[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Acoustic Monitoring Project

2017-03-31 Thread Christopher Wood
Good afternoon everyone, The Bioacoustics Research Program and Information Science team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are collaborating on an initiative that we are calling the Sapsucker Woods Acoustic Monitoring Project (SWAMP) to understand the complimentary roles of acoustic monitoring

Re: [cayugabirds-l] hybrid teal, Montezuma; lake birds

2015-11-07 Thread Christopher Wood
As Jay mentioned, I (finally!) had a chance to go and see the hybrid Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal today. There was terrific selection of ducks and the light was beautiful. The impoundment by the Visitor Center also had a nice selection of shorebirds including Long-billed Dowitchers, Dunlin,

Re: [nysbirds-l] Cinnamon Teal - yes, Montezuma

2015-11-04 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi everyone, I thought I’d chime in with a few reasons why this teal is a hybrid. I have only seen photos of this bird, but do spend a fair amount of time looking at ducks particularly in transitional plumage. There are several features that simply aren’t ever shown by Cinnamon Teal and are

[cayugabirds-l] Hybrid Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal

2015-11-02 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi everyone, I think all the traits that Jay points out are conclusive that this is a hybrid. There isn't a transitional plumage of Cinnamon Teal that would ever show this extent of a white facial crescent, spotting on the sides or this amount of white where the flanks meet the rump. The

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake and Avicaching sites: 7 April

2015-04-07 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi everyone, While some may prefer sunny blue skies, days where skies blend into bark and mud offer much better birding. Shades of gray and heavy moisture in the air were too tempting to resist. Perhaps E. L. James is a birder? Whatever the case, Dryden Lake was calling. While still almost

[cayugabirds-l] Willet and Buff-breasted at K-m

2014-09-02 Thread Christopher Wood
A Willet just came in and landed at Knox-M. visible from East Road. There is also a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the higher flats. Overcast skies make for fair viewing. Chris Jessie -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Com Nighthawks over Sapsucker Woods

2014-08-19 Thread Christopher Wood
21 nighthawks just flew over Monkey Run!! Holy!!! CLW On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, Kenneth V. Rosenberg k...@cornell.edu wrote: Three NIGHTHAWKS flew south over the Cornell Lab of Ornithology parking lots at about 6:20 PM — I see that others are reporting nighthawks

[cayugabirds-l] Black Terns at Stewart Park

2014-08-18 Thread Christopher Wood
There were 6 Black Terns at Stewart Park this morning. They were far to the north, visible through a scope but not with binoculars. Other highlights included a juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron, 3 flyby Semipalmated Sandpipers, and a Yellow-rumped Warbler. Complete list here:

[cayugabirds-l] Cerulean Warbler at Monkey Run

2014-08-17 Thread Christopher Wood
There is a Cerulean Warbler with a mixed flock of warblers at Monkey Run SE. To look for it park along hwy 13 at fall creek. Walk on south side heading west along trail to where you reach bluff overlooking creek (and is at sunlit edge). Bird is foraging in this area. Female. Cheers, Chris Wood

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Owl seduction

2014-07-02 Thread Christopher Wood
John has great advice. You want to avoid metal, which will heat up and potentially kill or harm anything inside. Best practices would also be to avoid painting, staining or treating the wood with preservatives or creosote. Milk cartons are also best avoided. NestWatch has a lot of useful

[cayugabirds-l] Eurasian Green-winged Teal

2014-03-22 Thread Christopher Wood
At East Shore park now. -- Chris Wood eBird Neotropical Birds Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Goose flight

2014-03-14 Thread Christopher Wood
I have seen several flocks of Snow Geese and a few Canadas heading north this morning -- I only scanned for about 5 minutes. I'm sure someone more enterprising would do quite well today. Also several flocks of grackles. Chris Wood eBird Neotropical Birds Project Leader Cornell Lab of

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Jay McGowan: male TUFTED DUCK at E Shore Pk

2014-02-15 Thread Christopher Wood
Here is a link to a checklist that Jessie and I entered into eBird, which includes photos of the Tufted Duck and the Canvasback x Redhead. The latter resembles a Common Pochard but has more extensive black on the bill and slightly different bill and head shape.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ebird

2013-11-26 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi Diana, I haven't had these problems and haven't seen mention elsewhere of them, but let's see if we can figure out what is happening. Let's continue the discussion off list. Can you let me know what browser and operating system you are using? Also, if you could send me a screenshot including

[cayugabirds-l] Tompkins County, east of Ithaca 3 Golden Eagles

2013-11-23 Thread Christopher Wood
I spent the morning checking a few areas east of Ithaca, mostly near Dryden Lake and Fall Creek. Links to checklists below with photos. *Dryden Lake* Golden Eagle, 7 Gadwall http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15738645 *Hile School Road Wetland* Fairly quiet, American Tree Sparrows

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma ibises

2013-11-19 Thread Christopher Wood
I think there have been at least two different White-faced Ibis at Montezuma this fall. A 1st-year bird that was found on the 17th and was seen daily through the 22nd. Starting the 23rd, I believe only the 1st-year Glossy Ibis was seen until the 27th. On the 27th, The White-faced Ibis appeared

[cayugabirds-l] Audubons Warbler

2013-11-14 Thread Christopher Wood
There is an Audubons Warbler along the canal on the west side of the Wegmans parking lot (Ithaca). 7:45 thursday 14 November. Team Sapsucker Cornell Lab -- Chris Wood eBird Neotropical Birds Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca area birds (interesting gulll; Yellow Warbler)

2013-10-27 Thread Christopher Wood
I birded the Stevenson Road compost piles in Ithaca this morning, which were quite good. There were two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, but the most interesting bird was a gull that appeared intermediate between Ring-billed and Herring Gull. I tried to turn into an odd American Herring Gull (which it

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma ibis present

2013-10-20 Thread Christopher Wood
The White-faced and Glossy Ibis are present in the usual location--really an excellent opportunity to study differences between the two birds: eye color, facial skin, size, overall coloration, differences in wing coverts etc. Cheers, Chris -- Chris Wood eBird Neotropical Birds Project Leader

[cayugabirds-l] Ibis video and photos

2013-10-20 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi everyone, It's not very often that one has the chance to view White-faced and Glossy Ibis side-by-side at very close proximity -- particularly in Upstate New York. I thought some people may enjoy some side-by-side video. https://vimeo.com/77369914 The face pattern and eye color is certainly

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bluegrass Lane

2013-10-15 Thread Christopher Wood
Tim Lenz, Jessie Barry and I went there about 12:30. We found the Blue Grosbeak in the previously reported area, flushing from the edge of the cornfield -- it spent the great majority of time hidden in the corn, calling a bit. We only stayed about 10 minutes. We did not see any herons or bitterns,

[cayugabirds-l] SPECIAL Tuesday Night Seminar

2013-05-28 Thread Christopher Wood
: www.birds.cornell.edu/mns Cheers, Chris Christopher Wood eBird Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology http://ebird.org http://birds.cornell.edu -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com

[cayugabirds-l] Myers

2013-05-16 Thread Christopher Wood
A few nice birds at Myers now including Short-billed Dowitcher on point, breeding plumage Red-necked Grebes and Cliff Swallow. Chris Wood -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Renwick versus Fuertes

2013-05-13 Thread Christopher Wood
Christopher Wood eBird Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology http://ebird.org http://birds.cornell.edu -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma (TRICOLORED HERON) and Owasco Lake - 5/5

2013-05-05 Thread Christopher Wood
had several flyover Lapland Longspurs here. Just before leaving we had prolonged views of a mink. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13997039 Towpath Rd./ Knox-Marcellus Marsh was fairly uneventful. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14001609 Christopher Wood eBird Project

[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard Park Preserve

2013-05-02 Thread Christopher Wood
. A complete list is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13961726 Cheers, Chris Christopher Wood eBird Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology http://ebird.org http://birds.cornell.edu -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http

[cayugabirds-l] Black Scoter and Dunlin

2013-05-01 Thread Christopher Wood
Park and Fuertes Bird Sanctuary: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13951110 Christopher Wood eBird Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology http://ebird.org http://birds.cornell.edu -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question about lower lake road

2013-03-11 Thread Christopher Wood
to some very large concentrations with exceptional diversity at the north end of the lake in spring -- concentrations and levels of diversity that you never see at the south end at any season. Christopher Wood eBird Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology http://ebird.org http://birds.cornell.edu

[nysbirds-l] Hammond Hill State Forest migration watch

2013-03-10 Thread Christopher Wood
at the link below. I broke counts of Canadas into 20 minute segments for anyone interested (which may just be me!) http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13354236 Good birding, Chris Christopher Wood eBird Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology http://ebird.org http

[cayugabirds-l] Eurasian Wigeon at Woofly's

2013-03-09 Thread Christopher Wood
This afternoon Luke, Jessie and I went up the west side of the Cayuga Lake and focused our efforts along Lower Lake Road on the NW side of the lake. There are tens of thousands of birds with huge numbers of Snow Geese. Most pintail are now in the mucklands and Mallard, Black Duck and Common

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl?

2013-03-03 Thread Christopher Wood
This sounds like it may be a Short-eared Owl. Snowy Owls do not have beige or brown on the wings. The markings are black. This seems to be a great year for Short-eared Owl and the habitat around King Road looks good for Short-eared. That would be my best guess. Chris Wood On Mar 1, 2013, at

[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, Hog Hole, Ithaca

2013-01-29 Thread Christopher Wood
started pouring down. WEATHER: Overcast, initially with light drizzle becoming a heavy and soaking downpour. 37F. Calm. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12764792 Best wishes, Chris Christopher Wood eBird Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology http://ebird.org http

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, crappy tripod

2013-01-29 Thread Christopher Wood
That tripod works just fine! Well enough to find a female Tufted Duck! If we gave him a real tripod, I'd never be able to find any birds before him! Christopher Wood eBird Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology http://ebird.org http://birds.cornell.edu From: Jeff Gerbracht ja

[cayugabirds-l] Northern Pintail

2013-01-27 Thread Christopher Wood
At Cornell Lab pond right now with Mallards. Andy Guthrie and Chris Wood. Chris Wood -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

[cayugabirds-l] Short-eared Owl

2013-01-26 Thread Christopher Wood
Flying around north end of Schofield rd. (Lansing). Came out at 5:38pm. Chris Wood -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

Re: [cayugabirds-l] 100+ Redpolls-for a minute

2013-01-09 Thread Christopher Wood
I also think that many of these redpolls are still actively moving. These birds may have come in, fed briefly and then taken off for some place a hundred miles away. While we often think of migration being in May and September, there probably isn't a single month of the year where at least some

[cayugabirds-l] Screech-Owls

2013-01-08 Thread Christopher Wood
It may be a good evening to listen for screech-owls. Jeff Gerbracht mentioned his was calling. We have one vocalizing spontaneously here at Monkey Run too. Cheers, Chris -- Chris Wood eBird Neotropical Birds Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Basin Highlights of 2012

2013-01-07 Thread Christopher Wood
When I lived in Colorado, at the end of each year we'd post some of our favorite birds of the year. It was fun and gave a nice opportunity to think back on the last year.I finally had a chance to look through some of the birds I saw in 2012 and realized what an amazing year it was. I thought it

[cayugabirds-l] Golden Eagle

2013-01-05 Thread Christopher Wood
Headed south from Park Preserve. Chris Wood -- Chris Wood eBird Neotropical Birds Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re:[cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] migrating cuckoos

2012-06-07 Thread Christopher Wood
While a different species, the British Trust for Ornithology has done some fascinating work on Common Cuckoo migration. Individuals were already moving south in the first half of June (a month earlier than anticipated). Take a look at the link below.

[cayugabirds-l] Myers Point - Iceland Gull

2012-04-09 Thread Christopher Wood
Jessie and I went to Myers for about an hour this morning. There were a few birds moving up the lake including 2 Red-necked Grebes, 1 Horned Grebe, a few Common Loons, 26 Red-breasted Mergansers and a few cormorants and scattered bands of Tree Swallows. The most unexpected bird was a first-year

[cayugabirds-l] Tape playing versus habitat loss

2012-04-09 Thread Christopher Wood
I find the discusion on tape playing interesting in part because of the number of responses it has gathered. At the same time, a post from Kevin McGowan about the draining of one of the best wetlands in Tompkins County (George Road Pond) didn't draw a single comment. I was a bit surprised that no

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Lesser Black-backed Gulls (5!); Bufflehead and Pine Warbler videos

2012-03-27 Thread Christopher Wood
Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 9:03 PM, Christopher Wood chris.w...@cornell.eduwrote: After hearing about Ken and Jay's interesting gull I decided to meet Jessie at Stewart Park where

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Lesser Black-backed Gulls (5!); Bufflehead and Pine Warbler videos

2012-03-25 Thread Christopher Wood
After hearing about Ken and Jay's interesting gull I decided to meet Jessie at Stewart Park where we were eventually able to see what we are fairly confident is the same interesting gull (based on some photos that Ken sent me while I was there--THANK KEN!). The pattern of replacement in the wing

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Myers

2012-02-23 Thread Christopher Wood
Several of us checked Stewart Park this morning and did NOT see the Eurasian Wigeon. When I first arrived there were over 163 Northern Pintail and 88 American Wigeon, but many took off to the north shortly thereafter. Highlights included two male American Green-winged Teal, two Killdeer and good

[cayugabirds-l] Common Raven -- Lettie Cook Woods

2012-02-20 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi everyone, On our way back to Ithaca this morning, Jessie and I saw a Common Raven circling and soaring fairly low just north of Lettie Cook Woods (visible from the north side of the woods). I know Brad Walker saw one here in early February. Chris Wood eBird Neotropical Birds Project Leader

[cayugabirds-l] Gray Catbird at Monkey Run

2012-01-20 Thread Christopher Wood
After arriving home this evening I took a quick walk along the old railroad tracks that go from Monkey Run road toward Hwy 13. About 1/2 along the trial, I saw a Gray Catbird on the south side of the trail. This is roughly 400 meters east of Monkey Run Road along the trail. I didn't have my

[cayugabirds-l] Western Grebe?

2012-01-11 Thread Christopher Wood
Did anyone look for the grebe this morning? There are quite a few people from other parts of the state and around here who would like to see it, so please post if you do go look for it. Thanks, Chris Wood eBird Neotropical Birds Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York

[cayugabirds-l] Illegal hunting on the south end of Cayuga Lake

2012-01-04 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi everyone, The past couple of days I have noticed that the hunters at the south end of Cayuga Lake have been using a boat to chase and flush the flocks of Redhead, scaup and other waterfowl. I was amazed that you could drive a motorboat up and down the lake to flush flocks of resting ducks . .

[cayugabirds-l] Ross's Goose at Sapsucker Woods (flyover)

2012-01-03 Thread Christopher Wood
Jessie and I just had a single adult Ross's Goose with the flock of ca 325 Snow Geese that flew directly over the on-time (versus early or late) parking lot at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Notes from eBird below. The Ross's was near the middle of the flock, and caused a break in the line of

[cayugabirds-l] Hog Hole yesterday -- Thayer's Gull, 4 geese sp.

2011-12-18 Thread Christopher Wood
Sorry for the late post. Yesterday evening I went to Hog Hole where the Thayer's Gull was resting on the docks in the marina. Other highlights below. Hog Hole Ithaca, Tompkins, US-NY Dec 17, 2011 4:01 PM - 4:51 PM Protocol: Traveling 0.9 mile(s) Comments:     I came here to see if there were any

[cayugabirds-l] Hog Hole -- House Wren

2011-12-14 Thread Christopher Wood
Hog Hole Ithaca, Tompkins, US-NYDec 14, 2011 8:26 AM - 9:12 AMProtocol: Traveling1.0 mile(s)Comments:     A very nice day. Mostly clear. Calm. I was hoping for Purple Sandpiper, given the large number along Lake Ontario right now, but no luck. The biggest surprise was a HOUSE WREN -- the latest

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe

2011-12-09 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi Dave, I have some video here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinicola/6483250349/in/photostream And a photo here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinicola/6483156077/in/photostream/ Both were taken through a scope with an iPhone and reflect that level of quality. Still, better than nothing.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thayer's Gull - Stevenson Rd. compost piles (Dryden)

2011-12-09 Thread Christopher Wood
The Thayer's Gull was still there when I left about 1:05. Thanks, Tom, for posting. We miss you and look forward to your return to the Basin. I was able to get a few photos that you can see in my eBird checklist at the link below. This is a fairly normal-looking juvenile Thayer's Gull (to the

[cayugabirds-l] Hog Hole Clay-colored Sparrow, Nelson's Sparrow, Marsh Wren

2011-10-18 Thread Christopher Wood
Ken Rosenberg, Arvind Panjabi and I saw several nice birds at Hog Hole this AM. It was as good as I have seen it with lots of sparrows (e.g. 120 Song; 75 Swamp). The Clay-colored Sparrow was near the easternmost bluebird box that has a little shrub growing next to it. The Marsh Wren was in the

[cayugabirds-l] Least Bittern -- Hog Hole

2011-09-06 Thread Christopher Wood
Jessie and I went Hog Hole this evening, not knowing of all the fun at Stewart Park. In addition to excellent views of the adult Franklin's Gull, we had what was in many ways almost a bigger surprise -- an adult male Least Bittern that we saw in flight! I considered this to be one of my more

Re: [cayugabirds-l] BCNH at Myers yesterday

2011-08-31 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi everyone, You may want to take a look at the eBird bar charts to give you an idea of what birds have been seen at Myers Point, Sapsucker Woods, Tompkins county or any state, county or birding location anywhere in the world. Whenever I go to a new location, or even to learn more about the birds

[cayugabirds-l] Irene's birds; Sapsucker Woods warblers this AM

2011-08-29 Thread Christopher Wood
I had similar lack of success checking the east side of Cayuga Lake yesterday. I probably should have stayed at Hog Hole, which was the only location with anything of note, highlighted by an American Avocet and some other interesting shorebirds. It seemed this far to the west in New York, the

[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay Parsons -- Cerulean, Worm-eating and Parula

2011-07-23 Thread Christopher Wood
Lindsay-Parsons Preserve, Tompkins, US-NY Jul 23, 2011 5:49 AM - 8:09 AM Protocol: Traveling 2.2 mile(s) Comments: During the middle of a very hot spell in Ithaca, with temps in the last two days reaching well into the 90s. Conditions when we were here somewhat better with temp 78-83F (still

Re: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR Shorebird highlights - Tuesday night

2011-07-20 Thread Christopher Wood
Puddlers Marsh is yet another name for Towpath Rd. It refers specifically to the impoundment to the east of the dike marked with the sign that says Absolutely no ATVs. The impoundment on the west side is the Knox-Marcellus Marsh. Many people do not differentiate these two since birds fly between

[cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler fledglings

2011-07-10 Thread Christopher Wood
As Jay already reported, Jeff Gerbracht and I found FOUR very recently fledged baby Prothonotary Warblers on the north side of Armitage Road yesterday morning. They were very cute. So cute, in fact, that I had to upload some photos of them as well as some other highlights from yesterday. See link

[cayugabirds-l] Brant v. rail bittern

2011-05-20 Thread Christopher Wood
Just saw a flock of 37 Brant flying up west side of inlet from Cass Park. Virginia Rail and American Bittern calling at Fidlers Pond along 13a south of Fidler rd and north of 13/96/34. Excellent views of both. Don't understand why they like this area with heavy traffic, but I have good luck with

[cayugabirds-l] Freeville area flyover Red-headed Woodpecker and Upland Sandpiper

2011-05-20 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi all, I headed out on 366 late this morning to check Hile School Road. At the intersection of Hile School Road and Ed Hill Road (ne of Freeville) I saw a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER flying overhead. It seemed to come out of the woods on the sw side of this intersection and fly ENE. I lost it over the

[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Caspian Tern

2011-05-19 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi everyone, I just saw an adult Caspian Tern flying to the east over Sapsucker Woods. The bird was visible from my window on the north side of the Cornell Lab. This is the first Caspian Tern I have ever seen at Sapsucker Woods, and at a very surprising time. I would have thought it much more

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Monkey Run South

2011-05-16 Thread Christopher Wood
I finished the day doing the loop in the sw side. I added Wood Duck (99), Great Blue Heron (100), Ring-billed Gull (101) and finally Black-throated Blue Warbler to end at 102. Hoped for cuckoos never vocalized. Chris Wood Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org On May 15, 2011, at 4:25 PM, Christopher

[cayugabirds-l] Monkey Run South

2011-05-15 Thread Christopher Wood
I decided to see how many birds I could find at Monkey Run South today. I walked all the trails on the south side of the river and spent quite a bit of time watching from the house. I am now up to 98 species (22 warblers). I only added a single species in the last THREE hours, a Carolina Wren.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Blue Grosbeaks, Candor

2011-05-14 Thread Christopher Wood
I believe this is an Indigo Bunting. This bird has a smaller bill than a Blue Grosbeak, lacks the broad cinnamon wingbars and also lacks the black border to the bill that Blue Grosbeak would show. Still, Indigo Buntings are great birds. Thanks for sharing the photos. Chris Wood eBird

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma hybrid ducks

2011-05-09 Thread Christopher Wood
There is a Blue-winged Teal x Northern Shoveler hybrid at the Montezuma visitor's center. Also, a Common x American Green-winged Teal integrade. It looks like a Common Teal with a faint white stripe down the breast. Sandhill Cranes and an assortment of ducks as well. Cerulean Warbler singing at

[cayugabirds-l] Monkey Run SE (Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, Red-shouldered)

2011-01-08 Thread Christopher Wood
Location: ** Monkey Run--SE loop Observation date: 1/8/11 Notes: The first time I have been able to do this walk this year. A fair selection of birds including an adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, a WINTER WREN and the continuing HERMIT THRUSH. Light Snow; 19 °F (-7 °C); Humidity: 81 %; Wind

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Possible Swanison's Thrush

2010-12-26 Thread Christopher Wood
There has been a Hermit Thrush for the past few weeks -- this bird does have a fairly well marked face with a nice eye ring. Chris Wood Ithaca, NY On Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 12:34 PM, bob mcguire bmcgu...@clarityconnect.comwrote: On a walk along the Cayuga Trail at S Monkey Run this morning I

[cayugabirds-l] eBird's new Yard and Patch tools

2010-12-20 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi everyone, As I think just about everyone on this list knows, there are a couple of places that I really like to go birding -- Myers Point and Monkey Run (particularly our yard). I've spent a bit of time discussing the fun of doing repeated surveys of these locations, both in terms of finding

[cayugabirds-l] KING EIDER

2010-11-24 Thread Christopher Wood
Bob McGuire and I are looking at an adult male KING EIDER at myers point right now. It us with a flock of mallards off the point. Chris Wood Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Western Red-tailed Hawk -- Ovid

2010-11-21 Thread Christopher Wood
While returning from the Rochester area today Jessie Barry, Carolyn Sedgwick, Martjan Lammertink and I saw a dark rufous-morph juvenile Western Red-tailed Hawk (B. j. calurus). I've only seen three others in the Northeast. This bird was northwest of Sheldrake point on CR 138. The exact location is

[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swans

2010-11-20 Thread Christopher Wood
There are eight adult Tundra Swans at Dryden Lake right now. Chris Wood Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] White-winged Crossbill

2010-11-18 Thread Christopher Wood
This morning I had a single White-winged Crossbill flyover calling at Monkey Run (but not from the yard). Chris Wood eBird Neotropical Birds Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu Senior Leader, WINGS Birding Tours

[cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe -- Stewart Park

2010-10-17 Thread Christopher Wood
Benjamin Freeman saw an Eared Grebe yesterday at Stewart Park. It was ca. 30 feet away from shore, near the small dock in the middle of Stewart Park, swimming near three Redhead and bunches of Mallards. Chris Wood eBird Neotropical Birds Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New

[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine photos from Myers

2010-10-09 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi all, Last Thursday there was a dark juvenile Peregrine Falcon at Myers that caught, killed, and flew away with a Ring-billed Gull. This was probably the darkest Peregrine I have seen in the east. I posted a couple photos at the link below. If you like gulls as much as Tom Johnson, you may not

[cayugabirds-l] Hog hole

2010-10-07 Thread Christopher Wood
Hog hole is quite birdy right now with several uncommon or late birds including Black-billed Cuckoo(!), Nelson's Sparrow, Bay-breasted and Orange-crowned Warblers. Most birds along lake edge or in goldenrod patch just south of lake. I also flushed an interesting bird that looked chatlike here but

[cayugabirds-l] Vesper Sparrow at Sapsucker Woods

2010-10-04 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi all, I saw a Vesper Sparrow below the feeders on the north side of the Lab of Ornithology. This is only the second Vesper Sparrow that I have seen from my office window (or the Lab in general). The other was 20 October 2006. There were also six White-crowned Sparrows. Chris Wood eBird

Re: [cayugabirds-l] English sighting of YBFC (OOB)

2010-09-27 Thread Christopher Wood
I believe that this is an Alder Flycatcher. I suppose there is a very slim chance it could be an eastern Willow Flycatcher, but the eyering, crown color, contrasty throat, primary projection, bright green back all indicate Alder (as well as migration timing and distance). eBird Neotropical Birds

[cayugabirds-l] Blue Jay flight at Myers Point

2010-09-22 Thread Christopher Wood
There was a major push of Blue Jays today at Myers Point. In two hours I counted 2486 Blue Jays heading south, including 803 during one fifteen minute stretch. Myers seems to be a reasonably good locale to watch jay migration in fall since they don't like to cross water and they seem to bunch up

[cayugabirds-l] Myers Point -- Northern Pintail Blue Jays

2010-09-16 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi all, This morning was fairly quiet at Myers with few shorebirds (1 Killdeer). The biggest highlight was a flock of 23 NORTHERN PINTAIL heading southeast over the lake. There was also a fairly steady push of Blue Jays, mostly small flocks totaling about 70 birds for the morning. The number of

[cayugabirds-l] Myers -- flyover Dickcissel

2010-09-14 Thread Christopher Wood
While doing my usual two hour survey at Myers this morning I had a single flyover DICKCISSEL that was flying to the east. This was my first diurnal flyover Dickcissel that I have heard/seen in the Cayuga Lake Basin. There wasn't too much else of note other than a juvenile SEMIPALMATED PLOVER on

[cayugabirds-l] Little blue heron

2010-09-06 Thread Christopher Wood
Headed south over west ridge from myers. Maybe can see from hog hole? Chris Wood Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Golden-winged Warbler

2010-09-05 Thread Christopher Wood
I just found a Golden-winged Warbler at Monkey Run South. Park at lot go to river and fallen bridge. Turn Left and go to white pines along river. Bird alone but a couple Common Yellowthroats calling in same area. Chris Wood Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Plegadis Ibis

2010-09-03 Thread Christopher Wood
I wonder if anyone has had views that allow them to identify this ibis with certainty as a Glossy Ibis? I've talked to a dozen or so people who have seen the bird, but none of us have been able to identify the bird beyond that it is either a White-faced Ibis or Glossy Ibis (Plegadis sp.). If

[cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Black-bellied Plover at Myers

2010-08-30 Thread Christopher Wood
Greetings, I spent a couple hours at Myers again this morning. Highlights included fly over WHIMBREL and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. Both birds were quite high and I don't think I would have seen them if they had not been calling. In fact, I never could find the plover in the bright blue sky even

[cayugabirds-l] Longtailed jarger

2010-08-26 Thread Christopher Wood
Jut flew south from Myra. Chris Wood Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html 2)

[cayugabirds-l] Try Stewart

2010-08-26 Thread Christopher Wood
I would go to Stewart park for jaeger. Bird not visible from myers. Chris Wood Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Myers -- Baird's Upland Sandpiper

2010-08-24 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi all, I spent a couple hours at Myers this morning and had a nice selection of birds. None remained at the point for more than a few minutes and most didn't even land. Highlights included a high flyover calling Upland Sandpiper and a Baird's Sandpiper that flew down toward a group of Least

[cayugabirds-l] Western Sandpiper 22 Aug Montezuma--Towpath

2010-08-23 Thread Christopher Wood
Jessie Barry, Jim Barry and I decided to head up to Towpath Road at Montezuma NWR yesterday in hopes that the rain would drop something interesting. There was considerable change from two days earlier (Friday) with many more Semipalmated and Stilt Sandpipers, but otherwise species were similar to

[cayugabirds-l] Monkey Run yard migrants (Cape May Warbler)

2010-08-21 Thread Christopher Wood
Hi all, Jessie and I have had a few migrants coming through the yard today including an adult male CAPE MAY WARBLER that spent about ten minutes in the spruces and black cherries. We also had our first YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and ALDER FLYCATCHER--this brings our yard list up to 136 for the year (72

[cayugabirds-l] Lawrence's Warbler at Monkey Run, Tompkins Co.

2010-08-17 Thread Christopher Wood
Location: ** Monkey Run--SW loop Observation date: 8/17/10 Notes: I did my usual southwestern route starting at Monkey Run Rd and walking on the trail from the parking lot heading west, along the river, across the field to the river then north and east back along the river. The biggest

[cayugabirds-l] Summer movements at Monkey Run

2010-07-28 Thread Christopher Wood
I'd like to thank Stephanie and Ken for bringing up the topic of birds moving in summer. Many species move in significant numbers at this time of year -- far more than the modest level of birding activity suggests. Many of these birds are southbound migrants (Least Flycatcher, Blue-gray

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-throated Warbler -- Monkey Run South

2010-05-31 Thread Christopher Wood
Jessie and I were interrupted in our writing projects by a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER that was singing from the white pines over our house at 31 Monkey Run Road. As I type the bird seems to be heading east along the old RR grade. I uploaded one photo here:

[cayugabirds-l] Hammond Hill -- Nice selection of warblers including Bay-breasted

2010-05-30 Thread Christopher Wood
Location: Hammond Hill SF (from parking lot up Yellow Trail 1 to Blue Trail 1 out to road and back to parking lot) Observation date: 5/30/10 (9:10am - 10:30am) Notes: WEATHER: Calm, Sunny, 65. Extremely nice. Lots of warblers and lots of bird activity in general. A great day to be out.

[cayugabirds-l] MISSISSIPPI KITE, Freese Rd. 2:40pm (Tompkins Co.)

2010-05-02 Thread Christopher Wood
As you may have heard, Jessie and I observed a Mississippi Kite this afternoon shortly after Tom Johnson and the two of us saw Black Vulture flying overhead northeast of the Ithaca airport. Thanks to Tom Johnson and Mark Chao for helping get the word out. Jessie and I were headed down Hanshaw

[cayugabirds-l] Monkey Run arrivals

2010-05-01 Thread Christopher Wood
Location: ** Monkey Run--SE loop Observation date: 5/1/10 Notes: Great conditions last night with light south winds. A large number of arrivals at Monkey Run this morning. The biggest surprise by far was a male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER. WEATHER: 60F. Calm. Mostly cloudy (90% cloud cover).

[cayugabirds-l] George Road Pond -- Horned Grebe

2010-04-07 Thread Christopher Wood
Location: George Road Pond Observation date: 4/7/10 Notes: Viewing from the west side. WEATHER: Temp: 71F (!). Wind: SW 12 mph. Overcast. Good visibility. OBSERVERS: Chris Wood and Jessie Barry. Number of species: 25 Canada Goose 190 Wood Duck 6 Mallard 8 Green-winged

[cayugabirds-l] Monkey Run arrivals

2010-04-03 Thread Christopher Wood
Location: Monkey Run--SE loop (Monkey Run Road to river to 13 and back along RR tracks). Observation date: 4/3/10 Notes: A great day with many new arrivals for me. Lots of birds flying overhead (flickers, robins, blackbirds) but mostly in singles. Highlights included VESPER SPARROW

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