attack an adult but not several. I wouldn't put 
away the human possibility.
John
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John and Sue Gregoire
5373 Fitzgerald Rd
Burdett, NY 14818-9626
"Conserve and Create Habitat"
N 42.44307 W 76.75784



On 2020-05-31 20:26, John and Fritzie Blizzard wrote:

Are any of you considering a night-time attack when the ducks would have been 
asleep & not aware of danger from owl or weasel? I agree with Chris.

Fritzie Bllizzard
On May 31, 2020, at 11:53 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
 wrote:

 Just throwing this out there as another possibility: weasel or ferret.

This is, as I understand it, classic kill method used by these Mustelids. 
They’ve been know to kill off an entire flock of chickens in a night, 
severing heads with minimal disruption to the rest of the body.

Thoughts?

Sincerely,
Chris T-H




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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeaks and other observations

2019-04-21 Thread Andrew David Miller
This morning while running along Midline Rd there was a small flock of Evening 
Grosbeaks feeding in small fruit trees about 1/10th of a mile past Hunt Hill Rd 
as you head towards Irish Settlement on the left side of the road.  There were 
at least 10 females and 2 stunning males.

Other birds heard or seen in the area of Ringwood and Midline this morning were 
numerous Ruby crowned kinglets, eastern towhees, field sparrows, house wrens 
(new arrivals last night), two pileated woodpeckers, and the usual assortment 
of common birds.

At least three Pine siskens continue to visit our feeders along with our usual 
families of purple finches and goldfinches.  A single red breasted nuthatch 
also remains a constant visitor.  Fox, song, chipping, and white-throated 
sparrows are numerous in numbers at the feeder area.

Cheers-
Andrew Miller



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[cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Heron Rookery

2019-03-20 Thread Andrew David Miller
The great blue heron rookery in Malloryville, between Red Mill Rd. and West 
Malloryville Rd and best viewed from Fall Creek Rd., has been repopulated by 
returning great blue herons over the last few days.  My daughters and I counted 
seven there late this afternoon, all occupying different nests and 
intermittently chasing one another.  That number is similar to what have nested 
there the last few years so I don't except numbers to get much higher.

Cheers-
A.D. Miller


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[cayugabirds-l] Redpolls

2019-03-02 Thread Andrew David Miller
There is a flock of about 75 redpolls currently feeding along the shoulder and 
in the fruit trees directly across from the Cornell orchard store.  I don't 
know if they will last, but they didn't seemed concerned when I stopped right 
next to them.

Andrew Millet



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[cayugabirds-l] Redpolls

2019-02-02 Thread Andrew David Miller
We had a nice group of 9 common redpolls at our feeders  today.  They stayed 
for about 20 minutes before taking off to the south just a little while ago, 
perhaps to visit Marie's feeders.   There was also a single dark morph legged 
hawk hunting over Mt. Pleasant early this morning.


Cheers-

A.D. Miller

Ringwood Rd., Freeville

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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak

2017-05-04 Thread Andrew David Miller
A female evening grosbeak was at our feeder station for about an hour this 
morning.  Other nesting birds that have returned to their usual territory on or 
near our property in the last couple of days include chestnut-sided warbler, 
ovenbird, wood thrush, Baltimore oriole, and rose-breasted grosbeak (multiple 
males and females).


Cheers-

Andrew


Ringwood Rd.

Freeville NY


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[cayugabirds-l] Rusty Blackbirds and other feeder birds

2017-03-12 Thread Andrew David Miller
Our feeders have been inundated this morning by large numbers of red-winged 
blackbirds (40+), rusty blackbirds (20+) and two common grackles.  The flock 
has currently evacuated the premises leaving behind the usual group of house 
finches, red-breasted and white-breasted nuthatch, goldfinches, chickadees, 
red-bellied, downy, hairy woodpeckers, juncos, one American tree sparrow, and 
our solitary fox sparrow who has been with us for the last three weeks.  We 
also have had a loose flock of robins (20+) around for the last few days eating 
hawthorn berries as well as a small flock of cedar waxwings which is a local 
flock that nests in the area.



Andrew Miller

Ringwood Rd.

Freeville





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RE: [cayugabirds-l] B. Orioles in Trumbull Corners - SUET!

2016-05-10 Thread Andrew David Miller
I live a few houses down from Marie and it is remarkable how delayed things are 
on the hill this year.  We have lived here for three years and this is the 
first year that the Orioles have shown any interest in orange slices that we 
leave for them.  The previous two years they have routinely fed on the suet 
(which they are doing this year as well).  However, they are going through the 
orange slices at a rapid rate.  Interestingly, we moved here from eastern 
Massachusetts, where we routinely had orioles that fed on our suet.

We did have a few migrants in the yard yesterday evening include a 
black-throated blue warbler, redstart, and chestnut-sided warbler.  A catbird 
returned yesterday.  Surprisingly tree swallows, which have nested here every 
year, have not returned.  

Andrew Miller 
Ringwood Rd.



-Original Message-
From: bounce-120469864-61975...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-120469864-61975...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Marie P. Read
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 10:21 AM
To: Dave Gislason ; CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] B. Orioles in Trumbull Corners - SUET!

Hi Cayugabirders,

I think it's very interesting how people are reporting orioles eating suet this 
spring. Maybe this has been reported in previous years, but I don't recall so. 
I'm wondering whether this change in diet is because so few of the flowering 
trees are out (at least where I live and in the Cornell Plantations Arboretum 
where I spend a lot of time). So the orioles are having a hard time finding 
enough food (they like to sip nectar from tree flowers) . BTW, many of the 
crabapples in the Arboretum were nailed by the super-cold snap a few weeks 
back...I've been looking closely...there are few viable flower buds on many of 
them, and leaves just struggling to come out now. The trees up here seem 
awfully bare for mid-May.

Marie

Marie Read Wildlife Photography
452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY  13068 USA

Phone  607-539-6608
e-mail   m...@cornell.edu

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From: bounce-120469816-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-120469816-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Dave Gislason 
[dgif...@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 10:11 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] B. Orioles in Trumbull Corners

This morning my lone male Baltimore Oriole was joined by two others, plus two 
females. They love the suet.
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[cayugabirds-l] Towhee

2016-03-23 Thread Andrew David Miller
While walking the dogs late yesterday afternoon I explored the abandoned 
stretch of Mineah Rd. off of Mt. Pleasant.  At the far end of this stretch 
where the road disappears into a thicket I found a single eastern towhee 
accompanied by three fox sparrows and a couple of singing song sparrows.   
Based on the habitat and the mild winter, it wouldn't surprise me if this was 
an overwintering bird.

Cheers-
Andrew Miller


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[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese, Fox Sparrow, Rusty Blackbirds

2014-03-22 Thread Andrew David Miller
Watching the movement of snow geese from my office in the Veterinary Research 
Tower today has been quite interesting.  Almost all flocks have made a wide arc 
northeast (coming from the direction of Mt. Pleasant) of the tower that brings 
them over Cayuga Heights and then they drop down toward the lake.  Only 2 
flocks that I have seen so far have stayed straight flying north.  Estimated at 
least 3000 birds have flown past since 10AM.

This morning at our house in Freeville we had 1 fox sparrow, 17 Rusty 
blackbirds, and 3 grackles.  The grackles have been back for about a week, but 
this is the first we have seen of the blackbirds and the fox sparrow.  2 male 
and 1 female purple finch have also returned to the feeder after being gone for 
much of the winter.


Andrew Miller


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