Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Tree Sparrows

2022-12-09 Thread Geo Kloppel
A flock of about a dozen White-throated Sparrows has been working my yard and neighborhood lately; seen as recently as this morning. No Tree Sparrows here, but several Purple Finches and Red-breasted Nuthatches appear at the feeders each day. Pileated Woodpeckers are tearing great strips of

[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swan flight

2022-12-09 Thread Geo Kloppel
At 6:26 am I heard a group of Tundra Swans passing over West Danby on their way south out of the Cayuga Basin. -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Harlequin duck

2022-12-06 Thread Geo Kloppel
At one point late this morning the Harlequin Duck moved well south of the sailing center and all the associated buoys, into the bay at the SE corner of the lake, still associating with Mallards and Bufflehead in shallow water. The view from Stewart Park or the RR tracks behind the Ithaca

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Woodpeckers wreaking havoc

2022-12-05 Thread Geo Kloppel
Downy Woodpeckers may drill cavities in the late fall to use for winter roosting. If that’s what you’re experiencing, you might try offering them some bird houses as alternatives… -Geo > On Dec 4, 2022, at 6:30 PM, Christopher Sperry wrote: > >  > We do not see any indication of insects

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Common Loons on Seneca

2022-11-24 Thread Geo Kloppel
NW to NNW winds are forecast for the morning of Tuesday the 29th, but the predicted velocity is quite low; don’t know if that will make for much of a loon flight… -Geo > On Nov 23, 2022, at 4:56 PM, John Gregoire > wrote: > >  > I've been to check on Loons over Seneca Lake three times so

Re:[cayugabirds-l] External mic setup suggestions

2022-10-24 Thread Geo Kloppel
For night listening, my old iPhone outside the bedroom window does a good job, as it’s quite sensitive (after all, this is the mic that Merlin uses). Last night it treated me to crickets, a Barred Owl, and a coyote chorus. Feed the output to a second device running Merlin and detect the night

Re: [cayugabirds-l] External mic setup suggestions

2022-10-23 Thread Geo Kloppel
Hi Karen, You can spend a lot for a high quality ambient microphone - from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. But if you have an old Android or iPhone that’s just gathering dust, you could be listening tonight, while you research products and ideas. Just put the phone outdoors on a

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird feeders & unwanted guests

2022-07-30 Thread Geo Kloppel
If squirrels don’t have easy access to your roof, you might try what has worked well at my house for many years: the hummingbird feeders are suspended from the eaves troughs on long hangers of the type used for flower baskets. -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Catbird fun

2022-06-03 Thread Geo Kloppel
I’ve got a Catbird in the yard who does imitations of Bobwhite and Whip-poor-will :-) -Geo Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Olive-sided Flycatcher

2022-05-20 Thread Geo Kloppel
I have an Olive-sided Flycatcher singing and hunting from the top of a snag at my pond this morning. -Geo Geo Kloppel, West Danby -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com

[cayugabirds-l] Black-billed Cuckoo

2022-05-11 Thread Geo Kloppel
A Black-billed Cuckoo was singing cu-cu-cu-cu over and over again in the trees just north of my garden this afternoon (Tupper Rd, West Danby). Not a harbinger of rain on this occasion, alas! But still welcome: I’m just starting to see tiny caterpillars, so I hope there will be plenty of

[cayugabirds-l] Late-building Ravens

2022-03-31 Thread Geo Kloppel
If you thought mid-March was late, here it is the evening of March 31st, the final hours of the month, and the Ravens on Sorry Hunter Hill* are still carrying sticks (not lining material) and croaking excitedly. -Geo *1,920’ summit west of Tupper Rd, West Danby Sent from my iPhone --

[cayugabirds-l] Michigan Hollow Marsh

2022-03-17 Thread Geo Kloppel
This morning I went over to the beaver dam that controls the water level in the big Michigan Hollow sedge marsh north of Diane’s Crossing (Finger Lakes Trail). As some readers will know, the lodge became unoccupied more than a year ago, and without maintenance the dam has deteriorated. The

[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow, big brown bat

2022-03-16 Thread Geo Kloppel
Nice warm-up around West Danby today. So much snow has melted up here on the hill that a Fox Sparrow found some bare ground to rake at the edge of my yard. This evening one of my house’s resident big brown bats is out flying about, and catching insects too, to judge by the type of flying I‘m

Re: [cayugabirds-l] purple Finches

2022-02-06 Thread Geo Kloppel
My (mostly sunflower) feeding operation at home (West Danby) has attracted about 20 Purple Finches daily for the last week or so, along with a similar number of White-throated Sparrows, and the usual Goldfinches, Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, White and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Carolina Wrens,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Suet question

2022-01-09 Thread Geo Kloppel
I’m not advocating, but one can buy grass-fed organically produced beef suet through the mail. One source that I see online sells it for about $7 / lb., which is not more than one might pay for certain brands of organic peanut butter (which are typically non-hydrogenated, so no need to wonder

[cayugabirds-l] Swan flight

2021-11-24 Thread Geo Kloppel
No loons to be seen over West Danby yesterday morning, because of the persistently falling snow. A brief but particularly heavy squall swept through between 8:00 and 8:30. Right in the thick of it, riding a tail wind out of the north, came a flight of Tundra Swans. I was indoors, but ran

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Young fledgling Cedar Waxwings

2021-10-06 Thread Geo Kloppel
> On Sep 26, 2021, at 9:20 PM, anneb.cl...@gmail.com wrote: > > Summer isn’t over til the last fledgling flies??? > Anne I guess it’s not over, then. A just-fledged Mourning Dove popped up in my driveway this morning. Although these can appear in any season, this one was under incubation

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Wood stork at Knox Marcellus

2021-07-22 Thread Geo Kloppel
Wood Stork continued today (Knox Marcellus), as did the Roseate Spoonbill (west of the rte 89 bridge at May’s Point). A pair of Trumpeter Swans with two cygnets rested in Guy’s Marsh mid-afternoon. -Geo > On Jul 21, 2021, at 7:08 AM, Jay McGowan wrote: > >  > The immature WOOD STORK found

Re: [cayugabirds-l] worm eating warblers at Lindsay Parsons

2021-07-08 Thread Geo Kloppel
Yeah, gypsy moth caterpillars stripped the slopes around West Danby pretty bare. New leaves are popping now, but I guess any effect the defoliation may have had on this year’s breeding is a done deal. Still, this has happened before. Whatever the effect, I’m counting on the resilience of West

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-21 Thread Geo Kloppel
ew nesting areas it > took for the one farm as described. > > No not impossible but much harder than it seems. And leaving clumps with > nests as well as paths near them will increase predation. > > I am dubious as good as this sounds. > > Anne > > Sent from

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-20 Thread Geo Kloppel
I’ve been musing along a different line, wondering if a preemptive approach is possible. It takes time to mow the big fields that grassland nesters favor, and the hay farmer can’t mow all of them simultaneously. The work of haying season has to begin somewhere, and start early enough that the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-15 Thread Geo Kloppel
I was about to say that anyone who wants to discuss the matter cogently with actual farmers and hayfield managers would do well to consult the Resources page on the Cayuga Bird Club website, where this link lives: Cornell Cooperative Extension has published a very helpful document on Hayfield

[cayugabirds-l] Around West Danby

2021-05-19 Thread Geo Kloppel
I had a Mourning Warbler singing in my yard this AM. Both Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos. And our perennial Barred Owls. I actually had a face-to-face with one of them a couple days ago, down in the hemlock-shaded ravine. Elsewhere around my local haunts I had two grunting Virginia

[cayugabirds-l] Another Whip-poor-will

2021-05-15 Thread Geo Kloppel
I’m outside my house watching a couple of big brown bats this evening, and suddenly a Whip-poor -will has started singing! First time here since the late ‘90s. Still going! -Geo Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Toads and Cuckoos

2021-05-15 Thread Geo Kloppel
Despite the predation by Crows, who hunted them in the tall grass at the water’s edge, lots of toads succeeded in leaving long strings of eggs in my pond, and today the jellied strings have opened to release tiny, tiny tadpoles. Even tinier (3mm long) are the just-hatched forest caterpillars

[cayugabirds-l] Toads and Crows

2021-05-06 Thread Geo Kloppel
The toads’ annual breeding party has been running for days (and nights!) at my pond, and as usual the hapless toads are easy prey for a family of Crows that has a long tradition of exploiting this event. This year’s hunters have revised the time-honored practice of gutting the toads right on

[cayugabirds-l] More Evening Grosbeaks

2021-05-05 Thread Geo Kloppel
Six Evening Grosbeaks just arrived at my feeders. Or I should say, they’re watching the activity at my feeders from the adjacent trees, talking it over... ah, here we go: they’re moving in! -Geo Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Virginia Rail

2021-05-04 Thread Geo Kloppel
A hidden Virginia Rail gave me a grunt display at ridiculously close range (10’?) this morning in Michigan Hollow marsh, Danby (not to be confused with the North Spencer Marsh near the south end of Michigan Hollow Road, where BTW the bridge is closed). -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] large dark bird

2021-04-22 Thread Geo Kloppel
What food was being offered to attract the Crows ? -Geo Sent from my iPhone > On Apr 22, 2021, at 2:22 PM, Kevin J. McGowan wrote: > >  > Crows would not tolerate an eagle unless it was very focused on eating > something else. Vulture sounds most likely. > > Kevin > > > > From:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about feeder crowds

2021-04-21 Thread Geo Kloppel
I have a bog metal hopper-type feeder with spring-loaded perching bars, and the spring tension is adjustable. At any particular setting, birds over a certain weight will depress the bars, which closes off the seed ports. During Blue Jay migration, for example, the spring loading can be adjusted

Re: [cayugabirds-l] FOY

2021-03-31 Thread Geo Kloppel
Yep. After walking thru some thickets in Michigan Hollow yesterday, I got test-bitten in two places by a tick, and then found the presumed explorer crawling on my forehead. -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Multiple Fox Sparrows

2021-03-30 Thread Geo Kloppel
Fox Sparrows are singing all around my place this morning. There are 4 Wood Ducks on the pond, several pairs of Phoebes hanging around the sheds, lots of Juncos, no more Redpolls. Turkeys are gobbling, Ruffed Grouse are drumming. -Geo Tupper Road, West Danby -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese on Cayuga Lake

2021-03-19 Thread Geo Kloppel
West Danby: Around 1:00 pm I saw a number of flocks of Snow Geese just entering the Cayuga Basin from the south. Not sure how extensive the flight was, but that mid-day timing always suggests a dawn origin in the coastal regions to our south. So, not entirely over yet! -Geo Sent from my

[cayugabirds-l] Cranes and Short-ears

2021-03-11 Thread Geo Kloppel
I visited a few spots in the Northern Montezuma area this afternoon, like Carncross Road and Van Dyne Spoor, hoping to see some Sandhill Cranes. On the shoulder of rte 89 a bit south of Savannah I came upon a dead owl. The head was rather damaged, but the densely feathered toes and the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!

2021-02-28 Thread Geo Kloppel
Chickens do this too. -Geo >  > I recently watched snow buntings do this. > Pete Sar -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins

2021-02-16 Thread Geo Kloppel
At about 2:45 pm on February 5th, I was driving south along Dubois Road. Between Perry City Road and Indian Creek Road it was continuous Robins, scattering from the road shoulders ahead of me. They must have totaled several hundred. There was one dead in the middle of the road, presumably the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins

2021-02-15 Thread Geo Kloppel
There have been well over 100 around my place on Tupper Road in West Danby for several days. They’ve stripped all the sumac fruits, the privet berries and the wild grapes. One stretch of road shoulder looks like the goose-fouled lawns at lakeside parks, but the droppings are deep purple instead

[cayugabirds-l] Loon Count - West Danby

2020-11-21 Thread Geo Kloppel
This morning between 7:15 and 9:15 I counted 113 Loons migrating south over West Danby. All appeared to be following the line of the upper Cayuga Inlet Valley. The Meade Period breakdown was: Period 3 - 8 Loons Period 4 - 7 Loons Period 5 - 1 Loon Period 6 - 10 Loons Period 7 - 61 Loons Period

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbirds?

2020-09-12 Thread Geo Kloppel
None at my feeders, but I did see one at the pond, where the New England asters are really starting to blow. -Geo Sent from my iPhone > On Sep 12, 2020, at 12:17 PM, Laura Stenzler wrote: > >  Last night was a big migration night. (Check out >

Re: [cayugabirds-l] The Bald Eagle: A Conservation Success Story

2020-06-15 Thread Geo Kloppel
Ooh! I wish that was my front porch! I’d happily tolerate the mess during the short nestling period (2 weeks), in exchange for the charming natural history lesson. Maybe put up a “Please Excuse Our Mess” sign for my human neighbors, like a business undergoing refurb. -Geo > On Jun 15, 2020,

[cayugabirds-l] Bear raids

2020-06-13 Thread Geo Kloppel
Oh oh! There’s a bear at my feeders again. Not sure it’s the same one that came by on May 24th, as that one stood tall and just leaned on the feeder pole, bending it down to the ground, whereas this bear looks shorter, and danced with the pole for quite a while, leaving it standing in the end.

[cayugabirds-l] Olive-sided Flycatcher

2020-05-24 Thread Geo Kloppel
Spotted an Olive-sided Flycatcher at 7:12 this morning in the swamp about 800’ north of the Station Rd RR crossing, West Danby. Singing, snag-sitting. -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Bear!

2020-05-24 Thread Geo Kloppel
4:45 AM. A bear just raided my bird feeders. (Tupper Rd, West Danby) They love those black oil sunflower seeds! -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Big brown bats .. Union Springs

2020-05-23 Thread Geo Kloppel
Mine (West Danby) came out moments ago, at 8:52 pm. Only one so far... -Geo > On May 22, 2020, at 10:11 PM, John and Fritzie Blizzard > wrote: > > At 7:30 this evening I saw a big brown bat flying around the spruce tree in > front of the house. I probably missed seeing the 2nd one because I

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler

2020-05-18 Thread Geo Kloppel
: > Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing > Birds and Their Behavior > > https://rockynook.com/shop/photography/mastering-bird-photography/?REF=101/ > ____ > From: Geo Kloppel [geoklop...@gmail.com] >

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler

2020-05-18 Thread Geo Kloppel
It looks like there was an egg mass right on the box, and they’ve all just hatched. Be climbing the trees soon. -Geo > On May 17, 2020, at 6:59 PM, Marie P. Read wrote: > > Hi Diana and Cayugabirders, > > Here is what birdsoftheworld.org (formerly Birds of North America online) > says

[cayugabirds-l] Wood Peewee

2020-05-17 Thread Geo Kloppel
I was pleased to hear a Wood Peewee singing about 1,000’ south of Station Road along the State Forest / L-P Preserve boundary. -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Mourning Warbler -Danby

2020-05-15 Thread Geo Kloppel
Almost my first bird this morning was a Mourning Warbler singing in the familiar breeding territory on the west side of Bald Hill Road, opposite the yellow gate, in the Danby State Forest. Across the road one or two Pine Warblers sang frequently (OK, I’m paying more attention to them!) -Geo

[cayugabirds-l] Woodcock chicks

2020-05-12 Thread Geo Kloppel
This morning in an alder swamp at the edge of Michigan Hollow Marsh I nearly stepped on a brood of Woodcock chicks. Mom flew up just in front of me, attempting distraction, but I looked down at my feet instead, and there they were. Photo on my eBird checklist, if you’re in need of a dose of

[cayugabirds-l] Cooper’s courting

2020-05-04 Thread Geo Kloppel
At 8 this morning a pair of Cooper’s Hawks came through my yard at canopy level, doing an elegant side-by-side courtship flight that I’d never seen before, with gracefully coordinated swoops and turns. The way they kept together instantly made me think of ice dancers! -Geo >> On May 4,

[cayugabirds-l] Least Bittern

2020-05-03 Thread Geo Kloppel
Michigan Hollow Marsh (Danby). Least Bittern gave just one good chuckle, well heard. Virginia Rails grunting, Pied-billed Grebe singing, Northern Harrier female keeping watch from her favorite spot. -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mergansers

2020-04-29 Thread Geo Kloppel
Previous BBAs confirmed breeding at several locations along the south shore of Long Island, so in the simple latitudinal sense, Cayuga Lake is not too far south. But... -Geo > On Apr 29, 2020, at 3:21 PM, Tom wrote: > > Will Red-breasted Mergansers breed/nest as far south as Cayuga Lake?

[cayugabirds-l] Nice day to start a nest

2020-04-16 Thread Geo Kloppel
My lovage is now about five inches tall, soon to be five feet I trust. I’m dreaming about pesto di levistico, and also want to try some recipes from the ancient cookbook of Apicius (De Re Coquinaria). Got my Piper longum ready! So it was a little disconcerting to see nothing in the garden this

[cayugabirds-l] 20+ Ruby-crowns

2020-04-12 Thread Geo Kloppel
I came across a loose flock of twenty some Ruby-crowned Kinglets foraging (and singing) along Beech Hill Brook in the Lindsay-Parsons Preserve early this morning. Can’t swear there weren’t any Golden-crowns among them, but I didn’t spot any, or hear any either. A couple of Brown Creepers were

[cayugabirds-l] West Danby

2020-04-02 Thread Geo Kloppel
I took Sandy (my dog) for a (leashed) walk at the L-P Preserve today, incidentally encountering: A Northern Mockingbird, perched in shrubs across the road from the main parking lot. It was eating rosehips and occasionally darting down to the ground for insects. A Horned Lark. Although there

[cayugabirds-l] A few West Danby birds

2020-04-01 Thread Geo Kloppel
At 7:00 am in my yard, I noticed a pair “P” of Eastern Phoebes foraging together in the vicinity of the eaves under which they and their predecessors have nested for decades. In the late morning I watched a pair of Great Blue Herons begin construction of a ninth nest out in the heronry by the

[cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: MOS:  COVID 19 Virus Alert

2020-04-01 Thread Geo Kloppel
> On Apr 1, 2020, at 8:09 AM, k...@empireaccess.net wrote: > That rookery on guard experience must have been something to see. Yes, and it made me wonder if this heronry will soon meet the fate of the one that used to occupy a wooded island in the North Spencer Marsh, until it was appropriated

[cayugabirds-l] Heron alert

2020-03-31 Thread Geo Kloppel
There was an interesting tableau at the West Danby heronry when I drove up late this morning: It appeared to be an ‘all hands on deck’ alert. Nobody was off foraging. Every nest had multiple guardians. In the highest nest one Great Blue Heron was settled very low, as if incubating an egg

[cayugabirds-l] Backyard Snipe

2020-03-23 Thread Geo Kloppel
Today’s snowstorm put down a visitor that wouldn’t ordinarily bother descending to my little pond in the woods: a Wilson’s Snipe, busily feeding in the spillway. -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Wildlife drive?

2020-03-21 Thread Geo Kloppel
The MNWR website says the Wildlife Drive will open on April 1st, weather permitting. The Visitor Center will remain closed. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/montezuma/ -Geo > On Mar 21, 2020, at 8:27 AM, Nancy Cusumano wrote: > >  > Does anyone know if the wildlife drive is open yet for the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca airport Meadowlarks / with a warning

2020-03-19 Thread Geo Kloppel
Birders can find this fine car placard among the New York State Breeding Bird Atlas III materials. During the 2000 Atlas I made up something like this for my own car while surveying far from home, and I can testify that it’s an effective ice-breaker. Just print it, slip it in a clear plastic

Re: [cayugabirds-l] BBA: how do Amish birders participate?

2020-01-19 Thread Geo Kloppel
I know that hospitals in Amish areas often have someone whose title is Liaison to the Amish Community, and I’d guess the NY BBA could assign someone similarly. Anyone know how they managed it in the Ohio BBA? -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] BBA: how do Amish birders participate?

2020-01-19 Thread Geo Kloppel
iety has a club account and I enter eBird/BBA data for anyone who doesn't > use eBird. > Dave Spier > Clifton Springs, NY > > > > >> On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 9:06 AM Geo Kloppel wrote: >> Is any information available yet about how birders who aren’t going to u

[cayugabirds-l] BBA: how do Amish birders participate?

2020-01-19 Thread Geo Kloppel
Is any information available yet about how birders who aren’t going to use eBird (such as the Amish) can participate in the Atlas 2020 field effort? -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] West Danby Tundras and Snows

2019-12-03 Thread Geo Kloppel
While shoveling snow for a few minutes around 8:00 this morning I saw a guesstimated 5,000 Snow Geese pass overhead, riding a 10mph tailwind to exit the Cayuga basin. Also one flock of 27 Tundra Swans. -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] West Danby Tundra Swans

2019-11-30 Thread Geo Kloppel
My back yard Tundra Swan Count for today is now up to 43. I had 49 earlier, but then deducted so that were flying back north! > While out in my yard just now preparing to make a wreath, I heard Tundra > Swans, and looked up to see eight of them flying south at just a few hundred > feet about

[cayugabirds-l] West Danby Tundra Swans

2019-11-30 Thread Geo Kloppel
While out in my yard just now preparing to make a wreath, I heard Tundra Swans, and looked up to see eight of them flying south at just a few hundred feet about the highest summits surrounding the upper Cayuga Inlet Valley -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Newfield Loon Watch

2019-11-16 Thread Geo Kloppel
This morning I counted 212 migrating Loons from Benjamin Hill in Newfield between 6:56 and 9:11 AM. I say _from_ Benjamin Hill because none actually went overhead there; these Loons were all far to the east, and obviously following the Cayuga through-valley. I could’t have counted them without

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Niger seed

2019-10-02 Thread Geo Kloppel
, and the Goldfinches were very happy with it. I kept putting it out and they ate their way through the entire jug. So, eights months on my back shelf in an airtight jug didn’t render it unacceptable to the birds. -Geo > On Oct 1, 2019, at 9:48 AM, Geo Kloppel wrote: > > My e

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Niger seed

2019-10-01 Thread Geo Kloppel
My experience is that niger can get moldy rather quickly in an outdoor feeder exposed to high humidity, fog, rain or snow. Niger seeds pack very close, so there’s not much air circulation through the pile, and the voids between neighboring seeds are tiny, so capillarity is enhanced. I find it

[cayugabirds-l] Recrudescent Cooper’s Hawk

2019-10-01 Thread Geo Kloppel
Dawn at my place on Tupper Road lately features a very talkative Cooper’s Hawk, who flies around the spruce plantation giving excited “cak” calls as if courting. Been doing it for a week! -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Cape May Warblers

2019-08-26 Thread Geo Kloppel
Nice little group (5?) of Cape May Warblers feeding in the sun-lit tops of my Tupper Road spruces early this morning. -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Mourning Warbler

2019-05-17 Thread Geo Kloppel
Oops, finger apparently slid right off the map! Those coordinates should have read 42.32425°N 76.49878°W -Geo > On May 17, 2019, at 10:01 AM, Geo Kloppel wrote: > > This morning a Mourning Warbler was singing in the usual location on the west > side of Bald Hill Road, Danby

[cayugabirds-l] Mourning Warbler

2019-05-17 Thread Geo Kloppel
This morning a Mourning Warbler was singing in the usual location on the west side of Bald Hill Road, Danby (across from the yellow gate) 42.36387°N 76.50339°W For those who are still thinking about when Northern Waterthrushes sing, I heard at least two different singers around 8:00 this

[cayugabirds-l] American Bittern -Danby

2019-05-15 Thread Geo Kloppel
>From the RR causeway I heard an American Bittern thunder-pumping in the marsh >along Cayuga Inlet at 8:40 this morning just south of Walding Lane, West Danby. -Geo Kloppel -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirdi

[cayugabirds-l] Worm-eating Warblers

2019-05-11 Thread Geo Kloppel
Right now I have two Worm-eating Warblers exchanging songs near West Danby’s north pinnacle (Danby State Forest / L-P Preserve). Very nice looks at one of them from about 20’ distance. This is the first day it has been dry and windless enough that I thought I could find them. A bit cold up

[cayugabirds-l] Sora

2019-05-08 Thread Geo Kloppel
A SORA continues in Michigan Hollow Marsh (Town Of Danby, not Spencer), as of 7:52 this evening, when I heard it give several whinny calls. Not sure if it would have been audible from the road, as it was calling from the far (west) side of the marsh. -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Danby Rails

2019-05-02 Thread Geo Kloppel
Have a Sora whinnying in the Michigan Hollow Marsh (Danby) at 9:00 this morning. Virginia Rail at Cayuga Headwaters Marsh (Hillview Road, Danby) about 8:45. -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Bear

2019-05-02 Thread Geo Kloppel
Oh my! A bear just got my black oil sunflower feeder. Bent the pole right over to the ground. Ran off downhill when I put the flashlight on it. -Geo Kloppel, Tupper Rd, W. Danby -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com

[cayugabirds-l] Michigan Hollow

2019-04-29 Thread Geo Kloppel
The marsh in Michigan Hollow (Town Of Danby, not Spencer) was covered in a thin skin of ice this morning, before the sun hit it. An American Bittern was pumping loudly. I also heard a single song from a Pied-billed Grebe, and watched a male Harrier surveying his territory. Lots of Wood Ducks,

[cayugabirds-l] Brown Thrasher, Virginia Rails

2019-04-17 Thread Geo Kloppel
Two grunting Virginia Rails and a singing Brown Thrasher at the Cayuga Headwaters Marsh This morning (Hillview Road, Danby). -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crows a nesting

2019-03-18 Thread Geo Kloppel
Speaking of Crows, I was out in my driveway at 10:30 last night, when a distant bunch of Crows began doing something that sounded like mobbing. I couldn’t remember ever hearing them make such a ruckus at night. I thought of Great Horned Owls, and tree climbers like raccoons or fishers. The

[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrows and more

2019-03-17 Thread Geo Kloppel
Three Fox Sparrows under my feeders now. Fifty Goldfinches, twenty Purple Finches, a couple Grackles and, mirabile dictu, one Redpoll! -Geo Tupper Road, West Danby -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] More Fox Sparrows

2019-03-17 Thread Geo Kloppel
Two more Fox Sparrows under my feeders this morning -Geo Tupper Road, West Danby -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES:

[cayugabirds-l] Still night, with Saw-whets

2019-02-26 Thread Geo Kloppel
It’s quite windless out on Tupper Road this evening. Moments ago I whistled-up a couple of Saw-whet Owls. I stood in the mouth of my driveway, directing my toots across the road, and in response I got one rapid series of toots after another from the spruce plantation. As the tooting continued

[cayugabirds-l] Around my yard

2019-02-12 Thread Geo Kloppel
I’ve had about a dozen plain brown Purple Finches at my feeders for weeks. At last some are showing raspberry patches. Goldfinches, Juncos, a White-throated Sparrow, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Mourning Doves, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Tufted Titmice, Chickadees, both Nuthatch species, one or two

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crows at my feeders

2019-01-21 Thread Geo Kloppel
We offer food year round to a small group of 3-5 Crows in our yard. We’ve actually been missing them recently. The lack of snow following hunting season made for easy access to discarded deer carcasses and parts (common in our neighborhood), as we several times observed. Even though we have a

[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swans

2018-12-04 Thread Geo Kloppel
. -Geo Kloppel -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html

[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak

2018-11-16 Thread Geo Kloppel
While shoveling out my car this morning in West Danby (13”), I heard an Evening Grosbeak calling. Looked up, and there she was in a tree. I was so happy to see her that I retreated into the house, hoping she’d check out the feeders, and that’s what she did, but not for long... -Geo Sent from

[cayugabirds-l] Swainson’s galore

2018-09-23 Thread Geo Kloppel
number of Swainson’s Thrushes, who have dropped out of the dawning sky for a day of rest and feeding, before taking wing again southward at dusk. -Geo Kloppel -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http

Re: [cayugabirds-l] what is this bird?

2018-08-06 Thread Geo Kloppel
Yes, Blue Jay. Turning my screen’s brightness way up, I can even see the black necklace. -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re: [cayugabirds-l] North Spenser Marsh

2018-07-18 Thread Geo Kloppel
The North Spencer Marsh (Tioga County, Town of Spencer) is private, but much of it can be viewed from Michigan Hollow Road - a circumstance that sometimes leads to confusion with the Michigan Hollow Marsh (Tompkins County, Town of Danby), five miles distant. It can also be confused with the

[cayugabirds-l] Cold morning

2018-06-26 Thread Geo Kloppel
At my house it was 46 degrees at 6:00 this morning. Our hummingbird feeders were loaded, but it was a different story for wild nectar sources out in the forest, where I came across an outraged Sapsucker, vigorously defending his wells against a trespassing hummer. He couldn’t match the hummer’s

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Missing birds

2018-06-19 Thread Geo Kloppel
Hi Cathy, Hmmm... I see a lot of barn swallows around number 400 Gunderman right now, so it seems that what you’re experiencing is not a neighborhood-wide phenomenon. Also see some House Sparrows up here, and the ubiquitous Starlings. Competitors for nest boxes. -Geo > On Jun 19, 2018, at

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are the birds?

2018-06-18 Thread Geo Kloppel
There are plenty of birds around my place, and West Danby generally. In this area I have all the expected breeding birds, and even some fun additions, like Marsh Wrens, Pied-billed Grebes and Northern Harriers. If you’d asked me a couple days ago about what’s missing, I might have said Cerulean

Re: [cayugabirds-l] West Danby marsh birds

2018-06-11 Thread Geo Kloppel
our scrambling > on the steep slope where they usually are. Does anybody know of a territory > that is active this summer? > > Ken > > Sent from my iPhone > >> On Jun 11, 2018, at 7:45 AM, Geo Kloppel wrote: >> >> In the cattail marsh just south of Walding

[cayugabirds-l] West Danby marsh birds

2018-06-11 Thread Geo Kloppel
In the cattail marsh just south of Walding Lane, West Danby, I’ve got more Marsh Wrens, a nice pair of very vocal Virginia Rails out in plain sight, and a male Northern Harrier (used to breed along here, probably still do). -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Danby Marsh Wrens, Marsh Hawks, Pied-billed Grebes, Acadian Flycatcher

2018-06-09 Thread Geo Kloppel
I paddled around Danby’s Michigan Hollow Marsh (not North Spencer Marsh) this morning from about 5:00 until 8:00. Enjoyed multiple Marsh Wrens, including a pair in a spot that has been occupied for several weeks now. Then I found an obviously paired Pied-billed Grebe twosome, who quietly

[cayugabirds-l] More Acadian Flycatchers

2018-05-28 Thread Geo Kloppel
I took a 5:00 pm walk into the Cayuta Outlet Gorge along the FLT. Within half an hour I’d found three different singing male Acadian Flycatchers. The one farthest down the gorge was about at 42.33772°N 76.72720°W -Geo -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

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