Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cardinals still nesting.

2022-08-28 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Bluebirds are nesting again in a nest box across the loop road from my cottage 
here at Kendal. They nested there earlier this summer.

I saw the male take away a fecal sac 2-3 days ago & my neighbor, Nelly Farnham, 
& I see the parents bringing insects to the box. I saw the female with a big 
bug go to the box opening at twilight today.
Nelly saw at least 1 chick inside when she took a quick peek.

Donna Scott
Kendal at Ithaca
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On Aug 28, 2022, at 11:06 PM, t...@ottcmail.com wrote:

 A pair of cardinals currently is feeding young in a large spirea bush just 
outside our kitchen window.  Nest construction began 8/5, completed 8/6, 
incubation underway by 8/10.  At least one nestling had hatched by last Tuesday 
(8/23) when at different times each parent was observed feeding it/them over 
the course of the day.   Nest is quite well built & sturdy and they seem to be 
diligent parents.  The nest is so close to the window (maybe 2' away, at eye 
level) that we try to stay away and not watch them too closely - plus nest 
unusually has high sides and we can't see what's inside yet anyway.

According to Birds of the World, nestlings generally fledge at 9 or 10 days, 
and can "fly strongly" a week after that but still depend on their parents for 
help with food.  They  "attain independence from parental feeding 25–56 days 
after fledging."  Since they don't migrate, perhaps they don't need to mature 
as early in the season - they don't need to bulk up for a long flight, just 
learn how to find food so they can get through the winter and whatever they 
might learn in summer won't do them that much good come November or January 
anyway.

The current Breeding Bird Atlas Breeding Guidelines Bar 
Graph
 lists N. Cardinals are "B" (Breeding) through mid-August and "E" (either 
migration or breeding, which in their case presumably means either dispersal or 
breeding) through the end of October.


On 8/28/2022 10:05 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
Twice this afternoon a female Northern Cardinal flew toward my birdfeeder 
carrying a substantial white object in her bill. Both times the cargo was a 
fecal sac, which she dropped where I could see it clearly when she perched a 
couple feet away from the feeder before she perched on the feeder and fed 
briefly on sunflower seeds. Probably there are folks reading this who know 
better than I, and I’m interested in your opinions, but it seems to me that 
August 28 is pretty late to have nestlings, which is what her activity 
indicated. Late or normal, it was cool to witness.

- - Dave Nutter
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird feeders & unwanted guests

2022-07-30 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Here at Kendal I have set up a bird bath and it is used by many birds and also 
sometimes the squirrels. And perhaps nocturnal visitors.
I empty and clean it every other day because it wants to keep turning into a 
slugey pond.

I temporarily have all my feeders hanging in trees due to not getting baffled 
posts installed yet.
So, I get big ants in the humming bird feeder, but the H birds seem to get 
sugar water OK.
Again, I clean and refill that feeder frequently.

Donna

Donna L. Scott
377 Savage Farm Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850


-Original Message-
From: bounce-126702868-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
 On Behalf Of Linda Orkin
Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2022 10:52 AM
To: Catharine O'Neill 
Cc: Barbara B. Eden ; CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird feeders & unwanted guests

I just want to remind all that we are in very dry conditions and all sources of 
liquid will be more essential for each creature. Their motivation to learn must 
be very elevated. 

All guests are considered to be co habitants on the land we share and all are 
welcome here. But we do have an effective squirrel baffle over our hummingbird 
feeder and two bird baths and a little garden pond that is utilized by all. 

Linda Orkin 
Ithaca ny 


> On Jul 30, 2022, at 9:21 AM, Catharine O'Neill  wrote:
> 
> The little teardrop feeder from Agway works. I mix four tbl. hot water and 
> one tbl. sugar every three days. No squirrels or ants feed there, just 
> hummingbirds. I have chipmunks but not ted squirrels.
> Catharine 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Jul 30, 2022, at 7:46 AM, Barbara B. Eden  wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> Madonna,
>> At my house the red tail squirrels and the chipmunks are devouring the sweet 
>> liquid from the feeders.  They have even figured out how to tip the base so 
>> it pours into their mouths! Fortunately, I have many flowering plants on my 
>> patio in pots that the hummingbirds are enjoying the nectar from every day
>> 
>> Best,
>> Barbara
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow billed cuckoo

2022-05-25 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I’ve had one or two cuckoos around my place too!
I’ve certainly got enough of the black spongy moth worms for them to eat.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On May 25, 2022, at 10:35 AM, Poppy Singer  wrote:

I haven’t yet seen it, but I’ve been hearing a yellow billed cuckoo around my 
house.
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[cayugabirds-l] Great crested flycatcher

2022-05-24 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Finally, I am getting to see my vocal great crested flycatcher in my yard!

He nicely landed on the very top of a spruce branch where I could see his 
pretty colors quite well and listen to his ‘reap’ song followed by a quiet 
little ‘burple’ sound.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] bird carcasses for the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates

2022-05-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
FYI.   5/20/22
lab of O receptionist just told me they will not accept any bird carcasses due 
to Avian Flu.
I just tried to give him an oriole that most likely was struck by a car in my 
road. But since i did not witness actual strike, he could not accept the dead 
bird.
I found it in middle of road. Looked freshly killed.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On May 18, 2022, at 11:10 AM, b_clise  wrote:


Late yesterday I discovered a deal female Baltimore Oriole in my yard. Since 
their arrival, I've seen several here, observed nest building in 3 locations, 
and have been going through grape jelly at a feverish pace. I considered 
retrieving the body for donation, but a male has been frequently landing on the 
carcass, looking at it, fluttering it's wings, then flying off, several times 
per hour. I opted to let nature take its course and let the poor little guy go 
through its grieving process ( if that's what's going on?). Also worth noting , 
I have no orioles at my feeder (highly irregular) and only 2 males chasing 
eachother through my yard, versus the presence of several in the trees. I'm not 
sure why these sudden changes but will keep watch. I can only guess some sort 
of predation. Barbara Clise,  in King Ferry



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 Original message 
From: Irby Lovette 
Date: 5/16/22 11:48 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] bird carcasses for the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates

Dear Cayugabirds community —

When you encounter birds in New York State that have died of natural causes and 
that are in good condition, please consider donating them to become specimens 
in the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates, which is located in the same building as 
the Lab of Ornithology. At the CUMV we largely rely on these ’salvage’ 
specimens to keep our collection current, as there are all kinds of things one 
can do with a modern specimen that can’t so easily be done with older specimens.

We maintain all New York and federal permits for this purpose. We do not 
maintain state permits for most other states, so please do not donate birds 
from farther afield.

The major exception pertains to Bald and Golden Eagles: special federal laws 
cover eagles and we are not allowed to accept eagle materials.

When preparing to bring us a bird carcass:

1. Place it in a ziplock-type bag, one bird per bag.
2. Inside the bag include a slip of paper that notes the date the bird was 
found, the location, and your name. Specimens without date and location have 
little research value.
3. Put the bag in your freezer if you must, but then bring it to us as soon as 
possible (technically, you are allowed to possess these birds only if you are 
actively bringing them to a designated museum like the CUMV).
4. On arrival at the Lab during open visitor hours, just let the person at the 
front reception desk know that you want to drop off a specimen.

Please be sure to consider your own personal health and safety when handling 
dead birds. If you can use a ziplock like a ‘glove’ and never touch the bird, 
so much the better. If you need to touch it, wash your hands immediately and 
thoroughly. As you probably know, this is an avian flu outbreak year, so being 
especially cautious is wise (though there have been no human cases thus far). 
Personally I would not hesitate to bring in a bird that died of a known trauma 
like a window-strike, cat kill, or car-strike, but I would think twice about 
handling without PPE a dead bird found with no known cause of death.

Best to all,

Irby Lovette
Director, CUMV


Begin forwarded message:

From: Andrew David Miller 
mailto:andrew.mil...@cornell.edu>>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Lawrence's warbler - mortality
Date: May 16, 2022 at 9:12:34 AM EDT
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
Reply-To: Andrew David Miller 
mailto:andrew.mil...@cornell.edu>>

Due to the rarity of this warbler, I thought that some might be interested in 
the following.  I found a window mortality Lawrence’s warbler outside of the 
Veterinary Research Tower on Cornell’s campus this morning.  Bird mortalities 
have decreased here since they put new glass in about 6 years ago, but every 
spring and fall there are still a few dead birds that I find. In case anyone 
wants the bird for study, I have saved it in my lab freezer.

-Andrew Miller

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[cayugabirds-l] Bobolinks

2022-05-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
What town is this, please?

Donna Scott
Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] T Vulture

2022-05-12 Thread Donna Lee Scott
This morning I was with my grounds worker & we were going into the boathouse on 
the beach to clear out leaves & piles of sticks brought by flood last fall.
As I open the door, there was a loud commotion & then I saw a smallish Turkey 
Vulture flying inside at the lake end of boathouse!
It landed on the gravel & got out under the boat exit doors, the bottom if 
which is 2 feet above the ground!

That was curious, but lately TVs have been perched on roof of & trees near 
boathouse.
However as Rick & I started cleaning the gravel floor, I found in a little 
scrape with a few leaves one lovely speckled egg!
Ms. TV wants to nest in there!

Ordinarily this would be fine with me, but june 6 I am moving to Kendal & a 
couple weeks after that my house (& the boathouse) goes up for sale.

Will a month +  be enough time for more eggs to be laid, incubated , hatched & 
chicks fledged?

I am SO busy now, I don’t have time to look up this info.

Another bother: she is pooping in there & it is quite stinky -not a prime 
condition for selling real estate!

What to do?

Donna Scott
Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] YT VIREO

2022-05-07 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Among other birds, I just enjoyed seeing & hearing (along with Merlin) a 
Yellow-throated Vireo on Salmon Creek Rd, north of FLLT Preserve, where there 
is a green grassy field on east/right side of road.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] Redstart

2022-05-07 Thread Donna Lee Scott
My FOY Amer. Redstart on Lansing Station Rd. !

Donna Scott
Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] Wood thrush

2022-05-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Just heard FOY in my woods across road!

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Oriole!

2022-04-29 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Just saw my FOY Baltimore Oriole at orange/jelly feeder in back yard.
Sarah Blodgett had one in her yard down the road a couple days ago, so I 
immediately put out the fruit.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Vultures at home

2022-04-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
6 Turkey Vultures were waddling around my back yard when something spooked 
them. Now they are perched in trees over yard.

This seems to be an occasional phenom. here on Lansing Station Rd, as neighbors 
report the same sightings now & then.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Avian flu

2022-04-19 Thread Donna Lee Scott
My brother from Florida who is a beginning birder and who feeds birds asked me 
this same question, so I went to the USDA/APHIS website to see if there is any 
advice there.
(I have not seen any advice from the Lab of O).

USDA APHIS | 2022 Detections of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Wild 
Birds

This site shows some Florida birds found dead from the bird flu. N=62. All over 
the state.
Black vulture, bald eagle, brown pelican, scaup (ducks).
[New York also has had birds dead from this virus]

Nothing I looked at said to stop bird feeding at feeders.
However, a couple places mentioned keeping feeders cleaned regularly to help 
stop  spread of any diseases.

Basically cleaning bird feeders is like doing human food dishes in a restaurant:

Wash all debris away with warm, soapy water.
Rinse well.
Immerse in or spray with a bleach solution mixed acc. to directions on bottle.
Water with bleach should be around 75 degrees, not super hot.
Air dry before re-filling with bird seed.



Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882
d...@cornell.edu

From: bounce-126496286-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
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Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2022 6:30 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Avian flu

Does anyone have any information about whether we should be taking down feeders 
as a result of the recent outbreak of avian flu?

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[cayugabirds-l] Bonaparte’s Gull

2022-04-04 Thread Donna Lee Scott
One seen, circling in water at spit at Myers Park, Lansing.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] An o-K bird day!

2022-04-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Altho I have heard Loons calling on Cayuga Lake for a couple weeks, today I 
finally got by the shore & saw one!
Also, a nice flock of Cedar Waxwings were eating Multiflora Rose Hips right by 
Lansing Station Road.

On a drive around N. Lansing & Genoa/king Ferry area, it was an o-K day
 -I saw a Killdeer on Jerry Smith rd, then 2 Kestrels on Holden & Gulf Rds. , 
then a 3rd Kestrel on NY Rt 90 just west of Indian Field Rd. west of Genoa.
Lotsa male Kowbirds in my yard.
I know  - - Korny!

Also saw 2 Red-tailed Hawks during the drive.

Donna Scott
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] new yard bird - peacock in yard

2022-03-26 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Wow!
40 years ago, we lost a white peacock - it wandered away from our ‘farmette’ on 
W. Niemi Rd., W. Dryden.

It took all this time for Blanche to get to your house!  :-)

Donna Scott
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On Mar 26, 2022, at 5:45 PM, Robyn Bailey  wrote:


Much to my surprise, a new yard bird appeared today…a white peacock! I live in 
the woods near Myer’s Park / Lansing School and if anyone is missing a peacock 
in this area, please have them email me. I have never seen or heard a peacock 
in the neighborhood.

It seems to have hunkered down for the night, but I hope its owners can come 
get it.

Best,

Robyn Bailey

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[cayugabirds-l] C Loon

2022-03-23 Thread Donna Lee Scott
About 7:30 this morning I heard the call of a C Loon on Cayuga Lake.

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese

2022-03-13 Thread Donna Lee Scott
~500 on water, west side Cayuga lake, opposite Lansing Station Rd , Lansing.

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[cayugabirds-l] Blackbirds

2022-03-12 Thread Donna Lee Scott
It’s like Hitchcock‘s “the birds” movie over here this morning!
100s of Redwinged-BBs & C. Grackles, with a few Brown-headed Cowbirds, vying 
for bird seed.

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[cayugabirds-l] Whoops -693 Lans Stat Rd

2022-03-11 Thread Donna Lee Scott
House where Audubon’d YR Warbler seen earlier = 693 , not 699 Lansing Station 
Rd.
Sorry.

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[cayugabirds-l] Audubon’s Yellow Rumped Warbler

2022-03-11 Thread Donna Lee Scott
…has been in yard at Sarah Blodgette’s at 699 Lansing Station Rd off NY Rt 34-B 
in Lansing, by the lake.
She said You are welcome to come look for it. It had been in her back yard for 
awhile.

Just remember, you can’t count the chickens “as birds!”

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Geese

2022-03-06 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Besides seeing a large raft of Snow Geese on the water on the West side of the 
lake, opposite LeVanna (ny rt. 90) this morning, I also saw a nice group of 
just white ones in several vees fly right over me in Poplar Ridge on Rt. 34-B, 
later in the morning! Gorgeous in the sun.

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882
607-379-1694
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The flight of geese yesterday was amazing.  I walked the Yorkies east on Mt. 
Pleasant Road, around 11:30 on.  At the top of the hill east past my house you 
could see lines of geese both east and west, heading N.  With my binocs, I 
could make out lines of geese west of the Observatory and to the east-way out 
over the hills.  A couple flocks that flew directly overhead, had some Snow 
Geese mixed in.  I only saw a couple groups of just Snow Geese.  I was up there 
for maybe 35-40 minutes and they were still going over when I got home.

Gladys

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2022-03-06 Thread Donna Lee Scott
1000s on west side Cayuga Lake opposite LeVanna (NY Rt. 90)

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[cayugabirds-l] Audubon’s Yellow-Rumped Warbler

2022-03-03 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Seen part way up driveway at 644 Lansing Station Rd., Lansing New York. 
Foraging in Cedar tree with Titmouse & BC Chickadee.

Bright yellow : throat, cap on head, sides & rump. Adult male breeding plumage.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] red-bellied woodpecker

2022-03-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I have had a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers all winter here by lake.

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On Mar 1, 2022, at 2:33 PM, Deb Grantham  wrote:


One red-bellied woodpecker seen three times within an hour on Monday afternoon. 
Lit on silver maple. Sheffield Road, just north of Rt. 79.

Deb


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[cayugabirds-l] Eagle & geese

2022-03-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
A mature Bald Eagle just launched itself from one of my lake-cliff trees & 
flushed about 55 C. Geese which were resting on the water below!

The geese flew out to middle of lake & eagle flew south.

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[cayugabirds-l] Horned larks/ gray ghost

2022-02-27 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Flocks of Horned Larks east of King Ferry Winery, Center rd.

Gray Ghost harrier downhill from Long Pt Winery, off NY Rt 90.
C Geese everywhere.

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[cayugabirds-l] Blackbirds!

2022-02-25 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I have a huge flock of red wing blackbirds with several grackles mixed in 
eating under and on all my feeders!
I estimate about 250 Red Wings &
at least 10 grackles.
They keep spooking and flying up to the trees and then back down, so hard to 
count.

I have thrown out quarts of cracked corn and sunflower seed on the ground for 
them.

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[cayugabirds-l] Robins

2022-02-07 Thread Donna Lee Scott
About 200 Robins eating cedar berries in my trees & flying around!
5 Mallards eating corn & bird seed in backyard.

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[cayugabirds-l] Horned Larks, et al

2022-02-06 Thread Donna Lee Scott
On and around Saxton Road off Indian Field Road north west of Genoa, I enjoyed 
seeing at least 65 Horned Larks & 7 Snow Buntings foraging on & in roads by big 
Sunnyside Dairy.
Probably after road salt & droppings from large farm trucks that went by.

Then saw roughly 300 European Starlings around big silage storage area.

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[cayugabirds-l] 2 ducks, 3 crows

2022-02-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
It was fun to see 2 Mallards (pair) fly up from lake to join the 3 regular 
Crows foraging on cracked corn & sunflower seeds I had scattered on ground near 
backyard bird feeders this morning!

Many years ago, one winter, I had almost 100 ducks in backyard for several 
days, including an almost all-white Mallard.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Surprise!

2022-01-23 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Recently (fall?) I had 2 T Vultures sitting awkwardly on the top bars of my 
backyard feeders!
Many years I see wave after wave of them flying from north to south over my 
house by lake.

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On Jan 23, 2022, at 10:29 AM, Deb Grantham  wrote:

I also have them flying over and circling, but rarely see any on the ground 
unless there's something dead. But early winter, I saw 3 high in a tree, early 
in the day. I watched them stretch their wings, sun a little, and then take 
off. One took longer to wake up, took off about 10 minutes after the other 2. 
First time I've seen that in the 11 years I've lived here.

I'm on Sheffield Road, Ithaca/Enfield town line.

Deb


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I’ve had turkey vultures fly over the house many times.  But I’ve got a single 
one sitting in a tree 200 ft. behind my house.  That’s a first, especially at 
this time of year.   I wonder if there’s something dead way out back.  I’ve had 
a lot of crows out there too which I don’t normally have.  I’m near Auburn.

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[cayugabirds-l] Ravens

2022-01-23 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Also yesterday PM, a pair of croaking Ravens treated me to a fun flight display 
over the front yard.

& this morning ‘my’ usual 3 A. Crows are joining the many Blue Jays eating bird 
food & other goodies in back yard.
Nice to have these Corvids! I hope they hang around for Great Backyard Bird 
Count.

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[cayugabirds-l] Redheads

2022-01-23 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Nice raft of ~900 Redheads w/ some Scaup sp. (with C. Geese & mallards) 
swimming & diving at my shore 535 Lansing Station Rd. late yesterday afternoon. 
Seen from lakeside deck.
Unable to go closer at that time to get more details.

Tundra Swans reported offshore by 693 Lansing Station Rd. as well.

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[cayugabirds-l] Horned Larks

2022-01-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Saw 50 Horned Larks foraging in grass beside pavement at ~48 Emmons Rd Lansing, 
east of Rt 34-B.
FOY for me!

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] American Robins

2022-01-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Wow! I thought I had a good number of Robins here on east shore of Cay. L. in 
my berry-packed cedar trees, at 15 birds!
5,273 Robins is incredible!

Donna L. Scott
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Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2022 7:01 PM
To: Joshua Snodgrass 
Cc: Carol Keeler ; Marty Schlabach ; 
CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Robins

Hey All,

I figured I’d throw my Robin observations from the Trumansburg area into the 
mix. Each morning and evening, thousands of robins move between their evening 
roost and daytime foraging areas. I haven’t yet had a chance to pin down either 
of those locations - perhaps a project for next week. This evening, I 
individually counted a remarkable 5,273 robins as they passed overhead! Based 
on observations that have been entered into eBird, this count is more than 
double the previous high count for Tompkins County!

Here are more details on eBird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S101107915; 
https://ebird.org/checklist/S100997128

Cheers,
Aaron Yappert
Trumansburg



On Jan 16, 2022, at 1:11 PM, Joshua Snodgrass 
mailto:cedarsh...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Today, while doing a waterfowl survey that included Taughannock SP, I had about 
10 American Robins along the South cove. There were also several Eastern 
Bluebirds and a wintering Yellow-rumped Warbler. There was at least one more, 
if not two more Yellow-rumped Warblers along the creek at North Point of 
Taughannock SP near the big cedar/arbor vitae type tree.
Thanks,
Josh

On Sun, Jan 16, 2022, 7:33 AM Carol Keeler 
mailto:carolk...@adelphia.net>> wrote:
Two days ago I had a huge ,30-40 , flock of robins come into my yard to eat my 
winterberries.  About 15 were around yesterday.
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On Jan 15, 2022, at 9:46 PM, Marty Schlabach 
mailto:m...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

A flock of 30-40 robins flew up from the side of the road near Taughannock, 
along Taughannock Park Rd near where it meets rt. 89.--Marty

===
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8407 Powell Rd. home  607-532-3467
Interlaken, NY 14847   cell315-521-4315
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[cayugabirds-l] Redheads

2022-01-19 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Moderate-sized flock of Redheads diving & swimming back & forth by my beach.
More flying in!
Probably a few Scaup sp too. (I am watching from house above lake).

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[cayugabirds-l] Raven

2022-01-18 Thread Donna Lee Scott
A Raven sat croaking in a backyard tree, overlooking several Mourning Doves 
feeding on ground bird food a few minutes ago!
What fun!

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] It’s Lake road…

2022-01-16 Thread Donna Lee Scott
…Not Long Point Rd.
Rafts of Aythyas N of Long Pt State Park.
On Cayuga Lake.
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[cayugabirds-l] Aythyas

2022-01-16 Thread Donna Lee Scott
1000s of Aythyas in several rafts off Long Point Road, Aurora, north of state 
park.
Mostly Redheads with some Scaup sp, Ringnecks, & Golden Eyes, along with 
Mallards. So far can’t see Canvasback.
I don’t have scope with me. Drat.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club - January meeting 1/10/21 7:30 pm TONIGHT!

2022-01-10 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Link to register not working…

Donna Scott
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On Jan 10, 2022, at 12:44 PM, Laura Stenzler  wrote:


It's time for one of the Cayuga Bird Club's favorite meetings - Monday, January 
10th @ 7:30, TONIGHT!

SHARE  YOUR  PHOTOS  NIGHT !

Club members  will share a maximum of five photos during the 3 minutes they 
will have to take the stage. But EVERYONE is invited to watch!

Kevin McGowan will once again host this meeting

Register in advance for the Zoom meeting link: 
https://tinyurl.com/cbc2022-01.

Looking forward to seeing photos from many of you!

Colleen Richards and Laura Stenzler
Cayuga Bird Club
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Suet question

2022-01-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Instead of going to trouble of making cylinders of suet, I just spread the fat 
mix into my feeding log holes with a little spatula.
It stays in the holes better than some commercially-made suet cylinders.

This used to work well with “Bark Butter” from Wild Birds Unlimited.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Jan 9, 2022, at 10:39 AM, Paul Schmitt  wrote:

Make your own!  Easy with a double boiler.  Plenty of recipes on internet.  I 
use lard, peanut butter, instant oats and a wee bit of corn meal (to thicken 
it).  No millet or other useless fillers.  Better than smelly beef fat too.  
Any tapered mold works to cast the block.   I use one of the plastic squares 
from a commercial suet cake and oil it for easy release.

Paul Schmitt

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On Jan 9, 2022, at 10:22 AM, t...@ottcmail.com wrote:

 I love Pine Tree Farms - nice people, good prices - and we get all our seed 
and suet there, but have never seen any suet there that didn't have seeds or 
peanuts in it.  You could try calling first - 607-532-4311. They also might 
have ideas for where to get some.  In decades of bird feeding, I don't think 
I've ever encountered it myself.

Good luck -

Alicia


Or you could make your own with a

On 1/9/2022 9:49 AM, Nancy Cusumano wrote:
Don't know if they will have what you are looking for, but you could try Pine 
Tree Farms in Interlaken, where they make suet blocks, logs etc. You have to go 
during business hours but they are usually very helpful.

On Sun, Jan 9, 2022 at 9:39 AM Peter Saracino 
mailto:petersarac...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Folks im looking for a suet log/cylinder for a suet holder I have. Just 
suetno embedded seeds. At least 6-7" high and a few inches in diameter. Any 
ideas where I can buy some. No luck at Tractor Supply, Running, Country Max or 
Wild Birds Unlimited, Amazon
Thanks.
Pete Sar

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[cayugabirds-l] Big flock

2022-01-08 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Many of us have been concerned about what seems to be low bird numbers in past 
weeks.
But yesterday & today I have ~ 48 Mourning Doves eating bird food in my back 
yard!
Also 2 regular Carolina Wrens, along with other usual suspects at feeding areas.
& I picked up a third Crow out back.

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[cayugabirds-l] Backyard raptor

2022-01-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
A Cooper’s Hawk zoomed onto a branch opposite my kitchen window just now, 
quickly scattering several Mourning Doves, 2 WB Nuthatches, & some DE Juncos.
I think they all saw the hawk in the sky before it landed, since they were 
already dashing away as it hit the branch!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] waterfowl hunting season and the Ithaca CBC

2021-12-31 Thread Donna Lee Scott
2 days ago we had a sizable flock of Goldeneyes off Bill George rd. N Lansing.
I hope they moved south of Myers!

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Dec 31, 2021, at 7:55 PM, Kevin J. McGowan  wrote:


Not much chatter this year about our Christmas Bird Count tomorrow.

As I read the regs (https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/2.html), we are not 
faced with a brand new opening of a duck-hunting season as we have experienced 
in the last few years. But, the season has been open all through December and 
ends on 2 January. A quick around-the-lake tour early this week found very few 
waterfowl anywhere, except a large Canada Goose flock out in the middle of the 
lake north of our area, as is usual for geese avoiding the hunting zones.

Let us hope for the big diver flock to remain at the south end of the lake, 
but, honestly, I’m not hoping for a lot along the lake at the north end of the 
circle.

Have a great day tomorrow!

Kevin

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[cayugabirds-l] Sharpie

2021-12-10 Thread Donna Lee Scott
When I was on my front porch yesterday, there was quite a squawking going on 
with all the house sparrows and other usual feeder birds.
Then I saw a small hawk zoom by and land in the barberry bush right across from 
me and then take off again after some birds!
A Sharp-shinned Hawk flew back & forth, very close to me,  landing momentarily 
in small trees while trying to catch a meal.
I don’t think it got a bird, but it was out of sight behind the big boxwood, so 
I couldn’t see it after a bit.

It either did not see me, or was so desperate to catch a bird that it ignored 
me standing on the porch.

Donna Scott
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] A great read for birders to consider by Bryan Pfeiffer

2021-12-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I like this idea, Bob.

Re SPCA, they do more than any other group to neuter/spay feral cats, & also 
cats of low-income people, with their free feral program & their low-cost 
program for pets of those with limited means. I sometimes trap ferals here & 
take them to SPCA.
All animals adopted from SPCA go home neutered.

And to repeat what I have recently posted at various online places:
The Finger Lakes Land Trust really needs donations NOW for the purchase of the 
Bell Station land from NYSEG.
for more info see www.fllt.org/savebellstation
This explains the way this deal works.

 NYS didn’t buy BS from NYSEG; nys just convinced NYSEG & Public Service 
Commission to let FLLT buy Bell Station for later transfer to NYS DEC as a 
Wildlife Mgt. Area, ensuring public access to this wonderful lakeshore-woods.

Non-profit FLLT does a masterful job at saving land from development in various 
ways & they always emphasize that what they do creates, improves & saves 
habitat for birds & wildlife!

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Dec 9, 2021, at 8:31 AM, Stephanie P. Herrick  wrote:


I like this idea Bob,  for two reasons:

1. It benefits two worthy and appropriate local groups
2. The very act of making a mindful contribution encourages us to reflect on 
why we are doing it

Thanks for suggesting!   Looking forward to others thoughts!

- S

From: bounce-126137445-82496...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of bob mcguire 

Sent: Thursday, December 9, 2021 8:20:11 AM
To: Dave Nutter 
Cc: linda orkin ; John Gregoire 
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] A great read for birders to consider by Bryan 
Pfeiffer

Me too (a movement here?).

And I have one small idea on how to deal with it. Bird clubs organize field 
trips, and participation is free. What if each participant was encouraged (not 
required, just encouraged) to donate - say - $10 to either the Land Trust or 
the SPCA? The Land Trust because they are a major player in habitat 
conservation, and the SPCA because they (and I’d have to check this out) play a 
role in reducing the number of feral/outdoor cats. Local organizations, local 
impact.

Could something like this fly?

Bob McGuire

On Dec 8, 2021, at 4:11 PM, Dave Nutter 
mailto:nutter.d...@me.com>> wrote:

Better said than I could have, though such concerns have been brewing for me a 
long time. So, how do we deal with it? As individuals, as organizations, as 
unorganized groups? Thoughts welcome.

- - Dave Nutter

On Dec 8, 2021, at 11:02 AM, Linda Orkin 
mailto:wingmagi...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Thanks John.

Yes I had also read that, with great interest. Lots to think about. I embrace 
these thoughts fully.

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY

On Dec 8, 2021, at 10:21 AM, John Gregoire 
mailto:johnandsuegrego...@gmail.com>> wrote:


Birdwatching’s Carbon Problem | Bryan 
Pfeiffer
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: GOVERNOR HOCHUL ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO PROTECT PRISTINE CAYUGA LAKE WATERFRONT PROPERTY

2021-12-07 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Yes, the DEC asked that FLLT act as its intermediary in the transaction. This 
is a usual occurrence.
Fllt buys the land, then later when state funds are available, FLLT gets 
reimbursed ( that $ then goes to other land preservation).

The state did NOT buy the land during all these announcements.
Various officials just worked w NYSEG & the Public Service Commission to take 
BELL Station off auction block & get NYSEG to agree to sell it for a negotiated 
price to FLLT.  & the Public Service Comm. had to agree to this, too.

Anyway, the deal is not yet done to save BS.
they need to raise the $ rather quickly, hence need for donations from all of 
us.
FLLT is a non-profit, so donations are tax deductible.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Dec 7, 2021, at 8:34 AM, Suan Hsi Yong  wrote:


The current purchase is by the FLLT, which plans to sell it to the DEC within a 
year or so. My understanding is that the state machinery for such land 
acquisition is a slow process, which is why the FLLT is stepping in as an 
intermediary, being more agile in its ability to make such purchases.

Suan

On Mon, Dec 6, 2021 at 10:06 PM madonna stallmann 
mailto:madonnaoftheprai...@gmail.com>> wrote:
See the link below for more information about the deal.

I'm confused, (and I know I risk displaying how completely ignorant I am about 
how these deals work) why does the FLLT have to raise $500,000 for land that 
New York bought from NYSEG? Why is FLLT still having to deal with NYSEG?

https://ithacavoice.com/2021/12/nyseg-finger-lakes-land-trust-finalize-bell-station-land-deal/

Madonna Stallmann

On Wed, Dec 1, 2021, 4:47 PM Suan Hsi Yong 
mailto:suan.y...@gmail.com>> wrote:
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-announces-agreement-protect-pristine-cayuga-lake-waterfront-property


[https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2=b935c1ead4=0.1=17d92d4196eb36ce=fimg=ip=17d92d4196eb36ce=w1600-h1000=ANGjdJ9LwjGMqjfhB1lrcCfiB2P-XlJQNawAVN1Xhkch7Ewsm9Tzptf9EqBKmQ9M1vdndtwkgTYIwAtZvnO6ZX8phErIMYIsTB9kx64hJb-ah-iCnIV-OEPEYAkJrzg=emb=17d77f5e4b57e28af261]
For Immediate Release: 12/1/2021
GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL



GOVERNOR HOCHUL ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO PROTECT PRISTINE CAYUGA LAKE WATERFRONT 
PROPERTY



Governor Announces Agreement Between Finger Lakes Land Trust and New York State 
Electric & Gas



Agreement Secures Future Protection of the Largest Privately-Owned Shoreline 
Parcel along Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes



Finger Lakes Land Trust Will Acquire 470-Acre Bell Station Parcel



Photo Available 
Here



Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a land purchase agreement has been 
reached between the Finger Lakes Land Trust and New York State Electric & Gas 
Corp. for the 470-Acre Bell Station, the largest privately-owned undeveloped 
lake shoreline in the Finger Lakes. Governor Hochul in September announced that 
NYSEG had canceled the auction of land known as Bell Station with 3,400 feet of 
pristine shoreline on the east side of Cayuga Lake in Tompkins County, and that 
three state agencies would facilitate permanent protection of this parcel and 
maximize public access.



"The purchase of this land will guarantee its protection and preservation for 
future generations - making environmentally conscious decisions like this allow 
us peace of mind knowing our children and their children will have access to 
green space and a beautiful lakeview in the Finger Lakes," Governor Hochul 
said. "I am proud of the hard work and collaboration between our state 
agencies, NYSEG, and the Finger Lakes Land Trust to quickly move ahead with the 
sale agreement that will pave the way for the transfer of ownership of Bell 
Station."



DEC and the Finger Lakes Land Trust will create a public wildlife management 
area on the lakeshore portion of the property. Bell Station is recognized as a 
priority project in New York State's Open Space Plan and designated as future 
public access conservation land in the Town of Lansing Comprehensive Plan. The 
property sale does not require further review or approval by the Public Service 
Commission.



Cayuga Lake is a critical resource for drinking water, tourism, and recreation 
in the region. Preserving Bell Station will help protect critical habitat for 
plants and wildlife, and greatly enhance public recreation opportunities by 
providing direct shoreline access to the east side of Cayuga Lake, which is 90 
percent privately-owned. The lake supports incredible sport fisheries, 
including largemouth bass, chain pickerel, northern pike, crappie, yellow 
perch, sunfish, 

[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill cranes

2021-12-04 Thread Donna Lee Scott
a couple hundred at Knox Marcellus Marsh.
Many swans & CA Geese.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2021-12-04 Thread Donna Lee Scott
In corn field West of NY Rte 34-B, opp. Genoa-Venice townline rd.  about a mile 
north of King Ferry. N=~1000.
All Just took flight, probably towards Rt 90 & lake.

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[cayugabirds-l] OOB: $2 Million Gift to Archbold/FL Scrub Jays

2021-12-03 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Former Director of Lab of O J Fitzpatrick honored!

I visit Archbold Research Station when in central Florida to see FL Scrub Jays, 
White-eyed Towhees & Swallow-tailed Kites!
Very interesting place south of Lake Placid FL.

Donna Scott
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Date: December 3, 2021 at 8:30:31 AM EST
To: Donna Lee Scott 
Subject: $2 Million Gift to Archbold
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Director of Avian Ecology—our first
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the first John W. Fitzpatrick Director of Avian Ecology.

Venus, FL  Archbold Biological Station soars to new heights with generous gift 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Major loon flight

2021-11-16 Thread Donna Lee Scott
There is a howling north wind on the lake that must have helped them along!

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Nov 16, 2021, at 7:42 AM, Jay McGowan  wrote:


I'm down near Danby and seeing a really amazing flight of Common Loons heading 
south over the valley. 400+ so far in waves of 5-50.
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[cayugabirds-l] Tranquil Tuesday

2021-11-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Sometimes on nice fall days out here in NW Lansing it is blessedly QUIET!
Today has been like that - first by the lake and then along ‘my’ stream in the 
woods.

No cars, no planes, no noisy boats. Not even much wind.
Just calm, flat lake water, with a very occasional Loon bark to the west.

By the woodland stream no human sounds could be heard except when I resumed 
walking in the dry fallen leaves.
Then came faint bird songs - a flock of Robins flew in to feast on the 
bountiful clusters of wild grapes while quietly chirping now & then.

A WB Nuthatch tooted 2x & later a Red-bellied Woodpecker called while flitting 
from one dead tree to another.
And all the while the stream gently tumbled over the rocks & logs, making the 
only ‘noise.’

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[cayugabirds-l] Loons

2021-11-04 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Several Common Loons now on Cayuga Lake off Lansing Station Rd.
Calling what I call their squeaky “dog bark” calls.
2 in non-breeding plumage (juveniles?) right off my very flooded beach.  
Looking under the water & diving.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] parks by Dave N/& P Paradine

2021-10-29 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Just an addition to Dave Nutter’s wonderful, complete description of the parks 
west of Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca:

Re NYSEG’s work to provide safe, roomy, wooden nest platforms for Ospreys all 
over this region, we have their Forester, Paul Paradine, to thank.
Paul is quite knowledgeable about birds, biology, and trees & plants & with his 
NYSEG crew has donated much time to helping Ospreys & other birds. He himself 
does volunteer work at the Cass Park Children’s Garden & other smaller gardens.

Originally from Ontario, he also happens to be the husband of Robyn Bailey who 
manages bird nest programs for CLO.

Paul also has been a huge help to the management of projects at Salt Point by 
Cayuga Lake & Salmon Creek in Lansing.
 SPt is owned by NYS DEC, but is managed by Town of Lansing thru work of their 
Parks & Rec Dept. & Friends of Salt Point, Inc, a volunteer non-profit group 
that sets policy & organizes projects there, based on the Salt Point Master 
Plan. Years ago, Bob McGuire, Karen Edelstein & others wrote this plan.

Paul does not get enough credit for all the help he has given to birds & other 
species.
Thank you, Paul!

Donna Scott
Director, Friends of Salt Point, Inc.
Lansing
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On Oct 29, 2021, at 11:38 AM, Dave Nutter  wrote:

 I don’t think this rare bird report went out to the wider listserve.

On the morning of October 27th Jay McGowan found 2 CATTLE EGRETS in Cass Park 
in Ithaca.  They were with the couple hundred RING-BILLED GULLS who typically 
rest in the soccer fields at the north end of Cass Park, but after the heavy 
rains of the previous day they were foraging in the flooded lawns around the 
edges of the large pools of water in those soccer fields. All these birds were 
frequently making short flights to change which field they used.  Later in the 
day at least 1 CATTLE EGRET was resting on the docks in Treman Marina.

This morning, October 29th, Jay reports that at least 1 CATTLE EGRET is again 
in northern Cass Park’s wet soccer fields and on the Treman Marina docks where 
the gulls (mainly Ring-billed but also some Herring & a few Great Black-backed) 
typically rest.

By the way, I’ve noticed some understandable confusion as to boundaries of 
these 2 adjacent and popular parks.

ALLAN H. TREMAN STATE MARINE PARK (AHTSMP) is east and north of the Hangar 
Theater, bounded by NYS-89 on the west, Cayuga Lake on the north, and Cayuga 
Inlet on the east. The south border is very close to the south side of the boat 
ramp, its associated parking lot, and the entrance road from NYS-89 just south 
of the Hangar Theater. AHTSMP encompasses the boat ramp, the huge marina, a 
couple of weedy fields west and northwest of the marina (each with an Osprey 
nesting platform atop a pole), a bit of woods north of the marina, and an 
extensive and diverse wetland in the northwest part of the park. This wetland, 
known locally as Hog’s Hole or the Hog Hole, is named after a guy called Hoggy 
who lived in the area before the park was created.

This State Park also includes a large fenced enclosure for loose dogs, a 
compromise after years of scofflaw dog-owners breaking the City of Ithaca leash 
ordinance and the State Park regulations by persistently letting their dogs run 
around the park off-leash, frequently harassing other park patrons who walk 
there. The dog pen is the most extensive mowed lawn in AHTSMP, which has no 
playing fields.

There are some formal paths in AHTSMP which were created a couple years ago. 
Most are paved but some are gravel. Current policy is not to clear snow from 
any of them. They connect to the Cayuga Waterfront Trail in Cass Park which 
does clear snow from the CWT.

In a very unusual arrangement with the City of Ithaca, this State Park does not 
charge any entrance fee, although it does charge fees for using or parking at 
the boat ramp, and of course there is a fee for keeping a boat at the docks in 
the marina. A perk of the boat housing fee is having restrooms and showers 
which are locked to keep commoners out. However, the restrooms next to the park 
office building north of the boat ramp are usually unlocked and available to 
the general public. The parking lots are used for storing boats in winter but 
there is still space for park users to park.

I believe the reason that this park extends so much farther into Cayuga Lake 
than does Stewart Park is that much of the land in AHTSMP was created by 
dumping dirt dug up in the 1960s by significant widening & straightening of 
Cayuga Inlet which created the Flood Control Channel which is used by rowing 
crews, and which cut off Inlet Island. In the early 1980s, spoils from dredging 
of that channel were added which raised the fields above the wetlands and 
allowed creation of the knoll.

(Allan H Treman State Marine Park is not to be confused with Robert Treman 
State Park, named after Allan’s father, located a few miles south, and 
encompassing a spectacular gorge with waterfalls, trails, 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lots of TVs

2021-10-13 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I have lately seen T. Vultures in the 50s flying mostly south here on Lansing 
Station Rd.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Oct 13, 2021, at 10:09 AM, Laura Stenzler  wrote:

Hi all
An amusing scenario right now - about 150 Turkey vultures perched on fence 
posts and solar panels along Stevenson Road, Ithaca. Worth a trip to see them 
before they take to the skies for the day.

Laura

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l...@cornell.edu
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[cayugabirds-l] More info/Salt Point hunting

2021-09-30 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Salt Point hunting info. Below.
Donna Scott
Director, Friends of Salt Point Inc.
Lansing


On Sep 30, 2021, at 2:09 PM, Pat Tyrrell wrote:
Waterfowl
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/2.html
Deer
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html#deer
Patrick Tyrrell
Town of Lansing Parks & Rec. Supervisor

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[cayugabirds-l] More info/Salt Point hunting

2021-09-30 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Salt Point hunting info. Below.

Donna Scott
Director, Friends of Salt Point Inc.
Lansing

On Sep 30, 2021, at 2:09 PM, Pat Tyrrell wrote:
Waterfowl
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/2.html
Deer
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html#deer
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[cayugabirds-l] Salt Point hunting

2021-09-30 Thread Donna Lee Scott
As you may or may not know, Lansing’s Salt Point is a ‘wildlife management 
area’ owned by the New York State DEC. (Managed by friends of Salt Point for 
town of Lansing for most things-but not hunting; we have “an agreement/lease” 
with DEC).
> 
> Lately, the NYS DEC has been setting up more formal permits for people to 
> hunt in there ( more formal than in past), so you will see new signs around 
> and three blinds at various places on the shore. 

> I don’t know when hunting there is to begin, but thought I’d let you all know 
> to watch for signs that say when hunting is going to begin at Salt Point. 

Donna Scott
Director, Friends of Salt Point
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[cayugabirds-l] H bird

2021-09-30 Thread Donna Lee Scott
A female hummingbird has been frequenting my feeder this morning!
I’ve seen it for the last few days.

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[cayugabirds-l] C Wrens/charming myth

2021-09-25 Thread Donna Lee Scott
While raising my coffee cup in a toast to our great Bell Station news, 3 LOUD 
Carolina Wrens repeatedly serenaded me outside the porch screen just now! 2 
singing various songs & 1 buzzing excitedly!
> 
> 
> A friend who serves as an election inspector during voting told me this true 
> story about a bird myth:
> 
> 1 voter mentioned that his feeder hummingbirds may have migrated south, then 
> another, older male voter overhearing this said, “Oh no, hummingbirds have 
> not left yet  because the geese are still here! “
> 
> When asked to explain what he meant, the older man said, “the geese carry the 
> hummingbirds on their backs to migrate south and they have not left, so the 
> hummingbirds are still here, too!”
> 
> I wish it were so!
> 
> Thanks to all who helped get Bell Station off the auction block!
> 
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] J Swanson Wildlife

2021-09-04 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Cornell Vet School wildlife clinic.
IF you can safely catch GBH (safe for you & the  bird)- i suggest it wrap 
carefully in light blanket to keep wings folded. Cover/wrap face & eyes with 
lightweight cloth. This helps calm the bird.
I don’t know if catching a still-flying GBH is possible for an amateur!
I don’t think i would try!

Call # in this link, bring bird to them, someone will meet you there; usually 
small animal clinic opposite Cornell B-parking lot.


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[cayugabirds-l] Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires 4, 000 feet of Cayuga Lake shoreline in Lansing, Tompkins County

2021-08-11 Thread Donna Lee Scott
 Good news for wildlife & birds!
This property is a National Audubon Society-designated Important Bird Area.
We are so fortunate to have such an effective land trust in our area.
If you can, make a $ contribution to FLLT (see article for donate link).

Donna Scott
Lansing
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Begin forwarded message:

FINGER LAKES LAND TRUST PRESS RELEASE
FINGER LAKES LAND TRUST ACQUIRES 4,000 FEET OF CAYUGA LAKE SHORELINE IN 
TOMPKINS COUNTY

August 11, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Andrew Zepp (607) 275-9487
Ithaca, NY—The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) today announced it has acquired 
200 acres featuring 4,000 feet of shoreline on the east side of Cayuga Lake in 
the town of Lansing, Tompkins County. Conserving the property—located directly 
across from Taughannock Falls State Park—safeguards an important viewshed for 
the region, creates new recreation opportunities, and helps protect the lake’s 
water quality by prohibiting development on its steep slopes.
The diverse property features meadows, woodlands, gorges, waterfalls, and 
panoramic lake views from several locations. Pitch pine and red cedar trees 
stand above exposed ledges while mature hardwood forest covers a prominent 
ridge overlooking the lake. Multiple creeks and streams flow through hemlock 
studded gorges on their way to Cayuga Lake.
The shoreline is part of a National Audubon Society-designated Important Bird 
Area and the property contains substantial portions of two county-designated 
Unique Natural Areas: Lake Cliffs North of Myers Point and Hidden Glens.
The FLLT plans to establish a public nature preserve on the property for 
low-impact uses including hiking, cross-country skiing, and wildlife 
observation. The organization also plans to work in partnership with the U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service to restore small wetlands and vernal pools, improving 
wildlife habitat and water quality. It is anticipated that the property will be 
formally opened to the public sometime in 2023.
In addition to the 200-acre purchase, the FLLT worked with landowners William 
and Jean Sims to secure a donation of a conservation easement on an adjacent 41 
acres that will buffer the preserve. Conservation easements are legal 
agreements that limit future development while allowing land to remain in 
private ownership and on the tax rolls. The Sims also generously agreed to sell 
the 200 acres for less than its appraised value.
“This is a tremendous win for Cayuga Lake and everyone who has ever admired the 
scenic views from Taughannock Falls State Park,” said FLLT Executive Director 
Andrew Zepp. “We are grateful to the Sims family for their commitment to the 
land as well as the strong community support for this project.”
The FLLT received $327,475 in grant funding from the New York State Office of 
Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP), $100,000 from Tompkins 
County’s Natural Infrastructure Capital Program, and many generous individual 
contributions in support of this project. To contribute to the ongoing 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Wildlife rehab???

2021-08-10 Thread Donna Lee Scott
John
You could try contacting Janet Swanson wildlife clinic at Cornell veterinary 
College 253-3060.

See website for how to handle injured animal/ bird. (I am sure you know most of 
this),
Clinic hours, map, etc.
www.vet.cornell.edu

Off hours, one takes animal to vet school small animal clinic to meet an 
on-call wildlife clinic person.

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On Aug 10, 2021, at 10:22 AM, Karen  wrote:


Hi Folks,

   There is a Canada Goose with a broken wing on a pond along Slaterville Rd. I 
think this is one of the adults that fledged 4 young on the pond, but the 
others have left. I have lost my reference for not-a-hawk wildlife 
rehabilitator. Any help appreciated. Send to confergoldw...@aol.com

Thanks,

John Confer 539-6308
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[cayugabirds-l] Grosbeaks, et al

2021-08-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Today’s breakfast treat:
Papa Rose-breasted Grosbeak fed his baby sunflower seed on a branch right 
outside my screen porch, while Carolina Wren sang its piping, varied songs.
Three B Orioles & a Catbird ate jelly and a juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker and 
its Hairy & Downy cousins pecked suet!
Of course, the large, raucous Blue Jay family is here, too, along with the 
sweet-singing Cardinal and some of the more silent usual suspects.

Ah — summer!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Raptor behavior

2021-08-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
The eagles seemed to be cooperating & when the one that snatched the fish got 
it, the other eagle did not seem to try to get it.

I can’t quite remember after that, but I think the 2 eagles flew off together. 
I think Barbara said they might be a pair, by the way they were acting.

But we didn’t watch them very long after that.

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On Aug 1, 2021, at 1:49 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:

 Were the eagles cooperating in the harassment? Did they continue to compete 
for the fish after the Osprey gave up? Did they go off together?

Also, has anyone seen an immature Bald Eagle successfully steal a fish from an 
Osprey?

- - Dave Nutter

On Aug 1, 2021, at 10:23 AM, Peter Saracino 
mailto:petersarac...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Cool beans!
They ARE pirates those eagles
Pete Sar

On Sun, Aug 1, 2021, 9:56 AM Candace E. Cornell 
mailto:cec...@gmail.com>> wrote:
That is classic Bald Eagle behavior. Greater Black-backed Gulls will 
occasionally do this to Ospreys as well. Bald eagles are kleptoparasitic when 
it comes to fish. Eagles are always on the lookout for Osprey fishing. They'll 
wait patiently for the Osprey to score, then the eagle hassles the Osprey, 
forcing it to relinquish its catch. In-air catches are typical. Ospreys 
occasionally put up a fight for the fish and are sometimes killed by the larger 
bird.

Eyes to the sky!
Candace



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Last Thursday from East Rd at Knox-Marcellus Marsh, Barbara Clise, Mike Tetlow 
& I watched 2 mature Bald Eagles chasing & harassing an Osprey that was 
carrying a fish.

The Osprey tried hard to escape, but eventually the eagles caused it to drop 
the silvery fish.
Both eagles swooped down after the fish, & just when we thought the fish would 
come to ground, 1 of the eagles caught it in the air!

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[cayugabirds-l] Raptor behavior

2021-08-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Last Thursday from East Rd at Knox-Marcellus Marsh, Barbara Clise, Mike Tetlow 
& I watched 2 mature Bald Eagles chasing & harassing an Osprey that was 
carrying a fish.

The Osprey tried hard to escape, but eventually the eagles caused it to drop 
the silvery fish.
Both eagles swooped down after the fish, & just when we thought the fish would 
come to ground, 1 of the eagles caught it in the air!

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma/ Bank Swallows

2021-07-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
The Wood Stork at East Rd/knox-Marcellus Marsh showed itself to many birders 
today, along with 2 Sandhill Cranes. Some of us also saw an Indigo Bunting & 
some Wood Ducks, Pied billed Grebes, a mature Bald Eagle & the usual Great Blue 
herons , Great egrets & Mallards.

Later at Guy Baldasarre Marsh (NYS DEC- Van Dyne Spoor Rd) I saw over 50 Common 
Gallinule, 2 Trumpeter Swans, Barn Swallows & lots of Red-winged Blackbirds, 
Crows & Starlings. A few Common Yellowthroats hid in the bushes.
This is a nice walk on rough-cut grass around a neat marsh. Has a new wooden 
multi-level observation deck part-way round.

Now at the dirt part of Van Dyne Spoor Rd I am seeing over 100 Bank Swallows 
with a few Trees & N. Rough-winged sitting on wires with the Banks!
Then I spotted a Spotted Sandpiper working the rain puddles in the road.

A mature Bald Eagle is perched in a dead tree on Howland’s Island & there is an 
immature B Eagle perched in another dead tree a few hundred feet away.

It has been a beautiful birdy day!

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[cayugabirds-l] RWBBs /feeders

2021-07-14 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Yesterday I saw in my yard 2 Redwing Blackbirds with a bare patches on their 
faces.
with one it was fairly extensive around the eye & side of face.
It was light -colored - like bare skin, not darkish, as in photos of mystery 
disease.
Since I was consulting with workmen at the time, I did not get to study the 
birds and I have not seen the one with the more extensive bareness since.
The other ‘s bare patch is on back of head.

I am gradually removing all my feeders.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Spoonbill update, 13 July

2021-07-13 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Tom Auer on Cayuga Rare Bird Alert just reported R. Spoonbill back at Eagle 
statue/ Thruway pond.

Donna Scott
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On Jul 13, 2021, at 5:06 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:


The Roseate Spoonbill at Montezuma NWR, which was seen by many on July 11th in 
a pond along the Wildlife Drive by I-90 and the giant Bald Eagle Stature, flew 
with a Great Egret toward Tschache Pool early that evening.

It has been seen several times in Tschache Pool in the company of one or more 
Great Egrets both on the 12th and today the 13th as recently as early this 
afternoon. As I understand it these views are distant and some were brief views 
in flight. Because Tschache Pool is closed to the public and mostly heavily 
vegetated, I believe all those views were from the tower along NYS-89 just 
north of I-90 (although sometimes some open water can be seen from farther 
north along NYS-89), looking at the few large areas of open water at the edges 
while keeping an eye open for overflights.

Still, if you want to see a big pink bird with a uniquely wacky bill, and you 
either don’t have or don’t want to use psychedelic drugs, Tschache Pool may be 
your best bet.

Lots of people submitted photos of this Roseate Spoonbill to eBird. Some of my 
favorites are by Dave Kennedy (feeding), by Mark Miller (shaking after 
bathing), and Gary Chapin (flying). The latter 2 show the black margins to the 
primary tips. The photos can be found by going to “My eBird” then “Alerts” and 
calling up Seneca County NY which gives all reports of rarities for the past 7 
days (so this offer expires on the 18th), then “details” for individual 
reports’ remarks & photos. There are also a bunch of photos on the Birds of 
Montezuma Facebook page (a site put together by photographers, not the official 
NWR site).

As you may know, I try to keep track of annual first records of bird species in 
the Cayuga Lake Basin in a table on the Cayuga Bird Club website’s Resources 
page. So I’ve been trying to figure out who found this bird, and I’m happy to 
credit multiple independent finders. So far this is what I have, all on July 
11th:

Ginger Bernardin submitted an eBird list from the Wildlife Drive from 8-9:30am 
including a brief description and a photo of the spoonbill. But before this 
eBird list showed up in eBird’s rare birds reports, other folks independently 
encountered the Roseate Spoonbill, so they get credit, too.

Dianne Dean Quintavalle and her husband (who deserves some credit but I saw no 
name for him) saw and recognized the bird through a telescope at a viewing 
platform on the Wildlife Drive. They were unable to photograph it, but she 
started a conversation on the Birds of Montezuma Facebook page at 9:59am 
confirming that she saw a pink bird with a spoon bill which she named as 
Roseate Spoonbill.

Karen Gellman replied in that conversation that she had also seen the bird by 
about 11am but had trouble reporting it to eBird because Roseate Spoonbill is 
not part of eBird’s NE US regional repertoire. By 11:23 she had posted photos 
of the bird to that facebook page, and she later submitted those photos to 
eBird for that time.

Linda Harvey and Angela Rider both managed overcome such obstacles and 
submitted incidental single bird reports for Roseate Spoonbill to eBird at 
11:13 & 11:17 respectively, both from the Thruway Pools along the Wildlife 
Drive. These reports piqued the interest of eBird followers, yet left folks 
wondering if these unprecedented reports were real, because neither report 
included any details of ID or evidence that would separate the reports from the 
occasional person horsing around with an absurd report (yes, that does happen) 
or a wild error of some sort (that also happens). I have generally stopped 
crediting empty reports of rarities. The exception which applies here is when 
the report which lack details or evidence manages to help other observers to 
find the bird and provide those details &/or that evidence. So they get credit. 
Scouts went looking.

Meanwhile an eBird report submitted later by Zeke VanZante for the Wildlife 
Drive says it started at 11:15am (right in between the previous 2 eBird 
reports) and spent 2 hours to travel 5 miles. He provides a photo of the 
Roseate Spoonbill from near the start of the Wildlife Drive, and says he also 
saw a/the Spoonbill at the end of the drive, making him wonder if there were 2 
Spoonbills. Regardless of precise timing and the flights of the bird, this is 
an independent valid report, so this name is included.

And the scouts alerted on account of eBird reports indeed found the bird, which 
graciously stuck around. The first of those scouts to send word back was Mike 
Gullo at 12:37, who saw the Roseate Spoonbill at Eaton Marsh from which I think 
it flew over the Seneca River and also toward the Thruway Pools (again). His 
eBird reports are among many with photos, and I think it’s fair to say that the 
many ensuing observers owe their 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Precautionary Measures to Combat Songbird Epidemic

2021-07-13 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Regarding Audubon advice to take down bird feeders and clean them in a bleach 
solution:
As I have said in this space in the past, when bleach comes into contact with a 
lot of dirt and crud that has built up on birdfeeders, it will be tied up on 
the dirt particles and have little to no effect in killing possible pathogens 
on the feeders.

First wash feeders with soapy water, scrubbing away debris.
Rinse well with clean water.
Then, soak in the 10% bleach solution for a few minutes.
Air dry.

(This info comes from standard education about cleaning & sanitizing food 
preparation equipment & dishes in all food service settings).

Donna Scott
Cornell Food safety educator, retired
Dept of Food Science
Lansing
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On Jul 13, 2021, at 9:05 AM, Laura Stenzler  wrote:


Here is some info from Audubon about the songbird deaths.
Laura

Laura Stenzler
l...@cornell.edu

Begin forwarded message:

From: Audubon New York 
Date: July 13, 2021 at 8:46:03 AM EDT
To: Laura Stenzler 
Subject: Precautionary Measures to Combat Songbird Epidemic
Reply-To: audubo...@audubon.org

 Experts recommend taking down feeders until the source of the disease is 
identified.

[Audubon New 
York]
[American Robin holding worm in 
beak.]
Precautionary Measures to Combat Songbird 
Epidemic
Experts recommend taking down feeders until the source of the disease is 
identified.

Reports of sick and dying birds with vision problems, eye swelling (often with 
a crusty discharge), and neurological symptoms have been rippling across parts 
of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. This illness is different 
from the conjunctivitis condition known as “finch eye disease,” but the exact 
cause is currently unknown.

While many songbirds have been impacted, the illness seems to be most common in 
juvenile Common Grackles, Blue Jays, European Starlings, and American Robins.

While the unknown disease affecting birds has not yet been reported in New 
York, it has been reported in neighboring Pennsylvania. We are taking a cue 
from wildlife agencies and suggesting the following five steps, for now:

1. Cease feeding birds and providing water in bird baths until this wildlife 
mortality event has concluded. This may be infectious.
2. Remove all feeders and bird baths and clean with a 10% bleach solution.
3. Avoid handling dead or injured wild birds. Wear disposable gloves if it is 
necessary to handle a bird.
4. Keep pets away from sick or dead birds as a standard precaution.
5. To dispose of dead birds, place them in a sealable plastic bag and discard 
with household trash. This will prevent disease transmission to other birds and 
wildlife.

Won’t it cause additional harm to remove birdfeeders that are familiar food 
sources for backyard birds?
Many of you may have concerns about ensuring birds have access to familiar food 
sources, including birdfeeders. We understand and want to provide a bit of 
reassurance that the impacts of these temporary precautions will have minimal 
impacts on the birds you love. Fortunately, it’s the summer breeding season and 
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young, natural food sources that are readily available in nature. Additionally, 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Spoonbill Montezuma's Thruway Pool

2021-07-11 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Still here by eagle sculpture.
Perched on big fallen tree. Easy to see.

Donna Scott
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On Jul 11, 2021, at 1:02 PM, Dave K  wrote:


1 PM...feeding mid pool. Pond East of Eagle platform..has flown to 
Eaton Marsh and back again

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Re: More on Merlin Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin results/Turkey Vulture

2021-07-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
So far when I use Merlin here, I get correct IDs for Chipping Sparrows & juncos

Donna Scott
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On Jul 9, 2021, at 1:07 PM, Peter Saracino  wrote:


I like all the additional "sounds" on Merlin too!
Sar

On Fri, Jul 9, 2021, 12:47 PM Linda Orkin 
mailto:wingmagi...@gmail.com>> wrote:
The worm eating warbler is a interesting weak link. For all the trillers I 
capture it has said worm eating except for one time ChIpping Sparrow corrector 
id’d and one time pine warbler which I thought was likely wrong although it 
could have been right as it was at the top of the hill in the arboretum where 
there are pine warblers. It would just seem late in the season to me but that’s 
just me guessing on timing.
I asked but no one answered so maybe no one knows but if you know Merlin choice 
is inaccurate are you supposed to click “no match”?

It’s very fun to use Merlin especially to confirm your own vocal id. One thing 
I’m really liking is the number of other vocalizations like chips and flight 
calls that are also available

Linda Orkin

On Jul 9, 2021, at 10:20 AM, Peter Saracino 
mailto:petersarac...@gmail.com>> wrote:


I played the song of a junco from IBird pro on one electronic device and 
listened using Birdnet with another electronic device. The devices were side by 
side.
Birdnet said it was a worm eating warbler. I did so after having been fooled by 
juncos at Lindsay Parsons a number of times.
After birdnet failed I didn't feel so badly...
Pete Sar


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mailto:d...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
 I have been “testing” the Merlin bird sound ID here on Lans. station Rd. with 
birds I know ( or think I know).
This morning it correctly ID’d an atypical, more squeaky call of E. Phoebe.
Later, it quickly ID’d a singing Brown Thrasher & a couple minutes later, the 
mimic serenade of a Gray Catbird about 70 feet away from the tree Thrasher was 
in.
I notice that when a few different birds are calling or singing, Merlin posts 
all of them in a list of birds ID’d.
& in a yard first, I now have a Turkey Vulture perched atop one of my bird 
feeder posts! It’s wings are spread out in the sun.

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[cayugabirds-l] Merlin results/Turkey Vulture

2021-07-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
 I have been “testing” the Merlin bird sound ID here on Lans. station Rd. with 
birds I know ( or think I know).
This morning it correctly ID’d an atypical, more squeaky call of E. Phoebe.
Later, it quickly ID’d a singing Brown Thrasher & a couple minutes later, the 
mimic serenade of a Gray Catbird about 70 feet away from the tree Thrasher was 
in.
I notice that when a few different birds are calling or singing, Merlin posts 
all of them in a list of birds ID’d.
& in a yard first, I now have a Turkey Vulture perched atop one of my bird 
feeder posts! It’s wings are spread out in the sun.

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[cayugabirds-l] OT

2021-07-03 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I just read the interesting obituary of Nari Mistry in the Ithaca Journal. Nari 
in the past was a frequent contributer to this bird list.

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[cayugabirds-l] Feeding the kids

2021-07-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
It is fun to see mother Downy Woodpecker pecking suet, while just below her, 
her cranberry-capped fledge is also pecking suet. Then Mom turns down & feeds 
baby some suet!
Meanwhile, father B Oriole is eating jelly & flying over to his nearby begging 
baby (flapping wings, twittering, perched on bare twig right outside porch 
screen) & feeds it the jelly.

Baby Blue Jay looks identical to its parents, except for its wing-flapping, 
twittering begging behavior!
And the hapless hatcher -the Junco - is back on the wide deck rail, where “its“ 
Cowbird chick feeds on seeds in between parental feedings.

Looks like most the kids will feed all on their own soon!

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[cayugabirds-l] Parasite fledgling

2021-06-29 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Along with a begging fledgling B. Oriole near its parents, I am watching a big 
Cowbird fledge begging & being fed by its “parent,” a Dark-eyed Junco.

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[cayugabirds-l] Evening birds

2021-06-29 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Yesterday evening was graced by the songs of 3 Wood Thrush, 3 Carolina Wrens 
(1-2 babies), a Brown Thrasher, a Scarlet Tanager,
 x Baltimore Orioles, 2 Robins, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, at least 2 Catbirds, along 
with a glorious scarlet-sun sunset!

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[cayugabirds-l] Orioles

2021-06-17 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Orioles back at jelly feeders more now, & a few are fighting over my 2 separate 
dishes, even tho there is enough room for two at each hanging dish! :-)

Meanwhile, fledged Oriole babies seen, including one in road in 600 block. I 
picked it up & put it in a clear area well off road, back of tall weeds.
Parents were calling above me , so I hope they can feed it till it can fly. 
Baby was feisty & calling squeakily, too!

They often build nests on branches hanging over roads! Surprised I don’t see 
more fledges in road.

Sarah B showed me a fledged, flying baby Oriole in her yard. Nest is right out 
from Sarah’s 2nd story back deck.
Both these babies had yet to grow long tail feathers.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-15 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Related to discussion on migratory bird act & lack if protections:
New York has a
“Right to Farm” law.
I have not read it, but it probably would muddy the waters further.

Donna Scott
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On Jun 15, 2021, at 8:47 PM, Alicia 
mailto:t...@ottcmail.com>> wrote:

I have zero expertise in this area, but it looks like the courts have at best a 
mixed record in interpreting unintentional negative effects as violations of 
the MBTA. Take a look at this 
summary,
 and also this 
one.
 Based on these summaries, it looks like courts are divided on the question of 
whether criminal behavior under the MBTA is limited "to deliberate acts done 
directly and intentionally to migratory birds" or if actions that incidentally 
hurt birds/nests/etc also are covered.

A 43 yr old case from the 2d Circuit, which includes NY,
"affirmed the conviction of a manufacturer of pesticides for migratory bird 
deaths. United States v. FMC Corp., 572 F.2d 902 (2d Cir. 1978). Still the FMC 
court stated misgivings (a “construction that would bring every killing within 
the statute, such as deaths caused by automobiles, airplanes, plate glass 
modern office buildings or picture windows into which birds fly, would offend 
reason and common sense”) and suggested possibly limiting incidental takes to 
“extrahazardous” activities ... ."
 (Entire quote from second summary linked above.)  FWIW, I doubt that a farmer 
cutting hay would be considered engaged in an extra-hazardous activity in a 
legal sense, even though farming itself is a hazardous occupations.

Later cases in other circuits aren't as willing to assign criminal blame when 
the intent was not specifically to harm birds. The 5th Circuit ruled in 2015 
that
we agree with the Eighth and Ninth circuits that a “taking” is limited to 
deliberate acts done directly and intentionally to migratory birds. Our 
conclusion is based on the statute’s text, its common law origin, a comparison 
with other relevant statutes, and rejection of the argument that strict 
liability can change the nature of the necessary illegal act.
Looking at a somewhat similar fact pattern, federal district courts have held 
that timber operations are not criminally liable under the MBTA for felling 
trees when that activity takes out nests, for example in Curry v. U.S. Forest 
Service, 988 F.Supp. 541, 549 (W.D. Pa. 1997); and Mahler v. U.S. Forest 
Service, 927 F. Supp. 1559, 1573-83 (S.D. Ind. 1996).  (Again, I am relying on 
the summaries above and haven't read the cases but the summaries seem 
evenhanded and well done.)

Conclusion?  This is not a clear area of the law.  At some point perhaps the US 
Supreme Court will agree to hear a case and clarify it, but I'm not holding my 
breath that this particular Supreme Court would rule the way we would wish if 
it came before them, particularly if it involves farmers cutting hay rather 
than, say, an oil spill caused by the negligence of a large corporation.

Alicia



On 6/15/2021 6:43 PM, david nicosia wrote:
The MBTA is completely ignored in this case and has been for decades. Why is 
that? Anyone know?

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On Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 6:27 PM, Kevin J. McGowan
 wrote:

I don’t think that’s true. Birds, nests, eggs, and their parts all come under 
protection from the MBTA. If feathers are covered, nestlings are covered.



Kevin





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 On Behalf Of david nicosia
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 5:55 PM
To: darlingtonbets ; 
Nancy Cusumano ; 
Kenneth V. Rosenberg 
Cc: Linda Orkin ; 
CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.



Young nestling birds aren't protected by the migratory bird act. I guess that 
is true since this has been going on for decades. Wish they were.

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Android



On Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 5:33 PM, darlingtonbets

mailto:darlingtonb...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Good! And let's try to get some publicity into the Ithaca Journal.



Betsy





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Date: 6/15/21 4:28 PM (GMT-05:00)

To: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] YB Cuckoo

2021-06-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Earlier in season I had BB Cuckoo here on Lans. Station Rd.
Lately, I have heard only YB Cuckoo.

Donna Scott
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On Jun 9, 2021, at 10:17 AM, Suan Hsi Yong 
mailto:suan.y...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Just heard the repeated single calls of a yellow-billed cuckoo outside
my home / office. Coupled with the BBCU from last month, that's both
cuckoos as new yard birds for me this season! Again, once I got
outside it stopped calling and could not be found.

Is it just me, or have the black-billed cuckoos, who seemed to be
singing everywhere earlier in the season, been replaced by
yellow-billed cuckoos lately? We had looks and calls from
yellow-billed cuckoos on our Connecticut Hill field trip last Sunday.
I also heard then saw one that afternoon at Lindsay-Parsons

Suan

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[cayugabirds-l] Evening birds

2021-06-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Birds before dusk last night included 5 Cedar Waxwings eating cherries, 2 Wood 
Thrush singing, 3 cowbirds, a Gray Catbird, 2 Cardinals, 2 B Orioles, a 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a Belted Kingfisher, & 2 Ospreys.

Ospreys flew east from the lake; one was carrying a skinny fish; this O was 
still shaking the water from its feathers, so had a rather uneven , bouncy 
flight for a minute!
The Os continued east over treetops & out of sight.
I wondered where they were headed.
Nearest nest tower is at entrance to power plant, about 1 -2 miles away.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cherries

2021-06-07 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Cedar Waxwings, Catbirds & a Robin eating wild cherries in my tree at edge of 
woods.
Meanwhile, not too many customers for oranges & jelly in backyard feeders this 
season. (Orioles or Catbirds).


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[cayugabirds-l] Bunting, BT Blue Warbler

2021-06-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
On a walk south on Lans. Station Rd today, I spent over 20 minutes looking thru 
the leaves before I was able to SEE a singing Indigo Bunting.

Not long after as I returned north, I got a quick, but good look at a FOY 
Black-throated Blue Warbler (male) flying across the road into a small 
conifer/deciduous part of the woods here!
Later in the day, I saw 2 gray Screech Owls, one on LS Rd & one on Sweazey Rd.

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[cayugabirds-l] Black-billed Cuckoo

2021-05-27 Thread Donna Lee Scott
In my woods across from my house Lansing Station Rd.

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[cayugabirds-l] Owl & other birds

2021-05-26 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Yesterday I got really good looks at a gorgeous male Magnolia Warbler in my old 
fruit trees and later saw a gray Screech Owl resting in the special tree in the 
300 block of Lansing Station Road! Owl obviously saw me looking at it, so I 
left it alone.

Today, I am hearing the Great-crested Flycatcher in my tall trees, but can’t 
see him. Earlier heard a Common Yellowthroat, which I also could not see.

I am not seeing as many Baltimore Orioles here as I did last year and I have 
seen only two Orchard Orioles a couple times. I’m hoping that’s because a lot 
of other people are feeding oranges and jelly on this road now.
 Also the Orioles and Catbirds seem to be eating only grape jelly and very 
little of the fresh orange halves I put out.
Still hearing a Loon on lake.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Injured Mourning Dove

2021-05-25 Thread Donna Lee Scott
If you can capture the bird by throwing a small lightweight blanket over it & 
scooping it up, & putting in a closable card board box, (without the blanket),
You can call the Cornell Vet School Wildlife Clinic 253-3060 for directions on 
where to take the injured dove.
Their Janet Swanson Wildlife Clinic tries to save birds they think have a 
chance.
Usually they tell you to bring the bird to their small animal clinic across 
from the Cornell B parking lot (& Rt. 366).
Good luck.

Donna Scott
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On May 25, 2021, at 9:13 PM, Muhammad Arif 
mailto:mna...@live.com>> wrote:

There is a mourning dove in my backyard that seems injured. Its left wing is 
dropping and when it tries to fly, it can lift up only couple of feet. I’ve 
seen the dove yesterday and today, foraging on the ground, and sheltering under 
some bushes near the end of the yard. It looks very young, maybe this year’s 
fledgling.

If I see the bird again, what would be the right thing to do? Should I contact 
someone? Or try to capture it myself and take it to a animal rehab? Or just let 
nature take its course?


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker

2021-05-22 Thread Donna Lee Scott
A Red-headed WP was reported recently just north of Long Point State Park.

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On May 22, 2021, at 1:53 PM, Marc Devokaitis 
mailto:mdevokai...@gmail.com>> wrote:

I didn't post about it ay thet time, but I had one in Trumansburg Village on 
Thursday evening (5/20), near intersection off Congress St and Seneca St. It 
was calling repeatedly, and doing some drumming on a metal pipe.

Marc Devokaitis

On Sat, May 22, 2021, 1:19 PM Christopher Sperry 
mailto:cspe...@ithaca.edu>> wrote:
I haven’t heard of any sittings on the list

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On May 22, 2021, at 1:17 PM, Christopher Sperry 
mailto:cspe...@ithaca.edu>> wrote:

 So cool!!!

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On May 22, 2021, at 10:27 AM, Laurie Rubin 
mailto:grandma...@gmail.com>> wrote:


This message originated from outside the Ithaca College email system.

In our backyard in Lodi. First time ever.
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[cayugabirds-l] Backyard birds

2021-05-22 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Eastern Wood Peewee, FOY
Red-eyed Vireo, FOY
Brown Thrasher
All singing.
Only Thrasher was seen.

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[cayugabirds-l] Yard birds

2021-05-19 Thread Donna Lee Scott
FOY in my yard this morning-
Magnolia Warbler, foraging in pear tree blossoms;
Then, later,  as I was searching on high for the singing foy-yard Scarlet 
Tanager,
a foy-yard  Black-billed Cuckoo ‘coo-coo-ed’ from opposite end of yard!
It flew before I got on it; then I saw it zoom past again over RR track!

Meanwhile, the now regular ‘feeder/singing’ birds Orioles (B) , Rose-breasted 
Grosbeaks, & Gray Catbirds abound. Saw one Catbird carrying a long weed stem 
for probable nest.

Wood Thrush still singing in woods across road!

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[cayugabirds-l] Woods birds

2021-05-11 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Heard and saw both a black and white warbler and “my” wood thrush in my woods 
this morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] Evening birds

2021-05-08 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I was so lucky to see 2 beautiful Indigo Buntings nestled in thick Redbud 
blossoms in my front yard! What a color combo!

Then half an hour later, I saw 3 Orioles in the pretty, large, pinky-white 
Japonica bush blossoms
 - 1 adult male Orchard & 1 - 1st-year male Orchard, & a female Baltimore!
Lots of Baltimores here, all around.

No wonder all the grape jelly was gone when I got home after the Salt Point 
work party.
Gray Catbirds are eating it, too.
Time to buy a case.

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[cayugabirds-l] Rainbow of birds!

2021-05-07 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Dark-chestnut male Orchard Oriole, FOY Yard bird here today!
Along with several brilliant orange & muted-orange B Orioles.

Cardinals & Goldfinch are bright regulars, along with purpley Grackles.
Yellow Warblers search the tree blossoms for bugs.
Green-backed, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds sip nectar, as the male Indigo Bunting 
grabs seed from the railing.
Blue Jays are up to their usual antics & the lovely rusty-backed Wood Thrush 
serenades from the woods nearby.

Robin red breast is joined on the lawn by the multi-colored Flicker, as the 
soft-tan M. Doves search for fallen seeds.

It is hard to tend to chores with this rainbow  show outside!

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[cayugabirds-l] Indigo Bunting

2021-05-05 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Now there are 2 Indigo Buntings at the feeder !

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[cayugabirds-l] Indigo Bunting

2021-05-05 Thread Donna Lee Scott
FOY Indigo Bunting in my yard just now. Eating seed on feeder disk baffle.

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[cayugabirds-l] Thrushes

2021-05-04 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Yesterday evening I heard 2 Wood Thrushes & saw 1 Hermit Thrush in my woods 
across the road!

B Orioles continue to eat grape jelly, but are ignoring naval oranges.

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[cayugabirds-l] Melodious morning

2021-05-03 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Orioles, Wood Thrush in my woods, WT & Chipping Sparrows, many other birds 
singing!
FOY yard Catbird sitting silently in the apple tree & a nice look at the 
remaining Brown Thrasher.

Rose Breasted Grosbeak & 2 B. Eagles next door!

Ants in the jelly/orange dish on main feeder pole! Doesn’t take them long to 
find the sweets.

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[cayugabirds-l] Birds at Lans Stat Rd

2021-05-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
3 diff.  Balt Orioles at grape jelly/orange bowl!
1 YR Warbler , 6 white throated sparrows, a chipping sparrow & a Fox sparrow, 
along with usual suspects!

What a birdy day!

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[cayugabirds-l] Salt Point warblers

2021-05-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Today I saw
many Yellows,
2 Palms,
1 Nashville,
 1 Common Yellowthroat,
1 yellow-rumped,
& 1 Black & White
(Thanks to Laura & Ton for telling me to look for that!).

Also lots of other species including a Bluebird parent carrying a white fecal 
sack away from the nest box nearest the north parking lot.

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[cayugabirds-l] Big & little birds

2021-05-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Osprey chirping, C Loon calling & male Pileated Wdpk eating suet here.

Yellow-rumped, Palm & Yellow Warblers, as well as 6 White-throated  & 2-3 
Chipping Sparrows.

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