Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

2020-06-01 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Thanks Andrew,
I copied below the response I just received from Jenny Landry at DEC.
She has kindly forwarded my email to Region 7 for a possible follow up and/or 
collection.
Gary

Gary,

The behavior you describe sounds a bit like botulism and perhaps there was some 
predation. I seems  too early in the season for Type E (and even C), although 
we did have a short spell of very hot weather. I am not that familiar with the 
location. I am forwarding your email to the Wildlife Manager in Region 7.  It 
sounds like there are a handful of birds and it has been fairly cool the last 
few days. If the birds are still there, accessible, and in decent condition, 
the Region 7 folks may want try to collect some for our pathology folks to 
examine.

Jenny A. Landry
Ecologist I
Region 8 Bureau of Wildlife
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, NY 14414

On Jun 1, 2020, at 8:58 AM, Andrew David Miller  
wrote:


Any dead wildlife in New York State can be submitted to the NYS wildlife health 
unit if the circumstances are appropriate.  There is a facility in Delmar as 
well as one here associated with the NYS diagnostic laboratory next to the 
veterinary college.  However, the reporting and submission of any dead wildlife 
needs to be done through the DEC.  Details can be found here:

https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6957.html

The regional DEC office will be able to provide more information.  I must 
stress that picking up dead wildlife should be avoided by members of the 
public.  Many animals harbor zoonotic diseases, some of which can still be 
transmitted to humans even after death. Report the mallards to the DEC regional 
office and they will take it from there.

-Andrew


Andrew D. Miller DVM, Dipl. ACVP
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences, Section of Anatomic Pathology

From: bounce-124668162-61975...@list.cornell.edu 
 On Behalf Of Suan Hsi Yong
Sent: Monday, June 1, 2020 8:45 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

Would any local facility be willing to do a necropsy if someone were willing to 
retrieve the bodies?

Suan

On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 8:29 AM Gary Kohlenberg 
mailto:jg...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
Thanks John and Sue,

What would the likelihood of botulism be in your opinion? The issues MNWR had 
were some years ago and I don’t know how prevalent it is.

Gary

On Jun 1, 2020, at 6:37 AM, 
"k...@empireaccess.net<mailto:k...@empireaccess.net>" 
mailto:k...@empireaccess.net>> wrote:


You folks know that area and the ducks but, as most ducks sleep on the water, 
the idea of a terrestrial predator doesn't fly. Snappers may scoop up numerous 
ducklings and goslings and can attack an adult but not several. I wouldn't put 
away the human possibility.
John
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N 42.44307 W 76.75784



On 2020-05-31 20:26, John and Fritzie Blizzard wrote:

Are any of you considering a night-time attack when the ducks would have been 
asleep & not aware of danger from owl or weasel? I agree with Chris.

Fritzie Bllizzard
On May 31, 2020, at 11:53 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
<mailto:c...@cornell.edu> wrote:

 Just throwing this out there as another possibility: weasel or ferret.

This is, as I understand it, classic kill method used by these Mustelids. 
They’ve been know to kill off an entire flock of chickens in a night, 
severing heads with minimal disruption to the rest of the body.

Thoughts?

Sincerely,
Chris T-H




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

2020-06-01 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Thanks John and Sue,

What would the likelihood of botulism be in your opinion? The issues MNWR had 
were some years ago and I don’t know how prevalent it is.

Gary

On Jun 1, 2020, at 6:37 AM, "k...@empireaccess.net"  
wrote:



You folks know that area and the ducks but, as most ducks sleep on the water, 
the idea of a terrestrial predator doesn't fly. Snappers may scoop up numerous 
ducklings and goslings and can attack an adult but not several. I wouldn't put 
away the human possibility.
John

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5373 Fitzgerald Rd
Burdett, NY 14818-9626
"Conserve and Create Habitat"
N 42.44307 W 76.75784


On 2020-05-31 20:26, John and Fritzie Blizzard wrote:

Are any of you considering a night-time attack when the ducks would have been 
asleep & not aware of danger from owl or weasel? I agree with Chris.

Fritzie Bllizzard

On May 31, 2020, at 11:53 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
 wrote:

 Just throwing this out there as another possibility: weasel or ferret.

This is, as I understand it, classic kill method used by these Mustelids. 
They’ve been know to kill off an entire flock of chickens in a night, 
severing heads with minimal disruption to the rest of the body.

Thoughts?

Sincerely,
Chris T-H





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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

2020-05-31 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I hadn’t thought of Mustelid or Possum as Wes suggested as a culprit.

As only one bird lost his head that could be predation after death. One other 
bird dead with head attached and another dying with possible neck issues makes 
the suggestion of botulism by Kevin Cummings and Morgan Hapeman interesting. I 
know Montezuma has had problems with this in the past. The water in Shindagin 
is pretty stagnant which could be a problem. It also better answers the 
unlikely idea of multiple birds shot in such a manner.

Gary

On May 31, 2020, at 11:53 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes  
wrote:

 Just throwing this out there as another possibility: weasel or ferret.

This is, as I understand it, classic kill method used by these Mustelids. 
They’ve been know to kill off an entire flock of chickens in a night, severing 
heads with minimal disruption to the rest of the body.

Thoughts?

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

Sent from my iPhone



On May 31, 2020, at 11:07, Sandy Podulka 
mailto:s...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

That is also one of my favorite places!

I have seen 4 male Mallards in that small pond consistently this spring (but 
not today, and I guess I now know why).
I have no idea what could kill so many birds in such an odd way except a 
hunter, or maybe a group of hunters--I would think an owl wouldn't have a 
chance at all of them at once, as the others would fly off.

So sorry to hear this. As we are learning in so many ways these days, people 
can be truly cruel.

Sandy Podulka

At 10:08 AM 5/31/2020, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
Saturday I walked with my daughter down Shindagin Hollow Rd., in the State 
Forest, to the intersection with Gulf Creek Rd. for exercise, fun and to show 
her the area. It was very birdy and beautiful as usual especially the beaver 
pond at the bottom of the hill. This place always reminds me of the Adirondacks 
and is a favorite of mine.

There was a surprising amount of traffic on Shindagin Rd. both cars and 
mountain bikers savoring the nice day. Some out of state plates on cars of 
dozens parked at the intersection and FLT crossing. I was reminded how popular 
this area is and how much we need wild areas during a pandemic.

We were amazed at how many Red Newts were crossing the road. Some didn’t make 
it unharmed, but most of them did. I learned about their life cycle, that they 
are toxic, but contain off the charts cuteness. We tried to help a couple on 
the journey, but they are very independent minded and don’t need any 
intervention.

We noticed a dead bird in the pond by the outflow pipe under the road; a dead 
male Mallard. Kayla thought it quite interesting and checked to find it had no 
head. I thought that was weird, but I have seen it before, and guessed maybe an 
owl had decapitated it. I’m not actually positive owls would or could do 
this, but seem to remember some discussion about this. If anyone knows if it 
can be a thing please enlighten me.

I scanned the pond and saw movement which was another male Mallard struggling 
in the water. His body floated with the head hanging underwater unable to lift 
it up. He may have had a broken neck. I wasn’t able to reach the poor guy to 
end his misery which made me sad. More scanning found a third male Mallard 
floating in the pond dead. I didn’t see any more, but there could have been 
one in the grass. Three seems like a typical total for this small water to hold 
on any particular day.

My hypothesis is that they were all shot on the water with a shotgun. To 
cleanly decapitate a bird the shot would have to be at very close range. The 
other birds could have all been hit with the same shot if they had been 
swimming very together. This water is very small and birds not hit would have 
flown and probably circled around. It’s not likely they would have been shot 
in the air and fallen back into this small area.

This poaching event is very disturbing and we had another event like this in 
the same general area. I’m thinking of the eagle shooting over bait. No 
hunter would shoot birds in a barrel or sitting on the water even in season. In 
my opinion this is just criminal at any time.

We all have bigger social troubles overall, but felt compelled to document this 
as a complete view of birding in the finger lakes. The little things still go 
on.

Happier birding today,

Gary








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[cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

2020-05-31 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Saturday I walked with my daughter down Shindagin Hollow Rd., in the State 
Forest, to the intersection with Gulf Creek Rd. for exercise, fun and to show 
her the area. It was very birdy and beautiful as usual especially the beaver 
pond at the bottom of the hill. This place always reminds me of the Adirondacks 
and is a favorite of mine. 

There was a surprising amount of traffic on Shindagin Rd. both cars and 
mountain bikers savoring the nice day. Some out of state plates on cars of 
dozens parked at the intersection and FLT crossing. I was reminded how popular 
this area is and how much we need wild areas during a pandemic. 

We were amazed at how many Red Newts were crossing the road. Some didn’t make 
it unharmed, but most of them did. I learned about their life cycle, that they 
are toxic, but contain off the charts cuteness. We tried to help a couple on 
the journey, but they are very independent minded and don’t need any 
intervention.

We noticed a dead bird in the pond by the outflow pipe under the road; a dead 
male Mallard. Kayla thought it quite interesting and checked to find it had no 
head. I thought that was weird, but I have seen it before, and guessed maybe an 
owl had decapitated it. I’m not actually positive owls would or could do this, 
but seem to remember some discussion about this. If anyone knows if it can be a 
thing please enlighten me. 
 
I scanned the pond and saw movement which was another male Mallard struggling 
in the water. His body floated with the head hanging underwater unable to lift 
it up. He may have had a broken neck. I wasn’t able to reach the poor guy to 
end his misery which made me sad. More scanning found a third male Mallard 
floating in the pond dead. I didn’t see any more, but there could have been one 
in the grass. Three seems like a typical total for this small water to hold on 
any particular day. 

My hypothesis is that they were all shot on the water with a shotgun. To 
cleanly decapitate a bird the shot would have to be at very close range. The 
other birds could have all been hit with the same shot if they had been 
swimming very together. This water is very small and birds not hit would have 
flown and probably circled around. It’s not likely they would have been shot in 
the air and fallen back into this small area.
 
This poaching event is very disturbing and we had another event like this in 
the same general area. I’m thinking of the eagle shooting over bait. No hunter 
would shoot birds in a barrel or sitting on the water even in season. In my 
opinion this is just criminal at any time. 

We all have bigger social troubles overall, but felt compelled to document this 
as a complete view of birding in the finger lakes. The little things still go 
on.  

Happier birding today, 

Gary 








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[cayugabirds-l] Black Tern at Ithaca reservoir

2020-05-09 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I apologize for the late email. This morning I found a Black Tern feeding and 
fluttering around the Ithaca Reservoir off Burns Rd. where it crosses Six Mile 
creek. They are quite uncommon away from Montezuma, although sometimes seen 
flying up Cayuga Lake during migration. 
It could be seen from the bridge over the creek. Sometimes it perches during 
the snow squalls on the island so may be out of view. 

Happy winter like birding, 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Purple Martins and more at Stewart Park this morning

2020-05-01 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I can add Northern Parula, Baltimore Oriole and several Catbirds to the Renwick 
list.
Gary

On May 1, 2020, at 10:39 AM, Diane Morton  wrote:


Hi everyone,

I finally saw Purple Martins at Cayuga Bird Club's Purple Martin house at 
Stewart Park this morning! I was first alerted by their calls and saw two pairs 
landing on the house. One male entered an apartment on the north side, and 
later perched in front of the opening for some time. I have posted a couple of 
foggy photos of the martins to the Cayuga Bird Club facebook page.

Tree swallows were also perching on the bar above the house at times, and 
unfortunately, a pair of House Sparrows also appear to be using an apartment on 
the east side of the complex.  Still - it is great to have Purple Martins at 
Stewart Park this year!

It was a great morning at Stewart Park for other migrants too.  I saw my 
first-of-year Eastern Kingbird at the swan pen, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, 
Warbling Vireo (thanks, Dave!) and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. In Renwick Woods 
Northern Waterthrush, Yellow Warbler, Eastern Towhee and a Wood Thrush were 
singing, and a pair of Wood Ducks perched high in a tree.

Good birding!
Diane Morton




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Meyers Park

2020-04-12 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Kevin, Is there any differences in Fish Crow nest construction from A. Crow ?
Gary

On Apr 12, 2020, at 2:47 PM, Kevin J. McGowan  wrote:


Cool. That’s the old Fish Crow nest. Merlins sure do love Fish Crow nests! 
They’re using them all over town.

Kevin

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Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:07 PM
To: Laura Stenzler 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Meyers Park

Also at Myers Park - a pair of Merlins! Very vocal - we saw them copulate, and 
one of the merlins flew to a nest in a pine tree near Pavilion A.

Diane

On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 11:48 AM Laura Stenzler 
mailto:l...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
Hi
4 Bonapartes gulls, 3 with black heads and one still in winter plumage, 1 
caspian tern on sandbar with ringbilled and herring gulls, 2 female hooded 
mergansers, 2 common mergansers, several bufflehead, 1 kingfisher and 1 mink at 
Meyers Point, 11:45 am.

Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Winnowing Snipe

2020-04-03 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
While enjoying the raptor count last night at F.L. National Forest’s Ballard 
Pasture on Searsburg Rd., Hector, I was treated to quite loud Wilson’s Snipe 
winnowing. 

The usual Woodcock peenting started about 7:50 pm, but the Snipe caught me by 
surprise as I haven’t heard it in several years. I did think I had my first 
local Boreal Owl ;) I normally only hear alarm calls as they rocket away from 
my clumsy attempts at stealth. 

No owls present for me, but it was still a nice time to be out social 
distancing in the dark. 

Cheers,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black-headed Gull - credit where credit is duets

2020-02-10 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Thanks Ken. I spoke with Ann Mitchell yesterday, she is in France with Linda, 
and she told me B-H Gulls are everywhere :) It’s always funny to think of one 
person’s rarity as another’s Wegmans bird.

Thanks to Bob’s field trip for spicing up the day.
Gary

On Feb 9, 2020, at 8:12 PM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg  wrote:

 Thank you folks for finding this great bird, and Dave for getting the word 
out. I just want to suggest that since the BHGU was hanging with Ring-billed 
Gulls, and since this is an abundant gull in urban areas throughout Europe, I 
would keep an eye out for it at Wegmans or other parking lots where Ring-bills 
gather during the day.

Ken

Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 9, 2020, at 4:13 PM, David Nicosia  wrote:


I have noticed a few ebird reports that state I found the BHGU. It was Ken 
Kemphues who originally found what he thought was a Bonaparte's gull. There 
were 5 of us, Ken, Diane Morton, Suzanne Giffin, myself and of course Bob 
McGuire who was leading the field trip. After looking at bird we collectively 
began thinking BHGU given the larger red bill, very red legs and lighter gray 
mantle. Ken actually started this conversation.  Since the bird would be such a 
mega rarity we wanted to be 100 percent sure. I sent a photo to Jay McGowan who 
confirmed it for us. Since I had a decent photo I sent the RBA out.  A great 
bird no doubt. A lifer for me!

Glad a lot of folks enjoyed it.  Hope it sticks around. Good birding to all!!

Best,
Dave Nicosia
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Weird birds

2020-01-05 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Some of these lists have been from California :) This has been going on for 
quite some time and I keep thinking we have rarities to chase, but no such luck.
Gary

On Jan 4, 2020, at 10:06 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:

 When I first saw one of these lists I thought someone was playing games, and 
I got annoyed. But after seeing several lists from different observers listing 
birds from various parts of the world but nominally all observed in Stewart 
Park, it is clear to me that all these lists are mislabeled due to the same 
innocent error which more likely due to some glitch in the system than to 
something the observer has done. Until the folks at eBird figure out why this 
happens and fix the problem, I see no point in getting mad. Instead, it’s fun 
to try to figure out where in the world the list was actually made, based on 
the ranges of the different species. I recognized several bird names from Costa 
Rica on one list, and by going back to the list after the location was 
corrected, I found out I was correct. We should get prizes for how close our 
guesses are.

- - Dave Nutter

On Jan 4, 2020, at 2:06 PM, Candace E. Cornell 
mailto:cec...@gmail.com>> wrote:

sBird lists the New Zealand bird reports as originating from Stewart Park! 
There were also erroneous Osprey sightings a few weeks ago.
Candace

On Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 1:50 PM Carol Keeler 
mailto:carolk...@adelphia.net>> wrote:

Why are we getting these weird e bird reports from Tompkins county that have 
birds that aren’t found here?  It makes a mockery of e bird reports.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Varied Thrush in Candor

2020-01-02 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Taylor Long was able to find the thrush and post to the CayugaRBA. Several 
people were able enjoy good views from the corn stubble field north of the blue 
house hosting the visiting Varied Thrush.

The finder and homeowner lives in the blue house immediately north of the car 
wash in Candor. The thrush spends time in various trees in the back yard and 
under, on, or near the bird feeders disappearing for stretches of time maybe 
out of sight in the shrubs.

We viewed from the next door corn stubble field on Honeypot Rd. that allows 
good views of the back yard. The homeowners are very nice, but respect their 
boundaries as they are nervous of being overrun with visitors.

42.2366,-76.3417

Gary

On Jan 2, 2020, at 12:00 PM, David Nicosia  wrote:



-- Forwarded message -
From: Wes Blauvelt 
mailto:ravenbarnconsult...@gmail.com>>
Date: Thu, Jan 2, 2020, 11:49 AM
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Varied Thrush in Candor
To: David Nicosia mailto:daven102...@gmail.com>>


Thanks Dave. I along with Adam Troyer staked our the location for about an hour 
this morning. If the pin location is correct, the spot is along the creek and 
in a public area that should not create privacy issues if relocated. I’m 
placing my bets on Adam. Wes

On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 11:41 AM David Nicosia 
mailto:daven102...@gmail.com>> wrote:
No information at all

On Thu, Jan 2, 2020, 10:50 AM Wes Blauvelt 
mailto:ravenbarnconsult...@gmail.com>> wrote:
Hi Dave - Do you have anymore details on the location of the Varied Thrush? I 
am at the eBird pin site, but no luck so far. Any information would be 
appreciated. Wes Blauvelt

On Wed, Jan 1, 2020 at 6:07 PM David Nicosia 
mailto:daven102...@gmail.com>> wrote:
I sent him an email. I have it from being an ebird reviewer for Tioga co.  I 
asked him to text or call me if he relocates it. I also asked if it would be ok 
to come by and try to relocate it.   I'll keep people posted.

On Wed, Jan 1, 2020, 3:20 PM Lee Ann van Leer 
mailto:lavanl...@gmail.com>> wrote:
Anyone know if homeowner in Candor that posted to a FB group images of Varied 
Thrush in his backyard in Candor is allowing visitors? I messaged him through 
messenger but don’t know him personally. Mark Hollenbeck.

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[cayugabirds-l] FLNF Grassland Enhancement Project open house, 11/22/19, in Hector N.Y.

2019-11-22 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi all,

I wanted to let everyone know about an open house that is taking place tomorrow 
evening at the Finger Lakes Nation Forest ranger station in Hector, NY. with 
Gregory Flood the Hector District Forest Service Wildlife Biologist. It will 
give the public an opportunity to discuss a new grassland enhancement project 
trying to get underway for this upcoming summer. Public comments are being 
accepted. To provide a comment please see the link below and open the "scoping 
letter". Instructions on how to submit a comment are include in that document.

Hector Ranger Station
5218 State Route 414
Hector, NY 14841

https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56961

Gary Kohlenberg



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[cayugabirds-l] Franklin Mountain CBC fieldtrip Saturday 23rd.

2019-11-19 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I will lead a trip to Franklin Mountain near Oneonta, NY on Saturday Nov. 23rd 
to look for migrating Golden Eagles and other raptors. It is about a two hour 
drive.

Meet in the East Hill Plaza parking lot on Pine Tree Road, across from 
Collegetown Bagels toward the Burger King side of the lot, at 7:30 am. We will 
car pool from there. Bring lunch and a scope if you have one. Scopes are really 
optional on a hawk watch, but fun if birds are very distant.

Dress for cold and wind. Hawk watching is highly weather dependent and the best 
conditions will have north to west winds. If I need to cancel for rain I'll 
notify the list by Friday.

We will be standing most of the time, although there benches and a picnic 
table. We will return to Ithaca by 5pm at the latest.

https://doas.us/research/franklin-mountain-hawkwatch/

Gary

Gary Kohlenberg
607 342-3810
jg...@cornell.edu<mailto:jg...@cornell.edu>



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[cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel at Myers Point spit

2019-05-21 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
There is a Whimbrel on the spit at Myers Point with the gulls now. 4:12pm
Gary 

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[cayugabirds-l] Great Egret at Stewart Park

2019-05-20 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
In the river across from the boathouse this afternoon. A hard bird for Ithaca 
this spring. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Orange-crowned Warbler at Hawthorn Woods

2019-05-15 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Chris Wood and Grant found a singing Orange-crowned Warbler in the Hawthorns at 
the NW corner hedgerow. I was able to hear it singing its descending trill as I 
walked up by the softball field. 
Suan and I saw a dull plain Warbler briefly in the same area, that may possibly 
be the singer. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Myers Point Red-necked Grebe

2019-04-23 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
There is a close-in Red-necked Grebe just off Salt Point in Myers. I’m viewing 
from the canoe rack under the pavilion to keep out of the rain. 4:15pm 
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake S. P. waterfowl-lots

2019-03-17 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
There are huge numbers of waterfowl at the north end of the lake all along Lake 
Rd. by Cayuga Lake State Park. It’s worth a look. Lots of Northern Shovelers, 
N. Pintail, Aythya, my first Blue-wing Teal, G-w Teal, Swans, at least one 
Eurasian Wigeon and so on. 
Happy birding, 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sanderlings, Myers Point

2018-07-23 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I’m at Myers Point, 4:30 pm today, Monday and there are 15 Sanderlings with a 
Semi Palmated Sandpiper.

Gary

On Jul 23, 2018, at 8:43 AM, Jay McGowan 
mailto:jw...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

On the heels of an impressive Sanderling invasion yesterday, two breeding 
plumage SANDERLING are currently on the spit at Myers, off and on with a flock 
of Semipalmated Sandpipers. Turnstones, Whimbrel, and Red Knots have all been 
showing up on the Lake Ontario shore, so frequent checks of beaches and other 
shorebird spots in coming days would be advisable.

Jay
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Siskins persisting

2018-05-15 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I had a few Siskins Sunday and the corner of Station Rd. and Bald Hill Rd. 
feeding in a birch tree. I thought it was notable and fun to still have them 
around.

Gary

From: bounce-122569694-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 On Behalf Of Asher Hockett
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018 4:35 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Siskins persisting

I just counted 14 Pine Siskins at our feeders. This is not usual for our 
location, but perhaps the continuing cool weather is keeping them here, or 
they'v'e just decided they like it. We do have a lot of nyger seed socks - the 
fly to the top of one and work their way down head first to the seed. They 
outnumber the goldfinches and the juncos.

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Eastern Phoebe

2018-04-18 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I observed one of the Phoebes, recently returned at the Burns Road Reservoir, 
yesterday feeding very close to the inlet river water. It would perch on 
flotsam and apparently pick bugs off the water surface. I think they get very 
creative in these marginal conditions.

Gary

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Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 1:32 PM
To: Sara Jane Hymes 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eastern Phoebe

I am so distressed for all the returning insect eating birds.  Yes, I know they 
have other strategies etc etc but still.  And on top of declining numbers of 
insects in general, especially high quality big ones.
Thanks for noting this too Sara Jane.
Linda Orkin

On Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 9:16 AM, Sara Jane Hymes 
> wrote:
I had my first PHOEBE today on Eastern Heights walkway near water tower.  It 
was desperately trying to find a bug to catch in the cold weather!
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon update please

2018-01-19 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I'll echo this appeal, please post to the list serve. We have to go old-school 
again with Ebird blocking some sightings. 

Gary 

-Original Message-
From: bounce-122206716-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-122206716-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Joe DeVito
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2018 7:56 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon update please

Birders,

 If anyone can offer an update on the Gyrfalcon I would greatly appreciate it. 
I'm planning on heading that way tomorrow 

Thank you!


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[cayugabirds-l] Thorpe Rd. Snowy Owl on MLK Day

2018-01-15 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
One Snowy Owl is on Thorpe Rd. by the Fingerlakes Airport again this morning. 

No sign of the Gyrfalcon yet today. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Long-tailed Ducks at East Shore Park

2017-11-19 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
There is a large, ~60, flock of Long-tailed Ducks west of East Shore Park 
toward the Red Lighthouse Jetty. I think it’s a pure flock and hard to count in 
the waves, but is the largest group I’ve seen on the lake. I’d like another 
estimate of numbers if anyone sees them.

Gary

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[cayugabirds-l] CBC field trip to Franklin Mountain Saturday

2017-10-25 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi all,
On Saturday, the 28th, I will lead a field trip to the Franklin Mountain Hawk 
watch, in Franklin NY, near Oneonta. It is roughly a 2 hour drive. Meet at the 
East Hill parking lot, across from CTB (Collegetown Bagels), 329 Pine Tree Road 
at 7:30am. We will decide carpooling there for a return around 4:30.

Bring snacks, water etc. Even though the weather looks very good, min 60s, 
bring a warmer windproof jacket just in case. Scopes can be fun, but aren't as 
needed on hawk watching days. We will be standing mostly although there is a 
picnic table on the hill top. If you like to sit, bring a folding chair, I 
don't remember if there are any there.

Cheers,

Gary




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Golden-Plover reported on spit at Myers, 8:10am

2017-08-27 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
The A. Golden-Plover is still at Myer's, on the gravel bars in Salmon Creek as 
of 1:40 pm, feeding apparently oblivious to the activity. I did encourage one 
swimming dog to move more toward the point. 

Gary 

On Aug 27, 2017, at 8:20 AM, Dave Nutter  wrote:

That report just came in from Kevin McGowan on the text rare-bird-alert system.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] White winged tern?

2017-08-12 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
It's totally still there. Ann Mitchell and I enjoyed wonderful views of this 
terrific bird today with dozens of others. Well worth the 90 min. drive !
Gary

On Aug 12, 2017, at 7:30 PM, Brad Walker 
> wrote:

Not sure if it's still around, but it's real.

https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?date.beginMonth=1=species=1900=2017=whwter=Gallery=US-PA=show=YALL=12=false=true=M1TO12=0=30=Audio,Photo,Video=upload_date_desc=White-winged%20Tern%20-%20Chlidonias%20leucopterus=White-winged%20Tern%20-%20Chlidonias%20leucopterus=Pennsylvania,%20United%20States%20(US)

On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 7:27 PM Nancy Cusumano 
> wrote:
Can anyone in this list confirm this sighting? Is it still around?
http://www.mytwintiers.com/news/local-news/extremely-rare-bird-discovered-in-pennsylvania/787221646

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Henslow's Sparrows?

2017-06-24 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I've checked, the fields hosting last year, but no luck yet. I wouldn't put 
much stock in that, because W. King Rd. / Sandbank Rd. are really busy and 
noisy. The listening can be tough.
I think it's worth surveying these and other areas especially with the 
Dickcissel invasion happening currently.
Gary

On Jun 23, 2017, at 7:21 PM, Lauren DeGennaro 
> wrote:

Just wondering if anyone has seen/heard them yet this year around Ithaca?

Thanks,
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[cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel at Benning Marsh

2017-06-10 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Currently two Whimbrel at Benning Marsh, MNWR, found by Scott Peterson. At west 
end of pool with a few Mallards. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Warbler

2017-05-20 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I heard one leaving MVR on my way to the Knoll yesterday, Friday, but was in 
the car and didn't stop to locate it. They seem to circulate around the knoll 
for some distance and this wasn't far at all. 
Gary 

On May 19, 2017, at 10:58 PM, W. Larry Hymes  wrote:

Early afternoon today I'm very confident that I heard a trilling PINE WARBLER 
on Comstock Knoll at the Cornell Botanical Garden.  The bird kept repeating the 
same relatively short pattern over and over.  Could not find it with naked eye. 
 When I did playback, it would stop trilling momentarily.   Definitely not 
chipping sparrow!  Has anyone else seen pine warbler at the knoll recently?

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!

2017-03-22 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I imagine this new solar farm will be leased by Cornell, but built / maintained 
by a third party just like the one at the airport. For the solar company low 
installation cost will be the driving factor. Many separate panels all over 
campus installed by Cornell wouldn't be as cost effective and CU would have to 
maintain them.
The PSC got rid of net metering for residential solar this week so I suspect 
individual homeowner installation will become less desirable even as it has 
also been moving to leased systems.

Gary

On Mar 22, 2017, at 3:22 PM, Melanie Uhlir 
> wrote:

I wish all parking lots had solar panels over them. It would be win-win since 
it would shade the parking lots and they are giant heat-generators and wasted 
space anyway. Put solar panels on top of malls too. On top of hospitals, 
industrial buildings, schools. There are lots of non-habitat spaces solar 
panels ought to go instead of places that support wildlife. Why is that not 
happening?

(yard bird news: I still had 2 Fox Sparrows visiting as of yesterday. I haven't 
seen them today.)

On 3/21/2017 5:40 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
If the goal is to reduce greenhouse gas production, then cutting down trees
is counterproductive when installing solar panels. Also cutting trees down if 
they
are just along the edge of the array makes little sense because the great 
majority
of solar energy is during the middle of the day, not early morning nor late 
afternoon.

Putting solar panels in places that are just creating heat islands, not 
habitats, makes
lots of sense. Put them on rooftops. Put them over parking lots. Put them on 
lawns
that were already getting mowed. That's why home solar is great, but industrial 
scale
makes problems. Those fields that are being replaced as solar "farms" (cute 
name)
will still get rain and have seeds blow in. How will succession be blocked? 
Poisons?

If Cornell first decided to put solar panels on all its rooftops and over all 
its parking
lots, then over, say, the Ag Quad, and had run out places where they could put 
solar
panels without being destructive, I'd be more supportive. I think that grove is 
pretty
special, having seen several Long-eared Owls and a Northern Saw-whet Owl there.

--Dave Nutter

On Mar 20, 2017, at 12:18 PM, marsha kardon 
> wrote:

Please consider this in your efforts to minimize your contribution to climate 
change:

Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report warns
[http://static.un.org/News/dh/photos/11-29-fao-livestock.jpg]
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29 November 2006 – Cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse 
gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, and smarter 
production methods, including improved animal diets to reduce enteric 
fermentation and consequent methane emissions, are urgently needed, according 
to a new United 
Nations report released today.

“Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious 
environmental problems,” senior UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 
official Henning Steinfeld said. “Urgent action is required to remedy the 
situation.”

Cattle-rearing is also a major source of land and water degradation, according 
to the FAO report, Livestock’s Long Shadow–Environmental Issues and 
Options, 
of which Mr. Steinfeld is the senior author.

“The environmental costs per unit of livestock production must be cut by one 
half, just to avoid the level of damage worsening beyond its present level,” it 
warns.

When emissions from land use and land use change are included, the livestock 
sector accounts for 9 per cent of CO2 deriving from human-related activities, 
but produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases. It 
generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the 
Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this comes from manure.

And it accounts for respectively 37 per cent of all human-induced methane (23 
times as warming as CO2), which is largely produced by the digestive system of 
ruminants, and 64 per cent of ammonia, which contributes significantly to acid 
rain.

With increased prosperity, people are consuming more meat and dairy products 
every year, the report notes. Global meat production is projected to more than 
double from 229 million tonnes in 1999/2001 to 465 million tonnes in 2050, 
while milk output is set to climb from 580 to 1043 million tonnes.

The global livestock sector is growing faster than any other agricultural 
sub-sector. It provides livelihoods to about 1.3 billion people and contributes 
about 40 per cent to global agricultural output. For many poor farmers 

[cayugabirds-l] Fox sparrow at the Lab

2017-03-12 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
There is a red Fox Sparrow in the Lab's feeder garden today. First I've seen 
this winter. 
Gary 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Glaucous Gull, Stevenson Rd.

2017-03-12 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Both gulls still present although Glaucous can be tough to pick out from the 
pack on the hill. Iceland was in the compost.
Gary

On Mar 12, 2017, at 12:18 PM, Jay McGowan 
> wrote:

An adult GLAUCOUS GULL is currently up on the hill overlooking the compost 
piles, along with a 1st cycle ICELAND GULL.
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[cayugabirds-l] Aythya flock on Lower Lake Rd.

2017-02-26 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
There are flocks of several thousand Aythya at the north end of Lower Lake Rd., 
east of the NYS Chiropractic College, still today including one Eurasian 
Wigeon. As usual viewing is problematic due to private property. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black Vultures over Lansing

2017-02-23 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
The 2 BV's in Lansing were associated with a flock of 27 Turkey Vultures, 
including one with a white wingtip. We never saw them leave, west or north, so 
may be roosting somewhere in the area between the new Dollar General store on 
East Shore Dr., N. Triphammer Rd. and Asbury Rd. 

Tomorrow it may be worthwhile to try and pick them up again. 

Gary

On Feb 23, 2017, at 4:37 PM, Gary Kohlenberg <jg...@cornell.edu> wrote:

Meena's two Black Vultures are visible now, 4:30, over Lansing. 
SE of the Cayuga Vista Dr. / Woodsedge Dr. intersection Lansing, off of East 
Shore Dr. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Black Vultures over Lansing

2017-02-23 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Meena's two Black Vultures are visible now, 4:30, over Lansing. 
SE of the Cayuga Vista Dr. / Woodsedge Dr. intersection Lansing, off of East 
Shore Dr. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Field birds, Holden Rd. Lansing

2017-01-08 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
There is a nice mixed flock of Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and Lapland 
Longspurs on Holden Rd. in Lansing next to the grey house with the red metal 
roof. They're feeding in the grassy field by the drainage ditch around the 
house.


US-NY-Lansing-52-74 Holden Rd - 42.5983x-76.5227


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[cayugabirds-l] Nighthawks moving tonight

2016-08-22 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Menachem Goldstein just reported 3 Common Nighthawks over Cornell's Jessup 
field and I have one flying over my house now at 8pm. 
Cooler weather has at least some birds moving :) 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Report of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks at Treman Marina

2016-07-10 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I'm looking at 6 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Treman Marina now. Sitting 
with Gulls and Canada Geese at the water entrance to the boat dock.
Gary

On Jul 10, 2016, at 5:23 PM, Jay McGowan 
> wrote:


Someone reported 6 Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks from Treman Marina from 
earlier today. No more details yet so someone go confirm!

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[cayugabirds-l] B-n Stilt yes !

2016-06-20 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
The wonderful Black-necked Stilt was still visible in Knox-Marcellus marsh when 
Nathan Goldberg and I left at 5:50 pm today.
He always favored the southern 1/3 of the marsh, in the muddy fingers, 
occasionally flying short distances to forage at various points. It was nice to 
see him in flight with long red legs trailing behind. 
The Eurasian Wigeon was hard to see, but more difficult was the Garganey, even 
Nathan's considerable efforts couldn't materialize him into view. 
Thanks to Ken and Tom for the updates today. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Stilt updates ?

2016-06-20 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Any reports, positive or negative, today on the Montezuma B-n Stilt would be 
appreciated. 

Thanks, 
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[cayugabirds-l] Garganey RBA at Knox Marcellus Marsh

2016-06-05 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Jay McGowan just RBA'd a drake Garganey in Knox-Marcellus Marsh with other 
ducks. No other details. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Little Gull in Union Springs Wednesday

2016-05-19 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi all,
I went to Union Springs Wednesday afternoon to look for the reported Little 
Gulls. Ann Mitchell and Susan Danskin were to join up later after work. I 
scanned quite a while from Frontenac Park enjoying the double digit numbers of 
BONAPARTE'S GULLS, COMMON TERNS, the occasional FORESTER'S TERN, CASPIAN TERN 
and near 1000 Double-crested CORMORANTS. The raucous calls of the terns and 
gulls made the area sound like the seashore. I saw one candidate, a few times, 
for an immature Little Gull flying over the Marina break wall, but needed a 
better look and was reluctant to call for any kind of success. Ann and Susan 
were scanning from the Marina at that time. After joining them to check out a 
gull they had picked out, buried in a sitting flock, we were treated to stellar 
views of the LITTLE GULL as movement cleared the view of one of the nearby 
docks. As sometimes happens I reached for my phone to get a photo and it picked 
up to fly out over the lake. The other gulls flew when someone walked out and 
around the wall. We never saw a second Little Gull, but with all the birds on 
that end of the lake it isn't surprising. Two perch fishermen had earlier told 
me that many more "little gulls" were on the lake north of the point in Union 
Springs.

Gary




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard Friday

2016-05-13 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
In addition to the birds Bob and Chris saw this morning I can add Indigo 
Buntings, Common Yellowthroats, Magnolia, Blue-winged Warbler and one 
Lawrence's Warbler singing a blue-winged song.

Gary 

On May 13, 2016, at 11:36 AM, bob mcguire  wrote:

The area was fairly quiet when I entered from Mitchell Street around 6 this 
morning. Several LEAST and a GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER were calling close to the 
E.I. Rec-way. As I progressed east I was surrounded by four singing WOOD 
THRUSHES and then at least six GRAY CATBIRDS. A YELLOW WARBLER was the only 
warbler I encountered in the NE corner. Then it began to rain thinly, and I ran 
into Chris T-Hymes. He pointed out a distant TENNESSEE WARBLER that I was 
unable to hear at first. Moving closer we found a second TENNESSEE. Chris 
headed into the middle of the thicket, and I worked my way back towards 
Mitchell Street. Just before emerging from the trees I ran into a foraging 
group of CHESTNUT-SIDED, BAY-BREASTED, and TENNESSEE WARBLERS. Apparently there 
was no major fallout last night - but there were still a few good birds around.

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[cayugabirds-l] Godwit at Montezuma

2016-05-09 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
The Hudsonian Godwit reported this morning at the Montezuma Visitors Center is 
still actively feeding and viewable from the deck. 

Gary
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[cayugabirds-l] Clay-colored Sparrow returns to Cornell

2016-05-06 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Andrew Dreelin found the Cornell Arts Quad Clay-colored Sparrow this morning in 
the same area as last year. The flowering trees on the south side of Goldwin 
Smith Hall and associated walking paths. Chasing Chipping Sparrows with loving 
intentions possibly. Active late this afternoon even with the rain. 
I'm very happy to have him back. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon no

2016-04-01 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Ann and I took a scouting trip around  the Stillwell / Searsburg Road 
intersection in Trumansburg to check on the reported Gyrfalcon. A fool's errand 
it may have been, but as it was Friday night why not. No rare sightings except 
a particularly aggressive, handsome, white turkey defending his farm and hens. 

Gary 



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[cayugabirds-l] 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Stewart Park

2016-03-19 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi all,
Late Tuesday afternoon I birded Stewart Park shoreline for a 
bit to see if I could find any Green-winged Teal. I was able to find two males 
feeding close to  shore by the tennis court. I then saw a Lesser Black-backed 
Gull in beautiful breeding plumage down by the maintenance shed. Dave Nutter 
stopped by on his bike for a, fossil-fuel free, shoreline scan. After admiring 
this beauty we started to find more of these small dark gulls along with a 
flyover Iceland Gull. Jay, Livia and France joined in fun and before we 
finished the tally was 6 in breeding plumage, 2 in streaky head winter plumage 
and 3 2nd year types. The other three of our common gull types were in 
attendance as well. Most of the gulls concentrated east of the playground area 
with many at the extreme SE corner.
The lake was like glass, the viewing very nice, although numbers of waterfowl 
were pretty low. There were more than two dozen Ruddy Ducks and a smattering of 
Mergansers, Mallards, Coots, Bufflehead and two Horned Grebes. One 
Double-crested Cormorant swam near the pilings on the western side.

Gary




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RE: [cayugabirds-l] please keep reporting Western Tanager

2016-03-10 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I know a little more than nothing about molt progression, but I haven't seen 
any changes during the times I've been observing.
Gary


From: bounce-120255067-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-120255067-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Kevin J. McGowan
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2016 9:53 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] please keep reporting Western Tanager

Nice photos. I see no progression of molt from when I photographed the bird on 
27 Feb: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27850362. Does anyone else 
see any changes?

Kevin

From: 
bounce-120254348-3493...@list.cornell.edu
 [mailto:bounce-120254348-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Elaina M. 
McCartney
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2016 6:37 AM
To: Dave Nutter; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] please keep reporting Western Tanager

The Western Tanager was enjoying the fruits of a tree in Wee Stinky Glen 
yesterday morning (March 9) shortly after 9 am, on a branch above the path that 
goes by the bench near the upper entrance of the Cornell Store.  A few photos:

https://flic.kr/p/EY3hcB
https://flic.kr/p/EY3j9H
https://flic.kr/p/EY3gEK
https://flic.kr/p/EDDnaL
https://flic.kr/p/F4V9qN
https://flic.kr/p/E9R1n6

When I first noticed it, I was drawn to look up by singing.  The Western 
Tanager was on a branch close to a House Finch.  A set of more photos is at 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/emccartney/albums/72157665124320010

Elaina

From: Dave Nutter >
Reply-To: Dave Nutter >
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2016 21:42:39 -0500
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] please keep reporting Western Tanager

The WESTERN TANAGER is still being reported via eBird daily on Cornell 
University campus in the same area - the alcove at the east entrance to the 
underground Cornell Store (good for sunning and eating fruits of vines on the 
wall), the south and west sides of Day Hall (whose inhabitants put seed on the 
windowsills), the nearby stream known as Wee Stinky Glen and the fruiting trees 
over it, with forays to the south side of Sage Chapel.

Please keep reporting this bird. Also, any photographers or observers of 
detail, please let me know if you believe you are seeing progression of molt. 
I'd love to see the bird with more adult or breeding male characteristics such 
as red around the face or darker back feathers.

--Dave Nutter

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[cayugabirds-l] Burns Rd. Woodcock NO, bats YES

2016-03-09 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I don’t know how early people see bats in our area, but saw my first of 
the year tonight on Burns Road, Ithaca. I didn’t see or hear any woodcock yet, 
but the bats were actually more exciting. It feels like spring now. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga village Snow Geese and Swans

2016-03-06 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi all,
The large Snow Goose flocks have been frustrating this winter, either 
in the middle of the lake, flying over at dusk or in the corn stubble north of 
the lake. The best place I found today for scanning Snow Geese was the area 
between Beacon Feed Marina and Mud Lock at the north end of Cayuga Lake. From 
Towpath Machine, now closed, about 50,000 Snow Geese, many Canadas and Tundra / 
Trumpeter Swans spread out all along the ice free water. I was able to ID one 
Ross’s Goose and I think there were possibly more. The difficulty was the 
occasional Bald Eagle that caused everyone to pick up and circle around before 
settling back down in a bunch. After a little time to rest the Snow Goose flock 
would start to spread out and swim around greatly improving the viewing. Some 
of the Trumpeter Swans were actively courting making their presence known by 
trumpeting incessantly and generally showing off. 

Happy birding,

Gary
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[cayugabirds-l] Eurasian Wigeon at Frontenac Park still

2016-02-28 Thread Gary Kohlenberg


Reported earlier by Andrew Dreelin and Max Kirsch.   In with Redheads and Am 
Wigeon just north of island. 



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[cayugabirds-l] Cornell campus Western Tanager still there

2016-02-26 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
A Cornell RBA, at 10:18 AM, indicates yesterday's WESTERN TANAGER is still 
being seen behind Day Hall and the rear of the Campus Store on the Cornell 
University campus.

Gary

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] DEC Mixed messages?

2015-11-17 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
As I pointed out, in the email I bounced to the list, the 2005 city court 
challenge upheld the right of NYS to regulate lakeshore activity irrespective 
of any local ordinance. It concerned dog walkers, but presumably would apply 
equally to anyone ticketed for hunting.
I appreciate the clarity of purpose Jamie’s email from the city provides to our 
civil servants, I just want people not to automatically assume this is a 
settled issue. Of course if no hunter complains and the IPD runs people off the 
south end of the lake then it may be a done deal.

Gary

From: bounce-119905115-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-119905115-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 10:04 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] DEC Mixed messages?

I was curious to know if DEC had made revisions to hunting regulations with 
respect to jurisdictional conflicts about waterfowl hunting. But DEC websites 
still seem to be giving waterfowl hunters mixed messages about the validity of 
local "no hunting" ordinances. For example, on this DEC web page it explicitly 
says that such ordinances are not valid:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40550.html

"The State holds the authority to regulate hunting, and no lesser government 
can usurp that authority. Although "No Hunting" laws are not valid, they may 
nonetheless be on the books in some municipalities."

But on the following DEC page, it says hunters must obey local "no discharge" 
ordinances:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/94213.html


"It is important that hunters be aware of and obey all State hunting laws, as 
well as any local discharge ordinances. When using public lands and waters, it 
is essential that hunters access these areas legally."

Can it really be DEC's position that "no hunting" ordinances are not valid, but 
"no discharge" ordinances are valid?

-Geo Kloppel

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Franklin's Gull, Myers Point

2015-11-15 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I went up the west side of the lake today shortly after Jay’s email. As 
yesterday, no luck finding the Franklin’s Gull, but the number of Loons on the 
lake is quite impressive. Most of the feeding activity is north of Sheldrake, 
both gulls and loons, and most of the birdlife is far from either shore making 
viewing a challenge for one teeny rare gull. Today’s nice weather and calmer 
winds were helpful and just at Dean’s Cove on one sweep across I counted over 
300 C. Loons.
I’m not sure where this mysterious Franklin’s Gull is spending its time, but I 
hope it continues to stay a while. The highest concentration of Bonaparte’s 
Gulls yesterday were at Mud Lock. I don’t necessarily think the Franklin’s Gull 
would favor hanging with any particular species, but just be attracted to good 
food sources indicated by others.

Gary


On Nov 15, 2015, at 11:03 AM, Jay McGowan 
> wrote:


No luck trying to refind the Franklin's from Long Point and Aurora, but we can 
see a large feeding flock of gulls on the water off Deans Cove on the west 
side, so if you are in that area it might be worth stopping in to take a look.

Jay

On Nov 15, 2015 8:15 AM, "Jay McGowan" 
> wrote:

A few minutes ago an adult FRANKLIN'S GULL flew in to Myers Point, apparently 
from the south, and landed on the north side of the spit, out of sight for us 
at the lighthouse. We tried to reposition to get a look but it flew before any 
other birds and quickly headed off to the north with some Ring-billed. We are 
still here and it has not returned, but there is still at least one Franklin's 
on Cayuga Lake!

Jay and Brad

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Guns in the park

2015-11-13 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi all,

Just a reminder, as a few seem to forget each year, of some key points:

Hunting is LEGAL.

Guns are LEGAL.

Harassing legal hunting activity is a CRIME.

Birding, hunting and other wholesome outdoor activities are NOT mutually 
exclusive.

And one personal observation. The sight of a gun or a hunter will NOT damage 
the delicate psyche of young adults.

Enjoy the outdoors everyone,

Gary

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[mailto:bounce-119892233-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Rod Davis
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 9:02 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Guns in the park

Mr. Borden is correct.
The post by Mr. Nutter was not appropriate for this forum.
The political tone was especially revolting.
Posting the license numbers is so far over the top that I am disgusted.

I shall send a formal complaint to the list administrator. (I suppose I should 
include the license plate number of Mr. Nutter with it.)
Rod Davis
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] guns at Stewart Park

2015-11-13 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
When this issue was discussed last year Alicia Plotkin had apparently done 
research on court rulings applicable to this. Begging her indulgence I copied 
the response to Geo below in 2014.



In 2005 the Ithaca City Court ruled that only the State of New York can 
regulations activities in or on Cayuga Lake because the State has retained  its 
rights to regulate the lake.  The court cited a Court of Appeals case that 
ruled on jurisdiction over activity in Canandaigua Lake.  (The Court of Appeals 
is the highest court in NYS.)  So the courts already have looked at the 
question of jurisdiction over the lake and ruled against the application of an 
ordinance enacted by municipalities or authorities to anything happening in or 
on Cayuga Lake.  The City Court ruling was in the context of an off leash dog 
swimming in the south end of the lake, and the court threw out the case against 
the dog owner, saying the leash law didn't apply in Cayuga Lake because the 
State has no leash law.  The same logic would apply to the City's firearm 
ordinance if someone tried to ticket or arrest a hunter working in or on the 
lake.



Alicia







On 1/8/2015 8:13 AM, Geo Kloppel wrote:

> I guess the courts have the final say on the validity of Ithaca's ordinance. 
> Concern about the cost and risks associated with jurisdictional disputes may 
> be explanation enough for the lack of enforcement heretofore. But if the city 
> begins to enforce its "No Hunting" ordinance, then DEC will have to decide 
> whether to accept the situation or challenge it.

>

> I wonder if there's a patch for this conflict available under ECL 11-0321, 
> which authorizes DEC to set up "Restricted Areas" for a variety of purposes, 
> including protection of public health and safety. Kayaked disrupting the hunt 
> could pose a public safety concern...

>

> -Geo


From: bounce-119893064-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-119893064-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of bob mcguire
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 11:41 AM
To: dave nutter 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L ; rmann...@twcny.rr.com
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] guns at Stewart Park

Thanks, Dave, for staying with this. The City code is clear:

No person shall carry, transport or possess any firearm of any nature in the 
park, but this section shall not apply to duly constituted peace officers. 
Limited use of archery equipment, supervised as part of a program provided by 
the Ithaca Youth Bureau, shall be exempt from this provision.


Chapter 336 (Parks and Recreation), Section II (Stewart Park)

Bob McGuire
On Nov 12, 2015, at 11:05 PM, Dave Nutter 
> wrote:


This afternoon I was enjoying Stewart Park - the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, the 
Fuertes Sanctuary (swan pond), the birds on the lake - as I often do. As I 
walked clockwise around the pond and came out from the Fuertes Sanctuary path 
near the lakeshore and toward the park road, I came face to face with 3 guys 
carrying guns and dragging a small boat. I took a couple photos on my phone 
(I've been practicing lately, but they weren't very good) and I told them they 
weren't allowed to have guns in Stewart Park. They said lots of law enforcement 
agencies had been called on them before, which sort of contradicts what they 
also said about me being the only one who has given them a problem, and they 
were told it was okay if the guns weren't loaded. I said the ban was in the 
City Code, and maybe those police hadn't read that part. They were skeptical. 
They said they'd seen guys walk right out and shoot waterfowl from Stewart 
Park. I said I would've tried to stop those guys, too. They didn't want to 
leave, but seemed to think that having police, who had agreed with them before, 
resolve the issue would get me out of their hair. So I called 911 and explained 
the situation. The guys in camo agreed to wait for the cops, although meanwhile 
they did put their guns back in their pick-up trucks. That was nice, since kids 
were arriving next to them for rowing practice at the Cascadilla Boathouse, 
although I think the kids were unaware of what was going on. Also I was pretty 
uncomfortable confronting people with guns while waiting for police (also with 
guns) to tell me I was wrong. The guys asked me if I had been waiting for them. 
I said, no, I was just here a lot. A short while later IPD showed up in the 
form of a friendly woman who was smaller than the smallest of the 3 guys, and a 
lot smaller than the largest, who was considerably bigger than me. She seemed 
inclined to let them proceed, then took my ID info, and said I could leave. I 
didn't say that I had been enjoying the park and intended to continue. Instead 
I said I'd like to stay for the outcome, that I thought guns were banned in 
Stewart Park by the City Code, and if that's the case I'd like to see it 
enforced. She said she had to look it up, then took the guys' IDs, and 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma is great today!!!

2015-10-18 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Well said Kevin !

On Oct 18, 2015, at 4:04 PM, Kevin J. McGowan 
> wrote:

Snip: "The refuge grants this privilege - this break from the norm -  because 
it considers it an educational opportunity/event for the visiting public - one 
in which they can learn more about the refuge and the life it encourages. "

Every birder I know is more than happy to tell anyone who asks what they're 
looking at and what's cool about it. If everyone was allowed to stand outside 
their car, looking through their scopes, the dialog, conversation, and 
education would be constant, not just in special events.

Keeping the public in their vehicles decreases information flow and potentially 
decreases the overall enjoyment and education of the public passing through. As 
a compulsive educator, I find this stay-in-your-car! policy to be frustrating 
and counter-productive. I constantly find cool birds along the wildlife drive 
and hope someone will stop and ask me what I'm looking at. If I could, I'd get 
out of my car (on the passenger side) and flag people down to look at baby 
Virginia Rails or a Least Bittern.

But, I can't do that, because I follow rules. So, I turn around in my car seat 
and hope to make eye contact with other cars passing by. They can't see my 
face, and they all pass on by. If I was allowed to stand outside the car they 
could see me and the level of education that occurs along the drive would 
increase by more than an order of magnitude.

In my opinion.

Kevin

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[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vultures moving

2015-10-18 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
On my way back from Cortland this afternoon I drove Turkey Hill Rd. to the 
house, on seeing a few TV's I pulled over to scan. I counted 141 in 25 minutes 
along with 3 Red-tailed Hawks. All appeared to be south bound migrants catching 
the tail end of clearing weather. This may bode well for sky watching tomorrow. 
Gary 


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sanderling, Myers Point

2015-08-20 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Now 2 Sanderling, 3 Semi-sandpipers, 2 Semi-Plover and 3 Least Sandpipers in 
the pouring rain. Dave, Ann, Gary



On Aug 20, 2015, at 6:13 PM, Jay McGowan 
jw...@cornell.edumailto:jw...@cornell.edu wrote:


An adult SANDERLING and two juvenile Semipalmated Sandpipers are currently 
foraging at the end of the spit at Myers Point.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Eyeglasses found at Knox-Marcellus shorebird walk

2015-08-09 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
A pair of eyeglasses were found ,in the road, after today's Montezuma shorebird 
walk at Knox-Marcellus marsh. They are fine and sitting on the stone marker in 
the parking area along with a lens cleaning cloth for easy pickup. 

Gary 



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Great Egret at Sapsucker Woods 6-13

2015-06-13 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Great Egret is still barely visible at the east side of the pond about midway 
back as viewed from the area Diane describes. It is partially hidden by trees, 
but being bright white helps in picking it up. It occasionally walks around 
within a small area so be patient and it should show itself.
Gary



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This morning Ken and I led a beginner bird walk at Sapsucker Woods.  One 
highlight was a gorgeous breeding plumage Great Egret.  We all had great looks 
at its green facial skin through the scope.  We observed the bird from the 
vine-covered pergola that looks out on the pond (just south of the bird feeder 
area).  Later I went to get my camera for a photo, but the bird was no longer 
at this spot.  I hope it returns!

Diane Morton
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] New birds (for me anyway) at Salt Point.

2015-06-11 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I had to smile at you hesitance with the Wood Thrush because on May 9th I 
recorded a Northern Mockingbird at Salt Point singing the best series of 
imitations I've ever heard. I actually removed a couple birds from my eBird 
list when I watched the Mockingbird singing perfect renditions. He was doing 
better N. Cardinal songs than the nearby dueling Cardinal. 
Gary 



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Hi all,

I'm doing a photo project at Salt Point in Lansing, and have been there most 
mornings for several weeks. It's been interesting to see and hear the changes 
in avifauna and behavior as the breeding season progresses.

Especially interesting this morning were several new (to me) species:

Scarlet Tanager singing male. Finally a good view of a species I thought I saw 
here a couple of weeks ago.
Indigo Bunting singing male.
Biggest surprise was hearing a Wood Thrush singing from near the Osprey tower. 
Didn't see the bird, and only heard once...but unless there's a very good mimic 
in there somewhere, or someone else was doing playbacks, I'm going to count 
it...it's a pretty distinctive song...

Other delights:

Fledgling Baltimore Oriole
Cedar Waxwing pair building a nest.
A whole bevy of orioles, grackles, kingbirds mobbing a crow that (presumably) 
was threatening one of their nests in a cottonwood...
Osprey pair both on the nest, one feeding the other, presumably also feeding 
young—Candace Cornell confirmed yesterday morning that all three (yes?) eggs 
have now hatched. Let the Great Airlift of Fish begin!

On the downside:

The Common Merganser brood, that by Tuesday morning had shrunk from 15-16 to 8, 
was nowhere to be seen.
There was a lot of nasty, unphotogenic debris on the lake.
The high water in Salmon Creek has washed away one of the best log/waterfowl 
perches...PFFFAHHH!!!(Bird photographers have a different agenda...!)

Marie


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] no pelican; apparent Arctic Tern

2015-06-10 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
The Terns that roost in Union Springs weren't visible Sunday when Dave, Ann and 
I checked. We also looked in Cayuga without success.
Gary



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Livia and I checked Myers Point this morning as we have most mornings. The only 
birds of note were two COMMON TERNS on a piece of driftwood out on the lake to 
the south. Monday, a young BONAPARTE'S GULL was on the spit. No shorebirds to 
speak of since the weekend. A little later I ran out to the white lighthouse to 
see what was on the lake. No sign of the pelican, but I did have a probable 
ARCTIC TERN out to the north, quickly disappearing up the lake. Details here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23852825

Clearly it's still worth checking the lake regularly. I would especially like 
to hear reports from the tern roost at Frontenac Marina in Union Springs. There 
were still at least six Common Terns there over the weekend, and 30+ on June 
2nd.

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[cayugabirds-l] Common Nighthawk over inlet

2015-05-14 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
My first Nighthawk hunting over the inlet at 8:10pm tonight. 



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[cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler on Armitage Rd. Savanna

2015-05-07 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Prothonotary Warbler back on Armitage Rd. , Savanna, same spot west of iron 
bridge in flooded woods. 
Gary 



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[cayugabirds-l] Clay-colored Sparow Andrew Dreelin

2015-05-04 Thread Gary Kohlenberg

Just in from Andrew Dreelin. Clay-colored Sparrow returned to same spot on 
Cornell Campus as last year !

Gary 


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Clay-colored Sparow Andrew Dreelin

2015-05-04 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
The CC Sparrow is still favoring the trees/walkways just south of Goldwin Smith 
Hall and the Klarman Hall construction fence, on the Arts Quad, Cornell 
University. Singing regularly. 



On May 4, 2015, at 12:46 PM, Gary Kohlenberg jg...@cornell.edu wrote:


Just in from Andrew Dreelin. Clay-colored Sparrow returned to same spot on 
Cornell Campus as last year !

Gary 


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[cayugabirds-l] American Bittern on the South Hill Rec. Way

2015-04-30 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I found an unusual forest bird this evening on the South Hill Recreation Way 
trail. An American Bittern was standing in a small grassy clearing in a pine 
tree grove west of the trail about a half mile north of the Burns Rd. entrance. 
I tried earlier to call one at the reservoir without success so it was a 
surprise to find one in the woods. There is no water, other that the small 
stream at the trail entrance, where he was resting.
My previous crazy Bittern sighting was one perched on the power lines, in the 
rain, at Sapsucker Woods several years ago. I think this one was more fun.

Gary

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Brown Thrasher, Red-shouldered Hawk

2015-04-25 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I had two Brown Thrashers working their way through my yard this morning also. 
It was finally the day ! 

Gary

On Apr 25, 2015, at 8:20 AM, Geo Kloppel geoklop...@gmail.com wrote:

I was beginning to worry about the absence of Brown Thrasher from my yard, but 
here he is at last this morning!

Yesterday afternoon at 4:30 while heading over to Abbott's Loop with my dogs, I 
spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk in the little spruce swamp at the corner of 
Station Road and Bald Hill Road. Not an unusual bird in the Danby State Forest, 
but memorable because the sky was so gray that the hawk seemed to be in flames, 
the brightest thing anywhere to be seen.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction: owls there Thursday 4/16 morning.

2015-04-20 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi John, 
Yes the nests are very close. From the buss garage the RTHA nest is easier to 
see. It is in the tree with the painted 150 yd. marker. It was only after 
people reported seeing Owls after I left that I started to get suspicious. 
Gary
 



On Apr 20, 2015, at 7:23 AM, John Confer con...@ithaca.edu wrote:

Well, I'll be darned. It certainly does sound as if there were two raptor 
nests. They would have to be very close to each other. In fact, I was pretty 
certain I was looking at the same nest/location where I saw the adult owl about 
10 days ago. The two nests must be really close. I'll have to go back to try to 
see both nests. I'm still not completely convinced I was looking at a different 
nest because in location and structure, it certainly looked like my memory of 
the owl nest.

Life is interesting.

Cheers,

John


From: bounce-119070192-25065...@list.cornell.edu 
bounce-119070192-25065...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of Dave Bulatek  Teresa 
Wagner Bulatek bula...@twcny.rr.com
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 9:04 PM
To: Noe Fernandez Pozo; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction: 
owls there Thursday 4/16 morning.

There is a Red-tailed hawk nest not far from the owls' nest.  We have photos
of the owls from Friday evening, April 17.
Teresa
- Original Message -
From: Noe Fernandez Pozo noeis...@gmail.com
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 7:58 PM
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction:
owls there Thursday 4/16 morning.


Hi,

I saw the GHO on the nest today.

Cheers,
Noe


 On Apr 19, 2015, at 7:19 PM, Susan Danskin dans...@twcny.rr.com wrote:
 
 A friend sent me a photo of the chick in the nest time stamped 10:45 am
 today.  is it possible John’s group was looking at a different nest?  I
 know Gary K said he spent a bunch of time looking at the wrong nest a
 couple of weeks ago.
 Susan
 
 
 
 
 
 On Apr 19, 2015, at 7:02 PM, Paul Schmitt pschmi...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Well, I have photos of both chicks and adult from Saturday morning.  This
 report does not match.
 
 Paul Schmitt
 
 Sent from my iPad
 
 On Apr 19, 2015, at 6:15 PM, Marie P. Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 Correction: I was at the GH Owl nest THURSDAY morning, around 9:00 am.
 One adult and one large nestling were visible in the nest.
  I was there myself on Friday morning when the owls were definitely in
 residence.
 
 Marie
 
 
 
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
 Phone  607-539-6608
 e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
 
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 Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake BasinAvailable here:
 
 http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery/Sierra-Wings-Birds-of-the-Mono-Lake-Basin/GNlCxX37uTzE/CBPFGij6nLfE
 
 From: bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu
 [bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Marie P. Read
 [m...@cornell.edu]
 Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 6:08 PM
 To: John Confer; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest
 
 John Confer wrote:
 
  We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great
 Horned Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in
 sight, there was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I
 know some species reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor
 species in the same season? If the red-tail is incubating, it must have
 started laying almost immediately after the GHOW left, because it was
 there just two weeks ago.
 
 Well that is totally bizarre, because some friends of mine said they saw
 the GH Owls on that nest Saturday afternoon (I think) and I was there
 myself on Friday morning when the owls were definitely in residence.
 
 What happened?
 
 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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 From: bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu
 [bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of John Confer
 [con...@ithaca.edu]
 Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 4:56 PM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; John Confer
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy
 
 The warbler team had a moderately good day. We did not find many
 migrants: one White-throated Sparrow as we were leaving the Lab and then
 a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker calling as we got into the cars. The swan pen
 at Stewart Park had few birds and the waterfront produced the more
 common waterfowl. An ornithology class from Binghamton did find a Ruddy
 Duck, which we missed. We heard and saw Fish Crow, at least 5 around 

[cayugabirds-l] Purple Martin at MNWR Thursday

2015-04-03 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
As another sign of spring Susan, Ann and I had a, first of the year, PURPLE 
MARTIN sitting on one of the Martin house poles at the Montezuma Visitor's 
Center yesterday. The Martin houses haven't been raised to the top of the poles 
yet, but it looks like time. There were half a dozen NORTHERN SHOVELERs in the 
visitor's center pond along with A.WIGEON, ABDU, GADWALL, MALLARD and a 
GREEN-WINGED TEAL. We didn't see any Blue-winged Teal.
The main pool is still partially frozen and it was interesting to see Great 
Blue Herons walking on the ice. Many gulls covered the ice including an ICELAND 
GULL that Tim Lenz alerted us to.  Four OSPREYS cavorted over the maintenance 
buildings. We could only drive as far as Benning Marsh as the road is blocked 
by equipment.
The mucklands held many tens of thousands of Snow Geese, 
Mallards, Pintails and American Black Ducks. We were able with great difficulty 
pick up two ROSS'S GEESE, one sitting and one flying. It would have been 
easier, but most of the Snows were feeding or resting with their heads tucked 
in.

Gary

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Killdeer Courtship at Myers

2015-03-27 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi Lauren,
As Marie noted sometimes this behavior is by small groups. I 
watched a group of four Killdeer doing this display on a visit to Myer’s 
several years ago. It was the most unusual thing to see these birds do what 
amounted to a Killdeer version of a square dance calling like crazy. Very 
competitive for them probably and amazing for me.
Killdeer are really starting to peak now. I had 11 birds at one 
stationary count last night and I seem to hear them at every stop. Thanks for 
posting your observation and reminding me of the thrill I had seeing this 
behavior.

Gary

From: bounce-118987670-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Killdeer Courtship at Myers

One recent good description of poses, etc. is the Stokes Nature Guides, Guide 
to Bird Behavior, vol. 2.
The original Saunders source is Saunders, Aretas Andrews, The Summer Birds of 
Central New York Marshes  Roosevelt Wild Life Bulletin. vol. 3 , pp. 335-475.  
1926
Also A. C. Bent's Life Histories of North American Shorebirds part two.  
Originally from the Smithsonian in 1927, Dover Publications did a reprint in 
1962.

Steve


On Thursday, March 26, 2015 9:47 PM, Marie P. Read 
m...@cornell.edumailto:m...@cornell.edu wrote:

I've seen Killdeer doing this and similar behaviors a number of times early in 
the breeding season. Sometimes in pairs, sometimes several birds together. My 
impression is that it has both territorial and  courtship components.
Pairs do something similar during a nest scrape display...the male bows, 
spreading his tail and trills constantly when the pair is at one of the nest 
scrapes the male makes when the two are deciding on a nest site.
Here are a couple of photos of this behavior:

http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Killdeer/Gu7AkHC8sfg8/IALsXWhF3uvM/CzQU3lDkq6SE

http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Killdeer/Gu7AkHC8sfg8/I6rJaalHoVTk/CzQU3lDkq6SE

Cool observation!
Marie


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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Killdeer Courtship at Myers

This morning at Myers Point, the group I was with observed two Killdeer 
engaging in what we assumed was a courtship ritual.  They stood on the log at 
the end of the gravel parking lot, back to back, with tails raised high, and 
backed into each other until tails were close to touching.  They then began 
imitating each other, with flicks and dips.  The whole time they were calling 
constantly, so that it sounds like one continuous trill.  No one in our group 
had ever seen the likes of it before, or heard of it.  Unfortunately we had to 
leave before seeing the end of this display, but my curiosity was piqued.

I came home and checked on Birds of North America for more information, and 
found nothing except a small reference to the 1967 paper Prenuptial courtship 
in wintering shorebirds by J.B. Funderburg.  Google searching this paper lead 
me to a website describing the ground courtship displays of Killdeer.  I find 
it quite interesting, so I thought I'd share it with you all!

Found on the website birdsbybent.com.  A 1929 bulletin - 146 (part 2: 202-217) 
- written by Arthur Cleveland Bent for the Smithsonian National Museum.

The most noticeable courtship performances of the killdeer are those that take 
place in the air--the nuptial flight--but those that occur on the ground, 
although less often seen, are also spectacular. Aretas Saunders (1926) thus 
describes the display: Two birds would crouch side by side but facing in 
opposite directions. Then they would droop the tips of the wings so that they 
exposed the ochraceous patch of the lower back, spread the tail, and tip the 
breast forward, slowly lifting the wing tips till the came way above the back, 
but never covered it from view. All the while they kept up a continual call, 
the long-trilled note 't-r-r-r-r-r.' The displaying birds would often begin 
the performance or end it with a little fighting.

Try as I might, I couldn't find the original Saunders source.  Have any of you 
witnessed this behavior before?


[cayugabirds-l] Saturday CBC field trip- long

2015-03-22 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Saturday nine of Ithaca’s best, most enthusiastic, birders joined me 
for a jaunt up the lake. When I left the house to meet at the Lab the morning 
was so snowy it seemed like a replay of February. When we arrived at Myer’s 
Point the heavy blowing snow limited visibility to about 100 yards off-shore. 
Small flocks of Blackbirds moved overhead, mostly GRACKLES. There was a calling 
KILLDEER and a juvenile ICELAND GULL in the mixed Gull flock on the spit. 
REDHEAD, CANVASBACK, RING-NECKED, MALLARD, A. BLACK DUCKS, COMMON MERGANSERS, 
BUFFLEHEAD, CANADA GEESE, and C. GOLDENEYE made up the bulk of the waterfowl 
along with a pair of WOOD DUCKS. Three WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS fed very close to 
shore providing excellent viewing. A run over to the Marina side added A. COOT, 
HOODED MERGANSERS, LESSER and GREATER SCAUP and Red-winged Blackbird. The south 
wind was too brisk for a long session here. 

We thought Salt Point would allow better viewing of the cove which 
wasn’t visible in the blowing snow. This was the best spot for comfort serving 
up 2+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in a mixed RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD / COMMON GRACKLE flock. 
Susan and others managed to get the Rusty’s in their scope for nice satisfying 
views. The NW point had a group of 20 TUNDRA SWANS, 3 WOOD DUCKS and 4 
GREEN-WINGED TEAL mixed in with the same menu of ducks as the previous stops. 2 
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS got added to the list along with a good assortment of 
terrestrial birds. A KILLDEER again here with an AMERICAN PIPIT feeding along 
the shoreline. We had at least one SONG SPARROW in the shrubs with Cardinal, 
House Finch, Chickadees, Blue Jays, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpecker. I always 
think I shortchange myself by not stopping here more often. It can have the 
best diversity of the three typical Myer’s stops. 
 
It was now time to head north spending quality time drying out and 
warming up in the car. The snow was wet and so were we with foggy optics. I was 
excited to try and find an Eastern Meadowlark along Lake Road in Aurora. We 
weren’t able to pick up one on arriving, but had good view of HORNED LARKS with 
male and female NORTHERN HARRIER. From here we dropped down to Long Point S.P. 
There, on the north side, away from the wind, was a mixed assortment of ducks 
like on previous stops. There was a tight flock of six WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 
several HORNED GREBES bobbed in the waves and big groups of RED-BREASTED, 
COMMON and HOODED MERGANSERS. Two COMMON LOONS were spotted, but no 
Red-throated Loon although we had a report of some from a birder on Lake Road. 

We made one more stop, at the Aurora boathouse, before attacking 
Dorie’s for snacks. The same mix of AYTHYA as Long Point with more Horned 
Grebes. The Grebes were very distant so we couldn’t pull out an Eared Grebe if 
one was present. There was one BALD EAGLE near the nest and another flying back 
down the lake. 

Dorie’s was wonderful as usual so we arrived in Union Springs recharged 
and checked the ponds. Factory Street was skimpy, but did have GADWALL, Redhead 
and Ring-necked Duck. No Shovelers  or Blue-winged Teal as we had hoped. The 
Cheese Factory pond was fairly active with both Scaup, Bufflehead, Ring-necked 
Duck, Redhead and the surprise lingering 2 RED-NECKED GREBES. I was thrilled 
they were still here sporting their near breeding plumage. It’s not often you 
can see this species so close and contained on Cayuga Lake. 

As the lake was still frozen solid this far north Frontenac Parks’s 
small open water area was very busy with TUNDRA SWANS, GADWALL, A. BLACK DUCK, 
MALLARD, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, both SCAUP, 
RING-NECKED DUCKS with some COMMON MERGANSERS. A KILLDEER walked the ice edge 
for tidbits and our first TURKEY VULTURE of the day meant it was clearing up to 
just rain. 

On to Harris Park in Cayuga where the open strip of water was jamb 
packed with good numbers of waterfowl. Here we added AMERICAN WIGEON and a 
surprise LONG-TAILED DUCK playing hide and seek among the crowded ice channel. 
This is one of my favorite ducks to see at any time. 

Towpath Machine was snowed in so we snuck in behind Beacon Feed 
Boatworks to scan the open channel of water. As can often be the case here 
large numbers of Swans gather. We saw 4 MUTE SWANS, but the huge flock of 
TUNDRA SWANS was distant and hazy so picking out Trumpeter Swan didn’t work. We 
cut this stop short because I was hoping we could find Sandhill Cranes farther 
north of Montezuma. 

Lunch at Nice n Easy launched us on to Morgan Road where Cranes had 
been reported. The days first E.BLUEBIRD and A. KESTREL joined the total just 
before the parking area. We scanned hard, but couldn’t find any Sandhills. 
There were two nice ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and an adult BALD EAGLE. Another Eagle 
sitting on the ground gave me hope for a Golden Eagle with some tantalizing 
clues, but it was 

[cayugabirds-l] Saturday field trip up Cayuga Lake

2015-03-19 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi all,
I'll be leading a Cayuga Bird Club field trip on Saturday, 
3/21, meeting at the Lab-of-O at 7:30 am. We will bird up the lake to Montezuma 
to see what is new and changed from the recent frozen tundra conditions of this 
winter. We'll return at 2PM. Dress warm as the weather looks to be around 30 
deg. with damp southern breezes. All are welcome and it's not necessary to be a 
CBC member. If you have a scope bring it along, if not we can share amongst the 
group.

Happy birding,

Gary Kohlenberg





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Re: [cayugabirds-l] various migrants

2015-03-19 Thread Gary Kohlenberg

Late yesterday afternoon around 6 PM there was a steady movement of Grackles in 
small flocks over my house. All heading west just at treetop level. The 
conditions may be marginal but Spring waits for no one.
Gary


On Mar 19, 2015, at 9:13 AM, Dave Nutter 
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Migrating geese, both SNOW  CANADA, continued over Ithaca yesterday (Wed 18 
Mar) despite NW winds. Perhaps the winds are less unfavorable close to West 
Hill at my place.
In the evening I saw several flocks of northbound blackbirds. Although my only 
postive IDs were COMMON GRACKLES my suspicion is that the others were mostly 
Red-winged Blackbirds.
Also northbound past my house at about treetop level was a single GREAT BLUE 
HERON.
Yesterday morning in Fall Creek along Renwick I saw 15 WOOD DUCKS, 2 male 
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and a passle of displaying HOODED MERGANSERS. Aythyas 
continue in the creeks as well.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] White-winged Crossbill, Enfield

2015-03-11 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I had a little time this afternoon to head up and try and see this uncommon 
Crossbill. I wasn't able to hear or see him unfortunately but was able to 
attract the attention of 2 Sheriff patrol cars. The neighbors in this area are 
obviously bored or have overdosed on reality TV. Otherwise our public servants 
are very professional and friendly, but not well versed in winter finch 
activities.
Gary



On Mar 11, 2015, at 2:41 PM, Jay McGowan 
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All,
An immature male WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL is frequenting a private feeder in 
Enfield, just west of the intersection of Sheffield Road and Enfield Center 
Road. The homeowner reported this bird to eBird a few days ago. I have not 
spoken with her, but I was able to see the bird from the road this morning. It 
flew in and landed in a tree between Sheffield Road and Hedgerow Drive. It 
stayed there calling for several minutes, then flew up to a tamarack to feed. 
We did not see it visit the feeder, but it has apparently been coming for 
several days. Its head and upperparts were quite red, but the underparts were 
brownish and streaked.

Photo here:
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[cayugabirds-l] Brown Thrasher

2015-03-08 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi all,

I walked my usual route down Burns Road today and found a Brown Thrasher 
visiting a feeder at Burns Way. In talking to the homeowner he said it’s been 
at his house all winter with some Grackles and what sounds to me like a Rusty 
Blackbird. I didn’t see these other early birds, but I’ll check again this week.

Gary




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] rare bird rant

2015-02-27 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
The great part of using eBird as Bob does is that rare bird sightings output to 
all users that have the rare bird / needs alert notifications setup in their 
account. No extra work involved and potentially reaching more observers than 
the text alert system. I highly recommend using BirdLog NA for all your 
sightings!
The RBA system still has the advantage of immediacy reaching flip phones, but 
can detract from the personal experience just a little. I don't feel the same 
loss when using BirdLog and will advocate that others try it and judge for 
themselves.
This comes from a dedicated notebook user.

Gary



On Feb 27, 2015, at 9:58 AM, Rob Blye 
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Jody, Dave and others,

I have some of the same birding behaviors as Jody but one activity I do support 
whole-heartedly is the regular and frequent use of Ebird.  Ebird lets me keep 
track of my bird sightings almost effortlessly. Most importantly, it lets me 
contribute to our collective knowledge of bird distribution and populations, 
again with very little effort. I have been birding since about 5 years old and 
earned my living as a wildlife biologist. Since about 1969, I have filled out 
paper checklists that I have stored somewhere. I conducted multi-year bird 
populations studies that were entered  into corporate data bases with the 
assurance that the data would never by erased. But, I don't really know what 
birds I have seen and the data from those studies was dumped (without 
myknowedge) by a database administrator looking for space (I guess).

I am thrilled with Ebird and at least I know what I have seen and where since I 
started using Ebird regularly in 2013. I plan to use the paper records of my 
bird population studies and my birding checklists to enter historical data into 
Ebird for both personal, selfish reasons and to make the study data available 
to others.

Please use Ebird. You could even hide its output if that violates your sense of 
privacy.

Rob Blye
CALS 1972


From: Jody W Enck j...@cornell.edumailto:j...@cornell.edu
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
cayugabird...@list.cornell.edumailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu, Dave 
Nutter nutter.d...@me.commailto:nutter.d...@me.com
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] rare bird rant

Hello All,

  I was stimulated by Dave’s well-written email to offer an anti-rant 
.  (And, Dave, please keep your rants coming, because I do enjoy reading 
them!)  Maybe the fact that I don’t have a cell phone and rarely carry my 
little trac-fone with me says a lot about how I approach birding.  Encounters 
with birds, rare or common, are very personal for me.  I think it is great that 
others get so excited about chasing birds that others have reported, but that 
is not for me.  More importantly for me, I really don’t want to have a bunch of 
other birders (even my friends) show up and interfere with that very personal 
interaction.  If that is selfish, then I guess I’ll wear that label proudly.  I 
am a scientists (both ecological and social) and a conservationist, yet I am 
reluctant to submit my sightings to eBird because I don’t want my personal 
experiences to be treated as data by others.  I know I’m a bit weird about all 
this compared to most people.  I still have not chased the Tufted Duck, which 
I’ve never seen in my life.  There was a White-eyed Vireo on the other side of 
the Lab of O pond for three days a year or so ago and I never trekked the 150 
yards out to see it.  Please don’t think I am an anti-lister, either.  I 
recently was in CA for work and passed the 500 species in the US mark 
(Surfbird) pointed out to me by Brian Sullivan (along with my life Black-vented 
Shearwater, Common Murre,  Rhinoceros Auklet, and Pacific Loon -- see I do go 
birding with others sometimes!).  Soon after Brian left, I stumbled upon a bird 
I did not recognize other than to know it was some kind of sandpiper-ish bird.  
I sat for a half hour taking notes, drawing pictures, and taking a few 
pictures.  Then I had to go do work.  Later that night I was excited to find 
out that I had encountered a Wandering Tattler (#501 in the US for me; 
California Thrasher was my last new one at #502 and California Condor had been 
#489 ).  I did send Brian and a couple other CA birders a couple pictures for 
confirmation.  But, I was thrilled and felt a real sense of discovery because I 
encountered the bird on my own and had a half hour to really observe it by 
myself.  I know that is a very different experience than the ones desired by 
other birders.  And, I totally support Dave’s point of view and do encourage 
others to share their sightings if they want to.  Just please don’t expect me 
to want to !

Thanks Dave for stimulating this discussion.

Jody

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] cowbird?

2015-02-13 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi Liz,
It certainly could have been a BH Cowbird. They will occasionally overwinter in 
our area. There has been a large flock,(~50) visiting feeders at Lake Como 
again this winter.
Happy birding,
Gary



On Feb 12, 2015, at 11:42 AM, Liz Brown 
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Hi all,


This morning I had what looked like an all-black cowbird at my feeder in 
Mecklenburg - it had the overall shape and heavy bill of a brown-headed 
cowbird, and was roughly the same size, but it was black all over. I can say 
with certainty that it wasn't a blackbird or a grackle.


Any ideas? I'll try to get a picture if it comes back.


Thanks,

Liz Brown

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[cayugabirds-l] Bradfield Peregrines SW side

2015-01-22 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Both there as of 3:05 on SW side. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Buntings

2015-01-17 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I found one fast moving flock of ~60 Snow Buntings on Mt. Pleasant today.  They 
were hard to track down and you might have to traipse around the fields at the 
top of the hill by the cell towers. 
I only heard one Horned Lark but the usual large Crow flock is in their spot in 
the woods. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] PEREGRINE STIILL AT BRADFIELD

2015-01-11 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Two Peregrines! Susan, Ann and I just had one circling the building and one 
perched on west side ledge at 1:42
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East side. Viable from greenhouses. 

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[cayugabirds-l] SEOW in Lansing

2015-01-06 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I had one Short-eared Owl, low over the western fields, on Scofield Rd. 
tonight. He appeared at 5:02, but was soon lost from view. 
Of course that was the time Ann picked to move her car :) 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] another count-week species

2014-12-31 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Horned Grebes yesterday at Stewart Park. I don't know if they were reported.


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Northern Pintail today at Stewart Park.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] N. Gannet at Seneca Lake

2014-11-22 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I was able to find the Northern Gannet this morning about 9:45. It was swimming 
far to the north of Seneca Marina. I scanned from Clute Park at 60x. The huge 
size jumped out especially compared to the Common Loons nearby. An incredible 
bird for the lake and a wonderful find by the Gregoire's.
After much enjoyable viewing I lost sight of him as he stretched his wings and 
dove once. I'm hoping he just moved up the lake to reappear later. I never saw 
him fly closer to the park.
Gary




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The immature NORTHERN GANNET was still present in the southeast corner of 
Seneca Lake at dusk just now, sleeping and swimming around between swans. 
Visible from the pulloff and from Warren Clute Park.

On Nov 21, 2014 3:13 PM, John and Sue Gregoire 
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At 1400 today, we had a mixed flock of Tundra and Trumpeter Swans close in to 
shore
on Seneca Lake at the bottom of the Rte 79 hill. While separating the swans a 
huge
seabird swam into view and eventually came right offshore. It was a juv. 
Northern
Gannet!! Plumage much as the one we had there two years ago. Earlier today a
Peregrine falcon buzzed that area and landed on the old salt tower at Clute 
Park.
Many ducks in the area and in the canal including three merganser species. Three
Sandhill cranes (two adult one juv) remain in Queen Catharine Marsh as well as 
the
two adult Bald Eagles that successfully nested there this summer (they were on 
the
nest tree). Didn't tarry much beyond that as we manged to run the battery down, 
get
a jump start and head into town for a new battery! Worth it.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black Scoter, East Shore Park

2014-10-22 Thread Gary Kohlenberg

After watching the wonderful Purple Sandpiper this afternoon I thought of going 
back to Ithaca and chasing the Black Scoter.
I stopped first to the Marina and was pleasantly surprised to see 7 Black 
Scoters flying in tight formation up the lake past the point. There were also 9 
Surf Scoters, 3 Long-tailed Ducks, Horned and Pied-billed Grebes.
It is shaping up to be excellent lake watching. I wonder what else is waiting 
to be discovered?
Gary


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A nice female-type BLACK SCOTER was visible a few minutes ago from East Shore 
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several days was visible on the lake off the east end of Stewart Park. Last I 
heard, the Purple Sandpiper was still showing well on the spit at Myers. Surf 
Scoters and a continuing male LONG-TAILED DUCK were the other highlights from 
Myers.

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[cayugabirds-l] Spencer, possible Wood Stork

2014-10-04 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Keep your eyes open today around Spencer and beyond. I just talked with a 
friend that saw a possible WOOD STORK in a field apparently  waiting out the 
heavy rain. It has flown and was not relocated. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park birds

2014-09-17 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I made a loop around the park after work today. There still weren’t 
many migrant birds at the swan pen, but I did find one Western Palm Warbler 
with a few Chickadees. There was one vociferous Fish Crow on the peninsula with 
white tag 06. 
Renwick Woods was going to be nothing but a nice walk until I found a 
feeding flock of 5 Chickadees, 4 Red-eyed Vireos, 2 Black-throated Green 
Warblers, Titmouse and 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and a Magnolia Warbler. There 
was a small mud puddle in the trail, the flock would alternate feeding / 
chipping and flying down to the puddle to drink. I was able to watch them for 
some time. Unfortunately the OCWA’s seemed to be the sulkiest of the group, but 
they did both appear together from the low brush to the puddle edge. 

happy birding,

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sunday Sabine's Gull?

2014-09-14 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Yes. Very quiet. Dave was there way before me and indicated the same. No exotic 
Gulls or Terns.
Gary

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Has anybody been to Stewart Park this morning to look for the Sabine's Gull? If 
so, could positive or negative reports be shared here?

Thanks,
Matt Medler

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northeast Night Migration

2014-09-11 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I just checked the radar from a few minutes ago. Great bird blooms over New 
York and Pennsylvania !

On Sep 11, 2014, at 7:36 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
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Just a heads-up:

Tonight and tomorrow night look to be really good nights to listen for or 
record night migrants that are departing points North and headed into the 
Northeast destined for points South. If you have an opportunity to get out and 
listen, by all means, do it. If you are an early morning person, try to catch 
the descent of thrushes just prior to the start of civil twilight. I know I'll 
be recording and others may be as well.

Good night listening!!

Sincerely,
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[cayugabirds-l] Willet at Myer's Point

2014-08-23 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Ann and I stopped by Myer’s Point this afternoon to try and find a 
Sanderling for her year list. When we arrived there was a large wader on the 
point. My initial thought was a Greater Yellowlegs until it flew, the bold 
black and white wing stripes confirmed it was in fact a WESTERN WILLET. He 
moved between Salt Point and Myer’s hunting successfully for crustaceans. One 
whole crayfish went down-the-hatch without to much fuss. The Willet seemed 
unconcerned with activity at one point being too close to digiscope. I was able 
to get a photo just with my bare phone. 
The SANDERLING was present and also two SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, one of 
which stayed on the island in Salmon Creek. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Common Nighthawks, Cass Park, Ithaca

2014-08-22 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
I was at Stewart Park the same time Dave was across the inlet. I saw two 
Nighthawks over the golf course that flew south. My suspicion was they picked 
up from Renwick Woods to continue their journey, but reading Dave's post makes 
me think they spent some time feeding the flats as my sighting was slightly 
past Dave's in time. They may have already been up and flying around when I 
spotted them.
Gary


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This evening between 7 and 7:21pm from the Cayuga Waterfront Trail in Cass Park 
I saw at least 3 and possibly as many as 6 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS. The first which I 
saw, only a few minutes after I began my quest, was distant to my east over the 
flats of Ithaca. Surprisingly, it was flying directly north with steady 
wingbeats, which is nominally typical of gulls in the evening, but in the scope 
I could tell it not only had extremely narrow pointed wings (narrower than a 
Ring-billed Gull), but it was brown (not immature gull- or Black Tern-colored), 
it took extremely high and deep wingbeats (unlike gulls or even terns), and it 
occasionally rolled a bit to one side or the other (which gulls and terns don't 
do in my experience). I lost track of it when it had gone so far to my left 
that I had to change my stance. Obviously it was not migrating, which is the 
usual circumstance I have seen nighthawks flying straight and steady. I figured 
it must be headed toward the lake or over nearby woods to feed. A few minutes 
later through binoculars I glimpsed another more distant bird to the east with 
long, narrow, pointed wings in irregular flight, but I was unable to find it 
through my scope. This happened again a bit later to the northeast. Several 
minutes I saw 2 birds to my northeast, but closer, over the Farmers' Market, 
and I managed to get one in my scope for a more satisfying view of the long 
notched tail and the white band across the primaries, plus some of the typical 
extremely erratic foraging flight as it worked its way south past me. When I 
stepped back from the scope I saw that it's companion still traveled nearby, 
with the same size, shape, and flight. The last Common Nighthawk I saw, also in 
the scope less than 3 minutes later, followed a similar southbound path passing 
somewhat to my east. Even if the first directly-northbound bird completely 
changed its direction when it found company or food, and if the two poorly seen 
birds both went north then turned around, I still saw at least 3 Common 
Nighthawks this evening, because I don't think either of the southbound pair is 
likely to have snuck north again that quickly.

Another unusual sighting for Cass Park was a SCARLET TANAGER atop a willow 
along the Inlet. It was a male in green and black non-breeding plumage.

This evening I only found one OSPREY by Cass Park, perched in a tree along the 
Farmers' Market, but there were 2 Ospreys perched in a dead tree along Jetty 
Woods, presumably birds from the nest platform north of Treman Marina. I 
counted over a hundred DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS perched in the trees of Jetty 
Woods, and I saw at least 20 CASPIAN TERNS this evening, half of them 
southbound in groups of 3 and 7, the remainder resting on and near the base of 
the red lighthouse.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] RBA text aleart system

2014-08-16 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Carl, 
You can also change your eBird settings to get alerts quicker and for more than 
one county. 
The GroupMe App for RBA alerts  is terrific if you decide to set that up. 
Onondaga birders use it to if you want more northerly alerts. 
Gary 

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Carl:

The existing RBA system is open to everyone. Details and instructions can be 
found on the CBC website: 
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/rare-bird-alert-system-for-the-cayuga-lake-basin.

Enjoy!

Paul

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 A number of birders have commented about re instituting a text based RBA 
 system like the one we once had that was managed by Dave Nutter. As I 
 understand that the old system went away because there was going to be charge 
 for the service. I am wondering if a similar system could be set up with a 
 small fee for subscription to cover the costs would readers of this list be 
 interested?
 
 Right now I either get alerts from this list  via e-mail or  Ebird RBA alerts 
 ( which are a day old). I would like to know if there is enough interest in 
 having an instant RBA  text system again?
 
 If there are enough people interested I would be willing to manage the 
 system, but I would need the help of someone who understands this kind of 
 system better than I do to help get it set up.
 
 If you are interested please let me know by PM at c...@cornell.edu and use 
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[cayugabirds-l] Summerhill logs and birds

2014-08-09 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi all,
I thought it would be fun to chase Jay and Livia’s Olive-sided 
Flycatcher. on Neimi Rd., today. I struck out on that one so I decided to go to 
Summerhill to my other can’t miss spot”. Well of course I did miss seeing one 
there as well, but a nice consolation prize was a RED CROSSBILL that flew in 
with some A. Goldfinches to land in a nearby pine tree. I managed to get some 
phone-scope pictures as he was feeding on cones. Nothing else of note there 
except the ever present Cedar Waxwings. 
I wanted to give everyone a heads-up so you won’t be surprised. They 
are doing extensive clear-cut logging in Summerhill from the snow machine 
clubhouse on Salt Rd. to Hoag Rd. I suppose it will become a new hotspot for 
grassland birds. Ha! They aren’t taking every tree, it looks to be just the 
softwoods, but I haven’t seen as big a pile of logs around here for some time. 
I have no idea how far their lease extends. It looks like a logging company 
from Groton. I always forget that these State Lands are really just big tree 
farms. It’s good to get a reminder once in a while to help me appreciate the 
pristine woods more. 

happy birding,

Gary 


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[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle nest in Aurora

2014-07-06 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi all,
Everyone may already know about this , but I see there is a Bald Eagle nest at 
the intersection of Poplar Ridge Rd. and Rt-90 in Aurora. It's a tree in the 
near side of the yard for  the house on the point and visible from the road. 
The leaves can make it a little hard to see. It helps when the adults perch 
next to it. 

Gary


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Fairgrounds Access

2014-06-26 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Ralph Lott Farms are what I call the Seneca County Fairgrounds.
315 568-9501
I always get an answering machine; ask permission, leave my name and # with a 
description of the vehicle I will be driving. They have been very generous in 
giving people access.

Gary


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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fairgrounds Access

Hi all,

Eric Sibbald and I are headed up to the Montezuma area today, and we would like 
to see Upland Sandpipers. I understand that the fairgrounds where
they're seen reliably is restricted access. Does anyone know how I can go about 
obtaining permission? Is there a number I can call? Please contact me off-list 
via email 
(randrew...@gmail.comhttps://mail.google.com/mail/mu/mp/972/?source=naphr=1hl=en),
 or phone (706-587-9312). Thank you very much!
Happy birding,

Andrew Dreelin
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[cayugabirds-l] Parakeets and stuff

2014-06-22 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Hi all,
Ann Mitchell and I went to Hector hoping to see the MONK PARAKEETS 
taking up residence in the vineyards. I also wanted to walk in the Finger Lakes 
National Forest, one of my favorite spots. 
It wasn't hard to find the Parakeets, using LeeAnn's directions, and 
the fact that they are big green and blue noisy exotic birds in a shed at a 
vineyard. To say they look the unlikely visitors would be understatement. Their 
loud calling and powerful flight is fun to watch and I was impressed with the 
size and length of stick that could be flown with. We were able to easily 
digiscope and get some movie footage. I really like these birds and they are 
much more approachable than the ones in Rochester. We will see how they like a 
good Fingerlakes winter ! They are surprisingly hardy I guess, but birds in 
this family just look out of place to me here. 
After the visit with our green friends we headed back up Searsburg Rd. 
to the FLNF. Along the way we spotted a RUFFED GROUSE by the road edge. I 
always take advantage of any sighting of these guys so I swung the car around 
so we were looking through the windshield. She was standing stark still until 
the traffic cleared then very slowly started walking across the road. Her 
walking looked exaggerated with too much head bobbing, fascinating, but weird. 
When she was halfway across the little chicks started marching out of the 
roadside grass in line formation. Soon there were 7 chicks and the mother in a 
line across the road. Just when I was fearing this was way to slow a process 
for safety the first chick picked up and flew across then on down the line it 
went until there was only one chick left. A few protracted seconds later he 
found the courage to fly and all were safely to the other side. 
The Interloken trail waited for us and was its usual birdie self. Among 
the many wonderful breeders, VEERY, HERMIT/WOOD THRUSH, OVENBIRD, TANAGER, 
GROSBEAK, HOODED and CANADA WARBLERS, BLACKBURNIAN, REDSTARTS, RAVENS, 
BLUE-HEADED / RED-EYED VIREOS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and more. Our most exciting 
visual treat was getting great looks at a BLUE-HEADED VIREO catching an insect 
then flying back to a nest right next to the trail. I've never seen one of 
these nests. It's a small cup nest with hanging tendrils of some tiny leafed 
vegetation that gave it a wonderful delicate basket appearance. 
It was a fun day of birding and another reminder of all the terrific 
public land we can enjoy with only a short drive. 

Happy birding,

Gary 
 
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] dark red-tailed hawk

2014-06-16 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Ray,
I think arguments could be made for a couple species / morphs based on the 
backlit photos, and I have my opinion, but as you heard the bird call my bet 
would be whatever the vocalization indicates. I don’t know if you are solid on 
the calls, but to my ear the Broad-winged “p-s” and juvenile Red-tail 
squeals can sound similar. Red-shouldered Hawks sound completely different and 
the unlikely Zone-tailed even more so.

Gary


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Good point about the primary barring showing at the molt. If the slaty color of 
the wing linings and underside of the body  head is true, not just reddish 
which appears so dark because it's dull, backlit, and distant (as our usual 
Broad-wingeds appear gray instead of pink on the breast when high overhead), 
then I must admit that Zone-tailed seems possible. I think Red-shouldered, 
although darker than Broad-winged, shouldn't be so extensively dark, either. 
I'm just not familiar enough with Zone-tailed to be confident.

--Dave Nutter

On Jun 15, 2014, at 11:28 PM, Rbakelaar 
rbakel...@aol.commailto:rbakel...@aol.com wrote:
The photos seem to demonstrate barring on the primaries, more so than I would 
expect on even a dark phase Broad-wing.  The molted out feather allows this 
characteristic to be seen somewhat well.  This bird's proportions seem to weigh 
against B-wing too.  The wings seem long and narrow, with only a slight bulge 
of the secondaries.  Tail seems long as we'll.  The photos also seem to show a 
black body.

Any of our resident experts care to weigh in?

Ryan.

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 15, 2014, at 10:57 PM, Dave Nutter 
nutter.d...@me.commailto:nutter.d...@me.com wrote:
I couldn't reconcile the red tail of photo 1 with the black and white stripes 
of photo 3, even though I have seen various effects of looking through backlit 
feathers. The reason I didn't say Red-shouldered Hawk is that the white 
tail-band appeared too wide to me (but this may be a focus issue, or may 
judgement may be wrong), and the white mark in the otherwise even-colored 
primaries appears to me due to a molted missing feather on each side, not a 
window across the primaries. The reason I said the only species of Buteo 
around here is that Zone-tailed Hawk is way out of range, and also is less 
familiar to me. My guess was that Zone-tailed would not look so pale on the 
flight feathers of the wings. I am open to correction on all points.

--Dave Nutter

On Jun 15, 2014, at 08:28 PM, Sandy Podulka 
s...@cornell.edumailto:s...@cornell.edu wrote:
As you know, I'm really just a beginner at hawks.. but...  What about a 
Red-shouldered Hawk?  It's got the white windows and the banded tail. The 
reddish appearance of the tail could just be sunlight shining through brownish 
feathers, which can really play tricks on the eye. It seems like the 
distribution of light and dark on the underside of the wings matches that of 
Red-shouldered Hawk.

Sandy

At 08:09 PM 6/15/2014, Ann Mitchell wrote:

I agree with Dave regarding a Broad-winged Hawk. Ann Mitchell

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On Jun 15, 2014, at 5:28 PM, Dave Nutter 
nutter.d...@me.commailto:nutter.d...@me.com wrote:


I am NOT an authority on raptors, but that has never stopped me from commenting 
before, so here's my guess:

I think the first blurry photo looks like a dark type of Red-tailed Hawk more 
typically found out west.

I think the second and third photos are of a different bird with a feather 
missing from primaries on each side. The only species of Buteo around here with 
such a wide bold white stripe in the tail is Broad-winged Hawk, which also 
shows a black outline to the ends of the flight feathers on the entire wing, as 
seen in the third photo. However, dark-type Broad-winged Hawks are rare, and 
the wing shape looks too long and rounded to me, so I'm not at all confident. I 
hope someone who really knows what they are talking about has a look at your 
photos and sets me straight.

--Dave

Nutter

On Jun 15, 2014, at 03:23 PM, Ray Zimmerman 
r...@cornell.edumailto:r...@cornell.edu wrote:


Today around 12:30pm as I stepped outside (in Eastern Heights, Ithaca) the call 
of red-tailed hawk caught my attention and I quickly spotted it circling 
overhead. As I grabbed my binoculars, I soon realized that it was a very 
unusual red-tail (at least very different from the one’s I’m used to 
seeing). As you can see from very bad photos linked below, it was quit dark 
below.

So is this a western bird, or is this just a variation I haven’t seen around 
here before?

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t7pw5hoifjpzeey/AABcyimp4JipHTo8DwZc0r8-a

— Ray

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Salmon Creek Bird Santuary

2014-06-04 Thread Gary Kohlenberg
Cerulean Warblers are very good ! It seems they have been absent for a while.
Gary

On Jun 4, 2014, at 2:52 PM, Carl Steckler 
nyleatherneck3...@gmail.commailto:nyleatherneck3...@gmail.com wrote:

Salmon creek bird sanctuary
Lpts of Baltimore Orioles a few Cerulear Warblers, no Cuckoos
Carl
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