Re: [cayugabirds-l] Migratory Bird Teaty Act

2020-06-15 Thread Asher Hockett
It's also interesting to me that the law allows exceptions to the "parts"
possession. Native Americans are allowed to possess/use feathers from hawks
and eagles (among others) for ceremonial (and more, I am not sure)
purposes. It seems a bizarre accomodation in an area where much more
meaningful and beneficial allowances/reparations are lacking and still
sorely need to be addressed.

On Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM Kevin J. McGowan  wrote:

> It’s in the enforcement. How would anyone know if you killed a bird for
> its feathers or if you found them? Safest thing for birds is no possession
> of parts.
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> Kevin
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> *Subject:* RE: [cayugabirds-l] Migratory Bird Teaty Act
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> I must admit I’ve always wondered about the “bird parts” bit.  It’s one
> thing to pluck a living bird or kill it for its feathers, but if I pick up
> a feather from the ground, apparently it’s still illegal to keep it.  The
> rest makes good sense.
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> Sandra
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> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Migratory Bird Teaty Act
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> For the gentleman who intends to move a House Finch nest. It would be a
> violation of the MBTA
>  Here's a quick but inclusive overview:
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> The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, codified at 16 U.S.C. §§ 703–712,
> is a United States federal law, first enacted in 1916 to implement the
> convention for the protection of migratory birds between the United States
> and Great Britain. The statute makes it unlawful without a waiver to
> pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, or sell birds listed therein as
> migratory birds. The statute does not discriminate between live or dead
> birds and also grants full protection to any bird parts including feathers,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Migratory Bird Teaty Act

2020-06-15 Thread Asher Hockett
It seems to me that relocating the basket to a spot with less human traffic
would be beneficial to the birds and more conducive to nesting success.
While this may be technically a violation of the law, it does not in my
opinion fly in the face of the intent of the law.

I have redirected traffic at my home to avoid stressing nesting E Phoebes,
and have also blocked access to certain spots favored by them so that nests
wouldn't be built in a place where close human traffic would stress the
birds.

I am not suggesting anyone should break the law (a wonderful and necessary
one IMO), just sharing my take on the situation.

On Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 10:34 AM  wrote:

> For the gentleman who intends to move a House Finch nest. It would be a
> violation of the MBTA
>  Here's a quick but inclusive overview:
>
> The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, codified at 16 U.S.C. §§ 703–712,
> is a United States federal law, first enacted in 1916 to implement the
> convention for the protection of migratory birds between the United States
> and Great Britain. The statute makes it unlawful without a waiver to
> pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, or sell birds listed therein as
> migratory birds. The statute does not discriminate between live or dead
> birds and also grants full protection to any bird parts including feathers,
> eggs, and nests. Over 800 species are currently on the list.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] The Bald Eagle: A Conservation Success Story

2020-06-15 Thread Asher Hockett
I suggest you move the entire basket.

On Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 6:00 AM Rustici, Marc 
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> Good Morning,
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> I am hoping someone can tell me or direct me to some information, please.
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> We have some purple finches nesting on our front porch in a hanging
> basket.  I saw they have laid eggs.  My wife wants them gone (I am the
> softee..) as they make quite a mess when the young hatch…It was
> suggested I move the nest to an very nearby weeping birch (where they
> perch).
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> Is this a viable option?
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> Marc
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Howland Island question

2020-05-20 Thread Asher Hockett
If you park and cross the bridge at the south end (Howland Island Road),
follow the trail and take the right fork to Lost Pond. That area was
dripping with warblers on my first visit there many years ago with
Spring Field Ornithology. I think I got 4 or 5 life birds that day.



On Wed, May 20, 2020 at 4:01 PM Sandra Lynn Babcock 
wrote:

> I’m contemplating a trip to Howland Island tomorrow, but have never been
> before and am wondering if anyone has any tips.  Are there specific routes
> that are better for birders?  Do you recommend a driving loop or walking?
>
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> Thanks for any insights you can offer.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Blue grosbeak

2020-05-06 Thread Asher Hockett
Congratulations!
On May 8th, 2013 we had a Blue Grosbeak visit a feeder in Danby, south of
Ithaca, so the timing is perfect. 10 minutes and then gone. A lifetime
highlight.
Maybe we will see one here in Albuquerque!
Asher Hockett

On Wed, May 6, 2020, 3:01 PM Johnson, Alyssa 
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> A lifer for me!
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> I work at the Montezuma Audubon Center, and earlier today someone sent us
> a picture saying she thinks her husband saw a blue grosbeak at work, which
> is at the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Waterloo. I confirmed the picture ID,
> and made some calls and was able to meet up with the district manager of
> the landfill, as well as the original spotter, Dan. Dan graciously took me
> to the spot where this male blue grosbeak has been observed since Monday
> attacking his reflection in windows and mirrors of the heavy equipment. It
> was certainly a blue grosbeak! I will be posting pictures to the MAC fb
> page later, and have of course reported to eBird.
>
> The location of the bird is literally in the dead center of the landfill.
> It is not easily accessible, and I don’t know if I could find that spot
> again without an escort. I did warn the district manager though that people
> may be contacting them to see for themselves!
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> Happy birding!
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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow warbler downtown

2019-07-29 Thread Asher Hockett
Walking by the Holiday Inn on Cayuga St this morning I spotted a young
Yellow Warbler sitting quietly on the sidewalk. It could have easily been
stepped on. I put my hand down in front of it and it climbed onto my index
finger . I then put that same finger next to a branch of one of the
container bushes nearby and it moved to the branch. It was as green a bird
as I have ever seen. It didn't seem injured. I left it there. I like to
think it will be OK.

The trees nearby were ringing with the metalic calls of male Yellow
Warblers, more than one I think, though the echoes between the buildings
there may have multiplied them. I don't know if the calls related to the
youngster - maybe?

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Help with bird song?

2019-06-08 Thread Asher Hockett
Well, even sticking my laptop into my ear I can't hear the second trill.
Heck, I can barely hear the first one. The thing is the pitch of the first
one is right on for D-e Junco, we are surrounded with them up here in the
Hemlock Plantation. I have never heard them issue a later higher trill.

On Sat, Jun 8, 2019 at 4:49 PM Barbara Bauer Sadovnic 
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> Thank you all for the replies.
>
> Asher, Sandy, Laura, and Meena suggest dark-eyed junco.  Laurie suggests
> bluegrass gnatcatcher, or one of the little flycatchers,willow or alder.
> My one glimpse could have been a junco, but it really was just a glimpse.
>
> The song has been very consistent all three days I heard it - a high
> trill, then a trill about a major third higher.  That’s what it does!
>
> It’s in a smallish grove/hedgerow between two fields, with a larger grove
> acrosss the road.  It sings from a place I can’t spot, except for the one
> time I saw it, when it was singing from the top of a dead tree at the side
> of the road.  Some of the time it was in walnut trees.
>
> On Jun 8, 2019, at 3:44 PM, Sandy Podulka  wrote:
>
> A bit puzzling. The song trill seems to have two parts?  A lower part and
> then a higher part?  It is not a typical song of any birds around here.
> But, perhaps it is an odd Junco song. Could it be a Dark-eyed Junco?  What
> is the habitat like and where is the bird singing from?  Another option
> might be Chipping Sparrow.
>
> Sandy
>
> At 02:14 PM 6/8/2019, you wrote:
>
> This bird has been on Tucker Rd. in Enfield since Friday May 31, at
> least.  I only got a brief look at it, on Tuesday - small and backlit -
> grayish, clear pale breast, shortish tail.  But the song is distinctive.
> It was singing again today, but I couldn’t see it!  What is it?
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[cayugabirds-l] noisy morning

2019-06-03 Thread Asher Hockett
When I put the feeders out this morning at around 6:15, the local Ravens
were creating quite a commotion and Barred Owls were calling from nearby.

Lately the crowds of Goldfinches and Pine Siskins have been absent, while
the half dozen Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Bluejays, juncoes, loud-calling
Tufted Titmice, chickadees, Chipping Sparrows, Hairy, Downy, and
Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and a single male Red-wing have been busy eating
our seed.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thermal Woodcocks

2019-04-10 Thread Asher Hockett
Fantastic!

On Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 5:58 PM Suan Hsi Yong  wrote:

> Continuing with woodcock week: while scouting for this weekend's field
> trip, I got the following thermal infrared footage of woodcock courtship
> and, I believe, mating, followed by a celebratory skydance. Same video on
> both facebook and youtube (quality may differ between the platforms, not
> sure):
>
>   https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10219410881080701/
>   https://youtu.be/basYq15QoO4
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[cayugabirds-l] large accipiter

2019-02-02 Thread Asher Hockett
Late this afternoon I had a flyover large accipiter over the Old
Taughannock Blvd/West Buffalo St intersection. Long tail, flapping its
wings and the size of a Red-tail, but not as stocky. The light was fading
so I can't be sure of the color - it  looked gray. I know we had a  No.
Goshawk at the Farmer's Market on the bird count, so maybe this is the same
bird still around.

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[cayugabirds-l] Purple finches today

2019-02-02 Thread Asher Hockett
Finally we have a pair of Purple Finches at our feeders this morning.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] peregrine falcon

2019-01-02 Thread Asher Hockett
That makes it a count week bird!

On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 8:19 AM Jody Enck  wrote:

> A peregrine falcon swooped by low and fast between Caldwell Hall and
> Martha van Rennselaer Hall on the Cornell campus at about 8:10 this
> morning.  It was chasing another bird unsuccessfully as it was navigating a
> slalom course among the construction equipment.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow crown on Ruby-crowned Kinglet

2018-10-25 Thread Asher Hockett
I saw one just like this a few weeks ago in Forest Home, even returned
later in the day hoping for second looks because I couldn't figure it out.
The yellow crown was very distinctive as well as the eye-ring and there
were no facial stripes and my books just weren't helpful. NOW I think it
must have been an aberrant Ruby crown. Thanks for posting!

On Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 11:30 AM Dave K  wrote:

> The first Ruby-crowned Kinglet with a yellow crown I remember seeing..
> With so many RC Kinglets this year, a better chance of variants.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/45502520522/in/datetaken/
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cass Common Mergansers

2018-10-01 Thread Asher Hockett
I took a brief stroll around the Stewart Park swan pen yesterday and there
were a half dozen Common Mergs playing around the rocks next to the
lighthouse jetty, mostly female or immature. The only notable birds on my
walk.

On Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 11:03 AM Dave Nutter  wrote:

> Yesterday evening I took a walk along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail to
> Treman Marina. At dusk I saw a flock of 20 COMMON MERGANSERS flying south
> over the Inlet. They made a wide turn over Cass Park and returned toward
> the lake. These were the first Common Mergansers I’ve seen for many weeks.
> Maybe that’s a reflection on how little time & effort I’ve made, but
> they’ve seemed scarce at the south end of the lake lately
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[cayugabirds-l] ascending song

2018-07-22 Thread Asher Hockett
Today, in the spruces west of the parking lot at St Catherine of Siena
Church, a loud and ascending song heard once. Not a Prairie Warbler, I
don't think, as it wasn't very buzzy and seemed lower in pitch than what I
know. Not sure what else it might have been. Not accelerating, but each
successive element a full step or more higher in pitch than the last, about
7 or 8 total. Seems late in the season too.

If it was a Prairie Warbler it was the loudest and most robust I have heard.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are the birds?

2018-06-19 Thread Asher Hockett
Likely "your" pewee was at least two different birds, as their lifespan is
~7 years.

On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 7:57 PM, Nancy Cusumano 
wrote:

> It really is an odd summer!  We also are missing "our" peewee, who has
> been here reliably for the 14 years I have lived in this house. Missing him!
> There are at least 2 pair of great crested flycatchers and on Friday an
> Indigo bunting showed up and is still around singing his head off from the
> tops of the black locust trees.
> There are sapsucker babies (that sound like they are humming in morse code
> from inside the tree) and bluebirds too.  So down one peewee, up a bunting?
> Guess I would call that OKbut I want my peewee back.
>
> thanks for everyone's comments on this thread.
>
> Nancy
>
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> On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 1:28 PM,  wrote:
>
>> Hi!
>>
>> Over 30years of banding, migration and population study here and we
>> experienced and ever increasing paucity of birds. About 15 years ago I
>> wrote a report citing these losses. While many can be linked to loss of
>> habitat mainly due to factory farming, that didn't account for the lack of
>> song. We prognosticated at the time that populations within species were
>> undergoing a drastic diminishment.That has since been shown to be even
>> worse than we guessed ( based on American Bird Conservancy data sets).
>>
>> A result most noticeable was in song. With fewer competitors, birds in
>> lesser numbers arrive on native land and , if they find it still existent,
>> establish a territory. With little or no competition, the territorial song
>> is short lived -after all, why expend energy needlessly? Defense of
>> territory is seldom needed so in season song is greatly diminished.
>>
>> That doesn't mean it stops entirely but certainly far less than what we
>> new 50, 40 or 30 years ago.
>>
>> Fast forward to the crazy migration we experienced this spring. Expected
>> species have still not checked in and we guess they either overflew or were
>> content to our south. We have the same experience with Veery here and Wood
>> Thrush has been declining steadily. Least Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo are
>> all missing and the fancy Thrushes once a stopover certainty haven't been
>> seen for several years. Yesterday, we finally had a single Pewee. On the
>> positive side we are inundated with Grosbeaks, Purple Finch, Great-crested
>> Flycatchers, cuckoos and others that are normally here in much smaller
>> numbers.
>>
>> Looking South to the greater DC area, many of these species are still
>> there and that's abnormal. Check the ADK reports and they are also having a
>> strange year although I've not seen any thoughts on the subject from that
>> area.
>>
>> The short answer is an unusual migration window with lots of weather
>> effect, rapidly declining populations creating an environment where our old
>> expectations are no longer valid.
>>
>> I liked it much better several decades ago. We have stopped banding
>> passerines and happy we did as the disappointment would be even greater.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> John
>>
>>
>>
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>> 
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>> 
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>>
>> On 2018-06-18 15:45, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
>>
>> I have noticed, as have others, that the woods have not been as plentiful
>> with bird song as normal.  On my recent walks at Upper Buttermilk I have
>> been very disappointed in the total absence of Wood Thrush, Veery, and
>> Scarlet Tanager.  By this time in past years I've always have several of
>> these birds.  On my most recent walk (Friday) I was wonderfully surprised
>> to hear 2 Wood Thrush and 2-3 each of Veery and Scarlet Tanager.  Why the
>> sudden "reappearance"??  I know I'm going to be criticized for asking, but
>> could some birds (species) still be migrating in?  If not, then why did
>> they finally "show up"?  Some could argue they were busy with nesting.  But
>> I've never experienced birds remaining completely mum during the nesting
>> season.  Another argument could be that they are now moving around after
>> the first brood.  I doubt that would explain the numbers of these species I
>> had all of a sudden plopping down in Upper Buttermilk?  By the way, we
>> picnicked at Upper Treman yesterday and bird song was relatively
>> infrequent.  Do any of you have any thoughts on this subject??
>>
>> Larry
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>>  

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines

2018-06-09 Thread Asher Hockett
NYSEG let us know last year they were going to "trim" roadside trees in our
neighborhood, and would talk to us when they came. They subcontract this
work, and the workers didn't talk to us, and the essentially pillaged the
entire length of South Danby Rd. I contacted them and insisted that they
return and buck up the long pieces into usable firewood sized length. They
did, but only very close to the house. The rest of the road looks like a
twister went through. A very pretty road when we moved here is now quite
ugly, IMO.

On Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 8:28 PM, Alicia  wrote:

> We pretty much live in the woods but have planted a lot of bird-attracting
> perennials in the opening around our house, which also hosts NYSEG lines.
> Years ago NYSEG left a card on our door saying that they would be 'tree
> trimming' soon and to contact them if we wanted to be notified of the date
> so we could be present.  I did that - I think I spoke with someone who
> identified himself as the NYSEG forester? - and he said they would be in
> touch before they came.  He also reminded me that within the utility right
> of way that they own, they have a right to remove anything growing there
> that they deem a potential danger to the lines.  They actually have not
> cleared the lines here since they left that card, but we hope they would
> follow through and contact us as promised. It has been a lot more than 5
> yrs since then ...
>
> Alicia
>
>
> On 6/8/2018 7:24 PM, Carol Schmitt wrote:
>
> Our summer garden at our cottage was completely *clear-cut* early this
> winter.  Low-growth lilacs, honeysuckle, witch hazel, Japanese maples
> with a likely mature height of 12’, and other very small trees were sliced
> off at the ground.  My five bird feeders were removed and left on our
> front steps.  Mean-spirited and heart-breaking to discover when we opened
> the cottage for the season.
>   I made an appointment for the Auburn NYSEG forester to come look at the
> damage.  He said that although the decorative trees in question were
> considered ‘low-growth compatible’ and not a problem, “mistakes happen” and
> “our guys are only human”.  He said I can try to file a claim through
> their website.
>I was told that they now have a 5-year program to continue doing this,
> contracting with Ironwood Heavy Highway.  Having found that simple branch
> trimming was not effective, NYSEG now will simply completely remove any
> trees they deem a possible future problem under any of their power lines.
> Carol Schmitt
> -Original Message-
> From: Muhammad Arif  
> To: Marie P. Read  ; Karen L
> Edelstein  ; CAYUGABIRDS-L
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> Cc: Bill Evans  ;
> Donna Lee Scott  ; Candace Cornell
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> Sent: Fri, Jun 8, 2018 11:33 am
> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines
>
> Marie, Thank you.
>
> I also just sent them an email. If anyone else would like to send NYSEG a
> note, here is their “contact us by email” page: https://www.nyseg.com/
> WritetoNYSEG.html
>
> They also have a Facebook page and it might be worthwhile for some of us
> to post messages there. I found this page: https://www.facebook.com/
> NYSEandG which says Binghamton but regardless, it ought to get their
> attention. (I’ve posted a message there as well).
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> *Cc:* Bill Evans; Donna Lee Scott; Candace Cornell
> *Subject:* RE: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines
>
> I just sent NYSEG the following email:
>
> "I am hearing from others in Tompkins County that clear cutting/brush
> hogging under powerlines is currently being done in the area. I want to
> stress that this is entirely the WRONG time of year to do this! There are
> numerous birds nesting in the utility access areas whose breeding efforts
> will be destroyed when vegetation is removed. Have a heart PLEASE. At this
> time of year, this removing vegetative cover is cruel and unnecessary.
> Please wait until autumn when the birds have finished nesting and are
> leaving the area for the winter. Thanks!"
>
> Marie
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
> 452 Ringwood Road
> 
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>
> Phone  607-539-6608
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>
> Website: http://www.marieread.com
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> From: bounce-122625773-5851...@list.cornell.edu [bounce-122625773-5851667@
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins (3+)

2018-06-05 Thread Asher Hockett
Our siskins are generally tame. I can approach within a few feet of the
feeders before they flee. And they don't seem to react at all to my calling
the cat, whereas the jays and squirrels run like heck.

On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 6:24 AM, John Confer  wrote:

> Two days ago (3 June) I heard what I thought was siskin calls near our
> feader and yesterday two landed on our feeder while at least one more was
> in a nearby tree. One at the feeder was extremely tame allowing approach
> within a few feet. Seemed like possible fledgling, but that's only a guess.
> I haven't heard/seen any other siskins since winter incursion. If they
> nested in the area, it wasn't very close.
>
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2018-05-28 Thread Asher Hockett
Still many here in the hemlock forest. They are the predominating birds at
our feeders.

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[cayugabirds-l] oriole

2018-05-16 Thread Asher Hockett
We have our first oriole, a very pale, almost yellow male - it has a black
hood but otherwise looks more like a female. I haven't seen this pale color
in an oriole before.

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[cayugabirds-l] Siskins persisting

2018-05-14 Thread Asher Hockett
I just counted 14 Pine Siskins at our feeders. This is not usual for our
location, but perhaps the continuing cool weather is keeping them here, or
they'v'e just decided they like it. We do have a lot of nyger seed socks -
the fly to the top of one and work their way down head first to the seed.
They outnumber the goldfinches and the juncos.

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[cayugabirds-l] back in south Danby

2018-05-09 Thread Asher Hockett
We've been out west and just got back. Early this morning we had a
Red-shouldered Hawk flying around and calling, and later our first Phoebe
and Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Oven birds singing in several places.  The
pileateds have destroyed one tree and are working on another. A
ruby-throated just reminded me to put out the feeder.

New birds on my life list from NM and CA include Spotted Towhee, an oregon
style junco, Cinnamon Teal, and a road runner.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrows in Tompkins County (long)

2018-04-21 Thread Asher Hockett
Kevin et al,

It sounds fantastic, but even though I'm no Luddite, I am clinging to my
flip phone as if my life depends on it, reluctant to have a smart phone and
yield to the mind-control powers of the big tech giants like Amazon,
Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple.

I will be traveling and would love to avail myself of the benefits you
described, but I fear my birding will be constrained by my fear of big
brother.

Still no Fox Sparrows (satisfying bird content protocol).

On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 8:35 PM, Kevin J. McGowan  wrote:

> I've still got a few Fox Sparrows, too. I can't ever remember waking up to
> them singing in my yard for over a week before. It always seemed that a few
> would be present a few days in the spring and fall, and that was it.
>
>
> No doubt our lingering winter is to blame. They don't go far south for the
> winter, but they go pretty far north to breed, so it makes sense that they
> should be aware of local weather and be cautious before they make the final
> move.
>
>
> A fun new addition to the Merlin app (free!) for your phone is that when
> you browse birds in a specific area, you see bar charts of the likelihood
> of occurrence for the whole calendar year. You can find the same
> information in eBird, but it takes more finagling to find it there. In
> Merlin, go to "Explore Birds" from the main screen, go up to the icon at
> the top that looks like lines and spots, click "Likely Birds," then filter
> by your current location and date. I suggest using "Family - Most Likely."
> That puts all the sparrows together, all the ducks, etc. Scroll down to the
> sparrows, and there, 11th on the list is Fox Sparrow. You can see by the
> bar chart that it's never abundant, but that it's usually seen in March and
> April, and that we're getting to the end of the narrow window when they
> normally occur.
>
>
> If you browse the sparrows, you see that the next most/least likely
> sparrow here this time of year is White-crowned. But, comparing the two bar
> charts shows that Fox Sparrows should be on their way out, while
> White-crowns should just be coming in.
>
>
> Also interesting, if you browse farther down the list, is that we have
> just gone through the peak time of Vesper Sparrow reports. And, unlike the
> other two species, they breed here! But, apparently they show up more on
> eBird checklists during April as they arrive and can't get to their
> breeding grounds yet, what with the snow and all, and show up in parking
> lots and roadsides the way they have done this last week or two. There have
> been dozens of Vesper Sparrow reports all over the county this last week
> and a half, and that perfectly reflects the bar chart in Merlin based on
> ebird checklists.
>
>
> I've been a half-hearted endorser of Merlin over the last few years
> because, frankly, I don't need the help identifying birds. But, the app is
> becoming much more than what it started as, and it's growing all the time.
> It's now one of the fastest and easiest portals to finding what birds are
> to be expected at a specific time of year, pretty much everywhere in the
> world. Soon it is going to be a reference source for birds all over the
> world, with photos, songs, and maps. Already it covers all of the US and
> Canada, Mexico, and most of Central America, as well as parts of Colombia
> and northwestern Europe. And it's growing every day.
>
>
> I did a West Coast business trip in February, and I used Merlin to tell me
> what birds to expect in the places I visited. I went to Oregon, and Merlin
> told me that Acorn Woodpeckers would be common in Medford, west of the
> Cascade Mountains, but would be rare in Klamath Falls, east of the
> mountains. It told me that I'd be seeing California Quail all along most of
> my drive to San Diego, but when I went to Joshua Tree National Park, I
> would be seeing Gambel's Quail.
>
>
> So, just a head's up to the birding community. The Cornell Lab's Merin app
> is not just some cute toy for beginners. (Although, it did get my
> bird-averse sister to start liking looking at birds.) It's becoming a
> powerful tool for traveling birders to use all over the world. Currently,
> it only has photos, maps, and information for the areas I mentioned above.
> But, it already can give you a list of the most likely birds you will see
> anywhere on earth. Well, anywhere there are eBird checklists. But, every
> eBird checklist you put in from some exotic locale helps the program refine
> its results and improve the accuracy of its predictions. And, every photo
> you upload to an eBird checklist from a foreign location gets Merlin closer
> to being able to identify that species from photos, and closer to having
> photos available in the app.
>
>
> Latin America has an avid and active birding presence, so we can expect
> big strides there in the near future. But, it also has the most diverse and
> complex suite of birds on the planet, so, that's a hurdle. I personally
> 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Very strange spring!

2018-04-20 Thread Asher Hockett
No Fox Sparrows, but I plan to observe and listen very carefully tomorrow
morning. Heard a drumming sapsucker this morning and another lone Barred
Owl last evening when I was taking down the feeders. Also a lot of Flickers
flushing from roadside areas and yards when driving.

You can have some of my siskins any ol' time. How about 6 siskins for one
Fox Sparrow? They're territoriality is likely chasing away some something
I'm hankering to see. My plans for the morning include kinglets, Fox
Sparrows, and Pine Warblers. Here that, you boids??

I am going to be in Albuquerque and eastern NM next week and LA the week
after, so hope to expand my list then. Never seen a Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher yet.

On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 3:40 PM, W. Larry Hymes  wrote:

> While walking through Mundy Wildflower Garden today, I came across both
> RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS foraging together.  That in itself
> is not so unusual.  What was really strange, however, was they were
> foraging among the leaf litter *on the ground*!!  That's a first for me!
>
> We are still having FOX SPARROWS --- 9 days in a row, and counting!  I
> tried to trade a Fox Sparrow for Ann Mitchell's Towhee, but she hasn't seen
> it for awhile.  How about you, Asher.  Got anything good to swap for one of
> "my" Fox Sparrows?
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Juncos

2018-04-19 Thread Asher Hockett
Looking for Fox Sparrows I moved to our basement which looks out over the
area under our feeders which are at 2nd story level. What did I find?The
rest of the juncos which haven't made it to Laura's yard yet! Can't count
'em, but must be 70 or 80 and there are ton above at the feeders. Also many
Pine Siskins mixed in, but, NO Fox Sparrows.

On Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 1:42 PM, Laura Stenzler  wrote:

> There are over 100 juncos on our lawn, around the house and in the woods
> behind the house at the moment. Amazing!
>
> Hunt Hill Rd., Dryden.
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[cayugabirds-l] S. Danby Barred Owl concert

2018-04-16 Thread Asher Hockett
What a thrill tonight to hear as many as 5 different Barred Owls counter
calling. They were so loud that I heard them from inside, and when I went
out on the deck to listen, one was very close. I called to it, but I think
that made it fly further away. I could hear them calling from at least 4
different directions.

After a few minutes another voice, higher pitched, with the same rhythm but
no final descending trill, joined in. It sounded almost like a dog or
coyote barking, but it was from treetop height.

They continued for about ten minutes and either moved off or stopped
calling. This is the first time since Spring Field Ornithology's' visit to
Laura's and Ton's back in maybe 2004, that I have heard any Barred Owls!

Made my day, er, night!!

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[cayugabirds-l] Yes!

2018-04-14 Thread Asher Hockett
To the now dozen Pine Siskins add a single Chipping Sparrow and a Purple
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[cayugabirds-l] Siskins!

2018-04-14 Thread Asher Hockett
Checking for new arrivals, but currently ONLY 8 Pine Siskins. Don't know if
it's the habitat (Hemlocks mostly) or the elevation, or the abundance of
niger seed - 3 socks full, but they are chasing the occasional goldfinch
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[cayugabirds-l] snow birds

2018-04-06 Thread Asher Hockett
Lots of activity here in South Danby this morning: scads of GOFI, quite a
few Pine Siskins, juncos, various woodpeckers including our regular female
Pileated, a few Robins calling, Mourning Doves, and Bluejays, one imitating
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[cayugabirds-l] feeder birds

2018-03-22 Thread Asher Hockett
Continuing at our feeders are a small flock of Purple Finches, both sexes,
consuming black oil sunflower seeds, and a half dozen Pine Siskins on the
niger socks. This in addition to the goldfinches and juncos and doves in
profusion along with a few chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice.

Red-bellied, downy, hairy, and a lone female Pileated Woodpecker are eating
suet. The neighborhood ravens are getting talkative.

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[cayugabirds-l] more Siskins!

2018-01-16 Thread Asher Hockett
Today the Siskin count is up to 6! Hard to count as they move a lot and I
have several niger socks out now. The goldfinches and siskins are pretty
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[cayugabirds-l] Siskin behavior

2018-01-15 Thread Asher Hockett
Been watching the  Pine Siskins. They alternate at the same niger sock (one
of two) and while one feeds the other fends off off other birds, including
the multiple Bluejays.


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[cayugabirds-l] Purple finches now.

2018-01-14 Thread Asher Hockett
The two Pine Siskins have been joined by a few Purple Finches here is south
Danby, including one very bright handsome male.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] They're back!

2017-12-18 Thread Asher Hockett
Well it's good to hear someone has House Finches! I don't think I've seen
more than 1 or 2 all year!

On Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 6:44 PM, Regi Teasley  wrote:

> Well, we have lots of Goldfinches and House Finches.
> Plus the usual suspects: Titmice, Nuthatches, Chickadees and woodpeckers
> (R-B, D, H) and M-doves, DE juncos.
>  The local Carolina wren continues to eat suet from the feeder.
> We had a Bluebird drinking at the birdbath on one of those very cold days.
> Also, we've had visits from a Cooper's Hawk and a Redtail.
>
> West Hill in the city
>
> Regi
>
> *One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.  *
> *Wm. Shakespeare*
>
>
> On Dec 18, 2017, at 12:32 PM, Laura J. Heisey  wrote:
>
> I’m seeing quite a lot of activity at my feeders in Newfield, but fewer
> American Goldfinches for some reason. Over 20 Mourning Doves, lots of House
> Finches, DE Juncos, Northern Cardinals, Blue Jays, Chickadees and Tufted
> Titmouse, several Downy, Hairy, and Red-bellied woodpeckers, 2 Pileated
> woodpeckers, one American Tree Sparrow and 2 White-throated Sparrows (my
> favorite). I also hear an Eastern Screech Owl once a week or so.
>
>
>
> Laura
>
> Newfield
>
>
>
> *From:* bounce-122138947-68441...@list.cornell.edu [
> mailto:bounce-122138947-68441...@list.cornell.edu
> ] *On Behalf Of *Donna Lee
> Scott
> *Sent:* Monday, December 18, 2017 9:15 AM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] They're back!
>
>
>
> Recent snowy spell his brought back many of my usual feeder birds.
>
> 10 morning doves, 20 Gold finches, 3 titmouse, pair each of woodpeckers:
> downy, hairy, red bellied; 2 - 3 White breasted nut hatch, a Starling, 7 DE
> junco, 1 House finch, 12 House sparrow, ~4 Blue Jay, intermittent small
> flocks Cedar waxwing, 2 Carolina Wren, 6 Northern cardinal.
>
>
>
> On Cayuga Lake yesterday lots CA Geese, 8 Red breasted merganser, 2
> bufflehead.
>
>
> Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] upsurge in S. Danby too

2017-12-18 Thread Asher Hockett
Even before the recent snow we started experiencing an upsurge of birds at
our feeders which had been VERY quiet for what seems like months.

Many juncos, chickadees, goldfinches, both nuthatch species, a few mourning
doves, a pair of purple finches, a band of bluejays,and all local
woodpeckers except sapsuckers and flickers. Even a Pileated has been at the
suet. Also a single tree sparrow.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: October 27, 2017

2017-10-28 Thread Asher Hockett
Collective is a very good word, I think.

On Sat, Oct 28, 2017 at 6:32 AM, Wesley W. Blauvelt <
ravenbarnconsult...@gmail.com> wrote:

> According to my handy iBird Pro app, “A group of cranes has many
> collective nouns, including a construction, dance, sedge, siege and swoop
> of cranes.
>
>
>
> On Oct 27, 2017, at 11:08 PM, Lynn Bergmeyer 
> wrote:
>
> Isn't a group of male cranes called a "bachelor flock".  I read that
> somewhere
>
> On Oct 27, 2017 12:04 AM, "Upstate NY Birding digest" <
> cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu> wrote:
>
>> CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Friday, October 27, 2017.
>>
>> 1. Re: 65 Sandhill Cranes
>> 2. Re: 65 Sandhill Cranes
>> 3. Where are all my feeder birds?
>> 4. Native Pagoda Dogwood offer - u dig
>> 5. Re: 65 Sandhill Cranes
>> 6. Re: 65 Sandhill Cranes
>> 7. Re: 65 Sandhill Cranes
>> 8. Flock of cormorants
>> 9. OT: Farm pond fish needed to feed osprey
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>> Subject: Re: 65 Sandhill Cranes
>> From: "Chris R. Pelkie" 
>> Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:08:47 +
>> X-Message-Number: 1
>>
>> Nice. Is ‘cranery’ a word yet? Maybe we should start pushing it! Oxford
>> Dictionary, here we come!
>> __
>>
>> Chris Pelkie
>> Information/Data Manager; IT Support
>> Bioacoustics Research Program
>> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
>> 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
>> 
>> Ithaca, NY 14850
>> http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/
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>> Subject: Re: 65 Sandhill Cranes
>> From: Dave Nutter 
>> Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:40:33 -0400
>> X-Message-Number: 2
>>
>> “Cranery” sounds like a nest colony (they don’t do that) or communal
>> roost. Also auto-spell-correct changes cranery to cranberry. How about
>> “cranefield” for where a large group feeds?
>> - - Dave Nutter
>>
>> > On Oct 26, 2017, at 7:08 AM, Chris R. Pelkie 
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > Nice. Is ‘cranery’ a word yet? Maybe we should start pushing it! Oxford
>> Dictionary, here we come!
>> > __
>> >
>> > Chris Pelkie
>> > Information/Data Manager; IT Support
>> > Bioacoustics Research Program
>> > Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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>> Subject: Where are all my feeder birds?
>> From: Sandy Wold 
>> Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:39:15 -0400
>> X-Message-Number: 3
>>
>> I was noticing an eerie silence in my garden since this original post but
>> did have a few Tufted Titmouses (Titmice?) show up that day at my feeder
>> along with a group of chickadees and jays.  I think it is cool that feeder
>> birds continue to scout and forage for the "good" stuff and then probably
>> also communicate with others about it.  Isn't the bounty due to the
>> amazing
>> rains we had this past springbut I am noticing some growth spurts on
>> my
>> fruit trees now after the recent rains, when they should be dropping
>> leaves
>> by now.  Freaky.
>>
>>
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>> Bureau)
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>> *https://sites.google.com/site/cayugabioregionmap/about-author-and-artist
>> > >*
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>> http://www.sandy-wold.squarespace.com/>
>>
>> *"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come ALIVE, for what
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>> American Theologian, Clergyman and Activist (1900-1981) *
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>> Subject: Native Pagoda Dogwood offer - u dig
>> From: Sandy Wold 
>> Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:41:46 -0400
>> X-Message-Number: 4
>>
>> I have a Native Pagoda Dogwood I need to rehome. It needs more sun than I
>> can give it and is supposed to grow about 3ftx3ft, but is growing taller
>> and spindly because not enough sun on the west side of my house and partly
>> shaded by a mature tree, and I wonder if it was mislabeled and could
>> become
>> more of an understory 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Loons at inlet?

2017-09-25 Thread Asher Hockett
Are you sure they were NOT Double-crested Cormorants? They are plentiful in
that area.

On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 10:44 AM, Fredric Kardon 
wrote:

> About 9:30 AM today while walking from Cass Park to Hog Hole,  we saw what
> we thought were loons swimming near the red buoy/lighthouse past the jetty
> at the south end of Cayuga Lake.  There were about 35.  I wanted to report
> them to Ebird but was advised they are rare for this date and location, so
> I haven't reported them yet.  The other possibility is that they were
> grebes.  When I put in PBGR,I was told this is a high count for this date
> and location.Based on size and sillhouette we think they are loons.  We
> only had binoculars with us.  Any suggestions?
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] When to stop feeding hummers AND Orioles

2017-08-16 Thread Asher Hockett
There are greater forces at play in the mechanisms which trigger migration
than the availability of food at feeders. We understand to some extent
that, on a grand scale, birds which migrate long distances are driven to do
so (or evolved to do so) by the availability and huge disparity
quantity-wise of food between their summer and winter habitats, factors
like daylight period and other environmental parameters play a huge role in
stimulating the urge to migrate.

There may be an odd bird which clings to a local food source longer than
the rest of it's species, but they are clearly in the minority and I don't
think embracing the "blame" for this is of much use. If a bird fails to
survive because it remains behind too long, this is selection at work.

"Real" scientist ornithologists can speak to this with authority - this is
just a reader's digest version from my own meager knowledge.

On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 3:43 PM, Peter  wrote:

> Yes. My concern is that I hear tell keep feeders up for both hummers and
> orioles will "trick" them into staying longer than they should.
>
> I've been told this is not a concern for hummers. How about Orioles?
> Thanks
>
> Pete
>
> On 8/16/2017 1:46 PM, Linda Orkin wrote:
>
> And when all have migrated through. It is my understanding that migratory
> hummingbirds are able to find and utilize feeders as they travel.
>
> https://www.thespruce.com/when-to-take-down-hummingbird-feeders-385959
>
> Linda Orkin
> Ithaca, NY
>
>
> On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 1:26 PM, Marie P. Read  wrote:
>
>> After they've left on migration!
>> Feeding them isn't going to prevent them from migrating, if that's what
>> you were worried about.
>>
>> Marie
>>
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>> Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 9:02 AM
>> To: Jay McGowan; CAYUGABIRDS-L
>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] When to stop feeding hummers AND Orioles
>>
>> Can someone suggest an appropriate time to stop feeding hummers sugar
>> water and orioles jelly?
>> Thanks
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[cayugabirds-l] Kyeer calls

2017-07-29 Thread Asher Hockett
Even though we haven't seen a lot of Northern Flickers in our yard, the
trees have been filled with frequent Kyeer calls - and I mean a lot of
them. I wonder if the flicker young do this when begging or if some other
bird is responsible. I do hear adult flickers singing in the neighborhood,
but have been to busy to settle down with bins to determine the source of
the Kyeers. Any light someone can shed on this would be appreciated.



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!

2017-07-27 Thread Asher Hockett
We've also been inundated with R-b Grosbeaks and Purple Finches this year.
Way more than any year in the 4 summers we've been here in the woods next
to the Danby State Forest. One thing we're doing differently is bringing
the feeders in at night. They are hanging from hooks mounted on our deck
railing which is very convenient for us (and the squirrels), but I chased a
bear away in early May and I don't want to encourage his return.  Had I
known the noise I heard was a bear, I probably wouldn't have gone out there
so casually!

On Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 7:17 PM, Kevin J. McGowan  wrote:

> I've had normal hummingbird traffic at my feeder this year (and, in fact,
> need to refill it soon). There's one at it right now as I type!
>
>
> What I've been having that is a bit out of the ordinary is that I've been
> swarmed by Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Purple Finches all summer. I am now
> getting juveniles of both species hitting the feeders pretty hard. Just
> now, there were just at least 6 Purple Finches sitting on the single
> feeder. There was one adult male and 5 stripey ones that I suspect are
> juveniles.
>
>
> They've been going through half a feeder of sunflower seeds each day. The
> flying-squirrels clean out whatever is left each night.
>
>
> Kevin
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> *Cc:* Melanie Uhlir; W Larry Hymes; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!
>
> I have maintained a feeder all summer too with no results until yesterday
> when my husband saw one there briefly. We never seem to have any despite
> many plantings for them until August or when the Bee Balm and Rose of
> Sharon are flowering so I guess it is on time for our yard.
>
> Diana
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> dianawhitingphotography.com
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>
> > On Jul 27, 2017, at 5:03 PM, Rustici, Marc 
> wrote:
> >
> > I have heard that you need more than one feeder or food source to
> consistently attract hummingbirds.  Do you have two sources of food for
> them or is my information incorrect?
> >
> > Thanks
> > Marc
> >
> > -Original Message-
> > From: bounce-121683513-62610...@list.cornell.edu [
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> > Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!
> >
> > For a while the only evidence I had that hummingbirds were around was
> that the nectar level would drop in the feeders. However, woodpeckers like
> to drink the nectar too. But since my monarda started blooming I've been
> seeing them on a more regular basis and the past few days I've seen two at
> a time, chasing each other. I haven't seen an adult male for a few days. A
> hummingbird moth has joined in the monarda celebration.
> >
> > Melanie
> >
> >> On 7/27/2017 3:21 PM, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
> >> As we were talking with our son Chris in our living room on Tuesday,
> >> he exclaimed excitedly, "A hummingbird just came to your feeder!!"  It
> >> moved out of sight, but soon returned.  We had not seen one at our
> >> feeders since May 11
> >> I've written about this phenomenon before.  To paraphrase the "Field
> >> of Dreams" movie, when he's here, the birds will come! This is
> >> probably purely a matter of coincidence.   HOWEVER,  it has happened
> >> enough times before to make me suspect that perhaps other "forces" may
> >> be at play.
> >>
> >> Have others of you been seeing hummingbirds of late?  If not, maybe I
> >> could send our son to your house!
> >>
> >> Larry
> >>
> >>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!

2017-07-27 Thread Asher Hockett
We've had a regular pair all along this summer (if you want to call it
that).

On Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 3:37 PM, Linda Orkin  wrote:

> I had one in my garden yesterday, visiting my monarda.  Haven't seen one
> since late spring when I saw what I call a "wild one" in the woods at the
> end of Muriel Street.  I give you huge kudos for maintaining your feeder
> all this time with no apparent rewards!! Glad you got a brief reward.
>
> Linda Orkin
>
>
>
>
> On Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 3:21 PM, W. Larry Hymes  wrote:
>
>> As we were talking with our son Chris in our living room on Tuesday, he
>> exclaimed excitedly, "A hummingbird just came to your feeder!!"  It moved
>> out of sight, but soon returned.  We had not seen one at our feeders since
>> May 11
>> I've written about this phenomenon before.  To paraphrase the "Field of
>> Dreams" movie, when he's here, the birds will come!  This is probably
>> purely a matter of coincidence.   HOWEVER,  it has happened enough times
>> before to make me suspect that perhaps other "forces" may be at play.
>>
>> Have others of you been seeing hummingbirds of late?  If not, maybe I
>> could send our son to your house!
>>
>> Larry
>>
>>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question

2017-07-20 Thread Asher Hockett
The ranger station at FLNF Hector is sold out of Senior passes and will not
be getting any more before the price increase.


On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 12:15 PM, Peter <psara...@rochester.rr.com> wrote:

> One last time for those who tend to come this way to bird the Refuge.
> Passes can be purchased at the Woman's Historic Park in Seneca Falls.
>
> Sar
>
> On 7/15/2017 11:54 AM, Peter wrote:
>
> Thanks folks.
>
> On 7/13/2017 1:39 PM, Asher Hockett wrote:
>
> You can purchase passes at:
>
> *Hector Ranger Station*
> 5218 State Route 414
> Hector, NY 14841
>
> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Mike Pitzrick <mpitzr...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> It looks like it would be a good idea to purchase a Senior Pass prior to
>> August 28, 2017.
>>
>> Changes to Senior Pass
>> <https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/senior-pass-changes.htm?utm_source=socialmedia_medium=website_campaign=senior_pass>
>>
>> -Mike
>>
>> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:28 PM, Judith Thurber <jathur...@yahoo.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> I purchased mine at Wonderful Steamtiwn in Scranton but Ft Stanwix in
>>> Rome NY probably also sells them.  A bargain for sure.
>>>
>>> Judy Thurber, Liverpool
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
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>>> > On Jul 13, 2017, at 10:51 AM, Peter <psara...@rochester.rr.com> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > Might anyone know where one could purchase a Senior park pass to our
>>> National Parks? I got mine at the Refuge but am told they are no longer
>>> selling them.
>>> >
>>> > Much obliged.
>>> >
>>> > Pete Sar
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Park Passes

2017-07-13 Thread Asher Hockett
I received positive confirmation from one individual who successfully
purchased a pass at the Hector station. Phoning first is a great idea. (607)
546 - 4470

On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 4:25 PM, M Miller  wrote:

> I would highly recommend calling any place first before driving there to
> get a park pass, I was told Seneca Falls Women’s Park does not sell them
> (since they don’t charge an entry fee). You can try to purchase them
> on-line, but expect a long delay in receiving them. Be sure to try and
> purchase them before August 28th, when the price goes from $10 to $80.
> (note: on-line purchases come with an added surcharge/processing fee).
>
> Montezuma Nat Wildlife Refuge no longer sells any passes due to the added
> red tape and requirements the government has imposed in selling these
> passes.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question

2017-07-13 Thread Asher Hockett
You can purchase passes at:

*Hector Ranger Station*
5218 State Route 414
Hector, NY 14841

On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Mike Pitzrick  wrote:

> It looks like it would be a good idea to purchase a Senior Pass prior to
> August 28, 2017.
>
> Changes to Senior Pass
> 
>
> -Mike
>
> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:28 PM, Judith Thurber 
> wrote:
>
>> I purchased mine at Wonderful Steamtiwn in Scranton but Ft Stanwix in
>> Rome NY probably also sells them.  A bargain for sure.
>>
>> Judy Thurber, Liverpool
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> > On Jul 13, 2017, at 10:51 AM, Peter  wrote:
>> >
>> > Might anyone know where one could purchase a Senior park pass to our
>> National Parks? I got mine at the Refuge but am told they are no longer
>> selling them.
>> >
>> > Much obliged.
>> >
>> > Pete Sar
>> >
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] bald eagle swimming?

2017-06-08 Thread Asher Hockett
As a follow up, here is a link to a YouTube of this very thing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMft3Ny7hFk

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> both wings flapping up out of the water in sync with each other. We asked
> the ranger what was going on. He was puzzled.  Doug wondered if it might
> not have been an eagle, either injured or perhaps caught on something, or
> maybe w/ fish that was tangled in something. Other ideas, my bird loving
> friends? Sorry we didn't get a pic - we watched quite a while but were slow
> with the camera.  But that pic of the river is where it was, just imagine a
> large flapping bird in there - dark grey, with white head, and very large
> wing span.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] bald eagle swimming?

2017-06-08 Thread Asher Hockett
In Alaska I saw Bald Eagles swimming as described, often a few strokes
before breaking free of the water. Sometimes with fish and sometimes empty
taloned.

On Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 9:29 AM, cl...@juno.com  wrote:

> A friend who is biking through the Cascade Mountains sent this query:
>
> We saw the strangest thing - a quite large bird was swimming in the water
> with it's large wings, doing a stroke that looked much like the butterfly -
> both wings flapping up out of the water in sync with each other. We asked
> the ranger what was going on. He was puzzled.  Doug wondered if it might
> not have been an eagle, either injured or perhaps caught on something, or
> maybe w/ fish that was tangled in something. Other ideas, my bird loving
> friends? Sorry we didn't get a pic - we watched quite a while but were slow
> with the camera.  But that pic of the river is where it was, just imagine a
> large flapping bird in there - dark grey, with white head, and very large
> wing span.
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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Osprey

2017-06-05 Thread Asher Hockett
While my granddaughter rode her bike around the loop at Stewart Park on
Saturday afternoon, I was treated to an Osprey hunting the lagoon, hovering
and diving and successfully catching fish. After disappearing with the
catch it (or its mate) returned to repeat the show. Later it (they) moved
to the lake. Quite the beautiful spectacle IMO.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?

2017-05-24 Thread Asher Hockett
Geo Kloppel's suggestion for evening birding is right on. Michigan Hollow
Rd in Danby has Finger Lakes Trail off both sides which are great areas for
thrushes. Just walking along the road itself, several miles from Rt 96, I
have heard Veeries singing so loudly in the evening I could hardly believe
it. If you have AWD, Bald Hill Rd in Danby is another place flush with
thrushes. (It's actually part of the same habitat as Mich. Hollow)
Shindagin Hollow is another good spot.

Take insect repellent to any of these in the evening!!

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> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep
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> get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I
> might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>
> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love
> thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song
> that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some
> hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to
> find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first
> time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my
> birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend
> I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
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> Thank you for your patience!
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> Sincerely,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Blue Grosbeak Upper Lisle County park. Broome county.

2017-05-01 Thread Asher Hockett
It was a week later in 2012 we had a Blue Grosbeak on Comfort Rd. So this
is the time to be on the lookout!

On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 10:55 AM, David Nicosia 
wrote:

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> From: "David Nicosia" 
> Date: May 1, 2017 10:53 AM
> Subject: Blue Grosbeak Upper Lisle County park. Broome county.
> To: "NY Birds" 
> Cc:
>
> Just had a singing BLUE GROSBEAK from claybanks trail Upper Lisle County
> park in Broome co.  The bird was singing voraciously for a while and then
> chased by Purple finches.  Another Black Vulture was seen in Vestal NY
> today as well. Am I still in upstate NY?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] EBBA 2017 Meeting Highlights

2017-04-06 Thread Asher Hockett
Thanks, Sandy, for the great report. Sounds like a really worthwhile event.

On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 9:29 PM, Sandy Wold  wrote:

> I'm not a bird bander (yet), but I went to the recent 2017 meeting anyway
> to learn more about it and see if I would want to do the training.   I was
> impressed by the passion and comradry of this group and left with a great
> appreciation for all the people who put in tens of thousands of hours
> laying the foundation of what seems to be our modern day "citizen science."
>  A few of these members had recently passed, and they were honored as were
> living members who made huge contributions.
>
> The speakers list was rich and varied and intense at times with
> back-to-back presentations (4-5 in the morning 4-5 in the afternoon).  Most
> presenters seemed to be leaders of bird banding stations and were sharing
> innovations in banding technique and/or interesting observations or how
> they solved different challenges.
>
> One of the presenters was a couple from the Westchester county who
> described all of the places a saw-whet owl would sleep or hunt.  It was
> fascinating because it would spend a lot of time in places you would not
> expect:  behind a large shopping plaza parking lot, crossing four lane
> expressways nightly, clusters of 3-5 tall evergreen trees, and down in
> tangles where it would wait for a mouse.  I loved seeing how they paid
> attention to the type of tree the bird preferred and percent of time found
> in that tree or perched low on a tangle where there was nothing growing
> making for easy hunting
>
> Another highlight was hearing about the conservation efforts of a Lab of O
> student (Santos) and his work/results tagging a very large Chilean
> woodpecker.  He shared a lot of data and video footage...even footage of a
> woodpecker murdering (yes, murdering) another woodpecker of its own species
> and how those woodpecker manage their territories and locating their
> territories.
>
> I have misplaced my notes from the meeting, but I hope that gives you a
> sense of the meeting.  If you are interested, next year's meeting will be
> in June 2018  in Acadia!  Accommodations sound very affordable, and the
> food there is excellent!
>
>  I have an extra copy of the October to December 2016 North American Bird
> Bander peer-reviewed journal if anyone wants it.  I can bring it to the
> next Monday meeting or arrange for a downtown pick up.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak

2017-04-03 Thread Asher Hockett
Hi Matt,

Yes, I think that is very likely, and I probably mis-id'ed this bird. I did
not note the bold markings typical of the female R-b Grosbeak. In my haste
to pin it down I eliminated the House FInch and completely lapsed on the
Purple Finch.

Asher

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> Asher,
>
> Is there any chance that the bird you saw this morning might have been a
> similar-looking female Purple Finch? Purple Finch is a classic early April
> migrant here in the Ithaca area, whereas Rose-breasted Grosbeaks typically
> arrive back here in late April or early May. This eBird map for
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak for Mar-Apr 2017 shows that the vast majority of
> records are from Central America:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/map/robgro?neg=true=-141.
> 8379045924362=8.949898346376457=-29.
> 33790459243619=52.11981561533453=true=
> true=Z=3-5=3=5=cur=2017=2017
>
> Here's the corresponding Purple Finch map:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/map/purfin?neg=true=-141.
> 8379045924362=8.949898346376457=-29.
> 33790459243619=52.11981561533453=true=
> true=Z=3-5=3=5=cur=2017=2017
>
> Good birding,
> Matt Medler
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> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak
>
> This morning at our feeders on South Danby Rd, a female Rose-breasted
> Grosbeak. Still not quite sure if in basin. Our drainage goes into Miller
> Creek, and i'm pretty sure into Cayuga Lake.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak

2017-04-02 Thread Asher Hockett
Yep, as confirmed by Geo K. I asked her to fly a bit north.
Asher

On Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 5:03 PM, Dave Nutter <nutter.d...@me.com> wrote:

> Very cool bird! As far as I can tell, Miller Creek drains south, and South
> Danby Road is outside the Cayuga Lake Basin. It's exciting to hear what
> birds are just beyond and contemplating migrating beyond the next set of
> hills or through the next saddle as they make their way north.
> --Dave Nutter
>
>
> On Apr 2, 2017, at 10:27 AM, Asher Hockett <veery...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> This morning at our feeders on South Danby Rd, a female Rose-breasted
> Grosbeak. Still not quite sure if in basin. Our drainage goes into Miller
> Creek, and i'm pretty sure into Cayuga Lake.
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[cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak

2017-04-02 Thread Asher Hockett
This morning at our feeders on South Danby Rd, a female Rose-breasted
Grosbeak. Still not quite sure if in basin. Our drainage goes into Miller
Creek, and i'm pretty sure into Cayuga Lake.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Beebe Lake Northern Pintail

2017-03-23 Thread Asher Hockett
That seems like a very unusual spot for that bird.

On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 2:40 PM, Karen Steffy  wrote:

> There is currently (2:30 pm) a Northern Pintail wading in the shallow area
> on the left of the falls/dam on Beebe lake (Cornell University).
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>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon

2017-01-06 Thread Asher Hockett
So it is a gray phase, but is not the gray landfill agent, if I read this
correctly.

On Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 8:01 AM, Kevin J. McGowan <k...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> Gyrfalcons come in a variety of colors, from nearly pure, Snowy Owl white
> with scattered dark feather edging, to nearly all sooty black, usually with
> some light streaking and spotting on the chest and belly. David's bird fits
> cleanly in the middle, with dusky gray back and face and mostly pale
> underside. That is what is currently known as "gray," and is the most
> common form to reach our area. In fact, I've personally never seen anything
> except Gyrfalcons colored like this.
>
>
> I hope it sticks around.
>
>
> Kevin
>
>
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> *Sent:* Friday, January 6, 2017 7:23 AM
> *To:* Asher Hockett
> *Cc:* Kevin J. McGowan; k...@empacc.net; Caroline Manring; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon
>
> Dorsal appearance plays in that call Asher, and I believe from Dave K's
> photo that
> this is a dark phase. All three appear light on the ventral side with the
> beautiful
> white gyr a real eye stopper.
>
> Many years ago (late 70s I think) we enjoyed all three at one time at a
> quarry in SE
> Pennsylvania. Caravans of birders racing through Amish country was
> something the
> locals surely still talk about.
>
> We also remembered one (I think it was a gray) here up at Canoga marsh
> back around
> the time when Andy Farnsworth was a student here and several members of
> the bird
> club were able to see it hunt. Andy's sharp eyes spotted it while the rest
> of us
> stared at blank sky for quite awhile.
>
> John
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>
> On Thu, January 5, 2017 15:58, Asher Hockett wrote:
> > And the photo from Thorpe Rd is? I am confused because it seems very
> white,
> > where it isn't spotted, and not gray at all.
> >
> > Asher not-very-experienced-with Gyrfalcons
> >
> > On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 2:54 PM, Kevin J. McGowan <k...@cornell.edu>
> wrote:
> >
> >> I believe that is true.
> >>
> >> Kevin
> >>
> >> -Original Message-
> >> From: John and Sue Gregoire [mailto:k...@empacc.net <k...@empacc.net>]
> >> Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2017 2:45 PM
> >> To: Kevin J. McGowan <k...@cornell.edu>
> >> Cc: Caroline Manring <carolinemanr...@gmail.com>; CAYUGABIRDS-L <
> >> cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>
> >> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon
> >>
> >> What color phase is the landfill Gyr? Thought it was a gray.
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> >> Field Ornithologists
> >> Kestrel Haven Avian Migration Observatory
> >> 5373 Fitzgerald Road
> >> Burdett,NY 14818-9626
> >> N 42 26.611' W 76 45.492'
> >>  Website: http://www.empacc.net/~kestrelhaven/
> >> "Conserve and Create Habitat"
> >>
> >> On Thu, January 5, 2017 13:42, Kevin J. McGowan wrote:
> >> > Check the legs for jesses. They use a Gyrfalcon to keep gulls away
> >> > from the landfill over on Rt 414.
> >> >
> >> > Kevin
> >> >
> >> > -Original Message-
> >> > From: bounce-121125912-3493...@list.cornell.edu
> >> > [mailto:bounce-121125912-3493...@list.cornell.edu
> <bounce-121125912-3493...@list.cornell.edu>] On Behalf Of
> >> > Caroline Manring
> >> > Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2017 1:32 PM
> >> > To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>
> >> > Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon
> >> >
> >> > Here now, 1:30-- no snowies to be seen but several good long looks at
> >> > a Gyrfalcon on both sides of the road, both on ground and on telephone
> >> pole!
> >> >
> >> > Caroline
> >> >
> >> > Sent from my i

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon

2017-01-05 Thread Asher Hockett
And the photo from Thorpe Rd is? I am confused because it seems very white,
where it isn't spotted, and not gray at all.

Asher not-very-experienced-with Gyrfalcons

On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 2:54 PM, Kevin J. McGowan  wrote:

> I believe that is true.
>
> Kevin
>
> -Original Message-
> From: John and Sue Gregoire [mailto:k...@empacc.net]
> Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2017 2:45 PM
> To: Kevin J. McGowan 
> Cc: Caroline Manring ; CAYUGABIRDS-L <
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> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon
>
> What color phase is the landfill Gyr? Thought it was a gray.
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> On Thu, January 5, 2017 13:42, Kevin J. McGowan wrote:
> > Check the legs for jesses. They use a Gyrfalcon to keep gulls away
> > from the landfill over on Rt 414.
> >
> > Kevin
> >
> > -Original Message-
> > From: bounce-121125912-3493...@list.cornell.edu
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> > To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> > Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon
> >
> > Here now, 1:30-- no snowies to be seen but several good long looks at
> > a Gyrfalcon on both sides of the road, both on ground and on telephone
> pole!
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[cayugabirds-l] Christmas Bird Count in Danby

2016-12-14 Thread Asher Hockett
Listers:

Several of the folks who counted birds for Danby last year and the year
before will not be able to participate this year, so this is an appeal for
folks to join us in Danby on Jan 1st. This coming Saturday we will he
hosting a count warm-up session for those interested. Attendance Saturday
is not required to join in the count on New Years Day, so if you can help
during the count please let me know.

Here is our official notice from the Danby Area News:

*Time to Count Birds Again*

*The 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is fast approaching and the
Ithaca CBC will be on January 1 as usual. Danby resident Asher Hockett
coordinates the Danby section of the CBC.*

*The Danby Community Council will be hosting an informational meeting about
the count at Town Hall on Saturday, December 17, at 10am. Asher will
present an overview of the CBC for the first-time participants, and then
we'll review the species found last year and begin planning for the January
1, 2017 count.*

*All bird identification skills welcome; hot beverages and homemade apple
fritters will be served! After the meeting we will go birdwatching around
Town Hall and Dotson Park until at least Noon.*

*For more information about the December 17 event, contact me,
[wev...@danbycc.org <wev...@danbycc.org>]. Contact Asher
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl - Not

2016-10-27 Thread Asher Hockett
I remember after moving to Danby in 2000 that I mistook the now-deceased
white Red-tail for a Snowy. I had to go home for bins and go back to
discover my error. That bird was whiter than any Snowy I have ever seen. I
saw it so often I felt like we were connected.

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> Just a little clarification.  Seeing this bird at a distance without
> binocs could leave the manager of the farm (a non-birder) with the
> impression that this was indeed a Snowy Owl.  This is especially so, since
> Snowys have shown up on the farm on rare occasions.  I did suggest to him
> that it might be an "albino" Red-tail, but he was reasonably certain in his
> mind that he was seeing a Snowy.  Thus my report to Cayugabirds, and Sara
> Jane's rare bird alert.
>
> I thought this was much too early, but I don't know the earliest first
> arrival date in the fall/early winter of Snowy in the basin.  However, I do
> have a vague recollection of Snowys being seen as early as November.
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] ID help? Whistling at night

2016-09-23 Thread Asher Hockett
I heard twice a descending call this morning, lower pitched and coarser
than what I associate with E. Screech Owl. It seem to definitely be an owl
- it was still dark with only a few peeps and chirps from other
birds/frogs/insects - and the descending pattern was like that of the E.
SO.  Trying out by youthful voices, I'd guess.

On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 9:15 PM, Eva Smith  wrote:

> Thanks to all the feedback and comments. Since the bird was perched rather
> than a flyover, seems like the best fit is a Eastern Screech Owl making (to
> me) an unusual version of its call.
>
> On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:36 PM, Jeff Poulin 
> wrote:
>
>> Screech owls whinnying now and the last couple of nights at my house in
>> Endicott.  I haven’t heard them in months.
>>
>>
>>
>> -jeff
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>> *From:* bounce-120816812-14247...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:
>> bounce-120816812-14247...@list.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of *Geo Kloppel
>> *Sent:* Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:03 PM
>>
>> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] ID help? Whistling at night
>>
>>
>>
>> Night before last, I heard several ascending whistle calls, right outside
>> my door. The local Barred Owls responded with typical hooting, so I think
>> the whistles were (still begging?) calls from their immature youngsters.
>>
>> -Geo
>>
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>
>> On Sep 22, 2016, at 11:36 AM, Marty Schlabach  wrote:
>>
>> I also last night heard a sound right outside of my bedroom window that I
>> didn’t recognize at first.  But, a bit later from the same tree came the
>> more typical screech owl whinny, so am pretty sure it was the same bird.
>> --Marty
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* bounce-120815972-3494...@list.cornell.edu [
>> mailto:bounce-120815972-3494...@list.cornell.edu
>> ] *On Behalf Of *Chris R.
>> Pelkie
>> *Sent:* Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:19 AM
>> *To:* Eva Smith 
>> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] ID help? Whistling at night
>>
>>
>>
>> I’ll defer to the experts but would not rule out Screech-owl. I’ve heard
>> that also: clear descending rather than whinny descending but followed by
>> other EASO distinct sounds, so concluded it was the same bird. I’ve been
>> hearing EASO loud whinnies just in the last couple of weeks, first time
>> this year, so I guess I have a male imoving around checking out the
>> territory or advertising once again.
>>
>>
>>
>> ChrisP
>>
>> __
>>
>> Chris Pelkie
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>> 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
>> Ithaca, NY 14850
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sep 22, 2016, at 08:32, Eva Smith  wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> Dear all,
>>
>>
>>
>> I hope it's ok to ask for ID help here. Between Sibley and the Lab of O's
>> bird call recordings, I haven't been able to get a decent ID on a bird
>> heard last night.
>>
>>
>>
>> The call was a long (1-2 s) descending *clear* whistle (not a whinny
>> like a typical Eastern Screech Owl), starting on a high note and ending
>> quite low. It was repeated 3-4 times and then followed by a repeated
>> whistle on a single, high note. The timbre was similar to a saw-whet owl,
>> but the tempo was different.
>>
>>
>>
>> It was heard at 1 AM at the border between a field and scrubby forest.
>>
>>
>>
>> Regards,
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[cayugabirds-l] Red Breasted Nuthatches

2016-09-19 Thread Asher Hockett
Carol's post reminded me that we have had RB Nuthatches visiting our feeder
for most of the summer. Lately it's been two (at least) at a time. These
birds are not flustered in the slightest by my presence near the feeders.
We take them down every night to discourage raccoon visits, and the
nuthatches and chickadees will keep coming for seed even as I am taking the
feeders off the hooks.

My guess is that the RB's like the Hemlock Forest we live in, as they were
a rarity at Comfort Rd only 4 miles away, where we were on the edge of a
mixed hardwood forest with a meadow adjoining.

We also still have Purple Finches and RB Grosbeaks daily, as well as the
usual suspects including the audible local Ravens and Red-shouldered Hawks

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[cayugabirds-l] new visitors!

2016-05-04 Thread Asher Hockett
Yesterday I spent the day at home adding feeding stations. We had a
beautiful Yellow-rumped Warbler eating suet scraps from the deck railing -
he had the brightest and most distinct yellow crown I have ever seen on a
Y-r, not fuzzy at all like Sibley's. The male R-b Grosbeak was parked
alternately at the suet and new mixed seed feeder tray. Both goldfinches
and siskins at the nyger socks, and the usual gang of woodpeckers,
chickadees and nuthatches.

I erected a new pole in the garden with a big black oil sunflower seed
feeder on it. We haven't had a ground level pole since we moved to S Danby
Rd for fear of bears. This morning I found the pole uprooted and on its
side about ten feet from where it had stood, seed feeder empty and nyger
sock ripped up. I think a strong raccoon could have pushed it over with the
gravitational help of the heavy seed feeder, but I doubt that it would have
been dragged so far out of position, so I am guessing we might have a bear.
Tonight in better light I will examine the area for signs. I may re-erect
the pole and try to stay up to see who visits.

Our seed is in tight-lidded galvanized trash cans on the second story deck.
I am a bit concerned that we may be inviting disaster - stairs aren't a big
obstacle.

As much as I'd love to see a bear here, I would rather not.

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[cayugabirds-l] R-b Grosbeak

2016-05-02 Thread Asher Hockett
The Raven dominated my brain so much that I forgot to mention we also had
our first R-b Grosbeak on Saturday. Nyger socks now shared by goldfinches
and Pine Siskins.

Hummingbird feeders up for nearly two weeks now, but no sign of them.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Etna: House Wren

2016-04-23 Thread Asher Hockett
I heard a House Wren downtown Friday, on W Buffalo St,

On Sat, Apr 23, 2016 at 11:53 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <
c...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> Did anyone else notice if House Wren arrived in their neighborhood today?
> One has been bubbling away in our yard all morning, bouncing from territory
> edge to territory edge.
>
> Nice to hear them back.
>
> Good birding!
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2016-04-06 Thread Asher Hockett
Lately out niger seed sock has been busy with Pine Siskins. Not a goldfinch
among them. We did have A. Goldfinches until recently, but now, just those
siskins. Maybe our habitat - we're in a Hemlock forest - is more welcoming
to these charming little streaky ones. If they are truly just moving
through I expect eventually there will be a change of watch.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] NOW they show.

2016-03-15 Thread Asher Hockett
Tree Sparrows winter as for south as the northern part of southern states
like Texas and Alabama, so the bird your saw today may be on its way back
to the northern tundra border where they breed. Or it might have been here
all winter and is just waiting for the right conditions to head north. Too
bad they don't talk!

On Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 12:47 PM, Bill Mcaneny  wrote:

> Within the last 10 minutes, while looking out my kitchen window, I saw one
> Tree Sparrow, one WB Nuthatch, and three Ravens. Why is this notable?  We
> did FeederWatch Sunday and Monday and saw NONE of these birds!
>
>
>
> Actually, the Tree Sparrow was a surprise.  Haven’t seen any here for a
> week or more.  Are any more still around?
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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2016-03-13 Thread Asher Hockett
Our niger sock saw several Pine Siskins this weekend, where the goldfinches
have been regular partakers. I wouldn't have noticed had one not sat facing
me on the  deck railing and its streaky breast caught my eye.

And the wife says she saw a small bird with a red crest, and some Cedar
Waxwings. Not having seen a RC Kinglet at a feeder before I am not sure
what transpired for her.

Our neighborhood Ravens are talking a lot!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Silent Fireworks for City of Ithaca and campuses?

2016-03-09 Thread Asher Hockett
Absolutely!!

On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 10:15 AM, Sandy Wold  wrote:

> Would anyone support asking our City/town and local colleges to go with
> silent fireworks such as in this town in Italy?
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CBC Owl Prowl

2015-12-15 Thread Asher Hockett
John,

Being that's Danby and you added your numbers to our sector count last
year, I not only encourage you to repeat, I will meet you there. I usually
go there a bit later, but as they say, no sacrifice is too small.

On Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM, John Confer  wrote:

> Hi Folks,
>
> For a couple decades, I tried a Cayuga Bird Club Christmas Bird Count
> owl prowl (That would be CBC CBC OP) in the higher elevations around
> Hammond Hill on 1 Jan. The results were usually not very good and sometimes
> even dismal and always cold!
>
> Last year I picked an area that is about 1000 ft lower, and 3-7
> degrees warmer, and with considerable less snow cover, all features that I
> guess make it better for owl survival. I tried owling in the area of lower
> Buttermilk Falls SP, Stone Quarry and Sandbank Rds, Land Trust Preserve at
> Lick Brook, Ithaca Beer Drive, lower Treman S.P. and  in the area along Rt
> 34 near the soccer fields and lower Buttermilk Falls SP, and along parts of
> Rt 13A = Floral Ave.
>
> I worked up a very productive route: 17 stops for 12 screech and 1
> great horned.  That is a hustle since it works out to be about 6 minutes
> audio playing per stop and 4 minutes drive between stops starting at 4:00.
>
> If this is the backyard of anyone who is going to try owling, please
> let me know and we can work something out. Don't worry, there are more
> potential stops than there is time.
>
>Otherwise, I would like try the same area again.
>
> My hearing is not as good as it once was. I'm sure I miss some owls
> because I did hear a couple that were just at the very limit of my hearing,
> and I know others can hear better than I.
>
>
>
> * I would love to have someone with young ears join me at Buttermilk Falls
> at the parking lot adjacent to King Rd. at 4:00 AM, Jan 1. Good birding, *John
> Confer
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CBC Owl Prowl

2015-12-15 Thread Asher Hockett
I forget to add that my hearing is also compromised  Can two birders with
bad hearing hear more than !?

On Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM, John Confer  wrote:

> Hi Folks,
>
> For a couple decades, I tried a Cayuga Bird Club Christmas Bird Count
> owl prowl (That would be CBC CBC OP) in the higher elevations around
> Hammond Hill on 1 Jan. The results were usually not very good and sometimes
> even dismal and always cold!
>
> Last year I picked an area that is about 1000 ft lower, and 3-7
> degrees warmer, and with considerable less snow cover, all features that I
> guess make it better for owl survival. I tried owling in the area of lower
> Buttermilk Falls SP, Stone Quarry and Sandbank Rds, Land Trust Preserve at
> Lick Brook, Ithaca Beer Drive, lower Treman S.P. and  in the area along Rt
> 34 near the soccer fields and lower Buttermilk Falls SP, and along parts of
> Rt 13A = Floral Ave.
>
> I worked up a very productive route: 17 stops for 12 screech and 1
> great horned.  That is a hustle since it works out to be about 6 minutes
> audio playing per stop and 4 minutes drive between stops starting at 4:00.
>
> If this is the backyard of anyone who is going to try owling, please
> let me know and we can work something out. Don't worry, there are more
> potential stops than there is time.
>
>Otherwise, I would like try the same area again.
>
> My hearing is not as good as it once was. I'm sure I miss some owls
> because I did hear a couple that were just at the very limit of my hearing,
> and I know others can hear better than I.
>
>
>
> * I would love to have someone with young ears join me at Buttermilk Falls
> at the parking lot adjacent to King Rd. at 4:00 AM, Jan 1. Good birding, *John
> Confer
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[cayugabirds-l] Danby sector Christmas Bird Counters wanted

2015-12-08 Thread Asher Hockett
This is my annual appeal for volunteers to help in the Danby sector of the
upcoming 116th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

If you are available on New Year's Day and would like to participate in
Danby, please respond to my email: veery...@gmail.com or call me @
607-342-5074

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks

2015-10-22 Thread Asher Hockett
Once I tried to persuade to my wife that all creatures have a purpose in
the scheme of nature, and she responded with, "Ticks, even?" I must admit I
was at a loss to reply.

On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Melanie Uhlir  wrote:

> Eeeew. Ticks are one species I would love to see become extinct.
>
> On 10/22/2015 2:46 PM, Paul Anderson wrote:
>
>> A couple of years ago when we had that mild winter, I got a tick on the
>> Christmas Bird Count. Not the FOY species I was hoping for!
>>
>> -Paul
>>
>> On 10/22/2015 2:22 PM, Donna Lee Scott wrote:
>>
>>> Some of my animals and I have all had multiple ticks on us in the last 2
>>> weeks, after a summer of relative freedom from them.
>>> I am a tick magnet and had 3 on my levis yesterday, then one trying to
>>> embed in my thigh, later!  Ick!
>>> Donna
>>>
>>> Lansing Station Road
>>> Lansing, NY
>>>
>>> -Original Message-
>>> From: bounce-119809930-15001...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:
>>> bounce-119809930-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Melanie Uhlir
>>> Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 2:17 PM
>>> To: Carolyn McMaster ; 'Ann Mitchell' <
>>> annmitchel...@gmail.com>; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>>> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks
>>>
>>> Good grief! Thank you for the heads-up!!
>>>
>>> Melanie
>>>
>>> On 10/22/2015 1:39 PM, Carolyn McMaster wrote:
>>>
 Dr. Carolyn McMaster here,
 Just a note of caution for all you fellow birders.  This is the season
 when ticks are most active.  Even after it freezes, if it goes above
 freezing during the day, the ticks will be foraging for a blood meal.
 Only after continual hard frosts will they go dormant.  Lyme disease
 is becoming more and more common around here.
 Carolyn

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 [mailto:bounce-119808363-47503...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Ann
 Mitchell
 Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 9:33 AM
 To: cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks

 Just a heads up. I know I am attracted to ticks, or the other way
 around, but they are still with us. I discovered one on me after a
 walk at Roy Park Preserve last evening.
 Good birding,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cornell Community Gardens - imminent conversion, weekend walks, M-Th recap

2015-10-09 Thread Asher Hockett
It's a wonderment to me that Cornell with its extensive holdings would see
some advantage to repurposing that site considering how small it is. Maybe
there is something special about its riparian proximity, or to the adjacent
Dyce bee research facility, but otherwise it seems a strange decision.

On Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 1:17 PM, Mark Chao  wrote:

> Gardeners have received notice that next spring, the Cornell Community
> Gardens along Freese Road will be converted to agriculture instead of
> community horticulture.  I’ve heard vague speculation that the plots will
> be moved elsewhere, but I have no confirmation.  So now is the time to
> enjoy this remarkable site while we still can!
>
>
>
> This weekend I’ll lead two more Cayuga Bird Club walks at the gardens, one
> on Saturday and one on Sunday.  I expect a lot of turnover of sparrows and
> other birds with the changing weather – including, I hope, some new
> arrivals.  Both walks start at 8:30 AM in the site’s parking lot --
> https://goo.gl/maps/FUWhqwBzb172.
>
>
>
> I paid brief midday visits the gardens on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
> this week.  The species mix was about the same each day as Suan and I
> reported last weekend, with multiple INDIGO BUNTINGS and LINCOLN’S, SONG,
> SWAMP, SAVANNAH, CHIPPING, FIELD, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.  I saw a
> western PALM WARBLER on Saturday and again yesterday, but not in between.
> I haven’t seen White-crowned Sparrow since the one I reported last Friday.
>
>
>
> On each visit this week, I kept hearing dull “thgk” notes that I thought
> were from Lincoln’s Sparrow.  I confirmed the ID of these birds many times,
> without any false positives.  But the calls were so frequent and
> widespread, and so many remained unconfirmed, that I still can’t be sure if
> I was hearing something else, like the click of grasshopper wings.  If
> indeed all the dull notes were from Lincoln’s Sparrows, then I’d conclude
> that there were at least half a dozen of them among the plots.
>
>
>
> On Wednesday, I forgot my binoculars.  I was mad at myself for a few
> seconds, but then remembered that Meena grew up watching wildlife with an
> unaided eye, maybe becoming a better observer than she would have been with
> optics.  So I stayed and birded by ear and impression and the LCD screen of
> my camera.  I had limited success but good fun.  I did manage to find and
> photograph two Lincoln’s Sparrows together, and to get a rewarding portrait
> session with one.  Photos start at https://goo.gl/photos/1yHryZfebUGZfwJcA.
>
>
>
>
> I look forward to seeing many of you this weekend!
>
>
>
> Mark Chao
>
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] K-M shorebird walk, meet MNWR VC 7am Saturday

2015-08-28 Thread Asher Hockett
I looked at the ABA posts taken from CayugaBirds. Dave Nutter's show header
information and the content appears to be lacking. I doubt this has
anything to do with his posting, but rather something which happens when
ABA lifts the CB data.

On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 10:11 AM, Peter psara...@rochester.rr.com wrote:

 Dear folks:

 Perhaps there is a misunderstanding due to the word(s) I used in my
 previous email.
 When I go online to the American Birding Association site and choose the
 Birdingnews tab it populates a list of clubs around the country.
 From that list I choose the New York Cayuga entry and it populates, by
 date, posts that folks have made.
 Whenever I try to choose Dave's post it doesn't show any post one can
 read.all that it shows is a whole bunch of unintelligible
 technical-looking words (hence my use of the word computereeze.
 And I am not alone in this problem...a number of others have told me
 they are in the same predicament.
 I'm sure it is nothing Dave is doing on purpose...perhaps there is
 some glitch with his posts. I do not experience this problem with any other
 posts on the site other than Dave's.
 I hope that clarifies the issue for all, and apologize if I caused
 confusion among the ranks of my fellow birders.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Urban Merlin fledgling compressed images

2015-06-29 Thread Asher Hockett
Since the listowner has been silent on this - The list rules:
http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ask us not to include
images or other attachments. Links to image-containing sites are the
accepted method of sharing such.


On Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 7:06 AM, John Confer con...@ithaca.edu wrote:

  HI Folks,


  The fledgling Merlin was ~10-15 m from me as I took images of it. At
 one point it was trying to climb up an immense pine tree trunk using its
 claws, beak, and wings. Not very efficient, but ultimately successful. The
 originals are really nice, but ~8 mb. I tried to send them without
 compressing them and they didn't go through. So, I used the edit command
 for Microsoft Image Viewer to compress them for sending. The result was a
 disaster. I really am a technological troglodyte.


  I thought the images were charming and spoke for themselves, so I added
 no text.


  Sorry to waste your time.


  John


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 *Sent:* Sunday, June 28, 2015 8:37 PM
 *To:* Meena Madhav Haribal
 *Cc:* Peter; John Confer; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Urban Merlin fledgling.

  It had two pictures of a young merlin attached.  I think that, since it
 had no text in the body of the message, save the Cayuga list material, and
 two attachments, some email programs reacted and stripped the attachments.
 That seemed to be what Peter's did.  Mine came through with clearly .jpg
 attachments, which seemed reasonable for the subject line, so I opened
 them.  They may have been sent from a phone, perhaps one like mine, which
 is not very smart and takes low-pixel pictures.

  Anne
  On Jun 28, 2015, at 7:07 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:

  After your question i did not dare to open. So i cant answer your
 question.

 Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone

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 To: John Confer con...@ithaca.edu, CAYUGABIRDS-L 
 cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Urban Merlin fledgling.
 Date: Sun, Jun 28, 2015 5:52 pm



 Hi folks.
 Can any out there tell me if this is a legitimate email from John. It is
 very similar to one I received recently from another group member. I don't
 know why she or John would be sending it.
 Many thanks.
 Pete Saracino

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard: 12 May 2015 - Fantastic!

2015-05-13 Thread Asher Hockett
That it was close to the ground is another pretty typical Mourning clue.

On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 7:31 PM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:

 It sounded like typical Mourning Warbler to me, a low-pitched, burry
 chorry-chorry-che-che-chew repeatedly sung. I kept looking for the bird
 as it moved around, but apparently it stayed within 2 feet of the ground in
 thick vegetation. I briefly glimpsed the bird as it crossed the path, but
 got no details other than that it was large, dark, and plain for a warbler,
 very unlike Chestnut-sided. I did hear an odd-to-me rambling Chestnut-sided
 Warbler song several times and was able to repeatedly verify that singer.

 --Dave Nutter


 On May 12, 2015, at 07:00 PM, Brad Walker bm...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Dave, was the Mourning Warbler singing a typical song? Scott and I had a
 Chestnut-sided we would have sworn was a Mourning until we got a look at it
 in that same area.

 - Brad

 On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 6:50 PM Nancy Cusumano nancycusuman...@gmail.com
 wrote:

 WE are going to try tomorrow morning before work. Will the cooler temp
 (45) slow them down early?

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 On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 6:47 PM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:

 I stayed longer than other birders and got drenched by the shower, but
 afterward I heard a persistently singing (but hiding) MOURNING WARBLER low
 in the vegetation in the north central area. Earlier I may have also heard
 a NASHVILLE WARBLER north of the ravine, which others reported. Here's my
 warbler list:

 TENNESSEE WARBLER - many encounters  songs
 MOURNING WARBLER - 1 heard in north central area
 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT - several heard, none seen
 CAPE MAY WARBLER - many encounters with males, females  songs
 MAGNOLIA WARBLER - 3 encounters with a singing male
 BAY-BREASTED WARBLER - many encounters with males, females  songs
 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER - 1 female
 YELLOW WARBLER - several heard  seen
 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER - 3 encounters with a singing male - a rambling
 song lacking the emphatic tag
 BLACKPOLL WARBLER - several heard  males seen
 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER - 1 male heard  seen
 YELLOW-RUMPED (MYRTLE) WARBLER - 1 female  2 males, separate
 CANADA WARBLER - heard  seen in central area

 There were many RED-EYED VIREOS, but I missed the multiply-reported
 PHILADELPHIA VIREO. Over the large field to the SE a pair of EASTERN
 MEADOWLARKS had an extended pursuit, the lead bird being slightly smaller,
 which I interpreted as courtship. I had 2 silent EMPIDONAX encounters.

 --Dave Nutter


 On May 12, 2015, at 01:40 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
 c...@cornell.edu wrote:

 I was delayed arriving here on such a great morning, but managed to bird
 here for a short while before needing to leave. I know I missed many good
 birds and numbers of birds that others have already posted about, or will
 be posting about. Most notable for me was the amazing quantity of CAPE MAY
 WARBLERS!!! I tallied at least 13 birds, but I suspect I was missing more.
 Of the 13+ there were 4+ females and 9+ males. There were also a solid 12+
 TENNESSEE WARBLERS singing in almost every section of habitat available.

 Here’s my eBird list:

 Comments: This was a fantastic morning, though I only wish I had
 been able to get here sooner and spend much longer here on such a great
 day. Today may possibly have yielded one of the highest number of Cape May
 Warblers I've tallied at this location. It was difficult, due to their
 silence at times. Many observed foraging on the same branches together at
 the same time. Due to my late arrival time, I know I missed lots of good
 birds. Others reported having seen a roving flock of Bay-breasted Warblers
 and Blackburnian Warbler, Canada Warblers, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, among
 others. Great day, following overnight rain storms. Given general
 North-type winds in the forecast, these guys may be returning to the
 Hawthorn Orchard to continue foraging over the next couple of days.

 br /Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8

 37 species (+1 other taxa)

 Turkey Vulture  2
 Killdeer  1
 Mourning Dove  2
 Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1 SE Corner; non-vocal
 Eastern Kingbird  4 Calling flyover group of four birds.
 Red-eyed Vireo  2
 Blue Jay  4
 American Crow  2
 Black-capped Chickadee  2
 House Wren  1
 Swainson's Thrush  1 Singing, middle North section
 Wood Thrush  1
 American Robin  2
 Gray Catbird  17 Several, actively foraging everywhere; I'm sure I'm
 underestimating.
 European Starling  2

 Black-and-white Warbler  2 1 male, 1 female (SE corner, NE corner)
 Tennessee Warbler  12 This may be an underestimate; actively singing
 from every spot. Males.
 Common Yellowthroat  2
 Cape May Warbler  13 This may be an underestimate; Most prevalent
 just inside SE edge; middle Western section; Northeast area; 4+ females, 9+
 males; males singing variety 

[cayugabirds-l] new arrival

2015-05-07 Thread Asher Hockett
Our late populating South Danby elevation has an added voice this morning -
a Wood Thrush singing his incredible suite of joy.

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[cayugabirds-l] birding where I go

2015-05-06 Thread Asher Hockett
Yesterday morning found me birding the woods after a shopping trip behind
Maines and Walmart (from outside the fence and No Trespassing signs),
where a Baltimore Oriole was singing brightly. There were a half dozen or
more Gray Catbirds, and some audible Yellow Warblers as well.

Then back home a bit later I heard and spotted a Black-throated Green
Warbler, a pair of Northern Flickers, and heard Ovenbirds, Yellow warblers,
Red-bellied WP, Raven, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The higher elevations of
South Danby Road are still fairly quiet.

The B-t Green was foraging in the Hemlocks, which do not facilitate a good
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[cayugabirds-l] late posted Sandbank Rd dark phase Roughleg

2015-03-23 Thread Asher Hockett
On Saturday afternoon around 2pm there was Rough-legged Hawk hunting the
fields on either side of upper Sandbank Rd (downhill from the King Rd
intersection. It was the darkest dark-phase Roughie I have ever seen, with
barely a smidgen of white between the wrist and wing tips. I saw no other
light color on this bird, though the flat light may have contributed to
this. Because it was so dark at first I wanted to make it into an eagle or
a TV, but once I saw the wings and realized when it came down that it was
not that big, I decided it was a Roughie.

It hovered several times for around 10 seconds and then dropped to the
ground but came up with nothing.  I returned and found it again about 20
minutes later, bobbing its tail while perched in the small twigs of one of
the single trees near the newly erected fence on the south side, from which
it launched again to hunt on the northern side of the road. No question
once I saw it perched that it was a R-l.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vulture

2015-02-25 Thread Asher Hockett
I have seen TVs in Danby now and then all winter long, and an occasional
one over Rt 13 on the hillside.

On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 1:03 PM, W. Larry Hymes w...@cornell.edu wrote:

 About 20 minutes ago I was very surprised to see a TURKEY VULTURE soaring
 about near East Hill Plaza.  Having heard no reports this winter, I'm
 assuming this is an early migrant.   I've often wondered why this bird, and
 the red-wing blackbirds

 Considering the severe weather and heavy snow cover in our area, why would
 this bird, and the RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS that Dave Nutter saw on the 22nd,
 not delay their northward migration until conditions improve considerably?
 As they move north, aren't they taking into account the conditions they are
 encountering and deciding whether to proceed or wait it out?  Any
 thoughts!?!?

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Un Sprgs Mill Pond, Scout Project

2014-12-19 Thread Asher Hockett
I really like idea #2. Planting bird-friendly native plants would be the
perfect way to upgrade the birding opportunities to be found there.

On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM, Donna Scott d...@cornell.edu wrote:

 This is great news, Fritzie.



 Now it is up to us to come up with a do-able plan to help the Boy Scout
 with a different project. Those interested could meet in one of the
 eateries in U. Springs and work on this.



 2 thoughts:

 1-  Is there another area in the Village, not by the pond, that could
 use some kind of project that we could help the young man plan and
 implement?

 2-  Besides a modest sign and kiosk about birds  history  the
 nature of the springs themselves at the Mill Pond area, what about having
 the Boy Scout help put in MORE plants, native plants appropriate for the
 habitat there, around the edges of the pond to extend the bushes that now
 exist on the north and south sides?

 Instead of cutting things down, plant more bushes! Dan Segal of Plantsmen
 and perhaps Sharon Anderson at Tompkins CCE could advise on the appropriate
 plants.



 Donna Scott



 *From:* bounce-118641596-15001...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:
 bounce-118641596-15001...@list.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of *John and
 Fritzie Blizzard
 *Sent:* Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:38 PM
 *To:* CayugaBirds-L@Cornell.e
 *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Union Springs Mill Pond, Scout Project



 Birding friends,

 Below is an e-mail from the mother of the Scout about whom I wrote that
 wanted to make a path along the south side of Mill Pond.  I have sent her
 copies of e-mails I've received. Today I sent her the last of the many I've
 received over the last few weeks  this is her reply. Now you must step in
  try to help him. At 81, with an 84 yr.old husband not in the best of
 health, I can't do more to lead this project but I'll try to be the
 go-between, if necessary. I have deliberately not revealed *ANY*
 e-addresses so as to protect everyone.

 I am proud of all of you who took time  effort to write to me, the mayor
  village trustees. Kathy has said she  her son are open to suggestions*
 OR* to abandoning the proposal all together. Dave Nutter has offered to
 help, busy as he is. I will try to talk to Kathy soon but perhaps not 'til
 after after Christmas. In the meantime, put on your thinking caps  if you
 are visiting Union Springs, look at the pond surroundings near the street 
 try to picture what might be a project the lad could do. He also will need
 to be looking at things in a different light with time to plan  present
 findings to the village board.

 Thanks to you all for your input. May you all have a very merry, birdy
 Christmas.

 Fritzie Blizzard ( no, I didn't order snow for Christmas!)   ;)

 *Date: *

 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:21:12 -0500

 *From: *

 Kathleen Aguilar



 Hi Fritzie,


  I have been receiving your emails and reading all the notes written by
 your fellow bird enthusiasts. I appreciate their graciousness in
 acknowledging my son's good intentions. I totally understand their worries
 about a path around the pond and how it might negatively affect the bird
 life on the Mill Pond.

 I was hoping maybe we could meet the next time you have a meeting and we
 could talk.

 Several letters had suggestions of some projects that would support bird
 watching on the Mill pond (blinds, kiosk...) We are VERY open to
 suggestions to adjust our original proposal (or even abandon it
 altogether).

 It seems like maybe we could combine my son's enthusiasm to do a service
 project for his hometown with the birding community's knowledge to produce
 something that would enhance the bird life on the pond and the community as
 well. With the Village Board's blessing, maybe we could design something
 new that accomplished both goals.  :)

 Kathy





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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Raven inquiry

2014-12-11 Thread Asher Hockett
In my neighborhood on S Danby Rd, we have a fair number of Ravens. More
often than not we hear them but do not see them, and the range of sounds
they produce is truly staggering. This year I have heard at least 4
vocalizations which were new to me.

On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM, Ray Zimmerman r...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Speaking of ravens, few days ago while waiting for the bus along Snyder
 Hill Rd. two ravens flew by. I noticed them when one vocalized, making a
 sound my neighbor described as a Star Wars light saber sort of sound,
 before reverting to the normal raven croaking. Sorry I don’t have a better
 description, but I was wondering if that is one of their known
 vocalizations? I don’t remember ever hearing it before.

  Ray



 On Dec 9, 2014, at 7:47 PM, Clara MacCarald cmm...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi all,

 I'm looking for raven stories for an article in the Finger Lakes Community
 Newspapers. I had a nice conversation with Kevin McGowan about the local
 population, but I'd like to include some anecdotes from other birders. If
 you'd like to tell me about ravens, please contact me off list.

 Any help is appreciated. Even if you only ever see crows and hear ravens,
 that would be interesting. Or if you found Kevin's video, Caw vs. Croak,
 helpful.

 Thanks in advance,
 Clara MacCarald

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[cayugabirds-l] Danby Christmas counters needed

2014-12-11 Thread Asher Hockett
This is an appeal for folks to participate in counting birds in the Danby
Sector (VI) of the upcoming Christmas Bird Count on January 1st.

If you have counted for Danby before, or if you are new to the count, we
need you in Danby.

Please respond to veery...@gmail.com, or call me at 342-5074.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Golden-crowned Kinglet

2014-11-13 Thread Asher Hockett
I often get them on the Xmas bird count.

On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM, Paul Schmitt pschmi...@gmail.com wrote:

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

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

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR discsussion

2014-08-06 Thread Asher Hockett
I can remember CARavaning as a Spring Field Ornithology field trip where we
used cellphones, radios, and car horns (attention - there's a Ruddy Duck!)
a few years (10 maybe) ago. No one got out where they were not supposed to
and everyone got to see lots of birds - lifers, even.

I know I suggested a pedestrian wildlife drive (well, walk), but surely I
would never have seen the new birds I did on that day. Yet, I did snowshoe
once to the first corner, and back, and had new and unusual birds then too,
not to mention I could barely walk for weeks afterwards.

I think a blended approach is best: some places to exit and set up scopes
and stretch legs, and others for staying car-fined. Most certainly, better
signage with some explanations - maybe a brochure - would help.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR Caspian Terns and pedestrians on the Wildlife Drive :(

2014-08-02 Thread Asher Hockett
And maybe close it to vehicles!! It's a long walk, though.

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[cayugabirds-l] Saw Whet calling

2014-07-29 Thread Asher Hockett
A bit of a late post - sorry. On Sunday afternoon about 5:30, we heard a
few calls from a Saw Whet Owl. Carmen heard it first, and drew my attention
to it. This is not a bird sound I have a lot of experience with, but after
listening we went inside to the computer and listened to the sounds at All
About Birds . The calls we heard were a bit more explosive than I was
familiar with, but the matchup with the calls online were very close. I was
a bit surprised by the loudness of the calls we heard.

After returning outside we heard no more from it. The ravens in our
neighborhood are pretty vocal and make a wide variety of noises and were
active then, but no way were they imitating Saw Whets. Perhaps there are
other birds which do imitate them and we were mistaken. I doubt anyone was
sharpening a saw.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ravens over Ithaca

2014-05-16 Thread Asher Hockett
In my (new) neck of the woods on S Danby Rd, ravens are an almost daily
sighting, either at home or on the way down the hill to 96. It is wonderful
to have them around after so many years without them until just a few years
ago.


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 Yesterday I finished Berndt Heinrich's Mind of the Raven, which I can
 highly recommend. Today at about 6pm waiting at the stop light at the Dey
 St. exit from Rt 13, two Ravens flew over in the direction of the farmer's
 market. One was being harassed by a blackbird.

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[cayugabirds-l] new yard and new birds

2014-05-13 Thread Asher Hockett
A recent move to South Danby Road has me hearing different voices. This
morning a B-t Green Warbler was zee zee zee zoo zeeing from the canopy of
the conifers around our new house. Redstarts also abound here in the more
heavily wooded habitat. Neither of these are commonly heard at the Comfort
Rd house which is at a lower elevation and is more broken up by farming.
They are telling me to stop being so busy and to sit down and listen for a
while. Hope I get the chance!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rose Breasted Grosbeak

2014-04-29 Thread Asher Hockett
Melissa Groo reported one yesterday.


On Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 1:35 PM, Carol Keeler carolk...@adelphia.netwrote:

 A friend in Jordan, NY just had a RB Grosbeak at her feeder.  Has anyone
 seen them in the Cayuga bird list area?  I don't remember seeing any
 mentioned.  Any Hummingbirds yet?   Too early for their feeders?  I usually
 put out my Hummingbird or even Oriole feeders out when I read about
 sightings in Ithaca.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Unknown warbler

2014-04-19 Thread Asher Hockett
My guess is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet - not a warbler, and the crown usually
not seen, http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/ruby-crowned_kinglet/id


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 While in the woods around our house, we saw a warbler very briefly with
 only a few field marks. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

 Small, dumpy body, shorter tail, grayish solid breast, back with hint of
 green, thin yellowish wing bars.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher oddness

2013-05-31 Thread Asher Hockett
Perhaps it is trying to dissapate heat. It is awfully warm today.


On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 1:07 PM, Chris Pelkie chris.pel...@cornell.eduwrote:

 I just took a brief lunchtime walk on the northern part of Wilson Trail at
 SSW.
 I saw a small bird flit to a low shrub only 10-12' from me, got on it and
 ID'd it as a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER.

 Then, it flew down to the bark mulch in full sun, spread its wings and
 wing feathers as wide as possible, pressed its belly to the mulch and
 flattened its wings on the mulch, fluffed up all its back feathers, opened
 its mouth wide. Sat there for 15 seconds or so. Hopped up into a bush for
 15 sec or so, then repeated the spreadeagle (spreadgnatcatcher, I guess) in
 a different spot.

 I thought the first time it might be 'anting', the behavior I've heard of
 (correct me if this is an old wive's tale) of some birds letting ants bite
 them to get the formic acid rush which either repels parasites or feels
 better than the parasites themselves.

 But when I walked forward I saw no ants or anthills or holes at the spots
 the bird had just used.

 No other birds obviously nearby so not apparently a display.
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[cayugabirds-l] cardinal song

2013-05-18 Thread Asher Hockett
After listening to a myriad of Macaulay Libarry recordings of Carolina Wren
and Baltimore Oriole, I still think what I heard was a Cardinal. The C Wren
has a much qucker tempo - the song I head was about a second for each
upward arpeggio, or 3 seconds for the whole 9 note song. I am going to
return to the location and try to confirm.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cardinal song?

2013-05-17 Thread Asher Hockett
Yesterday I heard a song, a thrice repeated ascending arpeggio, roughly a
musical perfect 4th between each: g c f, g c f, g c f (just to give an
idea). This was downtown, S Albany St a block north of the traffic circle.
They are whistling or piping sounds, quite musical. Fairly easy to imitate
by whistling.

I think this may be a N. Cardinal, but have been unable to find an example
anywhere on the 'net.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cardinal song?

2013-05-17 Thread Asher Hockett
Pitchwise yes, but the call I heard yesterday featured 3 distinct and
separate and slower tempo tones, not the glissed over middle tone on the
recording you referenced.


On Fri, May 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM, Eben McLane etmcl...@gmail.com wrote:

 Is the song you're describing anything like LNS #107306 at Macaulay
 Library?
 Eben McLane

 On May 17, 2013, at 10:52 AM, Suan Hsi Yong suan.y...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Fri, May 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM, Asher Hockett veery...@gmail.com wrote:
  Yesterday I heard a song, a thrice repeated ascending arpeggio, roughly a
  musical perfect 4th between each: g c f, g c f, g c f (just to give an
  idea).

 This may be the Cardinal song I've nicknamed the bugle call, though
 I think that is closer to GCE GCE GCE.
 IIRC I too have had trouble finding it among the song samples in the
 various iPhone apps.

 Suan

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[cayugabirds-l] cardinal song

2013-05-17 Thread Asher Hockett
Folks have suggested C Wren and B Oriole, but don't think so. This bird was
in the lower branches of a tree I drove under, and the song was 9 evenly
spaced and equal length notes, like the third phrase in Taps ( *From the
lake, from the hills, from the sky*), but more than a major 3rd between the
second and third note of each arpeggio.

Not the typical piping of the oriole, but the C Wren is a possibility.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Request for this listserve.....

2013-05-03 Thread Asher Hockett
*I can tell you from substantial experience that giving the county,
township and road is not nearly enough information to get most birders onto
the birds whose absence I was reporting yesterday.*
Yes, indeed!! It's very hard to get onto them when they are absent!


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[cayugabirds-l] OT - cat tracks

2013-03-29 Thread Asher Hockett
A friend who lives on Durfee Hill has taken some photos of large cat
tracks, w/ a ruler for scale, and I am wondering who might be willing to
look at them for ID purposes.

Please contact me off-list.

Thanks!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Basin Highlights of 2012

2013-01-08 Thread Asher Hockett
Compared to Chris I am barely a birder, and considering the amount of time
spent birding in 2012, I am even less of one.

However, on May 8, at our feeders we had a Blue Grosbeak. Carmen
Hockett spotted it first and she knew it was different. I was so consumed
with eyeballing it that the camera, at hand, stayed unused. Others came to
see it (Stu Kraznoff, Jay McGowan  friends) but it had already fled.

I was so accustomed to errant reports of Blue Grosbeak attributed to
mis-sightings of Indigo Bunting, that my failure to take a photo is even
more embarrassing. However, the large ruffous-brown wing bars, large
silvery bill, and a size almost at large as the Rose-breasted Grosbeak at
the same feeder, were clearly the field marks of the BLGR.  There is no
doubt that my life's most unusual sighting was indeed a Blue Grosbeak,
which happened right at our home feeders.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Swan count for CBC

2013-01-04 Thread Asher Hockett
Thanks, Jody, for a really excellent post!

Birds have a bad habit of flying! This leads to their having a propensity
for being in two or more places nearly at once. Behind the old NCR building
on 96B, we flushed a Red-tail. A few minutes later we saw another gliding
overhead in the opposite direction. A few minutes after that there was one
flying back and forth over the trees to the south. We surmised it was the
same bird and only counted/reported the one.

In the same spot, at one end of the parking lot we observed 2 Yellow-rumps.
Later, a hundred yards to the north, we observed another. I may
(likely) have been one of the first two, but I thought it looked like a
third and counted it that way. All 3 responded to the chickadee/screech owl
mobbing call recording, so certainly there is a good chance that one of the
earlier Y-rs flew to the new area to see what was going on.

The counters ultimately make choices about how many of what they are
seeing, and the factors which dictate these choices seem to me to be as
variable (and ephemeral) as those which determine which flock of Tundras
was seen and how many times.

And since some of those swans were counted in area VI, why wouldn't I, as
area coordinator, want to have them in the sector total? I mean, it kind of
beats sitting there at the lab during the compilation and saying NONE to
every other species enumerated! Yes, I know that NONE is totally valid
data, but still, we are not machines, we are human beings. (and we want
birds!)
Asher
On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM, Jody W Enck j...@cornell.edu wrote:

  This discussion has been interesting to “watch” as it has unfolded.  I
 certainly understand the desire folks have to make the counts as accurate
 as possible.  Still, I wonder how all this adjusting of the numbers
 after-the-fact for just one species, and for just one year, influences the
 utility of the data for comparative purposes from year to year.  Given the
 year-to-year variability of the weather and its uncertain influence on both
 long-distance migration (e.g., of swans) and local movements (from and to
 feeders), I wonder if it simply makes the most sense to keep doing things
 the way they always have been done -- recognizing and even accepting that
 various species will be more or less likely to be affected in any given
 year with respect to whether they are double or triple counted, or
 undercounted.

 If the purpose of the count (at least one of the major purposes) is to be
 able to examine long-term trends, then it seems that consistency of
 methodology from year-to-year should trump our noble attempts to improve
 within-year accuracy.

 How far do Chickadees and other feeder birds move around on cold, blustery
 days like we had on January 1st?  The 6 feeder watchers in my neighborhood
 probably all had the same individual birds visit their feeders.  Seems
 rather endless to try to figure out how to deal with all the uncertainty in
 the data collection.  I know the inquisitive scientist within me loves the
 challenge of trying to reduce that uncertainty, but a reduction in this
 kind of uncertainty probably will not enhance the utility of the data for
 its intended purpose.  Besides, the discoverer within me loves being out in
 horrible conditions just seeing what I can find, recognize, and learn.  I
 suppose it’s probably the same - to a lesser or greater degree- for
 everyone who looked for birds on the First.

 Have fun,
 Jody

 Jody W. Enck, PhD
 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
 Cornell Lab of Ornithology

  *From:* Bill Evans
 *Sent:* January 4, 2013 10:05 AM
 *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L
 *Subject:* Re:[cayugabirds-l] Swan count for CBC

   Last night I made of a Google map of the swan flock information
 reported to the listserv. I updated the trajectories and markers this
 morning adding some deductive/speculative text.
  Cayuga Bird Club 2013 CBC Swan flock 
 maphttp://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTFmsa=0msid=208086491899212349523.0004d26dc6966e4c7c382(click
  markers to read text – if you have a Google acct and log in you can
 add information to the map)

  The evidence suggests some flocks were double and even triple counted,
 but as Ken pointed out there are still some things that don’t add up. Two
 pieces of information that would help complete the picture would be more
 description on the location and trajectory of the flock of 21 (@ ~2:45pm)
 seen by Marty’s group. I don’t have that flock on the map and it doesn’t
 seem like it could have been the same flock of 19 I had at 2:15 or Ken had
 at 2PM, which were plausibly the same flock. Also, any swan flock
 information from section V (Sandy’s section) would be useful in determining
 whether the 40 seen there were unique flocks or flocks that had already
 been counted.

  Anyone else who saw swan flocks on January 1st, please have a look at
 the map and see if your information matches or suggests additional unique
 flocks.

  As of now there is a fairly solid case for a minimum of 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] AMERICAN ROBIN in crabapple northwest of Johnson A...

2013-01-02 Thread Asher Hockett
Sector VI had 8 American Robins, ticked off by Bill Evans at Ithaca
College. You have it on your earlier totals.

On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM, 6072292...@vtext.com wrote:

 AMERICAN ROBIN in crabapple northwest of Johnson Art Museum 927am. Count
 week bird!
 --Dave Nutter

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