[cayugabirds-l] Purple finches

2020-11-24 Thread Bill McAneny
Purple finches here for a week. First just one (f) then 11, today 13 one 
male rest Fem, or first year males. Never had them here before. What's next?



Shirley McAneny

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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeaks !!

2020-11-04 Thread Bill McAneny
Finally eleven found the west side of Cayuga L. and flew to our platform 
feeder to feast on black oil sf seeds for about 15 min. about a half 
hour ago.


Shirley - T-burg


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[cayugabirds-l] FOY

2020-05-09 Thread Bill McAneny
Within last hour our first hummingbird arrived on our waiting HB feeder! 
And what a strange weather day it was..


Shirley

Savercool Rd, T-burg


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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2019-06-27 Thread Bill McAneny
About 4:30 pm today we saw 2 ospreys on Rice Rd, Trumansburg -- an 
active osprey on platform pole & a male on next pole. We're watching.



Shirley McAneny


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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey 6/13 11:30 am

2019-06-14 Thread Bill McAneny
FIY at platform/pole on Rice Rd, Trumansburg. None last year. A little 
late for bird but perhaps he was just checking platform?



Shirley McAneny


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[cayugabirds-l] New yard birds

2019-05-07 Thread Bill McAneny
This afternoon two FOY yard species: R-B Grosbeak on the mixed seed and 
Indigo Bunting on the nyger seed.


Bill and Shirley McAneny, TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] B.Oriole and House Wren

2019-05-06 Thread Bill McAneny
FOY today in our yard are Baltimore Oriole and House Wren.  In past 
years the Orioles have been regulars but HWrens not so.


Bill and Shirley McAneny, TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] Barn Swallows

2019-05-04 Thread Bill McAneny
About 4 Barn Swallows arrived today at their traditional summer home in 
our barns.  We had begun to worry that we would not see them this year.


In past years we had taken down the previous year's nests, which did not 
seem to make any difference to the birds.  This year the old nests are 
still up.  Let's see what happens.



Bill and Shirley McAneny, TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] FOY

2019-05-02 Thread Bill McAneny
We put up the hummingbird feeder about 5 pm; hummer appeared not long 
after. Oranges are out, orioles next.



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[cayugabirds-l] Encounter with a TV

2019-04-19 Thread Bill McAneny
A couple of days ago Shirley and I were driving on Cayuga View Rd near 
Falls Rd (TBurg) and came upon a large bird feeding on a dead critter in 
the road.  We came to a stop and the bird moved a couple of yards and 
slowly launched into a low holding position a few feet above the 
ground.  It was clearly a Turkey Vulture and it was clearly not going to 
give up on a nice putrid meal.  I exited the car to  ID the meal and,  
remarkably, the TV hung almost motionless about 5 ft off the ground only 
a few feet away.  It stayed that way until I returned to the car.  Then 
it was back to lunch.


The surprising thing was that the bird chose to remain so close to a 
clearly sneaky and menacing human being.  A great photo op. My camera 
was a mile away at home.  I should have learned from an earlier 
encounter on Satterly Hill Rd north of Burdett.  There we sat next to a 
TV that was perched on a fence post at the shoulder of the road.  When 
we left, the bird was still there.  Still waiting to be photographed.  
Strange birds.


BTW, the dead critter was a raccoon.

Bill McAneny, TBurg



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[cayugabirds-l] tree swallow

2019-04-03 Thread Bill McAneny
This a.m. a single TREE SWALLOW (FOY yard) resting atop a nest box in 
the back yard.


A single C. Waxwing looking for the last crab apple in the tree. A robin 
close by ready for a fast grab-and-run in the event an apple is discovered.


Bill McAneny  TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] phoebe

2019-03-31 Thread Bill McAneny
Yard FOY phoebe this morning.  Looked a little ragged; must have had a 
hard night.


Bill McAneny, TBurg


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Female Red winged BBs

2019-03-19 Thread Bill McAneny
One lone female RWBB at our feeder about 1:30 pm today.  No males 
nearby.  Also our FOY Fox Sparrow about mid-morning.

Bill McAneny, TBurg

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[cayugabirds-l] song sparrows

2019-03-17 Thread Bill McAneny
Two Song Sparrows beneath our feeders this a.m.  FOY for us.  No Fox 
Sp's yet.


Bill McAneny , TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] Canada geese

2019-03-13 Thread Bill McAneny

Thousands of Canada Geese flying north over area north of T. Falls SP.

Bill McAneny, TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] this week

2019-02-13 Thread Bill McAneny
We have a new email address (OK, not that new) and were not able to 
report sightings to the bird list until we signed up with the new 
address.  Now that has been done , so here are some of our feeder 
sightings since Sunday:


2/10/19  Grackle, 2 E. Bluebirds, 40 Cedar Waxwings, Mockingbird on 
Cayuga View Rd


2/11/19  Raven flyover, RT hawk on perch in the field

2/12/19  14 Cardinals, pair of Ravens perched in ash tree in the field 
in the snowstorm for about 45 minutes


2/13/19 Raven flyover

No winter finches yet this winter.  Did a FeederWatch survey Sun and 
Mon; counted 19 species, not incl. Ravens or RT Hawk.


Bill McAneny, TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] color clash

2018-05-05 Thread Bill Mcaneny
About 8am today, I put out a dish of grape jelly on the off-chance there was
an Oriole in the neighborhood.  By the time I got in the house, a male
Oriole was sipping the jelly.  A second Oriole appeared seconds later,
followed by a RB Grosbeak, followed by a goldfinch in glorious color.  All
were on the feeder at the same time.  Meanwhile, a FOY Brown Thrasher landed
atop the nearby rail fence.  . An eye-popping show of brilliant colors.  

Bill McAneny, TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] new yard bird

2018-04-17 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Just had a first in the yard---a Great Blue Heron.  And we don't have a
pond.  The biggest squall of the day just passed, having brought a pretty
dense snowfall.  The GBH may have become disoriented and just picked a
landing spot with no trees or brush to cause a hazardous landing.  This
morning a flock of about 200 Cedar Waxwings spent 15 minutes inspecting the
tallest trees around the field.  Weird day.  Snow all day but none on the
ground until the latest squall.
Bill McAneny, TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] pine siskin

2018-04-15 Thread Bill Mcaneny
This is the day I have waited for all winter.  Finally had a siskin .  It
was on the ground beneath the niger feeders in the company of about 10
goldfinches. Now spring can begin.

Bill McAneny, TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] phoebe

2018-04-13 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Phoebe perched on a branch outside our kitchen,  FOY yard bird.

Bill McAneny

TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] killdeer

2018-04-09 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Sunday about 9a.m., there was a Killdeer flying across Cayuga View road from
east to west.  One or more have been seen in the same area in past years and
have nested nearby within 100 yds.

Bill McAneny, TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] kestral

2018-03-23 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Kestral this afternoon on Waterburg Rd in TBurg.

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[cayugabirds-l] birdy yard

2018-03-21 Thread Bill Mcaneny
More yard activity:  20 robins on the lawn and 200 starlings in the field. A
mockingbird supervising the search for lunch.  A pair of house sparrows in a
new nest box I put up a few weeks ago.

Bill McAneny, TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] purple finch

2018-03-21 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Lots of birds around today and migrants are beginning to appear.  A female
PURPLE FINCH had breakfast at our hopper feeder in the company of a
multitude of house finches.  Keep looking.  There's probably something at
your feeders that you don't see very often.

Bill McAneny, TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] fox sparrow

2018-03-20 Thread Bill Mcaneny
About noon today, a FOX SPARROW was scavenging seeds beneath a feeder near
our creek.  This is a yard FOY for us.

Today's count of goldfinches is 23.  In last week's storm, we had 50.

 

Bill McAneny, Trumansburg 


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] FOY Robins

2018-02-19 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Laurie reminded me about early robins. We had one last Thursday (2/15), our
FOY also.  The bird was under attack by 3 Blue Jays but defended itself
well.  It was bulkier than the Jays which probably helped it.

Bill and Shirley McAneny

TBurg

 

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From: bounce-122302697-7495...@list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-122302697-7495...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Laurie Rubin
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Two this morning on Wood Street in Ithaca. 

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[cayugabirds-l] busiest day

2018-01-15 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Hi All.

Today is the busiest day this winter at our feeders.  Highlights: SONG
SPARROW on ground beneath tube feeder containing "Ithaca Blend";
Rough-legged Hawk {very white) flying thru back yard accompanied by angry
crow.  In excess of 3 dozen Goldfinches on niger seed and sunflower seed.
Six N.Cardinals.  Fifteen species by noon, the most in this very slow
season.  No Siskins but we keep looking among the suddenly numerous
goldfinches.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] comparison

2017-11-22 Thread Bill Mcaneny
We did our FeederWatch duties this past weekend and counted a total of 6
species.  The only true winter birds were a small flock of 4 Juncos that
appeared at the last possible moment.  The rest were usual yard birds.  This
did not alarm us because our experience has been that at this time of year
the warm-weather migrants have left and the winter migrants have not yet
arrived.

 I checked my journals and found that in 2001 on these same dates we had 24
species at or near the feeders. And a total of 99 individual birds.  The 24
species is still the high species count for our yard.  I do not draw any
conclusions from this comparison, except that the comparison is striking.  A
number of our listserv correspondents have `noticed a lot fewer feeder birds
this Fall and the cause is certainly something to speculate about.  Happy
speculation.

Bill McAneny, Trumansburg


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[cayugabirds-l] Other winged creatures

2017-08-03 Thread Bill Mcaneny
I agree with Geo about the great butterfly weather.  Around our yard in the
past 2 days there have been Aphrodite, tiger swallowtail, silver-spotted
skipper, Monarch, and of course the cabbage whites.  Also, goodly numbers of
wasps and hornets.

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[cayugabirds-l] red headed WP

2017-05-30 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Shirley reports that she just saw a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER being chased thru
our side yard by a Pileated  WP.  She knows the difference between
Red-headed and Red-bellied WPs and clearly saw the all-red head and
all-black back, plus the bold white areas in flight.  This is the first
Red-headed WP seen in our yard in the 18 years we have been here.

Different subject: Hummers.  After seeing a female a few weeks ago there was
nothing until two days ago.  We have seen both a female and a male at
different times in the past two days. Smiling.

Snake day yesterday.  We were working outside yesterday and saw two,
possibly three milk snakes (plus a shed skin), a garter snake, and a black
snake reported by our daughter.  All this was after a Spring with only one
garter snake sighting.  We are wondering about the experience of others.
Pls reply to us directly to keep this space for bird comments.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Guess which bird...

2017-05-02 Thread Bill Mcaneny
To clarify (or to add to the confusion), there is a migratory thrush in
Europe that goes by the name of REDWING.  It is not clear to me that the
bird in the report from Scotland is a Redwinged BLACKBIRD.  The REDWING
looks superficially like the female blackbird, being brown, sort of stripey,
and showing a white eye-line.  It may be unusual or even rare in Scotland,
causing some excitement.  BTW, the Redwing is in the same family (turdus) as
the American Robin.  Glad to be of help.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] FOYs in TBurg

2017-05-01 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Here at the farm yesterday: Balt Oriole.  Seen again today.  Also today:
Rose Br Grosbeak on feeder.  Barn Swallow circling the yard to make sure he
was noticed.  Exciting days.  Flowers popping open all over the place.

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2017-04-10 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Now on pole nest near Rice Rd & Cayuga View Rd, T-burg. We think he has been
around for almost a week but positive ID today.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Chippie

2017-04-06 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Our FOY CHIPPING SPARROW appeared on our feeder this a.m., making me glad I
refilled everything yesterday.

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[cayugabirds-l] W-C Sparrow

2017-03-24 Thread Bill Mcaneny
The only sign we have of a fallout is a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW under the
feeder.  Also a second Song Sparrow in the same place.

For Donna, the huge flight of Snow Geese from the cornfields flew down to
the lake about 10 minutes ago.  They were headed towards the power plant but
you should be able to see their raft(s) from your place.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese

2017-03-23 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Not all the Snows are heading for the corn fields.  About an hour ago
several well-formed Vees flew fairly high over our place heading due north.
On the move?.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] GB HERON

2017-03-21 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Shirley and I just got back from a trip up the west side of the lake.  We
talked about the improbability of seeing a GREAT BLUE HERON since we
couldn't remember any having been reported yet.  On the way south, we
stopped at Wolffy's for coffee and homemade carrot cake, Very good! And we
got a scoop of vanilla with it.  About 100 yds south of Wolffy's, there it
was---a GBH standing in a little pool surrounded by rushes.

We had expected to see thousands of snow geese, but only saw two modest
rafts, a modest sized flyover, and a modest flock in a cornfield.  There was
a scattering of ducks at the north end with a dozen different species.  The
best bird, however, after the GBH was a N. HARRIER near the visitor center
at Montezuma.  It drifted very slowly over the pavement right in front of
us. A beautiful day for birding.

 

Bill and Shirley McAneny

TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] snow geese

2017-03-17 Thread Bill Mcaneny
There have been 2000-3000 SNOW GEESE in the air over our place since noon or
so today.  Generally headed north.  Now from our kitchen window we can see a
raft of Snows on the lake.  They would be about a mile north of Taughannock
Falls SP.  I am headed out to see if there is a closer view suitable for
some pictures.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Song Sparrow

2017-03-05 Thread Bill Mcaneny
On this cold morning, a solitary SONG SPARROW showed up near the niger
feeders on the east end of the house.

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[cayugabirds-l] crows

2017-02-06 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Between 300 and 400 Crows (a scene from "The Birds") landed on our field
next to Rte 89 (the Boulevard ) about 15 minutes ago and they are still
there.  They walk thru the grass, last mowed in July, searching for some
succulent prey.  There is no snow on the field so they have the whole place
to themselves.  I took a couple of fotos but the bulk of the flock can't be
seen due to trees, barns, etc.

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[cayugabirds-l] busy yard this am

2016-11-08 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Between 8 and 9 this morning, our yard was invaded by a flock that included
a FLICKER, 8 ROBINS, 4 STARLINGS, and all the usual suspects.  Not a lot of
birds but perhaps the remnants of a migratory fallout last night?  The
starlings were squabbling over a hole in the trunk of a maple.  No birds
have EVER used the hole for shelter or nesting, so the starlings were just
being starlings, fighting over something just to claim ownership.

Regarding Karen's crow story, I have seen the same activity on Cayuga View
Rd in TBurg in past years.  The impression I got was that it was a
convenient spot to have a conversation.  No refreshments served, no minutes
recorded, just the local gossip.

Bill McAneny, TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] W-C sparrow

2016-05-16 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Surprised this a.m. to see a White-crowned Sparrow scratching around in the
hedge.  I thought they had moved on by now.  Are others still around?

Bill McAneny

TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] TVs, Killdeer

2016-05-15 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Late this afternoon there were 9 TVs circling low (tree top height) at the
intersection of Falls Rd and Cayuga View Rd  north of Taug. S.P.

A little bit north on Cayuga View there were 2 Killdeers next to the road
between the cornfields, probable nesters based on past year's experience.

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[cayugabirds-l] B. Orioles

2016-05-09 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Hot Dang!  A pair of Balt, Orioles were pecking at the orange slices all day
today.  It just seems to take a little longer for the species to filter into
the habitats on the west side of the lake, but we check every day once the
birds are spotted on the east side.  Another example: yesterday a Catbird
flew up from our creek.  I think I heard him say the east side was too
crowded for him.  On a sad note, a Common Yellowthroat was found lying on
the trail next to the creek in a state of great weakness---near death I
would say.  We moved him off the trail and today when I checked he was gone.
We hope he recovered and left of his own accord, but...who knows?

Bill and Shirley McAneny

TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] hummer

2016-05-07 Thread Bill Mcaneny
About 1:30 a male Ruby-throat showed up at the feeder that has been primed
for a week.  Shirley's work has not been in vain.

Now, where is the Oriole?  The orange slices await.

Bill McAneny

TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] mockingbird

2016-05-07 Thread Bill Mcaneny
A Mockingbird just flew onto our "hawk perch".  First one here in about a
year, maybe longer.

\Bill McAneny

TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] white-crowns

2016-05-04 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Since Saturday, we have hosted six WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.  No Orioles yet.
No Hummers either.  A male R-B Grosbeak before last weekend.

Bill and Shirley McAneny 

TBurg


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] a surfeit of urban vultures?

2016-04-01 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Anne, there are a bunch (8?) of TVs that roost in the firs behind the
community center, so you happen to be in their territory. What may seem to
be more birds may just be that you are close to the mother lode.  Enjoy
them.  They are a different kind of bird.
Bill McAneny, TBurg


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[mailto:bounce-120326180-7495...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of AB Clark
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2016 8:44 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] a surfeit of urban vultures?

While checking on and looking for crow nests around Ithaca, mostly to NE
side and Cayuga Heights, I am encountering numerous vultures swooping low
through neighborhoods, just sailing around looking for your backyard
carrion, I suppose.  But my impression is that there are more than in years
past, and closer, lower and more "residential".  

In my view, the crows have had a lot of reason to attack as the vultures
have come within 20-30 meters of nest sites, looking pretty predatory.
Yesterday, I watched an acrobatic event between crows and a low swooping
couple of vultures over Pleasant Grove Road near Forest Home and Hasbrouck
community buildings yesterday, with the vultures having to dodge and sail
pretty fast, after they dropped in over a nest.  

Am I just not remembering past years, or are there more vultures close at
hand over residential and campus Ithaca?

Anne
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[cayugabirds-l] Carolina Wren

2016-03-24 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Big day for Shirley.

A CAROLINA WREN appeared beneath the suet feeder, picking up a few scraps
dropped by the woodpeckers.  We will have to wait to see if it is one of the
wrens from previous years.  They have nested in the eaves of the garage.
Not only that, but they have endured the constant coming and going of human
types beneath their nest.

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[cayugabirds-l] siskins

2016-03-19 Thread Bill Mcaneny
It's been a long winter without Pine Siskins but there are 3 at the feeders
this morning. Also a small flock of Cedar Waxwings on a crabapple. Several
seem to be paired, feeding and moving together.  One Tree Sparrow still
here.

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[cayugabirds-l] NOW they show.

2016-03-15 Thread Bill Mcaneny
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] blackbirds

2016-03-01 Thread Bill Mcaneny
A little after 9am today, Spring arrived. A single male REDWINGED BLACKBIRD.
He was followed closely by a second and a few minutes later by 13 GRACKLES
and a third Redwing.  The great event was witnessed with trepidation by a
dozen Bluejays and 20 Goldfinches.  Of course, snow is in the forecast so
there are a lot of birds flying around the yard. Smile.

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[cayugabirds-l] "The Birds"

2016-01-24 Thread Bill Mcaneny
For the past 3 hours, a flock of STARLINGS has been building up in our
neighborhood next to Rte 89.  I would estimate that there are currently
(almost noon) over 1000 birds, almost all Starlings with a robin or two and
some cowbirds.

It is awesome to be at or near the center of activity. It is just like the
movie.  I am expecting a panic-stricken call any moment from Tippi Hedrin.

For the most part, the birds are in the grass in the field, poking around
for bugs and seeds.  Some are in the crabapples and some are in the
buckthorns and many are just hanging out in the other (non-food) trees.
Every so often, the flock rises up and moves en masse to drop their
blessings on another part of the neighborhood.  That's the time to get an
idea of the total number in the flock. It could even be as many as 2000
birds. Awesome.  And today is one of our FeederWatch days.  We have already
had a flyover Raven. Happy Bird-day.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] robins

2016-01-21 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Forty to 50 ROBINS in the trees east of our house. Must be Spring. But
what's all that white stuff??

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[cayugabirds-l] late report from Monday

2015-12-01 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Sorry for the delay, but yesterday (Mon) there was a male PURPLE FINCH on
the feeder outside our kitchen window. It is the first male we have seen
here in a long time, probably over two years. Neat bird.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Ed Hart

2015-10-02 Thread Bill Mcaneny
I don't remember a Porsche but I do clearly recall a customized van he drove
to spring bird biology field trips, either in "00 or '01. The van was all
wood paneled inside and immaculate. Ever after I would meet him at various
mtgs etc. and sometimes with his bike. In those years he wore an orange
biking jacket and was easy to spot. I could even know it was him from our
house above Rte 89 heading north. Wonderful, friendly man. I felt fortunate
to have known him.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Street birds

2015-05-22 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Meena's post reminded me of the baby ROBIN that sat in the road in front of
our garage this noontime while I sat in the car waiting for it to recognize
the severe threat that was posed  by the big metal monster.  I don't think
it learned anything.

Yesterday in the middle of the day in the same spot a female TURKEY walked
slowly by.  It looked a little wary, but seemed satisfied to take the easy
way to its next appointment. We rarely see turkeys here.

This morning there was an E. KINGBIRD on the sixth hole at Trumansburg Golf
Course. It reminded me that we had a pair of Kingbirds around our barns
yesterday watching how the barn swallows catch those little bugs on the fly.


 

Bill and Shirley McAneny

T'Burg

 

 


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[cayugabirds-l] White-crowned sparrow

2015-05-01 Thread Bill Mcaneny
About 9am today, a WHITE_CROWNED SPARROW was scratching around on the ground
outside our kitchen window.

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[cayugabirds-l] Thrasher

2015-04-29 Thread Bill Mcaneny
FOY brown thrasher here a mile north of Taughannock Falls SP.  Perched atop
the tallest tree in our yard for about 20 minutes, softly singing a long
song about love in the springtime.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] TVs

2015-04-17 Thread Bill Mcaneny
2 TVs sitting on my shop roof.  Ominous sign. A third on a branch over the
shop. Don't think I will work in the shop today. May be a good Idea to check
behind the barns for something dead or dying. Hope it's the neighbor's
killer cat. Hope the neighbor is not on this listserv.

 

Bill McAneny, TBurg

 


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[cayugabirds-l] chipping sparrow

2015-04-14 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Our FOY chipping sparrow appeared yesterday (4/13) on our feeder.  Sorry for
the late post.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] bluebirds vs house sparrows

2015-03-25 Thread Bill Mcaneny
 

WE have about 16 nest boxes on poles around our field. Initially they were
for bluebirds, and then the tree swallows arrived.  Our strategy: the nest
boxes are erected in pairs: one for the bluebirds, one for the tree
swallows.  House sparrows may move into one box in a pair, but not both.
(They don't like house sparrows for neighbors either.) Same for tree
swallows.  By the time the bluebirds come around, there are still empty
boxes to choose from.  Last year, at least 3 boxes contained bluebird
families.  Fair enough.  Try it, it may provide housing for everyone.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Blackbirds, siskins

2015-03-16 Thread Bill Mcaneny
About an hour ago (10 to 10:30) a mixed flock of blackbirds assaulted our
feeders. Total of about 20 birds about equally divided among Redwings,
Common Grackles, and Cowbirds. All appeared to be males. That was followed
closely by 2 Pine Siskins on the niger tube, the first here all winter.
Almost all the usual birds were here, in contrast to yesterday which was
extremely quiet.

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] question of the day

2015-03-12 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Sitting in the bed of a pickup truck on a swivel chair with a cooler nearby.
You can see all, hear all, and be elevated above those nasty roadside weeds
and shrubs.

Bill McAneny

 

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From: bounce-118928563-7495...@list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-118928563-7495...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Marc
Devokaitis
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:29 AM
To: Cayuga Birding List
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] question of the day

 

OK folks-- hoping to crowd-source the answer to this question.  Of course i
will include the requisite warning against birding WHILE driving...  But
maybe someone has an answer they are passionate about. I'm thinking a hybrid
hybrid would have great appeal.  Or a self-driving Google car!

 

 

Dear Cornell Lab,

 

What is the best vehicle by which to bird in your opinion? What vehicle is
considered to be best to enjoy birding? Convenience, space, space to put
stuff and yet be handy, price, and of course view from all locations in
vehicle!

 

 

Thanks for any thoughts!

 

Marc Devokaitis

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

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[cayugabirds-l] mockingbird, others

2015-02-11 Thread Bill Mcaneny
This afternoon I went to the cornfields on Cayuga View Rd, TBurg to
photograph the hundreds of crows. In a small tree next to the road there was
a MOCKINGBIRD, the first I have seen this winter. (Well, maybe the second.).
Further south on the road were 4 HORNED LARKS.  But the crows were the main
show, swarming on the road and filling the treetops.  There is still corn
standing unharvested and many of the crows were perched on top of the
stalks. They were not obvious about their eating, but one of the group that
had been in my trees a few days ago had pulled apart a squirrel nest, with
no meal apparent.

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[cayugabirds-l] redpolls

2015-02-09 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Just had 2 REDPOLLS near (not at) our feeders. (Sorry, Marty, to add to your
load of envy.)  Also heard a RAVEN about an hour ago as I was moving some
snow around.  Other than those, it has been a fairly normal day. We have a
couple of neighbors who feed regularly, so that may limit the numbers at our
feeders at any given time. We do get an assortment of nocturnal visitors
that included a rabbit last week and deer every night.

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[cayugabirds-l] new yard bird

2015-02-02 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Besides being a new yard bird, it is a new computer-room-window bird.  I saw
a big dark shape cruising just above the trees outside our window and looked
closer to ID it.  It was a mature Bald Eagle.  Wow! What a thrilling bird. 

Earlier today, Shirley found our first Flicker of this winter on our
platform feeder. Our feeder count for the day is 20 species. No redpolls or
siskins.

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[cayugabirds-l] raven

2015-01-23 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Just had a RAVEN on the hawk perch in our field next to Rte 89.  Had never
seen one there before.  However yesterday, I was walking up Cayuga View and
heard and found a Raven sitting in a tree near the private air strip.  It
vocalized for a while and a second Raven joined it in the tree. Both then
flew from the tree down the slope towards the lake.

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[cayugabirds-l] raptors

2014-12-18 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Around 50 minutes ago, a SHARPSHINNED HAWK landed on a branch next to a bird
feeder just outside our kitchen window.  Stayed for about 20 minutes and
left hungry.  Flew towards the other end of the house but out of sight.
Probably a young bird as it was not very red on the breast.  Within a few
minutes, a buteo landed on a cedar down by Rte 89.  Its head was rather
white, just like the juvenile Swainson's in Sibley, but the feathers on the
back were speckled white like a red-tail, so I will call it a Red-Tail with
a whitish head. The tail was plain but not red, so I will call it a juvenile
Red-Tail with a whitish head. So there you go.

BTW, we have not seen a Sharpie here in a decade.

 

Bill McAneny, TBurg

 

 


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] geese on the move

2014-12-13 Thread Bill Mcaneny
I was out about 9am and saw and heard many hundreds of Snow Geese flying
south, so if Ellie saw them in TBurg about 10am, there must have been
thousands across a broad front.  Shirley and I were on Sheffield Rd about
2pm and saw hundreds of Canadas and somewhat fewer Snows in the cornfields
around Iradell Rd.  So maybe not all the geese were headed south of the snow
belt.

Bill McAneny, TBurg

 

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From: Ellen D. Haith [mailto:elliehait...@gmail.com] 
Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2014 8:28 AM
To: Bill Mcaneny; cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] geese on the move

 

There were similar crowds heading south over Trumansburg around 10 in the
morning as well.

Bill Mcaneny bmcane...@fltg.net wrote:

Lots of Canadas and Snows headed south in mid afternoon today. Big vees.
Fairly high up. Crossing rte 89 in vic. of Boy Scout camp, north of
Taughannock S.P.

Yesterday, about 2pm, a Cooper's hawk flew west over rte 13 and across
Wegman's pking lot.

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[cayugabirds-l] geese on the move

2014-12-12 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Lots of Canadas and Snows headed south in mid afternoon today. Big vees.
Fairly high up. Crossing rte 89 in vic. of Boy Scout camp, north of
Taughannock S.P.

Yesterday, about 2pm, a Cooper's hawk flew west over rte 13 and across
Wegman's pking lot.

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[cayugabirds-l] ravens

2014-12-04 Thread Bill Mcaneny
On an otherwise unbirdy morning, three RAVENS flew over our field on their
way from Taughannock gorge to Frontenac gorge.  Within minutes we were
notified that a courageous friend had passed on in the early hours of the
morning.  This is going to be an exceptional day.  Carpe diem.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] tree sparrows

2014-11-27 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Maybe it's the sudden snow or maybe it's the everything mix I get from
Pine Tree Farms in Interlaken, but finally this morning we had TREE SPARROWS
(4) at our feeders.  First of the Season for us.

Besides the usual seeds and corn, the mix has lots of nuts and fruit.  The
Blue Jays (8) can hardly wait until I take a couple of steps away from the
feeders. The Mourning Doves (16) show a little more restraint, but today was
the first day they showed up in force.

Be thankful today and every day for the surprises nature has for you.

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T'Burg


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Highlights/rarity timing.

2014-11-09 Thread Bill Mcaneny
A footnote to the Tetlow's report: one of the Trumpeter swans in a group of
5 at K-M had a blue patch on its left wing.  From where Shirley and I were,
we could not read a number.  Also, we counted Sandhill cranes three times
and got a different result each time. Our high count was 52, very close to
Tetlow's 48.  We heard them calling before we found them.

Bill McAneny, TBurg

 

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Tetlow 
Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2014 9:41 PM
To: geneseebird...@geneseo.edu; cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Highlights/rarity timing.

 

 Our afternoon trip through Montezuma started with the Eared grebe along
the wildlife drive in the first opening after the channel unlike earlier in
the day reported further up the drive. It would be very easy to miss as for
every 2 seconds it was up it spent 8 seconds underwater.  

 Both the adult and immature ibis were out preening around 2pm but
quickly split up; one disappearing into the reeds to the north and the other
into the back edge cattails to the south. The Am. Avocet was very
cooperative.

 The biggest change from last week was the large number of Lesser Scaup(
with a few Greater's and Redhead mixed in) on the north end of the main
pool.

 At Knox-Marcellus 48 Sandhill cranes were very active. When we arrived
around 3 pm there were 7 Ross's Geese among the 500 or so Snow Geese.
Several groups flew out and we could not find a Ross's among the100 or so
remaining. There were a few Trumpeter swans mixed in with 100 plus Tundras
there and a larger group(maybe 15) of Trumpeter's on Armitage Road, one of
which had a green wing tag. Way back at Puddler's  there were at least 2 of
both Greater and Lesser yellowlegs. No Great Egrets.  Mike and Joann Tetlow 

 

 p.s.On a sad note here is a post from Oneida Birds as I know some have
regularly  checked on this bird.

 

Subject: Route 31 Snowy Owl
Date: Sun Nov 9 2014 10:22 am
From: oneidabirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 

I talked to Jean and Leonard Soprano of Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife

Rehabilitation Center this morning. They informed me that the Snowy Owl

that has been hanging around the shopping plaza on Route 31 in Clay is now

at their facility. It was brought to them this morning. The owl was

struck by a car and is underweight.

Jim Tarolli

- See more at:
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[cayugabirds-l] red crossbill???

2014-10-14 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Within the last hour, there was a bird on the platform feeder that I first
assumed was part of the resident flock of House Finches.  The breast
striping looked a little different, more like a Purple Finch, but nothing
else looked like a P. Finch. The bird ate voraciously and was very
aggressive, chasing finches and titmice away.  A closer look at its bill
showed it to be skewed with the lower mandible to the left of the upper.  I
am not familiar with crossbills so I checked in Sibley. ( I opened right to
the page showing Red Crossbill. That seemed like a good omen.  I tried not
to let that sway my judgment.)  The juvenile Red Crossbill looks much like a
H. Finch.  I have three questions. First, does anyone know of H. Finches
with deformed bills? Second, what is the likelihood of a Red Crossbill
coming to a feeder at this time of year?  Third, what else should I have
looked at to confirm my ID?

 

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[cayugabirds-l] red crossbill???

2014-10-14 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Thanks all for your comments.  I feel politely admonished for not taking
photos when I had the means and the opportunity.  I had asked whether anyone
had heard of House Finches with deformed bills.  The answer was Yes.  I also
asked whether it was likely to have a R. Crossbill on our feeder at this
time of year. The answer was, anything is possible. I also asked about
further ID factors to consider.  The R. Crossbill is a bulkier bird.  Our
visitor was exactly the same size as a typical H. Finch.  So, there was
enough evidence to reverse the call on the field.  The default call is H.
Finch with a deformed bill.

Photos next time!! I promise.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Grackles flocking

2014-07-25 Thread Bill Mcaneny
About 8:30 this a.m. a flock of Common Grackles descended on the lawn behind
our house.  Probably in the order of 200 birds.  I didn't scan the whole
flock but there did not seem to be any other species mixed in.  So, does
this mean the summer is over??

 

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey interaction

2014-06-08 Thread Bill Mcaneny
At Sunken Meadow S.P. on L.I., there was a House Finch pair nesting in the
lower level of an Osprey's nest.

Bill McAneny

 

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey interaction

 

Last night, during our sunset walk at Salt Point in Lansing, Joe and I got
some nice views of the osprey pair sharing a fish on the platform edge.
When we were ready to leave (it was getting quite dark by then) one osprey
was down incubating presumably while the other stayed alert on the perch
(ha-ha... fish or pole or both). Some movement along the outside of the nest
caught Joe's attention.  Although the light was terrible, I could see a
long, twitching tail with a slight notch and very quick movements.  Blue
gray gnatcatcher I'm guessing.  The little bird and the big osprey had to
have been aware of each other but unbothered by each other's presence. The
little bird worked its way around the edge and then into the nest itself
before it got too dark to see anymore.  
What was going on? Gleaning bugs?  Anyone else seen this? Could it have been
some species other than gnatcatcher?

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[cayugabirds-l] Indigo Bunting

2014-05-12 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Just as the clock struck three, a male INDIGO BUNTING landed on our rear
patio next to the feeder. It spent a few minutes sharing the feeder with a
female Baltimore Oriole, then flew away.  A terrific bird, one that we have
not seen before in the yard.

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[cayugabirds-l] Female RWBB

2014-05-05 Thread Bill Mcaneny
I don't recall any reports of female REDWINGED BLACK BIRDs this spring.
Maybe it is just a memory problem on my part.  Or maybe nobody finds them
worth reporting. The reason for my interest at this time is that we just had
one at our feeders. There have been one or more males around the yard. But
this is the first female this year. It is like finding a new species because
they are so different from the males. Perhaps a couple of you could
enlighten me on what you have seen so far. Dave N, do you have a record of
the FOY this year?

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[cayugabirds-l] overnight arrivals

2014-05-04 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Hurrah! The west side of the lake finally catches up with the rest of the
basin. This morning between 7:45 and 8:00 in quick succession we had a male
Baltimore ORIOLE, Purple Finches (3 females), and White-Crowned Sparrow, all
seen while I was seated at the breakfast table.  Easy viewing, but it seemed
like a long wait. Now we are waiting for the first hummingbird.  The feeder
has been up for a week.  

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Towhee (or maybe, Snowhee)

2014-04-15 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Male Towhee on the ground beneath the feeders behind our house about noon
today.  Then came the snow showers about 1pm.  What's wrong with this
picture?

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Chipping Sparrow and others

2014-04-14 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Our first Chipping Sparrow showed up at the feeders this afternoon.  It was
scratching around under the sunflower seed feeder.  Not long after, a
Sharpshinned Hawk cruised thru the yard but made no attacks that I could
see.  This a.m. a Flicker flew away as I drove past the barns.  In other
news, things in bloom include Lenten Rose, Scylla, and one daffodil that may
pop at any moment.  Snowdrops and croci are on the way out, having served
their purpose of announcing the arrival of fine weather.  A few minutes ago,
the fine weather blew hard thru here with a big dump of rain.  So it goes.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] tree swallows

2014-04-12 Thread Bill Mcaneny
There were 4 Tree Swallows circling our field about noon today.  Also a Barn
Swallow in and out of the barn today, maybe yesterday too.  Three TVs over
the field today, leaving in the direction of Ithaca.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Phoebe and others

2014-04-02 Thread Bill Mcaneny
A phoebe arrived this a.m.  Will it stay? None stayed here last year.  Two
TV's circling over the corn fields at the intersection of Seneca Rd and
Kingtown Rd (TBurg) about 1:30 today.  Yesterday, two turkeys on Savercool
Rd just west of our barns. I stopped the truck and they just poked along
until they found a hole in the brush that they could escape into.  Bluebirds
and House Sparrows trying out the nest boxes.  There are about 16 boxes but
all the birds seem to like the same box.  Two days ago, there was a Caro.
Wren singing here.  On and off for the past 2 months, there have been 1 or 2
C. Wrens coming to our feeders.  We never saw any signs of succumbing to bad
weather except for the time last week when they got shut into the garage.
They were not there long, and gratefully flew out when the doors were opened
later in the day.  A couple of years ago, a C. Wren perished in the garage
after getting shut in.  Two robins acting very territorial.  Several birds
collecting nesting materials.  Happy Spring.  Go bird!

 

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] How close to one another will Ospreys nest?

2014-03-27 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Hi All.   My first thought is of the 6 or 7 nests on adjacent power poles
along Rte 5/20 near the Montezuma NWR.  Also, I have seen at least two
active osprey nests on the same power tower in N Carolina.  At Caumsett
State Park on L.I., an osprey platform was occupied one year by a Canada
goose family.  Near Sandy Hook, NJ, a platform was used as a nest site by a
Great Horned Owl.  The owl nesting was done by the time the ospreys showed
up.  On L.I., there was a nest of house finches immediately below an active
osprey nest.

My point is, I don't think proximity to other nest platforms is a deterrent
to ospreys and may even provide some surprise nesters.

Is there a down side?  For the ospreys, the limiting factor would be food
availability.  If the fish supply dwindles, the birds will go elsewhere.
For humans, the presence of more raptors means more opportunities to observe
how the natural world works, and that is not a bad thing.  My vote would be
for more platforms.

 

Bill McAneny, TBurg

 

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] How close to one another will Ospreys nest?

 

I noticed that an Osprey platform has been installed on the hill above Myers
Point. There are already two nests in the area, the first on a pole within
the Cargill mining complex at Portland Point, which Robin Bailey's husband
Paul (whose last name I forget, sorry), who works with NYSEG, provided with
a platform after the nest sticks touched live wires and caused a fire. The
second is at Salt Point, on a platform and pole installed for the purpose.
They are about a mile apart, and this new platform is midway between them. 

At the south end of the lake, in Allan H Treman State Marine Park in the
field east of the Hog Hole, there is another Osprey platform and pole. It
took a few years to become occupied, but since has produced young multiple
years. 

I just got word from Rick Manning, Friends of Stewart Park was just
notified by Jeanne Grace, city forester, that NYSEG wants to install an
osprey nest or two in the park. 
I'm wondering what people's thought are about how many Osprey platforms
would be appropriate at the south end of the lake and where? By the way,
I've seen a young Bald Eagle perch on the platform at Treman a couple times,
but it was skittish and left when it noticed me. I wonder whether Bald
Eagles are likely to take over Osprey platforms the way they did on the
power pylon by Mud Lock for several years. If so, it would be good to have a
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[cayugabirds-l] ospreys

2014-03-27 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Hi All.

Just another thought, if I may.  There was a time in my lifetime (OK, so it
was a long time ago) that there was a large osprey colony on Gardiner's
Island on Long Island.  They nested ON THE GROUND.  No need for platforms.
Then came the first invasion of Herring Gulls.  The unfortunate result was
pretty predictable.  The gulls destroyed nests, eggs, and chicks.  Give the
ospreys credit; they invented pole nests.  Then the power company tired of
putting out fires, so they planted a few old telephone poles and bolted
platforms on them.  The ospreys were grateful, and remain so today.

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[cayugabirds-l] snows

2014-03-15 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Ten to 15 mins ago, about 2000-3000 snow geese flew over our barns going
from SE to NW, so may have been seen in Ithaca and vicin.

Only saw one blue but may well have been others.  Nothing like Ross's
seen.

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[cayugabirds-l] Spring?

2014-02-01 Thread Bill Mcaneny
As I exited my front door this a.m. the first thing to strike my senses was
the pungent aroma of a skunk.  How much I have missed it!  How often has
anyone ever made THAT kind of remark.  So, the temperature is rising to 40
and above, and the hammerlock of winter appears to have been broken for a
brief moment.  To emphasize this, a hardy band of seven ROBINS was foraging
around the base of an old and dying sugar maple in the side yard.  Those are
the only signs of Spring so far, but it is an auspicious start.  Time to
bring in some forsythia and pussy willow cuttings for forced blooming.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] starlings

2013-12-19 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Right now, there is a flock of perhaps 1000 starlings in our trees all
around the east side of the house.  Most of them came down to the creek a
few minutes ago for a little sip of water, or perhaps a bath to rid
themselves of the dirty bird' accusation.  Shirley suggests that they are
looking for my truck, upon which they often bestow little gifts.  If we get
1000 little gifts today, I will just bury the truck.

 

In Africa, there are numerous species of starlings and every one is more
attractive than these invaders. Nonetheless, a flock of 1000 anythings is
awesome when they fill the trees in one's yard.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Ist tree sparrow

2013-12-01 Thread Bill Mcaneny
TREE SPARROWS may be old news to many of you, but we had our first one this
winter this morning.  Also this a.m., had a flock of about 50 CEDAR WAXWINGS
at the top of a couple of sugar maples in our front yard.  A few larger
birds in the same flock turned out to be Starlings.  Oh well, when you do
FeederWatch, one Starling counts the same as one of anything else. 

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Trumansburg Snow Buntings

2013-11-30 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Along Cayuga View Rd between the cornfields this afternoon, three Snow
Buntings in a small flock of ten birds.  I believe the others were Am.
Pipets.  Sort of lost the flock when a N. Harrier cruised in.  It hunted a
while without any success, then sailed off in the direction of the lake.
At home, two Caro. Wrens at the feeders. Also four crows right beneath the
feeders.  They must have been very hungry because they almost never come
that close to the house.  

 

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[cayugabirds-l] ruby-thr Hummer

2013-09-22 Thread Bill Mcaneny
We also had a female RTH today in t'burg.  In fact, Shirley reported seeing
a second hummer but too quick a look to see markings.
 
 
Bill McAneny, TBurg

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[cayugabirds-l] Yard Hawks

2013-05-13 Thread Bill Mcaneny
The best watching this a.m. is from our kitchen window.  A Red-Tailed Hawk
just flew thru the side yard pursued by a Male Cardinal (At least one pair
nests next to the house.) The female cardinal sat complacently beneath the
platform feeder with the song and chipping sparrows and a chipmunk.  Earlier
this a.m. a Cooper's hawk flashed thru the yard in pursuit of a Red-Bellied
Woodpecker. The woodpecker escaped, although its heart rate must have soared
just shy of a seizure.  The Cooper's then sat in the big tree in the back
yard, waggled its tail for a minute or so and then was escorted off the
property by 2 male Redwings (brave birds to chase a hungry accipiter).   
 
Shirley put out fresh pieces of orange for the Orioles, plus fresh jelly
(today they get blueberry).  Also fresh sugar water for the Hummer.  A crow
sat beneath the suet feeder for a while gleaning the scraps left by the
usual 3 species of woodpecker.  No little migrants today but maybe the hawks
have kept them in hiding.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] R-T Hummer

2013-05-10 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Just had a Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the azalea by our front porch on
Savercool Rd off Rte 89. The initial attraction seemed to be a small hybrid
lilac blooming nearby. It did not stay long, probably due to two large
critters sitting within a yard or two.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] E. Kingbird

2013-05-07 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Yesterday there was an E. Kingbird hawking insects from atop one of our nest
boxes. The box's current occupants are Tree Swallows, but there appeared to
be no conflict.  We have not seen the Kingbird again.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Balt. Oriole

2013-05-02 Thread Bill Mcaneny
About 4 days ago, Shirley put some chunks of fresh orange on the feeder to
attract orioles and today her efforts bore fruit. (Sorry, but I couldn't
resist that.)  Male Baltimore Oriole about 9 am, might have been there
earlier but no one was up to see him.  Before today, a Red Bellied WP had
been pecking at the oranges.
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[cayugabirds-l] WTS

2013-04-29 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Four WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS (3M, 1F) at our feeder this a.m. in the company
of one Song Sparrow and 2 Juncos.  Looks like fallout all over this area
based on reports from others this morning.  Yesterday there was a male
PURPLE FINCH at the feeder (FOY).
 
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] WTS

2013-04-29 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Thanks for pointing out the color distinctions.  As a normal human being, I
am willing to change my ID to three brights and one tan.  And I think a
little research is on my agenda.

Bill McAneny 

-Original Message-
From: bounce-86348349-7495...@list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-86348349-7495...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Suan Hsi Yong
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 7:10 PM
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] WTS

FYI, white-throated sparrows are not sexually dimorphic -- meaning a normal
human can't tell male from female in the field. But they do have two morphs
-- bright-striped and tan-striped -- with an interesting cross-preference
relationship (see
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/white-throated_sparrow/lifehistory).

Actually, as I scroll through my Sibley's, it would seem that nearly all
Emberizine sparrows are sexually monomorphic (exceptions include juncos and
lark buntings).

Someone more expert should correct me if I'm wrong.

Suan

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[cayugabirds-l] tree swallows

2013-04-17 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Four Tree Swallows showed up this morning checking out the nest boxes in our
field. The one they seem to want the most already has House Sparrows
claiming an interest.  There may be conflict.
 
Yesterday, the first bird we saw was a Harrier and the second was a Flicker.
Both birds have white rumps, so I was wondering what would appear next.
White-rumped sandpipers? My question was answered when a rabbit ran out from
our porch.
 
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