Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: cleaning bird feeders

2019-10-13 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Debris is seed crumbs and other waste that collects in the nooks and 
crannies of bird feeders. It harbors bacteria. Project FeederWatch did a 
blog post about this paper last year. You can see a summary of the research 
and what it says about cleaning your feeders here:
https://feederwatch.org/blog/cleaning-preventing-disease/

Anne Marie Johnson


On 10/13/2019 4:46 PM, Norwalk, James wrote:
> I don't understand what the debris component is.
>
> 
> From: bounce-124015218-48869...@list.cornell.edu 
>  on behalf of Alicia 
> 
> Sent: Sunday, October 13, 2019 4:20 PM
> To: cayugabirds-l
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: cleaning bird feeders
>
> This was on a different bird list, thought it might be of interest to Cayuga 
> birders.
>
>
>  Forwarded Message 
>
> The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 130(1):313-320, 2018
> The effectiveness of bird feeder cleaning methods with and without debris
>
> Lisa M. Feliciano,1 Todd J. Underwood,1* and Daniel F. Aruscavage1
>
> ABSTRACT-Although feeders provide supplementary food to wild birds, they can 
> be a site of disease transmission. Periodic cleaning of bird feeders is 
> recommended to prevent disease transmission, but little is known about which 
> cleaning methods are most effective. We determined the effectiveness of 3 
> cleaning methods (scrubbing with soap and water, bleach soak, and scrubbing 
> with soap and water followed by a bleach soak) in removing Salmonella from 
> feeders with debris from normal field use and without debris. Feeders were 
> inoculated with Salmonella enterica in the lab and then swabbed before and 
> after cleaning to determine the percent reduction of Salmonella colony 
> forming units (CFU/mL). All cleaning methods effectively reduced levels of 
> Salmonella on feeders without debris, but the presence of debris 
> significantly lowered the percent log reduction of Salmonella CFU/mL on 
> feeders. The bleach soak and the scrubbing with soap and water plus bleach 
> soak methods had a significantly higher percent reduction in Salmonella 
> CFU/mL than the scrubbing with soap and water method overall. A significant 
> interaction between debris and cleaning method was noted, however, indicating 
> that the presence of debris greatly lowered the percent reduction of 
> Salmonella CFU/mL on feeders cleaned with the scrubbing with soap and water 
> method compared to other methods. Overall, we recommend either scrubbing with 
> soap and water or a bleach soak to clean feeders with minimal debris, but 
> suggest a combination of these 2 cleaning methods if feeders have heavy 
> debris or if diseased birds are known to be in the area.
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Avian Pox Virus

2019-07-18 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
It is illegal to capture most wild birds unless under the direction of someone 
licensed to do so. I don’t know if House Finches are protected in this way, but 
it is always best to leave the capturing and/or treatment of sick or injured 
birds to the professionals. I am copying Victoria Campbell on this message. She 
is a local, licensed wildlife rehabilitator who can assist you.

Anne Marie Johnson

From: bounce-123756235-9846...@list.cornell.edu 
 On Behalf Of Nancy Cusumano
Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:06 AM
To: Carol Cedarholm 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Avian Pox Virus

Carol,

If there is any way you could catch this bird, maybe with a net, it could go to 
the Swanson Wildlife Center at the vet school. They could maybe treat him, but 
it is an advanced case and may euthanize but at least it would be out of pain.  
Poor thing.

Nancy

On Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 7:58 PM Carol Cedarholm 
mailto:cceda...@gmail.com>> wrote:
Hello all,
I have a mourning dove with avian pox virus sores around its beak coming to my 
feeders. Am I correct that this is very contagious to other birds? Should I 
stop filling my feeders?
Thanks,
Carol Cedarholm
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Th 5/16

2019-05-16 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

  
  
This morning I heard a Northern Waterthrush near the Sherwood
Platform, and this afternoon I heard one along the Woodleton
Boardwalk at 4:45. It wasn't singing when I was on the boardwalk at
4, but when I came back through at 4:45, it was singing. I think
they typically sing less often around now.

Anne Marie Johnson


On 5/16/2019 3:01 PM, Ann Mitchell
  wrote:


  
  Last time I heard one there was the 9th, but I don’t go there
  every day.
  Ann

Sent from my iPhone

  On May 16, 2019, at 2:35 PM, Linda Orkin <wingmagi...@gmail.com>
  wrote:
  


  

  Sounds like a wonderful  morning.  Glad you were out
there.
  
  
  Interestingly we did not hear any Northern
Waterthrush along the Woodleton Boardwalk yesterday
either and they are so reliably persistent, usually.  
  
  
  
  Linda Orkin
  Ithaca, NY
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  



  On Thu, May 16, 2019 at
12:47 PM Mark Chao <markc...@imt.org>
wrote:
  
  

  
I walked around much of
  Sapsucker Woods with visiting scientist Martin
  Stervander.  It was by far the best morning of the
  spring for me, probably a top-ten day for me ever
  in the sanctuary, all the more so because we
  picked up many lifers for Martin.  The treetops
  from Sherwood Platform past the Charley Harper
  Bench all the way to the road were teeming with
  great numbers of at least 19 warbler species,
  including CAPE MAY (4+ M, 1 F), BAY-BREASTED (3+),
  TENNESSEE (3+, one confirmed by sight),
  BLACKBURNIAN (8+), NORTHERN PARULA (7+), PINE (1
  M, surprising to see by Fuller Wetlands, not near
  any pines – confirmed by photo), BLACK-THROATED
  BLUE (4 M, 1 F), BLACK-THROATED GREEN (6+),
  CHESTNUT-SIDED (6+), NASHVILLE (2, heard only),
  BLACK-AND-WHITE (1 seen, 1+ heard only), WILSON’S
  (seen by Martin, missed by me), and one HOODED
  (heard only, but I feel sure).  Northern
  Waterthrush would have made 20 warbler species for
  the morning, but somehow we didn’t hear any along
  the Woodleton Boardwalk.  We also found a couple
  of YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS and BLUE-HEADED VIREOS.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] SSW Gallinule, Osprey, Rusty Blackbirds

2019-04-25 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
There’s been an Osprey on one of the snags in the back pond of Sapsucker Woods 
the last three mornings. I saw it between 8 and 8:30 the last two mornings. 
It’s best viewed from the Sherwood Platform at the back of the pond or the 
bridge between the Wilson Trail and the Visitor Center entrance.

While looking at the Osprey from that bridge this morning, a Common Gallinule 
walked out of the cattails and started swimming toward the island off shore 
from the Visitor Center. It was a stunning, close up view, and the first time I 
recall seeing or hearing one in SSW.

There’s been a flock of about 40 Rusty Blackbirds in SSW the past two days. It 
moves around, though. Yesterday morning they were foraging in the pools on the 
Wilson Trail behind the pond. Then at noon yesterday, they were gathered along 
the Woodleton Boardwalk on the east side of Sapsucker Woods Rd. This morning 
they were between the road and the Podell Boardwalk on the west side of the 
road. They have been extremely vocal and can be heard from some distance away.

Other highlights on the Wilson Trail this morning included Ruby-crowned 
Kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers. I did not hear a Northern Waterthrush 
today, although I heard one near the Sherwood Platform yesterday morning.

Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake Ruddy and Long-tailed Ducks

2019-04-08 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
On a quick scan of the Dryden Lake at around 11 this morning, there were 
about 14 Long-tailed Ducks and 4 Ruddy Ducks. There were also a bunch of 
Horned Grebes in various states of molt, Red-breasted Mergansers, 
Bufflehead, and Ring-necked Ducks, as well as a Bald Eagle.


Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Screech owl at Dandy Mart today

2019-02-03 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I saw the Eastern Screech-Owl in the opening of its hole at the Dandy Mart 
at noon today. The cavity is about half way up a tree at the back edge of 
the parking lot on the left side of the Dandy Mart on Rt. 79 in the village 
of Slaterville Springs (in the town of Caroline). If you don’t see a dark 
cavity, then the owl is probably in the opening, well camouflaged. The 
cavity faces the parking lot and can be seen from the parking spaces on the 
left side of the building.


Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Shorebirds at Myers Point

2018-09-21 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
A White-rumped Sandpiper has been at Myers since Mon., according to eBird 
reports. This morning it was foraging along one of the sections of sandbar 
in Salmon Creek somewhat upstream from the point. It was joined by lots of 
Killdeer, one Semipalmated Plover, one Spotted Sandpiper, and a few Least 
Sandpipers.


Anne Marie Johnson

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker woods

2018-09-17 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I also encountered one or two large warbler flocks in Sapsucker Woods at lunch 
time. The first one was near the eastern intersection of the Wilson Trail and 
the Severinghaus Trail, past the Podell boardwalk from the CLO building. This 
flock was moving toward the building. About 30 minutes later I found a flock 
along the trail across the street from the visitor parking lot where the trail 
from the powerline cut hits the road. This flock was moving toward the 
powerline cut. In both flocks I found multiple Bay-breasted as well as at least 
one Black-throated Green and one Blackpoll Warbler. In the second flock I also 
found a Northern Parula and a Magnolia. In the first flock Blackpoll and 
Bay-breasted individuals came down to eye level, making for a great comparison 
and allowing me to see the yellow feet of the Blackpolls, and one Bay-breasted 
came to the ground close to the trail. 

Anne Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Red Knot still at Myers

2018-09-04 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

Red Knot still on the spit at Myers this morning.

Anne Marie

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[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow picking up

2018-05-05 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Things are picking up in Shindagin Hollow. A CANADA WARBLER is back on 
territory along the narrow, steep stretch of road leading down to the 
hollow, and the LOUISIANNA WATERTHRUSH is back at the intersection past the 
pond at the bottom of the hollow, near the small gorge with the bridge for 
the FLT. There were OVENBIRDS singing everywhere, and a good number of 
other warblers were singing as well. Seeing them, though, was a challenge 
at best, even with barely any leaves! I did manage to see a BLACKBURNIAN 
and a MAGNOLIA around where the FLT crosses the road at the bottom and a 
CHESTNUT-SIDED, along with another BLACKBURNIAN, at the Canada Warbler 
spot. Also, there appears to be a BROAD-WINGED HAWK nest at the Canada 
Warbler spot. Steve Fast mentioned nesting activity when I ran into him 
there on Tuesday. That day I flushed a Broad-winged from there, and this 
morning I heard one calling there. My checklist from this morning is below.


Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline

Shindagin Hollow SF--Shindagin Hollow Rd., Tompkins, New York, US
May 5, 2018 7:13 AM - 9:04 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.63 mile(s)
36 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  4
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)  1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  1
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)  1
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)  2
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)  3
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  3
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  3
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  11
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  1
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  6
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  3
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  1 Seen and heard, same spot as 
Tuesday.
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  4
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1


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[cayugabirds-l] New arrivals

2018-04-13 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
As I pulled out of my garage, I spotted a Pine Warbler on my driveway right 
next to my car! It foraged in the gravel for a few more seconds and then 
flew up into the pines. I'm guessing it was a new arrival that was too 
hungry to be concerned about my moving car right next to it! A Chipping 
Sparrow was a new arrival in my yard this morning as well.


I went to Goetchius Preserve in Caroline mid-morning where I found a 
Solitary Sandpiper, a Wilson's Snipe, and a Savannah Sparrow, along with a 
Barn Swallow and a Rough-winged mixed in with lots of Tree Swallows.


Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline

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[cayugabirds-l] Eurasian Wigeon still at Stewart Park

2018-02-23 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
The Eurasian Wigeon was still at Stewart Park at 10 am this morning, in a 
group of American Wigeon foraging close to shore near the east end of the 
park. When I pulled into the loop parking area, I could see it from the car 
with binoculars. Other ducks along the shore included American Wigeon, a 
few Green-winged Teal, and a Northern Pintail.


Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Screech owl in Slaterville Springs

2018-01-20 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
The Eastern Screech-Owl was in it's usual hole in a tree at the back of the 
Dandy Mart parking lot in Slaterville Springs at around 4:30 yesterday. I 
checked for it earlier in the afternoon, and it wasn't visible, but when I 
went by at 4:30, it was sitting at the edge of the hole looking around.


Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow SF

2017-05-15 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

  
  
Although the weather was cold, dark, and windy, there were a
surprising number of singing warblers in Shindagin Hollow State
Forest this morning, along the road to the bottom and beyond. It was
my first trip in there this spring. My eBird list is below. I
believe many of the birds are breeders singing on territory.

Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline

  
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eBird Report - Shindagin Hollow SF, May 15, 2017
  
  
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  Shindagin Hollow SF, Tompkins, New York, US
May 15, 2017 7:29 AM - 9:54 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Road to bottom, stopped and got out several times. Then parked at intersection and walked maybe half a mile.
34 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  1
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)  1 
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)  1
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis)  1
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  6
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  11
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  8
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  5
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  3
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  6
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  9
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  3
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  7
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods--Palm Warbler

2017-04-27 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
There’s a Palm Warbler foraging along the Podell Boardwalk. Turned out to be a 
life bird for two visitors from Harrisburg, PA!

Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2017-04-27 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
There's more activity this morning than in recent days. Most noticeable are 
lots of White-throated Sparrows. Wes Hochachka alerted me to a Black-and-White 
Warbler and pointed out a Ruby-crowned Kinglet near the small bridge on the 
Wilson Trail and told me others had heard a Warbling Vireo there. I later heard 
a Warbling Vireo briefly near the Fuller Wetlands. There were lots of birds 
singing, but no other new arrivals that I could identify on my quick loop 
around the Wilson Trail.

Anne Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine and Great Egret at Sapsucker Woods

2017-03-29 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
This morning David Bonter discovered an immature Peregrine Falcon on the 
largest snag in the main pond at Sapsucker Woods. The Great Egret found 
yesterday is still there this morning, foraging along the edge of the pond 
farthest from the building. There also are two pairs of Wood Ducks on the 
farther pond and 3 Ring-necked Ducks on the pond right in front of the Visitor 
Center.

Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Blue-winged Teals

2017-03-27 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
On a lunchtime walk today several of us saw 3 Blue-winged Teals on the pond 
near the islands. Someone was there taking pictures of them when we 
arrived. The ducks quickly disappeared out of sight heading left towards 
the Podell Boardwalk. I looked for them at 2:00 from the staff lounge and 
could not find them. Also on the pond was a pair of Hooded Mergansers.


Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and other lake birds

2017-02-19 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
We checked a few spots around the lake today, and there was a huge raft of 
Snow Geese in the center of the lake, between Aurora and Dean's Cove. Other 
highlights included a nice aythya flock off the boat ramp at Cayuga Lake 
State Park with geese and Common Mergansers mixed in. At least 10 mostly 
young Bald Eagles were sprinkled along the ice edge. There were lots of 
Tundra Swans just south of Mud Lock with some ducks, but we didn't scope 
them. On the Factory Pond in Union Springs, we found 3 male Northern 
Shovelers and a pair of Green-winged Teals.


Speaking of eagles, on Friday I saw an adult and a young Bald Eagle perched 
on a branch near the white lighthouse jetty from Hog Hole. The adult would 
sometimes harass the young eagle. At one point the young eagle flew in a 
low circle toward the shore and back, flushing up ducks as it went but not 
seeming to make a play for any of them. It may have been looking for fish 
instead. I theorized that the adult was a parent trying to get the kid to 
hunt for itself.


Beautiful weekend to be outside!

Tim and Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Screech-Owl in Caroline now

2016-12-13 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I finally saw the Eastern Screech-Owl for myself. I left it 5 minutes ago 
sitting in the tree cavity behind the Dandy Mart in Slaterville Springs.


Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Screech-Owl in Caroline

2016-12-03 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
We heard from a friend that the Eastern Screech-Owl was back in the tree 
behind the Dandy Mart on Rt. 79 in Slaterville Springs yesterday. She 
spotted it at 4:30 pm.


For a couple of years an owl has roosted in a cavity in a tree at the edge 
of the pavement behind the gas station/store. You can see the cavity 
plainly from the parking spaces on the left side of the building (facing 
the building from Rt. 79). The hole is about level with the parking lot 
light nearby and faces the parking lot. If you don't see a hole, there's a 
good chance the owl is in it.


Anne Marie



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[cayugabirds-l] Blue-winged Warbler singing on Sapsucker Woods Rd

2016-06-02 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
There's a Blue-winged Warbler singing on Sapsucker Woods Road right across from 
the visitor entrance to the Lab.

There is also a turtle digging into the dirt at the edge of the pavement on the 
same side of the street as the visitor entrance, to the right of the entrance. 
Is it planning to lay eggs there?!

Anne Marie Johnson


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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Drive in Acadian Flycatcher - Leonard rd.

2016-05-30 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I didn't get to Leonard Road until 8:00 am this morning, and I didn't find 
the Acadian or any other flycatchers, but I did hear a Mourning Warbler 
singing for a while at the edge of the woods, in the area where the creek 
first goes under the road. Walking up the road after that creek crossing, I 
saw and heard a Louisianna Waterthrush and a Chestnut-sided Warbler, and I 
heard two Nashville Warblers, as well as a number of other birds singing, 
including a couple I could not identify. The ones I could identify are in 
the eBird list below.


For those unfamiliar with Leonard Road, it is a dirt road in Caroline 
(south of Ithaca but still in the Cayuga Lake Basin) that leads from 
Central Chapel Rd up, quite steeply at times, to Bald Hill School Road. The 
second half of the road passes through the northern edge of Shindagin 
Hollow State Forest.


Anne Marie Johnson

Leonard Rd., Caroline, Tompkins, New York, US
May 30, 2016 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X Heard flock flying over
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  2
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  5
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  2
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  2
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  1
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  2
Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  2
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  1

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[cayugabirds-l] A few other Sapsucker Woods highlights this morning

2016-05-18 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I did not find the Olive-sided Flycatcher at about 8:30 this morning. However, 
I did find a LINCOLN’S SPARROW foraging in the trail near the Charlie Harper 
bench. I also found two SWAINSON’S THRUSHES, one on the Severinghaus Trail 
between the Wilson Trail and the road and the other on the Hoyt-Pileated Trail 
trail between the Woodleton boardwalk and the trail to the powerline cut. I 
found a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on the trail along the power line cut and two 
BLACKPOLL WARBLERS singing in the Fuller Wetlands.

Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow Canada Warbler

2016-05-07 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

  
  
Starting at around 8:30 this morning, I drove the road to the
  bottom of Shindagin Hollow, getting out frequently along the way.
  It was pretty quiet except from numerous singing BLACK-THROATED
  BLUE and GREEN WARBLERS, but on the way down the hill , I found a
  BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and a MAGNOLIA WARBLER along the edge of the
  road singing and foraging at eye level, and along the road at the
  bottom, I found a singing CANADA WARBLER that came close to the
  road for nice looks. 

Anne Marie Johnson


  Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
vireo sp. (Vireo sp.)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  2
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  6
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  8
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  4
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  6
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Palm Warbler

2016-04-25 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
There was a Palm Warbler near the Fuller Wetlands at 8:00 this morning. There 
was also a Northern Waterthrush and a Rusty Blackbird singing near the Sherwood 
Platform on the Wilson Trail. There are lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers, 
White-throated Sparrows, and Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Myers and Salt Point late morning

2016-04-22 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I went to Myers and then Salt Point late this morning. Highlights at Myers 
included several COMMON LOONS off shore and a BONAPARTE'S GULL and two 
GREATER YELLOWLEGS on the spit. A CASPIAN TERN briefly circled overhead and 
flew off. There was also a small raft of BUFFLEHEAD off the spit.


At Salt Point, I bucked my tradition and did a little birding in the rain. 
Highlights were a PALM WARBLER with a few YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and a 
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER.


My eBird checklists are below.

Anne Marie Johnson

Myers Point, Tompkins, New York, US
Apr 22, 2016 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
11 species (+1 other taxa)

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  20
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  10
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  2
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  10
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  2
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)  1
crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.))  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  10
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  5
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2


Salt Point, Tompkins, New York, US
Apr 22, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  3
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  5
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  2
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  5
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  5
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.))  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  5
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  5
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  5
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  2
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  1



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[cayugabirds-l] Vesper Sparrow in Caroline

2016-04-21 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I've been checking sparrows along the fields on the north end of Creamery Road 
for years wondering why I never find a Vesper Sparrow there. Well, this morning 
I did! The first thing I noticed was that one sparrow didn't flush like the 
others as my car approached. I was able to get pretty close to it. Then I saw 
the white eye-ring and white outer tail feathers. It was being chased around by 
Song Sparrows, but it kept coming back to the East edge of the road (right side 
as you come down the hill toward 79), about ¼ of the way down the hill, a 
little uphill from the one house in the middle of the fields there. While 
looking at the sparrow, I heard Brown Thrasher and Eastern Meadowlark, and a 
Northern Harrier flew over the fields, landing briefly.

Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Rusty Blackbirds in Sapsucker Woods

2016-03-31 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
On a lunchtime walk, we came across at least a dozen Rusty Blackbirds singing 
away in trees along the East trail at the eastern edge of the refuge close to 
the southeast corner of the trail. We saw 8 of them, but it sounded like there 
were a whole lot more. There were also singing Phoebes in a couple of places on 
the East trail. And there's still at least one Ring-necked Duck on the main 
pond.

(For those directionally challenged like me, the East trail runs from Sapsucker 
Woods Road toward the Lab's green barn, along the pond behind the barn and 
through the woods to a pond with a shelter. The blackbirds were between the two 
ponds off to the right, coming from the road. You could hear them well before 
you could see them.)

Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Around the lake

2016-01-15 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

Highlights from a trip around the lake today...

From East Shore Park, we found 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, RUDDY DUCKS (near 
ice edge off Stewart Park), and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, along with lots 
of COMMON MERGANSERS and a few HOODED MERGANSERS. We could also see a raft 
of ducks along the west shore that was predominantly made up of Redhead.


We found AMERICAN PIPITS at Salt Point. From the Aurora Boathouse, we found 
one HORNED GREBE a small group of SNOW GEESE  in the middle of the lake, 
and a few WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. On the ponds in Union Springs, we found a 
variety of ducks including AMERICAN WIGEON, BUFFLEHEAD, GADWALL, AND 
GREEN-WINGED TEAL. From the boat launch in Union Springs we could see some 
small duck rafts that were too far to make out and a few TUNDRA SWANS. 
Harris Park is iced in. From Mudlock, we could see LOTS of TUNDRA SWANS and 
geese. We also found a RING-NECKED DUCK and a NORTHERN PINTAIL.


On the other side of the lake the ice extends well past Cayuga state park. 
We found a HUGE RAFT OF REDHEAD at the end of Parker Road. We scanned the 
flock for Canvasback but found none. There were both SCAUP and some 
RING-NECKED DUCKS and COMMON GOLDENEYE around the outsides of the raft. In 
Sheldrake, we found a small group of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.


Anne Marie and Tim Johnson

P.S. We haven't seen the Pine Siskins at our feeders since the day I posted 
about them.




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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2016-01-10 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

Some Pine Siskins, 8 of them, just joined the goldfinch flock at my feeders.

Anne Marie Johnson
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2015-05-14 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
It's fairly quiet, but I heard and saw a Bay-breasted Warbler foraging in the 
tops of the trees where the trail from Sapsucker Woods Road through the power 
line cut meets the Hoyt-Pileated Trail (at about 8:30). Earlier I saw what 
might be a Gray-cheeked Thrush on the Wilson Trail between the foot bridge and 
the Sherwood Platform. It flushed from the trail into the brush on the pond 
side of the trail. I got a couple of glimpses of a dark-backed, dark-capped, 
thrush-shaped bird with a smudgy face and upper breast.

Anne Marie Johnson



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RE:[cayugabirds-l] SSW this morning

2015-04-30 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I walked the Wilson Trail from 7:45 to 8:30 and found some variation to what 
others saw earlier. Most of the activity was from the Fuller Wetlands to the 
Sherwood Platform. Mixed in with the LOTS of Yellow-rumped Warblers and a few 
Ruby-crowned Kinglets along this stretch were two PALM WARBLERS. I also found a 
BROWN THRASHER. I heard two Northern Waterthrushes from the direction of the 
power line cut, and a Spotted Sandpiper was working along a log straight out 
from the Sherwood Platform.

Anne Marie Johnson

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I was a half hour behind Mark, I guess: from 7-745 I walked the northern end of 
Hoyt-Pileated, finding 3 BLUE-HEADED VIREOs, 2 of whom were interacting vocally 
and by chasing each other through the treetops, while the other was some 
distance away singing. Numerous BROWN CREEPERs in full song; the 2 I located 
were as expected on high perches, so I suspect this is territory/nest defense 
song? Then amidst the creeper song, I heard what sounded like BLACK-THROATED 
GREEN WARBLER but wondered if a creeper had swapped a couple notes. Moving 
closer to Woodleton though, I got confirmation from 2 BT Greens singing (one in 
front of me, and 1 behind) though I couldn't see them.

I think the big wave is coming but not here yet.

ChrisP
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Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Ithaca, NY 14850

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-rumped Warblers at SSW

2015-04-22 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I just spotted three bright, male Yellow-rumped Warblers at the edge of the 
pond in Sapsucker Woods near the gate in the Wilson Trail that leads to the 
building.

Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Great Egrets at Sapsucker Woods

2015-04-09 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
There are two Great Egrets at the back of the pond at Sapsucker Woods this 
morning. 

Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese overhead

2015-03-24 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Just watched four Vs of Snow Geese overhead heading toward Ithaca, 
beautiful against the blue sky. I thought I spotted a very small goose in 
one of the flocks, but after getting the binocs, it turned out to be a blue 
phase whose darker wings blended in with the sky. All the rest of the geese 
were white.


Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Screech-Owl

2015-01-29 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
The screech-owl was in the tree cavity opening again this morning. Last year it 
seemed to most frequently appear in the opening when it was sunny, so I was 
skeptical this morning, but it was there. Thanks, Dave, for reminding us about 
this owl!

The cavity is about half way up a tree at the back edge of the parking lot on 
the left side of the Dandy Mart on Rt. 79 in the village of Slaterville Springs 
(in the town of Caroline). If you don't see a dark cavity, then the owl is 
probably in the opening, well camouflaged. The cavity faces the parking lot and 
is easily seen from one of the parking spaces on the left side of the building.

Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Around the lake today

2015-01-19 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Tim and I made a quick trip around the lake today, checking points north of 
where we were yesterday (skipping Myers and Hog Hole).


On the way north, we found a small group of HORNED LARKS on the farm fields 
a block east of 34B in King Ferry south of 90. I forget the name of the 
road, but it goes through a big dairy farm. The water was too rough and the 
conditions too windy for scoping from the Aurora boathouse. We found two 
GADWALL and three GREEN-WINGED TEAL on Factory Road Pond. The teal were 
tucked into the shrubbery on the lake end of the pond. There was a large 
group of REDHEAD, a few BUFFLEHEAD, and two AMERICAN WIGEON on Mill Spring 
Pond. The lake north of Union Springs was completely frozen.


We looked for the Snowy Owl around the Finger Lakes airport but could not 
find it. We did not attempt Dean's Cove because the driveway looked icy. In 
Sheldrake, we found lots of BUFFLEHEAD with a few GOLDENEYE mixed in. We 
found one pair of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and a very nice-looking male 
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER.


Anne Marie Johnson



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[cayugabirds-l] Sunday afternoon birds

2015-01-18 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
This afternoon, we found the TUFTED DUCK from the Treman State Marine Park. 
Amazingly, the bird was on the shore side of the long, narrow raft of 
mostly REDHEAD, with a few SCAUP mixed in. It was a bit away from the other 
ducks, nearly straight out from the northwest corner of the trail that goes 
around the park, making it easy to pick out with its bright white side and 
black back. It was tucked the whole time, and there was no breeze blowing 
the tuft, but we could see a bit of the tuft feathers occasionally. We also 
saw two RUDDY DUCKS and two RING-NECKED DUCKS. There was a pretty 
good-sized group of CANVASBACK at the east end of the raft. We did not find 
the Black Scoter.


My general impression is that there were fewer Redhead at the south end of 
the lake than there were yesterday. And almost all of them were on the west 
side of the lake.


At Lagoda Park near Myers, we found another large raft of mostly Redhead. 
This flock wasn't as big as the flock in Hog Hole but was still 
substantial. There were COOT with this flock. Between the flock and the 
shore, we found two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. Toward the marina we could see a 
number of TUNDRA SWANS as well as one NORTHERN PINTAIL. Also in the area 
was one BLACK DUCK and one HOODED MERGANSER, along with lots of Mallards 
and geese.


We ended the afternoon at Scofield Road to look for Short-eared Owls. At 
about 5:20 one SHORT-EARED OWL appeared flying across the road from east to 
west. It flew around on the west side of the road very briefly before 
heading west out of sight. No other owls appeared before we left at 5:30. 
The owl we saw was relatively close to the south end of the field on the 
south side of Buck Road. If we had been any further north, I doubt we would 
have seen the owl.


Tim and Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2014-12-05 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

Three Pine Siskins joined the goldfinches at my feeders today.

Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline

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[cayugabirds-l] Cackling Goose at Sapsucker Woods pond

2014-12-04 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Not sure how long the goose flock will stay, but right now there is a Cackling 
Goose in with the other Canada Geese on the main pond in Sapsucker Woods, 
viewable from the Cornell Lab's Visitor Center.

Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Lots of juncos

2014-10-26 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I just counted 45 juncos in my yard, and I don't even have feeders up, 
although we do have lots of native plants, and the seeds are getting blown 
everywhere.


Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Birds

2014-10-01 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
There was also a Swainson’s Thrush on the Wilson Trail between the small bridge 
and the Sherwood Platform. And there was a Swamp Sparrow mixed with the Song 
Sparrows around the parking lots.

Anne Marie

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Hi all,
This morning on the Wilson Trail there was a flyover PINE SISKIN (heard 
simultaneously by Wes Hochachka) as well as several NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, 
CAPE MAY WARBLER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and BLUE-HEADED VIREO. Most of the 
birds were around the Sherwood Platform/Charlie Harper Bench.
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[cayugabirds-l] Park Preserve warblers this morning

2014-09-23 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I was at the Finger Lakes Land Trust's Park Preserve in Freeville for about 
an hour this morning, starting at 8:45. It was mostly quiet except for the 
stretch of brushy habitat along the brook (heading left on the orange trail 
as you enter the preserve). In this area on the way in I found four PALM 
WARBLERS foraging on both sides of the trail, and on the way out there was 
a CAPE MAY WARBLER mostly foraging in the conifers.


This stretch of trail also had at least two COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, one of 
which sang occasionally; two EASTERN TOWHEES counter calling; a SONG 
SPARROW singing occasionally; as well as CATBIRDS, ROBINS, and CHICKADEES.


While in the preserve, I saw several groups of 5-6 BLUE JAYS moving south.

Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2014-09-18 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
On the Wilson Trail this morning, I came across a warbler flock at the back of 
the pond around the little peninsula with two benches. Included in the flock 
were:

Magnolia
Blackpoll
Chestnut-sided
Common Yellowthroat

I think there were more that I could never get a look at. Yesterday morning 
there was a smaller flock in this area with an Ovenbird, a Magnolia Warbler, a 
Redstart, and a Carolina Wren. But at mid-day yesterday the area was quiet, 
except for the constant presence of multiple catbirds.

Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn this morning

2014-05-20 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
We were at Hawthorn from 8:00 until 9:30 this morning. The birds seemed 
more active than when I was there last week, but we didn't find any new 
species than others have reported in recent days. TENNESSEE WARBLERS and 
GRAY CATBIRDS were singing everywhere pretty much the whole time we were 
there.


Highlights included a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER often singing in the open on the 
east edge near the northeast corner, several vocal and active BLACKPOLL 
WARBLERS in the northeast and southwest corners; and two active and 
somewhat vocal PHILADELPHIA WARBLERS readily visible in the Hawthorns near 
the main path in the northeast corner. Two MAGNOLIA WARBLERS were very 
vocal early on but more difficult to see as they seemed to stay on the 
other side of dense leaves. I had a brief look at silent CAPE MAY WARBLER, 
and we glimpsed at least one silent SWAINSON'S THRUSH.


Tim and Anne Marie Johnson





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[cayugabirds-l] Hammond Hill mid-morning

2014-05-18 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
We arrived at the parking lot at Hammond Hill at 9:00, not expecting to 
find much singing at that late hour in light rain, but we were pleasantly 
surprised.


We hiked about .5 mi. on the Yellow 1 Trail (a moderately steep, somewhat 
muddy trail that starts directly across the road from the parking lot on 
Hammond Hill Road), turning left at the T, to the old orchard a short way 
past the T that Wes described yesterday. On our way up we were treated to 
lots of singing CANADA WARBLERS, several of whom we saw with very little 
effort around the blow down area before the T. We also heard BLACKBURNIAN 
WARBLERS, OVENBIRDS, COMMON RAVEN, WOOD THRUSH, and a WINTER WREN. At the 
old orchard, we heard the GOLDEN-WINGED/BREWSTER'S WARBLER sing 3 times 
over about 15 minutes, always from deep in the orchard, but we saw no sign 
of the bird.


We heard no MOURNING WARBLER until we were well on our way back down. Then 
I heard the song in the distance, so we returned to the blow down, where we 
were treated to magnificent looks at a male singing persistently and 
foraging right near the trail. Since we were that close and the weather had 
brightened, we returned to the orchard but heard no buzzing song. On our 
way down, we heard BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER and BLUE-HEADED VIREO in 
addition to the other birds we had been hearing but no Winter Wren.


Tim and Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] No Kittiwake at Myers Pt at 8:00

2014-05-18 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
We checked Myers at about 8:00 and found no Kittiwake, but we did find a 
Semi-Palmated Sandpiper and a Lesser Black-backed Gull in with a small 
group of the usual gulls.


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[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard this morning

2014-05-17 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Things were fairly quiet, but when I arrived at 8:15, the sun was out and 
there were at least 6 TENNESSEE WARBLERS singing in the vicinity of the 
northeast corner. Shortly after that, it clouded up and the Tennessees fell 
silent for the most part.


In the middle of the orchard toward the northwest side, I found a singing 
WILSON'S WARBLER and a MAGNOLIA WARBLER. I also found a SWAINSON'S THRUSH 
in this general area. Later the WILSON'S had moved further north and was 
joined by a female-type REDSTART and a silent BAY-BREASTED WARBLER.


When I was leaving, I ran into someone who had seen CANADA WARBLER and 
another Magnolia Warbler and Wilson's Warbler along the shrubbery beside 
the softball field and the northeast corner of the orchard viewed from 
outside the orchard.


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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2014-05-14 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Things were pretty quiet around the Wilson Trail, but activity picked up on the 
Severinghaus Trail between the Wilson Trail and the road. We found a SWAINSON'S 
THRUSH through here and then came upon a warbler flock high in the trees as we 
approached the road that included at least one BAY-BREASTED WARBLER and a 
NORTHERN PARULA. After the flock disappeared, we went across the street, where 
we refound the flock. We saw at least a dozen warblers foraging in the tree 
tops. Most were silent and backlit, but we found and heard BLACK-THROATED GREEN 
and BLACKBURNIAN.

Later on the wood chip trail that connects the Hoyt-Pileated Trail with the 
road, we found a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH. This bird was very dark backed-from cap 
to tail, and it lacked face markings. It had limited, clear, dark spots on the 
lower throat and upper breast, surrounded by smudgy spots on the sides and 
lower breast. Like the bird I found before, this bird was very cooperative and 
let us study it for quite a while at about 10' away.

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[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow this morning

2014-05-11 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Starting at 8:00 this morning, I worked my way along Shindagin Hollow Road 
in my car, stopping to get out frequently. I walked about halfway down the 
steep, curvy descent. I walked from just past the marsh/beaver pond at the 
bottom to where the Finger Lakes Trail crosses the road and up the FLT to 
the right for a short distance. There were lots of singing birds the whole 
way, but most of the activity was along the bottom of the hollow near where 
the FLT crosses. The marsh was surprisingly quiet compared to a few days 
ago, and amazingly I saw or heard no Yellow-rumped Warblers or Yellow 
Warblers in my 2 hours there. Here are my highlights:


Broad-winged Hawk--saw 1 several times above and along upper portion of 
steep descent

Wood Thrush--heard only
Hermit Thrush--heard, glimpsed
Yellow-throated Vireo
Least Flycatcher--heard only
Baltimore Oriole

Black-throated Green
Black-throated Blue
Ovenbird--heard everywhere but never saw
Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Canada Warbler
Northern Waterthrush--heard only
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler--singing what I was sure was the Nashville Warbler 
song until I finally found him

Magnolia Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler

Probably also heard a Nashville Warbler and a Louisiana Waterthrush, but 
only heard once or twice.







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[cayugabirds-l] Thrushes at SSW

2014-05-10 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
At about 9:30 this morning there were at least 3 thrushes along the portion 
of the East Trail that parallels Sapsucker Woods Road (on the east side of 
the road heading south from the traihead). The first I got a good look at 
was a SWAINSON'S THRUSH--clearly buffy eye ring, spectacle, and lower 
cheek. The next one was a VEERY--essentially no spots, brown back. Then a 
third thrush came in, and all the thrushes chased around. One thrush landed 
on the path and foraged for quite awhile, giving me a chance to observe all 
sides from 15 to 20 ft away. The back was evenly dark gray/olive, tail to 
cap. The cheek was a lighter gray/olive under the eye but no contrast in 
shade. There were no face markings. I believe this last thrush was a 
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH.


The AMERICAN BITTERN was still near the Sherwood Platform, but while we 
were there, it flew from the little area to the right of the  two benches 
west of the boardwalk. It landed along the edge of the pond north of the 
platform but still in full view from the two benches.


I arrived at Sapsucker Woods late this morning and didn't see much in the 
way of warblers. There was a PALM WARBLER near the Sherwood Platform, and 
several BLACK-THROATED GREEN warblers along the southwest portion of the 
Wilson Trail. Still lots of Yellow-rumps and Ruby-crowned Kinglets around.


Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] LA Waterthrush Blackburnian in Caroline

2014-05-02 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Along Leonard Road into Shindagin Hollow in Brooktondale late this morning, 
we found a pair of Louisiana Waterthrushes exploring a crevice in the bank 
of the stream along the road. The male popped out of the ravine to sing 
occasionally. We also found a small warbler flock high overhead and back 
lit. The only bird we could make out was a Blackburnian Warbler, its throat 
blazing through the murky air.


Tim and Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake

2014-04-08 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Spent about 45 min. at Dryden Lake late morning, between showers. I scoped 
from the first fishing platform and walked the trail along the lake. 
Highlight was a COMMON LOON plus a nice collection of ducks. See list 
below. Also saw an OSPREY on a snag close to the road in the wetland along 
38 just outside of the village.


Anne Marie Johnson

American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Bufflehead
Ring-necked Duck
Redhead
Horned Grebe
Canada Goose
Belted Kingfisher
Chickadee--2 working on a cavity
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Red-winged Blackbird

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese on the move

2014-03-11 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

A flock of Snow Geese just flew over Brooktondale valley from south to north.

Anne Marie Johnson
Brooktondale

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers Park and Stevenson Rd

2014-02-01 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
The compost piles were loaded with gulls at about 10:00 this morning, but 
scanning from Stevenson Road I could only find one white-winged gull, and I 
didn't get a good enough look to identify which one before it disappeared 
from view.


We checked Ladoga Park Rd in Lansing twice, once at about 10:45 and again a 
little after noon. The first time, we saw several HORNED GREBES, 
LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEAD, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, AMERICAN COOT, BLACK 
DUCKS, and a large group of Mallards on a sandbar extending out from the 
marina to the right. After spending some time at Myers Park and bumping 
into Tom Schulenberg, who had just seen two RED-NECKED GREBES at Ladoga, we 
returned and scanned again. This time I found one Red-necked Grebe and no 
other grebes. I scanned through the Mallards again and finally found the 
NORTHERN PINTAIL about halfway down the line of Mallards.


At Myers there were lots of Mallards as well as some RING-NECKED DUCKS, 
COMMON GOLDENEYE, a REDHEAD, and the usual gulls. Walking out to the 
lighthouse, we flushed a SNOW BUNTING from among the rocks.


Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Around the lake

2014-01-17 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Tim and I decided to enjoy the good weather with a trip around the lake. 
The highlight was two aythya rafts.


We started at East Shore, where we found the WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 
LONG-TAILED DUCKS reported in recent days. We also saw several HORNED 
GREBES, a few COMMON GOLDENEYE, AMERICAN COOTS, a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, 
and COMMON and HOODED MERGANSERS. And from here we spotted our first aythya 
duck raft--in the Hog Hole area.


So we went to Treman Marina and walked out to Hog Hole where we had 
spectacular looks at the duck raft. My guess was that it had about 500 
ducks, 90% were REDHEAD, but there were also both SCAUP, at least one 
RINGED-NECK, and a few CANVASBACK. We also saw 3 BUFFLEHEAD, a BLACK DUCK, 
and a PIED-BILLED GREBE.


We stopped briefly at Stewart Park and found some Redhead mixed with lots 
of geese but not much else. We found only the common gulls, lots of 
Mallards, and a few Black Ducks in choppy water at Myers. In Aurora we 
found several Horned Grebes and one EARED GREBE.


On the ponds in Union Springs we found GADWALL and Redhead. I was surprised 
to see open water on the lake at Union Springs, so we went to the town hall 
boat launch area, and here is where we found our second aythya flock of the 
day. The wind was cold here, so we didn't scope the raft for long. It 
seemed to be 95% Redhead, but it was probably twice the size of the flock 
in Hog Hole.


There was lots of open water all the way to Mud Lock, but the only birds we 
found north of Union Springs were behind houses between Harris Park and Mud 
Lock. We could see a few SWANS along here, but we couldn't find a good 
vantage point so didn't try to identify them further.


Cayuga Lake State Park was ice. The only part of the lake we checked on the 
west side was Sheldrake, where we found 5 LONG-TAILED DUCKS off the point 
along with a female Common Merganser that we tried unsuccessfully to turn 
into a Red-breasted. The rest of the lake through Sheldrake was almost 
completely void of birds.


Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Long-tailed Ducks at Myers

2013-12-03 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
On a brief stop at Myers mid-morning, I found two LONG-TAILED DUCKS south 
of the lighthouse, in the vicinity of a Coot raft that was venturing out 
from the marina. Also in the group were a COMMON GOLDENEYE, a BUFFLEHEAD, 
two BLACK DUCKS, and lots of Mallards.


The group of seven all or mostly WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, along with a female 
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, continue off of East Shore Park. Looking toward 
Stewart Park, I could see LOTS of COMMON and HOODED MERGANSERS. But I did 
not have time to go to Stewart Park to scan more carefully from there.


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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods at noon

2013-10-16 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

Sorry for the late post...

I walked on trails on both sides of the road at Sapsucker Woods from 12:15 
to 1:00 today. There was a group of WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS near the north 
feeders, and there were lots of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS in several locations. 
On the east side of the road near the pond behind the 'frog' barn, a 
kinglet flock included a BLUE-HEADED VIREO. It was in the shrubbery at the 
side of the trail about 2 feet in front of me, and it sat there for a 
minute, letting me admire him without binoculars. In this stretch of trail 
there was also a HERMIT THRUSH. There was a group of DARK-EYED JUNCOS and 
lots of activity in the powerline cut, but by then I was running late and 
couldn't explore the area more carefully.


At home in Caroline we have had a dramatic increase in our DARK-EYED JUNCO 
numbers the past week or so.


Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay-Parson's--this morning and questions

2013-06-21 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues to sing persistently in the northeast 
portion of the first field along the blue trail. It's easy to hear as you 
approach the area. It seems to move from perch to perch singing, oblivious 
to observers. At one point I was walking along the trail, and it popped 
into a tree and sang directly over my head. I heard it singing almost 
constantly at 8:30 and 10:15.


PRAIRIE WARBLERS can be seen in the same area. And a HOODED WARBLER was 
singing in the first wooded area near the parking area both on my way in 
and my way out. On the way in, it was viewable at the edge of the woods 
where the trail enters the first field.


Along the red trail at the base of the Pinnacles, I heard two WORM-EATING 
WARBLERS singing, and then amazingly, one flew in and sang, giving me a 
great, albeit brief, look. It was foraging and moving quickly from north to 
south.


Plenty of the usual summer breeders were around and singing: 
Chestnut-sided, Common Yellowthroat, Ovenbird, and Yellow warblers. An 
Indigo Bunting joined in at Celia's Cup. I saw several Cuckoos flying 
across the fields but could never get on one to identify the species. I 
heard the Blue-winged Warbler song briefly but didn't see the bird.


Questions about L-P trails, Worm-eating Warblers, and the Pinnacles... Is 
there a trail that goes up the Pinnacles from inside the preserve? The map 
on the Finger Lakes Land Trust website shows the trails only running along 
the base of the pinnacles, but the map on the sign at the preserve made it 
seem like the red trail might actually go up the Pinnacles, although it was 
hard to tell where the Pinnacles were on that map. When people see the 
warblers from the Pinnacles (like the ones listed in the eBird hotspot for 
L-P Pinnacles), are they seeing/hearing them from the base of the 
Pinnacles, from the Abbott Loop Trail in Danby State Forest, or from some 
other trail?


For the guys I met on the trail this morning, this web page gives 
information and directions to the Abbott Loop Trail in Danby State Forest, 
which takes you to the top of the Pinnacles. I think the best chance of 
seeing a Worm-eating Warbler is along that trail, but maybe someone else 
will chime in with a better recommendation.

http://www.cnyhiking.com/FLT-AbbottLoop.htm

Anne Marie Johnson


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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Ruddy Turnstone again

2013-05-28 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
The Ruddy Turnstone was still there at 10:00 along with a couple of 
Killdeer. There were also lots of swallows again--Bank, Barn, Tree, and 
Rough-winged. From the point looking up the creek, there's a tree with no 
leaves, and some swallows were perching in the upper branches. There were a 
pair of PURPLE MARTINS perched on a branch just below where the swallows 
were coming and going.


I didn't see any terns, unusual gulls, or baby mergansers, but there were 
lots of baby geese. I stayed in the rain for awhile hoping something new 
would drop in, but nothing did.


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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods additions

2013-05-22 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

A couple of additional migrants in Sapsucker Woods this morning...

I heard and briefly glimpsed a SWAINSON'S THRUSH singing softly along the 
trail between the Wilson Trail and SSW road at about 8:45.


Along the wood chip path in the power line cut on the east side of SSW 
road, I had great looks at two BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS and two BLACKPOLL 
WARBLERS foraging in the trees and flying back and forth across the 
powerline cut between 9:00 and 9:15.


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[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorns and Neimi Road this morning

2013-05-21 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
The Hawthorns were quiet, but the MOURNING WARBLER was singing at the end 
of the ravine near the pond near the field with the fire hydrant when I 
arrived at 7:45. It stopped by 8:00. Aside from the usual breeders, there 
were two TENNESSEE WARBLERS singing and two BLACKPOLL WARBLERS, one singing 
but invisible moving along the ravine from northeast to southwest and then 
toward the recreation way. The other was very cooperative in the flowering 
trees in front of the tennis center.


Near the ponds on Neimi Road I heard both WILLOW FLYCATCHER (from the 
ponds) and ALDER FLYCATCHER (a little west of the ponds, from the other 
side of the road). An Eastern Bluebird perched on the fence along with the 
swallows.


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[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow

2013-05-19 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
There was a nice mix of warblers along Shindagin Hollow Road this morning. 
Highlights included a MOURNING WARBLER and a HOODED WARBLER singing near 
the first parking area on the left (coming from Central Chapel Road in 
Caroline, after first big hill, where small wood road goes off to the 
right). Further down the road toward the base of the hollow, along the 
narrow, curvy stretch, I heard two CANADA WARBLERS. One was very 
cooperative, perching on branches over the road to sing. Down in the 
hollow, near the Finger Lakes Trail bridge across the stream, I heard and 
saw a TENNESSEE WARBLER. There were several BALTIMORE ORIOLES in this area 
as well.


Other highlights along the way, mostly heard only:

Ovenbird
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
American Redstart
Ruffed Grouse (drumming in two places)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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[cayugabirds-l] Audubon's Warbler continues, and other highlights

2013-04-20 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Tim and I saw the AUDUBON'S YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at the Swan Pen at 1:00 
this afternoon.


We found several UPLAND SANDPIPERS, one HORNED LARK, and several KILLDEER 
at the Empire Days Fairgrounds.


Several locations at Montezuma NWR held large numbers of BLUE-WINGED and 
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, as well as good numbers of SHOVELERS, and we found one 
pair of GADWALL along the drive. At a pool near Carncross Road we saw more 
of the same ducks plus two AMERICAN WIGEON. Along the dirt portion of 
Carncross, we saw lots of both YELLOWLEGS.


We saw 3 OSPREY on 5  20 near MNWR and 3 more near Cayuga Lake State Park. 
The Osprey pair in the nest on the cam in the Montezuma visitor center have 
one egg.


We saw BUFFLEHEAD in several locations along the west side of the lake from 89.

Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Myers this afternoon

2013-03-08 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I stopped by Myers this afternoon at about 3:00. Not much to see at the 
point (no pipits), but scoping what wasn't directly in the sun from the 
beach at the Marina, I found


Northern Pintail (3)
Bufflehead (1)
Ring-necked Duck (15)
Hooded Merganser (5)
Common Merganser (2)
Common Goldeneye (~25)
Belted Kingfisher (1)

There were also many Coots and Mallards. The point held lots of gulls and 
Mallards. And looking to the west shore of the lake from the Marina, there 
was a large group of Canada geese.


Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Around the lake 2/15

2013-02-16 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

  
  
I decided to take advantage of the mild weather yesterday and do
some birding at the northern end of the lake. The highlight was a huge
  numbers of Aythya ducks and swans at the north end of the
lake from Harris Park north, with lots of Common Mergansers mixed
in. The flock also contained a few Red-breasted Mergansers,
American Wigeon, Gadwall, Black Ducks, Mallards, geese,
  gulls, and probably more things I have forgotten. Viewing was
best from Towpath Road and the marina north of there. Other
highlights included an adult Bald Eagle at eye level along
the bluffs in Aurora, a huge flock of Snow Geese in the air
over the middle of the lake near Long Point, and a Lesser
  Black-backed Gull at Dean's Cove.

Other observations: There were a few Goldeneye off Long
Point and one Red-breasted Merganser. The water was too
rough to find grebes in Aurora, but there was another group of Goldeneye
  there. There was a nice collection of ducks near the town
offices in Union Springs--Redhead, Greater and Lesser scaup,
  Ringed-neck, Gadwall, Bufflehead, and Wigeon. Factory Pond had
a Carolina Wren, and there were mostly Redhead on
the Mill Pond. No owls in the boxes. Mostly geese in Sheldrake but
also one Common Loon, a couple of Red-breasted
  Mergansers, and some Bufflehead and Ring-necked
  Ducks.
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Shrikes

2013-01-09 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I tried to find both the shrike on Cayuga Vista Lane and the one on Cherry 
Road without success yesterday afternoon. However, I had better luck with 
the one John Confer reported on Flat Iron Road. I saw that shrike perched 
high in a tree fairly close to the Hammond Hill end of the road at about 
8:00 this morning. I did not see the Rough-legged Hawk John suggested would 
be a more likely find.


Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline



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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Peregrine

2013-01-07 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I made a very quick scan of Stewart Park at 12:30 today. I didn't find anything 
notable except for a PEREGRINE FALCON perched on the ice edge roughly straight 
out from the dock. Other birds observed included HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON 
MERGANSER, MALLARDS, BLACK DUCK, CORMORANT, and COOTS, in addition to the usual 
gull species and geese.

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings and Longspur

2013-01-04 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Tim found a flock of SNOW BUNTINGS on Central Chapel Road just south of the 
intersection with 76 Road in Caroline. I went back with binoculars and 
found one LAPLAND LONGSPUR  in the flock of about 40 Snow buntings. The 
flock is actively foraging on the side of the road.


Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline


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[cayugabirds-l] Rough-legged Hawk

2012-12-24 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
A Rough-legged Hawk just circled fairly high overhead. It was circling as 
if trying to gain altitude. After circling a few times it headed due south 
and disappeared.


I haven't seen the Common Redpoll here since Saturday. It must have joined 
up with one of the flocks around. And I think all the goldfinches being 
crowded out of other people's feeders by redpolls have come here. The 
goldfinch flock grew to 65 yesterday! And I had 22 Mourning Doves.


Merry Christmas!

Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline


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[cayugabirds-l] Rufous Hummingbird there this morning

2012-10-19 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
We stopped by the Marty's house this morning at about 9:30 and waited for 20 
minutes or so in the rain for the hummingbird to appear. It didn't stay long, 
but a great look while it was there!

Anne Marie and Tim Johnson



On Oct 19, 2012, at 6:32 PM, annmitchel...@gmail.com wrote:

 Anyone that wants to join me for a half day trip tomorrow needs to meet me on 
 the east side of Stewart Park at 7:30. It will be a lake trip finding ducks, 
 etc. Hopefully we will get as far as Aurora. Also, If the Rufous Hummingbird 
 is still in Ovid, we could go there. As far as I know, it is the first one 
 seen here in the basin.
 
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] My goodness--Swainson's here this morning!

2012-09-28 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I just saw a Swainson's Thrush feeding on Gray Dogwood berries, as well as 
a Golden-crowned Kinglet and a Nashville Warbler nearby in my yard.


Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline


On 9/28/2012 2:24 AM, Benjamin Van Doren wrote:

All -

Just spent 1.5+ hours listening to flight calls. Radar showed very dense 
movement (some returns over 35 dBZ!), local conditions low cloud ceiling with a 
light misty rain. Calling rates approaching 60 calls/min (~50 counted in one 
timed minute, but varied). Lots and lots of Gray-cheeked Thrush, several per 
minute. Definitely in the hundreds of calls--never heard this many before! 5-7x 
as many Swainson's Thrush as a rough guess, plus assorted warblers and sparrows.

I was listening in a field/parking lot on the Cornell campus. Can only imagine 
what it was like at Mt Pleasant or other better spots.

Benjamin Van Doren
Ithaca, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] More migrants

2012-09-28 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
For about an hour migrants moved through the yard in waves. I kept thinking 
that was the end, and then I'd see something new. The movement finally 
ended with a batch of sparrows and a Palm Warbler. I saw the/a Swainson's 
two more times as well as a Hermit Thrush.


My list from eBird is below, although not all are migrants.

Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline

Mourning Dove  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Swainson's Thrush  1
Hermit Thrush  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  8
White-throated Sparrow  2
American Goldfinch  10




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[cayugabirds-l] Warbler flocks--SSW and Dryden trail

2012-09-24 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

  
  
At 3:30 today I walked the trails on the east side of the road and
came across a nice warbler flock between the two little ponds. They
were mostly too high to see, but I did manage to get good looks at a
Magnolia Warbler, a Bay-breasted Warbler, and a Black-throated
  Blue Warbler.

Yesterday afternoon, Tim and I walked the portion of the Dryden rail
trail from near the end of Purvis Road to the edge of the lake. Near
where the trail crosses a bridge over some water, well before
crossing the street to the lake portion of the trail, we found a
mixed flock. There were several warblers I couldn't see well enough
to identify. One was probably a Black-throated Green. There were
also Cedar Waxwings, both a White-breasted and a
  Red-breasted Nuthatch, Song Sparrows, and a female-type Indigo
  Bunting. Closer to the Purvis Road end of the trail, a Green
  Heron perched on a log in the open mudflat, undisturbed by us
passing by. A Belted Kingfisher was also in the area. And
near the lake, we flushed a Sharp-shinned Hawk from right
along the trail. The lake itself looked empty from that vantage
point.

Anne Marie Johnson
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma this afternoon

2012-09-01 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I met Larry Newman at Montezuma NWR this afternoon for some birding. We 
started at the visitor center where we found lots of YELLOWLEGS, mostly 
Lesser. There were also maybe a dozen or so DOWITCHERS, at least a couple 
of each species, fairly close to the visitor's center. Before I arrived, 
others saw a BALD EAGLE and a MERLIN here.


Next we took the drive. The first wetland on the right (Larue's Lagoon, I 
think) we found one SOLITARY SANDPIPER, lots of gulls, and several CASPIAN 
TERNS. There were also a few non-Mallard ducks in non-breeding plumage that 
we couldn't identify mixed in with Mallards. Aside for a group of COOTS and 
an OSPREY overhead, the main pool was mostly empty. After the pool, a long 
stretch of shorebird habitat has been created on the left of the drive. At 
first glance, the area appeared to be empty, but on closer inspection, we 
found lots of peeps. They just kept appearing out of nowhere. The viewing 
was outstanding, and we checked them closely but only found LEAST and 
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, KILLDEER, and two SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS.


At Benning Marsh, we found a few Yellowlegs and three GREEN-WINGED TEAL.We 
also found two dense clumps of peeps, maybe a dozen each. They were 
squeezed onto two mud islands even though there were plenty of other mud 
clumps around. Not sure why they all wanted to be so tight together. It was 
hard to see much of them since they were packed in so tight, but they all 
appeared to be Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers.


We went to Knox Marsellus on East Road, where we could see many, many GREAT 
BLUE HERONS and several GREAT EGRETS. We could see lots of shorebirds in 
the distance and some more ducks we couldn't identify. We also saw two BALD 
EAGLES overhead and one MERLIN perched at the left edge.


Then we went to Towpath Road. The viewing was better here, but most of the 
shorebirds were still pretty far out. We managed to find two WILSON'S 
PHALAROPES and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. We also found a few WOOD DUCKS, 
NORTHERN SHOVELERS, a GREEN HERON, 3 TRUMPETER SWANS, a NORTHERN HARRIER, 
and two juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS. There were some shorebirds 
that had the potential to be something different from what we'd already 
seen, but they were far in the heat shimmer, and we were out of time.


Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Yard birds and Dryden

2012-08-10 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
In my yard this morning after the heaviest rain ended, there was a flurry 
of activity. The highlight was two male Scarlet Tanagers and a juvenile 
being fed by one of the males, Other birds included Baltimore Oriole, 
Northern Flicker, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American 
Robins, American Goldfinches, a bunch of Red-eyed Vireos, and more things I 
didn't know were there until all the birds suddenly flushed and flew off. I 
couldn't find what flushed them.


This afternoon on the rail trail in Dryden from East Lake Rd to the lake, 
we found 3 Green Herons foraging in the open, 2 kingfishers, two 
female/juvenile Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Song 
Sparrows, and a large group of Cedar Waxwings flycatching. (There have been 
Green Herons foraging in the open on the pond in Sapsucker Woods this week 
too.) The lake itself, viewed from the south end, only held a group of 
Canada Geese. The water level of the little pool across the trail from the 
lake was too high for shorebirds.


On Schutt Rd., a Common Raven flew up from a farm field.

In the wetland along Rt. 38 between Keith Lane and the center of Dryden, we 
saw three Wood Ducks on a log. I was hoping the water level here might be 
low enough for shorebirds, but it's not.


Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline



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[cayugabirds-l] Possible White-eyed at Park Pres. this morning

2012-07-13 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Tim and I checked the Park Preserve this morning. We were there from 8:30 
to 9:30 but only in the area where the vireo had been seen yesterday for 
the first and last 5 minutes of that hour. On our way in, we heard nothing 
that could be turned into a White-eyed Vireo, but we did have great looks 
at a silent Blue-winged Warbler foraging around the parking lot, and a 
Green Heron flew directly over the parking lot fairly low.


On our way out, we heard a song that may well have been the White-eyed 
Vireo. It sounded like an Indigo Bunting song with an extra flourish at the 
beginning and end of the song. As we approached the location of the song, a 
bird flushed from down low and disappeared, and the singing ended. We were 
left with a tiny, bouncing, bare branch at the bottom of a spruce, close to 
the trunk--not where I would expect to see an Indigo Bunting singing.


Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Park Preserve this morning

2012-05-18 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I walked around the Park Preserve in Dryden this morning from about 8:15 to 
9:30. The highlight was a CANADA WARBER singing from a perch high over Six 
Mile Creek. I also came across a recently fledged batch of PURPLE FINCHES 
following Mom around begging to be fed. And I saw a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and 
several MAGNOLIA WARBLERS. I heard one PRAIRIE WARBLER singing from the 
neighboring property.


Other highlights included:

Ovenbirds
Common Yellowthroats
Louisiana Waterthrush
Black-throated Green Warbler
Indigo Bunting
Alder Flycatcher
Carolina Wren

Anne Marie Johnson




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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Conn Warbler - No

2012-05-13 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

  
  
I was at Goetchius from about 10:30 to 11:30 but was not able to
find the Connecticut Warbler. I heard a couple of interesting songs
but they were probably Common Yellowthroats. There were lots of
singing Common Yellowthroats and Yellow Warblers. I
did see two Eastern Kingbirds, a Baltimore Oriole, and
several Bobolinks. And I heard one or two Alder
  Flycatchers,Savannah Sparrows, and Swamp Sparrows.
I also heard a probably Virginia Rail grunt.

Anne Marie Johnson



  
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[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn this morning

2012-05-12 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

  
  
This morning Tim and I went to Hawthorn expecting to find little and
were pleasantly surprised. The numbers were low, but we found a nice
mix of warblers, all in the NE corner, mostly down the slope of the
ravine, and all singing persistently: Canada, Northern Parula
  (2), Nashville, Tennessee, Common Yellowthroat, Magnolia (further
  west along the ravine), and Yellow. We were able to get great
looks at all except the Yellow and Common Yellowthroat, which we
didn't try to track down. Further along the ravine we found a Black-throated
  Green. Others we ran into said they found a Black-throated
  Blue. We heard Wood Thrush, Least Flycatcher, and Red-eyed
  Vireo but found no other thrushes, vireos, or flycatchers.

Anne Marie Johnson


  
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods

2012-05-02 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Great morning in Sapsucker Woods as well. I arrived at about 7:45 and walked 
until 8:30. I started from the Fuller Wetlands and came across a nice warbler 
flock at the foot bridge along the lower trail. Here are the highlights:

Warbling Vireo (1 singing near Fuller Wetlands, another silently foraging near 
footbridge)
Yellow-throated Vireo (singing persistently along lower trail)
Red-eyed Vireo (singing near feeder garden, hunted down with the help of Chris 
Wood)
Yellow-rumped Warblers (many everywhere)
Blackburnian Warbler (singing softly along lower trail)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (singing softly near footbridge)
Yellow Warblers (2 or 3)
Northern Waterthrush (heard from Podell boardwalk)
Ovenbird (heard in 2 locations)
Least Flycatcher (heard from lower trail)
Wood Thrushes (2 calling only)
Ruby-crowned Kinglets (several in different places)
Baltimore Oriole (singing at edge of pond near feeder blind)
White-throated Sparrows (many, many everywhere, including 3 high up in a tree 
near the Sherwood Platform!)
Swamp Sparrow (near Sherwood platform)

Wes Hochachka reported seeing a Palm Warbler near the Sherwood Platform and a 
Scarlet Tanager being chased by two Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.
And Chris Wood pointed out a Solitary Sandpiper near the feeder garden.

Anne Marie Johnson



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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-Headed Blackbird Endicott, NY

2012-04-28 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

  
  
Tim and I went to see the Yellow-headed Blackbird this morning. It's
still in the small marsh next to school. I am copying David
Nicosia's directions below. The view into this marsh from the road
to the soccer field is outstanding. When the bird is up and perched
in the marsh, it can be seen easily with binoculars.

The bird is spending long periods of time down inside a thicket
about halfway back on the left side of the marsh. In our experience,
when it popped up, it perched for a few seconds, flew to the left
edge of the marsh in trees and on the ground, and then returned to
the thicket, perched a bit more and then dropped back out of sight.

When we arrived at about 11:15, Victor Lamoureux
had been scanning for 30-45 minutes without seeing the bird.
Fortunately, the bird popped up about 15 minutes later, just as lots
of people arrived to see it (and Victor returned from checking
nearby roads). It only stayed up for a few minutes. Then it was down
for about 15 minutes before popping back up for a few more minutes.
When it was up, it perched in the open long enough to give everyone
amazing looks. What a beautiful bird!

Anne Marie Johnson


Directions:
To get to the marsh, you drive down route 26, the google
earth address is 1329 union center maine highway, endicott, ny.
You basically drive down route 26 and turn right before
you get to the Ann G. McGuinness Intermediate School.
There is a road which leads up to the soccer fields for
the school. The Marsh is on the corner of route 26/union center
main
highway and the road that leads to the soccer fields. You
can park by the marsh.The roadoverlooks it from above so you can get
good views. 

  
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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins continue

2012-04-21 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Two Pine Siskins continue to come to my feeder in Caroline. I only ever 
hear one sing and wonder if they are a pair and if they are nesting in the 
area. They still are associating with the goldfinch flock and pretty much 
impossible to see when they aren't at the feeder.


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[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Least Flycatcher

2012-04-20 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I walked along the road in the bottom of the hollow this morning and heard 
a persistently calling Least Flycatcher. Otherwise it was fairly quiet 
except for two kingfishers flying and calling up and down the creek south 
of Gulf Creek Road, an Eastern Towhee, a Hermit Thrush, and loads of robins 
and juncos. Noticeably absent were the two Louisiana Waterthrushes I saw at 
the intersection of Shindagin Hollow Road and Gulf Creek Road last week. 
Last year a Louisiana Waterthrush sang from this location well into the 
summer. There were three Wood Ducks on the pond, and along the road down 
into the hollow I heard several Winter Wrens.


Anne Marie Johnson
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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins are back

2012-03-25 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Two Pine Siskins appeared on my nyjer feeder briefly today with the 
constantly-present goldfinches. It's the first I've seen them in a week. 
Three Purple Finches visited the feeders for a little while yesterday.


Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Siskins

2012-03-17 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I have had 3 siskins coming in a flock of goldfinches here, as well, 
although I haven't seen the siskins since yesterday morning. Interesting 
coincidence given that we are only about 3 miles apart, but I doubt it 
could be the same flock (especially since that Evening Grosbeak you had a 
year or two ago never came by here!).


Today a Purple Finch joined the goldfinches.

Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline


On 3/17/2012 1:52 PM, bilba...@pop.lightlink.com wrote:

I meant to post yesterday, but forgot...I haven't seen any Siskin postings
recently. We still have a few at our feeders.  Yesterday we had 3 when I
first looked outside at 8 or so,  and there were 3 around again this
morning as well.  Both times with the flock of Goldfinches that frequent
the yard.

Bill
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[cayugabirds-l] Ticks

2012-03-02 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
On a very short walk through woods behind my house, I picked up two wood 
ticks and two deer ticks today. I walk this particular trail at least once 
a week and have never picked up any ticks on it--or at least not that I 
have seen. The two deer ticks would have gone unseen today if the two wood 
ticks hadn't alerted me to the need to look more closely at little black 
specs. Apparently ticks are out in force, and appropriate precautions 
should be taken.


Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline

P.S. I saw no birds migrating overhead, but I did glimpse a couple of 
Ruffed Grouse that flushed well before I got near them.



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

2012-02-05 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

  
  
Chris Wood's eBird post from his first sighting contains notes that
describe the field marks distinguishing the grebe from a Clark's
Grebe:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S9554251

Anne Marie Johnson



On 2/4/2012 9:08 PM, david nicosia wrote:

  
I got a comment on my flickr account saying that the
  western grebe photos
I posted look more like a clark's grebe. This forced me to
  do a little research
on this as I have never been out west to have to learn to
  distinguish between
these two similar species.


The white lore would suggest a clark'sgrebe in non-breeding plumage
but I have read in several
field guides and on-line that western
grebes in non-breeding can show this too. The bill on the
  bird
I saw today was definitively olive-yellow and I had good
  lighting.
Is this the main field mark that is making this a
Western Grebe to everyone? Has anyone considered this
  could
be a clark's grebe? Just curious to what other's thought
  process was
on this. Thanks.


Dave Nicosia


  
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[cayugabirds-l] East Shore Park ducks

2012-01-21 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
The large raft of mostly Redheads was just north of East Shore Park this 
afternoon, at the ice edge. The raft included both Scaup, at least one 
Ring-necked Duck, and a few Canvasbacks.


Closer to the middle of the lake, there was a nice group of Common 
Mergansers and Goldeneye. There may have been other things there but the 
light was bad.


A large group of gulls was gathered on the ice south of East Shore Park, 
most easily viewed from the Visitors Information building. I didn't find 
anything aside from the three usual species, but I didn't scan them carefully.


Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin

2012-01-14 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
A single Pine Siskin joined the 40+ American Goldfinches at my feeders this 
afternoon. He's been fiercely defending a perch on the nyjer feeder.


Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Broken-bill Loon

2012-01-10 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

  
  
The paragraph I put in the CBC newsletter about this bird is on page
3 of the January 2010 issue, available on the club website here:
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/cayugabirdclub/pdf/January2010.pdf

It provides a very short summary of the sightings reported to the
email list.

Anne Marie Johnson


  

  


  
  From:
  bounce-39130778-3493...@list.cornell.edu
  [bounce-39130778-3493...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of
  Paul Anderson [p...@grammatech.com]
  Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 4:23 PM
  To: Dave Nutter
  Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
  Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Broken-bill Loon

  
  I had been thinking of doing something like this, with a
title of something like "Old Friends". I have some material
I can start with, but will need volunteers to supply text
and photos.

Paul

On 1/10/2012 3:08 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:

  How about a page on the Cayuga Bird Club website to
track sightings (with photos too) of individually
recognizable birds such as
  
  
  * Broken-billed Loon wintering off Myers.
  * Turkey Vulture with white outer left wing (and
right outermost primary)
  * Canada X domestic Greylag Goose resident at Stewart
park since hatched there 2004? (Kevin McGowan's photos
document the family) and still being seen early January
2012
  * silver American Crow near Drake Rd/Atwater Rd/East
Shore Dr, Lansing
  
  
  --Dave Nutter
  
On Jan 10, 2012, at 12:24 PM, bob mcguire 
  bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com wrote:

  
  

  
Meena has just informed me
  that the Common Loon with a broken bill has
  
  been seen at Myers for the past 10 years! First
  seen when the 
  nefarious Four Matts were still "shaken up the
  basin". I'd love to 
  know when it was first sighted and by whom.
  
  Bob
  
  
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and ducks on lake

2011-12-25 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Tim and I checked a few places around the lake yesterday, mostly seeing 
what has already been reported. However, we did find large flocks of Snow 
Geese on the lake. From the bluffs on Lake Road in Aurora, we spotted a 
huge, white mass near the opposite side of the lake that we assumed were 
Snow Geese. Later, we spotted two flocks from Dean's Cove. One of the 
flocks was in the air, which at that moment was foggy with light snow, 
making the geese look like giant, swirling snowflakes. One of the flocks 
was also visible from Rt. 89 just north of Romulus.


In Mud Lock, we saw a large, dark mass of ducks in bad light. All the ducks 
I could make out were Gadwall, but I could only identify a dozen or so. The 
rest were backlit and pretty far. None were visible from Harris Park, just 
south of Mud Lock, though.


We also found 4 Horned Grebes near the boathouse in Aurora and three 
Red-breasted Mergansers in Sheldrake.


Anne Marie Johnson


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-necked Grebes--1 in Sheldrake too

2011-11-05 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

  
  
I found a Red-necked Grebe south of the point in Sheldrake. There
were also 6 Common Loons in the Sheldrake area but little else.

Anne Marie Johnson


  
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[cayugabirds-l] Myers this afternoon

2011-09-06 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I was at Myers from 3:00 to 4:00 this afternoon. I haven't entered my list 
into eBird yet, but here are the highlights:


Bonaparte's Gull
Caspian Terns (2)
Shoveler
Sanderling
White-rumped Sandpiper
Semi-palmated Sandpipers (2)
Least Sandpiper

The Sanderling worked its way all the way around the point and was heading 
up the creek when I left. Was two feet in front of me at one point! The 
other peeps were on the sandbar in the creek.


Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Egret, Palm, and Yellowlegs

2011-04-26 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I visited the Goetchius Preserve in Caroline this morning. When I arrived, 
there was a GREAT EGRET perched high in a tree at the back of the open 
water. On my way back through an hour or so later, it was gone. From the 
road, I also spotted a BROWN THRASHER and a YELLOW WARBLER. Walking through 
the preserve (in wellies) I found five LESSER YELLOWLEGS and three KILLDEER 
in the newly restored wetland area. In the wooded area behind, I found a 
PALM WARBLER, two RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and another YELLOW WARBLER. There 
were SAVANNAH SPARROWS sprinkled across the field and a BROAD-WINGED HAWK 
flew overhead.


New yard birds this morning included a dozen WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, a pair 
of COWBIRDS, a BLUE-HEADED VIREO, a flying BROAD-WINGED HAWK being harassed 
by crows, and a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER.


Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline


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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake and George Rd

2011-04-08 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
Early this afternoon I scanned the north end of Dryden Lake and found two 
HORNED GREBES, one COMMON LOON, along with a few HOODED MERGANSERS, and 
lots of COMMON MERGANSERS and Canada Geese.


Then I went to the George Road pond, where I found one REDHEAD and a few 
BUFFLEHEAD mixed in with lots of RING-NECKED DUCKS. The grass on the Rt. 38 
side was covered with Canada Geese, and along that shore were Mallards, a 
few BLACK DUCKS, and one GREEN-WINGED TEAL.


Anne Marie Johnson


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[cayugabirds-l] Rough-legged Hawk in Caroline

2010-12-14 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
This morning a Rough-legged Hawk was hovering over the horse pastures on 
Central Chapel Road in Caroline, just south of the intersection with 
Boiceville Road. There were two raptors, but I could only get a good look 
at one of them.


Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline


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[cayugabirds-l] Greater White-fronted Goose @ Dryden Lake

2010-11-02 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I stopped at Dryden Lake between 11:00 and 11:30 this morning to soak in 
some sun and scan the lake. I saw geese and gulls and figured I'd scan 
through the roughly 100 Canada Geese on the lake just in case I could get 
lucky and find a Cackling. Much to my amazement I found a Greater 
White-fronted Goose! I put a couple of blurry photos online:


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There were also several female Common Mergansers, a Double-crested 
Cormorant, and a Belted Kingfisher.


Anne Marie Johnson



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[cayugabirds-l] Merlin Rustys @ CLO this morning

2010-10-04 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
At 8:00 this morning a Merlin was perched atop the big snag on the pond at 
Sapsucker Woods. After a minute, it dropped down over the back of the pond, and 
I couldn't relocate it. 

The trees near the visitors center entrance were covered with blackbirds, a mix 
of Red-winged Blackbirds and Rusty Blackbirds.

Anne Marie Johnson


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