RE: [cayugabirds-l] Help with bird song?

2019-06-08 Thread Diana Ozolins


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On Jun 8, 2019, 7:18 PM, at 7:18 PM, Magnus Fiskesjo 
 wrote:
>Hi!
>
>I am no expert but if a junco, it should be possible to spot? I've
>stalked quite a few, to try and see if I can notice a difference
>between them and Chipping sparrows. And in my experience at least, both
>species tend to sit at the outer end of a branch when singing, often "2
>o'clock", less often "12 noon" like you saw. I've discovered that
>mobilizing some patience, to scan possible locations around the trees
>in the direction of the sound, especially outer ends of branches midway
>up, one can often find the singing bird at last. It can be maddening
>because they tend to be in "visible yet hard-to-spot" locations and
>I'll often say, how come I did not see if before. I guess to see it one
>has to enter that special yoga trance state of bird watching which is
>hard to achieve. 
>
>My 5 cents! 
>
>If it's a junco it's an unusual voice for it! 
>Magnus Fiskesjö
>n...@cornell.edu
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>From: bounce-123668894-84019...@list.cornell.edu
>[bounce-123668894-84019...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Ken Haas
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>Sent: Saturday, June 8, 2019 5:48 PM
>To: Barbara Bauer Sadovnic
>Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
>Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Help with bird song?
>
>Hi Barbara,
>
>In the newest version (V2) of the Sibley app for iPhone/iPad, under the
>Dark-eyed Junco species account, there are several recordings of songs
>and calls. But there is one, which was recorded by our own Bob Mcguire
>in NY, that sounds the closest to your bird. The second trill on the
>bird in his recording is a bit truncated from your bird's song. So, I
>agree with the others that a Dark-eyed Junco, Slate-colored, is my best
>guess, too.
>
>Ken Haas
>
>
>
>On Jun 8, 2019, at 4:49 PM, Barbara Bauer Sadovnic wrote:
>
>Thank you all for the replies.
>
>Asher, Sandy, Laura, and Meena suggest dark-eyed junco.  Laurie
>suggests bluegrass gnatcatcher, or one of the little flycatchers,willow
>or alder.  My one glimpse could have been a junco, but it really was
>just a glimpse.
>
>The song has been very consistent all three days I heard it - a high
>trill, then a trill about a major third higher.  That’s what it does!
>
>It’s in a smallish grove/hedgerow between two fields, with a larger
>grove acrosss the road.  It sings from a place I can’t spot, except for
>the one time I saw it, when it was singing from the top of a dead tree
>at the side of the road.  Some of the time it was in walnut trees.
>
>On Jun 8, 2019, at 3:44 PM, Sandy Podulka
>mailto:s...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
>
>A bit puzzling. The song trill seems to have two parts?  A lower part
>and then a higher part?  It is not a typical song of any birds around
>here. But, perhaps it is an odd Junco song. Could it be a Dark-eyed
>Junco?  What is the habitat like and where is the bird singing from? 
>Another option might be Chipping Sparrow.
>
>Sandy
>
>At 02:14 PM 6/8/2019, you wrote:
>This bird has been on Tucker Rd. in Enfield since Friday May 31, at
>least.  I only got a brief look at it, on Tuesday - small and backlit -
>grayish, clear pale breast, shortish tail.  But the song is
>distinctive.  It was singing again today, but I couldn’t see it! 
>What is it?
>
>https://www.dropbox.com/s/f6ejwayrd1x8sva/Tucker%20Rd%20bird%206-4-2019.m4a?dl=0
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[cayugabirds-l] Pelican

2016-01-26 Thread Diana
Hi All,
 Sadly, the American Pelican has been reported to have died. The person who let 
me know saw it being pulled out of the water.

Diana Whiting

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[cayugabirds-l] White Pelican

2016-01-17 Thread Diana
Hi All, 
 I went today to look for the White Pelican. I got there at about 7:15 and left 
a cold five hours later. Unfortunately, this bird is not eating at all, and I 
wonder if perhaps the water is too deep there for it to be successful. I 
noticed that it would follow the cormorants around. I think it was hoping to 
steal a meal as it never seemed to be making any attempt at 'fishing'. I stayed 
really to try and figure out if it was eating, but had to leave at 12:15. I 
feel kind of sad looking at the weather forecast. I wonder if this bird has the 
strength to fly more than the short flights I saw. Photos after my camera warms 
up and can out of the bag.

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[cayugabirds-l] White Pelican

2016-01-17 Thread joe & Diana
 Hi All, 

I would like to add for those of us who might not know, that after a little 
research, I found that the White Pelican co-operatively feeds with the 
cormorant because when the cormorant dives, it stirs up the fish to the top of 
the water where the pelican can  then scoop up the fish. Even so, the strategy 
did not seem to be working. That would explain why the pelican is following 
them. Here are a few shots, nothing spectacular because the light really 
dwindled, but for the record.

http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Central-New-York-Rarities/
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[cayugabirds-l] another one

2015-11-15 Thread joe & Diana
Hi, 
 Sorry about two posts, but I think there were two Yellow- headed Blackbirds, 
quite close together.

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[cayugabirds-l] yellow headed blackbird

2015-11-15 Thread joe & Diana
Hi All,  

What another beautiful day. There were thousands of blackbirds this afternoon 
on East Road. I was photographing them until the neighbor's plane repeatedly 
flew in circles around the fields, eventually scattering them. I have been 
interrupted in a lot of ways, but that is a new one. Maybe flying lessons were 
going on, but I was hoping they weren't going to fly into a flock of birds. 
Anyway, I am looking through the images and there is a yellow headed blackbird, 
a first for me.  Maybe they will be around tomorrow.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma is great today!!! - out of car thread...

2015-10-18 Thread Diana
Hi All,
 I might as well put my head on the chopping block here too. As a photographer, 
I have to agree with Marie. Today there was hardly a bird within distance to 
photograph, and catching up with the people in front of me, they were all out 
of the car with scopes. There were no shorebirds left and I saw some fly by in 
their wake. Seeing birds in a scope is not nearly as satisfying as observing 
their behavior up close. Surely with so many places on the refuge where you can 
get out of the car, there can be one where photographers and birders alike can 
enjoy the closer views by using a vehicle as a blind.

Diana Whiting




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> On Oct 18, 2015, at 5:23 PM, Marie P. Read <m...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> 
> As one those darned bird photographers, and at risk of being labelled a 
> killjoy, I feel must make a comment here. 
> 
> Kevin wrote:
>  stop and ask me what I’m looking at. If I could, I’d get out of my car (on 
> the passenger side) and flag people down to look at baby Virginia Rails or a 
> Least Bittern.>
> 
> My heart sinks at this, because I see those baby Virginia Rails and 
> definitely that shy Least Bittern immediately fleeing at the sight of a lot 
> of people suddenly and excitedly exiting their cars. Unless the birds were at 
> a distance and the flagger were using a scope. 
> Sigh!
> 
> Marie
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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> From: bounce-119792076-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
> [bounce-119792076-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Kevin J. McGowan 
> [k...@cornell.edu]
> Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2015 4:04 PM
> To: Peter; Dave Nutter; Van Beusichem, Andrea
> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma is great today!!!
> 
> Snip: “The refuge grants this privilege - this break from the norm -  because 
> it considers it an educational opportunity/event for the visiting public - 
> one in which they can learn more about the refuge and the life it encourages. 
> “
> 
> Every birder I know is more than happy to tell anyone who asks what they’re 
> looking at and what’s cool about it. If everyone was allowed to stand outside 
> their car, looking through their scopes, the dialog, conversation, and 
> education would be constant, not just in special events.
> 
> Keeping the public in their vehicles decreases information flow and 
> potentially decreases the overall enjoyment and education of the public 
> passing through. As a compulsive educator, I find this stay-in-your-car! 
> policy to be frustrating and counter-productive. I constantly find cool birds 
> along the wildlife drive and hope someone will stop and ask me what I’m 
> looking at. If I could, I’d get out of my car (on the passenger side) and 
> flag people down to look at baby Virginia Rails or a Least Bittern.
> 
> But, I can’t do that, because I follow rules. So, I turn around in my car 
> seat and hope to make eye contact with other cars passing by. They can’t see 
> my face, and they all pass on by. If I was allowed to stand outside the car 
> they could see me and the level of education that occurs along the drive 
> would increase by more than an order of magnitude.
> 
> In my opinion.
> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma is great today!!! - out of car thread...

2015-10-18 Thread Diana
Van Dyne Spoor, the ponds at Railroad St, the platform on Savannah Springs Rd., 
Esker Brook.   I guess my real point is the drive is the only place where you 
can't be out of a vehicle.  A blind would solve a lot of issues and I agree 
that the one there, while put in with good intentions, is not really useful 
with its southern view. I wish our birds were tolerant like Florida, but they 
just aren't and when people are out of their car they flee. The drive does 
provide spots to get out of the car, but everyone jumping out wherever they 
want to just leaves nothing for people coming afterwards. The flock of Dunlins 
I saw flying did not return to Eaton Marsh even after a couple hours. Believe 
me, I am all for engaging people young and old in the wonders of birds, but 
some of us like to observe behavior that is only earned by having a low profile.

Respectfully,
 Diana

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> On Oct 18, 2015, at 7:21 PM, Kevin J. McGowan <k...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> 
> From: Diana [mailto:whiti...@roadrunner.com] 
> " Surely with so many places on the refuge where you can get out of the car, 
> ..."
> 
> Seriously? Where? You know the refuge. If you wanted to take a small group to 
> see some birds, where would you go? Where could you get anywhere near close 
> enough to anything interesting to engage a 10-year-old? The corral at Mays 
> Point used to have birds, but there hasn't been habitat there for years. The 
> towers and East Road have great stuff, but it's so far away you can't show a 
> beginner anything. I'm a photographer and I take almost all of my photos from 
> my car/blind. But, if we're talking education here, it just isn't happening.
> 
> For exposure to wildlife at all levels, access is key. Denying access to even 
> a tiny sliver of the refuge serves no one's best interests, in my view. 
> Blinds would be cool, and are used successfully all over the world, but they 
> can't face south straight into the sun!
> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mrs Robin reuses her nest!

2015-06-28 Thread Diana
Hi Marie,
 Last year I photographed this robin nest which had been added to for seven 
seasons. Here is the link. Thought it was pretty unusual at the time. 
http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Passerines/12959449_8PScNT#!i=3321550030k=9LSJhQT



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 On Jun 28, 2015, at 2:13 PM, Marie P. Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 It's highly unusual for a songbird to reuse a cup nest, but outside my 
 kitchen window I have a female robin refurbishing the nest from which she 
 (presume the same female) and her mate successfully raised three young a few 
 weeks ago. Haven't yet got a good look at exactly what material she is 
 bringing in.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Cedar waxwing

2015-06-10 Thread Diana
Hi All,
I have a friend who has been watching a cedar waxwing nest. The nest is in a 
cavity. He can see some moss and the birds have young. I guess I was thinking 
they were late nesters. Wondering if one or both things are unusual. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Night time singer

2015-05-03 Thread Diana
Hi All,
 When I couldn't sleep last night I got up to read a little after three. At 
about 4:15  a House Finch started singing for all its worth. I'm guessing it 
was the light from the window because it stopped right after I turned off the 
light in about fifteen minutes. It started up again about an hour later at the 
edge of first light. 
 The House Wrens returned Wed. and my husband saw a Rose-breasted Grosbeak this 
morning. I have had White-throated  Sparrows all week. A pair of Purple Finches 
and a Chipping Sparrow have also been here most of the week. It certainly feels 
like spring finally!

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-tailed Hawk Fight

2015-03-18 Thread joe Diana
Hi All,
 Yesterday, I came upon a pair of Red-tailed Hawks on Ledyard Road that were 
locked in combat or that's what it appeared like. A man who saw it all start 
said  there had been a third hawk there when it began. When I first saw them, 
the hawk on the bottom was barely moving.  Then there would be brief heavy 
moments of struggle with the top hawk being the aggressor. It appeared like the 
bottom hawk did not escalate the fighting but remained in a defensive posture, 
curling its wings and tail to protect itself. At the end, they released, had a 
brief stare down and then the loser flew away. 
I am wondering if anyone would know the age of the two hawks and if that may 
help tell the story.  I don't have the photos all up yet, but here are some 
that show the wings and the tail feathers. It was fascinating if not a bit 
worrisome watching them. I was relieved to see only a bit of blood where the 
talons were grasping each others, and that they both flew away. I have many 
more photos, but  I think there are enough angles here for id purposes.

http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Red-tailed-Hawk-Fight/48060565_ZVDm2x#!i=3936330011k=cHcxwCf

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[cayugabirds-l] today

2015-02-22 Thread joe Diana
Hi All,

It felt good to drive around today with the windows down and the sun shining. I 
thought I might let people know where there is some open water with some birds. 
Mud Lock is quite free of ice and a person with a scope had his eye on a 
Long-tailed Duck. There were a few Red-breasted Mergansers and an Eagle was in 
the tree near the nest.  I didn't stay as the driveway is not plowed, but there 
were other waterfowl as well. A later stop in the day had hardly any birds. 
Must be the Eagle is hunting there. The damn on the Clyde River off of Route 89 
had quite a few birds at the foot of the damn which is the only open water. 
There were Common Mergansers, Golden Eyes, Herring Gulls, Red-headed Ducks, 
Red-breasted Mergansers, and 4 Great-blue Herons that looked like they were 
enduring the cold. A Red-tail joined in when I was leaving. I passed a 
Rough-legged hawk on Route 89 near Tyre and found a beautiful dark morph on 
Armitage Rd. near the Eagle's nest. I think I saw an eagle there too, but I was 
concentrating  on the Rough leg. I came upon a small flock of Turkeys on Leader 
Rd. that were eating sumac. One was up in the trees shaking some down for the 
rest. I did not find the Gyrfalcon.

As much as today felt like a gift, I bet the wildlife was grateful for some 
sun. Here is a photo of the Rough-legged Hawk.

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[cayugabirds-l] bird feeders and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

2015-02-07 Thread joe Diana
Hi All,
 My husband andI have maintained a suet and bird feeder in our local 
Skaneateles Conservation area for several years. We fill them both daily and 
the feeder usually just has the same local birds year round with the exception 
of the Tree Sparrows that settle in for the winter. We enjoy watching them and 
so do many others that like to sit in their car and get a close up view of the 
birds. 
 We just found a note on the tree today informing us to remove the feeders due 
to the fear of the feeders attracting migratory birds that could possibly 
spread the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid to some hemlocks that are about a five to ten 
minute walk away. I understand that hemlocks are having problems, but is a 
single bird feeder with a suet cake really contributing to the risk? I post the 
birds for this feeder on ebird and the cast of characters rarely change.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] House Sparrows adapt to cars

2015-02-01 Thread Diana
Hi, 
 My husband had a couple mallards under the cat today. Go figure.

Diana

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 On Feb 1, 2015, at 1:35 PM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:
 
 I was trying to see my neighbors' feeding operation to add to my yard list, 
 but the parked car in their driveway blocks my window view of birds on the 
 ground. A colony of House Sparrows frequents their yard, and I hoped a native 
 species would join them, so I peered under  around their car as well. As a 
 result I have just added another item to my list of House Sparrow adaptations 
 to cars: drinking from dripping icicles as solar gain on the south side of 
 the car melts fresh snow on the car (this was not from a filthy fenderberg). 
 I already knew about House Sparrows using a parked car for shelter, using the 
 underside of an idling car for warmth in winter (per Ann Mitchell near the 
 game farm), and in summer foraging recently killed insects on the grills of 
 cars stopped at gas stations. Those critters have got it made until the 
 collapse of car culture!
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[cayugabirds-l] Van Dyne Spoor

2014-12-02 Thread Diana
Hi,
 I spent about three hours on Van Dyne Spoor Rd. today trying to get a positive 
Id on what I believe to be a Northern Shrike. I saw it enough to be 95 % sure, 
but never got a photo. If it's the usual suspect returning to that spot, it has 
the same wariness that I've come to expect. There was a small flock of Tree 
Sparrows, a Great Blue Heron, two Blue Jays, two Goldfinch, one White-breasted 
Nuthatch, two Titmouse, and one mature Bald Eagle. 
 There were about eighty plus Tundra Swans on the lake mixed in with some ducks 
where Route 89 meets the lake rd. It was too dark to see what kind of ducks, 
but I was able to make some out as mallards. 

Diana Whiting

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 As previously posted on Genesee birds the wildlife drive and the area 
 around the observation tower and bathrooms are closed until December 16th for 
 deer hunting. As I complained to the office they cited too many deer in that 
 area. They will reevaluate after this trial. Weather permitting it will be 
 opened after that. Scoping from the visitor center overlook we found at least 
 950 Tundra Swans and a surprisingly large group of Ring-necked ducks (2000+?) 
 considering the date and how much of the pool was frozen. Coot seemed to have 
 moved on but several groups of Gadwall remained.  The first large flocks of 
 Snow Geese that we have seen were flying southbound overhead and they 
 continued for a couple hours until right before the snow started around 3:30. 
 Probably 3000 total.
On Knox-Marcellus from East Road there were another 53 tundra Swans and 49 
 Sandhill Cranes.
On Van-dyne Spoor Road a Cooper’s Hawk hunted the hedgerow which turned 
 out to have 40 Tree and 1 Song Sparrows. 1 No. Harrier and 1 Rough-legged 
 hawk had success hunting over the wetland to the south where they flushed  up 
 2 Green-winged Teal. Then the snow came.  Mike Tetlow and Dominic Sherony
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[cayugabirds-l] Ebird

2014-11-30 Thread Diana
Hi,
 I noticed my Ebird report is not showing up from yesterday. I wonder if anyone 
has any idea why it would not be there.

Thanks,
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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma

2014-08-02 Thread Diana
Hi All,
 I thought I might way in on this discussion about whether birds are disturbed 
by people out of their cars. As a photographer, I can say it most certainly 
does. Anytime that people are out of their vehicles, the birds are gone or 
moved a considerable distance away when I have been in the wake of this 
behavior.  I find it is both photographer and birders with scopes that are 
guilty of this. Personally, things viewed with a scope are not of interest to 
me, so yes, it does make a difference if people out of cars push the birds 
further away.  I find that no one seems to be enforcing the rule as it stands 
because people have told me that the refuge vehicles drove by them and did not 
say anything. It has been very frustrating to photograph anything especially 
this year with this turn of events, so I too would like clarification of what 
is allowed.  If people did stay in their car, it would allow for others to see 
more in my opinion. I know in other areas, birds are less shy, but it does not 
seem to be the case here. I realize that most people are unaware that they 
change things by not staying in their car, but I think I get my best 
opportunities and views if I practice patience and keeping a low profile using 
my vehicle as a blind.


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[cayugabirds-l] Least Bittern

2014-07-30 Thread joe Diana
Hi All,
I was able to finally see and photograph the Least Bitterns at the end of the 
channel on the wildlife drive. They were very furtive and it was difficult to 
photograph them through the windy reeds, but I did get a few. Frogs seem to be 
on the main menu. I was amazed by their huge feet for their size. A Virginia 
Rail was also seen, but no chicks.

Diana Whiting


http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Waders-Shorebirds-Herons/13061498_R4dFT2#!i=3425062979k=2T6t7Ks

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[cayugabirds-l] Glossy Ibis

2014-05-04 Thread Diana
Hi All,
 The Glossy Ibis was still on Carncross by the bridge this early afternoon. It 
was among some Yellowlegs, and some Shovelers. I wonder if there are three 
here. There were two immature Bald Eagles down the river and when one would 
fly, it would flush the Ibis. It seemed pretty intent on its spot. It is still 
distant for photos though I took a couple.  There were a few Great Blue Herons 
as well.
 We had our first bedraggled Rose-breasted Grosbeak this morning at home. Our 
House Wre was heard Friday. Just put a new house up for it.

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Seneca White Deer

2014-01-20 Thread Diana
Hi,
 It came to my attention that the Seneca Army Depot will be under consideration 
for funding for saving it for a public space. I guess it will need support from 
the public to do this. I don't know what interest this is to the birding 
community if any, but thought I would bring it to people's attention as it only 
got on my radar recently.

Diana Whiting

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Begin forwarded message:

 From: Carl Patrick carlfpatr...@gmail.com
 Date: January 20, 2014 at 2:29:26 PM EST
 To: whiti...@roadrunner.com
 Subject: Seneca White Deer
 
 Diana,
 
 I'm Carl Patrick, the Vice President of SWD.  We do have a Facebook page 
 (Seneca White Deer, Inc.) and a fair number of followers. One of our Board 
 members just put together a list of birding groups for us to contact when the 
 State holds hearings on it's updated Open Space Plan.  Our President Dennis 
 Money has worked with Audubon and other birding groups in the past, but we're 
 always looking for new partners.  Let me know if you have any suggestions.  
 Thanks,
 
 Carl Patrick
 Vice President, Seneca White Deer, Inc
 
 

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[cayugabirds-l] Ebird

2013-11-25 Thread Diana
 Hi, 
 Ebird is crashing when I get to choosing a location on a map using county and 
state. Anyone else having this problem?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma ibises

2013-11-19 Thread joe Diana
Hi,
 I have some photos from Oct 21and 22 and  November 3, 2013. I have other views 
not up on the site, but maybe can be helpful.

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On Nov 19, 2013, at 4:41 PM, Kevin J. McGowan wrote:

 I’m confused.  The White-faced Ibis I saw at Monteuma NWR on 17 October 2013 
 looked to be an adult: it had extensive red on the face, a decidedly red eye, 
 brilliantly glossy wing coverts and tail, and had no obvious molt limits or 
 other abnormalities in the plumage.  I thought the Glossy Ibis with it was a 
 hatch-year bird, with much less gloss on the wings, more white spotting on 
 the head and neck, and evidence of variable wear on the back feathers.
  
 The bird with its head up in 
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/seabamirum/10876310134/ is a Glossy, isn’t it?  
 It has distinct white lines on the facial skin and appears to have a brown 
 eye.  It has the same kind of wear that the Glossy Ibis I saw this weekend 
 had.https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/rClpwPntu85jLOZZGDDWHNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink.
  
 What do I have wrong? I admit up front that I don’t see ibis every year, and 
 I’ve never spent much time trying to age them. Are there more photos?
  
 Kevin
  
  
  
 Kevin J. McGowan
 Ithaca, NY
 k...@cornell.edu
 607-254-2452
  
 From: bounce-110892864-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 [mailto:bounce-110892864-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Christopher 
 Wood
 Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:59 PM
 To: Jay McGowan
 Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L; oneidabi...@yahoogroups.com
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma ibises
  
 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 again 
 -- the only problem is that this individual looks completely different and 
 appears to be a 2nd-year bird.
  
 Here is a photo of the first bird (1st-year). Note the relatively uniform 
 appearance:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/68672476@N00/10392659105/in/photolist-gQn6tF-gQo4XR-gQnbEw-gQnc5a
  
 The second individual, apparently a second-year bird, looks very different. 
 Note the contrast between the wing coverts and scapulars.
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/seabamirum/10876310134/
  
 I think Andy Guthrie was the first to bring this to our attention.
  
 Thanks,
 Chris
  
 
 Chris Wood
 
 eBird  Neotropical Birds Project Leader
 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York
 http://ebird.org
 http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu
  
 
 On Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM, Jay McGowan jw...@cornell.edu wrote:
 Thought some may be interested, after a period of absence and then with only 
 the Glossy Ibis present, LaRue and Jackie report that both the Glossy and the 
 White-faced ibis were in the Visitor Center pool this morning.
 
  
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 Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker

2013-08-20 Thread Diana
Hi All, 
 I have photographed them bringing out a fecal sac, so pretty sure there is 
young involved.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpeckers at May's Point

2013-08-20 Thread joe Diana
Hi, 
 I was only able to observe them a couple of times. The first dates are on 
7/08/ 2013 and the ones where I saw them going back and forth from the nesting 
cavity are on 8/12. On the July date, they were still excavating. Here is a 
link to one leaving the cavity with what I assume is a fecal sac.
http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Passerines/12959449_8PScNT#!i=2713829101k=jc4LbbC

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On Aug 20, 2013, at 8:12 PM, Paul wrote:

 Have not seen them bringing out fecal sacs, and have been looking for that.  
 Any seen that?   It is definitely possible this is food caching.  Looked up 
 the background in Kaufman’s Lives of North American Birds.  It mentions 
 caching of acorns, beechnuts, not berries. Says they are the most omnivorous 
 of woodpeckers.  But why would they cache insects?  Seems a poor choice.
  
 Now, I am wondering about the timing of this pair at this location. When were 
 they first seen excavating the cavity? Says a second brood is possible; 
 incubation 12-13 days and fledging in 27-31 days.  That predicts fledging in 
 39 to 44 days from onset.  How does that match with dates when they were 
 excavating?  Does anyone have the key dates?
  
 Paul Schmitt
  
 From: Dave Nutter
 Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 7:32 PM
 To: Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpeckers at May's Point
  
 I'm not surprised at them eating fruit, which I've seen many woodpecker 
 species do many times, but I am surprised they would feed fruit to nestlings. 
 Is it possible they are caching the food? Has anyone seen the adults emerge 
 with fecal sacs? Would this species carry off fecal sacs? Nice photos by the 
 way, Paul, and thanks for taking the time to observe carefully.
 --Dave Nutter
 
 On Aug 20, 2013, at 07:06 PM, Anne Clark anneb.cl...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Back in the 80's when I was living in SW Michigan (near Kellogg Biological 
 Station, in Delton, MI), a pair of red-headed woodpeckers brought their 
 fledglings every year to eat mulberries at a productive group of trees. 
  
 More unusual that they would take them to protein-needy nestlings (albeit 
 very late nestlings).  But robins in the same Michigan property fed their 
 nestlings on mulberries. 
  
 Anne Clark
  
 On Aug 20, 2013, at 6:51 PM, Paul wrote:
 
 Spent about three hours watching the Red-headed Woodpeckers at May�s Point 
 this morning. Very active until about 10 am.  Saw an interesting sequence 
 when a Merlin made a pass at the nest cavity,, actually several passes to 
 which the adult RHW responded with loud calls and some defensive attacks.  
 Thereafter, the pair were on sentry duty, one in an adjacent cavity 
 watching south and the other to the north in a tree along the river.  The 
 Merlin was in the area for about 5 minutes. They stayed on alert for about 
 20 minutes longer before resuming activity.
  
 More interesting was a discovery on what they are bringing into the nest 
 cavity.  (Have not yet seen chicks at the opening. Has anyone?) While 
 sometimes, I can see that they are bringing insects such as dragonflies, at 
 other times it appeared to be round objects.  Did not seem possible to be 
 acorns.  Now, I�ve posted some images on my blog  
 (http://birds-n-blooms.blogspot.com/) which show an adult bringing wild 
 grapes to the cavity. There are ripe grapes on the vines in the area. On my 
 first visit (July 24), I recorded an adult picking Woody Nightshade berries 
 from vines at the base of dead trees to the north east of the nest tree. 
 Had not expected woodpeckers to be eating fruit.
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes

2013-08-12 Thread joe Diana
Hi All,

I saw the White Pelican today from Towpath Rd. about 1:00. It was very far away 
in northeastern corner hanging out with a group of Cormorants. I also saw three 
Sandhill Cranes in the water about half  the distance. One flew east and I lost 
sight of it. The other two retreated some and were resting on the mudflats. 
Lots of Great Blue Herons and Egrets in the back.

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker

2013-07-10 Thread joe Diana
Hi All,
 
I was able to find the Red-headed Woodpecker with Dave and Donna's directions. 
With patience, I was able to observe it both at the tree they are working at 
and at closer ranges. They appeared to exchange the job of excavating with one 
of them almost always there. When they fly with their distinctive black and 
white pattern, one should find the tree they are working on. Here are a couple, 
though I have some more I haven't had time to even look at. Many thanks for the 
postings. It is a beautiful bird.

Diana Whiting

http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Passerines/12959449_8PScNT#!i=2625640409k=PxPPVvF
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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2013-05-13 Thread Diana
Hi, 
 I was surprised to see a dozen or so Pine Siskins here at the house in 
Skaneateles this morning. They appeared quite hungry and very skittish.

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[cayugabirds-l] House Wren

2013-05-01 Thread Diana
My House Wren has returned, singing up a storm. It must be quite disappointed 
to see his normal home occupied by the House Sparrows. I put up a new house by 
an evergreen it favors. Hope it will take.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cooper's Hawk

2013-02-17 Thread Diana
I feel your pain. We have had virtually no birds for about three weeks. This 
morning there was a lone Song Sparrow looking quite miserable. I suspected the 
Coopers that has been seen a few times this winter. Sure enough, when we pulled 
in the driveway after a trip to Montezuma, the Cooper was sitting on a tree 
outside our normal viewing area from the house.

Montezuma and around was not too eventful with the high winds. We did see three 
Rough-legged Hawks on the corner of Bixby and Savannah Springs Rd. one was very 
dark. The others were in flight so I could not make out the coloring as well. 

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On Feb 17, 2013, at 12:01 PM, Carol Keeler carolk...@adelphia.net wrote:

 My Cooper's Hawk has made counting birds for the Backyard Bird Count 
 impossible.  It's been here each day, so no birds are coming to the feeders.  
 Yesterday it took a female Cardinal.  This morning it sat in the weeping pine 
 where the feeders are located from at least 7:15 to 8:30. I was amazed at how 
 long it stayed. I don't know how much longer it stayed since I left to get 
 groceries.  One photographer from out west, Ron Dudley, has said that in very 
 cold weather many raptors are sticky.   They tend to stay put and don't 
 flush easily.  My Cooper's was sticky this morning.  I looked out just a 
 while ago and it was back again, but didn't stay long.  I assume it has had 
 quite a bit of success hunting in my yard since it's around so often.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Wing Tail Image Collection

2013-02-17 Thread Diana
 I forgot to add a link I saw today that might be interest to some.

Diana

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eagle moving nest???

2013-02-14 Thread Diana
I remember when the eagles took over the nest from the osprey. When the osprey 
arrived back in town, there was a talon to talon fight into the water observed 
by one of the guys working. He said it happened just after the birders left. It 
makes me wonder if there will some contention over that prime spot. It is too 
bad they chose to move. It was a great spot to observe behavior.


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On Feb 14, 2013, at 9:46 PM, Carol Keeler carolk...@adelphia.net wrote:

 I've been wondering that very thing.  One day I was there and both eagles 
 were near their new nest.  Down near the lock an immature eagle was perched 
 in a tree.  The eagles came down and drove it off.  I have a feeling they 
 won't tolerate any other bird in the old location, which is too bad.
 
 Sent from my iPad
 
 On Feb 14, 2013, at 2:26 PM, nutter.d...@me.com wrote:
 
 Many observers have noticed this new nest-building activity over the past 
 several months. I think the question is, what will happen to the photogenic 
 nest atop the pylon? Are there enough Bald Eagles around for another pair to 
 use it? Would they even tolerate being so close? Will Ospreys reclaim it?
 --Dave Nutter
 
 On Feb 14, 2013, at 12:42 PM, John Confer con...@ithaca.edu wrote:
 
 Does it seem to others that the pair of eagles at the lock at the outlet 
 of Cayuga Lake has moved its nest to the south? I didn't see any 
 activity at the electric poles at the lock and the nest there seemed 
 shrunken. And, there is a large pile of sticks farther to the south in a 
 very large tree, which had an eagle sitting next to it on Saturday. The 
 eagle nest at the lock was perhaps the most photographed nest in New 
 York. If not the most, then certainly one of the most. In a way it is 
 too bad if the eagles have moved to a more distant and less visible 
 location.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Pileated

2013-02-06 Thread Diana
Good morning! While walking our dog, my husband saw a live tree that looks like 
a Pileated Woodpecker has been excavating. It has a pile of chips at the base, 
and a few holes encompassing the tree. I think the tree is a live tree also. My 
question is, is a nest or a place where it's eating, and is there a way to know 
the difference?

Diana 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pileated

2013-02-06 Thread Diana
Y

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On Feb 6, 2013, at 12:06 PM, Marie P Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Most likely a feeding situation at this time of year. They are going after 
 wintering carpenter ants inside the tree, which tells you that even though 
 the tree is alive it has some heart rot which is where the ants like to be. 
 If the bird continues feeding on this particular tree, over time the hole or 
 holes will become enlarged into a long channel running down the trunk, like 
 below:
 
 http://www.marieread.com/cpg/displayimage.php?album=112pos=1
 
 ON the other hand, below is a nest hole but not likely that they'll be 
 excavating for a nest until April or early May.:
 
 http://www.marieread.com/cpg/displayimage.php?album=112pos=9
 
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 From: bounce-72690423-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-72690423-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Diana 
 [whiti...@roadrunner.com]
 Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 11:48 AM
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 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Pileated
 
 Good morning! While walking our dog, my husband saw a live tree that looks 
 like a Pileated Woodpecker has been excavating. It has a pile of chips at the 
 base, and a few holes encompassing the tree. I think the tree is a live tree 
 also. My question is, is a nest or a place where it's eating, and is there a 
 way to know the difference?
 
 Diana
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pileated

2013-02-06 Thread Diana
Sorry for empty post. Ipad blues! Thanks for the information Marie and Fritzie. 
I figured it was early for a nest, but I thought I'd ask. It's amazing how 
quickly it has done a job on this tree. I haven't seen any or heard them in the 
last couple years, so I hope they are around more. The different shapes of the 
holes are interesting. I will have Joe keep track. The holes are about ten feet 
off the ground. I wouldn't want to walking in the vicinity in the future if the 
tree is hollow!

Diana
 

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On Feb 6, 2013, at 12:06 PM, Marie P Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Most likely a feeding situation at this time of year. They are going after 
 wintering carpenter ants inside the tree, which tells you that even though 
 the tree is alive it has some heart rot which is where the ants like to be. 
 If the bird continues feeding on this particular tree, over time the hole or 
 holes will become enlarged into a long channel running down the trunk, like 
 below:
 
 http://www.marieread.com/cpg/displayimage.php?album=112pos=1
 
 ON the other hand, below is a nest hole but not likely that they'll be 
 excavating for a nest until April or early May.:
 
 http://www.marieread.com/cpg/displayimage.php?album=112pos=9
 
 Marie
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
 Phone  607-539-6608
 e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
 
 http://www.marieread.com
 
 ***NEW***  Music of the Birds Vol 1 ebook for Apple iPad now available from 
 iTunes
 
 http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/music-of-the-birds-v1/id529347014?mt=11
 
 From: bounce-72690423-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-72690423-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Diana 
 [whiti...@roadrunner.com]
 Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 11:48 AM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Pileated
 
 Good morning! While walking our dog, my husband saw a live tree that looks 
 like a Pileated Woodpecker has been excavating. It has a pile of chips at the 
 base, and a few holes encompassing the tree. I think the tree is a live tree 
 also. My question is, is a nest or a place where it's eating, and is there a 
 way to know the difference?
 
 Diana
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2012-12-03 Thread joe Diana
Hi All,
 Today started with a Fox Sparrow at our home feeders.  Then, though I am 
recovering from what ever nasty virus is going around, the warm day beckoned. 
The most interesting thing I saw was a huge raft of Snow Geese that went on for 
about a half a mile on Owasco Lake where Number One Rd. feeds into 38A. It was 
impossible to capture by camera, but it was a beautiful curved raft shaped like 
an s. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Carolina Wren

2012-11-16 Thread Diana
Hi,
I had a Carolina Wren this morning. It's not a new visitor, but uncommon for us.

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[cayugabirds-l] Crossbills

2012-11-15 Thread Diana
Today, as I was getting into my car, I heard a raucous bunch of birds in my 
Hemlocks which do have cones on them. I had never heard that kind of call 
before, so I ran back in the house to get my bird call Id out. It for sure 
sounded like Crossbills though which ones, I am uncertain. I think it sounded 
more like the White-winged variety. They did not come out for viewing and did 
not call again.
I have only seen them once in my yard and it was a really long time ago.

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[cayugabirds-l] Skaneateles

2012-10-28 Thread Diana
There are lots of waterfowl in the village of Skaneateles. They are nestled in 
on West Lake St.
I could only make out quite a few Coots and Buffleheads among the Canada Geese. 
It was a drive by in the fog, but there are probably more to Id.

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[cayugabirds-l] Shorebird Ids

2012-09-11 Thread joe Diana
Hi Everyone,
In case there are those of you that are confused by fall shorebirds, I found 
this link interesting. I wish I had read it before I went out kayaking today.  
It gives some good id behavior that looks helpful.  
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[cayugabirds-l] New yard bird this year

2012-08-19 Thread Diana
Hi, 
 We had a Rose-breasted Nuthatch at the feeder this afternoon.
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[cayugabirds-l] Sorry!

2012-08-19 Thread Diana
Hi, if I could turn back time, I would!
Diana

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[cayugabirds-l] Re

2012-08-19 Thread Diana
Let's just say I got excited about the bird. I always have to remember whether 
it is red or rose. I googled rose-breasted nuthatch and only looked at the 
first one that came up. I was baby wrangling a three year old , so made a hasty 
post. Apologies again.

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[cayugabirds-l] new species

2012-08-19 Thread joe Diana
Hi,
 Just for laughs, My new species is for sale as a lovely ornament on Amazon. If 
it's on the internet, it must be real, right? lol
http://www.amazon.com/Cobane-Studio-Breasted-Nuthatch-COBANEC392/dp/B005VI42UU
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Wood Duck/Linda/Donna

2012-08-18 Thread Diana
Thank you too for all who post, especially with the detailed stories. I always 
reading them. 
Diana Whiting

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On Aug 18, 2012, at 10:46 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard job121...@verizon.net 
wrote:

 Thank you Linda  Donna 
  
 I, too, have missed the reports. I do not have the time to scan both eBird 
 reports  the list-serve but prefer the list postings. I realize many of 
 those who use eBird also probably do not have time to use the list-serve. BUT 
 I TRULY APPRECIATE every report, esp. those with all the little side 
 comments. That's what makes the club more like family, willing to share 
 news  special highlights which can be very educational. Since I am a nature 
 nut Steve Fast's observations this a.m. were, to me, delightful. Thanks, 
 Steve.
  
 Fritzie
 - Original Message -
 Donna Scott wrote:
 
  
 Since our erstwhile Club President wrote this...
  
 Also, just need to make a point here.  I have been told by the front desk at 
 the Lab of Ornithology that some people have called in to ask why the bird 
 club is not posting more sightings?  I want to make it clear to all that the 
 listserve and the bird club are two separate entities that of course have a 
 good deal of overlap but still are mutually exclusive.  Plus, it's summer.  
 Moving in to Fall migration. So stay tuned!!
  
 Donna said, ...I will post what I saw tonight out in the country in So. 
 Cayuga County on Genoa-Venice Townline Road .
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Cooper's Hawk

2012-08-10 Thread joe Diana
We had an interesting evening last night when our daughter Heather called to 
tell us that she had a hawk that was acting strangely in her yard. It had been 
sitting on a car unconcerned by barking dogs, children, or curious people 
walking by. She wondered if it was in need of help. I called a wildlife 
rehabilitater, but could not reach her. We all jumped in the car and I brought 
my camera equipment. When we arrived, the bird had jumped into a shrub next to 
the car. While I peered at it from the other side of the car, it jumped out as 
if to say hello. It seemed unafraid, and very curious. I sat down on the ground 
 about 12 feet away and it started hopping towards my shoe. Next stop for a 
perch was my leg and I softly shooshed it away.  I stood up and we got it some 
water that it did not drink. Then, it tried to fly up on the car and eventually 
made his way to the wipers where it got some purchase. It did not look injured 
, but rather clumsy, so now I was  thinking it might be tired and a very young 
bird. Its feathers looked like they were in, but I am no expert in that field. 
I took some photos as the light dwindled while waiting to see if it could fly. 
It eventually did make a short flight to a tree across the street.  I was 
satisfied that it was not obviously injured and thought it best to let it be.  
It is our granddaughter Ella's first raptor though Grandma was more excited to 
see a Cooper so close. Let's hope after a rest, it can resume  today. 

I am wondering when the Cooper's Hawk Young fledge and if anyone has any better 
insight into this behavior. 
Here is a link to photos of the bird. It really is a wonderful experience to 
see it so close!

http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Favorites/Favorites-2012/20867945_qgj48g#!i=2017309617k=JQ6nbXM
  

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[cayugabirds-l] OT

2012-06-26 Thread joe Diana
Hi All,
 This is an interesting behavior My husband observed on the shore of the 
Raquette River while I was kayaking. Two Swallow tail butterflies were hooked 
up together and unfortunately came to rest  like that sitting on the shore. A 
frog leapt out and caught one of the butterflies. Now, what is interesting is 
that the one that got away went back and sat on the frog's back while he 
devoured the other butterfly. So,  was he upset about his mate or just 
being interrupted? I leave this to Meena. He has photos too, but they are still 
on his camera. Just thought with all the  discussion about birds and losing 
their mates, this was timely.

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[cayugabirds-l] Skaneateles

2012-04-30 Thread Diana
Hi All,
Lots of house wrens around the village today. I heard them in at least 4 places

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[cayugabirds-l] Skaneateles Conservation area

2012-04-29 Thread joe Diana
Hi, 
 New arrivals today were one Eastern Towhee and one Field Sparrow at the 
conservation area. 
I also saw a Green Heron at the beginning of Towpath Road yesterday and an 
American Bittern on Van dyne Spoor.

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[cayugabirds-l] White-throated Sparrow

2012-04-10 Thread Diana
Hi All,
 I usually just have black oiled sunflower seeds in my feeders, but added a 
mixture of seeds to one of them this week. I had my first White-throated 
Sparrow this afternoon.

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[cayugabirds-l] Gully Road

2012-04-08 Thread Diana
Hi all,
 There were a pair of Ring-necked ducks in the pond. It's nice to have some 
water in it.

Diana

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2012-03-28 Thread joe Diana
 Hi All,
 Two different sets of Ospreys today. One of a pair was left with nest detail 
and was doing some housekeeping but mostly wondering where her mate was.  Lots 
of Cinnamon Teals in the front water area of Refuge. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey oops!

2012-03-28 Thread joe Diana
  OOps.  Can't talk and type or maybe I should say think at the same time. 
Green-wing  Teals!
On Mar 28, 2012, at 6:53 PM, joe  Diana wrote:

  Hi All,
  Two different sets of Ospreys today. One of a pair was left with nest detail 
 and was doing some housekeeping but mostly wondering where her mate was.  
 Lots of Cinnamon Teals in the front water area of Refuge. 
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[cayugabirds-l] feeder birds

2012-01-03 Thread joe Diana
 Hi Everyone,
 A cold and snowy day made for great feeder watching. Birds today included 4 
Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 
White-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Titmouse,  5 Juncos,  2 Goldfinch, 5 Chickadees, 1 
White-throated Sparrow,  3 American Tree Sparrows, and  2 Cardinals.  I  also 
had a Coopers Hawk make a brief visit.
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[cayugabirds-l] Phalaropes

2011-11-09 Thread joe Diana
Hi All,
 I ran into Dave Wheeler today and he has cautioned me about my id of a Red 
Phalarope. They do look very similar so I see how I could get confused without 
a photo comparison.  Just to make sure, here are three photos of the birds. 
They are cropped but still useful for id purposes. The two previous Red-necked 
Phalarope are from Montezuma this fall.  Thanks Dave for helping!

http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Waders-Shorebirds-Herons/13061498_R4dFT2#1576258662_QgzrDWs
 

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[cayugabirds-l] Red Phalarope

2011-11-08 Thread joe Diana
 Hi All,
 I thought I'd enjoy the beautiful calm day and head for Fairhaven. I saw a 
pair of Red Phalaropes in the surf at the park. There were a lot of Canadian 
Geese at the water's edge. Also saw a single Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead and 
numerous Mute Swans, Coots, and Mallards in the pond. I've got some quick shots 
of the Phalaropes before they took off, but not up yet on my site. The small 
flock of snow buntings were also still around.
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Peregrine

2011-08-19 Thread Diana


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Begin forwarded message:

 From: Diana whiti...@roadrunner.com
 Date: August 19, 2011 5:37:03 PM EDT
 To: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu
 

 Hi,
 I might of spotted the flying Peregrine as it flew over my shoulder, but I 
 surely would not have been sure of it's id without Dave's expert eye. Guess 
 you have to call this a joint effort!
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] clarification of Prothonotary location

2011-05-29 Thread joe Diana
They have been there before. Years ago before I even took photographs,  Tim 
Capone told me about this bird  right down to the branch and he was there  like 
he had been waiting for me.  I think that would be before 1993! 
 Diana Whiting
On May 29, 2011, at 8:12 PM, Mark Chao wrote:

 Lyn Jacobs and I just had an exchange about the Prothonotary Warblers on 
 Armitage Road.  See below for location information straight from her.
  
 Mark
  
  
  
 Hi Mark,
  
 I do not think my location balloons in ebird are in the exact location so, to 
 clarify
  
 From Rt 89N and then west on Armitage, most of the Prothonotary activity was 
 about 30 feet west of the fishing access parking on the west side of the 
 first bridge. We did also hear them on the east side of the bridge.
  
 Lyn
 
  
 On Sun, May 29, 2011 at 7:18 PM, chao.mark markc...@imt.org wrote:
 Hi Lyn,
 
 I have taken the liberty of reporting your excellent finds to the Cayugabirds 
 list.  Please see below.  Congratulations!!
 
 All the best,
 Mark Chao
 
 
 
 
 
 From: Mark Chao [mailto:markc...@imt.org]
 Sent: Sunday, May 29, 2011 7:12 PM
 To: 'CAYUGABIRDS-L@cornell.edu'
 Subject: Two or three Prothonotary Warblers, Armitage Road, Sun 5/29
 
 Lyn Jacobs has reported on both the Eatonbirds listserv and eBird that she 
 and a group of seven others from the Eaton Birding Society found two male 
 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS singing loudly and chasing each other around Armitage 
 Road on Sunday, on both sides of the road just west of Route 89 near the 
 Seneca/Wayne county line.  She reports that they had another sighting of this 
 species on the east side of the bridge.  Here are the map coordinates from 
 Lyn's eBird report:
 
 43.0198351,-76.7782974 (2 birds)
 43.0232236,-76.7764091 (3 birds)
 
 The group also found Cerulean Warblers at both Armitage Road and May's Point, 
 and some Black-bellied Plovers, Semipalmated Plovers, and Semipalmated 
 Sandpipers along the Wildlife Drive.
 
 Congratulations to Lyn and the EBS for these excellent finds!!  Good luck to 
 those who go looking for these birds!
 
 Mark Chao
  
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[cayugabirds-l] a bit of spring!

2011-05-04 Thread joe Diana


 Hi, 
 This is a neat video of a Robin's nest.  Kind of brings a smile to this gloomy 
weather!
 Diana Whiting
  
  
 This is truly magnificent...
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Godwit

2011-04-24 Thread joe Diana
 hi , 
 I went to Montezuma this morning and two spins around the drive [one at 8:30 
and then at 11:00] had no shorebirds or Marbled Godwit.   I think the birds had 
more sense than I did today! 
  


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[cayugabirds-l] correction

2011-04-23 Thread joe Diana
OOps, I mean Jay instead of Kevin. Sorry! Diana
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[cayugabirds-l] Skaneateles conservation area

2011-04-12 Thread joe Diana
 Hi, 
 While photographing some Skunk Cabbage and Snow Drops this morning I heard Two 
pairs of Wood Ducks fly over. There was also A pair of Black Ducks, 2  pair of 
American Widgeons, Mallards, Green -winged Teal, and a group of Golden -crowned 
Kinglets. These are relatively new today as I haven't seen or heard any of 
these on my walks with my dog. µy friend Carol also a Brown Creeper which we 
have seen for about 3 1/2 weeks.

I hope this is appropriate for this page. This is a link for  petition for 
Governor Cuomo to consider a more extensive review of High Volume Hydraulic 
Fracturing combined with horizontal drilling. I'm hoping most of us are 
concerned about the rush to allow this practice not under any protection for 
our air and water. 
http://www.toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/cuomo/coalition_letter

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma

2011-03-18 Thread joe Diana
Hi  All, 
 Spent the afternoon checking out the hotspots at Montezuma area. It seems like 
a lot of birds have moved since I was out Tuesday. I did see Green -winged 
Teals at the pond across from the MAC and at the muck lands  where some 
Pintails still lingered. The amount of Snow Geese was small and people out in a 
couple vehicles on the dike must have moved them out of there my second pass 
through. There were also Northern Shovelers in both the muck lands and at the 
end of Carncross Road. I saw no Sandhill Cranes in my travels or the Northern 
Shrike. The Rough-legged Hawks that I reliably saw were not around either. I 
also saw one lone Tree Sparrow on Carncross Rd.

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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Shrike

2011-03-13 Thread joe Diana
Hi All, 
 I missed all the fun yesterday because of work so I thought I might find some 
Snow Geese today. I saw mostly Canada Geese, Swans, and a lot of Pintails in 
the mucklands. There was also Mallards and Widgeons. The light was pretty bad 
and it was also raining.  I did not see the Eagles at the lock. I really gave a 
little time to try and see her head at the nest but did not. On Van Dyne Spoor 
after a slippery ride in the mud and potholes, I was rewarded with a Northern 
Shrike.  I watched it hunt small rodents more or less dropping down on them. I 
have a very blown up photo of it with its prey and one displaying its wing 
patterns. No Snow Geese no matter how much I looked!
 Diana Whiting
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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Phoebe

2011-02-17 Thread joe Diana
 Hi All,
 I took a walk today with my dog and I saw an Easter Phoebe on the Charlie 
Major Nature Trail in Skaneateles. It was at the 2nd bridge coming in from the 
Franklin Rd. entrance.  There were also a large flock of Cedar Waxwings, a 
Brown Creeper, Cardinals and Chickadees singing, Goldfinch, Robins, American 
Crows,and some that got away as the light faded. Nice place for birding if you 
haven't been there. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] question

2011-02-17 Thread joe Diana
 Hi Alicia and Dave, That's interesting. I guess the idea occurred to me when I 
saw the other one sitting by the female. I don't get to watch them for extended 
periods of time so I am curious. Thanks, Diana
On Feb 17, 2011, at 7:34 PM, Alicia Plotkin wrote:

 Hi,
 
  I haven't been up to watch the eagles in 15 yrs or more, but lived in 
 Seneca Falls from 1985-1995 and during much of that time the only eagles that 
 successfully fledging young were The Trio, two males and a female.  I was 
 told by the man who observed the nest that only one of the males bred with 
 the female, and that in fact there was some courtship behavior between the 
 two males but not between the 'other' male and the female.  All three 
 participated in feeding the young but the 'other' male played the smallest 
 role.  The three birds in the trio did not seem to be related - the two males 
 had been banded as fledglings and their background was known - and it wasn't 
 clear why they went on as a trio year after year, but they did successfully 
 fledge many young and I heard they continued to do so after we moved away.  
 Don't know if the eagles you saw are some of the same birds - I guess eagles 
 can live to be 30 yrs or more, but I think it was back in 1987 that the trio 
 first fledged young, and they would certainly be getting close to 30 now.
 
  Best -
 
   Alicia
 
 On 2/17/2011 6:59 PM, joe  Diana wrote:
 
  Hi All,
  I watched the Eagles on Armatage Road last weekend and got a good close up 
 one of them mating. While observing them, I noticed the third bird in the 
 distance not too far away form the pair I photographed. I  later saw the odd 
 bird fly and sit next to the female near the nest. Believe me, It was hard, 
 but I was keeping track. What I wonder is if this bird may reap some fringe 
 benefits from  helping the mated pair' like I've read about some other 
 species that spread their genes in this manner. 
 http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Birds-of-Prey/13273665_xTBkm#1190296947_6qd6X
  The other question is, whether there was just Hoary Redpolls at Beaver Lake 
 or was there some Greater Redpolls in there for further confusion? Joe Brin 
 was kind enough to point out the differences which were easier to see when 
 they were on the feeder together. When I got home, and looked at the website 
 with all the variations, I was confused again. Here are some photos for the 
 experts. It really is a good place to view them in the comfort of the nature 
 center with some good company.
  
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 http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Passerines/12959449_nvru5#1190612461_T9yTK
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[cayugabirds-l] flamingos

2011-01-20 Thread joe Diana
 Hi all, 
 I just watched my Netflix pick, The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos . 
It was an incredible documentary on this beautiful bird. The cinematography was 
fantastic, and the intricate relationship of this ancient bird with its 
landscape is a great example of nature and how finely tuned it is in sustaining 
a single type of bird. Just amazing to watch. 
  
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[cayugabirds-l] snow buntings

2011-01-17 Thread joe Diana
 Hi, 
 I was out today driving back roads from Morgan Hill to Fenner.  It was very 
slow, but I saw a small flock of Snow Buntings under a feeder right next to a 
house in Pompei. I couldn't see what was in the feeder, but I thought it was 
interesting. 

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[cayugabirds-l] redwings

2011-01-10 Thread joe Diana
Hi All,
 In my travels around Montezuma on Route 89, I saw 2 male Red-winged Blackbirds 
and 4 females. I don't know if this is unusual or not. It was pretty quiet 
otherwise with a Red-tail watching the thruway and a distant Rough-legged in 
the grassland area on 89.   Diana Whiting
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [Ontbirds] Redpolls Are Coming

2010-12-22 Thread joe Diana
Thought this might be of interest. No Redpolls at my feeder yet!  Diana

Begin forwarded message:

 From: Jean Iron jeani...@sympatico.ca
 Date: December 22, 2010 2:29:49 PM EST
 To: birdal...@ontbirds.ca
 Subject: [Ontbirds] Redpolls Are Coming
 
 I've had recent questions asking, When are the redpolls coming to
 southern Ontario? In the Winter Finch Forecast posted on 23 September
 2010, I reported that this would be an irruption winter for redpolls.
 See link below.
 
 At noon today there were three Common Redpolls calling in the trees
 above Jean Iron's feeders at 9 Lichen Place in Toronto. They eventually
 joined the goldfinches at the nyger feeders. Redpolls haven't come south
 for several winters so they have a learning curve about using feeders.
 Some older birds remember feeders.
 
 Redpolls are arriving later this winter compared to the previous
 irruption in 2007-8 when they arrived in numbers in October and
 November, feeding first in weedy fields because there was no birch seed.
 This winter the birch seed crop is better than in 2007-8 but it's not
 great, so redpolls have been slower in moving south as seed supplies
 diminish in the north. Gert Trudel of Gowganda said she had their first
 Common Redpoll at their feeders on 27 November and had seen a few on the
 roads before that, but within the next 10 days flocks increased around
 Gowganda. On the 15 December on their way home from Sudbury, they saw
 hundreds on the road after a big storm. Redpolls are increasing in
 southern Ontario as shown by recent Christmas Bird Counts. More are
 coming. Watch for Greater Common Redpolls (larger darker subspecies
 rostrata) and Hoary Redpolls.
 
 Evening Grosbeaks are moving south in larger numbers than I expected
 this winter. Because of their scarcity in the last 2-3 decades, I know a
 top young birder who has never seen one. This is the winter. Evening
 Grosbeaks are eye popping birds.
 
 Winter Finch Forecast 2010-2011
 http://www.ofo.ca/reportsandarticles/winterfinches.php
 
 Ron Pittaway
 Minden, Ontario
 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] peregrine id

2010-10-26 Thread joe Diana
Hi,
  Thanks to Don and Suzanne, we now know where the young Peregrine  
came from. It's pretty exciting to think of its journey and that the  
people who were a part of it know he is safe and has survived this  
far. Thanks for following through with the information. I'm sure we'll  
all enjoy it! Diana Whiting

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Color Band
Name
Sex
Year
Location
Site
Type
Help
Hatch date
Banded date
Fledge date
Hack/
Wild/
Augment
Male Parent
FWS Band
Female Parent
FWS Band
Breeder
Help
Survivor
Help
How Hurt
Help
1
1126-14022
b/r 29/B
Left
RUMBA
m
2010
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland
Cuyahoga county, OH
bl
05/12/10
06/07/10
DGM
06/22/10
w
blk/grn H/46
Blk/Blk 85/X
wpr
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[cayugabirds-l] feeder birds

2010-10-18 Thread joe Diana

 Hi,

 I had a visit from a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a single Pine Siskin  
at the feeder in the past two days. I also phished in a group of House  
Finches.  Maybe not too exciting except to me, because they came!  
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[cayugabirds-l] finch report

2010-10-09 Thread joe Diana
 Hi, I stumbled on to this report regarding finch forecast for this  
winter. Thought some of you might be interested. Diana Whiting  http://naturestuff.net/site/index.php?option=com_contenttask=viewid=1256Itemid=29


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[cayugabirds-l] new backyard bird

2010-10-07 Thread joe Diana

 Hi.
 Today in Skaneateles village, I looked out my back door and was  
totally surprised to see a pair of bluebirds. As I looked at them, at  
least three more flew in and landed in the the bushes. Guess I should  
pay attention more!  I've never seen them here before. They were still  
there an hour later chattering as I took my kayaks off the car. Diana


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[cayugabirds-l] Lincoln Sparrow?

2010-09-20 Thread joe Diana

 Hi Everyone,
 I woke up early today and with Dave's report, I thought I'd try  
Montezuma. I didn't find any Warblers on the drive except Common  
Yellow Throat, but if I'm correct, I think I found a Lincoln's Sparrow  
which gave me a quick look and was gone.  http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Passerines/12959449_nvru5#1015487775_FyZGo

  
http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Passerines/12959449_nvru5#1015510354_fRQdF

The Peregrine made a pass over the shorebird area which was very empty  
on the roadside except some Killdeer. One Northern Harrier was hunting  
way out. The Greylag Goose continues to hang with the Canada Geese. A  
pair of Marsh Wrens were scolding early on before the wind came up.  
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[cayugabirds-l] hawk video

2010-09-14 Thread joe Diana
  A friend just sent this link to a video taken from a camera mounted  
on a falcon and a Goshawk. It's pretty amazing especially the Goshawk  
flying through the woods.


Diana Whiting  http://wimp.com/hawkssee


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[cayugabirds-l] Buff-Breasted Sandpiper

2010-09-10 Thread joe Diana

 Hi Muckracers,
 Going to go out on a limb, and after much debate, Carol and I are  
pretty sure this is a Buff-Breasted seen at close distance at the new  
shorebird area on the main drive. The light was terrible, but I feel  
lucky to have seen it at all.  Just a gentle reminder that if people  
stay in their cars, we'll all get a close view. A car is a great blind  
and with a slow approach, one can see these even without binoculars  
and with a little luck, others will also get a chance . A train of  
about 12 cars sped up and back the road, purpose not clear, and scared  
everything away. After that , all the Golden Plovers with the  
exception of a one legged one flew and did not return. The Buff was a  
life bird for Carol and I and we're quite excited  unless of course  
we're incorrect! Good luck! I can't  wait until I'm retired so I can  
do some of these events. Diana


 Here's a few quick edited ones.


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[cayugabirds-l] starling behavior

2010-04-12 Thread joe Diana

 Hi Everyone,

 I have been hearing a rattling noise for a couple weeks and wondered  
if our evicted Starlings were using my neighbors air vent as they were  
for years at our house. My husband put screen inside last fall. They  
really made quite a mess. I did wonder where they might go this  
spring. I turns out after more observation, that they are rattling my  
neighbors antenna. What's more, is that they are doing this on more  
than one house.  Are they doing some sort of drumming?
Then in my yard tonight, I think I had an adult male yellow variant  
House Finch. Thought I'd never find anything about it , and then I  
found a similar photo on the Cornell page.  Here's the link to my  
backyard bird. Hope it's correct!! http://www.pbase.com/image/123560843 
  DianaWhiting


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fire at Montezuma

2010-04-04 Thread joe Diana

 Hi,
 I started out today hoping for a day of birding and came out to our  
cars which were covered in ash. Later, I would hear of ash on people's  
homes and cars in Skaneateles, Elbridge and Auburn. People reportedly  
could see the fire on their way from Ithaca.   At the time,I didn't  
give it much thought as I wanted to get going. I didn't go to  
Montezuma right away and while I was in Owasco, I saw a strange cloud  
formation.  I wondered what it was. It didn't look like smoke at this  
point. As I drove closer to Montezuma on Rt. 20, there was a massive  
cloud of black smoke. My first thought was that its Easter Sunday and  
that seemed strange for a prescribed burn. As we got closer to the  
entrance, cars were pouring in and out.  I kept going and turned on to  
Rt 89. The overlook was completely filled with cars spilling on to  
both sides of the road. I could see at this point that the fire had  
run along the loop inside the refuge along the Thruway. The people on  
the Thruway must have had quite the shock earlier.
I went back to the refuge and the cars had thinned out, but the fire  
was still ebbing and flaring across the center of the  refuge. The  
Eagles were surrounded by the fire on the Island, but the ranger said  
they stayed on the nest. Amazing! It looks like the flames spared the  
trees and blackened the earth where the grass was consumed.
 A special marsh vehicle was called in and arrived just as the wind  
had changed and now the fire was turning back on itself, which I'm  
sure made their job somewhat easier. Later,  I could see  official  
cars from Rt. 89, and I believe the Marsh vehicle that sucks up water  
from the marsh was in play putting out the hot spots. Things could  
have been even worse if the fire had reached an area of peat.  At  
least, most birds are not nesting. All and all, it's a shame to have  
happened, given that it is believed to be intentionally or accidently  
started.
 Here's a few photos of the fire. One, interestingly, has 2 geese  
near the fire, though a telephoto lens does compress the scene. One  
goose seems oblivious. Diana


http://www.pbase.com/dianawhitingphoto/image/123305067
http://www.pbase.com/dianawhitingphoto/image/123305150
http://www.pbase.com/dianawhitingphoto/image/123305172
http://www.pbase.com/dianawhitingphoto/image/123305202
http://www.pbase.com/image/123305713


Hi,

  We went up to Montezuma to check out migration, without knowing  
that the billows of smoke we were seeing were coming from there.  We  
found out soon enough, though, and happened to meet up with our  
friend there, a state forest ranger who had been called in to  
coordinate part of the fire response  help establish the cause.  As  
Suzanne said, it started around 3:30 AM this morning.   
Unfortunately, it was not a prescribed burn, and it sounded like  
they tend to think it may have been started intentionally but the  
investigation is continuing


  I'm sure it will look fine relatively quickly but at the moment  
most of the marsh lying between the Main Pool, the thruway, and Rte  
89 has been completely burned over - we heard about 640 acres total.


 Alicia

Maureen Barger wrote:
We were just up in Auburn today, At Bass Pro they were saying it  
was a

prescribed burn, which they have done many times at Montezuma in the
past. Trouble is this year the wind picked it up and it burned after
they put it out. The ash was flying in the air for miles around and
smoke very visible. We left the area around 2pm. There were 2  
distinct

fires.



On Sun, Apr 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM, Laura Stenzler l...@cornell.edu  
wrote:



Hi all,
3:15 pm - I called the visitor center at Montezuma. The fire is  
just
about out, the drive is closed and the visitor center will close  
shortly.

The fire was in the cattails in the main pool area.
Laura

Laura Stenzler
l...@cornell.edu

From: bounce-5520926-8866...@list.cornell.edu
[bounce-5520926-8866...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Suzanne  
Henderson

[shend...@twcny.rr.com]
Sent: Sunday, April 04, 2010 2:52 PM
To: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fire at Montezuma

According to the Magee Fire Chief, it is estimated that more than  
600
acres have burned since about 4 AM Easter morning. The most  
probable cause
is a discarded cigarette! The refuge policy is to let the fire  
burn as long
as it does not threaten people or dwellings. News updates on  
CNYcental.com.
Sad news for a beautiful Sunday when Spring Migration is really  
on the

uptick.
---Suzanne Henderson



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] UNION SPRINGS OSPREYS

2010-04-02 Thread joe Diana
Hi,
  Tonight, I saw a lone Great White Egret at Marcellus Knox.  The  
Osprey pair whose nest was removed on Rt 89, were looking quite  
confused and a bit sad as they tried to figure out what happened to  
their platform. There was another pair on Rt. 20 and a single on  
another nest near by.  I waited for SEO on Van Dyne Spoor until 7: 10  
with no luck. There were on sign of the Eagle at the lock at twilight  
unless one was deep in the nest.

Diana Whiting

Diana Whiting
On Apr 2, 2010, at 10:48 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard wrote:

 At 10:45 this A.M., John  I observed the Union Springs Center St.  
 Extension, Number One Road OSPREYS copulating atop the pole attached  
 to the side of the nest platform. This is the first time we have  
 even seen the birds at the platform this spring. No new building  
 sticks were observed when I was there Mon.. This nest site is out  
 across the field in back of our house  easy to keep track of.

 The tree swallows are scrapping with each other around a birdbox  a  
 bluebird was hanging onto the front of another birdbox while a house  
 sparrow was trying to chase it away. I must remember to stop at the  
 south edge of Cayuga  buy several more birdboxes displayed on a  
 stand which are made by the Cayuga bluebird enthusiast, Doug Carter,  
 who also makes up kits for kids to assemble at the Audubon Center   
 other places. I wonder how many boxes he has made. LOTS!!

 If you hungry birders like fish I saw a sign saying that Doug's Fish  
 Fry will have their rolling equipment at Half Acre from 11 to 7  
 tomorrow, a one day affair. That's at the corner of Rte. 326  W.  
 Genesee St. between Cayuga  Auburn, north of Union Springs about 6  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] phoebe

2010-04-01 Thread joe Diana

 Hi,
 I had a Phoebe for the last two days in my area in Skaneateles. I  
never really have them stick around, but it was singing above the  
creek today.

 Diana Whiting
On Apr 1, 2010, at 6:16 PM, jpack...@clarityconnect.com wrote:


Heard my first PHOEBE this morning, as I went out to get the paper.


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Re: Goldfinch [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin in Caroline(was)

2010-02-27 Thread joe Diana
Hi Meena and all,

While others have different birds, I have had the largest flock [for  
me] of about 15 Goldfinches visiting the feeder for quite a while. the  
only other visitors have been 2 Downys, 1 Nuthatch, Cardinals, House  
Sparrows, An occasional House Finch or 2, Mourning Doves, Juncos, and  
House Sparrows. I see the Titmouse if i spend enough time watching. We  
seem to have a resident Coopers or Sharp Shin that empties the feeders  
for long periods. i don't have good visibility in my home, but I hear  
the Crows and have seen them mobbing it at a distance. Interestingly  
enough, I hardly ever get Blue Jays at the feeder though I may hear  
them.  The creek across the street as had many Mallards that have been  
there through out the winter.

  Diana Whiting
On Feb 27, 2010, at 8:10 PM, Meena Haribal wrote:

 Ken and all,
 Sometimes ago I did post about lack of goldfinches in my areas.  
 Several people wrote  they do have goldfinches at their feeders, but  
 several others wrote that they do not have any goldfinches. Now Ken  
 in spite of having a feeder reports lack of goldfinches. So it does  
 seem something interesting going on with goldfinches this year.

 I spent nearly four hours trying to get snow off the drive, Still I  
 have removed just enough  snow for my car to pass through the snow  
 tunnel. The snow bank and removal of snow reminded me of those large  
 icebergs and glaciers in Antarctica, and here they were only  
 miniatures.

 While shoveling the first bird I heard as I came out of the garage  
 was a Pileated Woodpecker announcing his presence in my yard. He  
 went on for sometime.

 Then came a flock of crows, crowing loudly they circled around in  
 random and went away towards Hawthorn orchards.

 Tufted titmouses spent lot of time in the yard. One of them landed  
 few feet away from me and gave his piece of mind by spishing me for  
 some time.

 Then came a group of some tumbling birds that hid into snow laden  
 yews. So I watched for birds to come out. First to appear on the top  
 of the yew was a female cardinal. Then second female cardinal who  
 dashed away to the other side of the road and the male cardinal  
 landed on the poplar behind me. Then I realised that there was a  
 territorial tiff between the females and male was ready to take  
 chances. But in this fight somehow two Tufted Titmouse got involved  
 and they were not happy with the cardinals.

 A tufted titmouse was feeding along the tree bark and was  
 investigating a hole, probably for a cached seed or something, but a  
 Red-bellied landed on the same tree on the other side of the hole  
 and there was some angry interaction between them and Tufted  
 Titmouse had to leave the tree.

 Tufted Titmouse were singing different kinds of songs or rather had  
 calls (cher cher) and I think that was probably some sort of  
 communication between a pair and they hung around for quite sometime.

 A pair of Blue Jays also visited my yard at some point and were  
 giving typical blue Jay calls.

 Again much later the crows came back again and circled around for a  
 while cawing and went away.  Then I saw individual crows poking  
 around in the Norway spruces. I guess these are my resident crows.

 At some point a flock of House finches flew overhead.

 These were my bird observations for today while shoveling.

 Meena

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 [bounce-5364035-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 ] On Behalf Of Kenneth Victor Rosenberg [k...@cornell.edu]
 Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2010 6:42 PM
 To: Anne Marie Johnson; cb
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin in Caroline

 Hmm. I have had only one very sporadic goldfinch visitor all winter  
 at my feeders here in Northeast Ithaca. Today, during the continuous  
 snowfall, there WAS a mixed flock of 40 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 30 ROBINS,  
 10 STARLINGS, and 6 HOUSE FINCHES moving around the trees in my  
 neighborhood. The robins were singing a bit, adding to the songs of  
 cardinals, titmice, and the first singing junco.

 KEN


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  wrote:

 A Pine Siskin joined the 30+ goldfinches on my feeders today.

 Anne Marie Johnson
 Caroline



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Flycatcher and environs

2009-10-28 Thread joe Diana
I  have just one photo of the flycatcher with an insect. I'm curious  
what it is myself. Here is a link to it. http://www.pbase.com/dianawhitingphoto/image/118800510 
  There are a couple others in the same gallery. I found it a pretty  
hard subject to get tack sharp unless it was sitting as it did briefly.

Diana Whiting
On Oct 28, 2009, at 10:07 AM, John and Sue Gregoire wrote:

Thanks to George for pointing out that spoor is Dutch for spur.  
If you look at

that road it is an extension of one of the two old RR beds.

Meena, et al who were fortunate to see this birds. Did any of you  
note what it was
feeding on? We assume it tanked-up on Monday before departing. If  
Sunday was
anything like Monday the area was replete with Sympetrum vicinum  
(Autumn Meadowhawk)
dragonflys, many of them in tandem (mating)posture and easy targets.  
Was the

flycatcher feeding on these? Thanks.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

2009-10-26 Thread joe Diana
 I spent 2 1/2 hours today looking for the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  
from about 8- 10:30. It was not seen by any of the people who had come  
to look, It was pretty laden with frost at arrival.  Diana Whiting

On Oct 25, 2009, at 8:01 PM, Matthew Medler wrote:

Just a quick note for those who might be interested in looking for  
the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Savannah on Monday.  The bird was  
still present when I left the area at 5:40 pm on Sunday evening (25  
Oct 2009).  David Wheeler was still watching it, hoping that Jim  
Pawlicki would arrive in time to catch a glimpse of it (which I  
think he did).


During the time that I was there this afternoon, the bird ranged a  
considerable distance along the eastern end of Van Dyne Spoor Road.  
When I arrived, it was probably 3/5 to 3/4 of a mile west of the  
road's dead end, but at one point it flew east of the dead end and  
over the small canal into Cayuga County.  At all times that I saw  
it, the bird was either perched on the power lines, or on vegetation  
on the south side of Van Dyne Spoor Road.


Good luck,
Matt Medler
Ithaca

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Danby white hawk has died

2009-10-17 Thread joe Diana


On Oct 17, 2009, at 3:02 PM, Joe Whiting wrote:



On Oct 16, 2009, at 10:57 PM, joe  Diana wrote:

Try this again.. Pbase has been having some problems. I  
apologize  for the repetition. Diana  http://www.pbase.com/dianawhitingphoto/image/108208679 
  http://www.pbase.com/dianawhitingphoto/image/118360148I guess  
I shouldn't do things when I'm tired! The 2nd url is the one where  
I don't see a leg band. I'm not sure if they ride up or would be  
visible. Diana Whiting

On Oct 16, 2009, at 9:47 PM, David Ruppert wrote:


Hi Diana,

Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.  When trying to find  
this phone, I got this message from pBase:


Bad Image Reference
The Image ID specified in the URL does not exist. It was probably  
deleted, but verify the URL.


David



joe  Diana wrote:
I just looked at my few pictures of this bird and I don't know if  
the leg bands are higher, but on this particular shot, I don't  
see a band. The pictures were from Feb. 2008.  http://www.pbase.com/dianawhitingphoto/image/10820867918360148 
  I wonder if the one found,  could be an offspring. I suppose if  
it's banded,  we'll out.  diana

On Oct 16, 2009, at 6:09 PM, joe  Diana wrote:


On Oct 16, 2009, at 6:05 PM, joe  Diana wrote:

How sad. I was just driving through that area and took a spin  
down Comfort Road to see if I could see her. I had seen her a  
couple years ago flying out of a ditch carrying a good sized  
unidentified  mammal. She flew to this hay bale and proceeded  
to tear away at it.  A neighbor at  the time said there had  
been a white Red-tail there for about 25 years. I remember at  
the time, I was trying to learn the sex of birds of prey by  
their shape and though I've already forgotten the differences,  
the bird I saw looked to be a female. The neighbor thought that  
she had a normal looking mate and nested way out in the sloping  
fields. She was very white except for a blush of red on her  
tail and a reddish feather or two under a wing.  I thought she  
must be a terrific hunter and by her brown eyes was a mature  
bird.  I really hope that she did have some offspring that  
stay. Hope to learn the details on this magnificent bird. I  
have one picture posted to my raptor gallery and some others  
not on there if it helps to know if it is the same bird.  http://www.pbase.com/dianawhitingphoto/image/108208679 
 Diana Whiting

On Oct 16, 2009, at 10:15 AM, Frank Darrow wrote:

The white Red-tailed Hawk that has been seen in the Comfort  
Road -- Miller Road area in Danby was found dead in a nearby  
resident's wood pile yesterday. For several days the bird had  
been reportedly acting strangely, allowing itself to be  
approached more closely than normal and often being on or near  
ground level. The bird has a band and is being taken to the  
Cornell Lab of O -- if anyone there can share information on  
its history those who have regularly observed the bird would  
be appreciative. We have seen it for several years and other  
nearby residents have said that they have seen a white hawk in  
that area for over 20 years. The development known as White  
Hawk Village with entrance on the Danby Road between Miller  
Road and Gunderman Road was named for the hawk.
Some area residents believe that there may be more than one  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Danby white hawk has died

2009-10-16 Thread joe Diana

On Oct 16, 2009, at 6:05 PM, joe  Diana wrote:

 How sad. I was just driving through that area and took a spin down  
 Comfort Road to see if I could see her. I had seen her a couple  
 years ago flying out of a ditch carrying a good sized unidentified   
 mammal. She flew to this hay bale and proceeded to tear away at it.   
 A neighbor at  the time said there had been a white Red-tail there  
 for about 25 years. I remember at the time, I was trying to learn  
 the sex of birds of prey by their shape and though I've already  
 forgotten the differences, the bird I saw looked to be a female. The  
 neighbor thought that she had a normal looking mate and nested way  
 out in the sloping fields. She was very white except for a blush of  
 red on her tail and a reddish feather or two under a wing.
  I thought she must be a terrific hunter and by her brown eyes was a  
 mature bird.  I really hope that she did have some offspring that  
 stay. Hope to learn the details on this magnificent bird. I have one  
 picture posted to my raptor gallery and some others not on there if  
 it helps to know if it is the same bird.  
 http://www.pbase.com/dianawhitingphoto/image/108208679 
  Diana Whiting
 On Oct 16, 2009, at 10:15 AM, Frank Darrow wrote:

 The white Red-tailed Hawk that has been seen in the Comfort Road --  
 Miller Road area in Danby was found dead in a nearby resident's  
 wood pile yesterday. For several days the bird had been reportedly  
 acting strangely, allowing itself to be approached more closely  
 than normal and often being on or near ground level. The bird has a  
 band and is being taken to the Cornell Lab of O -- if anyone there  
 can share information on its history those who have regularly  
 observed the bird would be appreciative. We have seen it for  
 several years and other nearby residents have said that they have  
 seen a white hawk in that area for over 20 years. The development  
 known as White Hawk Village with entrance on the Danby Road  
 between Miller Road and Gunderman Road was named for the hawk.

 Some area residents believe that there may be more than one white  
 hawk in the area so any further sightings will be of great interest.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Danby white hawk has died

2009-10-16 Thread joe Diana
  I just looked at my few pictures of this bird and I don't know if  
the leg bands are higher, but on this particular shot, I don't see a  
band. The pictures were from Feb. 2008.  
http://www.pbase.com/dianawhitingphoto/image/10820867918360148 
   I wonder if the one found,  could be an offspring. I suppose if  
it's banded,  we'll out.  diana
On Oct 16, 2009, at 6:09 PM, joe  Diana wrote:


 On Oct 16, 2009, at 6:05 PM, joe  Diana wrote:

 How sad. I was just driving through that area and took a spin down  
 Comfort Road to see if I could see her. I had seen her a couple  
 years ago flying out of a ditch carrying a good sized unidentified   
 mammal. She flew to this hay bale and proceeded to tear away at  
 it.  A neighbor at  the time said there had been a white Red-tail  
 there for about 25 years. I remember at the time, I was trying to  
 learn the sex of birds of prey by their shape and though I've  
 already forgotten the differences, the bird I saw looked to be a  
 female. The neighbor thought that she had a normal looking mate and  
 nested way out in the sloping fields. She was very white except for  
 a blush of red on her tail and a reddish feather or two under a wing.
  I thought she must be a terrific hunter and by her brown eyes was  
 a mature bird.  I really hope that she did have some offspring that  
 stay. Hope to learn the details on this magnificent bird. I have  
 one picture posted to my raptor gallery and some others not on  
 there if it helps to know if it is the same bird.  
 http://www.pbase.com/dianawhitingphoto/image/108208679 
  Diana Whiting
 On Oct 16, 2009, at 10:15 AM, Frank Darrow wrote:

 The white Red-tailed Hawk that has been seen in the Comfort Road  
 -- Miller Road area in Danby was found dead in a nearby resident's  
 wood pile yesterday. For several days the bird had been reportedly  
 acting strangely, allowing itself to be approached more closely  
 than normal and often being on or near ground level. The bird has  
 a band and is being taken to the Cornell Lab of O -- if anyone  
 there can share information on its history those who have  
 regularly observed the bird would be appreciative. We have seen it  
 for several years and other nearby residents have said that they  
 have seen a white hawk in that area for over 20 years. The  
 development known as White Hawk Village with entrance on the  
 Danby Road between Miller Road and Gunderman Road was named for  
 the hawk.

 Some area residents believe that there may be more than one white  
 hawk in the area so any further sightings will be of great interest.

 Frank and Cathy Darrow





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