Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant migrating Blue Jays - an acorn crop question

2016-09-30 Thread Donna Scott
Very few acorns in the red oak trees in my area. It seems to be an off year for 
nut mass. 

Donna Scott
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> On Sep 30, 2016, at 11:34 AM, Marie P. Read <m...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> 
> I followed the Blue Jay flock through my binocs as they flew off, they landed 
> in the distance several times , in oaks as far as I could tell, but didn't 
> stick around. Has anyone noticed whether the acorn crop is good this year in 
> the region? I have not seen very many acorns on my trips to the Cornell 
> Arboretum. Last year there were masses of acorns there and the resident Blue 
> Jays were harvesting them and flying off to store them for weeks.
> 
> Marie
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> From: Donna Lee Scott
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> Subject: RE: Mt Pleasant migrating Blue Jays
> 
> Since mid September I have had large flocks of Blue Jays in my yard, and 
> flying over in large numbers.
> Eating all my bird seed!
> 
> Donna Scott
> Lansing Station Road
> Lansing, NY
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> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant migrating Blue Jays
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> Catching my breath at the top of the observatory hill on Mt Pleasant Road 
> around 10:15, I noticed Blue Jays perched in a large oak. Suddenly a big 
> flock of Blue Jays took off and headed SE...I estimated about 60. Never seen 
> such a large flock up there. I tell you, it was YUGE!
> 
> ;-)
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Brown Booby in Lansing

2016-09-24 Thread Donna Scott
Is it sitting on the permanent light structure off Milliken?
I can just see what seems to be a brown & white bird there 

Donna Scott
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> On Sep 24, 2016, at 10:44 AM, Jay McGowan <jw...@cornell.edu> wrote:
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> Thanks Donna! The booby is currently sitting on the water straight out from 
> Milliken Station, just north of Lansing Station Road and accessed from 
> Milliken Station Road. You can park in a small gravel lot on the right before 
> the railroad tracks then walk along the outside of the fence to see the lake.
> 
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>> On Sep 24, 2016 9:44 AM, "Donna Scott" <dls...@me.com> wrote:
>> E. shore off Lansing Station rd. now.
>> come to #535, park in road. Down driveway , thru 2 gates in  back yard, 
>> across RR track, down path. Turn left along beach, Look from dock.
>> I Saw it fishing!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Brown Booby in Lansing

2016-09-24 Thread Donna Scott
House # 535 on lansing station rd. 
not seeing booby at this moment but u can come watch from my dock

Donna Scott
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> On Sep 24, 2016, at 9:54 AM, Joe DeVito <joeb...@yahoo.com> wrote:
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> 535?
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>> On Sep 24, 2016, at 9:44 AM, Donna Scott <dls...@me.com> wrote:
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>> E. shore off Lansing Station rd. now. 
>> come to #535, park in road. Down driveway , thru 2 gates in  back yard, 
>> across RR track, down path. Turn left along beach, Look from dock. 
>> I Saw it fishing!
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[cayugabirds-l] Black Billed Cuckoo

2016-06-06 Thread Donna Scott
Singing in my woods this morning. 
Donna Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin

2016-06-02 Thread Donna Scott
One - At my Nyjer seed feeder with a few Goldfinches. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Bobolinks

2016-05-25 Thread Donna Scott
At least 4 males seen at north end Scofield rd, Lansing, east side grassy area 
of road, then more just around corner north of Buck Rd. in grassy areas. 
Donna Scott

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[cayugabirds-l] Bobolinks

2016-05-12 Thread Donna Scott
At Tompkins/Ithaca airport, Snyder Rd., past east end of fence corner, where 
fence runs south. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Orioles at suet

2016-05-10 Thread Donna Scott
Here at Lansing Station rd we have a fair amount of open apple blossoms which 
look mostly normal, but I just observed 2 Orioles eating suet at my deck feeder 
area. 
So I filled the drilled-out holes of my suet log with bark butter & put cut 
oranges on nearby small tree branches. 
I have at least 2 pairs of B. Orioles around. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Downtown Parula

2016-05-09 Thread Donna Scott
Mid-day i found near home on Lansing Station Rd., Lansing: 
a Northern Parula, a Magnolia Warbler, an American Redstart, a male Rose 
Breasted Grosbeak, 3 Baltimore Orioles, & 2 Eastern Towhees, as well as all my 
colorful feeder birds. 
Donna Scott
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> In the apple blossoms of Washington Park, a Northern Parula was singing both 
> songs and foraging low and close enough to be admired with the naked eye (one 
> of those "wish I had my camera with me" moments). Amid the wind-blown 
> movement could be spotted at least three other warbler-like birds just in 
> that one tree alone, one of which looked to be a nashville (at the verge of 
> naked-eye identifiability), and another probably a warbling vireo.
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[cayugabirds-l] New yard birds

2016-05-09 Thread Donna Scott
Just returned from fantastic SFO weekend bus trip to Presque Isle PA & Magee 
Marsh OH (thanks to all SFO staff!!) to be greeted by gorgeous BALTIMORE 
ORIOLES & YELLOW WARBLERS plying my apple tree blossoms in the sun this AM.  
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[cayugabirds-l] Catbird

2016-05-06 Thread Donna Scott
The first of (I hope) many local GRAY CATBIRDS was singing a nice series of 
mimicked calls in my yard this morning!
Donna Scott

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[cayugabirds-l] Lansing Warblers, others

2016-04-29 Thread Donna Scott
BLACK THROATED GREEN WARBLER, EASTERN TOWHEE, YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS, RUBY & 
GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLETS, PALM WARBLER, W.T. & CHIPPING SPARROWS, along with 
usual woodpeckers & feeder birds
In & around woods, thickets & yard on Lansing Station Rd. 
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[cayugabirds-l] A. Redstart

2016-04-29 Thread Donna Scott
Just found a brightly colored male AMERICAN REDSTART foraging in my woods!
Lans. Station rd, Lansing
Donna Scott

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers pt

2016-04-07 Thread Donna Scott
9 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, lots RING BILLED GULLS, a few HERRING GULLS,  4 C LOONS, 1 
HORNED. GREBE, 1KILLDEER, 1 KINGFISHER, 1 A. CROW, several RED BREASTED MERGS & 
a pair C MERGS, MALLARDS, 1 OSPREY on Salt Point nest, w/a second (male?) 
OSPREY hovering in air looking for fish.  

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[cayugabirds-l] Birds at airport

2016-04-02 Thread Donna Scott
Off Snyder Rd. where fence turns from paralleling rd. to run ~ south towards 
blue bldgs. In distance:
At least 1 EASTERN MEADOWLARK singing; had been flying. 
Pair of KESTRELS, hunting then sitting on fence. 
C. RAVEN flyover. 
Female NO. HARRIER hunting low over field. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2016-03-23 Thread Donna Scott
Reported & photographed on tree overlooking Salt Point, Lansing, Cayuga Lake !
Perhaps it is Orpheus. 
Donna Scott

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[cayugabirds-l] Roadkill/driving

2016-03-13 Thread Donna Scott
Sometimes, when I have time & traffic is not too busy, I stop the car & take 
fresher roadkill off pavement & put it well away from roadside & shoulder. 
So carrion eaters can consume it in safety. 
Good advice on careful driving, Dave, but perhaps you are preaching to the 
choir!

Donna Scott

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> This past Wednesday I had an encounter with one of the Spencer Marsh birds. 
> At 6:45am while driving south on NYS-34/96 I was just coming back up from 
> under the railroad when I saw an adult Bald Eagle gliding down toward my lane 
> from the east. Fortunately the driver ahead of me also noticed in time, and 
> we both braked. The eagle was able to abort its landing, rising up into view 
> again. It turned back toward the marsh where it perched in a tree. Continuing 
> driving, the other driver and I straddled what attracted the eagle, a 
> road-killed muskrat, I believe. In the next couple hundred yards there were a 
> recently hit rabbit and another substantial meal as well. In addition to the 
> deaths of several medium-sized mammals there could have easily been more 
> serious tragedy: the loss of a Bald Eagle, considerable damage to a vehicle, 
> and possibly a serious car crash. 
> 
> A word to the wise: Please don’t speed or tailgate. Stay alert. Be ready to 
> brake for wildlife or in case another driver does. I have found that often 
> just letting up on the gas pedal is enough to alert a crossing animal and 
> give it time to pass in front of me so that I don’t kill it. Swerving is 
> generally not a good idea. Often mammals are killed just past a rise in 
> pavement where they can’t see or hear oncoming traffic in time. I think it’s 
> a good idea to be alert for such places along roads to avoid killing 
> critters, running over dead critters, or hitting the animals which eat dead 
> critters. To me it’s worth a bit of care to observe wildlife. After all, a 
> skunk is a lot prettier walking away than smeared on the wheels and 
> undercarriage. And a Turkey Vulture is magnificent in flight and a service to 
> everyone on the ground, but not what you want coming through the windshield.
> 
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>> On Mar 12, 2016, at 6:09 PM, Geo Kloppel <geoklop...@gmail.com> wrote:
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>> Patricia and I did a car trip, visiting swamps from West Danby to Spencer, 
>> Van Etten, Alpine, Cayuta Lake (the NYS boat launch), Trumbull Corners and 
>> Newfield, hoping we might run into some Rusty Blackbirds. Struck out on 
>> those, but I thought It worth mentioning that a Bald Eagle is already 
>> sitting the nest in North Spencer Marsh.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Marie Read photos

2016-03-11 Thread Donna Scott
Marie Read's bird photos at Lansing Library until end of APRIL. 
Enter thru west door, at ground level off parking lot during library open 
hours. 
Donna Scott

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> Marie has  an awesome exhibit of her photos at the Lansing Community Library 
> through the end of March.  Most of the photos were taken in the vicinity of 
> Cayuga Lake, many of them at Salt Point and Long Point. Well worth going out 
> of your way to see the exhibit!
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[cayugabirds-l] Leucistic Red Tailed Hawk

2016-03-07 Thread Donna Scott
Wilson Rd. Lansing, between Conlon & Buck Rds. 
In deciduous tree well back of the two eastern-most red barns on south side of 
road at 154 Wilson Rd. best seen approaching from Conlon Rd from E to W, just 
before arriving at the large white Federal style house. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Leucistic Red Tail

2016-02-02 Thread Donna Scott
LEUCISTIC RED TAILED HAWK 154 Wilson Rd, Lansing, between Conlon & Buck Rds. , 
south side rd. in deciduous tree by white pines behind small red barns. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Lapland Longspurs

2016-01-23 Thread Donna Scott
Flock of ~9 SNOW BUNTING, 19 HORNED LARK & 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS  at intersection 
of Bruton rd & unknown Rd, Venice township, Cayuga County; east of Rt. 34, 
north of Rt. 90. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Horned larks

2016-01-20 Thread Donna Scott
14 HORNED LARKS Scofield Rd towards Pleasant Valley Rd. Lansing. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Horned larks, snow buntings

2016-01-06 Thread Donna Scott
Nice mixed flock, about 50 birds on Cook Rd. west of Indian Field Rd, genoa, 
north of NY Rt 90. 
Were in corn stubble with what looks like Winter Wheat rows growing up, & by 
roadside. 
 Very spooked by motor vehicles. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Baltimore Orioles @ Salt Point now.

2015-12-20 Thread Donna Scott
I didn't see B. Orioles at Salt Pt, but I did see a RUFFED GROUSE, NORTHERN 
FLICKER, & NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, along w E. STARLINGS, & MALLARDS & gulls & C. 
Geese. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] to Montezuma & back

2015-11-06 Thread Donna Scott
Yesterday an hour before dusk I was able to clearly see the lovely hybrid 
cinnamon teal and it's companions on my way to Fairport. 
Thanks to Dave & Chris for descriptions of why it's a hybrid. 
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> On our way to Montezuma today, Ann Mitchell & I stopped at Myers Point, Long 
> Point SP, the Lake Rd bluffs south of Aurora, the Wells College Boathouse, 
> the Mackenzie-Childs bluffs north of Aurora, and Frontenac Park and the Mill 
> Pond in Union Springs, plus Sheldrake on our retern trip. Highlights included:
> 
> * 3 female WOOD DUCKS on Mill Pond as Fritzie reported
> * several male & female BUFFLEHEADS on Mill pond, ditto
> * a few AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and a few MALLARDS various places
> * a few GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the Mill Pond
> * a male REDHEAD on the Mill Pond
> * 3 female COMMON GOLDENEYE below M-C bluffs
> * 3 LONG-TAILED DUCKS flying south past Long Point
> * a male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER off Payne's Cr better from the Lake Rd bluff 
> than Wells boathouse 
> * 2 female COMMON MERGANSERS together at Myers
> * 20 female RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS at M-C bluffs, some in a flock below, 
> some in a flock flying past
> * 1 RED-THROATED LOON north of Myers, which inconveniently was no longer 
> visible when Jay & Livia showed up
> * many COMMON LOONS on the lake (except Frontenac, which was rather a bust), 
> from a scattered few at Myers, Long Point, and Sheldrake, to 150 in a narrow 
> view from the Lake Rd bluff, to 496 which Ann counted in a single scope sweep 
> from M-C bluffs
> * 3 separate HORNED GREBES from Long Point and 2 close together from Wells 
> boathouse
> * single RED-NECKED GREBES from Myers, Long Point, and M-C bluffs
> * a tight flock of 60 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS swimming far off the park at 
> Sheldrake Point
> 
> There were also many CEDAR WAXWINGS foraging around the entrance to Myers and 
> drinking from a roadside puddle.
> 
> There are still a few shorebirds at the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center, 
> including
> * a LESSER YELLOWLEGS
> * 21 DUNLIN
> * 11 DOWITCHERS, presumed Long-billed
> 
> And there are still scads of ducks on the Main Pool at Montezuma NWR, mainly 
> dabblers and Ring-necked, and on Larue's Lagoon the famous reddish-brown teal 
> with its 2 female BLUE-WINGED TEAL companions. Today I had a much better view 
> than on Sunday because the bird was closer, I wasn't fighting wind vibration 
> or weeds in the way, and the clouds made the sunlight from behind us diffuse 
> for very even lighting. Today I was able to see more dark speckling on the 
> sides of this bird, and a wider dark area behind the eye than I saw before. 
> These marks, along with the pale area where a male Blue-winged Teal has a 
> white hip patch, the pale forward part of the face, and the overall 
> less-than-saturated color seem to indicate that the bird is a hybrid 
> BLUE-WINGED x CINNAMON TEAL. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] heron near miss

2015-07-13 Thread Donna Scott
Very cool!
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 I was out rowing on the lake last evening enjoying the quiet time after 
 sunset, when the silence was shattered by a  GRRAAAWWWK followed instantly by 
 two Great Blue Herons at eye level and so close that a set of primaries 
 whooshed by within inches of my face. They had either failed to notice me 
 crossing their flight path or miscalculated how fast I was going.
 
 Wouldn't that be a spectacular way for a birder to go... skewered by a heron! 
  Much better than a falling coconut.
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Hummingbirds?!

2015-07-08 Thread Donna Scott
My hummingbirds are still here on Lansing Station Road. 
My Trumpet Vine just bloomed so perhaps they are visiting those more than the 
feeder. 
Donna

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 Hummingbirds are still here in Brooktondale.
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 I have not seen a hummingbird for about a week. Constantly at feeder before 
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 For the past 24 hours we have not seen a single hummer at either of the two 
 feeders, both of which have been being emptied within 48 hours. I even went 
 out to 'taste' the brew in one of them to make sure I really HAD sweetened 
 the water! Is it just us or have others had this curious non-drama?
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[cayugabirds-l] Screech Owls

2015-06-27 Thread Donna Scott
At 11 pm last night, 2 or 3 whinnying, trilling  squealing near my house on 
Lansing Station Rd. Lansing. 
Lovely to hear on a cool, moonlit night!

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2015-06-22 Thread Donna Scott
Flying w fish towards south, Salt Point, presumably. 
( seen from cayuga lake shore in NW Lansing)

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Great Horned Owl

2015-06-22 Thread Donna Scott
That is so cool you can see the outline of the owl in the top of the Spruce 
Tree in your image!

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 PS: Yesterday around 5.00 am there was a Great Horned Owl calling from 
 Strawberry Hills woods.
 
 On Friday night when I got home at 10:30pm, a Great Horned Owl was hooting 
 away atop a spruce tree right outside my house in Commonland. I got some 
 video with my infrared camera (including two bouts of hooting in the audio):
 
   https://www.flickr.com/photos/50094151@N03/18867923880/
 
 Remarkably, even though it was pretty cool then (felt around 60, airport 
 reading 55), the bird did not register warmer than the spruce tree! ... 
 except for the facial disc and undertail area.
 
 It was dark and I could not see it visually, despite its proximity. The owl 
 seemed confident in its invisibility and paid me no heed, that is until I 
 started making squeaky noises to get it to look down at me. It finally took 
 off when I sneezed.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Birds by lake

2015-06-22 Thread Donna Scott
Hearing several different beautiful songs of a common loon on the water at 
8:30, I decided to go eat breakfast at my beach. 
It is very quiet and serene down here this time of day. 
No Loon seen yet, but Caspian tern flew by uttering its sounds, a common 
merganser female just swam by doing little clucking sounds, Northern Roughed 
Winged Swallows careening around over the water, with their Barn cousins, while 
a Ring Billed Gull sits quietly on water way out. 

I can hear the great crested Flycatcher calling up in my yard, along with E. 
phoebe, E Wood Pewee, Tufted titmouse  a robin. 

I can also hear the faint sounds of water from several rain-swollen little 
streams flowing down into the lake. 
Lovely!
-Donna

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[cayugabirds-l] Hooded Warbler

2015-05-27 Thread Donna Scott
West of Lansing Station Rd. , Lansing, In wooded area by creek just south of 
#457. 
Heard clearly  finally got a couple good, quick looks at the male bird. 

It was funny, a Gray Catbird was nearby imitating the Hooded Warbler, altho it 
wasn't the best imitation!

Several American Redstarts all along the road, including an immature male 
singing in woods near the steep bare bank across another creek from dark brown 
house at #508 on east side of road.  

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[cayugabirds-l] Black Billed Cuckoo

2015-05-20 Thread Donna Scott
Heard 11:00 AM in woods opposite 535 Lansing Station Rd. , Lansing. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Wilsons Warbler

2015-05-17 Thread Donna Scott
At the end of a long, leisurely, mid day hike around a few trails at Sapsucker 
Woods at Cornell Lab of O , i walked down the power line cut from the 
Hoyt-Pileated Trail towards the Lab.

In the south thicket btw. a nest box on a metal post  the telephone pole w a 
larger nest box, I got several very good looks at a male WILSON'S WARBLER , a 
life bird for me! Finally it flew to a scraggly white pine on other side of 
walkway. (3:20 pm). 

Then as I approached Sapsucker Wds. Rd, I found a 2nd Wilson's Warbler male. (? 
The first one?) in the thickets near the Robert Slothower memorial stone 
opposite the second parking area towards the airport. 

Lots of other birds too!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Albino Purple Finch Correction

2015-05-02 Thread Donna Scott
Is there a requirement for albino birds to have pink eyes?
Animals that are white are considered albino only if they have pink eyes, I 
believe. The Seneca army depot white deer are not albinos because they have 
brown eyes and they are considered to  have just the recessive genes for color 
in Whitetail deer. 
Bill's bird has dark colored eyes. Or it looks like that in photos. 

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 Actually, I believe the term albino is more accurate for this bird. Albinism 
 refers to the lack of melanin pigments. True albinos can still contain 
 carotenoid-based pigments, such as the rosy wash on your bird.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Loons, Kingfishers

2015-04-25 Thread Donna Scott
At least 15 COMMON LOONS  2 BELTED KINGFISHERS seen in Cayuga Lake at 535 
Lansing Station Rd. Lansing. Also pair COMMON MERGANSERS who've been hanging 
around for awhile. 
Loons are calling in early morning  at night. Hooting a little during day. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Warblers, kinglet

2015-04-25 Thread Donna Scott
At Fuller Wetlands boardwalk overlook at Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Wilson 
trail):
Gorgeous YELLOW WARBLER, a few pretty YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS, a quiet NORTHERN 
WATERTHRUSH, RUBY CROWNED KINGLET w/ red crest clearly visible, SWAMP SPARROWS, 
ROBINS, RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS, C. GRACKLES. 

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[cayugabirds-l] sisk-invasion/Towhee song

2015-04-21 Thread Donna Scott
I have had 4 Pine Siskins at my feeders for weeks. 
Sunday I saw my FOY E. Towhee singing a variant song - he was not drinking 
your tea. Song rather like the last song (variant) in the audubon bird app. 

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 There are also many Siskins in Northeast Ithaca near Sapsucker Woods. There 
 was a group of 16 outside the main entrance and a flock of 30 at the Village 
 of Lansing Greenway.
 
 - Brad
 
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 Last week  we had 7 PINE SISKINS show up at our bird feeders in Trumansburg 
 Village.  On Sunday we counted around 2 dozen. This morning I made a careful 
 count of 70!
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow-headed Blackbird--YES

2015-04-13 Thread Donna Scott
This afternoon, Nice bin.   scope looks at YELLOW-HEADED  BLACKBIRD at feeder 
 on nearby fruit tree, from under Spruce trees at 1257 #1 Rd. Union Spring. 
also NO. FLICKER, female BLUEBIRD, CHIPPING SPARROW,  the RW Blackbirds, 
Grackles, House Sparrows,   MO DOs. 

Thanks Jay  Frank!

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 The male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was back at Frank Morlock's feeders this 
 morning at 1257 No. 1 Rd., Union Springs, just east of Wheeler/Davis Road. It 
 was sitting above the feeders singing, visited the feeders briefly, then just 
 flew south witha blackbird flock into the cornfields on the south side of the 
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[cayugabirds-l] Kinglets, waterfowl

2015-04-09 Thread Donna Scott
2 GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLETS flew back  forth btw spruce trees either side 
Lansing Station Rd. at #s 652-692. 
Also on lake, continued flocks of BUFFLEHEADS, C., RB  H  MERGANSERS, as well 
as pair HORNED GREBES 1 in breeding plumage. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Crane

2015-04-03 Thread Donna Scott
1 SANDHILL CRANE off McAllister rd, which is next road east of E. Venice rd. 
both run off NY Rt 90, east of Genoa, NY. 
Crane seen at least a mile north of Rt. 90, well behind a small white house w/ 
a green front door, west side of road,in still partly snowy corn stubble field. 
No mate seen. 2 CA Geese a few 100' away from crane. 

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[cayugabirds-l] OT: lake water levels

2015-04-02 Thread Donna Scott
Hi Carol  others

Every fall the Canal Corporation of the NYS Thruway Authority lowers Cayuga 
Lake 3 feet or so. 
This is to help control flooding in spring, ice damage to shore structures etc 
in winter (didn't work too well this winter tho, at least w some docks  
hoists!)

Each year spring melt water fills Cayuga Lake back up to summer level, 383.5' 
above sea level. 

Keuka lake flows into Seneca L. Which flows into Cayuga L. So Cayuga Lake gets 
a lot of water. Seneca L is lowered much less in winter, but is controlled by 
the small hydroelectric plant in Waterloo, not the Canal Corp. Another group 
controls Keuka Lake water levels. Not a good situation sometimes. 

Graphs of Cayuga  Seneca L levels thru the year can be seen at the NYS Canal 
Corp website. Sorry I don't have link handy. 
Donna

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On Apr 1, 2015, at 5:23 PM, Carol Keeler carolk...@adelphia.net wrote:

 I began quite early at Montezuma.  I saw Red Wings, C Geese, an immature Bald 
 Eagle, a couple of Great Blue Herons,  and a few muskrats.  I spotted a few 
 very distant swans.  
 
 From there I went to Union Springs.  Just a few ducks on Mill Pond- 
 Buffleheads and Redheads.  I did not find the Grebes.  To make a long story 
 short, I found very little anywhere I went.  The water was very low at Myers 
 and Stewart Park.  Is it usually like that?  The lake was still frozen, but 
 not the creek.
 
 I went to Alan Tremain Park to see the Red Throated Loon.  Success!  It was 
 in the marina like it was reported yesterday.  It's a life bird for me.  
 I swung by Farron Rd. to look for Snowy Owls.  I spotted two, way out in the 
 field as described yesterday.  
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese Sun. West Side of Lake

2015-03-30 Thread Donna Scott
About 1pm Sunday from east side of Cayuga L. I saw many 100s (1000s?)  SNOW 
GEESE near west shore, probably ones Sandy saw. 
At the same time well south of them I saw (scoped) two long skinny rowing boats 
moving north by west shore. 

Later, after doing work away from windows, I looked towards where Snow Geese 
had been  they were gone. Right where the geese had been resting was one of 
the long skinny (dragon?) boats w many rowers, who no doubt scared away the 
geese. 

Also saw 2 motor boats on lake, heading north yesterday. Fishing season opened 
I guess. Risky being out in boats w water being ~33• .

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On Mar 30, 2015, at 10:10 AM, Sandy Wold sandra.w...@gmail.com wrote:

 Yesterday, I took a friend up the west side of the lake and had the following 
 highlights.
 
 At Newman Golf Course
 --in the Inlet: about 6 Pintails
 --Redwing Blackbirds in the shrubs on the shore
 --6 GW Teal in the middle of the Golf Course among cattail/puddle (5 male, 
 one femal)
 --Great-horned owl sitting in her nest with a moving white fluffy round 
 object poking out
 (I think she is the one who hunts the sewer rats near my house in Fall Creek. 
  Yes, Fall Creek has rats.  Also, I found a wing and duck torso skeleton 
 nearby and wonder who at it.  I will post the picture on Facebook CBC.)
 
 Driving down the hill from Upper Taughannok, we saw a tremendous huge raft of 
 bobbing balls of white, which I guessed was Snow Geese, perhaps hundreds of 
 thousands of them spanning from somewhere between the salt mine to Sheldrake 
 Point.  So we estimated the line formation which was changing from blob to 
 line formation extending about 2/3 of the distance from the west side to the 
 east side of the lake.  We tried to get closer at Barton Camp but still could 
 not identify them.  By the time we got to Sheldrake, the mass was gone.  
 However, there was a smaller flotilla of about several thousand down one of 
 the beach roads (right after a red barn when heading north).  We got to 
 within 25 yards and could see about 10 Blue Geese (my first!).  After about 
 fifteen minutes and a few outbursts of gaggling, they all stated to drift 
 out to the middle of the lake, then they started to all face north EVERY ONE 
 OF THEM, then they formed a line and pushed into one another while all 
 reorienting themselves east, EVERY ONE of them facing east.  this orienting 
 took about four minutes and all of this was video taped.  Then it was as if 
 someone shot the start gun, and one by one in a flash, they all took flight 
 in the most orderly manner.  I was in awe and yelling out what I was 
 watching.  I could not believe it.  Has anyone ever seen this behavior 
 before?  Perhaps this is common, but I had no idea that there was this kind 
 of communication going on in the water.  I know they take turns in the air 
 with taking the lead, but this was remarkable.
 
 THEN, I noticed about 100 yards south, where an equally large flotilla of 
 CANADIAN GEESE
 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Wood Ducks

2015-03-30 Thread Donna Scott
WOOD DUCKS 3 males,  2 females on small pond south side Buck Rd, Lansing, ~1/2 
mile east of Van Ostrand rd., just past half-torn-down barn. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Pied-bill Grebe

2015-03-30 Thread Donna Scott
PIED-BILL GREBE in Town of Lansing marina, right now near SE side. 

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[cayugabirds-l] PB.Grebe Myers

2015-03-30 Thread Donna Scott
I meant to add Myers Park to post about Pied-bill Grebe. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhills in Genoa

2015-03-29 Thread Donna Scott
Continue at 6:15 pm in field south of intersection of E. Venice rd  Rt 90. 
Also 2 Wild Turkeys way back in field to south. 
For awhile Cranes were hidden behind a thicket of low sumac trees  a big snow 
bank  I couldn't see them. 

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On Mar 29, 2015, at 4:38 PM, Maryfaith Miller merrymilkm...@gmail.com wrote:

 Two Sandhill Cranes at E. Venice Rd and Rt 90.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins and Woodcock

2015-03-26 Thread Donna Scott
Cheery bird song here too. Plus I had to put up little fence around sprouting 
daffodils to keep dog off the shoots!!
That and airport Woodcock last night  the Snowy  Grt Horned Owls this week 
make me happy!
Donna

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 Running on East Hill Rec way this morning there were many, many Song Sparrows 
 and Robins singing in the lifting darkness.  And 3 or 4 Woodcocks peenting to 
 the north in the field near the Raptor Barn.
 
 Ahhh, my cheering up heart!
 
 Linda
 
 On Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 10:56 AM, Ann Mitchell annmitchel...@gmail.com 
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 There are six PINE SISKINS in my yard at this moment.
 
 Last night I got a text from Marshall Iliff, my next door neighbor, who was 
 listening to a WOODCOCK peenting in our back yard. Wow! What a great yard 
 bird! Thanks, Marshall!
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Great Horned Owl Golf Course

2015-03-24 Thread Donna Scott
Newman -Ithaca City golf cs. 
Good way to see nest w/o getting in way of traffic or driving on grass: turn 
off Willow, right onto Pier. Take immediate left onto dirt rd. 
Drive behind BROWN utility bldg and park facing small assortment of carts  
lawn grader, etc. 
look over long handle of orange rusty thing, up into trees to NW. 

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On Mar 24, 2015, at 12:34 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Which Golf Course?
  
 From: bounce-118975208-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
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 great views of Owl high up in tree
 Grounds keeper asks that you not park on grass
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl S of Aurora.

2015-03-23 Thread Donna Scott
SNOWY OWL Still there 5:40 PM south of driveway at mailbox #1979 on NY Rt 90, 
along with hunting NORTHERN HARRIERS.

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On Mar 23, 2015, at 4:01 PM, Tom atvaw...@gmail.com wrote:

 The snowy owl is still in the vicinity of Rt 90  Lake Rd., just S of Aurora. 
  50 m W of Rt 90, 200 m N of Lake Rd.  1600 hrs.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes

2015-03-22 Thread Donna Scott
I went on Gary's field trip yesterday. After the official tour ended, I went 
over to Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah to see if any Sandhill Crane's 
were there. The woman working the desk said 2 had been there that morning 
visible from visitor center. we chatted about that briefly then Susan Danskin 
phoned me to report the Sandhill crane on East Road by Knox Marsellus marsh. 

When I first went there no luck as expected since she said it had flown away. I 
drove around areas to the west looking for it. Later ended up back on East road 
2 times. 
The 2nd time, I clearly saw 2 SANDHILL CRANES flying over the woods behind the 
little airport there!!
Did not re-find them during a little more driving around the block to Rt. 89 
etc. 

Our bird trip experienced all sorts of challenging weather from sleet and 
blowing snow, cold winds, then mist, then pouring rain!
But as I drove home from MNWR the sky cleared to lovely blue and the sun came 
out!
Great ending to a great trip. 
Thanks, Gary!

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[cayugabirds-l] Geese

2015-03-16 Thread Donna Scott
Vee after vee passing overhead by Cayuga lake !! Mostly Canadas w/ a few Snows 
!! 54•. Yay!

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[cayugabirds-l] Dead waterfowl/ice breakup

2015-03-15 Thread Donna Scott
I too have seen several corpses of waterfowl here, including a pure white 
tundra swan a few beaches north of mine on Lansing Station Rd. 
3 days ago masses of broken ice from north of my previously open water area 
were blown in by the wind and piled up noisily on shore  on any beach 
structure near the winter water line (3' below summer level). 
It did a lot of damage to some docks  boat hoists. 

2 days ago when wind switched  came from south it brought with it huge pieces 
of ice from between here  Myers to the south. 
I watched up  down from RR track as it formed big piles on any obstacle making 
quite an interesting racket all the while. Crashes and tinkles and bangs. 
Ice piles pushed by the ever advancing ice sheet moved rocks 2 feet in diameter 
into shore! Lost beach furniture seen in the flow. 

Ducks in the open water spots had to quickly take flight sometimes as ice 
advanced towards them. 

Then by yesterday warm temps caused much of this ice to melt  things were 
calmer. I hope there is something besides Zebra Mussels for the ducks, etc to 
eat, altho I suppose some eat them. 

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On Mar 15, 2015, at 10:33 AM, bob mcguire bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com wrote:
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 BYW, I just returned from Myers where the ice is really breaking up in the 
 face of a stiff north wind. There are dozens of waterfowl carcasses on the 
 ice along the shore. And the Aythyas (Redheads, scaup, etc) are diving right 
 at the ice edge (as it melts back). It seems that they are swimming in under 
 the ice to pluck vegetation from the bottom that has not been accessible 
 until now.
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Junco or Chipping Sparrow?

2015-03-10 Thread Donna Scott
No, Scott, I did not see the bird  it sure sounded like a Chipping Sparrow, 
but  you are right about the woods!
I will keep eyes peeled to see what it is. 
Thx, Donna
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 Hi Donna,
 
 Did you manage to get a look at the bird? Other than the odd wintering bird 
 at a feeder, the average arrival date for Chipping Sparrow in the basin is 
 usually in the last week of March. Dark-eyed Juncos are certainly starting to 
 get very vocal this time of year, and I can recall plenty of singing juncos 
 that I've mistaken for a Chipping Sparrow (or Pine Warbler). The fact that 
 you mentioned the song coming from the woods also would seem to suggest 
 junco rather than Chipping Sparrow. 
 
 Best,
 Scott
 
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 Heard distinctly in my woods on Lansing Station Rd., Lansing.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Chipping Sparrow

2015-03-10 Thread Donna Scott
Heard distinctly in my woods on Lansing Station Rd., Lansing. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Ice retreating

2015-03-08 Thread Donna Scott
Up till yesterday (3/7) with the freezing temps. the miles-long ice sheet in 
front of my house at Lansing Station Rd. had increased in size since I reported 
its extent on Thurs 3/5. 
With today's temps in mid 30s the ice sheet has melted back about 100' along 
the shore here and about 150' out in the middle. Ice is much thicker by shore  
also by beaches like mine with a solid crib dock, ice is piled up in big heaps 
against the beach  structures. Some pieces of ice look to be 4 thick. 

The waterfowl (Aythyas, C , H,  R Mergs, Tundra Swans, Mallards, Black Ducks, 
CA Geese,  gulls) have been following the retreating ice edges all day  I 
hope they are finding more to eat. 

An immature BALD EAGLE sat in a tree watching them for awhile, but it was being 
closely harassed by 4 of my 6 A. CROWS  flew north. 
I had hoped the eagle would drop down to the floating ice chunks at the ice 
edge to get one of the 7 dead birds I saw floating there  get an easy meal. 

Yesterday I also saw a dead duck on the ice at the Lans. Town marina at Myers 
Park. (There was a large area of open water surrounded by ice offshore by 
Myers). i have also encountered several ducks in various roads near the lake. 
They fly away weakly as I drive carefully around them. 
These weather/ice conditions have been hard on the wildlife. 

Looking north, it appears that a big area of liquid water has opened up around 
the Power Plant since I saw most of it frozen over on Thursday. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Fish Crow smarts

2015-03-08 Thread Donna Scott
Years ago I joined my parents at their favorite hotel on Sanibel Island near 
Fort Myers Florida. One day my father and I were walking through the parking 
lot below the second floor balcony where there was a maid's room-cleaning cart 
next to the railing. 
All of a sudden coffee stirrers, sugar packets, and creamer packets rained down 
on our heads!
We looked up to see a Fish Crow on the cart raiding the rooms' coffee supplies! 
it was helping itself to the sugar and flinging the other stuff over the 
railing!

Another day I was sitting on my lounge chair out on the beach and a person a 
few feet away had left their beach supplies and snacks on the sand by their 
lounge chair while they took a walk. 
One item was one of those brick pack boxes of juice with the little straw that 
you punch through the small round aluminum hole to get the juice. 

a Fish Crow flew down  stood by the box  pecked the small aluminum round spot 
until it broke. F. Crow tipped the box over so the juice started to run out and 
it stuck its beak there to drink the juice!

Crows love our fast food nation!

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On Mar 8, 2015, at 11:50 PM, job121...@verizon.net wrote:

 Most interesting to watch as 3 crows kept trying to get a bag containing 
 French fries 
  other food items from the small trash bin at the front entrance to Wendy's 
 today. 
 Each would grab the bag  try to pull it from the partially enclosed bin. 
 Occasionally 
 one would shake loose a French fry  leave with it. Finally, after about 10 
 min. one 
 managed to sit precariously on the bin lip edge with its head  under the 
 cover  got 
 a good grip on the bag  succeeded in pulling it out onto the ground. 
 Whooppee!! 
 Lots of food came tumbling out  the 3 crows were joined by several others 
 who 
 quickly grabbed the treats  flew away  and I didn't have a camera!!! 
 
 I am often amazed at the cunning  intelligence of crows. Our 7 check out 
 my garden compost
 every day, several times a day  also look under the feeders for dropped 
 seed. No matter how 
 careful I am to try to stay hidden in the house while trying to observe them, 
 the sentinel must see 
 me  off they go. Now if only the squirrels were as observant  would leave!
 
 Several yrs. ago I was in front of the old P  C store in Auburn when I heard 
 the very loud  
 persistent call of a gull. I saw none anywhere around.  NONE!  I happened 
 to glance to the roof 
 of the P  C  there was a crow, mimicking a gull. Next I heard a phone 
 ringing  ringing but no 
 one was in the parking lot. NO ONE!  I glanced up at the crow  saw he was 
 making the noise. 
 Since no other store where he sat on the roof was open, I came to the 
 conclusion he was 
 mimicking the ringing phone in the Sakura restaurant which he could hear but 
 I couldn't. Has 
 anyone else had such an experience?? It left me thrilled  amazed.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagles

2015-03-08 Thread Donna Scott
...Did later show up to grab one of the dead birds in the ice-chunk/water edge 
of the big ice sheet here at Lans. Stat. Rd. 

An adult BALD EAGLE swooped around to check out the floating body, then grabbed 
it on the third pass. It flew back south a short way  landed on the ice where 
it started picking at the carcass. 

By the time I grabbed my scope  got to back deck  re-found the eagle, it was 
standing near the carcass while an immature eagle stood on carcass pulling it 
apart  eating pieces of it. The adult now  then would eat a little meat that 
got flung onto ice. 

After watching this for awhile,  Wanting to try determining approx. age of 
immature I ran in house for bird book. By the time I did that  1 other 
unnecessary chore  got back to scope, the adult eagle had disappeared and 2 
immatures were at the carcass, most of which seemed gone (they were at least 
half a mile from me). 

Looking at both Sibley's field guide  Crossley's raptor ID Guide, i would say 
the immatures were 2nd year birds. 

They had dull-whitish feathers on top of heads and in sort of a wedge down the 
back of their necks. Had brown on sides of faces and some white streaks on 
their backs. I did not note how chests/belly looked, but maybe they were 
lightly streaked. 
I do not think they had the lighter eyes and light sides of faces that pix of 
3-years show. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Aythyas, swans circles

2015-02-10 Thread Donna Scott
Just seen on lake: 8 elegant TUNDRA SWANS gliding by a small (250?) raft of 
mostly REDHEADS with a few SCAUP sp.  RING-NECKED DUCKS  some HERRING GULLS. 
all of a sudden the whole raft flew north. 

It reminded me that when the larger Aythya rafts were here a month ago, from 
the railroad track above the lake I could see the raft swim into a large, 
almost perfect circle around each mooring ball they swam by. 

Mooring balls, which are plentiful here, are attached to an under water chain 
that is attached to a heavy weight on the bottom of the lake. 
It was interesting to see the raft form the wide circle around each ball as if 
it was an object to be avoided. 
(My interpretation). 

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[cayugabirds-l] Crows Mallards

2015-01-31 Thread Donna Scott
Britt Rd, off Blackrock rd. , north of Ledyard Rd. corn stubble field full of 
many A CROWS  MALLARDS. 100s. Flying  Hanging out together. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Lapland Longspur/ Pheasant

2015-01-31 Thread Donna Scott
LAPLAND LONGSPUR continues NW of Dixon  Ledyard Rds. 
West of NY Rt 34B. 
Was difficult to locate among the many HORNED LARKS  lesser #s of SNOW 
BUNTINGS. I finally saw it: it came onto road w a few H LARKS  I got a great 
look in scope for about 2 minutes, then they flew into the field again. 

Also, RING NECKED PHEASANT male digging in snow in wheat stubble on Dixon Rd 
north of Ledyard Rd. near abandoned large old house way back from road.
 This is 2nd Pheasant i have seen in this area  the other (female) was also 
near an abandoned house, on Rafferty Rd.  Houses both w windows gone. Wonder if 
they go inside for shelter? They are probably pheasants that have been released 
for hunting  

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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2015-01-30 Thread Donna Scott
At least 3 PINE SISKINS here at my snowy feeders. FOY. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Redpoll !

2015-01-30 Thread Donna Scott
 a COMMON REDPOLL chasing GOLDFINCHES away from nyjer seed!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Aythya winter diet in Cayuga - what are they eating?

2015-01-25 Thread Donna Scott
I can observe the rafts of Aythyas in the lake here by Lansing Station Rd. from 
the railroad track  cliff top areas overlooking the water. I am 18-20 feet 
above them and that seems not to disturb them so they stay fairly close to 
shore. 
Where they often dive the water is about 9-13 feet deep this time of year. (The 
NYS Canal Corporation lowers Cayuga lake about 3 feet in winter).
The water a fair ways out from shore down by Stewart Park in summer is only 12 
feet deep. 

I can see the birds here surface with pieces of plant material in their bills. 
Once while attempting to watch the Tufted Duck Sunday, i saw another duck with 
a lumpy thing in its beak, probably a mussel or little crayfish. 

Due to over a decade of Zebra mussel growth in the lake, the water has become 
quite clear. This allows a lot of weed growth, so presumably this provides a 
lot of food for the ducks. 
In summer my friend who lives on the south shallow end of the lake has massive 
amounts of lake weeds to contend with. 
Here weeds grow almost to the surface by August at depths of 4 to 12 feet. 
If they eat Zebra Mussels there are zillions of those in the shallow zones 4-12 
feet deep.  

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On Jan 25, 2015, at 8:47 PM, Benjamin Freeman bg...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Hello all,
 
 Alexa and I had the good fortune to watch the Tufted Duck for an hour or so 
 on Saturday morning. It was diving actively the entire time, which made it 
 tough to find (and difficult to show to others in the scope). Which got me 
 thinking: What are the various Aythya eating? The Tufted Duck was clearly 
 associating with scaup on Saturday that were actively feeding. Also present 
 were several big flocks of Redhead (all loafing around), and a decently big 
 group of Canvasback (also loafing). 
 
 A quick search informs me that Aythya eat gastropods, mussels and aquatic 
 vegetation among other things, and that the relative proportion of animal 
 food in their diet varies seasonally.
 
 Does anyone know what they are eating in Cayuga in winter? Must be a fair bit 
 of food to support so many birds for several months...
 
 Do different species of Aythya eat different things?
 
 Can you tell when Aythya are eating gastropods/molluscs/animal food vs plants 
 based on their diving behavior?
 
 Looking forward to learning what these ducks are up to,
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Red heads NW Lansing

2015-01-19 Thread Donna Scott
Sizable raft of mostly Red Heads at Biil George rd, just north of intersxn w 
Sweazey Rd ( seasonal rd. sedans should approach via Lansing Station rd). Off 
ny rt. 34B. 
They are swimming north towards Lans Stat. Rd. i saw one duck w definite quite 
white side, but could not see back well due to bushes. I have to leave so can't 
run after them. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] R N Pheasant

2015-01-18 Thread Donna Scott
Oops - I meant the abandoned house on Rafferty rd where I saw pheasant is WEST 
of Rt. 34-B. 

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On Jan 18, 2015, at 5:02 PM, Donna Scott dls...@me.com wrote:

 Female RING-NECKED PHEASANT pecking at side of road in front of abandoned 
 house on Rafferty Rd. south of Rt. 34-B (no. of King Ferry). 
 Has now flown across to back of a hay field to north. 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] R N Pheasant

2015-01-18 Thread Donna Scott
Female RING-NECKED PHEASANT pecking at side of road in front of abandoned house 
on Rafferty Rd. south of Rt. 34-B (no. of King Ferry). 
Has now flown across to back of a hay field to north. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Goshawk not there Thursday

2015-01-16 Thread Donna Scott
I seem to have inadvertently started off all the discussion of possible Goshawk 
disturbance by simply inquiring as to where Foster pond is! (I am not that 
familiar w the FL National Forest).

After Josh S. kindly answered me on this bird list with a message similar to 
messages many of us have seen here a lot, with directions to where Foster Pond 
is  the general area where he saw a N. Goshawk, Becky H.  I took a ride over 
to the forest and walked in that area. 

No Goshawk seen after lots of looking. 

 but we had a nice wintry hike  saw a gorgeous sunset over Seneca Lake. Saw 
more domestic mammals traveling there, than birds!

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On Jan 16, 2015, at 3:30 PM, Scott Haber scotthab...@gmail.com wrote:

 John C.,
 
 I'm still trying to figure out how we know Goshawks to be adverse to human 
 disturbance. Anecdotal evidence is nice, as is your research on Golden-winged 
 Warblers, but actual cited research on Northern Goshawks reports the 
 following:
 
 Disturbances associated with research are usually of short duration, 
 apparently having little impact on nesting birds. Viewing nests for short 
 periods after young have hatched does not cause desertion. Trapping adults 
 during nesting for banding or attaching transmitters apparently does not 
 cause abandonment. The percentage of nesting pairs with radios that 
 successfully raised young (83%, n = 8, 1988–1989) was similar to those 
 without radios (82%, n = 10, 1987–1990; Austin 1993). Timbering activities 
 near nests can cause failure, especially during incubation (Anonymous 1989, 
 Boal and Mannan 1994). Logging activities, such as loading and skidding, 
 within 50–100 m of nest can cause abandonment, even with 20-d-old nestlings 
 present (JRS). However, see Zirrer (1947) for descriptions of repeated 
 renesting attempts despite extreme disturbance.
 
 My takeaway from that is that unless someone starts logging/timbering at 
 Foster Pond, I think Josh's goshawk will be fine, even if a few folks decide 
 to go take a look for it. This is not a situation comparable to something 
 like a roosting owl's location being posted, since there's no evidence at all 
 that the goshawk will even remain at this exact location any longer than the 
 single day on which Josh observed it. According to more research cited in the 
 BNA account, the earliest-ever recorded date of this species being paired up 
 and on territory is late February, and mid-March to early April is much more 
 common.
 
 Exercising caution for the sake of leaving rare or poorly-known birds 
 undisturbed is one thing, but I think it's also worth not immediately rushing 
 to chastise and scold new contributors for their sightings, without any 
 legitimate evidence that their reports will have any negative impact on said 
 birds.
 
 -Scott
 
 On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 2:54 PM, John Confer con...@ithaca.edu wrote:
 I'm just suggesting that an overdoes of caution for the sake of a
 species that is known to be adverse to human disturbance is worth
 considering. The evidence for goshawk nest abandonment that I know about
 is limited but real.  I doubt that at this time of year that there would
 be any impact on reproductive success, but a visit in ~April-May might
 have an impact.
 
 40 years ago Dorothy McIlroy described to me one goshawk nest that was
 abandoned while the birds were on eggs and 30 years ago John Snelling, a
 former grad student of Tom Cade, with a strong interest in raptors, also
 described such an instance. John Gregoire, below, added another
 instance(s). This doesn't approach the sample size for a publication.
 There is data for golden-wings that the number fledged per nest is lower
 for renests, but that comes from pooling nearly a dozen major studies of
 GWWA reproductive success, including a half-dozen PhDs, and is
 detectable only with a sample size of on the order of 500 nests. This
 won't happen for goshawk. So what we have is anecdotal.
 
 Since my information on goshawk is old and very personal and not
 generally known among the public,  I wanted to make the gentle
 suggestion that for birds swuch as ravens and goshawk or similar birds
 with individual pairs that can be adversely affected by human presence
 that the location of (potential) territories and/or nests is probably
 not a good thing to share. It is interesting that within a species there
 may be pairs that are acclimated to human presence and pairs that don';t
 often contact humans and may over-react' to human intrusion. This the
 consequence of visiting a nest or entering a territory is unpredictable.
 
 Cheers,
 
 John
 
 On 1/16/2015 2:17 PM, Anne Clark wrote:
  Hopefully this is not taking this outside the interest of many on the list 
  but:
 
  I am curious to know the evidence on reduced nesting success in goshawks, 
  in part because it is really important to know what such evidence would 
  look like.  John, can you direct those of us who might want to follow up

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northern Goshawk Fingerlakes National Forest, Schuyler Co.

2015-01-15 Thread Donna Scott
Where is Foster Pond, please?

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On Jan 14, 2015, at 6:19 PM, Joshua Snodgrass cedarsh...@gmail.com wrote:

 I went birding at Foster Pond this afternoon, because high twenties feels 
 like spring compared to the last few days. Past the frozen pond and down 
 Backbone trail I ventured into the brushy field to get a better look at some 
 waxwings when I flushed a Northern Goshawk from low cover. Life Bird! She 
 (I'm guessing based on the size) perched in a small tree and posed for a long 
 time. Excellent views. Adult with a bright eyestripe. I took pictures until 
 my hands and toes went numb. She never flew away. As I was returning to the 
 trail two Common Ravens flew over calling. Awesome Day!
 Photos: 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/123875591@N03/16096262487/in/photostream/
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/123875591@N03/15662257883/in/photostream/
 
 Sorry I didn't post earlier, but I have a dumb phone.
 Good birding!
 Josh
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[cayugabirds-l] Wild turkeys

2015-01-14 Thread Donna Scott
~116  (!) WILD TURKEYS in fields around/behind red-roofed barn w silo, Algerine 
Rd. Lansing, west towards lake of intersection w Ludlow Rd. 
just before mailbox #215. 
Algerine runs off NY RT 34B ~6 miles north of stoplight in So. Lansing. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Friday Harriers, Bluebirds, Algonquin

2015-01-10 Thread Donna Scott
While driving back to Lansing from Canada/Rochester yesterday/Friday, I saw
a graceful male NORTHERN HARRIER on Rt. 90, south of Cayuga, opposite the
Gorwydd housing development on lake.

 

Then on Long Pt. Rd., near south curve near lakefront, I saw at least 5 E.
BLUEBIRDS. Saw 4 males at one time, plus 1 female. May have been more
females but didn't see all at once. They were feeding down in long
grass/weeds and flying back up into nearby trees. Got some lousy photos.
Also JUNCOS at roadside eating grit/salt.

 

Driving East up the hill towards the Long Point winery, I spotted at least 3
NORTHERN HARRIERS, 2 females, 1 male. The male and the nearby female seemed
to be interacting with each other. This was about 12:30 PM.

 

Then back on Rt. 90 heading south, in field across from Aurora Shoe Co., I
spotted a largish brown bird on ground, so turned around and parked in shoe
co. driveway. It was a female NORTHERN HARRIER eating a dark rodent! Got
some lousy photos of her, including her taking flight and flying north.
Since this area is close to Long Pt. Rd. and the winery fields, I suppose
this one could have been one of the females I saw there, but not sure.

 

Things were quiet, snowy, and VERY COLD ( - 18 dgrs F ) in Algonquin
Provincial Park, Ontario, this past week, but sister Lynn and I did see
charming GRAY JAYS and at least one BOREAL CHICKADEE (at Spruce Bog
feeders), as well as 6-8 COMMON REDPOLLS, 1 HOARY REDPOLL, and several
RAVENS, along with BC CHICKADEES, BLUE JAYS, HAIRY  DOWNY WOODPECKERS and
WHITE-  RED- BREASTED NUTHATCHES. Also a RUFFED GROUSE by the Visitor
Center feeders.

Up there we do NOT see Tufted Titmouse or No. Cardinal.

 

Driving to and from Canada thru a couple veritable blizzards was
challenging. 2/3 of the trip is spent driving around Lake Ontario, hence a
lot of lake effect snow and white outs! Algonquin Prov. Park is straight
north from Rochester (Fairport), where Lynn lives. We always regret we can't
fly the car across the Great Lake there and save a lot of time!

 

Donna

 

Donna L. Scott

Lansing Station Road

Lansing, NY 14882

d...@cornell.edu mailto:d...@cornell.edu 

 


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[cayugabirds-l] Wild Turkeys

2014-12-31 Thread Donna Scott
About 62 WILD TURKEYS in a field north of red roofed barn on Algerine rd, west 
of intersection with Ludlow Road!
Barn says  Morrow Creek Farm up under gable end. Lansing. 
Turkeys now on other side of hedge row in second field at back of field 
bordering road. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Christmas Bird Count week: Horned Larks

2014-12-30 Thread Donna Scott
The  saturday We all saw 3-5 SE Owls at Buck  Scofield rds, I saw horned larks 
on the part of Buck just inside section 9. I will go look for them again when 
the sun comes up. (After owling). 

Saw 40-50 of what I think were swans flying south over Lans Station rd near 
dusk tonight. No binocs  i am 
Not good on their calls, so don't know if tundra or trumpeter. I ruled out 
Sandhill Cranes on basis of voice on my iPhone. 

Donna

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On Dec 30, 2014, at 8:13 PM, Marie P. Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Well, hopefully people will see this species on the actual count January 1st, 
 but I wanted to go on record that I saw 5 Horned Larks on Mt Pleasant Road 
 this evening (Tuesday Dec 30). But not much else up there...:-(
 
 Marie
 
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
 Phone  607-539-6608
 e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
 
 http://www.marieread.com
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2014-12-22 Thread Donna Scott
A few 1000s of SNOW GEESE flying in neat Vees from south east to north west  
over Lansing Station Rd , Lansing  Cayuga Lake. 10 min. ago

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[cayugabirds-l] Wild turkeys

2014-12-22 Thread Donna Scott
36 WILD TURKEYS Asbury Rd Lansing, between Collins  Scofield Rds. In large, 
open field south side of Asbury road.  

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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Salt rd. Groton

2014-12-21 Thread Donna Scott
Nearer Rt 222 than to rt 90. 
Just as Gary Kohl. left after viewing SNOWY OWL from his car, I heard RAVENS 
approaching!
2 croaked constantly as they flew low over the Snowy Owl a few times. Snowy 
stayed put, but craned its head around watching Ravens, who have now left.  
Now owl has flown to a fence post south of field where it sat for a long time. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Salt rd. Groton

2014-12-21 Thread Donna Scott
By blue house across from Teet  Sons Scrap metal. Bob M said it is house # 
955. These are numbers in Town of Groton. House #s coming to here from Rt 90 
descended from 380s to 100s before I passed into north end of Groton. 
Owl is on fence post east side of rd just north of blue house. Fence is in line 
w tall Spruce Trees. 
Sorry didn't note cross roads names. 

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On Dec 21, 2014, at 2:22 PM, Kelly Lee Smith kl...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Between which intersections? I live on Clark St Ext just off Salt Rd  will 
 go look for it...
 
 
 From: bounce-118647338-7189...@list.cornell.edu 
 bounce-118647338-7189...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of Donna Scott 
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 Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2014 2:19 PM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Salt rd. Groton
 
 Nearer Rt 222 than to rt 90.
 Just as Gary Kohl. left after viewing SNOWY OWL from his car, I heard RAVENS 
 approaching!
 2 croaked constantly as they flew low over the Snowy Owl a few times. Snowy 
 stayed put, but craned its head around watching Ravens, who have now left.
 Now owl has flown to a fence post south of field where it sat for a long time.
 
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Un Sprgs Mill Pond, Scout Project

2014-12-19 Thread Donna Scott
This is great news, Fritzie.

 

Now it is up to us to come up with a do-able plan to help the Boy Scout with
a different project. Those interested could meet in one of the eateries in
U. Springs and work on this.

 

2 thoughts:

1-  Is there another area in the Village, not by the pond, that could
use some kind of project that we could help the young man plan and
implement?

2-  Besides a modest sign and kiosk about birds  history  the nature
of the springs themselves at the Mill Pond area, what about having the Boy
Scout help put in MORE plants, native plants appropriate for the habitat
there, around the edges of the pond to extend the bushes that now exist on
the north and south sides?

Instead of cutting things down, plant more bushes! Dan Segal of Plantsmen
and perhaps Sharon Anderson at Tompkins CCE could advise on the appropriate
plants.

 

Donna Scott

 

From: bounce-118641596-15001...@list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-118641596-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of John and
Fritzie Blizzard
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:38 PM
To: CayugaBirds-L@Cornell.e
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Union Springs Mill Pond, Scout Project

 

Birding friends,

Below is an e-mail from the mother of the Scout about whom I wrote that
wanted to make a path along the south side of Mill Pond.  I have sent her
copies of e-mails I've received. Today I sent her the last of the many I've
received over the last few weeks  this is her reply. Now you must step in 
try to help him. At 81, with an 84 yr.old husband not in the best of health,
I can't do more to lead this project but I'll try to be the go-between, if
necessary. I have deliberately not revealed ANY e-addresses so as to protect
everyone. 

I am proud of all of you who took time  effort to write to me, the mayor 
village trustees. Kathy has said she  her son are open to suggestions OR to
abandoning the proposal all together. Dave Nutter has offered to help, busy
as he is. I will try to talk to Kathy soon but perhaps not 'til after after
Christmas. In the meantime, put on your thinking caps  if you are visiting
Union Springs, look at the pond surroundings near the street  try to
picture what might be a project the lad could do. He also will need to be
looking at things in a different light with time to plan  present findings
to the village board.

Thanks to you all for your input. May you all have a very merry, birdy
Christmas.

Fritzie Blizzard ( no, I didn't order snow for Christmas!)   ;)



Date: 

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:21:12 -0500


From: 

Kathleen Aguilar 





Hi Fritzie,


 I have been receiving your emails and reading all the notes written by your
fellow bird enthusiasts. I appreciate their graciousness in acknowledging my
son's good intentions. I totally understand their worries about a path
around the pond and how it might negatively affect the bird life on the Mill
Pond. 

I was hoping maybe we could meet the next time you have a meeting and we
could talk.

Several letters had suggestions of some projects that would support bird
watching on the Mill pond (blinds, kiosk...) We are VERY open to suggestions
to adjust our original proposal (or even abandon it altogether). 

It seems like maybe we could combine my son's enthusiasm to do a service
project for his hometown with the birding community's knowledge to produce
something that would enhance the bird life on the pond and the community as
well. With the Village Board's blessing, maybe we could design something new
that accomplished both goals.  :)

Kathy



 

 

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Un Sprgs Mill Pond, Scout Project

2014-12-19 Thread Donna Scott
Of course, Steve Kress could advise on bird friendly plants for that shady, 
pond-side situation, too. I have his Audubon book on plantings for birds.

Maybe Bill Hecht’s daffies and Lily of Valley by the gazebo itself. The bird 
friendly plants nearer the pond.

 

Donna

 

From: william hecht [mailto:wshech...@gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2014 11:43 AM
To: Asher Hockett
Cc: Donna Scott; John and Fritzie Blizzard; CayugaBirds-L@Cornell.e
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Un Sprgs Mill Pond, Scout Project

 

GREAT IDEA to do plantings !!!

I would be glad to contribute a few disease resistant elm trees and years ago 
my father and I dug up lily of the valley and daffodils that were on that site. 
 These could be replanted.

 

On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM, Asher Hockett veery...@gmail.com 
mailto:veery...@gmail.com  wrote:

I really like idea #2. Planting bird-friendly native plants would be the 
perfect way to upgrade the birding opportunities to be found there.

 

On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM, Donna Scott d...@cornell.edu 
mailto:d...@cornell.edu  wrote:

This is great news, Fritzie.

 

Now it is up to us to come up with a do-able plan to help the Boy Scout with a 
different project. Those interested could meet in one of the eateries in U. 
Springs and work on this.

 

2 thoughts:

1-  Is there another area in the Village, not by the pond, that could use 
some kind of project that we could help the young man plan and implement?

2-  Besides a modest sign and kiosk about birds  history  the nature of 
the springs themselves at the Mill Pond area, what about having the Boy Scout 
help put in MORE plants, native plants appropriate for the habitat there, 
around the edges of the pond to extend the bushes that now exist on the north 
and south sides?

Instead of cutting things down, plant more bushes! Dan Segal of Plantsmen and 
perhaps Sharon Anderson at Tompkins CCE could advise on the appropriate plants.

 

Donna Scott

 

From: bounce-118641596-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
mailto:bounce-118641596-15001...@list.cornell.edu  
[mailto:bounce-118641596-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
mailto:bounce-118641596-15001...@list.cornell.edu ] On Behalf Of John and 
Fritzie Blizzard
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:38 PM
To: CayugaBirds-L@Cornell.e mailto:CayugaBirds-L@Cornell.e 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Union Springs Mill Pond, Scout Project

 

Birding friends,

Below is an e-mail from the mother of the Scout about whom I wrote that wanted 
to make a path along the south side of Mill Pond.  I have sent her copies of 
e-mails I've received. Today I sent her the last of the many I've received over 
the last few weeks  this is her reply. Now you must step in  try to help him. 
At 81, with an 84 yr.old husband not in the best of health, I can't do more to 
lead this project but I'll try to be the go-between, if necessary. I have 
deliberately not revealed ANY e-addresses so as to protect everyone. 

I am proud of all of you who took time  effort to write to me, the mayor  
village trustees. Kathy has said she  her son are open to suggestions OR to 
abandoning the proposal all together. Dave Nutter has offered to help, busy as 
he is. I will try to talk to Kathy soon but perhaps not 'til after after 
Christmas. In the meantime, put on your thinking caps  if you are visiting 
Union Springs, look at the pond surroundings near the street  try to picture 
what might be a project the lad could do. He also will need to be looking at 
things in a different light with time to plan  present findings to the village 
board.

Thanks to you all for your input. May you all have a very merry, birdy 
Christmas.

Fritzie Blizzard ( no, I didn't order snow for Christmas!)   ;)



Date: 

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:21:12 -0500


From: 

Kathleen Aguilar 





Hi Fritzie,


 I have been receiving your emails and reading all the notes written by your 
fellow bird enthusiasts. I appreciate their graciousness in acknowledging my 
son's good intentions. I totally understand their worries about a path around 
the pond and how it might negatively affect the bird life on the Mill Pond. 

I was hoping maybe we could meet the next time you have a meeting and we could 
talk.

Several letters had suggestions of some projects that would support bird 
watching on the Mill pond (blinds, kiosk...) We are VERY open to suggestions to 
adjust our original proposal (or even abandon it altogether). 

It seems like maybe we could combine my son's enthusiasm to do a service 
project for his hometown with the birding community's knowledge to produce 
something that would enhance the bird life on the pond and the community as 
well. With the Village Board's blessing, maybe we could design something new 
that accomplished both goals.  :)

Kathy

 

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Long Pt winery Short-eared Owl

2014-12-14 Thread Donna Scott
I saw 1 SHORT EARED OWL just as I pulled into parking lot at ~4:30. It flew 
across meadow from northeast  perched on the birdhouse in winery yard. Stayed 
several minutes turning its head left  right. I Got great looks.  Finally flew 
off hunting in fields west of winery, towards lake. 

 Earlier I was looking for SE Owls over on Indian Field Rd. none seen, but did 
see several small flocks of HORNED LARKS. Later driving down Poplar Ridge Rd 
outside Aurora, I saw a large, handsome RED TAILED HAWK flying from tree to 
tree over. some corn fields. 

Sent from my iPhone
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On Dec 14, 2014, at 3:45 PM, ksmit...@twcny.rr.com wrote:

 Greetings,
 
 
 
 There was a single Short-eared Owl at the corner of Buck and Scofield Rd, 
 just south of the Christmas tree farm at about 3:15. It crossed Scofield 
 directly in front of us and landed in the small stand of Sumac near the 
 intersection. Also had a mixed flock of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks 
 farther west on Buck Road, and a flock of several hundred Snow Geese flying 
 south.
 
 
 
 Ken Smith
 
 The hills of Groton
 
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Raven inquiry

2014-12-12 Thread Donna Scott
Kevin,

thanks for the photos comparing size of Raven with Red Tailed Hawk.  The photos 
in that same album of the LeConte’s Sparrow are wonderful! What a beautiful 
bird; the feathers on the back are striking.

Donna Scott

 

From: bounce-118619611-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-118619611-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Kevin J. 
McGowan
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 9:17 AM
To: Linda Orkin; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Raven inquiry

 

Ravens can be bigger than Red-tailed Hawks.  See 
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/YXdbztCICccQudIkBI868dMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink.

 

Best,

 

Kevin

 

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mailto:bounce-118619359-3493...@list.cornell.edu  
[mailto:bounce-118619359-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Linda Orkin
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 8:19 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] Raven inquiry

 

 

 

Clara, I also wondered how detailed you wanted Raven stories to be.  I often 
take my dog walking in the woods up by the overlooks at Taughannock and Ravens 
nest in that gorge. One of my delights is hearing them calling to each other as 
they fly along the river.  One day one was stationary in a tree and doing many 
different calls, all Raven sounding but with the variability of crows with lots 
of vocalizations. Another time I was walking along the edge and a Raven flew 
below me and I realized how huge they are.  According to some numbers I have 
read they are close to a Red-tailed Hawk size.  And then another day I was 
driving back down rt 89 and an crow was in furious pursuit of a Raven (they 
will mob and chase them the same way they do hawks) and they were both kind of 
flying diving straight at  me and the contrast in size and power was so 
evident.  The Crow was about half the size and looked puny.  When you hear them 
in the sky you immediately seize on that as a magic moment.  

Nice talking to you this morning.

Linda

 

On Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 7:47 PM, Clara MacCarald cmm...@gmail.com 
mailto:cmm...@gmail.com  wrote:

Hi all,

I'm looking for raven stories for an article in the Finger Lakes Community 
Newspapers. I had a nice conversation with Kevin McGowan about the local 
population, but I'd like to include some anecdotes from other birders. If you'd 
like to tell me about ravens, please contact me off list.

Any help is appreciated. Even if you only ever see crows and hear ravens, that 
would be interesting. Or if you found Kevin's video, Caw vs. Croak, helpful.

Thanks in advance,
Clara MacCarald

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[cayugabirds-l] Marie's Pine Siskin

2014-12-11 Thread Donna Scott
I continue to see one PINE SISKIN , in with all the GOLDFINCHES, as well. 

Sent from my iPhone
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On Dec 11, 2014, at 8:24 AM, Marie P. Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Still around...but just one. He/she's a feisty little and so-and-so, though, 
 trying to keep all the other birds off the feeder!
 
 Marie
 
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
 Phone  607-539-6608
 e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
 
 http://www.marieread.com
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Letters opposed to a proposal for Union Sp Mill Pond

2014-12-01 Thread Donna Scott
Re response to this boy scout proposal for the Union Spring Mill pond:

 

I have much experience with activism  letter writing to small
town/non-Ithaca town boards (Lansing is not at all like Ithaca, with regard
to its governance and with the values of many of its citizens). I chaired
the huge effort last year to produce almost 200 paper letters to the Lans.
Town Board to ask them to approve acquisition of the Bell Station
undeveloped lakeshore land, by the NYSDEC for a State Forest (instead of
housing developments as some on the board wished). We also generated a large
number of environmentally-friendly people attending town bd meetings for a
while).

 

Fritzie, please provide the names of Village board members and the proper US
Mail address for letters to this board.

 

Yes, we should all write BRIEF -, one page only, to the point, paper letters
(not emails) that address why the pond should stay as it is now, and its
bushy surrounds should not be disturbed or cut down for a path  benches,
why the birds need the bushes and ducks to be undisturbed by human walkers
around the pond. 

 

However,  local town boards will ignore letters from outsiders 1)  unless
we provide good authority for what we write (we need some Lab of O
employees to write letters), and

2)  unless we show how we birders benefit the local economy. (or other
benefits you may think of).

 

Eg., I am going to write that I buy pizza nearby at the NY Pizzaria and do
grocery shopping at the Shur Save Grocery store, as well as buy food from
other restaurants in U Spring, when I am there bird watching. (all true).

This point is very important to remember. Outsiders may be ignored, unless
we show why we, too, benefit Union Springs.

 

Another possible point: The Mill Pond area as it exists right now, with its
street-side mowed part and cute gazebo, already provides a nice spot for
humans; leaving the bushy part for animals and birds provides something for
all species - and all the birds and animals help entertain humans who stop
there. Put in a path, cut all the bushes and a lot of the entertaining
critters will go away.

 

I am going to suggest that we, with Fritzie's help, identify another
location where energetic Boy Scouts could do a helpful badge-earning
project, and try to get them focused away from the Mill pond.

 

We can remind the Board at U Spring that they already have a large,
mowed-lawn park right nearby at the lakeshore, so there is no compelling
need to turn the small southern space by the Mill pond into yet another
human-based improvement, especially when doing so will cause great
disturbance of many sorts to birds and other wildlife.

 

Take time to write a paper letter to the Union Springs Village Board about
this important issue.

 

Donna Scott

Lansing

 

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[mailto:bounce-118568168-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of John and
Fritzie Blizzard
Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2014 11:29 PM
To: Jay McGowan; Cayugabirds-L
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Jay's report (+ a proposal for Mill Pond)

 

Your update is MUCH appreciated, Jay. I've missed the reports. 

I was invited 2 wks. ago to the village hall to listen to,  comment about,
a proposal by a young lad who wants to clean up around Mill Pond  
clean up litter  cut brush  put a path along the south side of the pond,
along with several benches. He wants to do this to earn his Eagle Scout
status. That's how the roofless, benchless  but nice gazebo at the east
end of the pond came to be. Another Eagle scout built that. 

Some on the village board were gung-ho about his idea  wanted to approve
it right away. After I spoke one member persuaded the board to put the idea
on hold until more input could be obtained, esp. from birders. I found that
the lad  his mother actually know next to nothing about what birds are
there, only that birds come to the pond  that people stop to look at them.
Indeed, they had a picture of an eared grebe labeled as a red neck duck.

Nothing was said about how wide the path would be or how close to the pond.
My feeling is that benches are only needed at the east end of the pond. Less
litter.

Prisoners from the county jail come  mow the grass  cut brush at the east
end  also at Factory St. pond.

One board member said that it wouldn't matter if walkers along the pond edge
scared the ducks to the other side of the pond! No one was aware that wood
ducks or mallards (they're all just ducks) have nested in the brushy safety
of the south edge of the pond or that the brush serves as nesting habitat
for many kinds of small birds. 

It's true that LOTS of litter is in the brush but now that the Shurfine
owner has had the trashy house at the entrance demolished  the lot cleaned
 grassed over I believe the local youth who carried litter to  left it in
the woods will no longer find it a place in which to congregate, especially
if no benches are iin the woods. (I hope). Unfortunately, clearing the lot

[cayugabirds-l] Lansing birds

2014-12-01 Thread Donna Scott
Saturday a pair of E. BLUEBIRDS on Lans. Stat. Rd. 
today ~30 SNOW GEESE flying northeast away from Cayuga Lake, today on Lans. 
Stat. Rd. 

Probable female A. KESTREL on wire by Scofield Rd. north side NY RT 34B.   

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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin for TG

2014-11-27 Thread Donna Scott
Just when I said I had not seen any PINE SISKINS for awhile, after making the 
cranberry orange relish, I looked out kitchen window  saw one jaunty little 
siskin perched on the feeder!
Happy Thanksgiving!

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[cayugabirds-l] Ducks, Grebes

2014-11-20 Thread Donna Scott
16 BLACK DUCKS 1 GREAT BLUE HERON,  2 HORNED GREBES off shore, east side 
Cayuga Lake, lansing Station Rd. Lansing. 

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[cayugabirds-l] C Loons on lake

2014-11-13 Thread Donna Scott
Approximately 150 COMMON LOONS up  down, offshore, in Cayuga Lake off Lansing 
Station Rd in Lansing, many nearer west shore. Accompanied by several gulls 
trying to steal food. 

Also 10 BLACK DUCKS, 5 MALLARDS  1 HORNED GREBE that was close to my beach for 
a good look. 

At least 1 FOX SPARROW still in front yard under spruce tree along with 8 
Juncos, 4 BLUE JAYS  4 A. CROWS. 
One Crow had white areas on rear part of folded wings, rather as if its 
feathers had been scraped down to structures underneath the black parts. 

Donna

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[cayugabirds-l] Wild Turkeys

2014-11-10 Thread Donna Scott
Early today, 3 elegant WILD TURKEYS scratching under my big Spruce tree where 
the Fox Sparrows were yesterday. 
This little flock is a separate one from the larger group of about 9 + turkeys 
often seen in large farm field east of Ludlow Rd., 1.5 miles away from here, on 
upper part of Lansing Station Rd. towards Rt. 34B. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2014-11-09 Thread Donna Scott
2 PINE SISKINS along with 28 AMER GOLDFINCHES at my backyard feeders. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fox sparrows @ LP Ringwood Rd!

2014-11-09 Thread Donna Scott
Thanks to posts by Suan  Marie, I looked out at the likely spot under my big 
Spruce tree to find 2 FOX SPARROWS scooching around in the leaf litter!
Donna

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On Nov 9, 2014, at 2:08 PM, Marie P. Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:

 It must be the day for Fox Sparrows…just before reading Suan's post I looked 
 outside to see three Fox Sparrows doing their famous to and fro scoot 
 underneath my new Blue Spruce (planted in the spring)
 
 Marie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 [bounce-118375017-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Suan Yong 
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 Lots of fox sparrows at lindsay parsons today, along with am tree sparrows, 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Avocet

2014-11-08 Thread Donna Scott
American AVOCET, MNWR Wildlife Drive, in shallow water across from first 2 
piles of black earth,  aways before first big left turn that heads away from 
Seneca River towards T'Way. 
Sorry I don't know the names of these marshes. 

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On Nov 8, 2014, at 11:22 AM, Carol Keeler carolk...@adelphia.net wrote:

 So what about the American Avocet you have in your subject.  Is it at 
 Montezuma too?
 
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 Just talked with Mark Miller. Shorebird Flats is now Eaton Bird Flats. He 
 also just saw a Glossy Ibis there. Ann
 
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[cayugabirds-l] A. Crows

2014-11-04 Thread Donna Scott
100s of AMERICAN CROWS on Jerry Smith Rd off NY Rt 34-B, North Lansing, on 
ground in various plowed or recently harvested hay fields. 
Did not see any wing tags. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Hooded Mergs

2014-11-02 Thread Donna Scott
3 male, 4 female HOODED MERGANSERS in Fall Creek, Stewart Park, Ithaca, near 
boathouse. 
Also, in SE corner of Cayuga L. By house there, 4 white  3 mottled, male-like  
domestic MALLARDS. Is someone keeping ducks there?
Very windy  nothing else around except MALLARDS  CANADA GEESE, few gulls in 
air. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Myers Pt.

2014-10-28 Thread Donna Scott
A few of us were at Myers Pt. around 1 PM and saw no Purple Sandpiper, either.
Donna Scott
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  From: William Roberts 
  To: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu 
  Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 9:15 PM
  Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Meyers Pt.


  I waited in vain from 4:00 - 6:30 pm this afternoon for the Purple 
Sandpiper's return. Even though the lighting was ideal for photography
  the only occupants on the point were a handful (30-35) of R-bGs and a pair of 
Mallards. Bill Roberts

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[cayugabirds-l] Purple sandpiper

2014-10-26 Thread Donna Scott
Purple Sandpiper forging all by itself at end of Myers Pt. spit in the growing 
dark. 6:25 pm Sunday. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Purple Sandpiper continues

2014-10-23 Thread Donna Scott
It is still here at myers. Very eindy. Scope blew over!

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 If you missed it yesterday, it looks like the PURPLE SANDPIPER will be 
 putting on an encore performance today. It is currently foraging on the north 
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[cayugabirds-l] Tripod found salt pt

2014-10-23 Thread Donna Scott
Claim at Lansing town hall, recreation dept. office, 1st right as enter Lansing 
Town Hall. Back building behind library, off rts. 34/34B, So Lansing. 
 They close at noon on Fridays  ~ 4 pm M-F. 
Reported by Rec. dept. Director, Steve Colt. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tripod found salt pt

2014-10-23 Thread Donna Scott
typo in last message: Lans. town hall closes ~ 4 PM Monday - Thursday. (and 
noon on Fri).
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  Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Tripod found salt pt


  Claim at Lansing town hall, recreation dept. office, 1st right as enter 
Lansing Town Hall. Back building behind library, off rts. 34/34B, So Lansing. 
   They close at noon on Fridays  ~ 4 pm M-F. 
  Reported by Rec. dept. Director, Steve Colt. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Brown Thrasher

2014-09-12 Thread Donna Scott
A BROWN THRASHER just chased away a chipmunk from bird seed scattered under my 
front yard bushes. 

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[cayugabirds-l] DC Cormorants

2014-09-12 Thread Donna Scott
31 heading slowly south in Cayuga Lake, off Lansing Station Rd, Lansing

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