[cayugabirds-l] Forthcoming waterfowl book

2014-05-12 Thread Daniel T Baldassarre
Hello Everyone,

Forgive the shameless self-promotion, but I thought some people might be 
interested to know about a forthcoming waterfowl book authored by my dad, Guy 
Baldassarre, who was a professor of ornithology and wildlife management at SUNY 
ESF until his death almost two years ago. Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North 
America was the go-to reference for North American waterfowl, but hadn’t been 
updated since the late 70s. Now there is a beautiful brand new edition that 
will be released in mid-October! You can pre-order on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Ducks-Geese-Swans-North-America/dp/1421407515/ref=sr_1_2?s=booksie=UTF8qid=1399896938sr=1-2keywords=guy+baldassarre

Everything you ever wanted to know (and probably WAY more) about NA waterfowl!

Dan



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Great Egret (?) Thomas Road?

2014-05-12 Thread Daniel T Baldassarre
GREAT EGRET confirmed in flooded area at corner of Thomas rd and Route 79 - 
still there as of 6:10 pm

Dan

On May 12, 2014, at 5:42 PM, Christopher Dalton 
christopher.m.dal...@gmail.commailto:christopher.m.dal...@gmail.com wrote:

Hi Cayuga Birders,

Driving on Rte 79 towards Ithaca today, I caught a short look at a bird that I 
think was a great egret. I was not able to slow down or turnaround, so 
hopefully someone else can confirm the bird.

The bird was near the Caroline Elementary School, but across 79 from the school 
in a flooded field. What I remember seeing was a large white bird with long 
black legs, a long neck and a long yellowish bill. My brain said immediately, 
Great Egret. But I wasn't able to stop, slow town, or turn around to confirm. 
Has anyone else seen this bird around? Was I seeing something? Was it a 
misleading piece of lawn statueage? I hope someone else will see the bird and 
confirm that I wasn't hallucinating!

In overdue news, Alberto Lopez, Nancy Chen and I covered much of the east half 
of Tompkins county on Saturday morning. Of the 122 species that we bumped into 
before 2 PM, highlights were 2 Soras calling and a Snipe barking at Goetchius, 
a flyover American Bittern at the Park Preserve (South), expected but awesome 
breeding warblers at this site and at Hammond Hill (Mourning, Canada, Hooded, 
LA Waterthrush, Prairie, etc), Bonaparte's Gulls and Orchard Orioles at Myers 
and Salt Points, respectively, lingering ducks, a Red-breasted Merganser and 
Horned Grebe at Stewart Park, and Cape May Warblers and a Philadelphia Vireo at 
Sapsucker Woods. Plus one frustrating glimpse at what may have been a goshawk 
at the Park Preserve, a bird that, like so many others, will remain 
unidentified into eternity.

Sure is fun birding this time of year.

Good birding,
Chris Dalton
Ithaca, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Heron checking out nest snag

2014-04-04 Thread Daniel T Baldassarre
Hi Everyone,

Others have probably noted this already, but at around 11:00 am there was a 
heron investigating the nest snag out on the pond here at Sapsucker Woods. I 
know they’ve been around the pond for a few days but that was the first time 
I’ve seen one up near the nest.

-Dan



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and blackbirds

2014-03-22 Thread Daniel T Baldassarre
Anybody have big rafts out on the lake yet?

-Dan

 On Mar 22, 2014, at 9:33 AM, Laura Stenzler l...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 Lots of geese moving this morning, Snows and Canadas. Right over our house on 
 Hunt Hill Rd., east of Ithaca (Dryden).  Yesterday they were more to the 
 south of our house. Also big flocks of Blackbirds. Mostly Grackles so far. 
 
 Laura
 
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[cayugabirds-l] snow geese over lab of o right now

2014-03-21 Thread Daniel T Baldassarre
Big groups headed north of course! Headed to Lansing area right now.

-Dan



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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl at Syracuse airport

2014-02-28 Thread Daniel T Baldassarre
Hey Everyone,

In case anyone is up in the Syracuse area today, there is a SNOWY OWL sitting 
on a light post right now at the trooper barracks at the Syracuse airport.

-Dan



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[cayugabirds-l] Make a donation to Guy's Marsh

2013-09-11 Thread Daniel T Baldassarre
Hello Cayugabirders,

Some of you may already be aware of this, but my dad, Guy Baldassarre, passed 
away from leukemia just over a year ago. Guy was a professor of ornithology at 
SUNY ESF in Syracuse specializing in waterfowl ecology and management. At the 
time of his death he was just finishing up a massive revision of the go-to 
waterfowl species account book Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America that 
is due out early next year. Guy spent countless hours up in the Montezuma 
wetland complex. His ornithology field trips there were the stuff of legends 
among the ESF undergrads. There's a very good chance that, even if you don't 
know Guys personally, you bumped into him if you've been birding Montezuma over 
the last 25 years. He was the friendly guy with the afro and the Boston Red Sox 
cap on.

Friends of Montezuma, in partnership with the NYS DEC, Ducks Unlimited, SUNY 
ESF, and many other contributors is planning a marsh restoration project in 
Guy's name. They will be restoring a 87 acre abandoned muck farm into a healthy 
wetland. The site is located in Savannah, at the corner of Van Dyne Spoor Rd. 
and Savannah Spring Lake Rd. It will be named Guy's Marsh, and promises to be 
a great spot for birders (there have been black terns scouting out the area 
over the last few years), complete with a boardwalk and observation tower.

If you would like to make a contribution towards the Guy's Marsh restoration 
project, or just to get more information about it, please visit the Friends of 
Montezuma website: http://friendsofmontezuma.org/guys-marsh.html

Thanks!

-Dan Baldassarre, PhD student at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology



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[cayugabirds-l] rufous-necked wood rail

2013-07-23 Thread Daniel T Baldassarre
Many of you may have gotten wind of this already, but there is a RUFOUS-NECKED 
WOOD-RAIL in New Mexico. First time sighted in US.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/23/rufous-necked-wood-rail_n_3638913.html?utm_hp_ref=green

-Dan




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