Re: [cayugabirds-l] cranes at MNWR

2020-12-10 Thread David Marsh
I did a Raptor Survey Monday at sunset at the Avery site on East Rd.and
there were about 100 SACRs on the ice at Knox and another 30 or so in the
air. David Marsh

On Thu, Dec 10, 2020 at 11:27 AM Peter Saracino 
wrote:

> Not sure Nancy.
> We stopped doing surveys for the season last week. If you're going, check
> ebird and at the Refuge check the visitor Center pool, east rd. (Knox
> Marcellus and Puddler marshes), sandhill crane unit (van dyne-spoor rd.),
> and Armitage rd.
> Good luck. Hope ya see some!
> Pete Sar
>
> On Thu, Dec 10, 2020, 10:52 AM Nancy Cusumano 
> wrote:
>
>> Are cranes still being seen at Montezuma? I am thinking of heading up
>> there today
>>
>> Nancy
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[cayugabirds-l] More on Feederbirds

2017-12-19 Thread David Marsh
Regarding the recent postings from Donna Lee Scott and Asher Hocking, I can
report the same unusual patterns in the appearance of feeder birds in
Canandaigua. Activity at our feeders was unusually  light all through the
fall, and even well into November. We assumed this was the result of the
mild fall weather and that birds were finding ample food in the fields that
surround our home. When the cold and snow appeared just a week ago, things
changed and activity increased to include our regular heavy winter feeders,
Juncos, Goldfinches, American Tree Sparrows, etc. Then, on Monday, with the
more mild weather, activity immediately dropped right off sharply, and that
continued into Tuesday. I am expecting to see an upturn again with the
colder weather moving in on Wednesday and Thursday. I do not ever remember
a fall pattern like this and we have lived in the area since 1976. Normally
we have a gradual increase in feeder activity from mid-October on into
winter.   David Marsh, Canandaigua, N.Y.

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Winter Raptor Surveys

2017-10-30 Thread David Marsh
 The 2017/2018 Montezuma Winter Raptor Survey season will begin on November
15, approximately two weeks  away. The entire season runs from November 15
through March 28. The largest portion of the Raptor migrations  will have
been completed, and it will be time to learn what species have chosen to
spend the winter at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Our weekly surveys
provide important information that will assist the Refuge and the DEC in
managing habitat to attract and hold raptors. Accurate data collection is
always our highest priority. Surveyor’s work is important, and  the time
devoted to helping with the surveys is always appreciated. There are some
additional benefits among which are an opportunity to sharpen raptor ID
skills, enjoy watching raptors conduct their deadly serious efforts in
search of food under difficult climate conditions, and, experience the
solitude of Montezuma in the winter. Surveyors will visit parts of
Montezuma that are normally closed to the public, and learn more about what
attracts raptors to the complex in the winter season.



Our protocol will be essentially the same as that used in the past several
seasons. Surveys will be conducted weekly on Wednesdays, beginning one half
hour before sunset and ending one half hour after sunset. We have 24 sites
available for survey, 21 we will attempt to survey each week, and 3 that
will be surveyed approximately once a month. There will be a few site
changes from last year.



 Each site will be staffed with at least one veteran surveyor who is able
to make quick and often difficult identification of the raptors who
frequent our area. If you are an inexperienced surveyor, or even new to
birding, you are welcome to attend and you will be assigned to accompany a
veteran surveyor. The more eyes we have at each site the greater our
chances of spotting raptors. We meet each week in the Refuge Offices across
from the Visitor’s Center at the times listed below There you will receive
a briefing, obtain assignments, and pick up materials for the survey.
Surveyors will return to the office after completion of the survey to turn
in data and exchange information about experiences.



 Wednesday, Nov. 15, meet at 3:15 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 22, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 29, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 6, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 13, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 20, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 27, meet at 3:25 pm



Raptor Survey dates (always Wednesday) and meeting times for January,
February, and March, will be announced later, including information about
the Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey to be held in mid-January. Those
interested in helping with the surveys should contact me,  David
Marsh, at *  dsmars...@gmail.com
<dsmars...@gmail.com> *

 and for detailed information about the surveys and how to participate.

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Winter Raptor Survey

2016-10-20 Thread David Marsh
 

 

The 2016/2017 Montezuma Winter Raptor Survey season will begin on November
16, only one month away. Raptor migrations for the most part will be
completed, and it will be time to learn what species have chosen to spend
the winter at the Greater Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Our weekly surveys
provide important information that will assist the Refuge and the DEC in
managing habitat to attract and hold raptors. Accurate data collection is
always our highest priority. Surveyor's work is important, and I assure you
that the time devoted to helping with the surveys will be appreciated. There
are some additional benefits among which include an opportunity to sharpen
raptor ID skills, enjoy watching raptors conduct their deadly serious
efforts in search of food under difficult climate conditions, and,
experience the solitude of Montezuma in the winter. You will visit parts of
Montezuma that are normally closed to the public, and learn more about what
attracts raptors to the complex in the winter season.

 

We will follow essentially the same protocol used in the past several
seasons. Surveys will be conducted weekly on Wednesdays, beginning one half
hour before sunset and ending one half hour after sunset. Last year we had a
total of 20 survey sites to staff and I would expect about the same again
this year. Each site will be staffed with at least one veteran surveyor who
is able to make quick and often difficult identification of the raptors who
frequent our area. If you are an inexperienced surveyor, or even new to
birding, you are welcome to attend and you will be assigned to accompany a
veteran surveyor. The more eyes we have at each site the greater our chances
of spotting raptors. Attached is some explanatory information.  The first
attachment provides background information about the surveys and the survey
protocol. The second attachment contains some important housekeeping items
that will help you to understand how to get started. We meet each week in
the Refuge Offices across from the Visitor's Center at the times listed
below. There you will receive a briefing, obtain assignments, and pick up
materials for the survey. Surveyors will return to the office after
completion of the survey to turn in data and exchange information about
experiences.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 16, meet at 3:15 pm 

Wednesday, Nov. 23, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 30, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 7, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 14, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 21, meet at 3:20 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 28, meet at 3:25 pm

 

The survey season runs through March. Raptor Survey dates (always Wednesday)
and meeting times for January, February, and March, will be announced later,
including information about the Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey to be held the
morning of January 13, 2017. 

You are certain to enjoy a number of very nice additions and enhancements
made at the Refuge and WMA. If you are interested in participating in any of
the raptor surveys and being added to the surveyor address list to receive
weekly reports of the survey results, contact me, David Marsh, at
dsm...@frontiernet.net.

 

 

 


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2016-2017  RAPTOR SURVEY BACKGROUND & PROTOCOL.docx
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HOUSEKEEPING ITEMS.docx
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[cayugabirds-l] BALD EAGLE SURVEY---David Marsh, Canandaigua

2016-01-10 Thread David Marsh


The record for Bald Eagles (BAEA) sighted at the Mid Winter Bald Eagle Survey 
was smashed on Friday, January 8.. Twenty-nine surveyors covered 14 assigned 
routes to sight 77 BAEA,  a new survey record for the Greater Montezuma 
Wetlands. Last year 43 BAEA were reported at Montezuma in this annual 
nationwide survey. The detail results by route will be reported to the U. S. 
Army Corps of Engineers, who coordinate this annual national survey.

The day was perfect for surveying, and it was quite beautiful as well with lots 
of sunshine, light breezes, excellent visibility, and good travel conditions. 
Unlike the Winter Raptor Surveys, where surveyors are assigned a fixed survey 
spot, surveyors for the BAEA survey  are assigned a route to travel, either in 
vehicles, or on foot. The total survey area covered is larger than for the 
raptor surveys, running from the north end of Cayuga Lake to the Lake Ontario 
shore.

The #1 hot  site today was Tschache Pool, which had been drained recently, 
where 40 BAEA were counted, most collected in trees at the north end. An 
amazing spectacle. The Main Pool area was the #2 spot, with 14 BAEA. Although 
we were not counting them, a number of Rough-legged Hawks (RLHA) were also 
reported, a good sign that we may see more of them in our forthcoming raptor 
surveys. The sizable Sandhill Crane (SACR) “gang” that has been hanging around, 
was also spotted, indicating they must be enjoying our mild winter.

This annual daytime event is always a lot of fun, providing an opportunity for 
participants to socialize and watch the scoreboard to see how the count comes 
in. Of course there is food, a potluck provided by the volunteers. My gratitude 
to everyone who provided the food, and to all who helped with the survey. Your 
time is precious, and it is appreciated. 

David Marsh

P. S. There was also an article in the Saturday Auburn newspaper, The Citizen, 
about the event.

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[cayugabirds-l] MONTEZUMA WINTER RAPTOR SURVEY

2015-11-13 Thread David Marsh

The 2015/2016 Montezuma Winter Raptor Survey season will begin November 18th. 
Surveys have been conducted annually at Montezuma since 2010, and will be 
conducted weekly on Wednesdays, one half hour before sunset to one half hour 
after sunset. Surveyors follow an established protocol. We need veteran 
surveyors who are able to identify raptors who frequent our area. If you are an 
inexperienced surveyor, or even new to birding, you are welcome to attend and 
you will be assigned to accompany a veteran surveyor. The more eyes we have at 
each site the greater our chance of spotting raptors. Our work generates 
important data for use by the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Department 
of Environmental Conservation in managing habitat. Accurate data collection is 
our number one priority. Our work is important, and I assure you that it will 
be appreciated. 

Approximately 20 sites at the Greater Montezuma Wetland Complex are surveyed. 
Species of particular interest are the Short-eared Owl (SEOW), which is 
endangered in N.Y. State, and the Northern Harrier (NOHA), which is threatened. 
All raptors are counted and their specific activity recorded.The surveys also 
provide an opportunity to sharpen ID skills, enjoy watching raptors conduct 
their deadly serious efforts in search of food under difficult climate 
conditions, and, experience the solitude of Montezuma in the winter. You will 
visit parts of Montezuma that are normally closed to the public, and learn more 
about what attracts raptors to the complex in the winter season. We meet at the 
Refuge Office at the times listed below where you will receive a briefing, 
obtain assignments, and pick up materials for the survey. Surveyors will return 
to the office after completion of the survey to turn in data and exchange 
information about experiences.

The meeting times for November and December are:

Wednesday, Nov. 18, meet at 3:25 pm 
Wednesday, Nov. 25, meet at 3:20 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 2, meet at 3:20 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 9, meet at 3:20 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 16, meet at 3:20 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 23, meet at 3:20 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 30, meet at 3:25 pm

The survey season runs through March. The survey dates and times for January, 
February, and March will be announced in mid-December. Surveyors must sign up 
to attend a survey no later than the evening before the survey date. If you are 
interested, please e-mail me, David Marsh,  at dsm...@frontiernet.net , put 
“Raptor Survey” in the subject line, and I will add you to the surveyor list. 
You will then receive weekly summary reports of the survey results. 

David S. Marsh
Canandaigua, New York
dsm...@frontiernet.net
585-396-2170
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Foot Traffic on the Wildlife Drive at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

2014-08-14 Thread David Marsh

I applaud the extensive efforts the Refuge Staff has made in responding in
detail to the comments that have appeared on Cayuga Birds with respect to 
the

requirement that visitors to Wildlife Drive must remain in their vehicles. I
speak as a birder who feels privileged to have such an exceptional  birding
venue nearby, and as a regular volunteer who also feels privileged to have
the opportunity to help maintain and improve the facility for wildlife. I 
feel that the rule

requiring visitors to remain in vehicles is reasonable and soundly based,
and respectfully disagree with those who suggest otherwise. It is my
conclusion that in recent years the Refuge has made many valuable
improvements and expansions, with plans for many more that have, and will,
benefit both wildlife and those who come to appreciate wildlife. Self
serving criticism serves no useful purpose. I would encourage those who
truly consider Montezuma a valuable asset to the region to volunteer their
time to preserve and improve the facility for BOTH wildlife and visitors.
Through volunteering, and there are numerous opportunities, one can expect 
to have the opportunity to make improvements and better understand how 
Montezuma

executes its mission.

David S. Marsh


-Original Message- 
From: Carl Steckler

Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:35 PM
To: Ziemba, Linda ; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Foot Traffic on the Wildlife Drive at the
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

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
607 592 8798

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