Re:[cayugabirds-l] Great Horned Owl Golf Course

2015-03-24 Thread CFSchmitt
Donna,
Thanks for very exacting directions.   That's always a big help.
   Lovely owl soaking up the sunshine in an old Red-tail nest, easy to see 
through the group of bare trees, northwest from the parking lot.
Carol S.


Newman -Ithaca City golf cs. 

Good way to see nest w/o getting in way of traffic or driving on grass: 
turn off Willow, right onto Pier. Take immediate left onto dirt rd. 

Drive behind BROWN utility bldg and park facing small assortment of carts  
lawn grader, etc. 

look over long handle of orange rusty thing, up into trees to NW. 

Sent from my iPhone
Donna Scott

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[cayugabirds-l] I won binoculars/question

2015-01-21 Thread CFSchmitt
Just thought I'd tell people that I won a nice pair of Opticron Natura 
binoculars from Bird Watching magazine!   I vaguely remember clicking on a 
contest a while back when looking at their website or something, and recently 
got 
an email that I'd won.   Sure enough, they arrived yesterday.   A nice 
surprise.
My Zeiss binoculars could probably use a tune-up.   Any advice on how 
I'd go about that, where to send them, and how long I'd be without them?   
Also, anyone have experience in the same regard for Swarovski scopes?
Thanks,
Carol S.
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[cayugabirds-l] Scoffield owls

2015-01-09 Thread CFSchmitt
We saw 2 Short-eareds swooping around the barn west of Scoffield, just as 
darkness was falling a few minutes after 5pm yesterday.   Sorry, Marie!   
They appeared about 2 minutes after you left!
I wonder   -- will the food supply last all winter in this one area, or 
will they deplete it and move on at some point?
We also saw Horned Larks on Buck Rd., southwest of Van Ostrand.   No 
Buntings or Longspurs visible
Carol S.
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[cayugabirds-l] Ques. on nest boxes/blow flies screens

2014-06-18 Thread CFSchmitt
We recently bought a nicely made bamboo nest box from Agway, and it has a 
screen at the bottom, presumably to help prevent blow fly larva from getting 
to the nestlings.   If this actually works, I'd like to add screens to my 
other nest boxes.
Does anyone know how effective this really would be and has anyone tried 
it?
Thanks,
Carol Schmitt
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[cayugabirds-l] Baby bird video

2014-03-08 Thread CFSchmitt
This was forwarded from a birding friend in Maine.   How many of us would 
even take this on, much less succeed?

http://www.trueactivist.com/a-man-going-for-a-jog-found-this-baby-bird-you-have-to-see-next-36-days/

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[cayugabirds-l] Linda Okin's radio interview

2013-12-30 Thread CFSchmitt
Linda had a great interview about the Count with Lee Rayburn this morning 
on WHCU.   You can go to the WHCU webpage and listen to the podcast.
http://whcuradio.com/morning-newswatch/cayuga-bird-count-wednesday/
Nice job, Linda!
Thanks,
Carol Schmitt
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[cayugabirds-l] Larue's honor

2013-11-04 Thread CFSchmitt
How delightful to hear that Larue's Lagoon is now official, and Larue St. 
Clair has been honored in this way for all his efforts!
I will now proudly admit that Ron and I originated the name Larue's 
Lagoon, in Sept. of 1995.   When that area was first created, and given such 
a pitiful name, we thought we could at least informally give Larue some 
credit for his generous volunteer work and coined Larue's Lagoon,   liking 
the 
alliteration.   I began to post sightings using that name and it quickly 
caught on.   
This is pleasing news!
Carol Schmitt
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[cayugabirds-l] CBC prez Linda on the radio!

2012-12-28 Thread CFSchmitt
Hi Everyone,
Linda was interviewed on WHCU and did a terrific job promoting the 
Christmas Count.   If you missed it, you can hear the podcast 
http://www.whcu870.com/ and click on Recent Podcasts.
   Good job, Linda!
Carol Schmitt
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] swallow fedgelings gone, nest too

2012-06-30 Thread CFSchmitt
Hi Asher,
I suspect that the news isn't good, and that the nest was predated.   I 
do suggest that you think about attaching predator guards to any nest box 
you have.   These seem to work quite well for us.
Carol Schmitt
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[cayugabirds-l] Lab front areas need names!

2012-04-16 Thread CFSchmitt
A modest proposal --- Maybe I've missed something, but I don't believe that 
the various small areas in front of the Lab have ever had any names.   When 
something is sighted around the entrance ponds and little woodlots, like 
the recent Bittern, it seems that we struggle to describe exactly what spot is 
meant.   Perhaps the Lab/bird club could dream up some informal, fun names 
for the little pond and tree areas?
Just a thought.
Carol Schmitt
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[cayugabirds-l] OT: Eagle Owl in slo-mo

2012-04-10 Thread CFSchmitt
This is quite lovely.
Carol

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[cayugabirds-l] any news on Snowy Owl?

2012-01-04 Thread CFSchmitt
Has anyone seen the Waterloo Outlet Snowy Owl recently???
Carol S
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[cayugabirds-l] Aurora Borealis

2011-10-24 Thread CFSchmitt
Oh, Meena!   Thanks so much for the sky alert!   We rushed right out and in 
spite of suburban lights and many trees, a terrific broad streak of deep 
pink stretched overhead and lasted a few minutes before fading.   A great 
sighting.
Carol Schmitt
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Sun. 11am Aurora

2011-05-22 Thread CFSchmitt
Thanks for alerting everyone about the Red-headed Woodpecker.   We easily 
saw it this morning where described, flying back and forth across the road a 
few times.   It landed deeper in the grove of trees in the south east corner 
of Rte. 90 and Poplar Ridge Rd., and then more than once flew back across 
the street into the denser big trees just north of Carpenter's land on the 
point. -- that area seems more protected and I'd think a good nest sight.
(Also, chicken barbecue today at the Aurora Fire Station)
Carol Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] previous Red-headeds in Aurora

2011-05-22 Thread CFSchmitt
Red-headed Woodpeckers were regularly seen on the Wells College golf course 
many many years ago, so there is a history of them in the area, for sure.
Carol Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] OT: penguin video

2011-01-27 Thread CFSchmitt
I sure wouldn't normally forward Internet videos, but this seem pretty 
unusual to me (and cute!) so I couldn't resist.   Are their long treks to a 
food 
source the basis of this?
Carol Schmitt
 Subject: FW: Penguin goes shopping
 This 10-year-old King  Penguin was rescued from a fisherman's line and  
 refused to leave after he was healed. He was  adopted by a family in a small 
 town in Japan and  became a beloved pet who has his own personal  
 air-conditioned cold room. Lala is so smart - he  walks to the fish store 
 with his 
 little backpack  to shop for fresh fish every  day.  
 http://www.flixxy.com/pet-penguin-goes-shopping.htm  
  
  

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[cayugabirds-l] swans, pheasants, etc

2011-01-21 Thread CFSchmitt
Thanks to Bob McGuire's email earlier this week, yesterday afternoon we 
could get the 4 pheasants on Rafferty/Dixon Rd., pecking around under the 
cow's feet like barnyard chickens.
Two Mute Swans were close to shore just before the Lake Rd. bluffs, 
courting a bit by nodding their heads and making the classic heart-shaped 
silhouette as they faced each other.   Lovely, really.
No luck with the Eared Grebe, but the Horned, plus many Red-breasted 
Mergs, and all the others, had moved down south of Long Point and were just 
offshore by our cottage. 
Carol Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] Linda Orkin on WHCU6:45amWed Xmas Count

2010-12-28 Thread CFSchmitt
Everyone set your alarm and get up to listen to Linda Orkin on WHCU 
tomorrow morning at 6:45 am (Wed. 12/29), talking about the Jan. 1st Christmas 
Count !!!
She'll be interviewed by Dave Vieser again this year, giving our club 
some good publicity, so tune in to hear her!
Cheers,
Carol Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] sounded like a Least Bittern

2010-04-01 Thread CFSchmitt
Last night after sunset we enjoyed the Woodcock display up at the airport, 
on Warren Drive before it bends left onto Snyder Rd.   Coming from the 
marshy area at the curve, we heard a call that I have to admit I couldn't i.d.  
 
It was a fairly quick, low whu whu whu sound, almost owl-like.   We heart it 
a few times.
I'm dense, I guess, but just don't know what it was.   Checking Stokes, 
etc.   it sure sounds like a Least Bittern
   Possible?   Any other ideas?
Thanks!
Carol Schmitt

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Aurora Raven

2010-03-23 Thread CFSchmitt
Last summer I saw a Raven on Gully Road, (north of Aurora) just up the road 
a little bit from the lake.
Carol Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] crow catches mouse!

2010-02-25 Thread CFSchmitt
Just watched a Crow standing under our feeders in an odd, crouched 
position.   Suddenly he jabbed into the snow, and brought up a mouse!   After a 
quick kill, he made a good bloody mess on the snow pecking at it, and has now 
flown off with it.
Also, a large flock of Robins are at our Buckthorn fruit.
Carol Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-shouldered,Rough-legged, Sharpie, GHOwl, Buntings

2010-01-23 Thread cfschmitt
A couple stolen hours away from the office yielded:
Great-Horned Owl in her Stewart Park nest hole,
Red-shouldered Hawk west of Kip's Barn, screaming from a perch on a utility 
pole,
Rough-legged Hawk and Snow Buntings on Mt. Pleasant, 
and then a Sharpie posed in a branch over the road, coming back down off 
the mountain.
And what a nice effect of heavy rime on tree branches   and bushes on top 
of Mt. P.
Carol Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] Up the lake: Hooded Merg, Horned Grebes, etc

2010-01-22 Thread cfschmitt
No Eared Grebes in Aurora, but 3 Horned.   Many Red-breasted Mergs around 
the lake shore.   3 Mute Swans and a thousand Tundras, but just couldn't make 
one into a Trumpeter.   There was a handsome Hooded Merg. too,   up in the 
village of Cayuga.   Bluebirds, Kestrels, etc. and gas is $2.70/9 in Union 
Springs.
Carol Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine NW corner Bradfield 4:45pm Thurs

2010-01-21 Thread cfschmitt
Thanks to Ann Mitchell for noting this corner spot for the Peregrine 
yesterday.   We drove up at 4:45 and found it immediately, perched on the very 
outer NW top corner of Bradfield.   After it surveyed it's world for a while, 
it turned, leaned down and fell straight down like a bungee jumper, head 
first, and only opened its wings after descending 30+ feet. A spectacular dive 
! 
   It then swooped in a tight curve and landed in the niche of the ledge 
just left of the southwest 'tower', snug in the corner with its back to the 
world.   --- it sure seems to use the entire building.
Carol Schmitt

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[cayugabirds-l] begging baby Goldfinches

2009-10-15 Thread CFSchmitt
Forgot to mention that our lake feeders are busy with baby Goldfinches, 
really begging hard from their parents.   Fluttering wings and babyish 
demeanors succeed in getting the parents to really stuff them with birdseed.   
Seems 
kind of late, even for these late breeders, isn't it?
Carol S.

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