[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle

2012-01-20 Thread Elaina McCartney
A mature Bald Eagle just flew by my window (SW corner of Cayuga Lake) headed northwest from the general direction of the lighthouse. --Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle

2012-01-20 Thread Elaina McCartney
followed a bit later by an immature Bald Eagle. --Elaina On 1/20/12 2:30 PM, Elaina McCartney elaina.mccart...@cornell.edu wrote: A mature Bald Eagle just flew by my window (SW corner of Cayuga Lake) headed northwest from the general direction of the lighthouse. --Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] SW waterfowl raft

2012-01-17 Thread Elaina McCartney
The raft of waterfowl (mostly Redheads) continues at the SW corner of Cayuga Lake, a little farther off the ice edge today. Most are packed too tightly to get a good count, but I estimate there are around 3000+. Of note in today's group this morning were about 200 Canvasbacks, more than I've

[cayugabirds-l] raft of Redheads

2012-01-12 Thread Elaina McCartney
The raft of several thousand mostly Redheads has reformed at the SW end of Cayuga Lake. The light at this posting is somewhat poor for species IDs from my vantage point, but the lake is pretty flat. I'll try to post their comings and goings for those doing the waterfowl count this weekend.

[cayugabirds-l] American Coots

2012-01-12 Thread Elaina McCartney
There's a flock of 21 American Coots milling around off the end of my dock, SW corner Cayuga Lake. --Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] large rafts

2012-01-10 Thread Elaina McCartney
I've been away a few days so maybe it's not new, but a large raft (2000+) of mostly Redheads is forming near the SW corner of Cayuga Lake. Good to seem them taking the lake back from the hunters. Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Use of GPS Coordinates

2011-12-18 Thread Elaina McCartney
Another use of these coordinates is tagging photography--taking a picture of a bird with a gps-capable camera produces the coordinates where the bird was sighted (actually, where the birder was standing when the bird was sighted). Looking on flickr, I see the flickr map function uses the decimal

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Caspian Terns over Ithaca tonight

2011-08-02 Thread Elaina McCartney
Also seen yesterday along SW shore north of Hog Hole. --Elaina From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes c...@cornell.edumailto:c...@cornell.edu Reply-To: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes c...@cornell.edumailto:c...@cornell.edu Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2011 07:48:37 -0400 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake water Levels

2011-03-18 Thread Elaina McCartney
...@cornell.edu Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 20:35:42 -0400 To: Elaina McCartney elaina.mccart...@cornell.edumailto:elaina.mccart...@cornell.edu, CAYUGABIRDS-L cayugabird...@list.cornell.edumailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu Subject: Cayuga Lake water Levels This web site shows graphs of the Rule

[cayugabirds-l] binocs found

2011-03-13 Thread Elaina McCartney
Did anyone leave some binocs on my property on the way down the stairs to the dock? If so, contact me off-line. I noticed them this morning (spotted them through my binoculars) and brought them up to the house. They could have been left recently, or emerged out of the snow. This morning

[cayugabirds-l] SW corner Cayuga Lake

2011-03-10 Thread Elaina McCartney
Always different--today mostly Ring-necked Ducks right off the dock. Those little male Buffleheads can really run across the water when provoked by each other. Right after I filed this report a couple dozen Redheads flew in from the north. Elaina Location: SW corner Cayuga Lake

[cayugabirds-l] Northern Shovelers

2011-03-06 Thread Elaina McCartney
Although visibility out on the lake isn't that great due to the snow, I was surprised to see 12 Northern Shovelers right by my dock. I got a few snowy pictures which I'll post later. Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Northern Shovelers et al.

2011-03-06 Thread Elaina McCartney
The Northern Shovelers have spent the afternoon here near the shore in a tight pack. The water between the two docks is somewhat sheltered when it's stormy. There were no Canada Geese when I made the report, but they've since gathered a bit out from shore, several hundred. No Tundra Swans for

[cayugabirds-l] Northern Shovelers et al.

2011-03-06 Thread Elaina McCartney
Forgot the pictures (distant and snowy): http://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/5502934713/in/set-72157594554486980/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/5502943435/in/set-72157594554486980/ Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] South End gulls

2011-02-26 Thread Elaina McCartney
Also visible from west shore, plus there's another smaller gathering of gulls closer to the west shore, with about 20 Tundra Swans in various postures of repose on the thin ice. From: Jay William McGowan jw...@cornell.edumailto:jw...@cornell.edu Reply-To: Jay William McGowan

[cayugabirds-l] White-breasted Nuthatch behavior

2011-02-18 Thread Elaina McCartney
On Feb. 3, I spotted a White-breasted Nuthatch on my railing with a seed in its beak holding very still. http://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/5414318105http://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/5414320157/ I walked close to it and was able to take lots of pictures without it moving or seeming

[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swans

2011-02-14 Thread Elaina McCartney
There are presently about 40 Tundra Swans all the way south on Cayuga along the Treman park shore, SW corner, where the ice has now melted. Many of them are upside-down. Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] SW corner Cayuga, lots of waterfowl

2011-02-12 Thread Elaina McCartney
Lots of waterfowl at SW corner of Cayuga enjoying the relatively ice-free water close to shore. Probably missed some due to tree obscuration. Elaina Location: SW corner Cayuga Lake Observation date: 2/12/11 Notes: The coherent group of 6 Tundra Swans includes 4 immature--they came

[cayugabirds-l] American Coots

2011-02-12 Thread Elaina McCartney
It's been a long time since I've seen any American Coots in the SW corner of Cayuga Lake, but just now there were 4 close to shore. I recall some posts a while back mentioning dead Coots and concerns for their health were raised, so I thought I'd report their presence. Elaina --

[cayugabirds-l] sw corner Cayuga Lake--Tundra Swans et al.

2011-02-11 Thread Elaina McCartney
There have been regular visits by varying numbers of Tundra Swans (40+ yesterday, 9 today). Waterfowl are reassembling after the withdrawal of ice mostly Canvasbacks and hardly any Canadas). While it was sunny, Tundra Swans were napping like snow lumps on an ice floe. Early this morning about

[cayugabirds-l] Hawk ID

2011-02-11 Thread Elaina McCartney
Longish tail, whitish at the tip, smaller than Red-tail, wings not particularly long in flight—I was thinking immature Cooper's or Sharp-shimmed but could use some guidance on ID. It was scattering the Mourning Doves in the yard the way a Cooper's does.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hawk ID

2011-02-11 Thread Elaina McCartney
I know it's hard to tell size from the picture, but it's slightly bigger than an American Crow. From: Asher Hockett veery...@gmail.commailto:veery...@gmail.com Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:51:06 -0500 To: Elaina McCartney elaina.mccart...@cornell.edumailto:elaina.mccart...@cornell.edu Cc

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Myers Tundra Swans

2011-02-09 Thread Elaina McCartney
Right after I sent this 25 more Tundra Swans came in for a landing. Elaina On 2/9/11 3:41 PM, Elaina McCartney elaina.mccart...@cornell.edu wrote: 6 Tundra Swans (including 1 immature) at south end of lake west of jetty blending in with ice lumps. On 2/9/11 1:17 PM, bilba...@pop.lightlink.com

[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swans

2011-02-08 Thread Elaina McCartney
Twelve Tundra Swans just took off from the SW corner of Cayuga Lake, flying north close to shore. There's a raft of Redheads and Canadas a ways out, but light is poor for IDs. Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] FW: CAYUGABIRDS - Redhead Raft at Myers Pt

2011-02-04 Thread Elaina McCartney
The Redhead raft that was at the SW corner of Cayuga has gone mostly missing, but a friend who lives just south of Taughannock park said they were on the west shore serveral days ago. I'll post if they return to the Hog Hole area. Today there were mostly Canada Geese and gull species, and a

[cayugabirds-l] SW corner Cayuga Lake

2011-01-30 Thread Elaina McCartney
The rafts have been north of here but south of the Yacht Club. Just now the sun came out and they're paddling back to the 800 block. Nice light for those who are interested in photography. Of course this is Ithaca, the birds and the light could be gone soon… I'll see if I can count what's

[cayugabirds-l] SW corner Cayuga Lake

2011-01-30 Thread Elaina McCartney
Below is my ebird report, filling out my previous post to the list. It's interesting how quickly things change in the waterfowl world. There are now at least another hundred Canvasbacks than during the period I counted, only minutes ago. Many more Ring-necked Ducks than yesterday. Far fewer

Re: [cayugabirds-l] SW corner Cayuga Lake

2011-01-30 Thread Elaina McCartney
And two Common Goldeneyes just showed up when I'd given up on finding any… From: Elaina McCartney elaina.mccart...@cornell.edumailto:elaina.mccart...@cornell.edu Reply-To: Elaina McCartney elaina.mccart...@cornell.edumailto:elaina.mccart...@cornell.edu Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 14:08:46 -0500

[cayugabirds-l] SW corner Cayuga Lake waterfowl

2011-01-29 Thread Elaina McCartney
There are spread-out rafts of waterfowl (the usual Redheads, Canvasbacks, Canadas, some gulls), but close in are small active groups of Ruddy Ducks (9), Common Goldeneye (6) and Bufflehead (6), Ring-necked Ducks (3). Nice viewing for size comparisons. Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] desparate Red Tail

2011-01-28 Thread Elaina McCartney
Same thing happened to me a few days ago—a couple dozen Mourning Doves were in the yard, and they thumped against the house as the Red-tailed Hawk picked one off. I've had a Cooper's Hawk in the past as well. Elaina From: B Mcaneny bmcane...@fltg.netmailto:bmcane...@fltg.net Reply-To: B

[cayugabirds-l] SW corner Cayuga Lake

2011-01-27 Thread Elaina McCartney
Location: SW corner Cayuga Lake Observation date: 1/27/11 Notes: Very active rafts of waterfowl near the retreating ice edge, and in the middle of the action one bright white domestic duck. Number of species: 18 Canada Goose 80 Mallard 65 Canvasback 95 Redhead

Re: [cayugabirds-l] SW corner Cayuga Lake

2011-01-27 Thread Elaina McCartney
I neglected to include a gathering of a dozen Great Black-backed Gulls, a Junco, a Tufted Titmouse, a couple Black-capped Chickadees and numerous unidentified gulls that I've since added to this report. From: Elaina McCartney elaina.mccart...@cornell.edumailto:elaina.mccart...@cornell.edu

[cayugabirds-l] SW corner Cayuga Lake

2011-01-26 Thread Elaina McCartney
There's a lot of waterfowl activity, flocks coming and going, mostly milling around but sometimes taking flight in panic. Couldn't see any Tundra Swans today. Location: SW corner Cayuga Lake Observation date: 1/26/11 Notes: Waterfowl gathering out at the edge of the ice, good viewing,

[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swans

2011-01-25 Thread Elaina McCartney
There were four Tundra Swans at the edge of the ice, SW corner of Cayuga Lake, late in the afternoon. The usual number lately has been three. Didn't have a chance to count other waterfowl, but there were approximately 20 Great Black-backed Gulls and several hundred Canada Geese, also some

[cayugabirds-l] Glaucous Gull Red-breasted Mergansers East Shore Park (Ithaca)

2011-01-18 Thread Elaina McCartney
Light continues to be very good for viewing, also from the SW corner of the west shore, and probably from the tip of Treman Park. The ice edge is further out today. There remains a large gathering of waterfowl just to the west of the red lighthouse jetty, and that was probably visible to

[cayugabirds-l] waterfowl SW corner Cayuga Lake

2011-01-14 Thread Elaina McCartney
Apologies if you got this twice, I just upgraded to Outlook and no email went out for a while. Ice formed overnight, with the edge defining the location of a large milling raft of waterfowl.Three Tundra Swans continue to cruise around, and were spotted earlier snoozing near the ice edge

[cayugabirds-l] southwest corner of Cayuga

2011-01-10 Thread Elaina McCartney
With shooting subsiding, several large rafts of mostly Redheads have reappeard in the southwest corner of the lake. There are lots of Canvasbacks as well, some Scaup, and three Tundra Swans (not the immature one though), a few Mallards. Too far away to be sure of other species. A Golden-crowned

[cayugabirds-l] Common Redpoll

2011-01-04 Thread Elaina McCartney
Good year for new yard birds so far, must be that orange Agway suet. Yesterday I took a picture of this bird through the window and just got around to ID'ing. http://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/5325731078/ Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Redheads

2010-12-29 Thread Elaina McCartney
Despite three boatloads of hunters shooting near the lighthouse jetty and regular gunfire from the north as well, approximately 1900 Redheads and 2 Canvasbacks congregated in front of my house just north of Hog Hole for a while. Yesterday there were 5 Tundra Swans (inclucing the young one with

[cayugabirds-l] Redheads

2010-12-26 Thread Elaina McCartney
Thousands of Redheads (and the occasional Canvasback) in very tight and continuously reshaped formations just north of Hog Hole near the shore, gorgeous. Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re: [cayugabirds-l] King Eider

2010-12-07 Thread Elaina McCartney
Still there around 2:15. Elaina On 12/7/10 1:05 PM, Carl J Steckler c...@cornell.edu wrote: Meg and I were treated to a very good view of the King eider at the mouth of the creek behind the boathouse at Stewart Park from 10:15 to 10:45 this morning. Carl Steckler --

[cayugabirds-l] Laughing Gull

2010-06-09 Thread Elaina McCartney
Went rowing in the rain about 10:30 and the Laughing Gull was standing on the white lighthouse jetty by itself. Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] waterfowl raft

2010-02-16 Thread Elaina McCartney
A huge raft of waterfowl dominated by Redheads has persisted through the GBBC in the 800 block of Taughannock Blvd. About 60 gulls just joined a bit further out. Viewing conditions vary, but there are a LOT of birds. A cat was skulking along the icy shore looking wistfully at the gathering.

[cayugabirds-l] river of Crows

2010-02-15 Thread Elaina McCartney
I noticed the Crows flying over my house, southwest corner of Cayuga Lake, about 6:50 am, attracting my attention by the sound. I counted a hundred in about 2 minutes. The river is still flowing 20 minutes later. Seems to be a regular morning event, flying SE to NW, as in other years.

[cayugabirds-l] Redhead raft

2010-02-01 Thread Elaina McCartney
A huge raft of mostly Redheads is assembling near the southwest ice edge north of Hog Hole. Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinches

2010-01-24 Thread Elaina McCartney
I've had a flock of about a dozen all winter at south end of Cayuga Lake. Elaina At 1:16 PM -0500 1/24/10, Judy Read wrote: In answer to Meena's question, I also have a small flock of goldfinches on a daily basis in Homer. Judy Read Homer --

[cayugabirds-l] checklist

2009-12-31 Thread Elaina McCartney
Does anyone know how to get the checklist that is not longer on this link? http://www.birds.cornell.edu/cayugabirdclub/pdf/basinchecklist.pdf thanks, Elaina -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re: [cayugabirds-l] ducks ousted

2009-12-28 Thread Elaina McCartney
Yesterday afternoon in front of my house just north of Hog Hole, all that was left of the thousands of waterfowl that have gathered every day were 43 American Coots, apparently not minding the gunfire. There had been regular Tundra Swans (about 20) and Redheads (more than 1500), a scattering

Green Heron

2009-09-13 Thread Elaina McCartney
There was a well-camoflaged Green Heron standing across Cayuga Inlet from the busy marina today: http://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/3916819534/ As I was trying to focus on it from my rowboat, unfortunately the wind blew me too close to shore and it flew. The neck is much longer in