[cayugabirds-l] C Loon

2020-09-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Common Loon heard and seen off Lansing Station Road in Cayuga Lake.

Along with about 10 DC Cormorants, 20 ring-billed & 1 Herring gulls & a red 
tailed hawk. 3 Mallards.

Donna Scott
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbirds

2020-09-13 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I just told a friend to keep cleaning and refilling her hummingbird feeder 
until after the frost, since some resident & migrating hummingbirds might need 
it!
Hummingbirds don’t know about Labor Day -which for some humans is supposed to 
mean everything summery ends!

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Sep 13, 2020, at 1:10 PM, 
"k...@empireaccess.net" 
mailto:k...@empireaccess.net>> wrote:

I don't understand this hummer thread as we are in the midst of migration with 
several young and adult hummers either still in the area or passing through, 
Your feeders are very important now through the first frost, Who knows, you may 
get to report a rarity  or unusual species. Please do keep the feeders clean.
J


From: "Laura J. Heisey" mailto:l...@cornell.edu>>
To: "CAYUGABIRDS-L" 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
Sent: Sunday, September 13, 2020 11:47:58 AM
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbirds

I have one today at my feeders in Newfield.

From: 
bounce-124937215-68441...@list.cornell.edu
 
mailto:bounce-124937215-68441...@list.cornell.edu>>
 On Behalf Of Annette Nadeau
Sent: Sunday, September 13, 2020 6:26 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbirds

Yesterday (Saturday) I had two hummingbirds visiting my feeder here in 
Trumansburg.
Annette

On Sun, Sep 13, 2020, 12:02 AM Upstate NY Birding digest 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>> wrote:
CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Sunday, September 13, 2020.

1. Hummingbirds?
2. Re: Hummingbirds?
3. Re: Hummingbirds?
4. Re: Hummingbirds?
5. Montezuma Birding Tours: Driving and paddling
6. Re: Hummingbirds?
7. Re: Hummingbirds?

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Subject: Hummingbirds?
From: Laura Stenzler mailto:l...@cornell.edu>>
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 16:16:57 +
X-Message-Number: 1

Last night was a big migration night. (Check out 
https://birdcast.info/migration-tools/live-migration-maps/)

Has anyone seen hummingbirds today? Ours seem to have left.

Laura

Laura Stenzler
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Subject: Re: Hummingbirds?
From: Geo Kloppel mailto:geoklop...@gmail.com>>
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 12:28:28 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

None at my feeders, but I did see one at the pond, where the New England asters 
are really starting to blow.

-Geo

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> On Sep 12, 2020, at 12:17 PM, Laura Stenzler 
> mailto:l...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
>
> Last night was a big migration night. (Check out 
> https://birdcast.info/migration-tools/live-migration-maps/)
>
> Has anyone seen hummingbirds today? Ours seem to have left.
>
> Laura
>
> Laura Stenzler
> l...@cornell.edu
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Subject: Re: Hummingbirds?
From: Laura Stenzler mailto:l...@cornell.edu>>
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 16:53:48 +
X-Message-Number: 3

Nice!

Laura

Laura Stenzler
l...@cornell.edu

On Sep 12, 2020, at 12:52 PM, Carol Keeler 
mailto:carolk...@adelphia.net>> wrote:

Yes.  I’m in Auburn .  I had one at my feeder this morning.  Last night I had 
an influx of 6 young or female Purple Finches.  A few were still here this 
morning.  I had a Brown Thrasher last night too.

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On Sep 12, 2020, at 12:22 PM, Laura Stenzler 
mailto:l...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Last night was a big migration night. (Check out 
https://birdcast.info/migration-tools/live-migration-maps/)

Has anyone seen hummingbirds today? Ours seem to have left.

Laura

Laura Stenzler
l...@cornell.edu
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Subject: Re: Hummingbirds?
From: Barbara Bauer Sadovnic mailto:bsadov...@htva.net>>
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 14:13:54 -0400
X-Message-Number: 4

We had one at our feeder today, a female.

Barbara

> On Sep 12, 2020, at 12:16 PM, Laura Stenzler 
> 

[cayugabirds-l] Raptors at Montezuma

2020-09-13 Thread Donna Lee Scott
While many were watching the Broad-winged Hawk migration extravaganza near the 
Tompkins SPCA, I was in the Montezuma complex yesterday afternoon.

I saw 1 adult BALD EAGLE at the Mont. Aud. Ctr.
& About 3:45 pm
3 more adults scaring ducks by the main pool on Wildlife Dr.
Saw one then unsuccessfully fishing in Seneca River.

Then near the carp place, I got great looks at a MERLIN atop a large bare dead 
tree.

Then I saw a GOLDEN EAGLE flying towards me , then away. First sighting in long 
time for me!

No sign of BB Whistling Ducks.

Saw lots of hunters; hearing regular gunshots across Cay. Lake (practicing?).
What is (will be) in season?

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Wilson's Trail SS Woods

2020-09-05 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Wanting to walk somewhere besides up and down my road, but needing to stay in 
an area with cell service, I went to Sapsucker Woods Wilson Trail this 
afternoon.
I didn't expect to see much since it was mid-day.

But as is usual with birding, one often finds the unexpected.

On the north side of Wilson Trail by the beaver lodge and drainage area, I had 
great close up looks at a RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRD sipping from Jewel Weed 
flowers.
Out over the pond were numerous BLUE JAYS, CEDAR WAXWINGS, & 2 BELTED 
KINGFISHERS.
Rounding the bend towards the Sherwood Platform, I found a huge Snapping Turtle 
resting in the middle of the path. It looked pre-historic.
This guy is now the most photographed turtle in Tompkins County, since everyone 
who went by took his picture, including moi.

Out on the Sherwood Platform I spotted even more CEDAR WAXWINGS fly-catching, 3 
GREEN HERONS skulking around the lily pads, & the same BLUE JAYS flying and 
squawking.

-- AND THEN I saw an immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, which I posted on the Rare 
Bird list!
It went back and forth to various dead tree trunks and then disappeared. (Later 
found by Jody E and Tom S, who had gotten my post on Rare Birds).

A dashing PILEATED WOODPECKER zoomed across the pond into the woods.

All in all I saw 25 species including a WOOD DUCK swimming by the Lab of O 
building.

Not bad for "just going for a walk and I won't see anything..."

Donna Scott



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Re:[cayugabirds-l] [cayugabirds-l bird on water

2020-09-05 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Red-necked Phalarope ?

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Sep 5, 2020, at 8:58 AM, Jennifer 
mailto:jensdre...@aol.com>> wrote:

I am trying to identify this bird we saw bobbing on top of the lake yesterday. 
Any help appreciated! A sandpiper?



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On Sep 4, 2020, at 11:10 AM, Peter Saracino 
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While conducting the twice-weekly survey of the Montezuma Refuge Jackie Bakker, 
Linda Benedict and I are often privileged to witness some incredible natural 
events - a great blue heron in the process of gulping down an entire muskrat; a 
peregrine falcon knocking an immature black crown night heron out of the air; a 
huge flock of green winged teal engaged in a breathtaking starling-like 
murmuration; the raucous Spring arrival of a huge flock of greater yelowlegs;  
the early morning wonder of coming upon the overnight roost of a host of 
migrant monarch butterflies.
Yesterday was no exception.  In response to the dwindling amount of solar 
energy being received in the northern hemisphere, change is rapidly occurring. 
Two events yesterday confirmed this. As we drove along the Tschache Pool dike 
we were treated to the presence of 30+ bald eagles - of all ages - from this 
year's hatch on up to 4 year old birds and a few adults. The birds were perched 
in trees, on logs and stumps in the pool, flying along the dike or soaring 
overhead. The second episode occurred at Puddler Marsh. As we drove along the 
dike we witnessed 85 black-crowned night herons (young and old) leaving the 
trees along the dike where they commonly roost. We were stunned as the birds 
just kept coming out of those trees.and coming and coming and coming!
Noble Laureate, Bob Dylan, once sang that "the times they are a changing".  
While he wasn't talking about bird migration, his words can certainly be 
applied to these early September days as the planet's creatures prepare in 
myriad ways for the leaving of the light.
I hope that in many ways you each can experience the bittersweet beauty 
inherent in this changing time of the year.
Pete Sar
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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrels

2020-09-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
While taking cat to vet through back roads of Lansing, on Holden Road between 
Brooks Hill Road and Storm road, I saw 4 kestrels on wires near the kestrel 
nest box on a pole that nyseg put up!

Then I went east on Storm road & just past the woods on the left was a fifth 
kestrel on the utility wire!

Donna Scott
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Baird's Sandpiper, Myers Point

2020-08-28 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Baird’s Sandpiper no longer at Myers spit area.
But noisy weedeater is.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Aug 28, 2020, at 7:11 AM, Jay McGowan 
mailto:jw...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

A juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER found by Cornell students last night just before 
the storms hit continues on the spit at Myers Point this morning. The 
Sanderling it was hanging out with last night is not in evidence.

Jay
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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2020-08-27 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Chirping OSPREY with fish it was trying to eat on top of telephone pole in my 
yard, chased off by raucous BLUE JAYS!

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Stunning B Oriole

2020-08-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
For a few days at my jelly feeders, I’ve seen a stunning male Baltimore oriole.
 It’s white wing bars are wider than usual, so lots of white on its back. Its 
orange color is almost reddish orange, it’s so intense.
And it has a fairly sizable pointed orange “widows peak” on its forehead where 
usually it is just black on males.
However, even with this bright regalia, it is subservient to the normal oriole 
male at the jelly feeder and has to wait it’s turn.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Feeder bird show

2020-08-17 Thread Donna Lee Scott
5 Baltimore Orioles, young & parents, plus 4 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, young w/ 
perhaps a female parent,
graced my seed & jelly feeders this morning!

The little 1/2” striped wasps hog the jelly tho & the birds try to avoid them. 
A week ago these wasps attacked me & i had an ambulance ride & spent the day in 
the ER!

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Florida birds in NY

2020-08-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Hi Cayuga birders-

Wow, in a day & a 1/2 we have 3 different sp. of birds around here in NY that I 
last saw in South Florida in early March 2020 -
Imm. Little Blue Heron,
Black Vulture (they were trying to eat the black rubber off all the cars in the 
parking lot at the Everglades!),

& Swallow-tailed Kites (1 of which was seen sitting on a log near the surf on 
beach at Captiva Island in late Feb. Right after its rest in log, I saw it fly 
towards mainland.
 I guessed that it might have just flown in from across the Gulf of Mexico on 
its migration, which was happening right then, & found this big log to rest on!
I don’t ever see them at the beach in Fla, plus at this manicured beach, washed 
up trees are usually quickly taken away)!

Donna Scott
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Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] Orioles, turkeys

2020-08-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
From: Donna Lee Scott mailto:d...@cornell.edu>>
Date: August 9, 2020 at 2:17:06 PM EDT
To: Jill Vaughan mailto:jil...@gmail.com>>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Orioles, turkeys

This is the first year I’ve had so many Orioles.  earlier I had at least a 
dozen or more BOs  here +4 Orchard orioles.

BOs went away (or didn’t use feeders) for a month.
 OOs disappeared.
But I did have at least 3-4 BO nests in or near yard.
So I think now one BO family is back eating jelly.
But of course, it could just be a family passing through on their way south.

Gotta go refill jelly holders!

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Aug 9, 2020, at 1:49 PM, Jill Vaughan 
mailto:jil...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Donna, do your Orioles usually stay on this late?

On Aug 9, 2020, at 1:34 PM, Donna Lee Scott 
mailto:d...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

 Seen all day at my jelly feeders, 2 “1st fall” male Baltimore Orioles , along 
with both parents, occasionally.
Catbirds have been here all along eating grape jelly.

And on Algerine Rd. Lansing, ~200 block -
 5 Wild Turkeys; 1 probably mother of other 4. Based on the behavior of the 4, 
I decided they were young turkeys; they had a very hard time figuring out how 
to get past some 2.5’ high weeds in ditch to join mother on other side. She had 
just flown over the weeds. Finally one youth flew over & the other 3 were still 
scurrying back & forth when I finally had to leave. They were all gone when I 
returned 2.5 hours later!

Donna Scott
Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] Orioles, turkeys

2020-08-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Seen all day at my jelly feeders, 2 “1st fall” male Baltimore Orioles , along 
with both parents, occasionally.
Catbirds have been here all along eating grape jelly.

And on Algerine Rd. Lansing, ~200 block -
 5 Wild Turkeys; 1 probably mother of other 4. Based on the behavior of the 4, 
I decided they were young turkeys; they had a very hard time figuring out how 
to get past some 2.5’ high weeds in ditch to join mother on other side. She had 
just flown over the weeds. Finally one youth flew over & the other 3 were still 
scurrying back & forth when I finally had to leave. They were all gone when I 
returned 2.5 hours later!

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Sedge wren recordings

2020-07-25 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I too, thank Jay for his recording of the Sedge Wren song and for the good 
photos. They were great to review before looking for the wren.

I was able to use my iPhone to record songs and calls of the 2 wrens yesterday 
~5:30 - 6:30 pm. Some are fairly good and clear, since the birds were quite 
close to me at the western edge of the tall grass field.
I also got 2 very bad photos of the wren that popped up onto tall stems a few 
times.

In addition, Jody Enck helped me confirm that I probably saw a female/young 
Bobolink that popped up nearby in response to all the wren songs and calls!
Not wanting to stop looking at the visible sedge wren, I could not study the 
dull orangey-breasted bird with a dusky head (a little larger than wren) that I 
briefly saw in my binocs.

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sedge Wren, Bluegrass Lane, Ithaca

2020-07-25 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Thanks to Jay’s suggestion to walk on the north side of the weedy/ tall grass 
field to its western edge by the mowed field, I was able to see one Sedge Wren 
a few times, perched on tall stems, while another sang & called not 3 feet from 
me, hidden in the grass. Early evening yesterday.
More south than others reported earlier.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Jul 25, 2020, at 8:35 AM, Randolph Scott Little 
mailto:r...@att.net>> wrote:

Great job Jay!  We are beholden to the farm practice applied to the fields 
around the Equine Research facility, wherein crop rotation includes years of 
"hay field" growth such as seen now west of Bluegrass Lane.  In 2000  the field 
west of Freese Road was fallow and similarly hosted Sedge Wrens, first reported 
by Tom Schulenberg as I recall.  There were two singing wrens there on that 
occasion, with recordings deposited in the Macaulay Library.
Randolph Scott Little
111 Berkeley Circle
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Subject: Sedge Wren, Bluegrass Lane, Ithaca
From: Jay McGowan mailto:jw...@cornell.edu>>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:46:35 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Hi all,
I found a singing SEDGE WREN at the Bluegrass Lane Natural Area in
Northeast Ithaca last night just before dusk. This morning it was singing
in the same field again, though often distant and hard to hear from the
road. It's in the weedy field on the west side of Bluegrass Lane just a bit
south from the entrance/parking area on Hanshaw Road. It seems to spend
most of its time in the middle of this field, where it's challenging to
hear from the dirt road, but sometimes comes closer. A better
strategy might be to walk along the north side of the field (behind all the
houses on Hanshaw) and then walk south along the west side of this field,
at which point it would be to your east somewhere in the middle section.
The area it seemed to favor was at around this point: (42.4650190,
-76.4593958), although it would move farther north and south from there as
well. Its metallic song is distinctive but not conspicuous, though it does
carry a good distance, luckily. It stayed distant last night but this
morning I was able to get a look at the bird and a better recording:
https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S71773101

Cheers,
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[cayugabirds-l] Wood Thrush

2020-07-07 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Singing close to the road in my woods ~8:15 AM.
I walked over to see if I could see him & the lovely singing stopped.

It has been close to road several times lately.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Baby learns to eat

2020-07-06 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Baby Baltimore oriole came here with its parent and was eating out of the jelly 
dish along side the parent!
Still giving its begging calls tho.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] RIP Chuck Hetzel

2020-07-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Some in this birding community may have known Charles (Chuck) Hetzel from 
Philadelphia who was an expert Birder & champion for good bird habitats
Chuck, age 90,  died early this morning near Media, Pennsylvania where he was 
in assisted care near his daughter’s home.

In the 1990s Chuck, his wife, Karen, and I found a Cerulean Warbler at the 
Salmon Creek Rd. Preserve just as we walked up into the tall trees near Brooks 
Hill Road.
He was also studying Swamp Sparrows at Niemi Rd.

Later, I asked him how he learned all the birds and their calls so well, and in 
his quiet, terse way, he replied “the Hard Way”.
 Chuck was a man of few words but many talents.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Baby B oriole

2020-06-30 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I just had my first confirmed sighting of a fledged Baltimore oriole in my yard.
 it perched on a branch right outside my screen porch and gave quite a long 
begging call to its parent, who came and fed it.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Fledglings

2020-06-23 Thread Donna Lee Scott
My yard is once again full of Baltimore orioles and I am hearing what the bird 
apps say is a fledgling Baltimore oriole 2-note, slightly raspy call !  Saw the 
plain, orange-tinged bird a few times.

Also have fledges/ immatures of Blue jay, downy woodpecker, cat bird and red 
bellied woodpecker.

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[cayugabirds-l] Morning birds/bear

2020-06-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Scarlet tanager singing unseen in a tree. Rose breasted grosbeak, lots of B 
Orioles, (3 nests that I know of) here.
for the first time I remember, a juvenile gray-headed Red bellied woodpecker 
coming with parent to suet. Young one has learn to eat on the suet cage by 
itself.

Cat birds & orioles eating jars full of jelly. I hope they don’t get cavities 
w/ all that sugar. Flying squirrels & chipmunks eating jelly too.

Reported: small bear (yearling?) trying to pull down bird feeders in west hill 
area of ithaca. Seen by a few people.

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[cayugabirds-l] Summerland Farm Preserve today

2020-06-15 Thread Donna Lee Scott
After reading Mark Chao's report of his weekend visit to the Summerland Farm 
preserve, I finished chores and vol. work, packed a lunch and went there for 
the afternoon.
The small yellow Finger Lakes Trail signs on Blackmun Hill Rd. are easy to 
miss, but I found them thanks to the good directions from the Finger Lakes Land 
Trust at:
https://www.fllt.org/preserves/summerland-farm-preserve/
As Mark wrote: "There is no parking lot at this preserve.  The Land Trust 
recommends trying to park along the southern road shoulder near where the 
Finger Lakes Trail crosses Blackman Hill Road.  On the north side of the road, 
there's a gravel area that could hold multiple cars, but as I understand it, 
this seems to be a turnaround for service vehicles and should not be blocked."
I turned around and parked on the north side by the entrance to the first woods 
on the 'white' trail.

Going into the dark, shady, cool woods I immediately heard a Red-eyed Vireo and 
soon two Ovenbirds, none of which were seen.
The easy trail leads to a stone steps over an old farm rock pile and out into 
the meadow where I immediately heard and started seeing several Bobolinks 
flying around and singing their joyous song! Some like to perch on the 
white-tipped trail marking stakes in the freshly mowed trail when they aren't 
sailing around with their mates or their male colleagues.  I counted at least 7 
males and 2-3 females.

Up the hill a bit, one not only admires the long expanses of tall grass and 
wildflowers, but the views in all directions areabsolutely wonderful! If you 
keep your eyes off the few buildings way in the distance, you could feel like 
you were in a little wilderness!
Barn Swallows zoomed around, too. I did not hear any sparrows as Mark did. I 
know I (who just turned 76) can hear their faint calls because on Sunday on 
Holden Rd. in Lansing I got good looks at 2 Savannah Sparrows sitting far apart 
on utility wires, both singing their faint songs.

I walked slowly thru the meadow to enjoy it all on this lovely day, then found 
a rock pile to sit on for lunch at the other side where the trail goes into the 
second woods.
Imagine having your lunch in the semi-shaded, dappled sunlight, while listening 
to Bobolinks nearby!
 Meanwhile, right behind me in the woods were more Red-eyed Vireos and a loudly 
singing Ovenbird.
After eating, I went into the second woods where the trail goes gradually 
downhill. I heard at least 2 Wood Thrushes.  I went as far down as a posted 
sign and a green mark painted on a tree at the start of a ravine before turning 
back.

Part way down this hill I also heard 2-3 Ovenbirds and then saw 2  of the 
Ovenbirds and one was particularly cooperative. He sat on nearby branches in 
plain view uttering his little chewk call and I got great looks at him there 
and on the ground in the Virginia Creeper leaves. I also saw a Phoebe and heard 
a Pewee. Back up by the meadow entrance that other Ovenbird was still singing! 
A Blue Jay sang its imitation of a Red Shouldered Hawk and chased after a 
friend.

Back in the first woods later, I heard a Great Crested Flycatcher, Ovenbirds 
and across the road on the trail there, a Veery.

This place is definitely worth the trip from NW Lansing!  I also noted that we 
owe a debt of gratitude to the volunteers who maintain these excellent trails! 
And of course I am grateful to Anne Boyer for donating this magnificent 
property to the Land Trust so we can all enjoy its quiet beauty.


Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Baltimore Oriole question

2020-06-15 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I have several B. Orioles still eating my grape jelly (along with catbirds, 
chipmunks, gray squirrels, and raccoons and maybe flying squirrels at night).
I know of at least 2 BO nests right in my woodsy, bushy yard and at least one 
nest in a nearby oak tree in a neighbor's yard.

I gave up on orange halves last week because orioles didn't seem to be eating 
those.

I have 3 dishes of jelly, 2 hanging (but one of those would be accessible to 
flying squirrels).

B Orioles also raid the hummingbird feeder!

I have not seen the Orchard Orioles for about 3-4 weeks.

Two evenings ago I saw a male B Oriole take a caterpillar to its nest hanging 
over the road near my mailbox. It went inside and appeared a few moments later 
with a fecal sac, which it flew away and dropped over 100 feet away. The nest 
is beautiful.

Donna L. Scott
Lansing Station Road/cayuga lake
Lansing, NY


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[mailto:bounce-124702798-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Barbara B. Eden
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2020 11:03 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Baltimore Oriole question

For the first time ever in my Cayuga Heights yard, I have had a pair of 
Baltimore Orioles still feeding at my jelly feeder. In previous years they are 
just here for a few days.
I am hoping since they have stayed (for at least 6 weeks ) they are nesting 
nearby
Any thoughts on this from birders more knowledgeable than me

Thanks,
Barbara Eden


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] The Bald Eagle: A Conservation Success Story

2020-06-15 Thread Donna Lee Scott
How about putting a small weighted down tarp under the basket to catch any 
droppings later?
Technically it is illegal to move or interfere with a native bird’s nest.

Even after the eggs hatch - for a while - there isn’t too much mess because the 
parent birds carry away the fecal sacks from babies’ droppings and deposit it 
somewhere else far away from porch.
The period of possible “mess” while young birds get ready to fly doesn’t last 
that long. & what a joy to see the growing nestlings!

& please do not water the plant.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Jun 15, 2020, at 9:06 AM, Asher Hockett 
mailto:veery...@gmail.com>> wrote:

I suggest you move the entire basket.

On Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 6:00 AM Rustici, Marc 
mailto:mrust...@arnothealth.org>> wrote:
Good Morning,

I am hoping someone can tell me or direct me to some information, please.

We have some purple finches nesting on our front porch in a hanging basket.  I 
saw they have laid eggs.  My wife wants them gone (I am the softee..) as they 
make quite a mess when the young hatch…It was suggested I move the nest to 
an very nearby weeping birch (where they perch).

Is this a viable option?

Marc

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Wish I could hear this Chris but have eschewed zoom. It's a great story 
nationwide. I had the honor of being the first survey and banding crews in the 
Chesapeake Bay Region back in the early 70s. These were done by a group called 
the Raptor Information Center under the aegis of The National Wildlife 
Foundation. We based in the DC/MD area and worked the watershed of three 
states. A handful of nests in the whole area and very low reproduction rate at 
the beginning. Climbing into an eagle nest was amazing and locked me into 
ornithology for life and a new career field. It is so satisfying to see the 
tremendous increase in these terrific birds with the less than ferocious voices!

Best,
John
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Burdett, NY 14818-9626
"Conserve and Create Habitat"
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On 2020-06-14 12:38, lajews...@yahoo.com wrote:
Tuesday, June 16 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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[cayugabirds-l] Sweazey warblers

2020-06-07 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Hooded warbler is back in Sweazey rd. woods below Cornell orchard, singing 
loudly close by, but not showing himself!
That was up to the male Redstart who foraged in grape vines near road & of 
course the curious catbird.

The usual yellow warblers below the orchard were silent there at midday, but 
field sparrows, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, an E. Wood pewee, a wood thrush, 
indigo bunting, chickadees, and a red-eyed vireo occasionally added to the 
chorus in that peaceful woods on this gorgeous day.

This all helped distract me from the acute disappointment of seeing that more 
than half the meadows up the road nearer Rt. 34-B were mowed for hay, including 
at the former Farkas farm where they have let the grass grow all summer in the 
past.
We birders have seen at least 1 meadowlark in that grass, as well as several 
RWBBs, trying to nest.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Oops

2020-06-05 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Sorry. It probably was Indigo bunting w brown feathers on it.
Donna

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[cayugabirds-l] Blue grosbeak

2020-06-05 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Salmon Creek Road. North of Finger Lakes Land Trust Preserve and black Purdy 
mailbox.
Seen 3x, heard singing. In woodsy clearing east side road w “posted” sign at 
back.

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[cayugabirds-l] Bird luck continues

2020-06-04 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Silent Black-billed Cuckoo just seen by group of mailboxes # 383 -417
Lansing Station rd. !
Good looks at red around eye & under tail spots.

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[cayugabirds-l] Blue Grosbeak

2020-06-03 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Male. In my back yard by feeders 20 min. Ago. . It got scared off by Orioles 
and blackbirds, but I will keep an eye out for it.
I think I heard its song earlier.

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[cayugabirds-l] Great crested flycatcher

2020-06-03 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Is back in my yard & woods, calling loudly!
Yesterday he explored the backyard at low levels where I could see him quite 
easily.

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[cayugabirds-l] Red headed woodpecker

2020-05-31 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Mature, just seen in my back yard!
So elegant.

While an occasional one may have been here in the past, I have never been here 
to see it, so this is a pretty cool yard bird.
Now I have seen all the local woodpeckers in my backyard!

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[cayugabirds-l] 2 great bird trips

2020-05-25 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Saturday I went looking for Cerulean Warblers at Howland's Island after hearing 
about Sandra's success the day before. I entered via the "iron bridge" off NY 
Rt. 38.  I took the Cayuga Basin Guide's recommended 3 mile walk where you end 
up on Wood Duck Way (Sandra was correct: there is no longer a sign for the 
sharp left-hand turn one should take half way thru the loop).

As soon as I got a little way away from the holiday din of many people & radios 
down by the canal and off into the woods, it was heavenly! Easy walking and 
bird song everywhere! Wood thrushes and Veerys and several sp of warblers and 
many others!  I heard some Ceruleans which I could never see way up in the 
trees and finally saw an immature one over on Wood Duck Way (part of trail with 
all the duck boxes, I presume). Several other songs I am afraid I do not know 
and I could not see the birds singing them in the newly hatched leaves, so I 
just had to enjoy the wonderful sounds in the peaceful woods. I saw a Great 
Crested Flycatcher carrying food items to a hole in a vine-covered dead tree on 
the open meadow part of this loop (the south heading last leg of loop) and I 
saw a Baltimore Oriole constructing its bag-like nest near the end of the loop 
with the bridge in sight.. There were few people out on this loop, and those 
that were there were observing current safety measures. There were two sets of 
horse-back riders, too!

Today, after hearing reports of low-hanging warblers up by Lake Ontario (after 
Dave Nicosia's very helpful warnings to get out there and see them before they 
are gone), I headed north to the West Barrier Bar/Town of Fair Haven Park on 
the lake. Judy T. reported good luck there yesterday and my SFO buddy Dave F. 
gave me directions to get there. I was not disappointed.

Right after parking my car by a picnic table inside the gate, I started seeing 
warblers! I stayed all afternoon and had about 14 sp of warblers and 41 species 
of birds all together. I saw Wilson's, Bay Breasted, Chestnut sided, Black 
Throated Green, Canada and many Magnolias, along with others, most in low 
bushes or short trees! It was really fun and busy trying to follow them all, 
and it was not buggy since there was a nice breeze off Little Sodus Bay. I even 
got to see the red eyes of a few Red-eyed Vireos, since some were low, too. 
Flycatchers and Kingbirds were there.

If you want to go, take Rt. 38 from Auburn to Rt. 370 west, to Rt. 104A east to 
Fair Haven.
As you are just outside Fair Haven, turn left onto West Bay Rd.
Keep going north, then follow a right curve, then a left curve or turn past a 
winery;
You go by a couple marina areas, curve right again and you should be driving 
parallel to Lake Ontario. The park gate is about 1/3 mile. Park outside the 
gate or drive in and pull off road by picnic table/ bay side.
The bushes and trees on the other side of the driveway is where most the 
warblers were seen, altho I saw some in the trees by the bay, too.

On the way back down Rt. 38 I rescued a 5" painted turtle from the road! Quick 
stop and dangerous, but I can't stand to see them smushed in the road.

And if you are thinking of building a cobblestone house, bring your front 
loader and dump truck. This shoreline is made up of heaps of smoothed, roundish 
red, gray and brownish cobble stones!

Happy birding,
Donna

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] [cayugabirds-l]Oriole/mockingbird Conflict Suggestions

2020-05-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Have you tried multiple feeding stations? Far apart.
Actually my Baltimore orioles probably chased away the Orchard orioles that 
were here a while ago!

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On May 21, 2020, at 11:48 AM, Rustici, Marc 
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Hello,

Can anyone provide a suggestion on how to discourage aggressive Mockingbirds 
from chasing away Orioles?

Thanks,

Marc

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Just a note to those who took the time to offer ideas and encouragement 
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some upcoming painting of our deck. We’ve placed additional oranges in a 
different spot and think they may have already visited them. The new location 
isn’t as visible to us but the oranges seem to have been nibbled on. We’ll keep 
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] [cayugabirds-l]oriole catbird food

2020-05-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
“My” catbirds regularly eat grape jelly , suet & occasionally orange.

Donna Scott
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On May 21, 2020, at 11:04 AM, Magnus Fiskesjo 
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ps. Today saw for the first time, other than orioles, a Gray catbird also 
nibbling on an orange.

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Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
McGraw Hall, Room 201. Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
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Just a note to those who took the time to offer ideas and encouragement 
concerning how to handle the very welcome presence of Baltimore Orioles during 
some upcoming painting of our deck. We’ve placed additional oranges in a 
different spot and think they may have already visited them. The new location 
isn’t as visible to us but the oranges seem to have been nibbled on. We’ll keep 
watching!

Thanks, again,
Kathy


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Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] Howland Island question

2020-05-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I sent this info to Sandra Babcock earlier

Donna Scott
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Begin forwarded message:

From: Donna Lee Scott mailto:d...@cornell.edu>>
Date: May 20, 2020 at 6:24:19 PM EDT
To: Sandra Lynn Babcock mailto:slb...@cornell.edu>>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Howland Island question

Hi
Do you happen to have a copy of Birding the Cayuga lake basin - our Cayuga Bird 
club guide?
If so, info about Howland Island is on pages 130-131.

You have to walk at HI. No driving.
enter either from Rt 38 north of Port Byron - 1.8 miles, turn left on Howland 
Island Road, go 2 miles to the end of the road. park & walk across the iron 
Bridge and then start walking in the island.
OR
from Savannah go north on Route 89 and turn right immediately on Savanna Spring 
Lake Road. Go 2.2 miles to Carncoss Road.
Turn right and go half mile to the end of the road where the bridge is. Cross 
bridge, drive a short way to parking lot at end of public road.

However - I have heard that the bridge & the road immediately after it to the 
parking area there has been flooded. I don’t know if it still is or not. So rt 
38 way is probably best to do.

Let me know if you have the basin guide. If not, i can type the suggested 
walking directions (3 mile loop from iron bridge).

Donna Scott
Lansing
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I’m contemplating a trip to Howland Island tomorrow, but have never been before 
and am wondering if anyone has any tips.  Are there specific routes that are 
better for birders?  Do you recommend a driving loop or walking?

Thanks for any insights you can offer.

Best,

Sandra Babcock
Ithaca

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma complex

2020-05-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Yesterday I had delightful looks at the prothonotary warbler near & going into  
the nest box on the west side of Armitage Road (across canal). Lots of other 
birds there too, including a veery.
Later at Mays Point I saw 2-3 black terns & 2 pretty yellow-throated vireos, 
among other birds.

Later on short walk at Spring brook trail I saw a wet warbler shaking itself 
off above me. I think it was a Tennessee.

It was a lovely day & no bugs!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummer/others

2020-05-13 Thread Donna Lee Scott
1 or more of my many orioles yanked off 2 of the 4 bee guards from my H-bird 
feeder so they could drink more easily! Even broke one bee guard!
Still no H-bird here.

I saw 2 different Indigo Buntings today & just saw my FOY American Redstart. 
Also 2 female Rose breasted Grosbeaks with one male & 1 of “my” Brown Thrashers.

Donna Scott
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Finally, our FOY hummingbird showed up at the feeder today. Yay!

Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager

2020-05-12 Thread Donna Lee Scott
My neighbor just to south reported a male Indigo Bunting was eating seed at her 
deck rail 8 AM this morning.
My other neighbor just to the north went out in her driveway this morning and 
saw a Scarlet Tanager in her lilac bush!

Unfortunately, I saw neither of these birds, but on my walk around Lansing 
Station this afternoon I saw Yellow and Yellow-rumped warblers, B. orioles, and 
a Brown Thrasher in my own yard when I returned. Plus many of the usual 
suspects around here.
Many Baltimore Orioles and 2-3 Orchard Orioles continue in my yard!  I have to 
go shop for fruit and jelly for them, they go thru these so fast.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mourning Doves

2020-05-12 Thread Donna Lee Scott
“My” orioles like my h-bird nectar feeder too (as well as all the oranges and 
dishes of grape jelly)!

One of them even flicked off one of the bee guards to make the sugar water 
easier to drink.
One also discovered he can put 1 foot on a little tiny hummingbird perch for 
better balance!

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On May 12, 2020, at 11:31 AM, Judy Cuyle 
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We were surprised at the comments about Mourning Doves fighting. We have lots 
of Mourning Doves and have never seen this behavior. Maybe because we have so 
many feeders? Year round we have 13 sunflower seed feeders and three suet 
feeders (each holding three cakes). Now we also have a hummingbird feeder (no 
hummers yet tho), a Baltimore Oriole feeder, and a grape jelly feeder. Some 
years we have four hummingbird feeders. The Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers like 
the hummingbird feeder too. Actually, the Oriole prefers it to the Oriole 
feeder.

Bill & Judy Cuyle





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[cayugabirds-l] Orioles!

2020-05-11 Thread Donna Lee Scott
With ~8 Baltimore Os & ~2 Orchard Os, there’s a lot of vying for the 4 jelly & 
orange stations here!

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[cayugabirds-l] Os galore

2020-05-11 Thread Donna Lee Scott
5 adult male B Orioles together here, with a female & immature male a while 
ago, eating orange, grp jelly & suet, w/ occasional attempt to drink 
hummingbird sugar water. H-bird feeder not a good perch for B Os.

Plus an Osprey perched in tree on lake cliff till hale storm chased it away.

Yesterday (& maybe once today) I saw the two immature male Orchard Orioles, but 
I have not seen the adult males or a female orchard oriole in a few days. But 
then I haven’t been here a lot, having gone to other places to look for birds.

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[cayugabirds-l] Wild turkey

2020-05-08 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Inside the fence at the airport by Snyder Road, just past Cornell equine bldgs.
So far it is staying somewhat near the fence and away from the runway.

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[cayugabirds-l] A different orchard oriole

2020-05-05 Thread Donna Lee Scott
A “first summer male” yellow w/ black throat, eating jelly at feeder near my 
kitchen window!
Meanwhile, 1 of adult males is back at 2nd jelly feeder in back yard, taking 
turns w Baltimore oriole male.

What a treat!

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[cayugabirds-l] Orchard orioles

2020-05-05 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Not one, but two male orchard orioles just came to my jelly and orange feeder 
in back yard!
First ever I have seen Orchard orioles here, not to mention they are my first 
of year for these birds.
This was just after a female and a male Baltimore oriole ate the grape jelly 
and orange.

Besides the beautiful, clear singing of the Baltimore orioles, one of my gray 
cat birds has been singing the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard from that 
species.

Cat birds are not going to the jelly /orange feeders, so I don’t think they are 
the cat birds from last year who couldn’t get enough of those foods. They keep 
eating suet a few inches away from the jelly/ orange hanging dish.

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[cayugabirds-l] Dawn birds

2020-05-03 Thread Donna Lee Scott
FOY baltimore orioles & catbird singing! Oriole sitting in sun atop a tall 
tree. What a gorgeous spring sight!
Brown thrasher singing across road.
Kingfisher chattering by.

Lake getting to minor flood stage.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] First ever yard Field Sparrow

2020-05-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
While I’ve seen field sparrows on Lansing Station Road in nearby woods edges & 
fields, I too have never had one in the yard that I was able to see.

I have seen 1 field sparrow in various parts of my yard several times in the 
last 3 weeks.

Donna Scott
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On May 1, 2020, at 5:35 PM, Bob Anderson 
mailto:alyce...@twcny.rr.com>> wrote:

I have never seen a field sparrow at our feeders on N Cayuga, Ithaca, in the 
forty or so years I've had them, but Wednesday what I thought was going to be a 
chipping sparrow turned out to be a FISP when I got the binoculars on it. 
Despite the prominent pink bill I was hesitant to ID it because its never been 
here. So I set up my scope and Thursday it returned giving me a wonderful view 
of its bill and eye ring. I haven't seen it today.

Bob


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[cayugabirds-l] 8 white throated sparrows

2020-05-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Skootching around under 1 large bush in my yard this evening!

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[cayugabirds-l] FOY yard birds!

2020-05-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Several singing eastern towhees and a gorgeous male Rose breasted grosbeak 
among others in my yard today!

I’ve put out hummingbird nectar & a hanging tray of grape jelly with an orange 
in case the cat birds, Orioles and hummingbirds come by.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Of Unleashed Dogs and Waterthrushes

2020-04-27 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Rude, nasty, or clueless people and their off-leash dogs are an increasingly 
big problem everywhere.

It is our main public problem at Salt Point. Lansing has clearly posted “dogs 
must be on leash” law.
 A Lansing resident and former judge who is a Commissioner at NY state parks 
has also said it’s one of the biggest problems that state parks face, even 
though there’s posted laws about keeping dogs on leashes.

It is starting to happen in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, too, but the 
people seem better mannered than here in “Wild West” USA.

People can’t seem to leave dogs at home anymore. And those  who have little 
knowledge about nesting & displaying birds have no idea about how their dog is 
naturally inclined to gobble up birds & other critters.

Many just Think of these parks as big dog runs where the law does not apply to 
them. 

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Apr 27, 2020, at 11:36 AM, Sandy Podulka 
mailto:s...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

I thought that with Covid-19 restrictions all dogs are supposed to be on 
leashes when out of the house (I assume out of one's yard).  A dog rushing up 
to someone else can carry virus to them (albeit this is a low risk), so it is 
even more irresponsible to have an unleashed dog in public right now.


At 10:58 AM 4/27/2020, Meredith Leonard wrote:
Sorry Robin, I apologize for singling you out. You belong to a lucky cohort of 
dog owners with good dogs.
But, even your well behaved dog really should be leashed in natural or wild 
areas, especially during mating, nesting, birthing and fledging seasons.
Otherwise,
a) you have no way to convey to someone who fears dogs just what sort of 
behavior they can expect from your particular dog, and
b) your unleashed dog will tell other owners that it is OK for their dogs to be 
unleashed, no matter your argument or their dog.
Please, all owners of good dogs, think of this problem from a multitude of 
points of view. Think of it as an environmental responsibility.
Thank you, Meredith

On Apr 27, 2020, at 7:17 AM, Robin Cisne 
mailto:rfci...@gmail.com>> wrote:

As the owner of a well-behaved dog who prefers to be unleashed and leaves other 
people alone, I'm very sorry this happened to you.  Inconsiderate jackasses 
like that ruin it for the rest of us.

Robin







On Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 8:29 PM Magnus Fiskesjo 
mailto:magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Nice poem!

One of your dog men at least said sorry. At Hog hole the other day, ignoring 
all the signs that say dogs-on-leash-only, a man unleashed his oversized filthy 
dog, and it rushed at and jumped at my wife, who was quite scared, as she tried 
to defend herself and fend it off. The man did not say one word of apology, 
evidently could not care less. I wanted to bash his head in, or that of his 
dog, but did neither. The stupid dogs aren't guilty of course, it's the dogs' 
masters. There is something profoundly unseemly and deeply intolerant in how 
these people wield their dog slaves to insult and impose on others, both on 
other people, and on wildlife.

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Of Unleashed Dogs and Waterthrushes

Despite the drenching rain today, I did my daily jog.
Around the trails of six-mile creek I passed two groups with dogs.
The first dog came a-leapin' at my thigh, against my wish.
The owners said their sorries as they feigned to tend its leash.

The second dog, also unleashed, was sniffing as it roamed,
an area where a Waterthrush had surveyed for a home.
Meanwhile from way up in the tree the Waterthrush did sing,
O'er heavy rain and rushing creek the melody did ring.
The song seemed more insistent, although I can't be sure,
As if announcing to the world, "hey dog, get outta here!"
Both dog and man soon left the scene, no harm it seems inflicted.
As spring rolls on I hope to see if nesting was affected.

Suan
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[cayugabirds-l] On the home front

2020-04-27 Thread Donna Lee Scott
A Louisiana Waterthrush perched briefly in my river birch while I looked out 
the window! Couldn’t find it by my little stream when I then looked there a few 
minutes later.

Regular visiting Field Sparrow eating seeds under front yard bush...
Along with 4 White Throated Sparrows & other usuals.
1 WT, instead of having tan throat & tan head stripes, has all gray in those 
areas.
It is the same gray color as the breast has on White Throated Sparrows.
2 of the others have bright white markings & the 4th has typical tan markings.

Loons calling & Red Breasted Mergs cavorting on the lake.

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[cayugabirds-l] Pair of Kestrels

2020-04-19 Thread Donna Lee Scott
On Holden Rd, N. Lansing, btw.  Storm & Brooks Hill Rds., along with a male 
Bluebird, about 4 pm!

I saw the female Kestrel yesterday
about the same time of day on nearby Brooks Hill Rd.

Right now the fields are overgrown grasses or planted in some kind of short 
grass crop, not corn, - good for kestrels & the rodents they want to catch.

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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrels

2020-04-18 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Just now on Ed Hill Rd Freeville, south on Hile School Rd, male on utility wire 
w/ lg. mouse or vole in talons!

Yesterday male Kestrel on Scofield Rd near Buck/pleasant Valley rds. X (Lansing)
And another on Asbury Rd. (W. dryden), not sure of gender.

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[cayugabirds-l] Pileated pair

2020-04-12 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Usually I see just the male pileated woodpecker eating suet at my back deck 
feeders, but today at the same time I had a pair of them (m & f)!

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[cayugabirds-l] Wood ducks, kestrel

2020-04-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Pair of elegant Wood ducks, along with a few Green winged Teal, pr. Gadwall, & 
pr. Mallard well back in swamp on Armitage Rd. across bridge coming from rt 89.

Then a Kestrel just past farm on corner of Armitage & Rt. 89. IT flew off wire 
into sun, so no gender ID.

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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrel

2020-04-08 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Female on Ithaca airport fence by Snyder Rd, near Equine Research bldgs.

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[cayugabirds-l] Loons, et al.

2020-04-06 Thread Donna Lee Scott
5 Common Loons off Lansing Station Road between #s 400 and 700.
Also a pair of red breasted mergansers and Buffleheads hanging out together.

Neighbor at ~#600 had pair of mature Bald Eagles perched in one of her huge oak 
trees near lake cliff earlier today.

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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrels, meadowlarks

2020-04-05 Thread Donna Lee Scott
This afternoon I saw three kestrels at three different places!
-Lake rd south of king ferry winery (male).
-Dixon Rd SE of Aurora (male)
-Rt 34b by Fessenden farm, King Ferry. Light wrong to see sex.

saw a singing Meadowlark south of King ferry winery near red barn & near 
kestrel there.

And I am pretty sure I had 3 Meadowlarks on Lake Rd Aurora, near Longpoint 
Winery & down hill from there. Saw 2, heard them sing;
heard third sing down hill from others!

I found a lot of Bonapartes Gulls north of Long Pt. St pk, but by then lake was 
choppy & light was glaring, so could not find Little Gull.

Got good views of nesting Bald Eagles at X of NY Rt 90 & Poplar Ridge Rd. 
Aurora.

Killdeer & 5+ wild turkeys on Algerine rd on way home.
A nice jaunt on Sunday afternoon.

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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrel

2020-04-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
On power line west side Davis road, north of Jerry Smith rd. Lansing. (East of 
34B).
A bit distant, but I think male.
It has been swooping down to grassy field & back up to line a few times.

Donna Scott
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On Mar 31, 2020, at 4:27 PM, bob mcguire 
mailto:bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com>> wrote:

Thanks - and let me know!
On Mar 31, 2020, at 3:51 PM, Donna Lee Scott 
mailto:d...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

I don’t think they Were vocalizing, although as usual, they fly to a distant 
place if you try to get anywhere near them.
I did not notice beaks open or moving.
This reminds me to listen to their calls for next time!
Donna

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On Mar 31, 2020, at 3:32 PM, bob mcguire 
mailto:bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com>> wrote:

Hey Donna - were any of your Kestrels vocalizing? That is one of the few local 
birds that I have never recorded. I would love to have that opportunity!

Bob
On Mar 31, 2020, at 3:18 PM, Donna Lee Scott 
mailto:d...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Male Amer. Kestrel on Wilson Rd near Conlon rd , Lansing.
Cool!
Kestrels 2 days in a row.

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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrel

2020-03-31 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Male Amer. Kestrel on Wilson Rd near Conlon rd , Lansing.
Cool!
Kestrels 2 days in a row.

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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrels

2020-03-30 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Pair of American Kestrels south of King Ferry Winery/Center rd/ corner of Lake 
Rd.

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[cayugabirds-l] C Loons

2020-03-27 Thread Donna Lee Scott
3 Common Loons calling & diving off shore by 5-600 block Lansing Station Rd.
First I have seen in a while.

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[cayugabirds-l] Horned grebe

2020-03-24 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Lone horned grebe offshore near 357 Lansing Station Rd.

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe

2020-03-23 Thread Donna Lee Scott
East Shore Park is By Cornell U sailing club marina, south east side of very 
south end of Cayuga lake. Across from the Cornell Cooling Water plant.

Donna L. Scott
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607-533-7228, 607-379-1694
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[mailto:bounce-124486653-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Lanie Wilmarth
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 2:07 PM
To: Robin Cisne 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe

Which one is east shore park?

On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 2:01 PM Robin Cisne 
mailto:rfci...@gmail.com>> wrote:
The good news is that there is an Eared Grebe close to shore right now at East 
Shore Park (1:55 pm).  The bad news is that the roads are pretty slippery.









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Re: [cayugabirds-l] My first kestrel of the season

2020-03-22 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I saw a kestral on Black Rd near NY Rt. 34 south of Fleming yesterday.

 I think it was female, but of course as I tried to get anywhere near it to be 
sure of gender, it zoomed off into the field! (I was in car, it was on overhead 
wire.)

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 22, 2020, at 11:38 AM, Eveline V. Ferretti 
mailto:e...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Just glimpsed my first American kestrel of the year on the Mount Pleasant 
fields. Yay!

Eveline Ferretti
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Mann Library / Cornell University Library
e...@cornell.edu
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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey!

2020-03-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Osprey spotted on utility pole above Salt Point, Cayuga Lake, Lansing!

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] grass mowing at airport

2020-03-19 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Early last spring when he spoke about the airport renovation at the Lansing 
Library, I asked the head airport manager to read materials I gave him about 
grass land birds and delaying mowing until last week of July. 
It was a professional-looking packet of nicely printed, concise info on mowing, 
with pix of meadowlarks and bobolinks, too.
Don't know if he read it or not.

I don't know when they mowed for the first time, because I didn't get over 
there at that season.
DID ANYONE NOTICE WHEN outer parts of airport WERE MOWED?

Then I kept wanting to go see him and asked a male colleague who knows the 
director to go with me, but that never happened last year for various reasons.
(I sensed that a male presence would have more effect on this man than I would, 
the older woman)

They had purchased a great big mowing machine and I am sure the operators love 
to use it, so the temptation is to go out and mow everything down...

"WE" need to pursue this matter again this year!
Donna

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882
607-533-7228, 607-379-1694
d...@cornell.edu


-Original Message-
From: Magnus Fiskesjo 
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 6:10 PM
To: Donna Lee Scott ; CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: RE: Ithaca airport Meadowlarks / with a warning


I should add that they weren't so bad. Sure, it was annoying, but maybe I can 
see them sitting in their office --with *nothing* to do?!-- and then seeing 
four people getting out and walking up to their fence on the other side! Also, 
the lead agent gave me his card and said we could call him: 

Josh Nalley, Airport deputy director of operations/Fire chief Ithaca-Tompkins 
Regional Airport, 72 Brown Road, Ithaca NY 14850
607 266 2641
Email: jnal...@tompkins-co.org

But maybe the more important thing we can do, as the Cauyga Bird Club perhaps, 
is to regularly ask the airport to delay the cutting of the grass until the 
meadowlark chicks have fledged? Someone mentioned this request has been made to 
them in the past? Do they listen??

--Magnus
Magnus Fiskesjö
n...@cornell.edu
____
From: Donna Lee Scott
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:51 PM
To: Magnus Fiskesjo; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE: Ithaca airport Meadowlarks / with a warning

What is their phone number?
I go to the airport a lot and have never been accosted in this way.
But then, we old white-haired (& white) women can get away with more than the 
rest of you!

When I was over at Lick Street, Moravia/Locke on Sunday, stopped by the road 
counting my 115 Robins, a NY State Trooper stopped to "see if I was OK".
When I told him what I was up to, he actually asked a couple questions about 
bird migration!
This "helpful car stopping" happens to me a lot out in the boonies, but usually 
it is just a kindly person  (not a cop) stopping to see if I and my car are all 
right.
Most do not ask bird questions.

I have been thinking of getting magnetic removable signs for my car's sides and 
back that say "BIRD WATCHER".
Hey, maybe this could be another Cayuga Bird Club fundraiser: signs for our 
cars!

Donna

Donna L. Scott
Lansing

-Original Message-
From: bounce-124477508-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-124477508-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Magnus Fiskesjo
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:36 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca airport Meadowlarks / with a warning


This afternoon, Thursday 19 March 2020, traveling along Snyder Rd. at Ithaca 
Tompkins Airport to listen for meadowlarks singing.

We did hear two different singing birds, and saw one singing from the airport 
fence.

Then, the airport police caught up with us and wanted to know what we were 
doing! I told them we were out to listen for the beautiful song of the 
meadowlark. In the end, 6 police cars showed up (airport and county sheriff), 
writing down all my details and asking the same questions.

What a story.

In the end, the airport police said, if you give them a call beforehand and 
tell them you are coming, you are allowed to birdwatch.

But NO cameras!

I suggested to them to add that, to the NO TRESPASSING signs.

--sincerely,

Magnus Fiskesjö, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University McGraw 
Hall, Room 201. Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
E-mail: magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu, or: n...@cornell.edu

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca airport Meadowlarks / with a warning

2020-03-19 Thread Donna Lee Scott
What is their phone number?
I go to the airport a lot and have never been accosted in this way. 
But then, we old white-haired (& white) women can get away with more than the 
rest of you!

When I was over at Lick Street, Moravia/Locke on Sunday, stopped by the road 
counting my 115 Robins, a NY State Trooper stopped to "see if I was OK". 
When I told him what I was up to, he actually asked a couple questions about 
bird migration!
This "helpful car stopping" happens to me a lot out in the boonies, but usually 
it is just a kindly person  (not a cop) stopping to see if I and my car are all 
right. 
Most do not ask bird questions.

I have been thinking of getting magnetic removable signs for my car's sides and 
back that say "BIRD WATCHER".
Hey, maybe this could be another Cayuga Bird Club fundraiser: signs for our 
cars!

Donna

Donna L. Scott
Lansing

-Original Message-
From: bounce-124477508-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-124477508-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Magnus Fiskesjo
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:36 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca airport Meadowlarks / with a warning


This afternoon, Thursday 19 March 2020, traveling along Snyder Rd. at Ithaca 
Tompkins Airport to listen for meadowlarks singing. 

We did hear two different singing birds, and saw one singing from the airport 
fence. 

Then, the airport police caught up with us and wanted to know what we were 
doing! I told them we were out to listen for the beautiful song of the 
meadowlark. In the end, 6 police cars showed up (airport and county sheriff), 
writing down all my details and asking the same questions.

What a story. 

In the end, the airport police said, if you give them a call beforehand and 
tell them you are coming, you are allowed to birdwatch. 

But NO cameras! 

I suggested to them to add that, to the NO TRESPASSING signs. 

--sincerely,

Magnus Fiskesjö, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University McGraw 
Hall, Room 201. Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
E-mail: magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu, or: n...@cornell.edu

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Southeast Asia Program (SEAP), https://seap.einaudi.cornell.edu/people/faculty
East Asia Program (EAP), http://eap.einaudi.cornell.edu/people/core-faculty
CIAMS (Archaeology), https://archaeology.cornell.edu/faculty
Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA), 
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[cayugabirds-l] Robins!

2020-03-15 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Starting at 1080 Lick St. In Town of Locke & driving north to end at Fillmore 
Rd. , I counted 113 American Robins in various fields.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] Meadowlark @ airport

2020-03-11 Thread Donna Lee Scott
FOY for me, E. Meadowlark singing on Ithaca airport fence along Snyder rd near 
Equine research south-most bldg.
sang 2 different songs!

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese

2020-03-06 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I just returned from a good, birdy two weeks in Florida, & I couldn’t resist 
driving north to see all the Snow geese and I was not disappointed!

large, long  “island” of them nearer eastern shore Cayuga lake between Union 
Springs and Cayuga. 1000s on water with 1000s flying  in & landing on water.

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2020-02-03 Thread Donna Lee Scott
About 140 flying from south to north over Lansing Station Rd 20 min. ago.

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[cayugabirds-l] 1000s of crows

2020-01-30 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Just seen on Spring Street near intersection w/ Waldron Road east of Union 
Springs.
1000s of crows flying together in a long band from SW towards NE, maybe going 
to Auburn?

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Birdy day

2020-01-30 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Among lots of other nice birds this sunny PM,  I saw the Oregon dark-eyed junco 
(!) at Fritzie Blizzard’s in Union Springs and over 80 red-breasted mergansers 
on Cayuga Lake on the way there.
Also 2 mature bald eagles flying away from the big eagle nest south side of 
Aurora.

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[cayugabirds-l] Horned larks

2020-01-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
16 along with 1 beautiful Snow Bunting, on Center rd btw Rt 34-B & Mahaney rd 
in S Cayuga Cnty.

First of year for me for both species!

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[cayugabirds-l] snow buntings across lake (E side)

2020-01-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I had about 225 snow buntings on Atwater Road between Mahaney & Route 34B 
around 1:30 pm, but they flew away before I could scope them to look for other 
species.

I & another birder in sep. car re-found a few of them in this general area, & 
as far west as Center rd near King Ferry winery.
They won’t stay put!

Also 100s of American Crows in area.

& ~460 Eur. Starlings in tall trees by Belltown Dairy by county line 
(Tompkins/Cayuga).

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Jan 21, 2020, at 2:49 PM, Dave Nutter 
mailto:nutter.d...@me.com>> wrote:

I also saw Snow Buntings today, my first this year - a flock of about 60 flying 
over a cornstubble field on the south side of Perry City Rd east of Waterburg 
Rd in Ulysses. They alit atop a large bare tree in the hedgerow on the far 
side, and I got a good enough scope view to confirm my initial impression of 
the ID.

- - Dave Nutter

On Jan 21, 2020, at 12:53 PM, Marty Schlabach 
mailto:m...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Saw a small flock of snow buntings on Bromka Rd, about 15 birds in flight.  It 
was between Log City Rd and CR 129 in Romulus, Seneca County.

Marty
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8407 Powell Rd. home  607-532-3467
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[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle & geese

2020-01-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
As I was in back yard filling the birdfeeders ~9:30 am, suddenly about 200 
Canada geese, honking wildly, flew from a few 100 feet of shore length, low out 
over the water, and landed in the middle of Cayuga lake.
An Amer. Crow was calling wildly too.

Soon I saw the reason: a mature Bald Eagle swooped by over the shoreline from 
north to south!

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[cayugabirds-l] OR Junco/Short-eared Owl

2020-01-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I struck out (& froze) waiting around to see Oregon Junco at Fritzie Blizzard’s 
in U. Spring (at least no blizzard- except i did have a nice chat w/ Fritzie)

But got 2 brief sightings of a Short-eared Owl flying around below Long Point 
Winery at 5:45 just as it was getting too dark to see!

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[cayugabirds-l] Brown Creeper

2020-01-19 Thread Donna Lee Scott
...Here in mini blizzard yesterday, along with 21 Blue Jays, 29 mo dos, 13 dark 
eyed juncos, 3 white throated sparrows & the other usual feeder suspects.

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[cayugabirds-l] Varied thrush

2020-01-05 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Still behind blue house, Honeypot Rd , Candor. Just off 96B.
Owner said it mostly stays in thick old crabapple tree right behind house, 
which is where I found it.
I saw it there & also feeding on ground near little “outhouse”.

As Gary K. said, approach from corn stubble field. Owner may see you or your 
parked car & invite you to that edge of yard.

Beautiful bird!

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[cayugabirds-l] White capped goldfinch

2020-01-05 Thread Donna Lee Scott
...Is back at my backyard feeders.

Upon looking at goldfinch pictures in 3 of my field guides and comparing this 
bird to its three more yellowy fellows here, I see that the white markings on 
its wings, back and tail are normal. Just a little larger & whiter seeming 
perhaps.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] A Goldfinch w white patches

2020-01-04 Thread Donna Lee Scott
This afternoon on the railing of my back deck, I briefly saw and was able to 
photograph with iPhone thru window this American Goldfinch with a white patch 
on its head and a lot of white markings on its folded wings and a white line 
down its tail feathers.
In the right-hand lousy photo (cropped to make bird larger) the little yellow 
thing standing out from bird's head is a leaf on the lawn down behind the bird, 
not a feather on the bird.

The wooden railing is 1.5" high and 5.5" wide (a "2 inch x 6 inch" piece of 
lumber). The bird flew out to a big tree in my back yard and was not seen again 
during daylight. - Donna Scott, Lansing Station Rd. by Cayuga Lake
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[cayugabirds-l] Goldeneyes

2020-01-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
37 Common Goldeneyes in the sun near Cayuga Lake shore off Lansing Station Rd 
earlier this morning!

Donna Scott
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] hurt hawk

2019-12-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Oh that is great! thanks for letting me know.

Ironically right after I sent the wildlife clinic info to Marc, a Sharpie 
slammed into my dining room deck window, I think with his feet; big noise, but 
no puff marks on glass.
It may have been after a Junco in the mass of trumpet vines on the deck railing.
I watched it as it recovered on the deck , hopped up into the trumpet vines, 
rested a minute, and eventually flew away to the north.

Two days ago I had a Coopers Hawk checking out the feeders, but luckily it just 
hung out in one of my big trees for a while and then flew off.

Hungry times.

donna

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882
607-533-7228, 607-379-1694
d...@cornell.edu<mailto:d...@cornell.edu>

From: Wes Blauvelt [mailto:ravenbarnconsult...@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2019 4:41 PM
To: Donna Lee Scott 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L ; Magnus Fiskesjo 
; Rustici, Marc ; 
Victoria Marie Campbell 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] hurt hawk

Good news, just talked with Marc..the hawk flew off under its own power!

On Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 11:42 AM Donna Lee Scott 
mailto:d...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
Please call the Janet Swanson Wildlife Clinic of the Cornell Vet School
607 253 3060
To help the hawk.

I don't know if they come get injured birds.

If you think you can catch it yourself,
put on strong leather gloves, bring a medium-sized blanket and a closeable big 
cardboard box.

Throw the blanket  over the hawk and carefully gather it up inside blanket and 
put hawk into box.
Remove blanket if you can.
Close flaps.

If the bird has to be brought to Cornell, They will most likely meet you at the 
Small Animal Clinic next to the B Parking lot off NY RT. 366
by the south side of north end of Cornell campus.

Good luck and thanks,

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882
607-533-7228, 607-379-1694
d...@cornell.edu<mailto:d...@cornell.edu>


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[mailto:bounce-124225028-15001...@list.cornell.edu<mailto:bounce-124225028-15001...@list.cornell.edu>]
 On Behalf Of Rustici, Marc
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2019 11:16 AM
To: Magnus Fiskesjo 
mailto:magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu>>; 
CAYUGABIRDS-L 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] massive duck flock on SW of Cayuga lake

Good Morning,

I am hoping this reaches the correct person(s)

I work at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.  A colleague just reported 
that a hawk (maybe coopers I have not seen it) flew into our building.  He has 
been observing it for a bit and it is moving its neck, tail and one wing.  The 
other wing is extended and thus maybe broken.  I have contacted our local 
nature center (Tanglewood) but they do not rescue birds.  I called someone in 
Montour Falls that the person at Tanglewood gave me and left a voice mail 
message.

Can anyone help or point me in the right direction.

Thanks to all,
Marc Rustici

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Sent: Friday, December 20, 2019 10:41 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] massive duck flock on SW of Cayuga lake

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There's a large mass of ducks on the SW of Cayuga lake. 
https://ebird.org/checklist/S62465727

I don't think I have never seen such a massive group, and can't count it. Is it 
more than five thousand Redheads?

It's visible by scope and bins, from the "Overlook, Rte. 89 N of Hog Hole" 
along house numbers like 830-840.

Number 841 has a big parking lot with good views, but trees always block part 
of the MASSIVE flock.

Redheads are 95%+, interspersed with a few other ducks and one lone Cormorant.

Now back to grading exams

--yrs.
Magnus Fiskesjö, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University McGraw 
Hall, Room 201. Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
E-mail: magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu<mailto:magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu>, or: 
n...@cornell.edu<mailto:n...@cornell.edu>

Affiliations at Cornell University, WWW:
Anthropology Department, 
anthropology.cornell.edu/faculty/<http://anthropology.cornell.edu/faculty/> 
Southeast Asia Program (SEAP), 
seap.einaudi.cornell.edu/faculty_directory<http://seap.einaudi.cornell.edu/faculty_directory>
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eap.einaudi.cornell.edu/faculty_directory<http://eap.einaudi.cornell.edu/faculty_directory>
CIAMS (Archaeology), 
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for P

[cayugabirds-l] hurt hawk

2019-12-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Please call the Janet Swanson Wildlife Clinic of the Cornell Vet School
607 253 3060
To help the hawk.

I don't know if they come get injured birds.

If you think you can catch it yourself,
put on strong leather gloves, bring a medium-sized blanket and a closeable big 
cardboard box.

Throw the blanket  over the hawk and carefully gather it up inside blanket and 
put hawk into box.
Remove blanket if you can.
Close flaps.

If the bird has to be brought to Cornell, They will most likely meet you at the 
Small Animal Clinic next to the B Parking lot off NY RT. 366
by the south side of north end of Cornell campus.

Good luck and thanks,

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882
607-533-7228, 607-379-1694
d...@cornell.edu


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[mailto:bounce-124225028-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Rustici, Marc
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2019 11:16 AM
To: Magnus Fiskesjo ; CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] massive duck flock on SW of Cayuga lake

Good Morning,

I am hoping this reaches the correct person(s)

I work at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.  A colleague just reported 
that a hawk (maybe coopers I have not seen it) flew into our building.  He has 
been observing it for a bit and it is moving its neck, tail and one wing.  The 
other wing is extended and thus maybe broken.  I have contacted our local 
nature center (Tanglewood) but they do not rescue birds.  I called someone in 
Montour Falls that the person at Tanglewood gave me and left a voice mail 
message.

Can anyone help or point me in the right direction.

Thanks to all,
Marc Rustici

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Sent: Friday, December 20, 2019 10:41 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] massive duck flock on SW of Cayuga lake

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use caution when opening attachments or clicking links from unknown senders or 
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There's a large mass of ducks on the SW of Cayuga lake. 
https://ebird.org/checklist/S62465727

I don't think I have never seen such a massive group, and can't count it. Is it 
more than five thousand Redheads?

It's visible by scope and bins, from the "Overlook, Rte. 89 N of Hog Hole" 
along house numbers like 830-840.

Number 841 has a big parking lot with good views, but trees always block part 
of the MASSIVE flock.

Redheads are 95%+, interspersed with a few other ducks and one lone Cormorant.

Now back to grading exams

--yrs.
Magnus Fiskesjö, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University McGraw 
Hall, Room 201. Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
E-mail: magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu, or: n...@cornell.edu

Affiliations at Cornell University, WWW:
Anthropology Department, anthropology.cornell.edu/faculty/ Southeast Asia 
Program (SEAP), seap.einaudi.cornell.edu/faculty_directory
East Asia Program (EAP), eap.einaudi.cornell.edu/faculty_directory
CIAMS (Archaeology), ciams.cornell.edu/people/ Cornell Institute for Public 
Affairs (CIPA), cipa.cornell.edu/academics/fieldfaculty.cfm

From: bounce-124189267-84019...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-124189267-84019...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Jody Enck 
[jodye...@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, December 7, 2019 8:24 AM
To: Colleen Richards
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club December meeting

Hi All,
Piggy-backing on Colleen's message about the Cayuga Bird Club meeting on Monday.
Read below about an opportunity to donate binoculars.

First, I promise that the talk will be fun and interesting even though it is 
based on real social science data.

Second, if you have a pair of binoculars sitting around your house in good 
working order, but otherwise not being used much, please consider donating them 
to our cause.  We've had high school students working here in Ithaca on our 
habitat restoration project, and we are going to be connecting them to students 
in Honduras working on conservation projects there.  These projects benefit the 
exact same bird species at different times and places in their annual life 
cycle.  In January, MPS student Mary McKean, who is working on the project with 
us, will be traveling to Honduras to meet with Bird Clubs and some school kids 
with whom they work.  She is willing to deliver any binoculars we donate for 
the kids in Honduras to use.  She will gladly collect any binoculars you want 
to donate Monday night.

Thanks
See you Monday!
Jody Enck



Jody W. Enck, PhD
Conservation Social Scientist, and
Founder of the Sister Bird Club Network
607-379-5940


On Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 3:12 PM Colleen Richards 
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Next Monday, December 9, will be the next monthly meeting of the Cayuga Bird 
Club.

 Our speaker, Jody Enck, will be 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pileated Wdpkr returns

2019-12-13 Thread Donna Lee Scott
“My” male Pileated Woodpecker has been here lately, loudly announcing his 
approach as he flies in from woods across road to the large suet cake hanging 
on back porch!

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 13, 2019, at 6:11 PM, Nari Mistry 
mailto:n...@cornell.edu>> wrote:


This afternoon I was happy to see a Pileated Woodpecker female at our feeder 
tree just outside the window. These regular visitors had not appeared since all 
the disruption started along Dodge Rd for the Solar Farm. (I think they used to 
nest somewhere in the woods to the East of Dodge Rd.)

I'm hoping my CBC count along Dodge Rd will not be meager because of the 
disturbance and loss of habitat!

Nari Mistry,
Ellis Hollow Rd
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[cayugabirds-l] Snow day birds

2019-12-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Red-winged Blackbird female feeding on ground under snow-draped bushes with 
Juncos, Cardinals, Blue Jays, White-Throated Sparrows, Chickadees & Tufted 
Titmouse.

More Blue Jays out back with A. Goldfinch, Mourning Doves, Carolina Wren & 
White-breasted Nuthatches, along with Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers.

Every twig & branch is covered with snow and I can’t even see the lake through 
the gently falling flakes.

Donna Scott
Lansing

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese

2019-11-13 Thread Donna Lee Scott
~350 SNOW GEESE flew over Cedarview golf course Road at Lansing-Genoa town 
line. From east to cayuga lake a few minutes ago.

Then a flock of Canada geese flew over a minutes later towards the lake

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Waxwings

2019-11-11 Thread Donna Lee Scott
~80 CEDAR WAXWINGS w/~20 AMER ROBINS feeding on blue cedar berries in cedar 
trees at 311 Lansing Station Road.

Yesterday I saw several flocks of Cedar waxwings and Robins at road above 
Milliken station point and at nut Ridge Road in North Lansing.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cartoon on big bird loss

2019-11-11 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Unless you knew about the news headlines for the 29% decrease in birds since 
1970, you would probably not “get” the point of the “between friends” cartoon 
on the comics page of today’s Ithaca journal.

Woman office worker berating a fellow office worker because he’s eating an egg 
salad sandwich (with little skulls coming out of it) after she reads something 
(not shown) on her computer screen.

Reminds me of a fun time my late sister and I had in Algonquin provincial park, 
Ontario about 5 or 6 years ago when we did a Taste Test for Canada (gray) jays.

The lodge had packed us egg salad sandwiches for lunch, so we sat in the woods 
feeding friendly Jays either unsalted peanuts or pieces of egg salad from our 
hands. (At same time so they had a choice).

 all three of the test subjects in this study preferred the egg salad to the 
peanuts!
(Unpublished).

Donna Scott
Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] C. Loons

2019-11-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
About 22 COMMON LOONS offshore here, Lans. Station rd.
W/ about 23 gulls ( ring billed & herring) trying to get some fish.

Donna Scott
Lansing/Cayuga Lake
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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill cranes

2019-10-30 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Knox Marcellus:
~1PM- 1 S. Crane
Now 5:17 - 66 S. Cranes.

At Van Dyne Spoor Rd.
Over 70 Pied-billed Grebes.
22 Yellow Legs probably greater

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Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] C Loons

2019-10-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Several Common Loons well across Cayuga Lake from E. Side /Lansing Station Rd.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] more on cleaning bird feeders

2019-10-14 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Regarding cleaning and sanitizing bird feeders:
Before retirement from Dept of Food Science/Cornell Cooperative Extension at 
Cornell, I was a food safety specialist/educator for the CCE system statewide.

When cleaning any food prep or food service equipment and dining ware we and 
the NYS Health Dept always recommended these three steps below; these steps 
could apply to bird feeders, too.

1. Wash away food matter, dirt and grime using warm water and detergent and by 
scrubbing well with appropriate brush or scrubby pad. Change the soapy water 
when it becomes dirty looking if doing a lot of feeders.

2. Rinse well with clean water to get rid of the DEBRIS and the SOAP. (The 
feeder cleaning methods I have seen here on the list don't seem to mention this 
rinsing part).

If present, debris and soap both make the third step with bleach INEFFECTIVE 
because the bleach molecules get tied up with the debris and soap and then 
don't work well to kill microorganisms.

3. Sanitize the feeders: Soak for a few minutes in a dilute bleach solution in 
tepid water (not hot water; see bleach bottle for strength guideline) and allow 
to air dry. Do not rinse with water after this step.
Air drying with the dilute bleach solution helps maintain the killing 
properties of the bleach on the surface of the item. However, the chlorine does 
volatilize away and won't affect the new seed put into the feeder.

If items are really badly contaminated (with feeders this would mean they are 
filthy with bird droppings and/or old moldy seed debris or there are known sick 
birds using them), one might want to go to a heavier
Bleach solution to DISINFECT the feeders.  Here use the guideline on bottle for 
"disinfection", which is a more heavy duty treatment (higher concentration of 
bleach) than for "sanitizing".

This all sounds complicated, but it is not.  Just set up a backyard "3-bucket 
system" to do the work (like the food service 3-bay sinks).
If just a few feeders, use one sink with step 1, empty it and rinse the sink, 
then set up clean rinse water for step 2 (or just rinse under running water 
from tap), empty and rinse the sink, then
Set up 3rd step with bleach water for soaking for a few minutes. Air dry.

Pedantically yours,
Donna

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing

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[mailto:bounce-124015313-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Alicia
Sent: Sunday, October 13, 2019 6:23 PM
To: Norwalk, James ; CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: cleaning bird feeders

I assumed it meant that grungy combination of oil & dust & chaff that piles up 
and adheres to the corners and base of feeders that are filled with sunflower 
or nyjer seed, but all I actually know is what was forwarded!

Alicia



On 10/13/2019 4:46 PM, Norwalk, James wrote:
> I don't understand what the debris component is.
>
> 
> From: 
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> mailto:bounce-124015218-48869...@list.cornell.edu>>
>  on behalf of Alicia
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> Sent: Sunday, October 13, 2019 4:20 PM
> To: cayugabirds-l
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: cleaning bird feeders
>
> This was on a different bird list, thought it might be of interest to Cayuga 
> birders.
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> The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 130(1):313-320, 2018 The
> effectiveness of bird feeder cleaning methods with and without debris
>
> Lisa M. Feliciano,1 Todd J. Underwood,1* and Daniel F. Aruscavage1
>
> ABSTRACT-Although feeders provide supplementary food to wild birds, they can 
> be a site of disease transmission. Periodic cleaning of bird feeders is 
> recommended to prevent disease transmission, but little is known about which 
> cleaning methods are most effective. We determined the effectiveness of 3 
> cleaning methods (scrubbing with soap and water, bleach soak, and scrubbing 
> with soap and water followed by a bleach soak) in removing Salmonella from 
> feeders with debris from normal field use and without debris. Feeders were 
> inoculated with Salmonella enterica in the lab and then swabbed before and 
> after cleaning to determine the percent reduction of Salmonella colony 
> forming units (CFU/mL). All cleaning methods effectively reduced levels of 
> Salmonella on feeders without debris, but the presence of debris 
> significantly lowered the percent log reduction of Salmonella CFU/mL on 
> feeders. The bleach soak and the scrubbing with soap and water plus bleach 
> soak methods had a significantly higher percent reduction in Salmonella 
> CFU/mL than the scrubbing with soap and water method overall. A significant 
> interaction between debris and cleaning method was noted, however, indicating 
> that the presence of debris greatly lowered the percent reduction of 
> Salmonella CFU/mL on feeders cleaned with the scrubbing with soap 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Seasonal changes in goldfinch feeding

2019-09-30 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I seem to see same as Tom V. with Goldfinches here. Niger feeder & scattered 
niger are full while sunflower seeds feeders empty out quickly.
And of course they are finding a lot of  other seeds in the bushes and Meadows 
this time of year.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Sep 30, 2019, at 8:12 AM, Tom 
mailto:atvaw...@gmail.com>> wrote:

I’ve noticed that American Goldfinches this fall seem to be largely ignoring my 
thistle-seed feeder in favor of sunflower seeds, while in spring and early 
summer thistle seemed to be the favorite.

Has anyone else notes this pattern?

Tom Vawter

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] How to help birds

2019-09-26 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Compost all you can; I save out most used paper towels and tissues and mix with 
my big compost pile leaves, grass, veg garbage etc.
Having a few small woodsy plots here, I also make "wildlife hut" piles with 
most my downed branches and tree/bush trimmings, rather than send it to the 
dump.
Town of Lansing on their ONE brush pickup service per year at least makes mulch 
out of all they pick up.

But the Other Big Elephant in the room is HUMAN OVERPOPULATION, which obviously 
is helping to cause a lot of climate change , habitat loss, rain forest 
destruction, etc.
A very complex issue for which probably only massive education world-wide will 
help. Look at results of China's previous efforts at "one child per couple"...
Back in the 1970s there was the Zero Population Growth book and publicity. 
Haven't heard much about this lately.

Donna Scott
Lansing

From: bounce-123960446-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-123960446-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Deb Grantham
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2019 11:42 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] How to help birds

For reducing impacts of ag, don't waste food. A very high percentage of food in 
the US is wasted - spoils or people won't eat the produce with spots, etc.

Deb


From: 
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mailto:bounce-123958613-83565...@list.cornell.edu>>
 On Behalf Of Dave Nutter
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:36 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] How to help birds

The Lab of O recently released a report saying the world's wild bird population 
has dropped an alarming 29% in the last five decades. I also received a list 
from the Lab of O about how we as individuals can help reduce the harm to 
birds. Suggestions include preventing window strikes, stopping cat predation, 
stopping pesticide use, planting native species instead of lawns, reducing 
plastic use and recycling plastic, and not consuming sun-grown coffee. I would 
add bananas and sugar to that list of tropical plantations which destroy 
habitat, and suggest generally eating locally. The list also talks about 
advocating policies in each of those areas.

Anyway, the suggestions are good, and I support them. Yet I think there's an 
elephant in the room. An issue which was not mentioned is destroying coastal 
habitats, mountain habitats, and arctic habitats including sea ice. It is 
causing desertification. It is producing larger wildfires, including where 
plants and animals are not fire-adapted. It is destroying coral reefs which are 
nurseries for fish. It has already moved the ranges of fish and other aquatic 
bird food by hundreds of miles or affected their populations. It creates 
increasingly powerful storms which can devastate islands, as we have seen in 
Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.

The problem is climate change, and it is predicted to move the growing 
conditions for plants much faster than the plants can move and regrow, thus 
destroying habitats for birds at range-wide scales. And that's before 
considering all the habitat destruction caused by humans trying to adapt, move, 
fight over resources, and create new farm land to replace the areas which are 
no longer usable.

So, I think fighting climate change should be on that list for helping birds 
(as well as helping many other creatures, including humans). And that means, 
among many other things, reducing our carbon footprints to limit the future 
damage.
What is the carbon footprint of birding, and what would reducing it mean?
Not flying?

Using an electric car charged with renewable energy or at least a high mpg car? 
 (And even keeping renewable energy use at a moderate level, because 
photovoltaic & wind "farms" also displace habitat and harm birds.)
Limiting miles driven?
Car-pooling to go birding?

Using discretion when deciding what trips to take? How many gallons of gasoline 
should be burned by people to see a little lost bird? Putting a limit on the 
area in which to chase rarities. Staying in a county or a basin rather than 
trying to personally cover a state, country, continent, or planet? Forego 
chasing rarities which have been seen before?

More positively, how about concentrating birding on a small area and getting to 
know its birds well: places you can walk or bike to, places that are already 
along your daily commute.

And for myself, I have greatly enjoyed the photographs of birds and 
descriptions of the birds' activities which other people have contributed to 
their eBird reports. Rather than envy, I can share their joy without feeling I 
need to jump in a car to see (or miss) that bird myself.

Anyway, these are some issues I have been struggling with, and I wonder if 
other birders are also thinking about these things. Thanks.

- - Dave Nutter
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[cayugabirds-l] Pileated woodpecket

2019-09-17 Thread Donna Lee Scott
...Male, has been coming to my hanging deck suet cakes every day for about 2 
weeks now. He always loudly announces his approach!

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Grackles galore

2019-08-27 Thread Donna Lee Scott
For 2 days I have had a flock of about 80 Common Grackles foraging under 
feeders & elsewhere in my yard!

At first I thought they were Starlings until I looked more carefully & saw 
their longer tails & different coloring.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Snow goose

2019-08-25 Thread Donna Lee Scott
At VanDyne Spoor Rd late yesterday afternoon near end of road. Flew OK about 
300’ from walking in road, out to marsh, as I approached it.

Has it been there since last spring or is it early coming south?

I have not been at VDS Rd. In ages, so don’t know what’s been there. Pic:
[cid:7BE84629-3BCF-4B0E-BDF7-E7480ECF820B]

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Cool morning feeder birds

2019-08-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Sitting on my ‘treehouse’ back deck this lovely cool morning, I was treated to 
3 Baltimore Orioles, a Catbird & 3 sp. of woodpeckers eating suet and grape 
jelly, along with BC Chickadee, RT Hummingbird, multiple Blue Jays & M. Doves, 
& a Junco at other feeders.
A chattering Carolina wren here earlier.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Mergs on float

2019-07-25 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I have been seeing here by the east shore a family of 8 Common Mergansers, I 
presume the mother and 7 young, although they are all the same size.
One day one of them caught quite a large fish and then swallowed it quickly 
when its sibs zoomed over to steal it! I was surprised it was able to get it 
down.

A neighbor to the south has attached a bright red, rectangular float to his 
mooring ball about 50 feet from shore.
After they swim their rounds and fish up and down along the shore, the Mergs 
regularly swim down there and all get on the float to loaf.
It is neat seeing them all on that bright red plastic pad out in the water!

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY


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