[cayugabirds-l] Please support Cayuga Bird Club's teams for the Montezuma Muckrace!

2021-09-09 Thread Diane Morton
Hello all,

This weekend is the Montezuma Muckrace, a 24-hour bird-a-thon to find as
many species as possible within the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Funds
raised from the Muckrace will go to support restoration of Montezuma's
wetlands and wildlife habitat, as well as public access and education.

Cayuga Bird Club is sponsoring two recreational teams in this year's
Muckrace: the "Arrogant Bustards", with team members Susan Danskin, Deirdre
Anderson, Gary Kohlenberg, Ken Kemphues, Brian Marino, Ann Mitchell, Diane
Morton, Dave Nutter and Bob McGuire, and the "Montezuma Mud Hens" with
members Alyssa Johnson, Chelsea Gendreau, Cara Boggs, and Lauren
Richardson.

Donations on behalf of either the Arrogant Bustards or Montezuma Mud Hens
can be made through the Friends of Montezuma website (
https://friendsofmontezuma.org/projects-programs/muckrace/) or via mail to
Friends of Montezuma, c/o Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, 3395 US Route
20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.

We welcome your support! Even a small donation to the Friends of Montezuma
would be very appreciated.

Thank you!

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Lincoln's Sparrow at Hawthorn Orchard, Wilson's Warbler at Flat Rock

2021-05-02 Thread Diane Morton
Ken and I walked around the Hawthorn Orchard today and saw yellow warblers
and a singing Blue-winged warbler. The big surprise was seeing a handsome
Lincoln's Sparrow in the hedgerow edge on the east end (viewed from the
east side). The bird was silent, but in the excellent morning light it was
easy to see the very fine streaks over the buffy wash on the upper breast,
the small bill, buffy whisker on face and overall neater look than song
sparrow.

After the Hawthorn Orchard we went to Flat Rock. In the cedar trees pposite
the parking area on Forest Home Drive we heard a bird singing that turned
out to be a nice male Wilson's Warbler!

Good birding!
Diane

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow Warblers and more at Salt Point

2021-04-29 Thread Diane Morton
I took a rainy walk this morning at Salt Point and was surprised to find
6-8 Yellow Warblers singing and chasing each other around - FOY for me.
Also about a dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers, a singing Palm Warbler, a couple
of Warbling Vireos, and a House Wren.

Diane

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[cayugabirds-l] Recording of Anusha Shankar's presentation: Hot and cold energy ninjas: how hummingbirds survive the night

2021-04-14 Thread Diane Morton
Hi everyone,
If you missed Monday evening's webinar presentation by Dr. Anusha Shankar,
you can watch a recording of it by using the Zoom link below.
Topic: "Hot and cold energy ninjas: how hummingbirds survive the night".

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/fJZsnnv-LfyLWun59psdDoaJR9M5WFOILtKU9LqAWS6EnDMT9SIGhUD0owQsM67rg5dJyl8AY7z4Fb0v.IyhDU_6HmKZOEsKR


Diane Morton
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Help with ID

2021-03-29 Thread Diane Morton
Pine Warbler!

Diane Morton

On Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 10:27 AM Barbara Chase  wrote:

> Who was at my feeder in Enfield for about 2 minutes this morning.. It had
> a very thin narrow bill.
>
> Thanks,  Barbara
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[cayugabirds-l] Eurasian Wigeon at Stewart Park

2021-03-13 Thread Diane Morton
The male Eurasian Wigeon found by Dave Nutter at Stewart Park yesterday is
still there this morning. Foraging with American Wigeon and Green-winged
Teal on a mud bar out from the tennis courts.
It is windy viewing but good light.

Diane Morton

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Steve

2021-03-09 Thread Diane Morton
Yes, it was inspiring to hear how Steve's work on the Maine coast has been
applied to so many other conservation projects worldwide!

To follow up on Jerry's book recommendation-- When the books are purchased
through Project Puffin’s Online store, the proceeds go to seabird
conservation in Maine.
*Project Puffin: the Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird back to
Egg Rock:*
https://projectpuffin.3dcartstores.com/Project-Puffin-The-Improbable-Quest-to-Bring-a-Beloved-Seabird-Back-to-Egg-Rock_p_869.html

(and for 12+ readers):   *The Puffin Plan: Restoring Seabirds to Egg Rock
and Beyondhttps://projectpuffin.3dcartstores.com/Puffin-Plan_p_650.html
<https://projectpuffin.3dcartstores.com/Puffin-Plan_p_650.html>*

Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club

On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 12:04 PM darlingtonbets 
wrote:

>
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>
>  Original message 
> From: Jerry Skinner 
> Date: 3/9/21 11:31 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: darlingtonb...@gmail.com
> Subject: Steve
>
> Hi Betsy,
> Might you post this to the list?  I don’t have access.
> Jerry
>
>
> Let me add another aspect of Steve’s legacy.  I am one of the hundreds of
> ‘Puffineers’ who served as researchers, interns, and volunteers on Project
> Puffin.  So many conservation careers have been launched and furthered over
> the past 45 years!
> Thank you, Steve, for lifetime memories and experiences!
> Check out the book Project Puffin by Steve and Derrick Jackson to learn
> details of the project’s rocky beginning.
>
>
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Saving Seabirds with Social Attraction - Monday, March 6, 7:30pm

2021-03-06 Thread Diane Morton
Sorry! The date for the webinar is Monday MARCH 8!

Diane

On Sat, Mar 6, 2021 at 11:35 AM Diane Morton  wrote:

> Reminder: This Monday, March 6, Steve Kress will be presenting "Saving
> Seabirds with Social Attraction" for Cayuga Bird Club's March webinar, at
> 7:30 pm.
> Steve Kress’s pioneering research, using decoys, audio recordings and
> mirrors has become known as social attraction. This method, often combined
> with translocation of seabird chicks, is now helping at least 95 seabird
> species in 25 countries. Steve will explain how these techniques brought
> puffins and terns back to nesting islands on the Maine coast and how others
> are using these methods to save endangered seabirds worldwide.
>
> The webinar is free and open to the public. Register ahead at:
> https://tinyurl.com/cbc202103mtg
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> For more information, see Cayuga Bird Club's webinars page:
> http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/webinars.
>
> Dr. Kress's presentation will be followed by Cayuga Bird Club's regular
> monthly meeting.
>
> Diane Morton
> Cayuga Bird Club
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Saving Seabirds with Social Attraction - Monday, March 6, 7:30pm

2021-03-06 Thread Diane Morton
Reminder: This Monday, March 6, Steve Kress will be presenting "Saving
Seabirds with Social Attraction" for Cayuga Bird Club's March webinar, at
7:30 pm.
Steve Kress’s pioneering research, using decoys, audio recordings and
mirrors has become known as social attraction. This method, often combined
with translocation of seabird chicks, is now helping at least 95 seabird
species in 25 countries. Steve will explain how these techniques brought
puffins and terns back to nesting islands on the Maine coast and how others
are using these methods to save endangered seabirds worldwide.

The webinar is free and open to the public. Register ahead at:
https://tinyurl.com/cbc202103mtg
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Zoom Social Hour Monday 7:30pm

2021-02-28 Thread Diane Morton
The Cayuga Bird Club will be having its monthly Zoom Social Hour
tomorrow (March1)
at 7:30pm. This is an informal get-together to see each other and share our
sightings or just chat. All are welcome. Register ahead of time at
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club scholarships for youth and educators to learn about birds

2021-02-13 Thread Diane Morton
Please share this scholarship announcement with anyone you think may be
interested in applying for a scholarship for our upcoming course, Spring
Ornithology with Steve Kress. We hope to make the course available to
educators and young people who may be interested in birds but unable to
afford the course fee. Instead of the full $125 course fee for the
eight-week course, scholarship recipients will be asked to pay $15, which
includes Cayuga Bird Club membership.


*Applications for youth and young adults are welcome from people ages
14-25.*

*Applications for educators are welcome from teachers, naturalists, and
other youth mentors.*

*Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress* will be held by Zoom webinars on
Tuesday evenings, March 30 - May 18, 2021, 7 - 9 pm.

Course information and scholarship application forms are available for
download at www.cayugabirdclub.org/spring-ornithology.

Lectures by Dr. Stephen Kress, well-known for teaching a Spring Field
Ornithology course at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for more than 40
years, will include discussion of bird migration, courtship, family life,
and conservation. Each weekly presentation features a group of birds that
are at the peak of their spring migration, with beautiful photos and sound
recordings. Lectures will also be recorded and shared with participants for
later viewing if they are unable to attend a session, or if they’d just
like to watch again to review. Dr. Kress is renowned for his entertaining
and engaging teaching style, and loves sharing his extensive knowledge of
bird life.


You may also request scholarship application materials by emailing
dianegmor...@gmail.com. The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club scholarships for youth and educators to learn about birds

2021-02-03 Thread Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club is pleased to announce that we are making several
scholarships available for young people and educators for our online
course, *Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress*. This eight-week course will
be held by Zoom webinars on Tuesday evenings, March 30 - May 18, 2021, 7 -
9 pm.


We hope to make this course available to a broader audience of people who
may be interested in birds but unable to afford the course fee. Instead of
the full $125 course fee, scholarship recipients will be asked to pay
$15, which will include Cayuga Bird Club membership.


*Applications for youth and young adult scholarships are welcome from
people ages 14-25.*

*Applications for educator scholarships are welcome from teachers,
naturalists, and other youth mentors.*

Lectures by Dr. Stephen Kress, well-known for teaching a Spring Field
Ornithology course at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for more than 40
years, will include discussion of habitat, migration, courtship, family
life, and conservation. Each weekly presentation features a group of birds
that are at the peak of their spring migration, with beautiful photos and
sound recordings. Lectures will also be recorded and shared with
participants for later viewing if they are unable to attend a session, or
if they’d just like to watch again to review. Dr. Kress is renowned for his
entertaining and engaging teaching style, and loves sharing his extensive
knowledge of bird life.

Course information and scholarship application forms are available for
download at www.cayugabirdclub.org/spring-ornithology. You may also request
application materials by emailing dianegmor...@gmail.com. The application
deadline is March 1, 2021.


Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club

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[cayugabirds-l] Reminder: CBC webinar with Melissa Groo December 14

2020-12-11 Thread Diane Morton
Award-winning wildlife photographer Melissa Groo will present "Color and
Grace: Birds of East Africa" at Cayuga Bird Club's online meeting/webinar
on Monday, December 14 at 7:30 pm.

Register to attend the webinar here: https://tinyurl.com/cbc202012mtg
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. Cayuga Bird Club webinars are open to the public.

Melissa will share stories and photos about some of her favorite birds in
East Africa, drawing from her visits while leading photo tours in Tanzania,
as well as from her time in Uganda on assignment for a magazine.

About the Speaker: Melissa Groo is a wildlife photographer, writer, and
conservationist with a passion for educating people about the marvels of
the natural world. She believes that photography can be both fine art and a
powerful vehicle for storytelling, and considers herself a “wildlife
biographer” as much as a wildlife photographer. It is her mission to raise
awareness and change minds about not only the extrinsic beauty of animals,
but also their intrinsic worth.

Melissa is a contributing editor to Audubon magazine, and advises the
National Audubon Society on photography content. She’s helped them develop
an online resource on bird photography tips and techniques, and also
advises them on ethics in photography, beginning with the co-authoring of
Audubon’s landmark "Guide to Ethical Bird Photography." Melissa is an
Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation
Photographers. She is also teaching a new online course on bird photography
at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

The December 14th webinar will begin with the speaker's presentation,
followed by Cayuga Bird Club's regular meeting.

Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CBC: Spring Ornith. with Steve Kress--birder gift, long distance, please share...

2020-12-09 Thread Diane Morton
Yes, Laura has posted this course announcement to the Cayuga Bird Club
Facebook page. Please do share it!

Diane

On Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 2:50 PM Marty Schlabach  wrote:

> Some of us are on facebook.  If this info is put on the Bird Club facebook
> page, we could then share it with our friends near and far.   --Marty
>
>
>
> *From:* bounce-125206742-3494...@list.cornell.edu <
> bounce-125206742-3494...@list.cornell.edu> *On Behalf Of *Diane Morton
> *Sent:* Wednesday, December 9, 2020 1:34 PM
> *To:* Peter Saracino 
> *Cc:* Sandy Podulka ; CAYUGABIRDS-L <
> cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] CBC: Spring Ornith. with Steve
> Kress--birder gift, long distance, please share...
>
>
>
> Hi Pete,
>
>
>
> The CBC course, Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress, is a lecture course,
> but membership to Cayuga Bird Club is included with course registration. At
> this point, the CBC is still uncertain when its field trips will resume,
> but when that happens, Spring Ornithology course participants would be able
> to participate in them.
>
>
>
> Diane Morton
>
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 12:52 PM Peter Saracino 
> wrote:
>
> Thanks Sandy. Are any field trips (day and/or weekend) part of the course
> this time around?
>
> Thank you.
>
> Pete
>
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 9, 2020, 10:11 AM Sandy Podulka  wrote:
>
> Hi Folks,
>
> The Cayuga Bird Club is running "Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress" via
> Zoom again this spring (sigh). BUT, because we know this ahead of time, we
> can use it as an opportunity to give as a gift to friends/relatives beyond
> driving distance (or, anywhere!!).  Here's our announcement--please share
> widely and think about people who could take it this year who normally
> can't--in nursing homes, with commitments in the evening, and so on. Check
> out our web page for details!
>
> Thanks!!
> Sandy Podulka
>
> p.s. 12 Wild Turkeys at our feeders this morning.
> \\
>
>
>
> *Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress: *If you’re looking for a holiday
> gift for your favorite birder (or yourself), this might be it!  This
> Spring, the  Cayuga Bird Club will once again host our popular 8-week
> course, *Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress*, online.
>
> Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, March 30 to May 18, 2021, from 7
> to 9 pm. Lectures also will be recorded and posted for later viewing, so
> you can watch or review them at your convenience.
>
> Please share this announcement with friends or relatives anywhere who
> might be interested, including those well beyond driving distance from
> Ithaca who could actually participate this year because it will be over
> Zoom! Although the focus is on local birds, topics will interest bird
> enthusiasts throughout the country. Discussions and Q & A will include the
> locations where students live.
>
> Dr. Stephen Kress’s dynamic presentations, with stunning photos and audio
> recordings, will focus each week on a group of migratory birds that are at
> the peak of spring migration, with discussions about bird song, migration,
> courtship, family life, conservation, attracting birds, and creating a
> bird-friendly habitat.
>
> Dr. Kress is the founder of Audubon’s Project Puffin and served for many
> years as Director of the Audubon Seabird Restoration Program and Hog Island
> Audubon Camp in Maine. He is the author of more than ten books about
> birding, gardening for birds, and seabirds. His lectures about birds have
> been enjoyed by many people in the Ithaca area and beyond.
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CBC: Spring Ornith. with Steve Kress--birder gift, long distance, please share...

2020-12-09 Thread Diane Morton
Hi Pete,

The CBC course, Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress, is a lecture course,
but membership to Cayuga Bird Club is included with course registration. At
this point, the CBC is still uncertain when its field trips will resume,
but when that happens, Spring Ornithology course participants would be able
to participate in them.

Diane Morton

On Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 12:52 PM Peter Saracino 
wrote:

> Thanks Sandy. Are any field trips (day and/or weekend) part of the course
> this time around?
> Thank you.
> Pete
>
> On Wed, Dec 9, 2020, 10:11 AM Sandy Podulka  wrote:
>
>> Hi Folks,
>>
>> The Cayuga Bird Club is running "Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress" via
>> Zoom again this spring (sigh). BUT, because we know this ahead of time, we
>> can use it as an opportunity to give as a gift to friends/relatives beyond
>> driving distance (or, anywhere!!).  Here's our announcement--please share
>> widely and think about people who could take it this year who normally
>> can't--in nursing homes, with commitments in the evening, and so on. Check
>> out our web page for details!
>>
>> Thanks!!
>> Sandy Podulka
>>
>> p.s. 12 Wild Turkeys at our feeders this morning.
>> \\
>>
>>
>>
>> *Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress: *If you’re looking for a holiday
>> gift for your favorite birder (or yourself), this might be it!  This
>> Spring, the  Cayuga Bird Club will once again host our popular 8-week
>> course, *Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress*, online.
>>
>> Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, March 30 to May 18, 2021, from
>> 7 to 9 pm. Lectures also will be recorded and posted for later viewing, so
>> you can watch or review them at your convenience.
>>
>> Please share this announcement with friends or relatives anywhere who
>> might be interested, including those well beyond driving distance from
>> Ithaca who could actually participate this year because it will be over
>> Zoom! Although the focus is on local birds, topics will interest bird
>> enthusiasts throughout the country. Discussions and Q & A will include the
>> locations where students live.
>>
>> Dr. Stephen Kress’s dynamic presentations, with stunning photos and audio
>> recordings, will focus each week on a group of migratory birds that are at
>> the peak of spring migration, with discussions about bird song, migration,
>> courtship, family life, conservation, attracting birds, and creating a
>> bird-friendly habitat.
>>
>> Dr. Kress is the founder of Audubon’s Project Puffin and served for many
>> years as Director of the Audubon Seabird Restoration Program and Hog Island
>> Audubon Camp in Maine. He is the author of more than ten books about
>> birding, gardening for birds, and seabirds. His lectures about birds have
>> been enjoyed by many people in the Ithaca area and beyond.
>>
>> The course fee is $125. For more information, registration, and gift
>> certificates, see: www.cayugabirdclub.org/spring-ornithology
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[cayugabirds-l] CBC Webinar December 14: Melissa Groo, "Color and Grace: Birds of East Africa"

2020-12-05 Thread Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club's December webinar will feature award-winning wildlife
photographer Melissa Groo, presenting "Color and Grace: Birds of East
Africa". The presentation will begin at 7:30 pm on December 14.

Register to attend this Zoom webinar here:  https://tinyurl.com/cbc202012mtg
<https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Ftinyurl.com%2Fcbc202012mtg=D=1607623918362000=AOvVaw1pctHoLqAxltC4YlKNdbQg>.


Melissa will share stories and photos about some of her favorite birds in
East Africa, drawing from her visits while leading photo tours in Tanzania,
as well as from her time in Uganda on assignment for a magazine.

About the Speaker: Melissa Groo is a wildlife photographer, writer, and
conservationist with a passion for educating people about the marvels of
the natural world. She believes that photography can be both fine art and a
powerful vehicle for storytelling, and considers herself a “wildlife
biographer” as much as a wildlife photographer. It is her mission to raise
awareness and change minds about not only the extrinsic beauty of animals,
but also their intrinsic worth.

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[cayugabirds-l] CBC Motus Station - Fall detections

2020-11-19 Thread Diane Morton
I wanted to let area birders know about Cayuga Bird Club's Motus station at
Myers Park, and the migratory birds we've detected there this season.

Motus tracking, which uses tiny radio transmitters attached to birds or
other wildlife to follow their movements, depends on having an array of
receiving stations to detect the tagged individual as it passes by. That
information is then relayed to the Motus network, where it can be accessed
by migration researchers throughout the international Motus network.

Last Fall, Cayuga Bird Club voted to install a Motus station in southern
Central New York, filling a gap in the array of Motus receivers. Bryant
Dossman, a Cornell graduate student who studies migration, helped us build
the tower and get the receiver up and running. The town of Lansing was very
supportive in allowing us to locate the receiving tower at Myers Park.

After putting up the tower in late October, 2019, we had our first
detection -- of an American Woodcock -- on November 7. The bird had been
detected just three hours earlier on the same evening at Amherst and Wolfe
Islands in Ontario, about 150 miles north of us!  33 hours later, the bird
was in North Carolina. You can see the map of this woodcock's migratory
movements here: https://motus.org/data/track?tagDeploymentId=24936.

This Fall, our Myers Point receiving station has detected six migratory
birds: a nightjar (probably Common Nighthawk), Blackpoll Warbler,
White-throated Sparrow, two Rusty Blackbirds, and an American Pipit.
The blackbirds were tagged at L’Observatoire d’Oiseaux de Tadoussac, QC;
one was detected on 10-25 and the second on 10-31 at Myers Point. These
maps of these two blackbirds show remarkably similar trajectories. The two
blackbirds were most recently detected by receivers in Northern Maryland
that are 27 miles apart from one another. (Maryland detections on November
12 and November 6).  https://motus.org/data/track?tagDeploymentId=30032  and
 https://motus.org/data/track?tagDeploymentId=22981.

We've added a Motus page to our CBC website about birds detected at Myers
Point: http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/motus. Please, check it out! It can be
quite interesting to see the migratory maps for different species. We also
provide instructions there for exploring our detections on the
motus.org website.


Pretty fun!

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods: Greater Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper continuing

2020-11-06 Thread Diane Morton
Two Greater Yellowlegs and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper are still present this
morning at Sapsucker Woods pond. Viewed from the Sherwood Observation
platform. Lots of other bird activity, including brown creeper and
golden-crowned kinglets, on this sunny morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Meeting November 9: Cooperation in Bornean Songbirds

2020-11-03 Thread Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club will have Dr. Sara Kaiser, Research Ecologist with the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, present "Cooperation in Bornean Songbirds: The
Unique Social Lives of year-round foraging groups" for our November Cayuga
Bird Club webinar on Monday, November 9, 7:30 pm.
For a Zoom registration link (free) and more information go to:
www.cayugabirdclub.org/webinars.

The island of Borneo is a biodiversity hotspot in Southeast Asia where,
even today, countless new species remain to be discovered. The island is
home to as many as 633 bird species, including 50 endemics, most of which
are montane residents. Little is known about the life history of most of
these species. Sara Kaiser will describe what has been learned from
her long-term
study of the life histories of the montane bird community in Kinabalu Park,
located in the northern state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo.

In the Old World tropics, birds often form cooperative associations in
conspecific foraging groups that are maintained year-round, including the
breeding season. Dr. Kaiser will share discoveries about the remarkable
social systems of this unusual type of group living in grey-throated
babblers and the endemic chestnut-crested yuhina. The Old World tropics
remain disproportionately less studied than other regions, even relative to
tropical regions in the Western Hemisphere.
Join us to become inspired to visit this birding hotspot in the tropical,
montane rainforests of Borneo.

About the Speaker: Sara Kaiser is a Research Ecologist at the Cornell Lab
of Ornithology, with interests in exploring the diversity of avian mating
systems in underrepresented regions. Her training includes a Ph.D. from
Cornell University in behavioral ecology, an interdisciplinary M.S. from
Michigan State University in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior,
and a B.S. from Iowa State University in zoology. She conducted
postdoctoral research at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Smithsonian
Migratory Bird Center, and Smithsonian Center for Conservation Genomics.

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[cayugabirds-l] Reminder: CBC Webinar tomorrow at 7:30 pm - Marie Read, Journey to Antarctica

2020-09-13 Thread Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club will host award-winning nature photographer Marie Read in
a live webinar TOMORROW, September 14th, at 7:30 pm!If you'd like to attend
this stunning presentation, you will need to register in advance at
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/webinars to receive the Zoom link.Marie will
tell us about her trip exploring Antarctica aboard the cruise ship National
Geographic Explorer. We’ll meet swarms of pelagic seabirds, get up close
and personal with the region’s adorable penguins, enjoy encounters with
whales and seals and be awed by the stark and dramatic beauty of the White
Continent.

Marie Read has won numerous awards for her exquisite bird photographs and
is the author of numerous magazine articles and several books about birds
and their behavior. Her most recent book is Mastering Bird PhotographyThis
webinar is free and open to the public. The evening will begin with Marie's
presentation, followed by a Q session. We will then continue with our
September Cayuga Bird Club meeting.

Diane Morton

President
Cayuga Bird Club
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[cayugabirds-l] CBC Webinar Sep 14 - Marie Read, Journey to Antarctica, the White Continent

2020-09-05 Thread Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club is pleased to announce that award-winning nature
photographer Marie Read will present "Journey to Antarctica, the White
Continent" via live webinar on September 14th at 7:30 pm.

Join Marie Read and her husband Peter Wrege for the journey of a lifetime
exploring Antarctica aboard the cruise ship National Geographic Explorer.
We’ll meet swarms of pelagic seabirds, get up close and personal with the
region’s adorable penguins, enjoy encounters with whales and seals and be
awed by the stark and dramatic beauty of the White Continent.

About the Speaker: Marie Read has won numerous awards for her exquisite
bird photographs and is the author of numerous magazine articles and
several books about birds and their behavior. Her most recent book is
*Mastering
Bird Photography*.
For a Zoom registration link (free) and more information, go to
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/webinars.
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Warblers!

2020-05-15 Thread Diane Morton
Hi everyone,

I have received several requests for more information about where the
parking area is that is close to the Black Diamond trail above the Cayuga
Nature Center. It is on Houghton Road, off Garret Road west of route 89. If
you type 2055 Houghton Rd into a mapping app, it should take you to that
u-shaped parking area that also has access to Cayuga Nature Center trails.

Diane

On Thu, May 14, 2020 at 1:30 PM Diane Morton  wrote:

> Inspired by Dave Nutter's post about warblers along the Black Diamond
> Trail, Ken and I decided to walk a section of the Black Diamond trail that
> is accessible from a parking area above the Cayuga Nature Center. Right
> away we started seeing/hearing yellow warblers, catbirds, yellowthroats and
> song and field sparrows. But also a gorgeous Cape May warbler in a tree
> right at the parking area.
> On the Black Diamond trail we ran into our first large mixed warbler flock
> of this spring. Lots of yellow-rumps, but also Nashville, Black-throated
> Green, Northern Parula, Redstart, Chestnut-sided, Palm and Magnolia
> warblers busily foraging. So fun to see them flitting through the trees,
> though they were mostly backlit from our vantage point.  We also heard our
> first Red-eyed Vireo of the year, heard a drumming Ruffed Grouse and saw a
> Veery. On our way back we had very close views of 2 Northern Parulas
> foraging for insects in the new leaves of a small maple! In all, we found
> 54 species on our 2.6 mile round-trip walk.
>
> Good birding,
> Diane Morton
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[cayugabirds-l] Petersons field guide on stewart park bench

2020-05-14 Thread Diane Morton
Found Petersons guide with some notes but no name on stewart park bench.
Because it was going to rain I picked up the book. If it is yours contact
meena at m...@cornell.edu

Thanks
Meena

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[cayugabirds-l] Warblers!

2020-05-14 Thread Diane Morton
Inspired by Dave Nutter's post about warblers along the Black Diamond
Trail, Ken and I decided to walk a section of the Black Diamond trail that
is accessible from a parking area above the Cayuga Nature Center. Right
away we started seeing/hearing yellow warblers, catbirds, yellowthroats and
song and field sparrows. But also a gorgeous Cape May warbler in a tree
right at the parking area.
On the Black Diamond trail we ran into our first large mixed warbler flock
of this spring. Lots of yellow-rumps, but also Nashville, Black-throated
Green, Northern Parula, Redstart, Chestnut-sided, Palm and Magnolia
warblers busily foraging. So fun to see them flitting through the trees,
though they were mostly backlit from our vantage point.  We also heard our
first Red-eyed Vireo of the year, heard a drumming Ruffed Grouse and saw a
Veery. On our way back we had very close views of 2 Northern Parulas
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54 species on our 2.6 mile round-trip walk.

Good birding,
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[cayugabirds-l] birds at Lindsay-Parsons - including Golden-winged Warbler

2020-05-03 Thread Diane Morton
Ken and I went to Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve for a few hours
this morning and found many warblers. Near the kiosk at the start of the
trail, we both saw a warbler fly into a small tree. It had a prominent
yellow patch on the wing.The bird was gray overall, with white at the side
of the throat. We could not see the top of the head. And then it flew off.
We looked in vain for some time to see if we could refind it, but did not
succeed.  We are both convinced that it was a female golden-winged warbler.
We hope others who go to Lindsay-Parsons may be able to find this bird.

It was a great place to find other warblers too; we saw/heard multiple
Blue-winged Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Yellow, Black-and-White,
Yellow-rumped, and Prairie Warblers and one American Redstart. Both
Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers were at Coleman Lake. Ruffed Grouse were
drumming at two different locations, and two Yellow-throated Vireos were
giving their burry calls.

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[cayugabirds-l] Purple Martins and more at Stewart Park this morning

2020-05-01 Thread Diane Morton
Hi everyone,

I finally saw Purple Martins at Cayuga Bird Club's Purple Martin house at
Stewart Park this morning! I was first alerted by their calls and saw two
pairs landing on the house. One male entered an apartment on the north
side, and later perched in front of the opening for some time. I have
posted a couple of foggy photos of the martins to the Cayuga Bird Club
facebook page.

Tree swallows were also perching on the bar above the house at times, and
unfortunately, a pair of House Sparrows also appear to be using an
apartment on the east side of the complex.  Still - it is great to have
Purple Martins at Stewart Park this year!

It was a great morning at Stewart Park for other migrants too.  I saw my
first-of-year Eastern Kingbird at the swan pen, and Yellow-rumped Warblers,
Warbling Vireo (thanks, Dave!) and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. In Renwick Woods
Northern Waterthrush, Yellow Warbler, Eastern Towhee and a Wood Thrush were
singing, and a pair of Wood Ducks perched high in a tree.

Good birding!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Meyers Park

2020-04-12 Thread Diane Morton
Also at Myers Park - a pair of Merlins! Very vocal - we saw them copulate,
and one of the merlins flew to a nest in a pine tree near Pavilion A.

Diane

On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 11:48 AM Laura Stenzler  wrote:

> Hi
> 4 Bonapartes gulls, 3 with black heads and one still in winter plumage, 1
> caspian tern on sandbar with ringbilled and herring gulls, 2 female hooded
> mergansers, 2 common mergansers, several bufflehead, 1 kingfisher and 1
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[cayugabirds-l] Little Gull south of Aurora

2020-04-05 Thread Diane Morton
a Little Gull is with about 100 Bonaparte’s Gulls fairly close to shore,
south end of Aurora bluffs. Spotted by Bob McGuire.

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[cayugabirds-l] Breeding Bird Atlas Workshop - TONIGHT at the Cornell Lab

2020-02-25 Thread Diane Morton
*NY Breeding Bird Atlas Workshop with David Nicosia*

Tuesday, February, 25⋅7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cornell Lab Visitor Center
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca, NY

New York's third Breeding Bird Atlas (NYS BBA III) has begun and will
continue for the next 5 years. Cayuga Bird Club is bringing Dave Nicosia,
NY Breeding Bird Atlas Area Coordinator, to lead a workshop on how to
participate in the atlas effort, using breeding codes and a dedicated eBird
portal for data submission. Dave will also discuss atlas block maps, the
need to be aware of block boundaries while birding for the Atlas, and
resources available for everyone who wants to participate.

This workshop will be held in the Fuertes Auditorium of the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology. You may bring a laptop, tablet or mobile phone (with active
eBird account) to the workshop to practice data entry. Contributing to the
atlas project without using the eBird mobile app will also be covered.
Doors open at 6:45pm. Free and open to the public.

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Breeding Bird Atlas Workshop at CLO - Feb 25

2020-02-20 Thread Diane Morton
*NY Breeding Bird Atlas Workshop with David Nicosia*

Tuesday, February, 25⋅7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cornell Lab Visitor Center
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca, NY

New York's third Breeding Bird Atlas (NYS BBA III) has begun and will
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NY Breeding Bird Atlas Area Coordinator, to lead a workshop on how to
participate in the atlas effort, using breeding codes and a dedicated eBird
portal for data submission. Dave will also discuss atlas block maps, the
need to be aware of block boundaries while birding for the Atlas, and
resources available for everyone who wants to participate. Whether you are
a beginner or advanced birder, participating in the atlas will strengthen
your birdwatching skills while contributing valuable data to a statewide
conservation project.

This workshop will be held in the Fuertes Auditorium of the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology. You may bring a laptop, tablet or mobile phone (with active
eBird account) to the workshop to practice data entry. Contributing to the
atlas project without using the eBird mobile app will also be covered.
Doors open at 6:45pm. Free and open to the public.

- Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Area Christmas Bird Count - January 1

2019-12-18 Thread Diane Morton
Our annual Ithaca area Christmas Bird Count will be held this January 1,
2020. This is the 120th year of this winter bird survey sponsored by
Audubon, and Cayuga Bird Club's 58th year of participation!

We are always looking for new participants for this citizen science effort.
Our 15-mile diameter circle is divided into 9 areas, with coordinators for
each of these. A map of the count circle is available at
www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/christmas-bird-count. This includes downtown
Ithaca and portions of Lansing, Dryden, Freeville, Danby, Brooktondale,
Cayuga Heights and the south end of Cayuga Lake.

If you would like to help on New Year's Day with this count, please contact
me at cayugabirdclub.presid...@gmail.com (or reply to this email) and I can
help you to find an area to count in. Less experienced birders can be
paired with those who have done the count before.

Experienced birders: We are especially in need of more help in *AREA III*,
on the eastern portion of our circle. This area includes parts of Dryden,
Hammond Hill State Forest, Midline Road and more. If you can help here,
please contact
Phil McNeil at phil.mcn...@gmail.com.

Areas IV and VI have also requested experienced participants. If you'd like
to help there, please contact
Laura Stenzler (area IV) at l...@cornell.edu
Wes Blauvelt (area VI) at ravenbarnconsult...@gmail.com.

We also welcome people to call in counts of birds that they see from home
during the day on January 1, noting the largest number seen at a time for
each species. Check the club’s Christmas Bird Count Map to see what sector
of the count area you live in:
www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/christmas-bird-count. Phone in your counts
to the Lab of Ornithology that day between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. by calling
254-2473 (254-BIRD).

And don't forget the annual dish-to-pass supper for count participants at
the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on the evening of January 1! Dinner will be
at 6:30 pm in the visitor center lobby (doors open at 6pm), followed by the
Count Compilation in the Auditorium. Bring a dish to share with serving
utensil, and your own place setting and beverage. This is a fun time to
find out what others have seen on their count day.

Paul Anderson will once again be or count compiler. We'll hear how many
birds of each species were found in each count area, and how that compares
with past years' counts. Last year our overall count diversity was lower
than average, with 85 species found. Will we exceed that this year?

Good birding!

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club field trip up the lake on Saturday, Dec 7

2019-12-05 Thread Diane Morton
Ken Kemphues and I will be leading a full-day field trip around Cayuga Lake
this Saturday, December 7. We'll be focusing on wintering waterfowl, but
will also look for wintering field birds.

Snow is predicted for Friday, but Saturday looks like it will be partly
sunny, with temperatures in the 20's. Bundle up with extra layers for the
cold. Bring something to drink, snacks and/or lunch, binoculars, and a
spotting scope if you have one. We will also make a stop to purchase lunch
food.

Swans, Loons, and Grebes are out on the lake along with a variety of
wintering ducks. In the fields today we found a single Lapland Longspur
with several Horned Larks along Lake Road, and Snow Buntings in the King
Ferry area. No guarantees for these on Saturday, but we'll take a look.

Meet at the east end of Stewart Park at 8:00 am for carpooling. (Turn right
as you enter the park). We expect to return by 4:30 pm.

This trip is open to all. See you Saturday!

Diane Morton

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Monday Night Seminar

2019-11-05 Thread Diane Morton
You can watch the archived seminar with this link:

https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/live-event/3-billion-birds-lost-the-bird-crisis-and-what-we-can-do-about-it/

Diane Morton

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> Will the recording be available?
>
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>> excellent!  I don’t drive at night so I can’t make it down to Ithaca for
>> the Monday night seminars.  This was a wonderful way for me to be further
>> informed.  Thanks again.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Habitat work at Jetty Woods / Lighthouse Point on Sunday

2019-10-16 Thread Diane Morton
One correction to Jody's list of this weekend's activities: the CBC field
trip is scheduled for Sunday morning, starting from the lab of O parking
lot at 8 am. For details, see our web calendar at cayugabirdclub.org.

Diane

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> The Cayuga Bird Club has a busy weekend planned with a field trip Saturday
> morning, erection of a MOTUS tower at Myers Point on Saturday afternoon,
> and planting native trees/shrubs at Jetty Woods / Lighthouse Point Woods
> Sunday starting at 10 am.
>
> I probably will be there earlier getting things ready, and likely will
> stay until mid afternoon.
>
> We still have about 25 plants to get in the ground and fenced.
> Wear boots, especially given how much rain we are getting this week.
> Bring a pointed shovel if you have one.
>
> Thanks
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[cayugabirds-l] Installation of Cayuga Bird Club Motus Tower this Saturday October 19 at Myers Park

2019-10-16 Thread Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club recently voted to allocate funds to put up a Motus
tracking station for detection of radio-tagged migratory birds. We will be
installing our new Motus Tower at Myers Park, this Saturday, October 19, at
at 2:00 pm. Bryant Dossman, a Cornell graduate student who uses Motus
tracking in his research, has provided much advice for the project and will
be putting together this Motus receiving station on Saturday, explaining
various components while he builds it.

Motus tracking, developed by Bird Studies Canada, gathers data on the
movements of individual birds and other wildlife, contributing to our
understanding of migration routes, timing, and stopover habitats for
different species, without requiring re-capture of tagged individuals. If a
radio-tagged bird flies within 5-10 miles of a receiver (depending on
weather conditions), its detection is logged and that information is shared
with migration researchers throughout the international Motus network.

Motus tracking becomes more valuable as the array of Motus receivers
expands geographically. Our new Motus station at Myers Point will provide
data on tagged birds that come through this area. Initially, we may detect
only small numbers of birds in a season with our receiver. However, data
provided by Motus tracking should become richer each year as more birds are
tagged and more towers are put up, providing increasingly valuable
information for studies of migration.

If you are interested in learning more about this technology for tracking
migratory birds, join us at Myers Park in Lansing (pavilion E) this
Saturday afternoon at 2 pm.

Many thanks to Lansing Parks and Recreation for their help with this
project.

Diane Morton

President
Cayuga Bird Club
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[cayugabirds-l] Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress! March 24 - May 12, 2020

2019-09-27 Thread Diane Morton
Hello everyone,

I am pleased to announce that Cayuga Bird Club will be offering an 8-week
Spring Ornithology lecture course with Dr. Stephen Kress, March 24 - May
12, 2020!

Dr. Kress has taught a very popular Spring Field Ornithology course through
the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for more than 40 years. He will be
re-designing the course for spring 2020 with new slides and materials.  Dr.
Kress has been Vice President for Bird Conservation with the National
Audubon Society, Director of Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, Manager
of National Audubon's Maine Coastal Island Sanctuaries and Director of
Audubon’s Hog Island Camp in Maine. He is the author of more than 10 books
and many articles related to birds and conservation of their habitat. His
lectures about birds have been enjoyed by many people in the Ithaca area
and beyond.

*Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress* course topics will include:

Bird Identification
Bird Song
Bird Migration
Family Life of Birds
Attracting Birds
Bird Conservation
and more.

Dates: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Tuesday evenings, March 24 – May 12, 2020
Location: Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road, Ithaca, NY
Cost: $125 for Cayuga Bird Club members
$140 for Non-members (CBC membership included)

Registration for the course is now open at
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/spring-ornithology.

Please share this announcement with anyone who you think may be
interested. For more information, email cayugabirdclub.presid...@gmail.com.

Good birding!

Diane Morton
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[cayugabirds-l] Muckrace 2019: two Cayuga Bird Club teams

2019-09-06 Thread Diane Morton
Hello all,

This weekend is the Montezuma Muckrace, a 24-hour bird-a-thon to find as
many species as possible within the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Funds
raised from the Muckrace will go to support restoration of Montezuma's
wetlands and wildlife habitat, as well as public access and education.

Cayuga Bird Club is sponsoring two recreational teams in this year's
Muckrace: the "Arrogant Bustards", with team members Susan Danskin, Gary
Kohlenberg, Ken Kemphues, Bob McGuire, Diane Morton, Dave Nutter and
Deirdre Anderson,
and team "Gull For It!" with Kate Graham, Meena Haribal and Gladys
Birdsall.

Donations on behalf of either the Arrogant Bustards or Gull For It! teams
can be made through the Friends of Montezuma website (
https://friendsofmontezuma.org/projects-programs/muckrace/) or via mail to
Friends of Montezuma, c/o Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, 3395 US Route
20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.

We welcome your support! Even a small donation to the Friends of Montezuma
would be very appreciated.

Thank you,
Diane, Deirdre, Susan, Dave, Ken, Gary, and Bob (Arrogant Bustards)
Kate, Meena, and Gladys (Gull for It!)

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[cayugabirds-l] Shorebirds at Eaton Marsh

2019-07-21 Thread Diane Morton
At Eaton Marsh on Montezuma’s Wildlife Drive we viewed a nice selection of
shorebirds coming and going over about a 30 minute period. 3 Short-billed
Dowitchers, 3 Stilt Sandpipers, 1 Wilson’s Snipe, Semipalmated and Least
Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpiper. Plus 2 Virginia Rails among the reeds.
Pleasant viewing with a light breeze.

Diane Morton with Ken K, Susan D, Bob M

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[cayugabirds-l] Broad-winged Hawks overhead

2019-04-19 Thread Diane Morton
Multiple Broad-winged Hawks (7) flying over us this morning as we walked
around Sapsucker Woods. Close looks at Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped
Warblers, a Pine Warbler and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher as well.

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Rusty Blackbirds, Hermit Thrushes and Pine Warbler at Sapsucker Woods

2019-04-12 Thread Diane Morton
This morning Ken and I took at walk on the East Trail of Sapsucker Woods.
It was reasonably well protected from the wind, and we saw quite a few
birds. On the back (southwest) side of the trail we heard a cacaphony of
sound - coming from a flock of Rusty Blackbirds! We counted 44 of them,
both on the ground and at mid-level in the trees. This was the largest
group of Rusty Blackbirds we had ever seen (more than all the Rusty's we'd
seen in our lives). Very cool to hear and see.

Then a bit farther on the west portion of the trail we saw 3 Hermit
Thrushes. Later on the Wilson trail, we got a tip that there was a Pine
Warbler near the shiny heron sculpture opposite the feeder garden. It was
still there for us - foraging low for good looks.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club field trip up the lake POSTPONED to SUNDAY

2019-03-22 Thread Diane Morton
Meena Haribal's Cayuga Bird Club field trip up the lake to Montezuma has
been POSTPONED from Saturday to SUNDAY, March 24.
This will be a full-day trip up the lake with a focus on waterfowl. Meet at
the east end of Stewart Park at 7:30 am on Sunday for carpooling. Bring
something to eat and drink; we will also make a stop to purchase food for
lunch. Dress warmly for the weather. If you have a spotting scope, please
bring it. For questions, contact Meena at m...@cornell.edu or call
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[cayugabirds-l] Rusty Blackbirds at Sapsucker Woods

2019-03-16 Thread Diane Morton
On our beginner bird walk this morning we saw 12-20 Rusty blackbirds
associating with Red-winged Blackbirds, most recently seen near the Visitor
Center.  Most of the Rusty Blackbirds were already in dark plumage, but the
yellow eyes were striking. Ken and Mark Chao, who we ran into there, were
able to get nice photos of one in nonbreeding plumage with its rusty
feathers showing well.

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[cayugabirds-l] Wild About Stewart Park benefit fundraiser - tomorrow at Cinemapolis

2019-02-27 Thread Diane Morton
*Wild About Stewart Park this Thursday:*
*Unique Photography and Music Event to benefit Stewart Park*

This Thursday, February 28th, will mark the 3rd annual *Wild About Stewart
Park, *a unique photography and music event, at Cinemapolis at 7:30pm.

Friends of Stewart Park (FSP) invites to you experience stellar nature
images by accomplished Ithaca photographers, presented on the big-screen,
accompanied by live string music. This one-of-a-kind multimedia experience
highlights and celebrates the landscape and inhabitants of Stewart Park and
beyond, as well as the artists who document the beauty of our natural
world.  Proceeds will support ongoing revitalization efforts in Stewart
Park.
This year’s benefit features captivating bird photography by Sarah Blodgett
and Rachel Hogancamp, and beautiful images of native plants and landscapes
by photographer Dan Segal of the Plantsmen Nursery. Each artist will
introduce their collections as the images take center-stage on the big
screen. Musical accompaniment is by Tim Ball, Dave Davies, Tom Hodgson and
FSP Executive Director Rick Manning.

Sarah Blodgett, a commercial and fine art photographer, produces images
saturated with the unique beauty of upstate New York, and will present
photographs from her fine art collections taken in Ithaca, the Finger Lakes
region and beyond.

Rachel Hogancamp recently revived her passion for photography when she
started to point her camera at birds, though she first began working in
photography after graduating from Ithaca College in 1991. Rachel is
Managing Partner of Rasa Spa, and carves out time to sit with her camera
and capture the wonderful world of birds.

Dan Segal has worked with native plants for over 20 years and has owned The
Plantsmen nursery with his wife, Sarah, since 2006. Dan’s expertise
includes ecological restoration, residential landscaping and plant
propagation, but he turns his eye to the delicate aesthetics of native
flowers and landscapes.

*Stewart Park is home to various avian habitats and native landscapes, and
the park is an Important Birding Area. Friends of Stewart Park’s
revitalization work ensures these areas, such as Renwick Wildwood and the
Fuertes Swan Pond Overlook, are preserved, understanding that birds and the
local birding community play vital roles in Stewart Park.*

Friends of Stewart Park, a private nonprofit organization,  works in
partnership with the City of Ithaca and Wharton Studio Museum to restore
improve and enhance historic Stewart Park by the park’s centennial on July
4, 2021. The revitalization process relies upon community support and all
proceeds from "Wild About Stewart Park" will support these efforts.

Tickets to the "Wild About Stewart Park" Benefit may be purchased online at
Brown Paper Tickets (https://wildaboutstewartpark.brownpapertickets.com/),
or at the door the evening of February 28th.  Sliding scale ticket prices
begin at $15, with a suggested donation of $25.

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[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon near Union Springs on Friday

2019-02-24 Thread Diane Morton
New birder Barbara Clise reported to me and Bob McGuire that she
spotted a Gyrfalcon
on Friday (Feb 22) while she was out birding south of Union Springs. She
was able to watch the bird for some time and took multiple photos of the
bird as well as video. She was not sure at the time what the bird was, but
the Merlin app ID'd her bird as a Gyrfalcon from the photo. Yesterday she
brought her photos to share with people at the Cayuga Bird Club eBird
workshop - this bird was definitely a Gyrfalcon!

Barbara was near Great Gully Road when she first spotted the bird.

"I was headed north on Rte 90, and spotted the bird in the trees on the right
(east side of Rte 90), around noon.  I turned right onto Great Gully Road.
It was in the cluster of 3 or 4 bare trees on the right side of Great Gully
Road, before the top of the hill. Then he flew across Rte 90 (to the west
side) into the very top of an evergreen in the field (see photo attached)
and proceeded to harass the Canada Geese in the field. I lost him for a
bit, but watched and waited for the birds in the fields to be disturbed,
that's how I spotted him again. Then he flew back up to Rte 90 next to the
road, still on the west side, and I got the nicest photos. I spent close to
an hour start to finish, before he flew off to the north east over the hill
beyond Great Gully Road."

Barbara is not yet on the Cayugabirds Listserv, but said it was fine
if I shared
her sighting. I am attaching a small version of her photo, but not sure if
it will go through the listserv. If it does not, and you want to see the
image, let me know and I can give you Barbara's email address so that you
can see a photo of the Gyrfalcon.

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks at Myers

2019-01-26 Thread Diane Morton
Two white-winged scoters close in-  just off the spit at Myers Point. 5
Long-tailed Ducks also showing well, closer to Salt Pt.

Gulls at East Shore park earlier this morning included 2 Glaucous gulls, 1
Iceland adult, 1 Lesser Black-backed.

Diane Morton

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpoll in Trumansburg

2019-01-23 Thread Diane Morton
Hi Jared,
Having a Common Redpoll come to your feeder is pretty special. We don't
have Common Redpolls here every winter, so we've all been out enjoying them
in the couple of spots that they've frequented this season.
2015 was the last time we had an irruption of Common Redpolls. The eBird
reports you see reflect that - for the whole Finger Lakes region.

I hope your Redpoll visits you again!

Diane Morton

On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 11:42 AM  wrote:

> Hello, I’m a birder from California and a new resident of Trumansburg, so
> it will take some time to learn status and distribution in this area.
> My wife and I went out yesterday for the redpoll flock as reported in
> southern Seneca Co, and dipped on them, but this morning the 23rd was
> pleased to have a male Common Redpoll at my feeder.
> Looking at eBird for all dates, I see that there were a number of
> sightings here in the village at one site during 2013 and 2015, but no
> others. I suspect that this is from a lack of observers, or eBird reports,
> or could they be that unusual?
> Good birding...
> Jared Dawson
> Trumansburg
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[cayugabirds-l] Sunday January 20 field trip is cancelled

2019-01-18 Thread Diane Morton
I put the wrong date on my previous post about the field trip cancellation-
it is this Sunday, January 20. We have cancelled both the winter birds
field trip and the Sapsucker Woods walk for that day.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sunday January 18 field trip and bird walk CANCELLED

2019-01-18 Thread Diane Morton
Due to the severe winter weather that is headed our way, we have cancelled
this Sunday's Cayuga Bird Club "winter birds" field trip. The Sunday
Beginner Bird Walk at Sapsucker Woods is also cancelled.

However, the Saturday Bird Walk at Sapsucker Woods is still ON, as the
heavy snowfall is expected later. Meet at the Lab of Ornithology Visitor
Center at 8:30am for that walk, led by Paul Anderson.

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club field trip around the lake - Saturday Dec 8

2018-12-07 Thread Diane Morton
Hi everyone,

Ken Kemphues and I will be leading a full-day field trip around the lake
tomorrow (Saturday).
We'll meet at Stewart Park (east end) at 8am and plan to return around
4:30pm. Our focus will be on the birds that come to Cayuga Lake in winter.
We'll pick through the rafts of Redheads and related ducks at the south end
of the lake, and check swans at the north end. We'll watch for grebes,
mergansers, loons, raptors, and other birds along the way.

Dress very warmly - with more layers than you think you'll need!
Temperatures will be in the 20's.
We will stop for food at the north end of the lake, but you may want to
bring a beverage and snacks. If you have a scope, please bring it.
This field trip is open to all.

Please email Diane at dianegmor...@gmail.com if you have questions.

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-necked grebe

2018-10-28 Thread Diane Morton
Also a Red-necked Grebe at Long point, Horned Grebes at Aurura Bay.

Diane

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[cayugabirds-l] Scoters

2018-10-28 Thread Diane Morton
All three scorer species seen on today’s Cayuga Bird Club field trip led by
Bob McGuire. Surf and White-winged at Long Point State Park; Single Black
Scoter seen with a WW Scoter from Lake Road bluffs north of Long Point.

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club October Newsletter - Betsy Darlington interview.

2018-10-01 Thread Diane Morton
The October Cayuga Bird Club newsletter went out today to all club members.
However, because it is long, it has been "clipped" by gmail and other email
clients, making part of the newsletter invisible. In particular, an
interview with Cayuga Bird Club member and local conservation activist
Betsy Darlington does not appear to be there. Readers can click on the link
at the bottom of the newsletter to "View entire message" to see the missing
section.

For people who are not subscribers to the newsletter but would like to read
the interview, I've included a link below to the online version (last
article of the newsletter).
https://mailchi.mp/40e46f5fb608/cayuga-bird-club-newsletter-sep-1895345?e=dbacf66623

Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club Vice President

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Common Nighthawk perched in Sapsucker Woods, Sunday 9/16

2018-09-16 Thread Diane Morton
Thanks, Mark!  Nighthawk is still there at 11:30 am - perched in the tree
that you described.

Diane

On Sun, Sep 16, 2018 at 9:39 AM Mark Chao  wrote:

> Common Nighthawk perched above base of Sherwood Platform in Sapsucker
> Woods (Sun 9/16, 9:30 AM). Also many warblers, Philadelphia Vireos, et al.
>
> To find nighthawk, walk 1/3 boardwalk length from base, turn around and
> look back to trail. Find side-by-side pair of tall trees right next to
> trail, left one covered w poison ivy. 2/3 of the way up, 3 o'clock.
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[cayugabirds-l] Support the Montezuma Wetlands and the Cayuga Bird Club Muckrace team!

2018-09-12 Thread Diane Morton
Hello all,
This weekend is the *Montezuma Muckrace*, a 24-hour bird-a-thon to find as
many species as possible within the 242-square-mile area that comprises the
Montezuma Wetlands Complex, (which includes Montezuma National Wildlife
Refuge). The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is a major migration stopover for
waterfowl, shorebirds, and land birds, and provides breeding habitat for
several species of conservation concern, including Bald Eagles, Black Terns
and Cerulean Warblers. Last year's Muckrace raised over $10,000 for use on
habitat restoration, removal of invasive plants, water level
management, construction
of observation decks, Motus Radio Telemetry deployment, and American Black
Duck winter banding.

The Cayuga Bird Club will be sponsoring the "Arrogant Bustards" in this
year's Muckrace, with team members Susan Danskin, Gary Kohlenberg, Ken
Kemphues, Bob McGuire, Ann Mitchell, Diane Morton, Dave Nutterand Dierdre
Anderson.  Donations on behalf of the Arrogant Bustards, or any team, can
be made through the Friends of Montezuma website (friendsofmontezuma.org
<http://friendsofmontezuma.org/projects-programs/muckrace/>) or via
mail to Friends
of Montezuma, c/o Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, 3395 US Route 20
East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.

Please help us support this important center of bird conservation.

Thank you,
Diane, Dierdre, Susan, Gary, Dave, Bob, Ann and Ken

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: The Art of William Dilger

2018-05-10 Thread Diane Morton
Mary Hornbuckle of the Dryden Town Historical Society asked to have this
notice posted so that Cayuga Bird Club members and others with an interest
in ornithological illustration could learn of a special talk about the life
and art of William Dilger, who  was Director of Research at the Cornell Lab
of Ornithology as well as an author and illustrator. See below.

- Diane Morton
-———

*THE ART OF WILLIAM DILGER*

The *Dryden Town Historical Society* will hold its 2018 A*nnual
Meeting* on *Wednesday,
May 16th*, in the Dryden Village Hall (corner of George and South
Streets).  The doors will open at *6:30 PM* to enjoy refreshments and good
fellowship. The evening’s program will start at *7 PM* with a brief
business meeting and election of officers followed by Mary Ann Sumner who
will talk about the life and *“The Art of William Dilger.”*

William C. (Bill) Dilger was born in 1923.  Twenty years later, while a
freshman at Cornell, he was called to active duty with the U.S. Army Air
Corps serving in the India-Burma theatre.  Upon returning to Ithaca at the
end of the war, he completed his undergraduate studies and went on to earn
a Ph.D.  At Cornell, Dilger studied lovebirds – a group of short-tailed
parrots common in Africa and Madagascar – and the evolution of breeding and
social behaviors.

He joined the Cornell faculty and taught in the Department of Neurobiology
and Behavior, rising to become the Director of Research at the Cornell Lab
of Ornithology.   Among his many books, he was the author and illustrator
of *Finding Out About Birds* (1963).

Bill Dilger was a long-time Dryden resident and a gifted illustrator of the
natural world who left behind a wealth of paintings -  mostly of birds -
many of which are now on display at the Dryden Town Historical Society’s
Southworth Homestead.   Join us on May 16th, to learn more about this
talented artist and renowned researcher.

As always, this event is free and open to all.  For more information call
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2018-04-14 Thread Diane Morton
Ken Kemphues and I led a bird walk around the Wilson Trail this morning at
Sapsucker Woods that included several first-of-year birds for us. A
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was circling low over the pond to give us
good looks- the only swallow we saw on our walk.

Over by the Sherwood platform, two EASTERN TOWHEES foraged next to the
path. Seconds later a PALM WARBLER appeared above us, tail-pumping, as it
flew among the tree branches.
We also found several yellow-rumped warblers and two PINE WARBLERS. We were
able to watch one of them singing its trilling song.

Two FOX SPARROWS and three HERMIT THRUSHES appeared as we rounded the trail
after the Harper bench, and three YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS chased each
other through the trees, with squeaky vocalizations. We spotted both
GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and could see the colorful crowns
of each.

Turned out that this foggy spring morning was a great time to be out.

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip this Saturday with Meena Haribal

2018-03-15 Thread Diane Morton
Meena Haribal will be leading an all day CBC field trip this Saturday,
March 17. Meet at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology parking lot at 8.00 am; we
expect to return around 5:00 pm. We may head up to Sodus Bay in search of
water birds with close views. Be prepared for the cold weather -- it is
going to be just above freezing. Dress in layers. Bring a snack and
something to drink and a spotting scope if you have one. We will stop at
some locations for food. All are welcome!
For questions, contact Meena at m...@cornell.edu.

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[cayugabirds-l] Possible eared grebe Aurora boathouse.

2018-03-11 Thread Diane Morton
At least 4 grebes out from the Aurora Boathouse bouncing in the waves.
Three Horned, and one that looks like possibly Eared Grebe. Not great
viewing conditions.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon

2018-02-24 Thread Diane Morton
The Gyrfalcon flew east toward lake.

On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 3:35 PM Diane Morton <dianegmor...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Gyrfalcon perched above quarry on Hoster Road 3:30 pm
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[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon

2018-02-24 Thread Diane Morton
Gyrfalcon perched above quarry on Hoster Road 3:30 pm

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[cayugabirds-l] 7 greater white-fronted geese carncross rd

2018-02-24 Thread Diane Morton
RBA report- 7 Greater White Fronted Geese at Carncross Rd. Cayuga Bird Club
field trip led by Suan stopped there an hour ago and saw them - not far
out. Also Eurasian Wigeon there among American Wigeons and many Northern
Pintails.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Slaty-backed full at Van Cleef lake

2018-02-18 Thread Diane Morton
Gull!  SBGU

On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 10:53 AM Diane Morton <dianegmor...@gmail.com>
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> Slaty-backed full flew into large flock of gulls at ice edge, Van Cleef
> lake Seneca Falls. There now (10:45am)
>
> Diane
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[cayugabirds-l] Slaty-backed full at Van Cleef lake

2018-02-18 Thread Diane Morton
Slaty-backed full flew into large flock of gulls at ice edge, Van Cleef
lake Seneca Falls. There now (10:45am)

Diane

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip report 1-21-18: Snowy Owl, Snow Buntings, Horned Larks and more!

2018-01-21 Thread Diane Morton
Ken Kemphues and I led a group of 11 enthusiastic birders on a half day
trip along the east side of Cayuga Lake and venturing into the farm fields
of King Ferry. We started at Stewart Park, where the ice still extends far
out so that views of birds on the lake were pretty distant. We had better
viewing from East Shore Park, where all of us were able to see LONG-TAILED
DUCKS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and a raft of Aythya, which included both
GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, and a few CANVASBACK with the many REDHEADs.
COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSERs were easy to spot, and a couple of
RED_BREASTED MERGANSERs were seen. A small flock of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were
in a near tree, and Leigh and Wes spotted a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER there
just before the birds took flight.

At Ladoga we found more LONG-TAILED DUCKS, but not many other waterfowl
besides GOLDENEYE, CANADA GEESE and a single PIED-BILLED GREBE. A surprise
was finding an immature COOPER’S HAWK that perched for good scope views,
enabling us to see its yellow eye, banded tail and slightly mottled back.


We moved on to Myers Point, and while viewing the waterfowl there,
including RING-NECKED DUCKS, we noticed the gulls suddenly take to the sky.
When searching the sky for a possible raptor, Ken and Wes spotted a new
lump on the spit - a SNOWY OWL had landed there!  All of us got great
views- very close! The owl was resting pretty peacefully, but AMERICAN
CROWs started coming to check it out. The owl tried threatening postures
against three crows, but they drove it into flight. I believe Paul Anderson
was able to get a video of the Owl during this interval. Seeing this Snowy
Owl was a thrilling bonus for the field trip! We even heard its cries as it
flew low over the water being pursued by crows.


We next headed toward Belltown Dairy via Davis Road, looking for Horned
Larks or Snow Buntings, but found neither. Continuing toward King Ferry, we
turned on Center Road and were rewarded with about 20 SNOW BUNTINGs and
40-50 HORNED LARKs, many of them at the edge of the road making for good
viewing. Luckily auto traffic was nonexistent, so we were all able to get
well-positioned for spending some time looking at the birds, even seeing
the differences between male and female Horned Larks. As we left we passed
another large flock of Snow Buntings further down the road.


We took a break at the Corner Store in King Ferry and then went on to
Aurora. One BALD EAGLE was perched in the tree with the eagle’s nest near
Poplar Ridge Road and Route 90. A NORTHERN FLICKER and RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER were active in the trees near the pullout. Further on, at the
Aurora Post Office parking area, we scoped the lake and added HORNED GREBEs
to our list.


We still had time to make it up to Union Springs to look through the ducks
on the North Mill Pond. Among the many REDHEADs were BUFFLEHEAD, GADWALL,
AMERICAN WIGEON, and a HOODED MERGANSER. MALLARDs were gathered near the
pond’s edge, and a couple of WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHes and a TUFTED
TITMOUSE flitted above us.


It was a great trip overall - good looks at the local winter birds in good
light - with a great group of people. We really enjoyed the day.


- Diane Morton

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Myers Point

2018-01-21 Thread Diane Morton
Mobbed by crows - flying south now 9:40 am

Diane

On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 9:36 AM Diane Morton <dianegmor...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Snowy Owl landed on the spit at Myers Point!
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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Myers Point

2018-01-21 Thread Diane Morton
Snowy Owl landed on the spit at Myers Point!

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[cayugabirds-l] CBC field trip Sunday January 21

2018-01-19 Thread Diane Morton
Ken Kemphues and I will lead a half-day Cayuga Bird Club field trip this
Sunday, January 21. We will meet at Stewart Park (east end) at 8:00 am and
plan to return at 12:30 pm.

We'll look at waterfowl along the southern end of Cayuga Lake and also
drive to look for winter field birds such as Horned Larks and Snow Buntings
in the Lansing and King Ferry areas. Bring a scope if you have one. Although
it will be warmer on Sunday than it has been, wear warm layers as it can be
quite cold next to the lake.

All are invited to join us on this trip regardless of experience level or
membership status. If you are a beginner and need to borrow binoculars,
please contact Diane at dianegmor...@gmail.com ahead of time (two pairs
available).

Diane Morton

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Re: GYRFALCON - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe Rd. Snowy Owl on MLK Day

2018-01-15 Thread Diane Morton
Hi Chris,

eBird is treating this sighting as a sensitive species and hiding it from
public output.

However, since the report has already gone out via RBA, I feel okay about
sharing some information about the bird.
On a Cayuga Bird Club field trip yesterday afternoon led by Bob Mcguire, we
were driving the Finger Lakes regional airport area looking for snowy owls.
We spotted this raptor in a far tree, facing away and back-lit, but it
looked like a large falcon. When it was preening it turned its head, and we
could see a fully dark face and white throat. Wingtips were shorter than
the tail. Bob called Kevin McGowan who we had seen a few minutes earlier,
to come take a look. Our consensus (9 people), was that this was a likely
gyrfalcon. Both Bob and Kevin sent out an RBA about the bird.  The bird
flew off when we were about to depart. We saw this bird in the same
location as last year's Gyrfalcon - Hoster Road.

Diane Morton



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> What GYRFALCON...?
>
> Is this being kept secret? Is it on private land?
>
> Thanks in advance for any more details anyone can take the time to provide
> and share with the broader group.
>
> Sincerely,
> Chris
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
>
> > On Jan 15, 2018, at 10:29, Gary Kohlenberg <jg...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> >
> > One Snowy Owl is on Thorpe Rd. by the Fingerlakes Airport again this
> morning.
> >
> > No sign of the Gyrfalcon yet today.
> >
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[cayugabirds-l] Saturday Cayuga Bird Club field trip led by Meena

2017-09-20 Thread Diane Morton
Meena Haribal will lead a half-day field trip "where the birds are" this
Saturday, September 23. We'll look for Fall warblers that may still be
passing through as well as other fall migrants. Meet at the Cornell *Lab of
Ornithology parking lot at 7:30 am*. Dress according to the weather and bring
something to drink and snacks. We should be back by about noon.

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[cayugabirds-l] Support the Montezuma Wetlands and the Cayuga Bird Club Muckrace team!

2017-09-11 Thread Diane Morton
This weekend is the Montezuma Muckrace, a 24-hour bird-a-thon to find as
many bird species as possible within the 242-square-mile area that
comprises the Montezuma wetlands complex. The Cayuga Bird Club will be
sponsoring our "Arrogant Bustards" team in this year's Muckrace, with Susan
Danskin, Ann Mitchell, Diane Morton, Ken Kemphues, Dave Nutter, Gary
Kohlenberg, Dierdre Anderson and Bob McGuire. We will be competing in the
"recreational" category.

If you'd like to make a donation in support of the Arrogant Bustards team
(or any other team) for this fundraiser, you can do that online at the
Montezuma Muckrace website:
http://friendsofmontezuma.org/projects-programs/muckrace/  (or download a
pledge form to mail).

The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is a major migration stopover for waterfowl,
shorebirds, and land birds, and provides breeding habitat for several
species of conservation concern, including Bald Eagles, Black Terns, and
Cerulean Warblers.  The Montezuma Wetlands Complex was designated an
Important Bird Area of global significance in 1997. Last year's Muckrace
raised over $10,000 for use on habitat restoration, removal of invasive
plants, improvement of water level management and other projects.

Help us support this important center of bird conservation that lies at the
north end of our Cayuga Lake basin!

Susan, Ann, Diane, Ken, Gary, Dave, Dierdre and Bob
The Arrogant Bustards

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[cayugabirds-l] Olive-sided Flycatcher at Sapsucker Woods

2017-08-27 Thread Diane Morton
This morning while leading the beginner bird walk at Sapsucker Woods, we
saw an Olive-sided Flycatcher on a snag out in the pond. We watched it from
the Wilson trail along the north side of the pond. It later moved to
another snag, visible from the Charley Harper bench.

Diane Morton & Ken Kemphues

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip this Sunday, March 19

2017-03-15 Thread Diane Morton
On *Sunday, March 19*, Meena Haribal will lead a full day field trip (8:00
am - 4:30 pm) to Oswego River and Oswego Harbor (or to other areas
depending on the weather). We will be looking for wintering waterfowl. *Meet at
the Cornell Lab of Ornithology parking lot at 8:00 am*. Bring lunch and
something to drink; we will also make a stop to purchase coffee and
food. *Dress
warmly* for the weather. For questions, contact Meena at m...@cornell.edu or
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[cayugabirds-l] Eagle Huntress showing at Cornell Cinema this weekend

2017-02-03 Thread Diane Morton
Meena asked me to post this announcement about the Eagle Huntress to the
listserv, with this note:

"I liked the film very much. It is shot beautifully and with due respect to
majestic golden eagles. The locals also treated the Golden Eagles with such
respect and after 7 years of being in captivity the birds are released back
to the wild so that can start breeding with the wild birds." - Meena

I've also seen the film and agree that the cinematography is amazing, and
the story inspiring.

Diane

Here is the announcement:

Cornell Cinema presents



*THE EAGLE HUNTRESS*

 "*The Eagle Huntress* is all at once an inspiring story for children of
all ages to believe that they can do anything, a reflection of the
unfairness of gender roles and a rare and unique look at a remote part of
the world. It's a worthwhile film for both children and adults and
especially those who would try to clip the wings of a young girl with big
dreams." (*New York Daily News*)


*One of 15 films shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature Oscar!*



Saturday, February 4 at 2:00pm

Sunday, February 5 at 4:30pm

Willard Straight Theatre



*Feb 4*: $5 adults, $4 kids 12 & under, *Feb 5*: $5.50/all



*Watch a trailer here*: The Eagle Huntress 







*Directed by Otto Bell*

The film follows a 13-year-old girl named Aisholpan as she trains to become
the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an
eagle hunter, rising to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed
down from father to son for centuries. Subtitles will be read out loud at
the February 4th show. Recommended for ages 8+. Subtitled. More at
theeaglehuntress.com/site/

*1 hr 27 min*



More information (including parking tips
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip, Saturday Jan 28

2017-01-26 Thread Diane Morton
Diane Morton and Ken Kemphues will lead a half-day Cayuga Bird Club field
trip this Saturday, January 28. We'll be looking for waterfowl on the
lake-- this is the time of year when many ducks are engaging in courtship
behaviors. We may also look for wintering field birds such as Horned Larks
and Snow Buntings.  *We'll meet at the east parking area of Stewart Park at*
 *8:00 am* and plan to return by 12:30 pm.

Dress in warm layers for the winter weather; it can be very cold along the
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip Up the Lake- tomorrow !

2017-01-14 Thread Diane Morton
On Sunday, January 15 (tomorrow!), Bob McGuire will lead an all-day Cayuga
Bird Club field trip around the lake to look for waterfowl, field birds,
and Snowy Owls.
Meet at Stewart Park, east end, at 8:00 am. We will stop for food at the
north end of the lake, but you may want to bring a beverage and snacks.
Expect to be back 4 - 5 pm. Dress very warmly and bring a scope if you have
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club January Newsletter has been sent out

2017-01-05 Thread Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club members should have received the January newsletter this
week by email.  If you have not received it, please check your "promotions"
folder or junk/spam folder where bulk email messages might have been
diverted.

The best way to see the entire newsletter is to click the link at the top
of it: "view this newsletter in your browser".  Here is the link for this
month's newsletter
<http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6950b81c869ca11acb1ea6002=22b0e7459e=dbacf66623>
.

We've included preliminary counts from the Christmas Bird Count (as of Jan
2), as well as other club news.

Let me know if you have not been receiving the newsletter. If you are not a
member and would like to receive the newsletter, please join the Cayuga
Bird Club!

Thanks,
Diane Morton
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Brant

2016-10-17 Thread Diane Morton
Now 80-100 Brant on the lake just north of red lighthouse

On Monday, October 17, 2016, Ann Mitchell  wrote:

>  Adam Wiebe reported a single Brant on the red light house jetty. It is
> still present foraging among the cormorants.
> Ann
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[cayugabirds-l] Brown Booby still here

2016-09-19 Thread Diane Morton
Brown Booby still seen from Harris Park, town of Cayuga, 10:30 am Monday.
The bird was on Buoy 47, then flew to Buoy 49. Scope essential for viewing
from this spot.

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Muckrace this weekend!

2016-09-15 Thread Diane Morton
This weekend is the Montezuma Muckrace, a 24-hour bird-a-thon to find as
many bird species as possible within the 242-square-mile area that
comprises the Montezuma wetlands complex. The Cayuga Bird Club will be
sponsoring the "Arrogant Bustards" team in this year's Muckrace, with Susan
Danskin, Ann Mitchell, Diane Morton, Gary Kohlenberg and Bob McGuire.

The Muckrace is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands
Complex to improve habitat restoration, public access, and avian research.
A special project this year is to establish one or more Motus radio
tracking towers within the complex, to be used for tracking migratory
birds. You can read more about the Motus tracking system here:
http://motus.org.

If you'd like to make a donation in support of the Arrogant Bustards team
(or any other team) for this fundraiser, you can do that online at the
Montezuma Muckrace website:
http://friendsofmontezuma.org/projects-programs/muckrace/ .

Thank you!

Susan, Ann, Diane, Gary, and Bob
The Arrogant Bustards

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[cayugabirds-l] Stilt still at Knox-Marsellus

2016-06-19 Thread Diane Morton
The black-necked stilt can be seen from East Road at Knox-Marsellus marsh
at Montezuma.

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[cayugabirds-l] photos of nests/eggs/baby birds?

2016-05-20 Thread Diane Morton
Many birds are actively nesting in our area, and for the next Cayuga Bird
Club newsletter, we'd like to celebrate the season by including some photos
of local bird nests, eggs or hatchlings.  If you have a photo from this
season that you'd like to submit for the newsletter, send it to me at
dianegmor...@gmail.com, by May 28.

Thanks!
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Barred Owls

2016-05-18 Thread Diane Morton
Last night I went out to Sapsucker Woods to look for the Olive-sided
Flycatcher, with no success.  On the south side of the trail I suddenly
heard two soft hoots and looked up to see a Barred Owl looking down at me
(around 7:30 pm).  I took a few iphone images of its silhouette (it wasn't
dark yet, so I could see the bird clearly, but the iphone couldn't).  It
silently watched me.  Then as I departed, I heard another Barred Owl
calling from a bit further off.
I always love the surprise of coming upon one of these owls!

Diane

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[cayugabirds-l] Ovenbird at Sapsucker Woods East Trail

2016-04-27 Thread Diane Morton
This morning Ken and I took a walk at Sapsucker Woods, starting at the East
Trail.  We heard then saw, an Ovenbird singing near the trail just beyond
the Woodleton boardwalk -- our first of year.

We also saw Northern Waterthrush at the Sherwood Observation platform, and
heard another singing later from the Woodleton area.  We also saw Yellow
and Yellow-rumped warblers on the Wilson Trail, and also saw Cooper's,
Sharp-shinned and Broad-winged Hawks.  Some of the Ruby-crowned Kinglets
came close enough for us to see the little sliver of red on the crown.

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip this Sunday, May 1

2016-04-26 Thread Diane Morton
Join Meena Haribal on Sunday, May 1, for a half day trip to local areas to
look for new migrants and old residents. We might end the day with
Woodcocks. This trip will be from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Meet at the Cornell
Lab of Ornithology parking lot. Dress according to the weather conditions.
Bring some snacks and drinks.
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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2016-03-19 Thread Diane Morton
A perched osprey perched in a tree above the lake, village of Cayuga. Seen
from rte 90 NW of blinking light.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip 2-20-16

2016-02-20 Thread Diane Morton
Eight people joined Ken and me for a half-day field trip to look for birds
on the lake and in the fields of Lansing.  It was a gorgeous day!  So
different from our windy and freezing scouting day. Today the sky was blue,
the light was excellent, and temperature rose into the upper 50’s by the
end of the trip!


We started out at East Shore Park, where we mostly observed Common
Mergansers and Common Goldeneye. Looking across the lake, we saw that most
of the ducks were concentrated on the west side. We were glad that we had
asked permission from Elaina M. to bring the group to her property
overlooking the southwest corner of the lake. This is where thousands of
Aythya had spread out.  The ducks glowed in the sunlight; in addition to
the huge numbers of Redheads, we saw many handsome Canvasbacks, lesser
numbers of both Greater and Lesser Scaup, and a few scattered Ring-necked
Ducks.  Closer to shore we saw a single American Wigeon among the Mallards
and Black Ducks.  John Confer spotted a distant male Long-tailed Duck, that
all of us were able to see between its diving disappearances.  A young Bald
Eagle was at the ice edge.  When it flew up, a wave of ducks rose off the
lake with a machine-like hum of flapping wings and swirled in the sky in
front of us.  So many birds in the sky at once!  But none of them resolved
into the Tufted Duck that was reported on the lake this week.


We next went to Myers Point, Salt Point and Ladoga.  While the lake was not
too rough at Myers, there also weren’t many birds to see beyond the usual
gulls, Mallards and Common Mergansers.  We could see a pair of White-winged
Scoters closer to Salt Point, and moved to that area for better viewing.
The scoters were actively diving, but everyone got excellent looks, as they
were fairly close in.  The male’s white eye mark and bright orange bill
stood out sharply in the sunlight.  John spotted a lovely male Wood Duck
here as well, which swam to shore and hunkered down among the Canada
Geese.  Common Goldeneye were doing their head thrust displays.  We also
saw a male Hooded Merganser.  Over at Ladoga, we added American Coots and a
couple of Double-crested Cormorants to our list.


We drove out Lansingville Road to look for field birds—and found them!  We
stopped for a small flock of Horned Larks, and then a larger flock of more
than 60 Snow Buntings flew up in the same general area.  We scoped these
birds for a while, which unfortunately were not very close, but we found no
Longspurs.

On Fenner Road, we heard more Horned Larks, and spent some time trying to
get better views of a couple of sparrows that were hiding in the ditch.
Ken saw that one was a Savannah Sparrow, but no one else got a good view.
The other bird appeared to be a Song Sparrow.


On our way back along route 34B, we had a Rough-legged Hawk flying
overhead.  This was a very enjoyable trip with a great group of people on a
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[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Saturday, February 20

2016-02-16 Thread Diane Morton
Diane Morton and Ken Kemphues will lead a Cayuga Bird Club field trip this
Saturday morning, 8 am to noon.  Meet at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
parking lot.

We will stop at a few spots along Cayuga Lake to look for ducks and other
waterfowl and will also look for wintering field birds in the Lansing and
King Ferry areas.

Wear warm layers - it can be very cold if there is any wind. Waterproof
boots are also a good idea. Bring a snack, binoculars and scope (if you
have one).

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[cayugabirds-l] Rough-legged Hawk

2016-01-09 Thread Diane Morton
Rough-legged hawk at Scofield Road 10:40 am

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Newsletter

2016-01-03 Thread Diane Morton
I sent out the January Cayuga Bird Club Newsletter last night.  If you are
a Cayuga Bird Club member and have not received it, let me know.  Some
email programs (like gmail) may put group mailings like ours (coming from
the Mailchimp service) in Spam or Promotions folders, so take a look there
if you don't see it.

Past Cayuga Bird Club Newsletters can be viewed at
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/newsletters.

Happy New Year!

Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club Newsletter Editor

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[cayugabirds-l] Hudsonian Godwit at Eaton Marsh on Saturday

2015-09-27 Thread Diane Morton
I had a good trip up to Montezuma yesterday, and got to see the Hudsonian
Godwit for a couple of minutes at about noon before it took off flying to
the north.

The bird was at the beginning of Eaton Marsh on Wildlife Drive, and I took
a few photos of it before it flew.  Because this is only my second
Hudsonian Godwit ever, I was feeling rather insecure about the ID; I
realize how much more fun it is to have Ken (my husband and usual birding
partner) along for joint confirmation and celebration of new birds.  Alas,
he is out of town and missed this bird.
The long, upturned, bicolored bill of the godwit was very distinctive, and
when the bird flew it had a striking white stripe across the tail. It
looked to be a Juvenile Hudsonian Godwit, when I compare to Sibley's
illustrations. I later shared the photo with Jay who confirmed the ID,
making me feel much more confident about posting about it here. I included
two photos of the godwit with my ebird list for Wildlife Drive yesterday.

I had stopped earlier at East Road to look out on Knox-Marcellus after
receiving Jay's RBA about a Hudsonian Godwit there.  But the few shorebirds
were so distant from that vantage point, that I headed over to Wildlife
Drive.  However, Gary K stayed at East Rd and texted that he had found the
Hudsonian Godwit at Knox-Marcellus-- about 20 minutes before I came upon
the one at Wildlife Drive. Two birds?

There were Black-bellied Plovers both at the visitor's center and at Eaton
Marsh.  I was also pleased to see a greater variety of ducks along Wildlife
Drive.  Where we had seen only Wood Ducks on the left side of the drive
last week, yesterday there were Gadwall, American Wigeon and one Pintail.

On my way up to Montezuma, I stopped at Myers Point.  There the most
surprising bird was a female RING-NECKED PHEASANT, on the gravel shore with
the Gulls!  This was on the curved portion of the shore.  The pheasant saw
me moving for my camera and ducked out of sight. A few minutes later I went
near the flagpole for a different angle on the cove area, but I did not see
the pheasant again.

It was a good day to be out birding!

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Muckrace this weekend

2015-09-18 Thread Diane Morton
This weekend is the Montezuma Muckrace, a 24-hour race to find as many bird
species as possible within the 242-square-mile area that comprises the
Montezuma wetlands complex. The event is a fundraiser for the Montezuma
National Wildlife Refuge; funds raised from the Muckrace will go to support
restoration of wetlands and wildlife habitat and expansion of environmental
education and access.

I will be birding with team "From Heron to Bitternity", including Ken
Kemphues, Meena Haribal, Mark Chao (and hopefully, Tilden Chao).  If you 'd
like to make a donation to the muckrace as part of our team's efforts or
any other team, or even no team at all, you can do that at the Friends of
Montezuma website:
http://friendsofmontezuma.org/projects-programs/muckrace/ .

Thanks!

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Great Egret at Sapsucker Woods 6-13

2015-06-13 Thread Diane Morton
This morning Ken and I led a beginner bird walk at Sapsucker Woods.  One
highlight was a gorgeous breeding plumage Great Egret.  We all had great
looks at its green facial skin through the scope.  We observed the bird
from the vine-covered pergola that looks out on the pond (just south of the
bird feeder area).  Later I went to get my camera for a photo, but the bird
was no longer at this spot.  I hope it returns!

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Warbler that sounds like Golden-winged

2015-05-17 Thread Diane Morton
After birding in the Hawthorn Orchard this morning, where the highlight for
us was a good close look at a quiet Gray-Cheeked Thrush, Ken and I decided
to go out to Michigan Hollow.  There were so many warblers and other
passerines along Michigan Hollow Road that it took us quite a bit of time
to travel 3 miles of the unpaved section.

One of the first warblers that we heard, but never located, had a song that
exactly matched that of Golden-winged Warbler in the Sibley app. There were
also Blue-winged Warblers singing in this area, so we didn't know if the
bird was really a Golden-winged, or a hybrid that sang like a
Golden-Winged.  It quieted after a few minutes and we never found it.  We
hope that someone else might have better luck with this bird.   The spot is
just after the Beagle Club on Michigan Hollow Road, where the road becomes
unpaved.

A few miles further up the road we got to see the Acadian Flycatcher
singing; an unseen Winter Wren was singing from the same area.

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Clay-colored Sparrow on Cornell Campus

2015-05-06 Thread Diane Morton
The Clay-colored Sparrow is flying around again today between Stimson and
Goldwin-Smith Halls near East Avenue.  It is a noisy spot, but the buzzy
song is distinctive enough to stand out.
At one point the bird was in the grass near us and I was able to get some
photos of it-- hope others get the opportunity to see this sparrow.

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[cayugabirds-l] Vesper and other Sparrows on Burdick Hill Rd

2015-04-08 Thread Diane Morton
Tuesday evening Ken and I went over to Burdick Hill Rd with the hope of finding 
Eastern Meadowlarks.  We ran into Bob Horn who pointed us to a section of the 
road where he had just photographed a Savannah Sparrow.  There were many Song 
Sparrows flying between the shrubs and the edge of the road, but we also saw 
the white tail flashes of a Vesper Sparrow and then heard one singing.  At one 
point there were Vesper, Savannah, Song and Tree sparrows all pecking in the 
grit next to the blacktop on the roadside-- very nice for comparisons. 

We didn't hear Meadowlarks at Burdick Hill Rd, but we went home via Snyder Road 
where we heard several Eastern Meadowlarks and saw them flying over the airport 
fields.

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[cayugabirds-l] 13 Bonaparte's Gulls at Stewart Park

2015-04-07 Thread Diane Morton
Looking north from the Swan Pen, Ken and I saw 13 Bonaparte's Gulls
swooping over the lake. At least one is transitioning to a dark facial
plumage pattern.  8:40 am

Diane

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lapland Longspur

2015-02-01 Thread Diane Morton
100s of Horned Larks and Snow Buntings and at least 2 Lapland Longspurs in
this field at 10:20 am today. A red- tailed hawk occasionally comes by and
scatters all these birds and the 100 or so crows. But the birds come back.
-Diane  Ken

On Thursday, January 29, 2015, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:

 This field NW of Ledyard Rd  Dixon Rd (Town of Ledyard, Cayuga County)
 had exposed corn among stubble close to Ledyard Rd, and scores of HORNED
 LARKS were easy to see. We initially saw the LAPLAND LONGSPUR with a few of
 the larks on the road shoulder, but when they moved north into the field to
 join the other larks, we did not spend enough time to refind it. With more
 patience and less blowing snow I think it could have been found. Farther NW
 in that same field, west of some power lines and north of a low rise, we
 saw about 20 SNOW BUNTINGS flying up briefly, perhaps part of a larger
 group. Again, with less wind and more patience they might be refound.

 --Dave Nutter


 On Jan 29, 2015, at 03:42 PM, Ann Mitchell annmitchel...@gmail.com
 javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','annmitchel...@gmail.com'); wrote:

 On Ledyard Road just west of Dixon Road. In with a flock of Horned Larks
 on side of the road. Super looks!
 Good birding,
 Ann

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club field trip report Jan 24

2015-01-24 Thread Diane Morton
Thirteen people went out today for a half-day field trip.  After a brief
stop to look for Peregrine Falcon at Bradfield Hall, with no luck, we
headed down to East Shore Park.  Here we saw a variety of waterfowl, though
not in the huge numbers that have recently been seen.  We had good looks at
Common Mergansers and Lesser Scaup close in, and Canvasbacks among the
Redheads.  This turned out to be a good spot for identifying both females
and males of these waterfowl. Common Goldeneye were out a little farther
and Paul also spotted a Common Loon.

We next headed up to Myers Point Marina, where we saw Gadwall, a female
Hooded Merganser, more Lesser Scaup and Black Duck in with the Mallards.
Susan spotted a beautiful Northern Pintail. Groups of Common Goldeneye not
far offshore were doing their head-throw displays which were a lot of fun
to watch.   The water was very calm on this side of the point.  Out at the
spit, it was much windier and cold, but there we saw a group of Tundra
Swans before they took off in flight.  A raft of Redheads was visible North
of Salt Point, but too far away for us to pick through.

From Myers, we went out to Davis and Mahaney Roads looking for Horned Larks
and Snow Buntings, and were disappointed not to find any, even at Belltown
Dairy.  As we continued to Center Road, Ken saw one Horned Lark; it perched
briefly on a corn stalk for us.  We could hear a few others and saw two
more fly by, but wished that the flock had been larger, and that they had
stuck around long enough for everyone to see.  After our rather
disappointing search for field birds, we went over to Algerine Road for
Wild Turkeys.  At first, it looked like we had struck out here as well, but
there were 7 turkeys far in the back field.

This was the first birding field trip that Ken and I have led. We very much
enjoyed the company of everyone in the group!

Diane Morton  Ken Kemphues

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[cayugabirds-l] CBC field trip date changed to Saturday, June 24

2015-01-22 Thread Diane Morton
The weather forecast continues to look better for a birding field trip on
Saturday than on Sunday.  So we've changed the date of this trip to *Saturday,
June 24*.

This will be a half-day trip, 8 am to noon.  Meet at the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology parking lot.

We will be making stops along the lake and will also look for Snow
Buntings, Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs in the King Ferry area.  Wear
warm layers -  it can be very cold if there is any wind. Bring a snack,
binoculars and scope (if you have one).

All are invited regardless of experience level or membership status.  Any
questions-- contact Diane at dianegmor...@gmail.com.

-Diane Morton  Ken Kemphues

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[cayugabirds-l] Field trip JAN 24 not JUNE 24

2015-01-22 Thread Diane Morton
The field trip will, of course, be this Saturday, January 24-- not in June!

I sent out a corrected post, but for some reason it has not yet gone
through.

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