[cayugabirds-l] Birding the Midwest

2021-07-14 Thread Carl Steckler
I am planning a birding trip to the Midwest grasslands for next June.
Already I am finding hotel rooms sold out for that period.

Does anyone have experience or advice on birding the prairie grasslands?

Also anyone who might want to go along on this trip please let me know.

Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Not the birds please

2021-06-05 Thread Carl Steckler
First it was statues, then military bases.
Now the target of the woke crowd are birds.
The American Ornithological Society is thinking about changing the names of
some birds because they have a past that some call racist.

Common people there is no room for political correctness in bird watching,

Or did I just miss the memo?

Please don’t let this hysteria ruin our hobby.

There may be scientific reasons to change the name but unit for political
reasons.

Birding is and should be open and available to every person, period.
What is next, ABA verses Audubon?

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[cayugabirds-l] Wagtail

2021-04-13 Thread Carl Steckler
Anyone as crazy as I am who wants to go to Virginia to see the Wagtail?
PM me if interested
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] No Birds

2021-02-23 Thread Carl Steckler
Yesterday there were dozens of birds at my feeders. So many that I had to
refill the seed cake feeders.

Today I have not seen any birds at all.

Very strange , any one have any ideas?
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Flock of Northern Cardinals

2021-01-28 Thread Carl Steckler
I woke up this morning to a flock of northern Cardinals at my feeder‘s
There were approximately 15 to 20 both male and female, it was hard to tell
they keep chasing each other all over the place
I have never had this many Cardinals at one time anyone else seen this?
Any ideas of what’s going on?
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Terek Sandpiper

2020-06-29 Thread Carl Steckler
Thinking about driving to RI to find Terek   Sandpiper
Either Wednesday or Thursday
Five hours drive. I have room for three .
Let me know if interested.
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] First

2020-05-14 Thread Carl Steckler
I just had my first ever Oriole at my feeders here in Dryden. Just as I 
was taking photos of the Oriole an Indigo Bunting showed up for a few 
nice photos.


I just did better in five minuted that Meg and I did all afternoon at MNWR.

Carl


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[cayugabirds-l] Black Birds

2020-02-26 Thread Carl Steckler
They are back. I had a huge flock of Redwings, Grackles and Starlings
descend on my feeders this afternoon.

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[cayugabirds-l] CBC Conowingo Field Trip

2020-02-17 Thread Carl Steckler
Once again I am cancelling the CBC field  trip to Conowingo Dam. Not 
because of weather this time but due to lack of Bald Eagles. According 
to eBird the highest count this month was four. Most days only one or 
two. Not sure where they all went but not enough to warrant a trip there.


Maybe next winter

Carl Steckler


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[cayugabirds-l] Red Wings and Grackles

2019-03-13 Thread Carl Steckler
Hurrah! Flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles have shown up to empty
my feeders here in Dryden.
Can this be Spring?

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[cayugabirds-l] skull identification

2018-06-27 Thread Carl Steckler
Meg's sister found what looks like a bird skull on the beach in Rhode 
island. If you think that you might be able to identify or know who 
might please PM me and I can send a photo.


Thanks

Carl


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[cayugabirds-l] Bobolink Sightings

2018-04-22 Thread Carl Steckler
Has anyone had a sighting of Bobolinks recently? I'm looking to get a 
good photo. If so please PM me the location.

Thanks
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings Dryden

2017-12-31 Thread Carl Steckler
Meg just reported that a large flock of Snow Buntings are in the fields 
at the bottom of Simms Hill Rd. in Dryden.
Which is great for me, I can watch them from my living room window with 
out risking frostbite.

Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

2017-11-23 Thread Carl Steckler

First , Happy thanksgiving to every one.

I am thinking of taking a trip to Conowingo MD to see the Bald Eagles 
who come by the hundreds to fish at the dam there, also there are 
thousands of Gulls.
It is a 4 1/2 hour trip one way and will be a long day, leaving at 6:00 
AM and returning that evening.   We will stop for lunch on the way and 
again on the way back.
I am thinking that Sat. Dec. 1st would be a good day. The weather is 
forecast to be clear and in the mid 50s.

If you are interested please PM me at c...@cornell.edu
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Maryland

2017-09-01 Thread Carl Steckler
Long ride
Rare bird
I'm thinking of going can take three passengers
If interested PM me at simmshil...@gmail.com
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Pileated Woodpecker

2017-05-08 Thread Carl Steckler
I am looking for a Pileated Woodpecker nest to photograph the activities 
of these birds. If anyone knows the location of an active nest could you 
please PM me at c...@cornell.edu


Thanks

Carl Steckler


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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrels

2017-04-03 Thread Carl Steckler
Meg reported that the Dutcher road Kestrels are back at the nest box.  
Dutcher road in Dryden.


Carl


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[cayugabirds-l] Clark's Grebe

2017-02-26 Thread Carl Steckler
I'm going up to see the Grebe, I have room for one more if anyone wants 
to go.

Call 607 592 8798
leaving in about a half hour.
Carl

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] eNews: An App That Can ID Your Bird Photos

2016-12-13 Thread Carl Steckler
The new version of Merlin is fantastic. Not only will it identify photos 
of birds taken with your phone, you can take a photo from the LCD screen 
of your Digital camera.  It should work with digiscoping as well. I gave 
it a workout on the recent CBC field trip to Niagara Falls and it was 
near 100% correct on identification. At worst it gave you the correct 
bird on the second or third choice. It even identified Charley Harper 
birds. We even went so far as to take selfies to see what bird Merlin 
identified us as, great fun. No I won't say which bird Merlin identified 
my selfie as.
I can say that the Merlin team has brought this app a long way and it 
will be a great addition to both beginners and advanced birders. Good 
work Team Merlin.

Carl Steckler

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl - Not

2016-10-27 Thread Carl Steckler
Having seen this bird yesterday I can well understand why the 
misdentification.  When looking through a 600mm camera lens from a 
distance it did seem to have the markings of a Snowy. It was only after 
seeing it through a scope did I see the red tail and head.  Without 
these two positive identifiers I can well understand someone, even an 
experienced birder, making the wrong identification. I do not think this 
hawk is an albino though as it did not completely lack pigmentation.  
Leucism seems to be more likely as there was not a total lack of 
colorization, it plainly had the markings of a Red-tail, just with 
mostly white feathers.
Carl

On 10/27/2016 12:07, Asher Hockett wrote:
> I remember after moving to Danby in 2000 that I mistook the 
> now-deceased white Red-tail for a Snowy. I had to go home for bins and 
> go back to discover my error. That bird was whiter than any Snowy I 
> have ever seen. I saw it so often I felt like we were connected.
>
> On Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 12:02 PM, W. Larry Hymes  > wrote:
>
> Just a little clarification.  Seeing this bird at a distance
> without binocs could leave the manager of the farm (a non-birder)
> with the impression that this was indeed a Snowy Owl.  This is
> especially so, since Snowys have shown up on the farm on rare
> occasions.  I did suggest to him that it might be an "albino"
> Red-tail, but he was reasonably certain in his mind that he was
> seeing a Snowy.  Thus my report to Cayugabirds, and Sara Jane's
> rare bird alert.
>
> I thought this was much too early, but I don't know the earliest
> first arrival date in the fall/early winter of Snowy in the
> basin.  However, I do have a vague recollection of Snowys being
> seen as early as November.
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Heil School Rd GH Owl Rescued

2016-06-26 Thread Carl Steckler
The GreatHornedOwl that was frequenting the Heil School Rd was found on the
road this morning by myself , Chris Wood and others. In a weakened
condition with an injury to the left eye, the owl was captured by Ann and
transported to the Vet School wildlife clinic.
Ann will post an update on the Owl's recovery.
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Dutcher Road Dryden Kestrels

2016-06-19 Thread Carl Steckler
Two small heads peeking out of Kestrel box on Dutcher Road, Dryden
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] OOB Pelagic Bird trip

2016-05-05 Thread Carl Steckler
I am planning on taking a pelagic bird trip out of Cape may, NJ on May 
21-22. There is room if anyone wants to join me.
This is a See Life Pelagics trip and you can find more information at 
www.paulagics.com 
The trip is $215.00 per person. I am driving down Friday May 20 if 
someone wants to join me.
PM me at c...@cornell.edu
Carl

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

2016-03-09 Thread Carl Steckler
Absolutely not!
Carl
On 3/9/2016 10:15, Sandy Wold wrote:
> Would anyone support asking our City/town and local colleges to go 
> with silent fireworks such as in this town in Italy?
>
> http://travel.excite.co.uk/town-in-italy-starts-using-silent-fireworks-as-a-way-of-respecting-their-animals-N52632.html?utm_source=fb_medium=ed_campaign=Facebook%3A+ExciteUK
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>
> Sandy Wold
> Artist, Illustrator, Conservation Educator
> www.Sandy-Wold.com 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Apiarian Question

2016-03-08 Thread Carl Steckler
Thanks to all who responded. They are indeed Honeybees as identified by 
my neighborhood beekeeper.
The swarm has doubled since earlier this morning and now the birds are 
staying away, except for the woodpeckers.
I think that when it gets dark and the bees are gone I will remove my 
seed feeders for a few days. Hopefully that will solve the problem.

Thanks
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[cayugabirds-l] Apiarian Question

2016-03-08 Thread Carl Steckler
For the past two days I have had a small swarm of what appear to be 
small Honeybees at my platform feeder.
The birds  don't seem to mind and I haven't seen any interaction between 
them.  Didn't know bees liked bird seed.

Has anyone else had this experience?
Thanks
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[cayugabirds-l] Smew Roadtrip

2016-03-07 Thread Carl Steckler
Seen Fishers Landing on the St Lawrence
Thinking of going tomorrow.
Any takers?
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[cayugabirds-l] Western Tanager

2016-02-27 Thread Carl Steckler
The Tanager was still there this AM (8:30 ish) It was flitting between 
the South side of day hall and the glen.

Good views of wing bars. Bird looks good despite the temp.
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[cayugabirds-l] Reporting Locations

2016-02-22 Thread Carl Steckler
First thanks to all who report on this list. This is not meant to 
criticize anyone but to ask for further refinement?
I would like to ask that if we can we be a little more accurate in 
reporting locations. If a report is at Myers Park could you be a little 
more specific? Is it in the marina, the spit or 1000 yards off shore? 
Likewise such locations as the Aurora Boathouse. Again is the report by 
the dock at the boathouse or 1000 yards off shore? I know that some 
might think this is a bit picayune but to many like myself who not only 
wish to see the bird but photograph it as well it does make a 
difference. And think of the poor beginning birder who ends up 
disappointed in only seeing that speck on the lake.

Again thanks to all who report, and thanks for understanding.
Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Cowbirds at feeders

2016-02-14 Thread Carl Steckler

I have Cowbirds at my feeders here in Dryden.
Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Great Tit

2016-01-29 Thread Carl Steckler
According to eBird they / it are being seen on the western shore of Lake 
Michigan North of Milwaukee. It looks like the sightings have been 
consistent.

Road trip anyone:?)
Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl

2015-12-28 Thread Carl Steckler

Any recent sightings?
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Pink-footed Goose Trip

2015-12-07 Thread Carl Steckler

Anyone up for a road trip to CT to see the Pink-footed Goose?
Carl Steckler

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] guns at Stewart Park

2015-11-13 Thread Carl Steckler
Yet another good reason to buy a Duck Stamp. That way you can show your 
support for conservation and that you are not against their activity per 
say, just the location. I am willing to bet that if you showed that you 
too had a duck stamp and explained your concern that this is a city park 
things would have been a lot more pleasant and might have made an 
impression that we birders are not just a bunch of anti-hunting 
treehuggers . IMHO

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[cayugabirds-l] Birding Big Bend National Park

2015-10-27 Thread Carl Steckler
Meg and I are planning a trip to Big bend NP this spring and were 
wondering if anyone who has been there has any tips and recommendations. 
Where to fly in to, motel etc.

Thanks
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[cayugabirds-l] CBC Trip Sat. To Find Gray Jays

2015-10-22 Thread Carl Steckler
Just a reminder, I will be leading a CBC trip to Ferd's Bog and Sabattis 
Bog in the Adirondacks this Saturday.

We will meet in the parking lot closest to  the Lab of O at 7:00 AM
I have room for one more person in my Jeep so if you can drive let me 
know how many passengers you can take.
This will be a full day trip with stops for lunch and dinner, but bring 
along a snack and drinks.
The weather is forecast to be in the low 50s, but that can change so 
bring warm clothing and be prepared for snow.
We will be looking foe boreal species like the Gray Jay, Boreal 
Chickadee and Black-backed Woodpecker.
There were some recent sightings of Spruce Grouse by DEC Park Rangers, 
so cross your fingers.
This trip is open to all birders, not just CBC members, so I am hopping 
to see a lot of you join us.

You can contact me at c...@cornell.edu or (607) 592-8798
Carl Steckler

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sabattis Bog Trip 10/24

2015-10-17 Thread Carl Steckler
I plan on stopping at Ferd's Bog, but I thought that a dinner in Old 
Forge would be a good place to stop and take a break. There are also 
some good motels in Tupper Lake and closer to Bloomingdale.
I guess we could see how many might want to stay overnight I have stayed 
at Shaheen's Motel and it is quite nice.
I guess the question is how many would like to make it an overnight 
trip? All in favor of an overnight contact me.
Carl

On 10/17/2015 01:55, M Miller wrote:
> Had a question about this trip; is Sabattis Bog the same as the Circle 
> Rd/Sabattis Rd area near Long Lake? If it is, my Google maps shows it 
> just over 4 hrs. from Ithaca (with Bloomingdale Bog another hour). 
> With that in mind, I thought I would mention the EconoLodge in Malone 
> (25-30 minutes north of Paul Smiths) had rooms for $70 a night (as of 
> 10/9/15). I thought this might sound more appealing than making the 
> drive back on the same day (something to consider anyway). I am 
> thinking about joining the trip, however, since I live in Waterloo I 
> would probably be driving myself and want to meet up at Ferd’s Bog. If 
> anyone else from this area is interested in going along, please email me.
>
> Mark Miller
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[cayugabirds-l] Gray Jay Trip = CBC Field Trip

2015-10-16 Thread Carl Steckler
Well it looks like the Gray Jay trip has morphed into a Cayuga Bird Club 
field trip.

We will be leaving at 7:00 AM Sat. Oct 24^th .from the parking lot at 
the Lab of O and caravanning to Sabattis Bog in the Adirondacks. This 
will be a full day trip so bring snacks and drinks. We will stop for 
lunch and dinner along the way.

We will explore the region around Sabattis Bog for northern bird 
species. We may take some short side trips in some of the access (read 
dirt) roads nearby.Leaving the area around 5:00 PM for the return trip home.

Depending on the number of people we will need enough vehicles to 
accommodate. I can fit two into my Wrangler. If you can take passengers 
please let me know. This trip is open to all birders, not just club 
members, but please contact me so I know how many are going.(607) 592 
8798 or c...@cornell.edu <mailto:c...@cornell.edu>

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gray Jay trip

2015-10-15 Thread Carl Steckler
With the weather forecast not looking good I have decided to push the 
trip back to Sat the 24th.  Also the response was greater than the 
seating capacity of my Wrangler so if there is someone else that can 
provide a vehicle it looks like  it should be a good trip.

Carl Steckler

On 10/14/2015 21:03, Carl Steckler wrote:
Looking for someone who would like to share a ride with me to Sabattis 
Bog in the Adirondacks to find Gray Jays Sometime next week when the 
weather breaks (Tuesday or Wednesday). It is about a 3 1/2 hour drive 
so I plan on leaving fairly early in the AM and coming back the same 
day. I will be driving my Jeep Wrangler so I potentially have room for 
three people. Meg doesn't want to go and I would rather have some 
company. Any takers?

I can be reached ay 607 592 8798.
Thanks
Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Gray Jay trip

2015-10-14 Thread Carl Steckler
Looking for someone who would like to share a ride with me to Sabattis 
Bog in the Adirondacks to find Gray Jays Sometime next week when the 
weather breaks (Tuesday or Wednesday). It is about a 3 1/2 hour drive so 
I plan on leaving fairly early in the AM and coming back the same day. I 
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takers?

I can be reached ay 607 592 8798.
Thanks
Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] An Interesting Perspective On habitat Change

2015-10-08 Thread Carl Steckler
Please read this article. At last common sense by the DEC
Carl


http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/10/07/update-about-those-claims-of-declining-bird-populations-due-to-climate-change/
 



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[cayugabirds-l] Wyoming acts to discourage citizen scientists

2015-09-13 Thread Carl Steckler
Here is a scary happening. You might nor wish to go birding in Wyoming


  https://www.hcn.org/articles/wyoming-acts-to-discourage-citizen-scientists

Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Golden and Bald Eagles Win again

2015-08-16 Thread Carl Steckler



Gettin' better and better

https://www.masterresource.org/cuisinarts-of-the-air/bald-golden-eagles-court-victory/

Carl Steckler




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[cayugabirds-l] Win for The Birds

2015-08-07 Thread Carl Steckler

Maybe someone is listening??
http://stopthesethings.com/2015/01/06/us-wind-power-outfit-whacked-with-2-5-million-fine-for-rampant-golden-eagle-slaughter/
 


Carl Steckler

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] and thank you, Dave Nutter!

2015-07-12 Thread Carl Steckler
I would like to chime in here. Dave your info and perspective are right 
on. The problem I have is having everyone relying so heavily on a petition.

Having given comment , all be it about Wolves, to both DEC and FWS on 
several occasions concerning de-listing or changing status of wildlife I 
have learned that petitions do not carry as much weight as you would think.
  After talking to several FWS agents and hearing their comments 
concerning petitions I have come to the conclusion that a letter 
directly to the agency, clearly marked as comment  about the change of 
protection to the Golden-cheeked Warbler will do much more than a 
petition. Both the people from DEC and FWS have told me that petitions 
do not carry much weight because there is little thought and effort to 
sign a petition, it is too easy and anyone can do it without really 
knowing the issues. I have also heard this statement from several 
prominent wildlife biologists.

Even a short letter outlining why you believe that a change is either 
warranted or not warranted with sound biological reasons, and certainly 
loss of habitat certainly qualifies as a sound biological reason, means 
a lot more to those reviewing the issue. If FWS suddenly started 
receiving dozens of letters commenting about this issue they will be 
more motivated to look at the situation a lot closer before making a 
decision.

Is it worth you buying a stamp and spending a few minutes writing a 
letter? You bet it is. In these days of electronic mail and web based 
petitions a letter still carries a lot more weight. So sit down and 
wright please.
Carl Steckler

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 ... for your eloquent synopsis of the Golden-cheeked Warbler 
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 (also fair and balanced) assessment of a potentially controversial 
 issue, modelling how to acknowledge the contribution of all parties 
 concerned, and (finally) sharing your personal conclusion (absent of 
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[cayugabirds-l] Loons

2015-06-15 Thread Carl Steckler
I am looking for some semi-cooperative Loons to photograph. Not the ones 
in the middle of Cayuga Lake, but some smaller body of water so they 
would be more camera accessible. Ideally I would like to find a Pair 
with chicks.

You can PM me at c...@cornell.edeu
thanks
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpeckers

2015-05-17 Thread Carl Steckler
There are 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers at Mays Point
Not sure which tree nest cavity is inn
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Golf course Owls

2015-04-12 Thread Carl Steckler
great views of mother and chicks standing on  nest 4:30 today
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Dutcher Rd. Kestrels Return

2015-04-07 Thread Carl Steckler
The Kestrels that nested in the box on Dutcher Rd., Dryden have 
returned. No activity seen in box yet, but soon we hope.
Dutcher Rd. is north of the village, turn west off Rt 13, box is about 
1/2 mile on pole on right.

Carl  Meg

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[cayugabirds-l] Dutcher Rd. Kestrels Return

2015-04-07 Thread Carl Steckler



The Kestrels that nested in the box on Dutcher Rd., Dryden have
returned. No activity seen in box yet, but soon we hope.
Dutcher Rd. is north of the village, turn west off Rt 13, box is about
1/2 mile on pole on right.
Carl  Meg




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[cayugabirds-l] OT.Leupold 19 X 42 Binoculars for sale

2015-03-29 Thread Carl Steckler
Meg has a pair of Lupold 10 X 42 Acadia BX-2 binoculars for sale. She is 
upgrading. The Lupold is in very good shape.

Call me at 607 592 8798 for more information.
Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2015-03-26 Thread Carl Steckler
There is a large flock of Snow Geese with at least one Blue Goose on Rt. 
38 south of Dryden towards Harford at the intersection of Pervis Rd. 
Field on East side of Rt. 38

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[cayugabirds-l] Rde-throated Loon

2015-03-25 Thread Carl Steckler
The Red-throated Loon was still behind the Ithaca farmer's market about 
2:00 PM today. Resting in the middle of the Inlet

Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Great Horned Owl Golf Course

2015-03-24 Thread Carl Steckler
great views of Owl high up in tree
Grounds keeper asks that you not park on grass
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] OOB: Harlequin Duck Oswego

2015-03-12 Thread Carl Steckler
The male Harlequin Duck is still hanging around in the Oswego river
Very good looks from the parking lot behinde Bridie Manor restaurant just
up stream of the first bridge off 481 down town Oswego
Carl  Meg

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow buntings

2015-03-01 Thread Carl Steckler
hundreds of Snow Buntings Davis Rd Lansing 600 block by large dairy farm

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] rare bird rant

2015-02-27 Thread Carl Steckler
OK, here is the problem I have with eBiird. I just checked for sightings 
in New York State and the only sighting listed was from Dave Nutter on 
Feb 22. Nothing since then. I get eBird alerts for Seneca and Cayuga 
county. What I get are Chipping Sparrow, no Gyrfalcon. Granted eBird is 
great for collecting data, but for alerting birders to rare birds it is, 
pardon the expression, for the birds.
Maybe I am doing something wrong in my eBird settings, but it is not 
clear to me, and if it not clear it is not useful.

Now if only someone could help me get on the local alert net I would be 
grateful.

Carl

On 2/27/2015 10:31, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
 The great part of using eBird as Bob does is that rare bird sightings 
 output to all users that have the rare bird / needs alert 
 notifications setup in their account. No extra work involved and 
 potentially reaching more observers than the text alert system. I 
 highly recommend using BirdLog NA for all your sightings!
 The RBA system still has the advantage of immediacy reaching flip 
 phones, but can detract from the personal experience just a little. I 
 don't feel the same loss when using BirdLog and will advocate that 
 others try it and judge for themselves.
 This comes from a dedicated notebook user.

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[cayugabirds-l] Ladoga Point

2015-02-21 Thread Carl Steckler
At the risk of showing my ignorance, just where is viewing allowed at 
Ladoga Point? It looks like the entire site consists of private homes.

Just asking
Thanks
Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Hawk ID

2015-02-15 Thread Carl Steckler
Going through my photos of Cooper's hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks I 
can't decide which is which. If anyone would like to try and help me 
sort this out please let me know and I will send you copies of the Hawks.

Thanks
Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Coopers Hawk Dryden

2015-02-13 Thread Carl Steckler
Nice Coopers Hawk in my backyard on Simms Hill Rd., Dryden. Making my 
feeder birds nervous.

Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Birding information

2015-02-11 Thread Carl Steckler
This may sound a little nit-picky, but when reporting a bird sighting 
could those reporting please give a location and not use local 
references or not so well known initials.

Some of us flunked Mind Reading 101  (humorous smiley face assumed)
Thanks
Carl Steckler


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Belle School Rd - CL Basin or Not?

2015-01-03 Thread Carl Steckler
Considering that we accept MNWR as being in the basin isn't it just 
academic to be asking which side of a road the birds were? Just saying:?)

Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Niagra Falls Birding Trip

2014-11-30 Thread Carl Steckler
When asking Kevin McGowan as to the date of this years trip to Niagara 
Falls he informed me that he was not leading this years trip. Does 
anyone know who, if anyone, will be leading this trip? Will there be a 
trip this year?

thanks
Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Avocet MNWR

2014-11-13 Thread Carl Steckler
Avocet still at Eaton Marsh despite snow

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[cayugabirds-l] Avocet

2014-11-08 Thread Carl Steckler
still at marsh in plain sight now

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[cayugabirds-l] OT: Shutter bruin

2014-11-06 Thread Carl Steckler



Yes...he ate the birdie...



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] [OneidaBirds] Stony Point Wheatear - Yes

2014-09-22 Thread Carl Steckler
Can someone give the complete location for this bird?
Thanks
Carl Steckler


On 9/21/2014 17:06, Drew Weber wrote:
 Address for the wheatear is 11162 Whitney Rd. Still present.

 Drew Weber
 drewwe...@gmail.com mailto:drewwe...@gmail.com
 484.269.6009



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[cayugabirds-l] Wheatear

2014-09-22 Thread Carl Steckler

Anyone from this area going up to see if is still there?
Please let me know if you have room.
Thanks
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[cayugabirds-l] Green Heron

2014-08-24 Thread Carl Steckler
Now at Swan Pond Stewart Park
East end of pond
Carl S

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[cayugabirds-l] Black cardinal

2014-08-21 Thread Carl Steckler
This morning I had a very unusual bird at my feeders. It was a Cardinal 
with a red head and black mask, but the body was black. By the time I 
went to get my camera it was gone. I have set up my wildlife camera in 
hopes that it will come back and I can get a photo of it.

Has anyone else seen this bird?
Carl Steckler


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[cayugabirds-l] RBA text aleart system

2014-08-15 Thread Carl Steckler
A number of birders have commented about re instituting a text based RBA 
system like the one we once had that was managed by Dave Nutter. As I 
understand that the old system went away because there was going to be 
charge for the service. I am wondering if a similar system could be set 
up with a small fee for subscription to cover the costs would readers of 
this list be interested?


Right now I either get alerts from this list  via e-mail or  Ebird RBA 
alerts ( which are a day old). I would like to know if there is enough 
interest in having an instant RBA  text system again?


If there are enough people interested I would be willing to manage the 
system, but I would need the help of someone who understands this kind 
of system better than I do to help get it set up.


If you are interested please let me know by PM at c...@cornell.edu and 
use RBA Text as the subject.

Thanks
Carl Steckler

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Foot Traffic on the Wildlife Drive at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

2014-08-14 Thread Carl Steckler
I have to respectively disagree with your conclusion and decision to 
curtail people getting out of their cars on the wildlife drive.
First viewing is severely restricted by the vegetation that has been 
allowed to grow along the drive necessitating that one get out of the 
car to see anything that is not flying.


Second the traffic of the personnel working on the terraforming causes 
much more disruption. I realize that this is necessary, but it does 
cause more disruption than foot traffic. This would be compounded by 
providing and maintaining additional stops along the drive.


Third the complaints you have received have come from a very few people. 
If you were to conduct a survey you would find that most people have no 
problem with others getting out of the car and in fact end up seeing 
much more of the wildlife they come to see. If you want a pristine 
refuge with a severely restricted viewing public either close the gates 
or have everyone ride on buses to view wildlife.


Fourth what you will create is a situation where your inforcement 
officers will have to spend much more of their limited time herding the 
viewing public back into their cars instead of their much more important 
jobs.


Fifth in reality the problem is very much self regulating. Most people 
who get out of their cars do so for short periods and if they see 
someone going toff the road will say something.  You would have a much 
better use of your limited funds by allowing people to be out of their 
cars on the drive and posting signs to stay on the drive.


Sixth your proposal would severely limit the use of the wildlife drive 
to educational groups where there are several vehicles in a group.  
Those in the front will see something while those further back will not. 
Also this will curtail the use of using a spotting scope to view 
wildlife that is not close to the drive.


In conclusion please rethink your decision to restrict the drive and 
make it more friendly to the viewing public who in reality own and pay 
for the refuge. I do believe that the intended purpose in allowing the 
viewing public is part of your mandate. Perhaps you should invite some 
of your users to meet with and comment to your policy makers.

Thank you
Carl Steckler
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[cayugabirds-l] Least Bittern

2014-07-15 Thread Carl Steckler
At least 4 if not 5 Least Bitterns Larues Lagoon MNWR
On the right of the drive

Moorhens with small chicks on left side of drive opposite lagoon
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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Kestrals

2014-06-28 Thread Carl Steckler
It looks like the Kestrels on Dutcher Rd in Dryden have fledged, but all
three are staying in vicinity of the nest box.
Good views of all three birds.
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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrel update

2014-06-28 Thread Carl Steckler
I just saw two little Kestrel faces peering out of the nest box on Dutcher
Rd
So there are five in all
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[cayugabirds-l] Monk Parakeets

2014-06-26 Thread Carl Steckler
Monk Parakeets

Meg and I were treated to a great view of these birds, flying in tandem and
adding to their large nest.
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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrel Nest Box Occupied Dryden

2014-06-06 Thread Carl Steckler
There is an occupied Kestrel nest box on Dutcher Rd. about 1/2 mile west 
of Rt. 13 in the town of Dryden. It is on a telephone pole on the right 
hand side of the road. Dutcher Rd. is off Rt. 13 north of Dryden just 
past Lily's Tack and Feed, turn left. If you see a green Jeep parked 
there it will be me.

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[cayugabirds-l] Salmon Creek Bird Santuary

2014-06-04 Thread Carl Steckler
Salmon creek bird sanctuary
Lpts of Baltimore Orioles a few Cerulear Warblers, no Cuckoos
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Salmon Creek Bird Santuary

2014-06-04 Thread Carl Steckler

On 6/4/2014 17:14, John Greenly wrote:
Yes, this is great news!! there have been none there for a number of 
years.  I've heard none up to now. Can you say exactly where your 
found them?


--John Greenly
About 50 feet North of the intersection on he East side. It was there 
with a Blue-winged warbler twenty feet further on.,

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[cayugabirds-l] CBC Field Trip Sat May 31

2014-05-28 Thread Carl Steckler
Meg and I will be leading a field trip this Sat. to the Demeree tree 
farm on Lick Rd. Just North of Rt. 90. This is a special trip as the 
tree farm is normally off limits, but we have permission for this one 
time only trip.
Meet at Lab Of O parking lot at 7:30 AM. Trip will be 1/2 day weather 
permitting. You do not have to be a CBC member to come along.

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[cayugabirds-l] Trip To Watertown to find Ptarmigan

2014-05-19 Thread Carl Steckler
I am thinking of going up to Watertown to find the Willow Ptarmigan and 
wounder if anyone would like to go along? I can seat 3. Thinking Wed or 
Thurs unless sightings stop.

If interested please e-mail me at c...@cornell.edu.
Thanks
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[cayugabirds-l] Am Bittern Wilson North

2014-05-10 Thread Carl Steckler
Am Bittern by benches west of Sherwood platform
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] House Finch question

2014-05-09 Thread Carl Steckler

On 5/9/2014 09:31, bilba...@pop.lightlink.com wrote:

While we have at least 2 pairs of Purple Finches and more Goldfinches than
I can easily count,  as well as usual numbers of other common species, from
what I have noticed we have no House Finches around at all,  which is very
unusual. Is this just here or are others finding less than usual
numbers?



I have just the opposite, except for the Goldfinches, lots of House 
Finches, no Purple Finches here in Dryden.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Prarigan

2014-04-26 Thread Carl Steckler
On 4/26/2014 11:49, Ann Mitchell wrote:
 Willow Prarigan
Do you mean /Willow Ptarmigan?
Where exactlyt?
Carl
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  /
  / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willow_Ptarmigan


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Royal Terns at Myer's Spit

2014-04-24 Thread Carl Steckler
On 4/24/2014 10:41, Christopher Wood wrote:
 Hi everyone,

 I believe these are Caspian Terns. There is quite a bit of variation 
 in bill color of Caspians and they can puff up the rear of their crown 
 to make them appear a bit more like Royal Tern. Royal would have a 
 thinner bill that is more orange in color (sometimes at this time of 
 year they can appear quite red) and pale underside of the wings in 
 flight. Perhaps the easiest way to tell the two apart here, is that 
 Royal isn't here.

 Royals occasionally stray north, but inland birds are exceptional with 
 almost all showing up during a hurricane. One would not find a flock 
 (or probably even a lone bird) on Cayuga Lake without a hurricane or 
 other exceptional weather.

 Chris

 Chris Wood

Meg and I just came from Myers. Based on my photos I would have to agree 
with Chris that these are Caspian Terns, not Royal. The bill has a dark 
tip with a little bit of yellow at the very tip.
Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers, Salt Point

2014-03-29 Thread Carl Steckler
Meg and I made a quick turn around Salt Point and Myers. The highlights 
were:


Salt Point
The bluest Eastern Bluebird I have ever seen, the photo is going into my 
5 birds folder for the Jan 2015 meeting

Northern Mockingbird
Many American Robins
Red-winged Blackbirds
Several American Wigeon
Several Coots
Lesser Scaup
Redheads

Myers
Two Osprey, one caught a fish by the marina
Many Redheads
Lesser Scaup
several American Wigeon
Many Coots with several on the beach walking about, they really do look 
like chickens on land

Two Blue Heron, adult male
Mallards
Canada Geese
Ring-billed Gulls
one Greater Black-backed Gull juvenile, identified by pink legs

All in all time well spent

Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Extraordinary Trio to Oswego River OOB

2014-03-09 Thread Carl Steckler
Meg and I drove up to Oswego to see if we could find the Harlequin Duck 
reported there on the Oswego River. We did find the Harlequin and much 
much more.
We also found Long-tailed Ducks, Buffelheads, Redheads, Common 
Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, White-winged 
Scoters, Greater Scaup and Mallards.


The best part other than seeing the Harlequin, which may have been ill, 
was the fact that most of these birds would fly up river and then come 
down with the current only to fly up again and again. It was like an 
endless parade of close up viewing and great photos. For Meg a life 
bird, the Harlequin. For me this weekend brought 2 life birds, the 
Harlequin and the Red-breasted Merganser.

What beautiful day and a great trip.

Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Large flock Snow Buntings

2014-03-04 Thread Carl Steckler
There is a large flock of Snow Buntings in the field at the corner of 
Rt. 13 and Simms Hill Rd in Dryden, just past Mullen's Body shop.

Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Aurora Boat House

2014-03-02 Thread Carl Steckler
I arrived at the boat house in Aurora about 2:30 yesterday. There were 
lots of ducks just offshore. I got my camera ready, stepped out of the 
car and they started to take off. I snapped several photos not knowing 
what if any shots I had gotten. Not very cooperative in my opinion.


Looked at the photos today and to my surprise there were White-winged 
Scoters and a Surf Scoter. Not great shots, but definitely identifiable. 
Two new life birds for me.


As I have said before I only add to my list when I have taken an 
identifiable photo of the bird, so to me this is a biggie.

Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrel Merlin ID

2014-02-20 Thread Carl Steckler
Thanks to everyone who responded. We think we have a good idea of what 
to look for, now all we need are the birds.

Carl

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[cayugabirds-l] Kestral vs Merlin ID

2014-02-16 Thread Carl Steckler
Can someone please tell me how to a flying Kestrel from a Merlin ? Meg 
and I saw what we think were Kestrels , but because of their location 
could have been Merlins.  How does one tell the difference when they are 
on the wing?

thanks
Carl


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread Carl Steckler
With both Miliken Station ( or what ever it is called now) and the 
Cornell lake source cooling adding warm water it almost impossible for 
the lake to completely freeze over, there will always be some open 
water. It really is just a matter of how much. Also for the record, 
having lived in the area except from 1966- 1972, since 1948 and  I have 
never seen the lake completely freeez over even in the mid 1980s when we 
had -20 weather for two weeks.


Besides, were supposed to be having Global Warming aren't we? :?)
Carl Steckler

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Fwd: Re: [cayugabirds-l] weekend birds, hunting pressure

2013-12-29 Thread Carl Steckler

On 12/29/2013 20:29, bob mcguire wrote:
 Another though: how about petitioning the DEC to delay the start of 
 the late waterfowl season at the south end of Cayuga lake until after 
 January 1st? Why should the needs (?) of 15-20 hunters take precedence 
 over a 100-year tradition  data collection (the Ithaca CXBC)?

 Bob McGuire
 On Dec 29, 2013, at 5:07 PM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg wrote:

One of the reasons that hunters should take precedence is because they 
contribute $746 million (Annual amount of money spent by hunters in 
the United States on licenses and public land access fees).

  $300 million --- Additional monies contributed to 
wildlife conservation every year by the more than 10,000 
private hunting-advocate organizations, like the National Wild 
Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

$4.2 billion --- Amount of money sportsmen have contributed 
to conservation through a 10% federal excise taxes on 
firearms, ammunition, and gear since the 1937 Pittman-Robertson Act 
established the tax. Millions of acres of public-use land has been 
purchased, preserved, and maintained with this money.

I know we don't like to admit, but hunters actually do more for 
conservation of animal species and land than all other sources of 
funding for those things combined. We need to realize that much of what 
we have we owe to those who have actually paid for the places and 
animals we enjoy. If not for these funds MNWR would not be there. Many 
of our state parks would not be there. Not to mention how many bird and 
other species would be gone.

Last year more than 556000 hunting and fishing licensees were issued in 
New York State. Divide that by 62 counties that comes out to an average 
of 8967 per county. if only 1% hunt waterfowl in Tompkins county that is 
about 90 hunters (I am sure there are more).  While I neither hunt 
(except with a camera) nor fish I do give due to those who do and pay 
for what I enjoy. As long as they are perusing their passion in a safe 
legal manner I think we owe them a break and thanks. It is more than 15-20.

Carl Steckler



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[cayugabirds-l] RBA alearts

2013-12-10 Thread Carl Steckler
OK I have got the GroupMe app on my phone. I have gone on line and get 
the messages, but not on my phone. Am I supposed to get some sort of 
alert tone? Am I supposed to get some sort of message? All I get is nothing.
I don't want to chat, I don;t want Facebook, all I want are RBA alerts. 
Can someone PM me and tell me how to get RBAs?

Thanks
Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Trip Information

2013-12-08 Thread Carl Steckler
Last year some of us went up near MNWR to see Short-eared Owls. I am 
thinking that it was at a DEC facility. If any of this rings a bell 
could you please refresh my memory as to the location?

Thanks
Carl Steckler

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker may's Point

2013-08-26 Thread Carl Steckler
Meg and I took a trip up to May's point this afternoon to see if we 
could see the baby Red-headed Woodpecker (s) and we were not 
dissapointed. At least one little fellow, or gal, kept sticking it's 
little gray head and upper body out to beg for food.  We could not tell 
if it was a single bird or they were taking turns peaking about. We saw 
two adults flying around and bring food to the nest hole. Great views 
until it started to pour.

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[cayugabirds-l] OT Bridge Construction

2013-07-15 Thread Carl Steckler
I just found out that the new bridge on Rt. 13 over Fall creek was 
raised to accommodate a walking path to Cornell. This sounds like it 
will open up new places to seek out birds. For once NYSDOT has done us a 
favor.

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[cayugabirds-l] Ruff

2013-05-15 Thread Carl Steckler

If someone hears of the Ruff being re-found please post.
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[cayugabirds-l] Audubon's warbler

2013-04-19 Thread Carl Steckler
Went down to Stewart Park to look for Audubon's Warbler which I missed 
seeing yesterday. I did not see the warbler this morning but took photos 
of every bird I saw. Upon reviewing the photos on my computer I have 
found one not very good photo of the Audubon's warbler. So he is still 
there.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] SFO and playback

2013-04-10 Thread Carl Steckler
On 4/10/2013 11:13 AM, Sandy Podulka wrote:
 Here is a reply from Steve Kress, SFO course leader:

 The SFO recommended practice on use of audio playbacks is for 
 instructors to use them minimally for educational purposes.  We 
 recommend playbacks only when unassisted viewing has proven to be 
 unsatisfactory (e.g. owls and rails) or to demonstrate 
 territoriality.  In any event, the audio playback should be turned off 
 once the bird is visible to the class, it should not be used for 
 attracting rare species, declining species and out of range species.  
 Likewise, we ask leaders not to use recordings in areas  where birders 
 are abundant (so as not to confuse birds and birders). We discourage 
 birders from using audio playback for recreational or list building 
 purposes.


 At 08:13 AM 4/10/2013, John and Sue Gregoire wrote:
 Does SFO approve of/teach using playback calls for recreational 
 birding? Recent SFO
 trip reports would indicate that this is a sanctioned procedure and 
 is also subject
 to overuse by the guide. With so many groups and so many students as 
 well as the
 proliferation of playback devices and call sources, this could easily 
 get out of
 hand much to the detriment of bird populations. Even worse if it even 
 appears
 Cornell sanctions this method of birding.

 John
OK I'm going to jump in the fire here. I have been doing extensive 
reading on this topic for the last year. Most sources agree that even 
going into the woods to observe birds causes disruption in the bird's 
routine and causes some amount of stress. Some studies cite that 
thousands of birders cause major stress and disruption of the bird's 
routine all over the world on a daily basis. Many studies say that 
calling birds, through playback of bird songs or even phishing causes 
additional stress. I have even read a study that proposes that using 
playback may cause a female bird to not want to mate with a particular 
male bird because the playback makes the female think there is a better 
male out there somewhere.

However if you read enough of the many studies done on the playing of 
bird sounds you will find that most conclude that the  of birders 
employing this method are so spread out and that any one birder doing 
this even once a day in different locations is so minimal as to cause no 
long term harm or distress to bird populations. You may impact one bird 
for a few minutes, but most studies show that the long term impact on 
that bird is very minimal. Birds adapt to sounds and the activity in 
their environment. For example if loud noises drive birds from their 
habitat, as some studies suggest, then Sapsucker Woods which lies very 
near a large airport should have no birds. However we all know that 
there are birds there and indeed they don't seem to be bothered at all.  
Most of the studies that conclude that playback is bad for birds seem to 
assume that all birders do this all of the time. In my opinion this is a 
ridiculous conclusion and should be dismissed out of hand. My own 
observations during SFO last year is that playback was used at most once 
on each trip, some not at all and others two or three times. Having been 
back to those birding spots since then the birds are still there doing 
their bird things despite us having momentarily disrupting them.

Actually what most studies base their conclusion on is not whether 
calling really impacts the birds, but whether it is ethical or not. 
Ethics is a very cloudy issue.  There are no clear guidelines where 
ethics are concerned.

My bottom line is that unless a conclusive study shows me that I have 
directly caused the decline in a bird species by my birding activity, I 
will not modify my birding behavior.  Summing up from what I have read, 
there does not seem to be any conclusive information either way as far 
as playback is concerned.  In the mean time pay attention to the 
important thing, enjoying the birds.

Carl Steckler

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