[cayugabirds-l] J Swanson Wildlife

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

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


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

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

Donna Scott
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Begin forwarded message:

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

August 11, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Andrew Zepp (607) 275-9487
Ithaca, NY—The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) today announced it has acquired 
200 acres featuring 4,000 feet of shoreline on the east side of Cayuga Lake in 
the town of Lansing, Tompkins County. Conserving the property—located directly 
across from Taughannock Falls State Park—safeguards an important viewshed for 
the region, creates new recreation opportunities, and helps protect the lake’s 
water quality by prohibiting development on its steep slopes.
The diverse property features meadows, woodlands, gorges, waterfalls, and 
panoramic lake views from several locations. Pitch pine and red cedar trees 
stand above exposed ledges while mature hardwood forest covers a prominent 
ridge overlooking the lake. Multiple creeks and streams flow through hemlock 
studded gorges on their way to Cayuga Lake.
The shoreline is part of a National Audubon Society-designated Important Bird 
Area and the property contains substantial portions of two county-designated 
Unique Natural Areas: Lake Cliffs North of Myers Point and Hidden Glens.
The FLLT plans to establish a public nature preserve on the property for 
low-impact uses including hiking, cross-country skiing, and wildlife 
observation. The organization also plans to work in partnership with the U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service to restore small wetlands and vernal pools, improving 
wildlife habitat and water quality. It is anticipated that the property will be 
formally opened to the public sometime in 2023.
In addition to the 200-acre purchase, the FLLT worked with landowners William 
and Jean Sims to secure a donation of a conservation easement on an adjacent 41 
acres that will buffer the preserve. Conservation easements are legal 
agreements that limit future development while allowing land to remain in 
private ownership and on the tax rolls. The Sims also generously agreed to sell 
the 200 acres for less than its appraised value.
“This is a tremendous win for Cayuga Lake and everyone who has ever admired the 
scenic views from Taughannock Falls State Park,” said FLLT Executive Director 
Andrew Zepp. “We are grateful to the Sims family for their commitment to the 
land as well as the strong community support for this project.”
The FLLT received $327,475 in grant funding from the New York State Office of 
Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP), $100,000 from Tompkins 
County’s Natural Infrastructure Capital Program, and many generous individual 
contributions in support of this project. To contribute to the ongoing 
fundraising campaign to raise $854,950, please contact Senior Director Kelly 
Makosch at (607) 275-9487 or 
kellymako...@fllt.org or give online at 
fllt.org/cayugacliffs.
By working cooperatively with landowners and local communities, the Finger 
Lakes Land Trust has protected over 26,500 acres of the region’s undeveloped 
lakeshore, rugged gorges, rolling forest, and scenic farmland. The FLLT owns 
and manages a network of over 45 nature preserves that are open to the public 
and holds perpetual conservation easements on 160 properties that remain in 
private ownership.
The FLLT focuses on protecting critical habitat for fish and wildlife, 
conserving lands that are important for water quality, connecting existing 
conservation lands, and keeping prime farmland in agriculture. The organization 
also provides programs to educate local governments, landowners, and residents 
about conservation and the region’s unique natural resources.
Information on the region’s premier destinations for outdoor recreation may be 
found at www.gofingerlakes.org, a resource 
created by the FLLT to encourage people to get outdoors. Additional information 
about the Finger Lakes Land Trust may be found at 
www.fllt.org.
END
Edie Jodz
Assistant Director of Development
Finger Lakes Land Trust
202 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Wildlife rehab???

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

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

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

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


Hi Folks,

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

Thanks,

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

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

Ah — summer!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Raptor behavior

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

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

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

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

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

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

- - Dave Nutter

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

Cool beans!
They ARE pirates those eagles
Pete Sar

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

Eyes to the sky!
Candace



On Sun, Aug 1, 2021 at 9:30 AM Donna Lee Scott 
mailto:d...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
Last Thursday from East Rd at Knox-Marcellus Marsh, Barbara Clise, Mike Tetlow 
& I watched 2 mature Bald Eagles chasing & harassing an Osprey that was 
carrying a fish.

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

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[cayugabirds-l] Raptor behavior

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

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

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma/ Bank Swallows

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

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

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

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

It has been a beautiful birdy day!

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[cayugabirds-l] RWBBs /feeders

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

I am gradually removing all my feeders.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Laura Stenzler
l...@cornell.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Won’t it cause additional harm to remove birdfeeders that are familiar food 
sources for backyard birds?
Many of you may have concerns about ensuring birds have access to familiar food 
sources, including birdfeeders. We understand and want to provide a bit of 
reassurance that the impacts of these temporary precautions will have minimal 
impacts on the birds you love. Fortunately, it’s the summer breeding season and 
most bird species are relying on caterpillars and other insects to feed their 
young, natural food sources that are readily available in nature. Additionally, 
birds are resilient and crafty creatures who will adapt to changes in food 
supplies with 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Spoonbill Montezuma's Thruway Pool

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Linda Orkin

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


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


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

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[cayugabirds-l] Merlin results/Turkey Vulture

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

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] OT

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

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[cayugabirds-l] Feeding the kids

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

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

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

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[cayugabirds-l] Parasite fledgling

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

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[cayugabirds-l] Evening birds

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

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[cayugabirds-l] Orioles

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

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

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

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

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alicia



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

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

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



Kevin





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

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



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

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Android



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

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

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



Betsy





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

To: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] YB Cuckoo

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

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

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

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

Suan

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[cayugabirds-l] Evening birds

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

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

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[cayugabirds-l] Cherries

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


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[cayugabirds-l] Bunting, BT Blue Warbler

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

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

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[cayugabirds-l] Black-billed Cuckoo

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

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[cayugabirds-l] Owl & other birds

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

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

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

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Injured Mourning Dove

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

Donna Scott
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On May 25, 2021, at 9:13 PM, Muhammad Arif 
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There is a mourning dove in my backyard that seems injured. Its left wing is 
dropping and when it tries to fly, it can lift up only couple of feet. I’ve 
seen the dove yesterday and today, foraging on the ground, and sheltering under 
some bushes near the end of the yard. It looks very young, maybe this year’s 
fledgling.

If I see the bird again, what would be the right thing to do? Should I contact 
someone? Or try to capture it myself and take it to a animal rehab? Or just let 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker

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

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

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

Marc Devokaitis

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

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On May 22, 2021, at 1:17 PM, Christopher Sperry 
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 So cool!!!

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

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

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Yard birds

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

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

Wood Thrush still singing in woods across road!

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[cayugabirds-l] Woods birds

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

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[cayugabirds-l] Evening birds

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

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

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

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Rainbow of birds!

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

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

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

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

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[cayugabirds-l] Indigo Bunting

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

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[cayugabirds-l] Indigo Bunting

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

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[cayugabirds-l] Thrushes

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

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

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Melodious morning

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

Rose Breasted Grosbeak & 2 B. Eagles next door!

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

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Birds at Lans Stat Rd

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

What a birdy day!

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Salt Point warblers

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

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

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Big & little birds

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

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

Donna Scott
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Swallows galore

2021-05-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Sometimes walking the RR track here, I look down to shore to see Swallows 
sitting atop the heads of those plastic  GH Owls people put on docks or rooves 
to scare away birds!

Donna Scott
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On May 1, 2021, at 7:51 AM, Lois E. Chaplin 
mailto:l...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Saw plenty of swallows yesterday as we made our way to and around Montezuma. 
The first sighting was from the Visitor Center parking lot, a mixed flock of 
Barn, Tree and Northern Rough-winged. They were busy flitting around the crane 
statue, presumably picking up insects There were swallows at most stops we made 
including along the wildlife drive, May’s Point, Morgan Road, Carncross Road. 
On our way home via the east side of the lake we could see swallows flying 
along the surface of the very choppy water. They seemed to be picking up 
insects from the water’s surface (?) and staying low as they gradually made 
their way north. We saw them at just about every spot we had a view of the 
water (Wells Boat house, Long Point and wherever the road came close to the 
shore). We didn’t see many other small birds in flight all day, just raptors.

Lois Chaplin
Beam Hill
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[cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak

2021-04-29 Thread Donna Lee Scott
FOY here. Male scared away from feeder by blackbirds & cowbirds.

& after I found the dead Brown Thrasher by road, I heard, then saw another one 
in my yard, so there had been a pair.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow warblers

2021-04-29 Thread Donna Lee Scott
2- Feeding in silver Russian Olive bush.
& heartbreakingly, i just found “my” brown thrasher dead by side of road.

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[cayugabirds-l] Redstart

2021-04-28 Thread Donna Lee Scott
My FOY American Redstart in my messy side-yard !
Brown Thrasher here all day too.

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[cayugabirds-l] YR Warbler

2021-04-23 Thread Donna Lee Scott
FOY Yellow-rumped Warbler 698 Lansing Station Rd. !

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Oddly colored red-winged blackbird

2021-04-23 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Maybe it has some leucistic genes expressing themselves, along with being a 
young male.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Apr 23, 2021, at 7:52 AM, Liz Brown 
mailto:e...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

No, it's definitely a red-winged blackbird. My best guess is that it's a 
juvenile male transitioning into adult plumage, but the clear division between 
the black and the streaky salmon is odd, and the noticeably white tail.

From: Jill Holtzman Leichter mailto:j...@cornell.edu>>
Sent: Friday, April 23, 2021 7:01 AM
To: sarah fern mailto:fernsara...@gmail.com>>; Liz Brown 
mailto:e...@cornell.edu>>
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Oddly colored red-winged blackbird

Orchard oriole?
Jill Leichter

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From: 
bounce-125569724-87248...@list.cornell.edu
 
mailto:bounce-125569724-87248...@list.cornell.edu>>
 on behalf of sarah fern mailto:fernsara...@gmail.com>>
Sent: Friday, April 23, 2021 6:39:34 AM
To: Liz Brown mailto:e...@cornell.edu>>
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Oddly colored red-winged blackbird

This looks to me like the bird has some Oriole genes. Same family.

Sarah Fern

On Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 6:32 PM Liz Brown 
mailto:e...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
I had an oddly colored red-winged blackbird at my feeder today. Head, breast, 
and back black like an adult male. Red and yellow epaulets. BUT - the black 
breast ends in a pretty clear line, and below that line, the breast is a 
streaky salmon color. There's also an additional thin white bar on each wing, 
below the epaulet, and lots of white on the tail.

Any ideas about what's going on?

Thanks,
Liz

(Excuse the picture quality - I took them all from inside.)

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] large dark bird

2021-04-22 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Ravens hang around where eagles are, but i am not sure crows would tolerate 
being next to them.
Kevin McGowan would know.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Apr 22, 2021, at 12:41 PM, Sandra J. Kisner 
mailto:s...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

By appearance the eagle seems more likely than a vulture (the neck was short), 
but would crows tolerate it?  I'll suggest it to her; I don't actually know 
where she lives, so I don't know if bald eagles are likely to be in the area.

Sandra


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Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:11 PM
To: Sandra J. Kisner
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] large dark bird

Any chance it was a juvenile Bald Eagle? Young birds are very dark, but have 
white markings. It would be huge compared to crows.

On Thu, Apr 22, 2021, 10:19 AM Sandra J. Kisner 
mailto:s...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
I'm afraid I don't have much information to base my question on, but I promised 
I'd try.  A friend showed me a short video on her phone of a group of crows 
that she puts food out for near the end of her long (rural) driveway, with a 
large dark bird apparently feeding with them.  The shot is from far away; not 
knowing that I would have guessed it was a bunch of grackles being joined by a 
crow, but she assures me they are her usual crows.  The guest is rather stocky, 
with a short (broad?) tail.  The crows weren't in the least disturbed by the 
visitor, so it's not likely it was a hawk.  At one point she pointed out what 
looked like a white wing bar (very hard to see at that distance).  She also 
occasionally sees turkeys, but this didn't look like a turkey to me.  Any ideas?

Sandra
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] large dark bird

2021-04-22 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Maybe a turkey vulture?

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Apr 22, 2021, at 10:30 AM, Sandra J. Kisner 
mailto:s...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

I'm afraid I don't have much information to base my question on, but I promised 
I'd try.  A friend showed me a short video on her phone of a group of crows 
that she puts food out for near the end of her long (rural) driveway, with a 
large dark bird apparently feeding with them.  The shot is from far away; not 
knowing that I would have guessed it was a bunch of grackles being joined by a 
crow, but she assures me they are her usual crows.  The guest is rather stocky, 
with a short (broad?) tail.  The crows weren't in the least disturbed by the 
visitor, so it's not likely it was a hawk.  At one point she pointed out what 
looked like a white wing bar (very hard to see at that distance).  She also 
occasionally sees turkeys, but this didn't look like a turkey to me.  Any ideas?

Sandra
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[cayugabirds-l] Oriole

2021-04-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Baltimore Oriole is now in Sarah B’s yard in 600 block Lansing Station Rd.

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] question about feeder crowds

2021-04-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I too have many RW Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, and 6-8 Grackles and I am 
going thru a lot of expensive bird food.
I put out food in early morning, one time a day.

The only thing I can think to do is to stop feeding the birds altogether for a 
while, so that the hoards go somewhere else and then start feeding the "dainty" 
birds again.

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] question about feeder crowds

Hi,

A neighbor of mine is bothered that she gets a lot of grackles and starlings at 
her feeders, and that they hog all the food she puts out. Any suggestions?

Deb


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Huge Cormorant Flock off East Shore Park

2021-04-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Cormorants have been flying by to north in small flocks for at least an hour!

Donna Scott
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On Apr 20, 2021, at 3:31 PM, Donna Lee Scott 
mailto:d...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Two days ago I saw a flock of about 10+ DC Cormorants flying north over Cayuga 
Lake.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Apr 20, 2021, at 3:23 PM, Sandy Podulka 
mailto:s...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

John Greenly reports at 2:30 today that there was a flock of 132 +- 
Double-crested Cormorants off East Shore Park (SE corner of Cayuga Lake).


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Huge Cormorant Flock off East Shore Park

2021-04-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Two days ago I saw a flock of about 10+ DC Cormorants flying north over Cayuga 
Lake.

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 20, 2021, at 3:23 PM, Sandy Podulka 
mailto:s...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

John Greenly reports at 2:30 today that there was a flock of 132 +- 
Double-crested Cormorants off East Shore Park (SE corner of Cayuga Lake).


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cardinals and cherry blossoms

2021-04-19 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Long ago I sucked the sweet nectar from periwinkle flowers- from the stem side.
Guess I will try it with cherry blossoms tomorrow.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Apr 19, 2021, at 10:26 PM, Peter Saracino 
mailto:petersarac...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Thanks Sandy and Jill. It was cool to watch.
Pets

On Mon, Apr 19, 2021, 9:33 PM Jill Holtzman Leichter 
mailto:j...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
Maybe sucking on the nectar? Have you ever done that to a jasmine flower?
Jill

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Date: Monday, April 19, 2021 at 9:19 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cardinals and cherry blossoms
Folks - a question.
Today I watched a male Cardinal in a cherry tree. He was picking at the 
blossoms, putting them in his mouth, then quickly discarding them. He was 
grabbing them from the stem end and not the blossom end.  He was doing it for 
quite some time. The path beneath the trees was covered with discarded blossoms.
Any idea(s)?
Thanks.
Pete Sar
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[cayugabirds-l] Fish Crows

2021-04-17 Thread Donna Lee Scott
For the first time ever, when I was near the lake shore anyway,
I heard and saw two fish crows flying from south to north, here by Lansing 
Station Rd. !

Also, we again had ~8 Turkey Vultures near #623 (I found a dead partially-eaten 
fox kit by RR track).

Other sp seen: 6 Tree Swallows over lake, 13 Buffleheads, 6 Canada Geese,
4 DE Juncos, 2 Chipping Sparrows, 2 White-throated Sparrows, 4 Cardinals, 4 
Blue Jays, 9 Brown-headed Cowbirds, 15 RE Blackbirds, 2 White-breasted 
Nuthatches,

2 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Pileated, 1 Hairy & 1 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 1 Flicker,
1 Carolina Wren, 6 Mourning Doves, 6 C. Grackles, 2 A. Crows, 6 House Sparrows, 
8 Robins, 4 A. Goldfinch,  3 Tufted Titmouse & 3 BC Chickadees.

Have not heard or seen the Brown Thrasher yet today.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] Many TVs

2021-04-15 Thread Donna Lee Scott
My neighbor at 623 Lansing Station Rd just reported 10 or more Turkey Vultures 
congregating in his yard - moving around from trees, to lawn &
to & from the beach. A couple are perched on the railing above his stairs to 
beach & on the RR track!

We haven’t smelled any dead thing, so this is curious. 

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Redpoll

2021-04-08 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I was surprised to find a Redpoll eating Niger seed on my deck rail just now!

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[cayugabirds-l] Lake birds/Lansing

2021-04-03 Thread Donna Lee Scott
For a weekend, It’s calm and quiet on the lake as I eat my lunch on my boat 
house deck.
 8 Common Loons have been ranged out around in front of me all the way over to 
the west shore. 2 more to the north, probably more.
I got to see one pattering on the water to take off and fly north -something 
you don’t see every day!

A pair each of Red- breasted & Common Mergansers, with a Kingfisher zipping 
back & forth.

A few Ring-billed gulls waiting to see if they can steal a goodie from the 
divers. Several Robins, Grackles & Red-winged Blackbirds on shore, too.
Grackles exploring the docks on top & underneath.
Meanwhile, up at the house, I have a whole herd of cowbirds!

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Up the lake

2021-04-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
This afternoon I birded from Lansing up the lake to the Montezuma area.
Below the Long Point Winery I found a graceful female N Harrier, then a pair of 
Ospreys in their nest platform @ ~# 1950 above the lake.

Then I saw a bunch of small gulls over & on the water & found them to be 
Bonaparte’s, - flying , then landing on the water & doing their circles!
Near them were many Buffleheads & a few Red-breasted Mergansers.

The Bald Eagle was sitting in its nest on the south side of Aurora & 3 Snow 
Geese were north of the RR bridge in Cayuga.

N. Shovelers abounded at the Visitors Center (now open along w Wildlife Drive), 
along with a Green winged Teal.
 3 swans were in the distance at Knox Marcellus Marsh.

I thought I saw 2 Ospreys in one of the new disk-nests on the west end of the 
power towers on US Rt. 20.

Saw several TVs & Bald Eagles here & there on this gorgeous day.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Loon

2021-04-01 Thread Donna Lee Scott
FOY Common Loon calling offshore Lansing Station Rd.
One reported north of Salt Point yesterday.

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[cayugabirds-l] FOY

2021-03-31 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Tick !
Watch out.

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[cayugabirds-l] Phoebe

2021-03-31 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Had my FOY E. Phoebe yesterday!
 & i think I heard my 1st Chipping Sparrow this AM, but will wait to see it at 
deck feeders before I say for sure.

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Salt Point Osprey

2021-03-28 Thread Donna Lee Scott
First osprey arrived back at nest tower on point of Salt Point Lansing this 
morning!

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[cayugabirds-l] poss merlin Salt Point

2021-03-27 Thread Donna Lee Scott
At about 3:50 PM today over junction of Salt Point Road and Myers Road near 
Salmon Creek in Lansing I saw a possible Merlin being chased around briefly by 
2 calling Fish Crows.
An American Crow was cawing nearby, too.
Merlin seemed to head north up the creek.

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Downtown merlin(s?)

A lot of very vocal Merlin action downtown this evening, back and forth over 
Triangle Park and the corner of Dey and Hancock Streets.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Adult Bald Eagle at Salmon Creek

2021-03-24 Thread Donna Lee Scott
PBS News Hour just noted that Bald Eagle numbers in the lower 48 are now at 
healthy levels, coming back from near extinction in the 1960s!
Anchor Judy W said, “Good news!”

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Mar 24, 2021, at 4:55 PM, Candace E. Cornell 
mailto:cec...@gmail.com>> wrote:

An adult Bald Eagle was working on a deer (?) carcass in the middle of Salmon 
Creek near it's mouth, across from the marble black bench dedicated to Roy 
Cockrun at Myers Park.

Sue Ruoff spotted an Osprey fishing four times off Ladoga yesterday, but none 
are sitting on the nests in the Lansing area. Soon... the Osprey will arrive 
soon.

Candace
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bad news for Osprey along 5 & 20

2021-03-23 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I have heard that ospreys don’t like those discs.
Nobody has used disc nest on rt 89 near East rd.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Mar 23, 2021, at 1:07 PM, Ann Mitchell 
mailto:annmitchel...@gmail.com>> wrote:

The nests are being torn down and replaced with the discs.  No sign of Osprey.

Ann

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[cayugabirds-l] Mockingbirds

2021-03-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
On this lovely spring day I am being serenaded by a northern mockingbird 
singing for all its worth from atop the green-roofed barn at corner Sweazey Rd 
& NY Rt. 34-B, Lansing! Could be in small fruit tree there, too.

Another one is down the hill, toward lake, in Cornell orchard.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese

2021-03-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Try throwing a lightweight blanket over it, if you can get near it. Then put in 
med. dog carrier.

Call cornell vet school & ask how to take to Janet Swanson wildlife clinic.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Mar 21, 2021, at 10:35 AM, William Hecht 
mailto:w...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Any suggestions on how to catch snow goose with bum wing.

On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 8:20 PM Donna Lee Scott 
mailto:d...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
Got ‘em! Thanks.

They were so close to West shore this time, that several came ashore & were 
eating grass on a small lawn south of Wolffy’s. Fun to see them so close by.

They (est. 40,000 by Suan Y. ) attracted quite a large # of hairless primate 
observers, too.
& a bit of a traffic jam.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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Dear Ithaca and Cayuga Lake,
Hundreds of snow geese are headed your way today.
Signed, hills of Candor

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese

2021-03-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Got ‘em! Thanks.

They were so close to West shore this time, that several came ashore & were 
eating grass on a small lawn south of Wolffy’s. Fun to see them so close by.

They (est. 40,000 by Suan Y. ) attracted quite a large # of hairless primate 
observers, too.
& a bit of a traffic jam.

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

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Dear Ithaca and Cayuga Lake,
Hundreds of snow geese are headed your way today.
Signed, hills of Candor

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] snow geese and sand hill cranes

2021-03-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
No guarantee on seeing Snow geese tomorrow, but worth a try. They are often 
here today and gone tomorrow.

I looked for Sandhill cranes in sev. Montezuma Complex places & didn’t see any.
But others reported a few of them, days ago, so good to look around.

I did see lots of Canadas & lots of ducks.
Northern Pintails & Shovelers at MNWR visitors Ctr & other areas.

Large bunch Aythyas in middle of Cayuga L. North end off Lower Lake Rd. /Cay. 
L. State Pk.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Mar 20, 2021, at 7:42 PM, Lanie Wilmarth 
mailto:lwilmarth...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Lots of snow geese on lower Lake Road by the restaurant as described. A bunch 
were so close that they were walking around on the shore. No telling if they 
will still be there tomorrow Period

Lanie

On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 7:37 PM Barbara Bauer Sadovnic 
mailto:bsadov...@htva.net>> wrote:
Did the snow geese Alyssa saw from Lower Lake Rd. in the middle of the day 
today stick around?   Are there sand hill cranes anywhere?  Planning to wander 
tomorrow...
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] B. Clise Wigeon photo

2021-03-15 Thread Donna Lee Scott
After enduring strong 25 degree F howling winds at Stewart Park this morning 
trying to get a good glimpse of the Eurasian Wigeon, with my fingers freezing, 
my eyes running with tears, and my scope blowing around, I too really 
appreciate the photos of this lovely bird taken by Barbara Clise!

It seems that the relentless winds overnight created an elevated ice dike on 
the mud flat at the edge of the waves, so most the time the E. Wigeon was 
bobbing around behind this ice pile, unseen, or poorly seen for a few seconds, 
from the shore at S. Park.

Thanks Barbara!

Donna Scott

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882

From: bounce-125460080-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-125460080-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Nutter
Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2021 11:49 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] local bird photo worth seeing, IMO

Hi all,

I’d like to tell you about a photo that I think is subtly wonderful. It’s of 
the male Eurasian Wigeon which showed up at Stewart Park around mid-day Friday 
and was present at least through mid-day Sunday, quite a show for a rarity, and 
seen by many. The place is famous for birds, with shallow lake water which 
ducks favor, and a north view so they are lit well, although not so sunny at 
the recorded moment. The work is by photographer Barbara Clise, and it is the 
picture on the right in her eBird report found here:

 https://ebird.org/checklist/S83399339

Please have a look at that photo, tap on it to see it full-screen, and 
appreciate it for yourself before being distracted by my comments about it 
below.

- - Dave Nutter


 - - - -

This photo by Barbara Clise of a male Eurasian Wigeon in breeding plumage is, 
to me, gorgeous, the one where it is not quite in profile, swimming, and turned 
slightly toward us...

... the low angle; we are at the level of the bird in the cold lake 
...

 ... the waves in the background, the line across the bottom of 
that rough water passing through the Wigeon’s eye ...

... the foreground of calmer water ending at another line 
connecting the Wigeon’s chin and the tip of its bill ...


... the snow flakes falling ...

... with its head and eye centered, the Wigeon moves forward within 
our view ...


... its body is balanced by a pair of anonymous Mallards, the 
female’s white-edged tail pointing to the Wigeon’s eye, while the pattern of 
gray, black, and white on the male Mallard balances and points to the Wigeon’s 
head ...


... even the black of the Wigeon’s bill tip and its rear end have 
similar background markings to balance and highlight them, yet draw the eye 
toward the subject ...

... the hues of the drake Eurasian Wigeon, the soft gray of the 
back and sides - so similar to the waters - transitioning to his pink breast, 
then a crescendo of color in the cinnamon head, the creamy white forecrown, and 
the pale blue bill, which is somehow the same color as the band of water behind 
it ...

... and always the eye gazing at us.





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[cayugabirds-l] RWBBs, ducks

2021-03-10 Thread Donna Lee Scott
2 male Red-winged Blackbirds came & went, along with 28 Goldeyes, 5 male 
Red-breasted Mergansers, & 4 male Buffleheads.
A couple vees of Canada Geese flew over.

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[cayugabirds-l] Geese on Cayuga

2021-03-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
As neighbor Sarah Blodgett just texted, “there’s a massive goose thing going 
on”   here!

1000s -mostly Canadas i think -hard to see in sun- on water over on west side 
of lake with more flying in & landing!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goose migration

2021-03-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Just had flock all Snow Geese seen from Lakeview cemetery, Ithaca!
A couple vees of Canadas too.

Donna Scott
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On Mar 9, 2021, at 1:09 PM, "bsadov...@htva.net" 
mailto:bsadov...@htva.net>> wrote:

A flock of all Snow Geese just flew over us in Enfield!

On Mar 9, 2021, at 12:53 PM, Dave Nutter 
mailto:nutter.d...@me.com>> wrote:

Since 12:40pm I’ve been seeing some flocks of all Snow Geese.

- - Dave Nutter

On Mar 9, 2021, at 12:01 PM, Dave Nutter 
mailto:nutter.d...@me.com>> wrote:

At noon I’m finally seeing Snow Geese in mixed flocks northbound over Ithaca.

- - Dave Nutter

On Mar 9, 2021, at 8:51 AM, Dave Nutter 
mailto:nutter.d...@me.com>> wrote:

Several strings & Vs of northbound Canadas, but no Snows seen from my place yet.

- - Dave Nutter
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[cayugabirds-l] Nesting Redtails

2021-03-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Occupied nest, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, tall tree, aways back of red barn at 80 
Hillcrest Rd. Lansing.

On CBC CBC Jan 1, I had found one hawk placing a stick in this nest.

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[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle

2021-03-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Perched in top of beach cottonwood, so seen well from my kitchen.

Eagle has about half & half white & black feathers evenly streaked on head & 
mostly yellow beak with a dark tip.

For a couple seconds when first seen I thought “Osprey” because the dark head 
feathers seemed like a dark streak thru the eye.

Could not see tail well, but it seemed a similar mix of white & dark feathers.

It flew away & I didn’t see which way it went.

Hearing lots of Canada Geese overhead.

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[cayugabirds-l] Ducks/owl

2021-03-08 Thread Donna Lee Scott
On this sunny day that promises to warm up, I see a dozen or so Goldeneyes 
cavorting on the lake, as I finish breakfast! Fun to watch the males tossing 
back their heads.
   Meanwhile, under the lakeside feeders - again a pair of mallards eating 
birdseed.

And I neglected to post Sat. that I found a gray Screech Owl snoozing in same 
tree hole down my road where I had found the red Screech Owl on Feb. 8 & 10.
Their photos are in eBird.

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[cayugabirds-l] Wild turkeys

2021-03-05 Thread Donna Lee Scott
17 Wild Turkeys west of red roof barn at 199 Algerine Rd, Lansing, at back of 
field by hedge row.

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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrel

2021-03-03 Thread Donna Lee Scott
American Kestrel male
On wire on Holden Rd btw Brooks Hill & Storm Rds, Lansing.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] swans overhead

2021-03-03 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I think swans flew north by my place on lake after John’s sighting, too.

I just heard them, but was busy filling feeders under roofed deck, so did not 
see them in sky.
Had a hat on so hearing was muffled. Calls could have been from over cliff on 
lakeshore maybe.
Went from south to north.

Donna Scott
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mailto:confergoldw...@aol.com>> wrote:

Hi All,

   After living in the same place for 40+ years, I don't very often get a new 
yard bird. However, a flock of Tundra Swans calling as they flew over was 
pretty nice. Maybe you can see them at the north end of the lake.

John
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[cayugabirds-l] Bluebirds

2021-02-28 Thread Donna Lee Scott
On a short Sunday drive in southern Cayuga county & North Lansing, I saw some 
Snow Buntings, including 2 that stood out in a largish (40?) flock of flying 
Redpolls!

Saw a few little flocks of Horned Larks, then a larger flock at Belltown Dairy, 
Mahaney Rd. at town/ county line,
then found 3 lovely Bluebirds in a tall bare tree on Davis Rd (Lansing).

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[cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!

2021-02-25 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Today, I saw not only "my" Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 different times, front and 
back yards, but also saw 4 Redpolls under feeders in back about 2 PM !
First time to see Redpolls in my yard.

RB Nuthatch was chopping up peanuts and stashing pieces in tree bark and cracks 
in branches.

Donna L. Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] New feeder birds

2021-02-23 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Nope. Not the hoped-for Redpolls !
( altho, there are some redpolls in the general vicinity, seen on both Algerine 
& Emmons Roads).

It’s a pair of Mallards who started out under the street-side feeder & ground 
food areas the last 2 days. I saw them, as well as their footprints in several 
places in front.

Today, however, they are eating seeds under the backyard-lakeside feeders, 
along with my usual crows, mourning doves, blue jays & cardinals (& of course, 
squirrels).
The smaller birds stay up on the various feeders when all these big guys are 
here.

Several years ago, I had a whole flock of Mallards regularly flying in from the 
lake to eat under feeders in back/lakeside yard. Had to buy big bags of cracked 
corn to scatter. This flock included a mostly white mallard which I don’t think 
was a domestic bird.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question

2021-02-22 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Immature Sapsucker in my area of Lansing Station Rd.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Feb 22, 2021, at 5:33 PM, Tim Gallagher 
mailto:t...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

I saw a sapsucker in Freeville last Friday morning.


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mailto:bounce-125408654-10557...@list.cornell.edu>>
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question

There seems to be numerous reports of sapsuckers in CNY this winter. In my 
thirty plus years living here I don't recall ever seeing one in the winter. 
Here in McGraw I have one visiting my feeders for the past few weeks. How 
common is it for them to winter in our area?

   Thanks, Tom Fernandes

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder

2021-02-22 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Over a month ago, I found one dead Siskin under my backyard feeders.
16 others seemed fine & later moved on to somewhere else.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Feb 22, 2021, at 9:56 AM, Wesley M. Hochachka 
mailto:w...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

If the dead birds were siskins, redpolls, or goldfinches, my first reaction is 
that the birds died from salmonellosis, and potentially you might have observed 
these birds sitting motionless and incredibly puffed up near the bird feeder at 
some point before you found the dead bird on the ground.

Salmonellosis outbreaks, which particularly hit siskins and redpolls, are an 
unfortunately predictable corollary of irruptions of these species.  Taking 
down your thistle feeder to disperse the birds might reduce further 
transmission, but it's hard to tell because the birds could just start 
congregating (maybe in larger numbers) at some other bird feeder in the area.

Wesley Hochachka




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Sent: Monday, February 22, 2021 9:30 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder

Hello all,

In the course of the past 10 days, we have discovered a dead bird under a 
feeder in three separate occasions, the latest this morning.  No apparent 
injury.  The thistle is fresh (it goes pretty quickly) and we keep the feeders 
clean and sanitized. We called the Cornell hospital but they did not accept our 
request to have a necropsy conducted on the birds (we kept two of them in a 
sealed freezer bag  outside).  We have decals and nets outside our windows to 
prevent birds from hitting them.

Any ideas about what could be causing this and how to prevent it from happening 
again?  It is the first time it has ever happened to us in the 10 years we’ve 
lived in our present location, and all this time we’ve fed birds.

Many thanks,
Patrizia Sione



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[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese

2021-02-21 Thread Donna Lee Scott
~300 in raft near west shore Cayuga Lake, opposite lansing Station Rd.

Swam north, then flew north out of sight.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] Nuthatch/sapsucker

2021-02-12 Thread Donna Lee Scott
While walking around outside the house in my patch here for GBBC, I found ‘my’ 
Red-breasted Nuthatch near the front yard.
It was going in & out of last summer’s hanging oriole nest & tooting the whole 
time!
Then it visited the feeder & snagged a peanut.

Just after this, I found a juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the trees over 
a little stream!

At the back deck after I came inside to warm up, I saw that 1 of ‘my’ 2 
Carolina Wrens had discovered the mealworms I just put out in a small hanging 
tray used for jelly in summer!

And the 44 Mourning Doves obligingly showed up, so the GBBC is off to a good 
start.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lansing, Storm Rd. / Holden Rd intersection field birds

2021-02-12 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I saw over 30 S Buntings & 20 H Larks down by the heifer barns & tenant houses 
towards south end of Holden rd. Tuesday afternoon.
At one point I saw the flock of buntings on a pile of old bedding in a farm 
wagon, well off Brown Hill Rd. Which runs along south side of all the farm 
buildings.
Also 100s of Starlings & a few pigeons.

I know the farm owners & think I might ask permission to walk around close to 
buildings.

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 12, 2021, at 2:14 PM, Gary Kohlenberg 
mailto:jg...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

I haven’t found many good areas for field birds this winter in Tompkins Co. 
Indian Field Rd. road shoulders have been OK, but the road is very busy making 
viewing difficult.

Storm Road / Holden Rd. intersection area, in Lansing, is the best so far. The 
nearby farm is spreading manure / bedding on the snow parallel to Holden Rd. 
for about 0.1 mi. The best viewing is from Storm Rd.

I was here yesterday and didn’t see much, but the spread was new. Today it is a 
larger area. There are Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and I’ve saw one Lapland 
Longspur, before the tractor stirred thing up. I suspect it will get better as 
the day goes on.

Gary
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Robins

2021-02-10 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Some robins stay here all winter.
I have had 2 diff flocks in my yard eating cedar berries.

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 10, 2021, at 4:02 PM, Susan Evans-Pond 
mailto:sevans7p...@me.com>> wrote:

Likewise, 10-15 robins in flying around and perching in the forest trees and 
bushes on the east side of Westhaven Road (West Hill) behind the houses.  They 
were curious, sometimes perching quite close to where I was snow-shoeing.  Also 
lurking high in the trees were 3 Cedar Waxwings and the usual and very 
plentiful cardinals, chickadees, white-throated and house sparrows, chickadees, 
crows, juncos and starlings.
A beautiful morning.

From: 
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mailto:bounce-125377575-86332...@list.cornell.edu>>
 On Behalf Of marsha kardon
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:37 PM
To: cayugabirdlist mailto:cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu>>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Robins

I saw about 15 robins flying together and perching in the trees by the side of 
Bundy Road at about 1pm today.  I haven't seen any other robins since the fall. 
 Have they migrated back here already, or do some stay here all winter?  Marsha 
Kardon
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[cayugabirds-l] Reds

2021-02-09 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Yesterday was a red letter day (as Grandpa Scott used to say)  for birds on 
Lansing Station Road!

Besides “my” faithful feeder Cardinals, Sarah Blodgett had two Redpolls at her 
feeders, I had a Red-breasted Nuthatch on my suet/nut cake,
and later in the 300 block of LS Rd.  I saw a RED Screech Owl roosting in a 
woodpecker hole in an old tree!

Later, I thoroughly enjoyed Sandy Podulka’s CBC webinar on birds & critters in 
the Pantanal.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on water quality for birdbaths

2021-02-08 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Hi Mona,

I looked up the sodium content of softened water, sunflower seed meats, corn 
kernals, and shelled peanuts.

The amount of sodium in softened water depends on the hardness (called "grains 
per gallon") of the original water, which determines how much salt has to be 
added to the water to
"soften" it. That added sodium has to be added to the amount of sodium in the 
original water to get an exact figure.
But in an example:
If the water hardness is 18 grains, the recommended added salt to the softener 
would give about 35 mg of added sodium per 8 oz. glass of water.
(See www.purewaterproducts.com for more info).

Hulled sunflower seeds, 1 cup (8 oz dry) has about 13 mg sodium.
Hulled peanuts, 5 oz. has 454 mg of sodium, or 726 mg sodium in 8 oz./1 cup.
Corn kernals, 4 oz. has 230 mg sodium, so 8 oz. corn has 460 mg sodium.

So, I would say that the amount of sodium added to the water from your softener 
(depending on the grains of hardness in the original water) is a figure between 
the sunflower seed meats and the hulled peanuts, and is much nearer the lower 
amount of sodium in the sunflower seeds.

Therefore, if it was my water situation, I would go ahead and use the softened 
water in the birdbath, since the amount of added sodium the birds would get 
from their tiny drinks would probably be well less than the amount of sodium 
they are getting from peanuts and near the amount they would get from sunflower 
seeds.

I hope this is helpful.

Donna Scott

Donna L. Scott
Retired Food Scientist

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

From: bounce-125369359-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-125369359-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Mona Bearor
Sent: Monday, February 08, 2021 10:30 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Question on water quality for birdbaths

I keep my birdbath clean and heated in the winter, however I have moved to 
where a water softener is required.  I am wondering if this water is affecting 
the health of the birds. All our water goes through the softener - even the 
outside spigots - so if I should purchase water at the market should I buy 
distilled, spring water, or purified water?
Thank you for your knowledge and thoughts on this subject,
Ramona Bearor
Staunton, VA
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow buntings and larks

2021-02-07 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Today, “besides” the Snow Buntings & Horned Larks, there are about 10 Redpolls 
working the roadside at rt. 90 /Lake Road triangle west of King Ferry!

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Feb 6, 2021, at 11:46 AM, Laura Stenzler 
mailto:l...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Hi all
Manure has been spread along the west side of Rte 90, where Lake Rd joins 90 
and it has attracted a nice flock of snow buntings and horned larks. This is 
near the old triangle diner.

Laura

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins /Florida Robins

2021-02-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Meanwhile, my brother in Bradenton Florida, south of Tampa Bay, reports that 
1000s of Robins are coming into roost overnight in the mangroves across the 
Braden River from his house! Hundreds are lined up on the high power line that 
crosses the river there.
In the past, I have seen this while visiting him there.

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins

About 50 American Robins flew into our yard along Ellis Hollow Creek Road 
slightly after 4pm this afternoon.  It appears that they are planning to roost 
here for the night.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows

2021-02-02 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I often have had WT Sparrows here in winter.
I have 2 now eating off ground where i scatter bird seed mix.

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 2, 2021, at 2:23 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk 
mailto:l...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

How common is it for them to winter here?  I have one or possibly a pair at my 
feeders this week.
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[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagles

2021-01-30 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Pair in tree on cliff by friend’s house just north of Salt Point, Cayuga Lake.

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Robert Rieger" mailto:roberthrie...@gmail.com>>
To: "Donna Lee Scott" mailto:d...@cornell.edu>>
Subject: Eagle

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Neat happening-squirrels

2021-01-28 Thread Donna Lee Scott
As voracious as SQs are, they don’t seem to eat meat.
The cat food is either dried up canned wet, or pieces of dry cat food. So SQs 
don’t eat.

Besides, tho I have baffles on feeder poles, plenty of bird seed ends up on 
ground & SQs share (?) that w doves & other ground feeders.

I also sacrifice much seed to SQs on my long deck rail top & below it, because 
many birds (like var. sparrows, including juncos) prefer to eat from that flat 
surface rather than from feeders.  It is more like the ground.

That part of deck is a darkened mess since I have been feeding birds on it for 
32 years! Now have a heated bird bath/drinker on it, too. Well used.
I have a big separate roofed/screened part for me & the indoor cats!

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Jan 28, 2021, at 12:43 PM, Randolph Ross 
mailto:randolph.ros...@gmail.com>> wrote:

How do you keep squirrels from getting what you put out for crows?  We have a 
family of 3 that enjoy watching.

On Thu, Jan 28, 2021, 11:38 AM Donna Lee Scott 
mailto:d...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
Yesterday, when I was scattering on ground some leftover indoor cat food near 
backyard feeders for the crows -  from a little white plastic dish -
all of a sudden a bird flew in from behind me and almost landed on my hand that 
held the dish! I wore dirty white winter gloves.

But I guess it then saw I was a heinous human, & it quickly veered right & flew 
away.
It might have been a Blue Jay (whitish under-tail feathers), but it happened so 
fast I did not get a good look.
At first I thought it was a Sharpie, but tail feather color & size  were not 
right for that.

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[cayugabirds-l] Neat happening

2021-01-28 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Yesterday, when I was scattering on ground some leftover indoor cat food near 
backyard feeders for the crows -  from a little white plastic dish -
all of a sudden a bird flew in from behind me and almost landed on my hand that 
held the dish! I wore dirty white winter gloves.

But I guess it then saw I was a heinous human, & it quickly veered right & flew 
away.
It might have been a Blue Jay (whitish under-tail feathers), but it happened so 
fast I did not get a good look.
At first I thought it was a Sharpie, but tail feather color & size  were not 
right for that.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Flock of Northern Cardinals

2021-01-28 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I think when it is cold & snowy like it is, they seek easy food at feeders. I 
have had as many as 8 Cardinals here in this kind of weather.
Also, larger flocks of other species,  s. a. Goldfinches, MoDos & House 
Sparrows appear in “bad” weather.

Donna Scott
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On Jan 28, 2021, at 7:52 AM, Carl Steckler 
mailto:simmshil...@gmail.com>> wrote:

I woke up this morning to a flock of northern Cardinals at my feeder‘s
There were approximately 15 to 20 both male and female, it was hard to tell 
they keep chasing each other all over the place
I have never had this many Cardinals at one time anyone else seen this?
Any ideas of what’s going on?
Carl
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[cayugabirds-l] Rough-legged Hawk

2021-01-25 Thread Donna Lee Scott
There’s a rainbow ring in clouds around the sun & I just got a couple good 
looks at my FOY ROUGH LEGGED HAWK at top of Lansing Station Rd by rt. 34B.
It flew south.

Good bird day at home down by lake, including male bluebird, carolina wren, 
female pileated woodpecker at suet & many of the usual feeder birds!

Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Robins!

2021-01-24 Thread Donna Lee Scott
~30 Amer. Robins here eating cedar berries & foraging on ground!
So nice yo hear their chirps.
Just saw Marie Reed & she saw many at Long Point.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cooper's Hawk

2021-01-18 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Thanks Tim.
I wondered about prey biting raptors’ feet/legs. -donna

Donna Scott
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On Jan 18, 2021, at 11:17 AM, Donna Lee Scott 
mailto:d...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Must be my fatties hide well when red tailed hawks perch above the yard!
Right now there are 10 SQs  visible.

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 18, 2021, at 11:13 AM, Linda Ann Woodard 
mailto:l...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Hi Donna,
  A couple of weeks ago I watched a red-tail catch, kill and eat a grey 
squirrel in my yard. It pinned the squirrel and stayed motionless over it for 
at least five minutes until the squirrel  was dead. It took another 30 minutes 
or so for the hawk to eat its fill.  It left the remains on the ground.  Like 
you I have a large yard with lots of tall tress and open areas.
Linda
Cayuga Heights

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Sent: Monday, January 18, 2021 10:56 AM
To: Tim Gallagher mailto:t...@cornell.edu>>
Cc: Lea LSF mailto:leaelles...@gmail.com>>; 
CAYUGABIRDS-L 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cooper's Hawk

Hi Tim
Why don’t hawks or even eagles (many here by the lake) kill gray squirrels, of 
which I have many bird-seed-fattened individuals in my big yard? Yard Has tall 
trees & 2 fairly open expanses.

Coopers or Sharpies occasionally kill birds near feeders here.
A few years ago I watched a Bald Eagle drop from a tree on my beach to catch a 
mink that had gone to water’s edge to drink. It flew up into another tree and 
ate it.
Thx
Donna
Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 18, 2021, at 10:47 AM, Tim Gallagher 
mailto:t...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
Hi Lea,

It certainly might have been a Cooper's Hawk that killed your chicken. We also 
have Great Horned Owls and Red-tailed Hawks in and around the village. This 
time of year, a lot of juvenile raptors are starving and desperate to catch 
something to eat. Most of them don't survive until spring. If a desperately 
hungry hawk sees a chicken out in the open, not protected by chicken wire, 
there's a decent chance it will attack it—which is completely understandable.

The Cooper's Hawks I've seen in the village might be local birds. I found a 
Cooper's Hawk nest a few years ago in the swamp behind the school. Maybe they 
nested there again last spring.

Best wishes,

Tim


From: Lea LSF mailto:leaelles...@gmail.com>>
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 6:13 PM
To: Tim Gallagher mailto:t...@cornell.edu>>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cooper's Hawk

Hi Tim,
I live at 22 Main Street in the village, and have observed what my best guess 
told me was a Cooper's Hawk hanging out in a tree over my chicken yard a 
handful of times.  Recently, an animal killed one of my chickens.  I'm guessing 
by the amount of chicken feathers around that it was a hawk who took the 
chicken out, though I don't know if a Cooper's Hawk is big enough.  I am so 
curious about whether this pair that you observed is living nearby. It does 
seem strange to have a food-begging hawk tagging along a parent during winter! 
I'll have to learn the begging call and listen out for it now. I wonder now 
that I'm writing this if hawks even live in one place during the winter, 
whether they even stay in their nests or move around.  I hope you get some 
fruitful responses to your question!
Best Wishes,
Lea

On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 12:36 PM Tim Gallagher 
mailto:t...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
I observed something interesting this morning while walking my dog on Main 
Street in Freeville. I heard the food-begging call of a Cooper's Hawk coming 
from the front of a house just past a big hedge. I carefully peeked past the 
hedge and spotted the bird, a juvenile female Cooper's Hawk, sitting on the 
porch rail and facing the house. Perhaps it saw its reflection in the window 
and was calling to it. Anyway, it took off, flying across Main Street and 
disappeared between some houses along the creek.

Last month, on December 6, I saw something similar—but this time it involved an 
adult female Cooper's Hawk and a juvenile male, which was following her around 
through the trees beside some houses and calling like the one this morning. I 
thought at the time that December seemed very late for a young hawk to be 
following its parent around, begging for food. I'd only heard that call before 
in the late spring and summer around Cooper's Hawk nests.

Has anyone else heard Cooper's Hawk food-begging calls in the winter?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cooper's Hawk

2021-01-18 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Must be my fatties hide well when red tailed hawks perch above the yard!
Right now there are 10 SQs  visible.

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 18, 2021, at 11:13 AM, Linda Ann Woodard 
mailto:l...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Hi Donna,
  A couple of weeks ago I watched a red-tail catch, kill and eat a grey 
squirrel in my yard. It pinned the squirrel and stayed motionless over it for 
at least five minutes until the squirrel  was dead. It took another 30 minutes 
or so for the hawk to eat its fill.  It left the remains on the ground.  Like 
you I have a large yard with lots of tall tress and open areas.
Linda
Cayuga Heights

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Sent: Monday, January 18, 2021 10:56 AM
To: Tim Gallagher mailto:t...@cornell.edu>>
Cc: Lea LSF mailto:leaelles...@gmail.com>>; 
CAYUGABIRDS-L 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cooper's Hawk

Hi Tim
Why don’t hawks or even eagles (many here by the lake) kill gray squirrels, of 
which I have many bird-seed-fattened individuals in my big yard? Yard Has tall 
trees & 2 fairly open expanses.

Coopers or Sharpies occasionally kill birds near feeders here.
A few years ago I watched a Bald Eagle drop from a tree on my beach to catch a 
mink that had gone to water’s edge to drink. It flew up into another tree and 
ate it.
Thx
Donna
Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 18, 2021, at 10:47 AM, Tim Gallagher 
mailto:t...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
Hi Lea,

It certainly might have been a Cooper's Hawk that killed your chicken. We also 
have Great Horned Owls and Red-tailed Hawks in and around the village. This 
time of year, a lot of juvenile raptors are starving and desperate to catch 
something to eat. Most of them don't survive until spring. If a desperately 
hungry hawk sees a chicken out in the open, not protected by chicken wire, 
there's a decent chance it will attack it—which is completely understandable.

The Cooper's Hawks I've seen in the village might be local birds. I found a 
Cooper's Hawk nest a few years ago in the swamp behind the school. Maybe they 
nested there again last spring.

Best wishes,

Tim


From: Lea LSF mailto:leaelles...@gmail.com>>
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 6:13 PM
To: Tim Gallagher mailto:t...@cornell.edu>>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cooper's Hawk

Hi Tim,
I live at 22 Main Street in the village, and have observed what my best guess 
told me was a Cooper's Hawk hanging out in a tree over my chicken yard a 
handful of times.  Recently, an animal killed one of my chickens.  I'm guessing 
by the amount of chicken feathers around that it was a hawk who took the 
chicken out, though I don't know if a Cooper's Hawk is big enough.  I am so 
curious about whether this pair that you observed is living nearby. It does 
seem strange to have a food-begging hawk tagging along a parent during winter! 
I'll have to learn the begging call and listen out for it now. I wonder now 
that I'm writing this if hawks even live in one place during the winter, 
whether they even stay in their nests or move around.  I hope you get some 
fruitful responses to your question!
Best Wishes,
Lea

On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 12:36 PM Tim Gallagher 
mailto:t...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
I observed something interesting this morning while walking my dog on Main 
Street in Freeville. I heard the food-begging call of a Cooper's Hawk coming 
from the front of a house just past a big hedge. I carefully peeked past the 
hedge and spotted the bird, a juvenile female Cooper's Hawk, sitting on the 
porch rail and facing the house. Perhaps it saw its reflection in the window 
and was calling to it. Anyway, it took off, flying across Main Street and 
disappeared between some houses along the creek.

Last month, on December 6, I saw something similar—but this time it involved an 
adult female Cooper's Hawk and a juvenile male, which was following her around 
through the trees beside some houses and calling like the one this morning. I 
thought at the time that December seemed very late for a young hawk to be 
following its parent around, begging for food. I'd only heard that call before 
in the late spring and summer around Cooper's Hawk nests.

Has anyone else heard Cooper's Hawk food-begging calls in the winter?
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