[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.
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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


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[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 seen previously. They started as a coherent group, then mingled.

Elaina


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[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.
--Elaina


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[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


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[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


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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 degrees format.  Pictures that I've taken with my hand-held GPSmap
camera have degrees and decimal minutes xx° xx.xxx', a third format added
to your two below--the seconds converted to decimal minutes.  There are
converters available for whatever format is chosen.  A quick web search
produced
http://www.csgnetwork.com/gpscoordconv.html

--Elaina


On 12/18/11 8:24 AM, bob mcguire bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com wrote:

The Cayuga Bird Club is in the process of finalizing the text of the
new Basin Birding Guide. At the last minute we have decided to include
GPS coordinates with the directions/maps for each of the 76 sites. I
would like help and feedback with the following question: which format
for coordinates to incorporate? I expect that folks will use GPS
coordinates either at home (on their computers - Google Earth of
Maps), or on car GPS units, or on smart phones.

The simplest format seems to be so-called decimal degrees
   Latitude:   ##.°
   Longitude:  -##.°

An alternative format is degrees minutes seconds
   Latitude:   N##°##' ##
   Longitude:  W##°##' ##

(I  know there are still other formats as well.)

I would prefer to go with what seems to be the most straight forward:
decimal degrees. Is there a good argument for any other format? Can
I provoke a good Sunday discussion here?!!

Bob McGuire






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

This past Saturday morning, Diane, Evaristo Hernandez Fernandez, and I also 
heard and saw a single adult and juvenile (begging) Caspian Tern, while at the 
Ithaca Farmer's Market. These birds were calling repeatedly while slowly flying 
up and down the Cayuga Inlet.

Good birding!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

On Aug 1, 2011, at 11:39 PM, Kenneth Victor Rosenberg wrote:

While taking out the garbage and recycling around 10:15 PM, I was rewarded with 
a great yard bird -- 2 calling CASPIAN TERNS over my house. Only heard adult 
calls.

KEN


Ken Rosenberg
Director of Conservation Science
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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607-342-4594 (cell)
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake water Levels

2011-03-18 Thread Elaina McCartney
Also this site from USGS allows you to get graphs or tables for any period of 
time for Cayuga Lake:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/dv?cb_72020=onformat=gif_defaultbegin_date=2011-03-01end_date=2011-03-17site_no=04233500referred_module=sw

Elaina
From: Donna Lee Scott d...@cornell.edumailto:d...@cornell.edu
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 20:35:42 -0400
To: Elaina McCartney 
elaina.mccart...@cornell.edumailto:elaina.mccart...@cornell.edu, 
CAYUGABIRDS-L 
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Subject: Cayuga Lake water Levels

This web site shows graphs of the Rule Curves for yearly water levels of Cayuga 
and Seneca Lakes, for anyone interested in the ups and downs of Cayuga Lake.

http://www.canals.ny.gov/waterlevels/oswego/water-levels.html

Donna Scott

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882
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Sent: Friday, March 18, 2011 6:10 PM
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue Heron just flew over my house heading north from Hog Hole.   The 
lake is pretty quiet in terms of waterfowl (and very high--it's come up ~3 ft 
since March 1). Four Common Mergansers cruised by (3 males, 1 female) this 
afternoon.  Other than the usual yard birds, I have several Common Grackles who 
are hanging out with two Blue Jays.  One of the Blue Jays sits right next to 
one of the Grackles, and demonstrates repeatedly how to lunge at the feeder and 
grab seeds without perching.  The Grackle follows using the same technique.  
Interesting to watch them interact.  There is a pair of Hooded Mergansers in 
Hog Hole.  The Golden-crowned Kinglet that's been around every day for quite a 
while did not show up today, and hopefully had better things to do than peer in 
my window.

Elaina

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[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 before dawn I was awakened by a traffic pattern of what must have 
been thousands of geese flying south to north (sounded like mostly Canadas) and 
thousands of crows flying east to west.  They obeyed the air traffic convention 
of maintaining separate altitudes (the crows lower).  Pretty quiet on the 
surface of the lake north of Hog Hole today--a little while ago 5 active 
Buffleheads (2 males), one Common Loon, and a Redhead that looks like it got 
left behind.  Three Turkey Vultures circled overhead earlier today.  There seem 
to be more Blue Jays than usual judging from their voices.

Elaina

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[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
Observation date: 3/10/11
Notes: Today mostly Ring-necked Ducks; yesterday, mostly Mallards.  There 
was a high-speed foot chase across the surface of the water, one male 
Bufflehead chasing another.  A Red-winged Blackbird did a display of trilling 
and epaulet-showing sitting on a weed in my flowerbox.
Number of species: 26

Canada Goose 4
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 7
Canvasback 1
Redhead 1
Ring-necked Duck 58
Bufflehead 3
Hooded Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 9
Mourning Dove 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
American Tree Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 3
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 5
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 6

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[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

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[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 2 days.  There's been 
a regular group of about a dozen Ruddy Ducks for more than a week, but only a 
few were visible today.

Elaina

Location: SW corner Cayuga Lake
Observation date: 3/6/11
Notes: Visibility of lake far from shore poor due to falling snow.  12 
Northern Shovelers between 2 docks close to shore (at least 8 still there a 
couple hours later).
Number of species: 22

Northern Shoveler 12
Canvasback 2
Common Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 3
Mourning Dove 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
European Starling 3
American Tree Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
Northern Cardinal 1
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 9

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[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



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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
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] South End gulls


A very large gull flock is roosting on the indeterminate ice edge at the south 
end of Cayuga Lake right now.  I don't have more time, but I was able to pick 
out three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and I'm sure there are more interesting 
birds in there.  Watch out though, they're not particularly visible from 
Stewart Park and East Shore Park has not been plowed.  I scanned from the 
pullout across from East Shore.  Light is great right now with high overcast 
and no heat shimmer.

Jay McGowan

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[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 to notice me. At the time I thought maybe the behavior was a reaction 
to the presence of a predator (that's what the local squirrels do when a cat 
strolls by).  Then yesterday (Feb. 17) the same thing happened:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/5456745773/
The Nuthatch was absolutely still for a good couple minutes.  Because of the 
seed, it seems like an advertisement for a good provider rather than a posture 
of fear, sort of can you see me now?

Elaina

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[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

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[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 
very close to shore so that there heads could be seen more clearly.  The 13 
were asleep on the ice edge early, and got up a little after 8.  Most of the 
waterfowl very close to shore at counting.  Probably missed some obscured by 
tree limbs.
Number of species: 24

Canada Goose 480
Tundra Swan 13
Gadwall 2
American Wigeon 2
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 6
Canvasback 650
Redhead 1550
Ring-necked Duck 28
Greater/Lesser Scaup 6
Bufflehead 2
Common Goldeneye 5
Common Merganser 4
Great Black-backed Gull 1
gull sp. 20
Mourning Dove 12
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch 4

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[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.

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[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 9 Tundras 
were flapping and spashing by my dock, a nice sight on a cold morning. 
Yesterday it looked like there were a lot of Tundras way across the lake to the 
east, but I couldn't be sure that there wasn't some sort of gull magnification 
phenomenon going on due to the ice, snow, sun and distance.

Elaina


Location: SW corner Cayuga Lake
Observation date: 2/11/11
Notes: A coherent group of 6 Tundra Swans shows up regularly in the SW 
corner of Cayuga--there are at least two young ones in the group (dark necks).  
They stay together even if other swans show up.
Number of species: 19

Canada Goose 8
Tundra Swan 9
American Wigeon 2
American Black Duck 6
Mallard 5
Canvasback 650
Redhead 210
Ring-necked Duck 9
Ruddy Duck 8
Great Black-backed Gull 4
gull sp. 9
Mourning Dove 17
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
Carolina Wren 1
House Sparrow 10

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[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.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/5434652985/in/set-72157594554486980/
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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 
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Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L@cornell.edumailto:CAYUGABIRDS-L@cornell.edu 
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hawk ID

Elena,

Well it's one of those! My sense is Sharpie, the tail is fairly square, but it 
is kind of big-headed.

On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 4:52 PM, Elaina McCartney 
elaina.mccart...@cornell.edumailto:elaina.mccart...@cornell.edu wrote:
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.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/5434652985/in/set-72157594554486980/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/5435248552/in/set-72157594554486980/

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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
bilba...@pop.lightlink.com wrote:

I made a brief and very chilly stop at Myers around 10 this morning,
finding nothing unexpected at first.  The surprise was 53 TUNDRA SWANS
loafing and feeding to the west of Ladoga,  as well as 3 in the private
marina. There were 6 Canvasbacks just off Ladoga as well,  which flew
farther out into the lake as soon as I got out of my car.

Bill
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[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

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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 clump of Mallards.
Elaina

On 2/4/11 6:00 PM, Marie P Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:

HI Cayugabirders,

I thought I would pass on this message I received just now, in case
people are wondering where the big Redhead raft might have moved to and
in prep for weekend birding adventures.

Enjoy the weekend.

Marie

From: Hopkins,Jeffrey A. [hopki...@airproducts.com]
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2011 5:35 PM
To: Marie P Read
Subject: CAYUGABIRDS - Redhead Raft

Marie,

I saw your post on CAYUGABIRDS about the redheads having moved on, and
thought I'd reply (I'm not on the listserve - I'm just visiting Ithaca
for the weekend).  Feel free to forward this to the list if you'd like.

I was birding at Myers Point at 4 PM this afternoon and had a large raft
of redheads along the eastern lakeshore south of the point.  I don't know
if it was the raft you've been seeing, but it was certainly larger than
any number of redheads I've ever seen.  It certainly was a few thousand.

Also there were quite a few ring-necks, mallards, and coots, 20-30 tundra
swans, a few scaup (at least one of which I could ID as a greater) and
common mergs, along with a lone female shoveler and a distant common
loon.  And of course Canada geese.  The north side of the point had all
the gulls and common goldeneye.

Good birding,

Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall, PA

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[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 visible…

I also had today (as yard birds) a Brown Creeper, 4 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Blue 
Jay, 3 American Crows guarding the yard, a Hairy Woodpecker, 9 House Sparrows, 
2 Black-capped Chickadees,  1 Tufted Titmouse, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 2 
White-breasted Nuthatches, 1 Junco.

Elaina

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[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 Canadas 
than usual.  The sunshine is exciting (to me and them), and a cluster of shore 
dabblers are splashing vigorously.  The rafts are continuously changing shape,  
cruising back and forth, north and south, forming long lines and then clumps.  
Two Black Ducks showed up right after I posted.

Elaina


Location: SW Corner Cayuga Lake
Observation date: 1/30/11
Notes: Waterfowl rafts were moving a lot, and were undercounted due to tree 
obscuration--more birds to the north.  Nothing past about halfway to cluster 
buoy from west shore was counted due to uncertainty.  Common Goldeneyes must be 
somewhere else today.  Fewer Canvasbacks than usual among the Redheads. Nice to 
see the sunlight on what was here.
Number of species: 24

Canada Goose 48
Gadwall 2
Mallard 11
Canvasback 18
Redhead 1700
Ring-necked Duck 64
Greater/Lesser Scaup 12
Bufflehead 1
Common Merganser 16
Ruddy Duck 4
gull sp. 14
Mourning Dove 9
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 9

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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
To: Upstate NY Birding 
CAYUGABIRDS-L@cornell.edumailto:CAYUGABIRDS-L@cornell.edu
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] SW corner Cayuga Lake

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 Canadas 
than usual.  The sunshine is exciting (to me and them), and a cluster of shore 
dabblers are splashing vigorously.  The rafts are continuously changing shape,  
cruising back and forth, north and south, forming long lines and then clumps.  
Two Black Ducks showed up right after I posted.

Elaina


Location: SW Corner Cayuga Lake
Observation date: 1/30/11
Notes: Waterfowl rafts were moving a lot, and were undercounted due to tree 
obscuration--more birds to the north.  Nothing past about halfway to cluster 
buoy from west shore was counted due to uncertainty.  Common Goldeneyes must be 
somewhere else today.  Fewer Canvasbacks than usual among the Redheads. Nice to 
see the sunlight on what was here.
Number of species: 24

Canada Goose 48
Gadwall 2
Mallard 11
Canvasback 18
Redhead 1700
Ring-necked Duck 64
Greater/Lesser Scaup 12
Bufflehead 1
Common Merganser 16
Ruddy Duck 4
gull sp. 14
Mourning Dove 9
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 9

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[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

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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

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[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 2350
Ring-necked Duck 2
Greater/Lesser Scaup 1
Bufflehead 6
Common Goldeneye 2
Mourning Dove 7
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 6

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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 
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Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 12:46:41 -0500
To: Upstate NY Birding 
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] SW corner Cayuga Lake

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 2350
Ring-necked Duck 2
Greater/Lesser Scaup 1
Bufflehead 6
Common Goldeneye 2
Mourning Dove 7
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 6

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[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, 
especially when the sun peeks out.

Number of species: 24

Canada Goose 85
Mallard 25
Canvasback 65
Redhead 2050
Ring-necked Duck 5
Greater/Lesser Scaup 6
Bufflehead 6
Common Goldeneye 2
Common Merganser 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Great Black-backed Gull 10
gull sp. 90
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
Carolina Wren 2
Northern Cardinal 1
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 1

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[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 Redheads but I 
didn't have a change to do a complete survey.

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[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 Chris et al. from 
the East Shore, although they might not be visible from Stewart Park because of 
being blocked by the jetty itself.

I have had a Golden-crowned Kinglet coming regularly just outside my window to 
pick up suet crumbs dropped by the woodpeckers.  Today a second Kinglet showed 
up (simultaneously) that had a more orange crown.  The regular bird may be a 
female, or I suppose it could be a pale male.

A Great Blue Heron flew over about an hour ago, moving from NE to SW.

Elaina

From: Christopher Wood pinic...@gmail.commailto:pinic...@gmail.com
Reply-To: Christopher Wood pinic...@gmail.commailto:pinic...@gmail.com
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:02:48 -0500
To: Upstate NY Birding 
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Glaucous Gull  Red-breasted Mergansers East Shore 
Park (Ithaca)

Location: East Shore Park
Observation date: 1/18/11
Notes: A lunchtime stop to check for ducks and gulls. Highlights included a 
GLAUCOUS GULL and two RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. OBSERVERS: Chris Wood, Jeff 
Gerbracht, Tim Lenz and Nate Senner. WEATHER: Unusually warm and EXCELLENT 
viewing conditions without a trace of heat waves. This made if easy to see and 
identify birds even on the far side of the lake.  Overcast with 15% blue sky.

34 °F (1 °C)
Humidity:   79 %
Wind Speed: S 7 MPH
Barometer:   29.79 (1010.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 28 °F (-2 °C)
Wind Chill:28 °F (-2 °C)
Visibility:10.00 mi. (no heat waves; beautiful!!)
Number of species: 18

Canada Goose 2400 Most birds on far shore. Very rough estimate by 100s.
Tundra Swan 3 **Uncommon in winter (continuing birds off of Stewart 
Park).
Gadwall 9 Five on the close shore and 4 on the far shore.
American Black Duck 22 There may have been more tucked into the tight 
concentration of Mallards on the far shore.
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1 May have been more 
hybrids--distance made ID a bit challenging.
Mallard 275 Estimated by groups of 25.
Canvasback 220 Estimated by 5s. All birds on far shore, mostly 
northwest of Hog Hole. Numbers are certainly growing in the last week.
Redhead 4000 Very rough count. Nate counted ca. 1000 on this shore and 
it seemed that there were well over 3000 on the far shore. Given the very poor 
attempts at counting, am keeping with a very conservative 4000. Numbers are 
certainly growing in the last week.
Greater Scaup 1 Only one seen, but many birds distant on far shore and 
densely packed flocks of Redhead made seeing scaup challenging.
Lesser Scaup 35 All but one distant on far shore and densely packed 
flocks of Redhead made seeing scaup challenging.
Common Goldeneye 75
Common Merganser 95 Counted by 5s with scope.
Red-breasted Merganser 2 Two adult males swimming near each other on 
the middle/far side of the lake.
Red-tailed Hawk 1 Adult off Stewart Park.
Ring-billed Gull 20
Herring Gull (American) 130
Glaucous Gull 1 *Uncommon. Jeff first found this bird in flight over 
the middle of the lake, almost straight out from East Shore. Landed on lake 
where we all had scope views. Seemed to be a second-cycle bird with a couple 
grayish feathers on scapulars and plainer wing coverts, but bird was fairly 
distant and could have simply been a less well-marked first-cycle.
Great Black-backed Gull 43
American Crow 5

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[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 with a Great Black-backed Gull 
standing nearby.  Counts submitted to ebird:

Canada Goose 290
Tundra Swan 3
Canvasback 180
Redhead 1470
Great Black-backed Gull 1
gull sp. 6
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1
American Goldfinch 11

More waterfowl now seem to be merging from from the north.

Elaina


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[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 Kinglet continues to appear on my deck regularly to pick up
suet crumbs.  I have two Carolina Wrens doing the same.  Saw the first Junco
in a long time this morning.  Other yard regulars appearing today include
Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, DownyWoodpeckers,
Hairy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Goldfinch, Black-capped
Chickadee.


Elaina


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[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



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[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
bluish-gray neck) with a group of Redheads and Mallards--not here today so
far though.


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[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


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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
 
 
 
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[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

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[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.


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[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.


Elaina

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[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

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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

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To answer Meena's commentary about Goldfinches,  I've got a small flock
here in Caroline Center on a regular basis.

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[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

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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 of Canvasbacks, Ring-necked Ducks, American 
Black Ducks, Scaup, and many Canadas.  I look forward to their return 
after hunting season, and after the CBC.  I miss them.  I didn't 
report the vast numbers to the list because hunters read the postings.


Elaina


At 8:48 PM -0800 12/27/09, Dave Nutter wrote:
A late-morning / early-afternoon walk revealed that the southwest 
part of Cayuga Lake pretty well had the birds cleared out of it. 
The only Aythya I saw there were a couple of male Redhead carcasses 
held by one of half a dozen gunners in camo who had set up with a 
couple of grounded boats and a lawn chair in water a few inches deep 
along the shore of Treman Marine Park, while their dogs sat beside 
them on the beach.   For live birds on the lake (greatly outnumbered 
by plastic) there were 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 3 MALLARDS, a tight 
flock of AMERICAN COOTS, 6 COMMON LOONS in the distance (including a 
close group of 4 to the northeast), 1 HORNED GREBE in the distance 
to the northwest, and in the inlet 1 male REDHEAD listing heavily, 2 
female LESSER SCAUP (1 with a disheveled wing), and 6 female 
BUFFLEHEAD.  When the gunners packed up and left for the East Shore 
Marina, even before the sound, smell, and wake of their boats 
subsided, a flock of 1 male and 6 female HOODED MERGANSER flew from 
that direction to the southwest corner of the lake.  At Stewart Park 
the ice was crowded with CANADA GEESE (including the domestic 
hybrid), MALLARDS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, a couple of COMMON 
MERGANSERS, and plenty of HERRING, RING-BILLED, and GREAT 
BLACK-BACKED GULLS.  Off the ice off Stewart Park I saw 1 male and 2 
female COMMON GOLDENEYE.  The lake looked empty compared to the 
hundreds of ducks, geese, and swans that were on it a couple days 
ago, and I am sad despite the beautiful day.  I look forward to the 
return of the survivors when it it safe. 

Other birds included 2 separate NORTHERN FLICKERS, an EASTERN 
BLUEBIRD, 5 AMERICAN ROBINS foraging together on some lawn, 2 
separate NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS, 3 separate singing CAROLINA WRENS, 
at least 5 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS in a flock near the mouth of the 
inlet, a couple of WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, a SONG SPARROW, lots of 
AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, among other expected birds.  Twice I heard but 
did not see a RED-TAILED HAWK, but once I suspected BLUE JAYS were 
to blame.


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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 flight:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/3916036721/

At first I thought it was a Bittern and had to check the field guide.

Elaina

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http://ebird.org/content/ebird/
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