[cayugabirds-l] Nita Irby's post

2021-01-10 Thread Bard Prentiss
Hi All,
Nita Irby’s post is spot on. Living on the lake she knows it’s value.
It is also true that your “SUPPORT IS ALSO NEEDED” 

Please write: 
DEC and the  Dryden Town Board and post information about 
the issue where ever else it might be appropriate.
Best,
Bard
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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending Preservation of Dryden Lake Dam

2021-01-09 Thread Bard Prentiss
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DRAFT 12/29/2020

Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending Preservation of Dryden Lake 
Dam

Whereas there has been a dam at Dryden Lake Dryden, NY since circa 1801; and

Whereas the body of water known as Dryden Lake, created by the building of the 
dam, has provided numerous benefits to the citizens of the Town of Dryden and 
surrounding areas for over two hundred years, with its benefits changing and 
expanding over two plus centuries; and

Whereas the lake originally provided power for a sawmill and ice harvesting, it 
created additional waterfowl and wildlife habitat that has made the lake today 
a birding “hot spot” with 228 species observed, providing migratory bird rest 
areas and nesting and foraging habitat (Canada geese, ducks, loons, herons, 
Bald Eagles) as well as habitat for numerous mammals, amphibians, turtles, etc; 
and

Whereas Dryden Lake and its surrounding areas provides many forms of year round 
recreation for town and surrounding area residents, such as fishing, ice 
fishing, hiking, jogging, dog walking, biking, cross country skiing, snow 
shoeing (on the Jim Schug trail), kayaking, canoeing, ice skating, hunting, 
trapping, bird watching, picnicking, etc; and

Whereas Dryden Lake and its surrounding natural areas are an important 
educational resource, being used both for formal classes in ecology and natural 
resources (Cornell University) and informal education of everyone from young 
children to lifelong education participants; and

Whereas the Town of Dryden currently provides a community park at the Lake 
under an agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental 
Conservation; and

Whereas the Dryden Lake park is a popular location for many community events 
with the lake being the center piece for those events; and

Whereas the lake has a rich historical and cultural value to the citizens of 
the town; and

Whereas the NYS DEC is considering the removal of the dam and the elimination 
of Dryden Lake in the form it has existed for over two hundred years; and

Whereas the Dryden Town Board has requested a recommendation from the 
Conservation Board on the future of the Dryden Lake dam and ultimately Dryden 
Lake itself.

Therefore, let it be resolved that the Town of Dryden Conservation Board 
recommends to the Dryden Town Board that the latter take all necessary action 
to ensure the preservation of a dam and the body of water known as Dryden Lake, 
maintaining its current contribution to the recreational and ecological 
benefits provided to the Dryden community. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake may be in danger

2021-01-08 Thread Bard Prentiss















  The Dryden Lake that we know and love is in serious danger of reverting
toits primitive original form as a shallow pond.   The dam is beginning to leak a bit and its current owner
NYS DEC  may not wish to spend the
money for a proper replacement of concrete nor are they interested in repairing and maintaining the current
dam. The town is also resistant to assuming the costs and
responsibility for either idea, although there has been a dam there since the
late1700s.  It is unlikely given the way things happen these days that the
dam will be allowed to just rot away. It will probably have to be
destroyed soon, for liability reasons, and the lake drained to primitive
levels.   Such action would dramatically effect the lives of persons
throughout theregion. The lake would, in effect, become relatively useless to
its current large, diverse crop of users. It would have little appeal to the
large number of boaters currently dotting its waters throughout the
warmer months. Its shallow nature would limit the species of fish that could live there to pan fish.   The current Dryden Lake Park would be difficult to justify and
the trail would have little relationship to the remaining pond.  The current lake’s great value to birders and naturalists would be seriously reduced.   The lake attracts thousands of visitors yearly for all the activities mentioned above as well as for public
gatherings, picnicking and relaxing.   The loss of the lake would have a major economic impact on
the region.It would be truly serious for the area to loose Dryden Lake.We can’t let it happen!          
         Attached
is a resolution by the Town of Dryden Conservation
Board.   To
strengthen the case for keeping a dam individuals might write to the
NYSDEC Region 7, Fisher Ave, Cortland, N Y 13045 and the Dryden
Town Board, 93 E Main St. Dryden, N Y 13053 expressing the
importance of the lake to them personally.   PS: Feel free to post this any where it might further spread the word.


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[cayugabirds-l] special year

2020-11-25 Thread Bard Prentiss
Just had 10 siskins and a pair of purple finches in my feeder.
The siskin flock is quite large and both species have been scarce
in recent years.  I bodes well for a  special feeder year.

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[cayugabirds-l] Uhbirds

2020-10-25 Thread Bard Prentiss
Yesterday, we had several interesting birds at the feeder. Along with several 
siskins we had a pair of Carolina wrens, and a Red breasted hatch.This is 
the first red breasted not hatch we’ve had in over two years. I’m not clear 
where they were last year but we didn’t have any. This year is starting out 
like an excellent Feeder birding year. 

Best,
Bard 

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[cayugabirds-l] Siskins

2020-10-18 Thread Bard Prentiss
Over thirty pine Siskins at my feeders in Dryden 

Best,
Bard 

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Indigo bunting

2020-05-14 Thread Bard Prentiss


Indigo bunting àt my feeder in Dryden 
Best,
Bard 

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[cayugabirds-l] Rbgb

2020-05-09 Thread Bard Prentiss
Hi
 Just watched a male rbgb at our feeder. Awesome Foy
Taking shelter from the snow storm 

Best,
Bard 

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[cayugabirds-l] merlin

2020-03-27 Thread Bard Prentiss
Hi John,and all

Yesterday we had a female merlin on our deer fence in the yard.
Later we saw and heard a pair in the spruces across the street
between Union and East Main. I saw one there on Wednesday
too.  I hope they stay.

Best, 
Bard

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[cayugabirds-l] brown creeper

2020-02-28 Thread Bard Prentiss
Hi,

Yesterday while I was posting about c. wrens. a brown creeper
was moving up and down the tree out side my window. It was my
foy brown creeper.  cool bird.

Best,
Bard

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carolina wren

2020-02-27 Thread Bard Prentiss
Hi Alicia,  

After I posted i continued to search and found this JOURNAL ARTICLE
Sexual Size Dimorphism and Assortative Mating in Carolina Wrens

Thomas M. Haggerty
Journal of Field Ornithology
Vol. 77, No. 3 (Summer, 2006), pp. 259-265 
It states clearly that: "Analysis revealed that males were significantly larger 
than females in all body measurements."
I had read that only males sing but it was  not clear till I found this that 
males were larger. you suggest that females sing too.
> On Feb 27, 2020, at 3:56 PM, Alicia  wrote:
> 
> Hi Bard,
> 
> We have had C. Wrens in our yard since 1995, when we moved in, except for 15 
> mos following the cruel February of 2015 which wiped out the majority of the 
> C. Wrens in this area.  Have never noticed any size differential in any of 
> the pairs & have only been able to tell them apt by song: the male sings a 
> two or three part song and the female has a buzzier, irritated sounding 
> response - they duet.  The young birds do take a month or so to get up to 
> size after they fledge, but that wouldn't explain a small one at your feeder 
> all winter. 
> 
> That great resource Wikipedia, however, says there is a size difference on 
> average & gives citations for that proposition:
>> At 12.5 to 14 cm (4.9 to 5.5 in) long, with a 29 cm (11 in) wingspan and a 
>> weight of about 18 to 23 g (0.63 to 0.81 oz), the Carolina wren is a fairly 
>> large wren; the second largest in the United States species after the cactus 
>> wren. Among standard measurements, the wing chord is 5.4 to 6.4 cm (2.1 to 
>> 2.5 in), the tail is 4.5 to 5.6 cm (1.8 to 2.2 in), the culmen is 1.4 to 1.8 
>> cm (0.55 to 0.71 in) and the tarsus is 2 to 2.3 cm (0.79 to 0.91 in).3 
>> <https://books.google.com/books?id=-r35SXfm9BYC=PA134>  Sexual 
>> dimorphisma is slight with males being larger than their mates. A study 
>> indicated that out of 42 mated pairs, all but one of male was larger than 
>> the female of the pair. The males were on average 11 percent heavier along 
>> with having longer wing chords.13 
>> <http://www.buildingthepride.com/faculty/tmhaggerty/Articles/dimorphism%20article.pdf>C.
>>  Wrens sing all year round, although I am not sure if females do except in 
>> response to male song. Did your small bird sing?  The males also have a call 
>> that is somewhat similar to the female's buzzy song but I don't think the 
>> females ever sing anything melodic so if your small bird did sing 
>> melodically, I think that means it's a male.
> 
> The idea of a small C. Wren seems so odd - for a wren, they seem massive to 
> me!  Will be interested in hearing about whether they interbreed.
> 
> Alicia
> 
> P.S. This photo 
> <https://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/images/CarWrenseriesthmb.jpg> (which 
> comes from a webpage Kevin McGowan posted to show much white can be in C. 
> Wren tail feathers) also shows a much greater size differential than I at 
> least would have expected!
> 
> 
> On 2/27/2020 3:00 PM, Bard Prentiss wrote:
>> Throughout the winter our feeders have been visited by a small c. Wren. 
>> Today it was joined by a notably larger one. Probably the other half of the 
>> pair that has nested here for several years.  There is a clear size 
>> difference in that pair. If sex doesn’t account for size differentiation  
>>  in this species what might explain it?
>> Do sub species interbreed?
>> Best,
>> Bard 
>> 
>>  Bard Prentiss 
>> 
>> (607)882-0504
>> 
>> 
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>> Bard 
>> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Carolina wren

2020-02-27 Thread Bard Prentiss
Throughout the winter our feeders have been visited by a small c. Wren. Today 
it was joined by a notably larger one. Probably the other half of the pair that 
has nested here for several years.  There is a clear size difference in that 
pair. If sex doesn’t account for size differentiation  
 in this species what might explain it?
Do sub species interbreed?
Best,
Bard 

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow birds

2020-02-27 Thread Bard Prentiss


The yellow birds are back. Seems early for goldfinches to moult. 
Best,  
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[cayugabirds-l] redpolls

2018-11-20 Thread Bard Prentiss
The crossbill has gone but I have a few common redpolls in its place
Bard

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Dryden, NY 13053
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[cayugabirds-l] Red Crossbill

2018-11-18 Thread Bard Prentiss
A Red Crossbill male just visited my thistle feeder. Awesome bird. 

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[cayugabirds-l] White throated sparrow

2018-11-17 Thread Bard Prentiss


I was not lucky enough to have a Fox. Sparrow i Hàd a first of the year white 
throated sparrow 

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[cayugabirds-l] W t sparrow

2018-11-16 Thread Bard Prentiss


I had my FOY while throated sparrow yesterday and today 

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[cayugabirds-l] Feeder birds

2018-11-13 Thread Bard Prentiss
Two Fridays ago Matt Young 
stoped by for a visit. In the course of our chatting he mentioned that unlike 
last year this’ll be a good year for feeder birds since there isn’t much wild 
food. WOW was he right. In the last few days my feeders in Dryden village have 
been visited by countless   Chickadees tufted tit mice. Downey and Harry wood 
peckers small flocks of pine Siskins and. Gold finches. Several each of white 
and red breasted nuthatches pairs of Carolina wren bousefinch and red belly 
woodpeckers several morning doves and probably a lot more that slips my mind. 
Some year. 
Waiting for evening and blue grosbeaks. 

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[cayugabirds-l] More Siskins

2018-11-11 Thread Bard Prentiss
Birds of a feather. Yesterday my Siskins hung with the goldfinches but
Today with a dozen plus they formed their own flock chasing other birds away. 
Interesting. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Siskins

2018-11-10 Thread Bard Prentiss
Three to four Siskins at my feeder in 
Dryden this week 

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[cayugabirds-l] Zeiss 7x’42

2018-08-03 Thread Bard Prentiss


Binoculars sold this afternoon 
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[cayugabirds-l] Ziess victory 7x42 for sale

2018-08-03 Thread Bard Prentiss
Hi all, Due to a permanent nerve injury I am no longer able to use my Ziess 
victory 7x42 Binocs. They have recently been discontinued due to poor sales but 
as anyone who has used them  knows they are probably, optically, the best 
binoculars ever made. I was there when Wild Birds Unlimited got their first 
pair and when Walt checked them out he passed them to me with the comment " it 
doesn't get any better than this". I agreed and, shortly after, bought mine.  I 
had been using the previous generation of Ziess 7x4 2 for about 30 years and 
guessed it was time, given the awesome improvements, to replace them. I prefer 
7x42s due to the greater brightness and exceptional field of view.  i used them 
for watching hawks and warblers and everything in between and never felt 
handicapped.  The advantages more than made up for the 1 to 3x reduction in 
power. I'm asking  $999.00 cash for them but may entertain offers.







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[cayugabirds-l] Herron nest email

2018-07-05 Thread Bard Prentiss
Oops as you probably guessed that 
This message was not intended for the Listserve. The person who hosts it fears 
an invasion. 

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] IMG_0976.JPG

2018-07-05 Thread Bard Prentiss
The three of u are all that know about the Herron nest
Melssia is going to Alaska. 

Elsie says it’s right on the shore. Since it maybe easily spooked I have a 
portable camo blind u can share. It can probably be approached with out ur 
being seen. Enjoy. 
Best,
Bard 

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> On Jul 5, 2018, at 1:00 PM, Marie P. Read  wrote:
> 
> Thanks Bard.
> Marie
> 
> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
> 452 Ringwood Road
> Freeville NY  13068 USA
> 
> Phone  607-539-6608
> e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
> 
> Website: http://www.marieread.com
> Follow me on Facebook:  
> https://www.facebook.com/Marie-Read-Wildlife-Photography-104356136271727/
> ____
> From: Bard Prentiss [bvanwoer...@gmail.com]
> Sent: Thursday, July 5, 2018 12:51 PM
> To: melg...@gmail.com; Marie P. Read; Donna Lee Scott; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Fwd: IMG_0976.JPG
> 
> Photo is of green Herron next in pond behind first house east of rite aid 
> drugs on rt. 392 in Dryden. Elsie has offered to let a few birders watch and 
> photograph it. I have also told Kevin and Jay. Let Elsie know your there. 
> She’ll tell u where it is.
> 
> Best,
> Bard
> 
> Bard Prentiss
> (607)882-0504
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> From: Elsie Gutchess mailto:women...@localnet.com>>
> Date: July 5, 2018 at 11:23:44 AM EDT
> To: bvanwoer...@gmail.com<mailto:bvanwoer...@gmail.com>
> Subject: IMG_0976.JPG
> 
> 
> 
> [cid:B831C5F2-EDE4-45B9-821F-14BEA934E3DE]
> 
> Bard. Respond please. Elsie.
> Sent from my iPhone

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[cayugabirds-l] Cardinals

2018-06-02 Thread Bard Prentiss


There are a few male cardinals in my neighborhood that are calling incessantly 
I assume for a mate
for a second nesting. Do they pick a new mate for each nesting or is there 
something else going on.?





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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden MerLIns

2018-05-28 Thread Bard Prentiss


Two merLIns were cavorting over Union and east maim streets in Dryden this 
afternoon. 
Best,
Bard 

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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin

2018-04-19 Thread Bard Prentiss

Finally had a pine Siskin at
my feeder in Dryden on Wednesday. First in years. 
Best,
Bard 

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[cayugabirds-l] feeder birds

2017-12-15 Thread Bard Prentiss

Hi all,
I have a mature white throated sparrow , perhaps 2 or  3  almost constantly at 
my feeder . Last year an immature one spent the winter with me. Also unusual 
for me I have several immature common grackles eating me out of house and home.

Bard


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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Oops

2017-09-24 Thread Bard Prentiss
My post got away before I re read it. The corrected version follows. 

Best,
Bard
> Subject: Painted ladies
> 
> I had three ladies in my yard yesterday.

> I am very happy to see what appears to be increased interest in butterflies. 
> Butterflies and moths were my way into nature studies. Although my parents 
> were both bird watchers my interest in birds came much later. 
> Bard 
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[cayugabirds-l] Ladies

2017-09-24 Thread Bard Prentiss
I could not get close enough to determine which species they were 
Painted or American 

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[cayugabirds-l] Painted ladies

2017-09-24 Thread Bard Prentiss
I had three ladies in my yard yesterday am not happy to see what appears to be 
increased interest in butterflies. Butterflies and moths were my way into 
nature studies although my parents were bird watchers. My interest in birds 
came much later. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Hummer

2017-07-27 Thread Bard Prentiss
A female regularly visits our monarda 

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[cayugabirds-l] Eagles

2017-07-05 Thread Bard Prentiss
Has anybody seen eagles  lately?
Juveniles? at Dryden lake   

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[cayugabirds-l] eagles ?

2017-07-03 Thread Bard Prentiss

Hi All,
I keep getting reports of daily visitations of Bald Eagles at Dryden Lake from 
non birders living around   the lake.  it's possible that they are Ospreys 
nesting nearby and even eagles nesting nearby.  Perhaps someone might check it 
out.  I would but I have to be loaded in the car and driven there , about 40 
min. total for a visit plus observation time. I can't ask my wife to do that 
very often.
Bard

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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden to Ithaca trail

2017-05-01 Thread Bard Prentiss
Please keep voting for trail all this week. It could mean $100,000 funding

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Repeat voting for Schs EASY

2017-04-20 Thread Bard Prentiss
Hi,

Some persons are having difficulty with daily voting for the trail extension 
project and 
Bob Beck has found a better way.  You don't have to enter your information 
and it's a one click process. It is explained in the attached email.

Best
Bard

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: Robert Beck 
> Subject: Repeat voting is EASY
> Date: April 19, 2017 at 10:59:41 AM EDT
> To: 
> 
> Hello Friends of Dryden Rail Trail,
> 
> Reminder: Help us win $50,000 or $100,000 in USA Today’s “A Community 
> Thrives” grant competition by voting for "Dryden Rail Trail" video.
> 
> The videos with the most votes advance to the judges. Remember, you are not 
> voting for the quality of the short video, but rather for the Dryden Rail 
> Trail project itself.
> 
> Repeat, daily voting, is EASY. With your second vote you will receive a 
> "noreply" email. Save that email. For all future votes, just click on the 
> long link at the bottom of that email. Do not click on "Log In!".
> Then click "Vote" and you will not have to re-enter your personal information.
> 
> Vote daily until May 12th and share with all of your friends.
> 
> For your first and second votes, here’s the original link to vote for our 
> video:
> 
>  http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60418376 
> 
> My thanks again to Steve Foote and Gordon Beck for producing our little video 
> on very short notice.
> 
> Bob
> 
> Bob Beck, Chair
> Rail-Trail Task Force
> Town of Dryden
> (607) 423-0397 (mobile)
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Y B sapsucker in Dryden village

2017-04-14 Thread Bard Prentiss
FOY for me
Bard


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[cayugabirds-l] Purposed birding and nature observation site

2017-04-13 Thread Bard Prentiss
Hi All, 

Please watch the attached video and message from Bob Beck supporting 
the proposed extension of the Jim Schug trail, from Dryden to the East 
Ithaca Recreation Way.   When complete the trail will provide access to 
many otherwise nearly inaccessible top shelf birding and general nature 
observation sites and opportunities, as well as a safe footpath and bike 
way connecting Dryden to Ithaca and its large network of trails.

You can voice your support for the trail and the many opportunities it will 
provide birders and naturalists by voting once a day until May,12. Please 
do so.  We can use all the help we can get.  $50,000 to $100,000 would 
go a long way towards making this project a reality.

Best,
Bard  

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> From: Robert Beck 
> Subject: Vote for Dryden Rail Trail video
> Date: April 12, 2017 at 3:37:00 PM EDT
> To: 
> 
> Hello Friends of Dryden Rail Trail,
> 
> Help us win $50,000 or $100,000:
> 
> Vote for Dryden Rail Trail video in USA Today’s “A Community Thrives” grant 
> competition.
> 
> Help our rail-trail effort by watching and voting for this short 1 1/2-minute 
> video (Dryden Rail Trail) on USA Today's website. Here’s the link: 
> 
>  http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60418376 
> 
> You can even vote once a day for the next month (April 12–May 12; you enter 
> your name, birthdate, email and ZIP code). And you can help by sharing this 
> information and link with all of your friends. Your votes count! (But please 
> be patient with their sometimes slow website.)
> 
> My thanks to Steve Foote and Gordon Beck for producing our little video on 
> very short notice.
> 
> Bob
> 
> Bob Beck, Chair
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> Town of Dryden
> (607) 423-0397 (mobile)
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Purple finch and "The yellow birds are back"

2017-04-07 Thread Bard Prentiss
Hi,

Gina spotted our first purple finch of the year this AM. They nest in the 
Norway Spruces next door. 

We also had our first male goldfinch in full breeding plumage at a feeder 
today.  Before today the yellow feathers were sparse and not particularly 
attractive. Then today, as if a new species had arrived, We were treated to the 
shocking yellow of our first "yellowbird" of the spring. 
"The yellow birds are back" was the very predictable  announcement , each 
spring, of a charming, now deceased couple in Dryden.  Knowing that I like 
birds they would give me a call as soon as they saw their first "yellowbird".  
I never had the heart to tell them that the dull, mostly greenish birds at 
their feeder all winter were were winter plumage "yellowbirds".
 
Bard

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[cayugabirds-l] old and new birds

2017-03-24 Thread Bard Prentiss


Hi,
This has been a better than average year for feeder and yard birds at my house. 
I have both sexes of red bellied, downy and hairy woodpeckers and a female 
pileated, several rb and wb nuthatches.  A white throated sparrow and a brown 
creeper that show up daily along with  chickadees, bluejays, modos, d e Juncos, 
e starlings, n. cardinals, etc..  An a. crow  frequently cleans up the scraps 
under the suet feeder.   Recently, common grackles are infrequent visitors. In 
January a coopers hawk took a modo from the ground below a feeder. This week I 
added a cedar waxwing and an a. robin both whom must have been attracted by the 
feeder flock.  This morning I am watching a small flock of song sparrows and a 
single fox sparrow. My first in yeaofrs.  

Bard

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[cayugabirds-l] yard birds

2017-02-16 Thread Bard Prentiss
Hi Alll,
This morning I was visited by two quite special, to me, yard birds.  First a 
Brown Creeper appeared in a the tree near my feeders. it stayed in the yard for 
about 10 minutes. An hour or so later a Carolina Wren showed up.  It only 
stayed for a minute or so and didn't visit the suet feeders which were in use 
by E. Starlings. I'm hopeful it will return soon.

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

2014-08-02 Thread Bard Prentiss
I don't remember anyone addressing this long standing annoyance in the manner I 
mention below and I think its worth a try:
Perhaps the bird clubs in the region could each submit thoughtful  petitions to 
the director of mnwr requesting a policy change. If Chris didn't mind one might 
also originate with this list serve. It would be difficult for a public servant 
to ignore several hundred signatures behind a group of thoughtfully worded 
letters and It should at least generate a response and get a dialogue going.
Bird Hard Bard

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 On Aug 2, 2014, at 6:08 PM, John VanNiel john.vann...@flcc.edu wrote:
 
 Meena, this is exactly the kind f discussion I was hoping to instigate. I am 
 not against a change in policy, but I am for enforcement of policies.
 Dr. John Van Niel
 Professor of Environmental Conservation
 Director, East Hill Campus
 Finger Lakes Community College
 
 From: Meena Madhav Haribal [m...@cornell.edu]
 Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2014 5:59 PM
 To: John VanNiel
 Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR Caspian Terns and pedestrians on the 
 Wildlife Drive :(
 
 Hi John and all,
 My question to you is were the birds disturbed by so many people being out. I 
 have been to MNWR for more than 20 years. When I started birding MNWR there 
 was no restriction of being in the car. We could walk around on the drive.
 I have been to many NWR refuges, nowhere there was restrictions as to be in 
 car. I have seen shorebirds and other birds from as close as few feet from 
 me. Birds get used to human beings if we are not shooting them or harassing 
 them. So why there is so much fuss about disturbing the non_existing birds on 
 the wildlife drive.
 I am for the one who believe in opening the drive to foot traffic.
 I agree if someone is harassing the birds they should be stopped. If someone 
 is digiscoping that means birds were  far anyway, so why complain about them?
 
 I vote for wildlife drive should be open for foot traffic!
 
 Cheers
 Meena
 
 John VanNiel john.vann...@flcc.edu wrote:
 
 
 Many Caspian Terns along the Wildlife Drive at Montezuma this afternoon. I 
 very much enjoyed trying to photograph them in flight. (Now the rant..) What 
 I did NOT enjoy were all the people out of their vehicles. Every single 
 person in the five cars ahead of me were out of the vehicles. A young couple 
 were digiscoping with a nice spotting scope on a tripod. Another woman with a 
 large telephoto lens was parked in the middle of the drive and was excitedly 
 taking photos. Two elderly women were down at the edge of the water snapping 
 pictures of the mallows in bloom. I could go on  I moved to Seneca Falls 
 19 years ago and have been a regular visitor since. I cannot recall a year 
 when the foot traffic was as bad as I have seen it this year. There are two 
 signs that instruct visitors to stay in their vehicles that drivers pass 
 before entering the drive and a third reminder after the big left turn before 
 Benning Marsh. However, I can understand how visitors would miss seeing them. 
 I think this is a problem that needs a solution. I would like to speak to the 
 Refuge staff formally about it.  If anyone would like to join me or have me 
 relay his or her thoughts, please contact me offline. Thank you for your time.
 Dr. John Van Niel
 Professor of Environmental Conservation
 Director, East Hill Campus
 Finger Lakes Community College
 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] franklins gull?

2011-09-09 Thread Bard Prentiss
Has anyone seen the franklins gull today, and if so where?
Bard

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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Redpols

2011-02-19 Thread Bard Prentiss
Hi,
I had my first of the year Dryden village Redpols this morning.  
Perhaps it's a sign of spring. I  rarely get them until mid March.  
Let's hope.

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[cayugabirds-l] Short eared Owls?

2011-01-22 Thread Bard Prentiss
Hi,
Anyone seeing Short eared Owls? at Rafferty Road, Center Road etc.?
Bird Hard,
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[cayugabirds-l] Owl Prowl

2010-12-31 Thread Bard Prentiss
Gina and I will check for screech owls etc in Dryden Village as we  
have for about 20 years.

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[cayugabirds-l] unusual ducks for Dryden, Lake.

2010-12-07 Thread Bard Prentiss
Hi All,
I just saw a small flock of 5 Northern Shovlers in the little bay  
that never freezes on the north end of the lake. They can be seen by  
looking SE from the end of Southworth road. I can't remember when I  
last saw this species on the lake.
Bird hard,
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[cayugabirds-l] Surf Scoters

2010-11-05 Thread Bard Prentiss
Dave Loparco saw 2 Surf Scoters off Ladoga Point around 11 AM this  
morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] How do they know?

2010-10-18 Thread Bard Prentiss
Yesterday i filled my feeders for the first time since late May. This  
AM at 8 o-clock I had a large flock including several TT Titmice,  
many BC Chickadees, WB Nuthatches 2 Bluejays and 2 Carolina wrens.  
How do they know so quickly that there is food in the feeders? Are  
they watching?

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[cayugabirds-l] Eurasian Widgeon

2010-03-20 Thread Bard Prentiss
Sorry for the lateness of this. Yesterday at around noon Dave Loparco  
found and a number of others re-found a male Eurasian Widgeon at  
Tsache (sp) pool at MNWR.

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