[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



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[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 cuckoos. 

-Geo


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[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

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[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 lowered water level means 
far less habitat suitable for the Pied-billed Grebes and Bitterns found 
summering there in recent years.

I was hoping to see some evidence of reoccupation by beaver, as their work 
formerly made a splendid mile-long impoundment, but so far, nothing.

-Geo



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[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 seeing.

-Geo



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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, Juncos, 
Mourning Doves, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, 
Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Flickers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Crows and Turkeys. 
Actually the larger woodpeckers are feasting mostly at a badly infested ash 
tree. A Flicker is extracting marmonated stink bugs from the crevices in my 
house’s ship-lap siding. A tight group of Cedar Waxwings is usually somewhere 
nearby. The local Raven pair is very evident. I’ve watched an immature Cooper’s 
Hawk try her luck near the feeders several times. I expect I could find a 
Ruffed Grouse or two if I tramped around in snowshoes.

-Geo


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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 about the 
health effects of feeding hydrogenated vegetable oils to birds).

-Geo


> On Jan 9, 2022, at 9:45 AM, Linda Orkin  wrote:
> 
> 
> I have a question for everyone regarding suet. Since we know that pesticides 
> and other harmful human chemicals including industrial agriculture 
> antibiotics accumulate in the fat of mammals how healthy can animal suet from 
> animal agriculture actually be for birds. I have never seen anyone mention or 
> consider this. I have tried to look it up but cannot find anything. Just 
> going by my own understanding of the food chain and bioaccumulation I’m  
> relying on my common sense. I mix organic peanut butter and organic cornmeal 
> and use that. 
> 
> Linda Orkin
> Ithaca, New York. 
> 
>>> On Jan 9, 2022, at 9:39 AM, Peter Saracino  wrote:
>>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Folks im looking for a suet log/cylinder for a suet holder I have. Just 
>> suetno embedded seeds. At least 6-7" high and a few inches in diameter. 
>> Any ideas where I can buy some. No luck at Tractor Supply, Running, Country 
>> Max or Wild Birds Unlimited, Amazon
>> Thanks.
>> Pete Sar
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[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 outside when I 
heard them coming. Invisible from the ground, but calling excitedly to keep 
together, they progressed directly southward until beyond my hearing.

-Geo



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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 before the autumnal equinox. MODO fledglings can look 
noticeably smaller than the adults, and I was reminded of the tiny ground doves 
of the Caribbean region.

-Geo
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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 last night continues at Knox-Marsellus Marsh 
> from East Road, Montezuma NWR in Seneca County this morning. Surprisingly 
> hard to see behind cattails most of the time, currently in the southwest 
> section of the marsh. The ROSEATE SPOONBILL is also still present from the 
> Rt. 89 bridges nearby. 
> 
> Jay
> 
>> On Tue, Jul 20, 2021, 8:05 PM Laura Stenzler  wrote:
>> From the rare bird alert hotline;
>> 
>> Tim Lenz: WOOD STORK found by Les Preston continuing at Knox Marcellus 
>> Montezuma. Close shoreline from East Rd.
>> 
>> Laura
>> 
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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 Danby’s little population of Worm-eating Warblers. For one 
thing, they’re not limited to the Lindsay-Parsons Preserve, but have been found 
in comparable habitat over a four mile stretch of the Cayuga Inlet valley wall. 
During the last twenty-some years individual singing males have also turned up 
in locations like Michigan Hollow, Hulburt Hollow and Beech Hill Brook, 
sidetracks just off the target breeding area along the Cayuga Inlet valley. 
Taken together, all this suggests the local population is well established. One 
old guesstimate was 25 pairs. That still seems reasonable to me.

-Geo

> On Jul 7, 2021, at 1:25 PM, Tobias Dean  wrote:
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> After hiking up to the Pinnacles above the LP Preserve Monday we were a bit 
> shocked by the more or less complete defoliation by caterpillars [...]

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-21 Thread Geo Kloppel
Hi Anne,

I wasn’t thinking of entering the fields that had been pre-selected for early 
mowing, nor searching for nests. Rather, I was wondering if in some way those 
fields could be rendered unappealing just before nesting begins, at the 
critical moment* when the sociable and polygamous Bobolinks are choosing which 
fields to build their nests in. Maybe they would find certain noises or 
predator signals or patrolling drones or something else unacceptable, and move 
on to settle into other fields that were slated for later mowing.

*I wrote “moment” for whatever the brief period might be before they make their 
choice and begin nest building.

-Geo

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> On Jun 21, 2021, at 6:36 AM, anneb.cl...@gmail.com wrote:
> 
> Speaking as someone who spent years locating redwing nests, I think this is 
> a mountain not a molehill. Locating nests in grassland is HARD on purpose. 
> Birds make it that way.   Feeding females do t go down to their nests. They 
> drop and walk to the nest. One makes paths tromping through the grass which 
> neither farmer nor birds will benefit from. 
> 
> I was thinking about what long term obs and relatively few 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 my iPhone
> 
>> On Jun 20, 2021, at 10:40 PM, Geo Kloppel  wrote:
>> 
>> 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 farmer can get 
>> through it all. So each year some field will be selected to go first, and 
>> another second, and the rest must wait their turns. 
>> 
>> Clearly some fields that are later in the queue can produce a crop of 
>> fledglings before it’s their turn to be mowed; otherwise we wouldn’t be 
>> having this conversation. So, suppose for the moment that the decision about 
>> which fields to mow early could be made before nesting had even begun. If 
>> there was then some way to discourage the birds from selecting those 
>> particular fields to nest in, the effect would be to direct them to the 
>> fields slated for later mowing...
>> 
>> -Geo
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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 farmer can get through it all. 
So each year some field will be selected to go first, and another second, and 
the rest must wait their turns. 

Clearly some fields that are later in the queue can produce a crop of 
fledglings before it’s their turn to be mowed; otherwise we wouldn’t be having 
this conversation. So, suppose for the moment that the decision about which 
fields to mow early could be made before nesting had even begun. If there was 
then some way to discourage the birds from selecting those particular fields to 
nest in, the effect would be to direct them to the fields slated for later 
mowing...

-Geo
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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 
Management and Grassland Bird Conservation.

Alas! That link is broken. But here’s one that still works:

https://www.nyfoa.org/application/files/6314/7948/6092/HayfieldsGrassland_Birds_3MB.pdf

More generally, let’s remember that without field culture and haymaking, most 
of what we call grassland in this part of the country would revert to forest 
cover, where Bobolinks and Meadowlarks would not be found.

-Geo

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> On Jun 15, 2021, at 6:07 PM, Sandy Podulka  wrote:
>  Ken and all,
> 
> Thank you so much for this clear, concise summary of this issue. I have some 
> friends I am trying to convince to not mow too soon, so will use your words 
> there, too.
> 
> Can anyone tell me what is a "safe" date for mowing?  Until when should I ask 
> them to delay?
> 
> Thanks,
> Sandy Podulka
> 
> At 04:07 PM 6/15/2021, Kenneth V. Rosenberg wrote:
> 
>> Linda, thanks for bringing this mowing to everyone’s attention. In a 
>> nutshell, what is happening today in those fields, repeated over the entire 
>> U.S., is the primary cause of continued steep declines in Bobolink and other 
>> grassland bird populations. 
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Last year, because of the delays in mowing due to Covid, the fields along 
>> Freeze and Hanshaw Roads were full of nesting birds, including many nesting 
>> Bobolinks that were actively feeding young in the nests at the end of June. 
>> In the first week of July, Cornell decided to mow all the fields. Jody Enck 
>> and I wrote letters and met with several folks at Cornell in the various 
>> departments in charge of managing those fields (Veterinary College, 
>> University Farm Services) – although they listened politely to our concerns 
>> for the birds, they went ahead and mowed that week as dozens of female 
>> bobolinks and other birds hovered helplessly over the tractors with bills 
>> filled food for their almost-fledged young. 
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> The same just happened over the past couple of days this year, only at an 
>> earlier stage in the nesting cycle – most birds probably have (had) recently 
>> hatched young in the nest. While mowing is occurring across the entire 
>> region as part of “normal” agricultural practices (with continued 
>> devastating consequences for field-nesting birds), the question is whether 
>> Cornell University needs to be contributing to this demise, while ostensibly 
>> supporting biodiversity conservation through other unrelated programs. Jody 
>> and I presented an alternative vision, where the considerable acres of 
>> fields owned by the university across Tompkins County could serve as a model 
>> for conserving populations of grassland birds, pollinators, and other 
>> biodiversity, but the people in charge of this management were not very 
>> interested in these options.
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> And there we have it, a microcosm of the continental demise of grassland 
>> birds playing out in our own backyard, illustrating the extreme challenges 
>> of modern Ag practices that are totally incompatible with healthy bird 
>> populations. I urge CayugaBirders to make as much noise as possible, and 
>> maybe someone will listen.
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> KEN
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Ken Rosenberg (he/him/his)
>> 
>> Applied Conservation Scientist
>> 
>> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
>> 
>> American Bird Conservancy
>> 
>> Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
>> 
>> k...@cornell.edu
>> 
>> Wk: 607-254-2412
>> 
>> Cell: 607-342-4594
>> 
>>  
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> From: bounce-125714085-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
>>  on behalf of Linda Orkin 
>> 
>> Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 3:02 PM
>> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.
>> 
>> After a couple year hiatus in which the Freese Road fields across from the 
>> gardens have been mowed late in the season allowing at least Bobolinks to be 
>> done with their nesting and for grassland birds to be lured into a false 
>> feeling of security so they have returned and I’ve counted three singing 
>> meadowlarks for the first time in years,  Cornell has returned to early 
>> mowing there as of today. And so the mayhem ensues. How many more multitudes 
>> of birds will die before we believe our own eyes and ears. Mow the grass 
>> while it’s still nutritious but are we paying attention to who is being fed. 
>> Grass taken from the land to pass through animals and in that inefficient 
>> process turning to food for humans. 
>> 
>> Linda Orkin
>> Ithaca NY
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[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 Rails, a 
thunder-pumping American Bittern, and a pair of Northern Harriers, the female 
mostly out of sight at her nest, but popping up several times, with the more 
visible male attending closely, before going off to hunt.

Up on top of Bald Hill my 70 year old brain dipped on a variant bird song that 
is actually very familiar to me, as the species also nests in numbers around my 
place, and indeed in many other locations around the greater West Danby area. 
Bald Hill was my last stop before home, and I kept the song replaying in my 
mind until I had a cup of coffee in hand and told Patricia about it. And as 
these things go, as soon as I’d put my failure into words, the solution 
presented itself! The song variant was that peculiar inversion that Hooded 
Warblers sometimes sing, as part of their so-called “Dawn Song”. Maybe my brain 
couldn’t retrieve the ID in real time because morning had left the dawn so far 
behind (it was after 10:00 AM), or maybe I just wanted a cup of coffee... Wait! 
That’s the same thing!

-Geo


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[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

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[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 (eastern tent, 
I think). Hundreds of them are walking on my porch railing under a big sugar 
maple. All this food for Cuckoos! And right on cue, a Black-billed Cuckoo, 
tripli-cooing off in the woods.

I found two singing Canada Warblers this morning along the brook below my place 
on the western edge of the L-P Preserve, where they have nested in the past. 
Hope they’ll do it again, as I missed the confirmation during last year’s Atlas 
effort.

-Geo


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[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 the dike, then 
extracting some choice organ (the liver, perhaps), and leaving the rest of the 
corpse, including the toxic skin, exposed in the grass. Instead, they’re flying 
off with the entire living toad, still kicking. They fly with it by a 
circuitous route to a secluded forest area some 500m distant, where, as I 
imagine, someone is sitting a nest. I observed the carrying flight three times 
this morning, and by stationing myself in a sort of blind I then watched an 
actual catch at the water’s edge. The toad was grabbed by one leg, and the Crow 
immediately took flight with it. Just at a guess, I’m thinking the advantage of 
doing it this way is that the toad will have no opportunity to jump back into 
the pond before it can be dispatched. Or perhaps the hunters are delivering the 
toads to an experienced elder who knows (better than they) how to separate the 
edible from the inedible parts?

-Geo


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[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

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[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


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] large dark bird

2021-04-22 Thread Geo Kloppel
What food was being offered to attract the Crows ?

-Geo

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> 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: bounce-125566860-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
>  On Behalf Of Donna Lee Scott
> Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:46 PM
> To: Sandra J. Kisner 
> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] large dark bird
>  
> Ravens hang around where eagles are, but i am not sure crows would tolerate 
> being next to them. 
> Kevin McGowan would know. 
> 
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Apr 22, 2021, at 12:41 PM, Sandra J. Kisner  wrote:
> 
> By appearance the eagle seems more likely than a vulture (the neck was 
> short), but would crows tolerate it?  I'll suggest it to her; I don't 
> actually know where she lives, so I don't know if bald eagles are likely to 
> be in the area.
> 
> Sandra
> 
> 
> From: Joshua Snodgrass 
> Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:11 PM
> To: Sandra J. Kisner
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] large dark bird
> 
> Any chance it was a juvenile Bald Eagle? Young birds are very dark, but have 
> white markings. It would be huge compared to crows.
> 
> On Thu, Apr 22, 2021, 10:19 AM Sandra J. Kisner 
> mailto:s...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
> I'm afraid I don't have much information to base my question on, but I 
> promised I'd try.  A friend showed me a short video on her phone of a group 
> of crows that she puts food out for near the end of her long (rural) 
> driveway, with a large dark bird apparently feeding with them.  The shot is 
> from far away; not knowing that I would have guessed it was a bunch of 
> grackles being joined by a crow, but she assures me they are her usual crows. 
>  The guest is rather stocky, with a short (broad?) tail.  The crows weren't 
> in the least disturbed by the visitor, so it's not likely it was a hawk.  At 
> one point she pointed out what looked like a white wing bar (very hard to see 
> at that distance).  She also occasionally sees turkeys, but this didn't look 
> like a turkey to me.  Any ideas?
> 
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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 so the heavy Blue 
Jays are denied access. But really, where’s the fun in that? Unless it’s in 
watching their clever attempts to circumvent the exclusion mechanism! In the 
end, I’ve just opted to leave the spring tension on high, and the only critters 
who actually depress the bars are the bears, who are not deterred in the least, 
but simply push over the feeder pole, bust open the hopper and devour the 
entire load of sunflower seed!

Hmm... April 21st, nearly time for the bears to show up...

-Geo



> On Apr 21, 2021, at 4:23 PM, Anne Marie Johnson 
>  wrote:
> 
>  You can find a few more tips for deterring large flocks of birds on this 
> page of the FeederWatch website.
> 
> Anne Marie Johnson
> Caroline
> 
> On 4/21/2021 2:15 PM, Donna Lee Scott wrote:
>> I too have many RW Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, and 6-8 Grackles and I 
>> am going thru a lot of expensive bird food.
>> I put out food in early morning, one time a day.
>>  
>> The only thing I can think to do is to stop feeding the birds altogether for 
>> a while, so that the hoards go somewhere else and then start feeding the 
>> “dainty” birds again.
>>  
>> Donna L. Scott
>> 535 Lansing Station Road
>> Lansing
>>  
>> From: bounce-125563710-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
>> [mailto:bounce-125563710-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Deb Grantham
>> Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 2:06 PM
>> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] question about feeder crowds
>>  
>> Hi,
>>  
>> A neighbor of mine is bothered that she gets a lot of grackles and starlings 
>> at her feeders, and that they hog all the food she puts out. Any suggestions?
>>  
>> Deb
>>  
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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


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[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
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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

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> On Mar 19, 2021, at 5:24 PM, Johnson, Alyssa  
> wrote:
> 
> Can confirm! No where near the numbers we had on 3/17 (conservatively 
> 400,000), but there are two large rafts on the lake as of 5:20pm. One raft 
> can be viewed from Cayuga Lake SP and the larger group viewed from Wolffy’s 
> Grill & Marina/Lower Lake Rd.
> 
> The may be the last weekend to see them, I hope all who want to, get to! 
> 
> Get Outlook for iOS
> From: bounce-125475207-79436...@list.cornell.edu 
>  on behalf of Sandy Podulka 
> 
> Sent: Friday, March 19, 2021 3:18:04 PM
> To: Cayuga List 
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese on Cayuga Lake
>  
> Meena just reported a few thousand off the south end of Lower Lake 
> Road where it hits Route 89, north to Woolfy's Restaurant.
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[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 profusion of pale buffy 
markings on the wings and tail indicated Short-eared Owl to me. 

There are lots of waterfowl in the marshes all around the area, but It wasn’t 
until I was driving east across the mucklands on rte 31 that I found the 
Cranes: a tight group of five flew right over me.

Towards evening I headed south on 89, and somewhere between Canoga and Red 
Jacket a Short-eared Owl flew low over the road shoulder just in front of my 
car.

-Geo



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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

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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 victim of 
a collision with a car.

Yesterday one died on my road, probably taken by a Cooper’s Hawk. All there was 
to see was a patch of blood and a whole lot of plucked feathers.

-Geo


> On Feb 16, 2021, at 3:06 PM, Bill McAneny  wrote:
> 
> 
> Hello Dave,
> 
> I wonder if your flock of robins was the same one as my flock.  About 
> mid-afternoon (maybe) we noticed a few robins flying about the yard.  Then we 
> noticed most of them in a crab apple tree loaded with little (quarter inch) 
> red-brown fruits.  Not loaded any more.  I was able to count about 45 birds, 
> which is close to the size of one of your flocks. Some of them were on the 
> snow under the tree, salvaging the fruit dropped by other birds. The flock 
> was very active and hard to count.  My count could easily be off by 10 on the 
> low side to 20 or 30 on the high side.  We kept watching for waxwings but saw 
> none.
> 
> Bill McAneny (same side of lake as Dave Nutter but 7 miles north.)
> 
> On 2/15/2021 8:02 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
>> My first 2021 American Robin was on the Count on New Year’s Day, a single 
>> bird in the suburban neighborhood above my home on Ithaca’s West Hill. It 
>> was over a month before I saw another Robin: On February 6th, around the 
>> time that other folks began writing on CayugaBirds-L about flocks of them, I 
>> happened to be staring out a window with my scope aimed toward the 
>> Collegetown skyline when a few distant passerines crossed my view. They were 
>> substantial and dark but didn’t have fast and regular wingbeats of 
>> Starlings. Fortunately, they were tracking toward me, and I stayed on one 
>> until it surprised me with a telltale white lower belly and undertail 
>> coverts contrasting with brick red elsewhere below. Closer, and the fuller 
>> wings and longer tail supported the ID as well. How novel to see a Robin 
>> shape! Scanning nearby, I confirmed 4 of them before they went out of view. 
>> Neat, but a bit weak as a contribution to discussions of flocks. Sorry.
>> 
>> Yesterday, while trying to write, I kept being distracted by individual 
>> birds flying past the window, too far away for an easy naked-eye ID, but too 
>> fast for me to get binoculars on them. Eventually I gave up and went to the 
>> window as they became more organized. They were Robins, and at least 40 of 
>> them went past toward the bit of woods nearby, but they didn’t seem to be 
>> feeding. 
>> 
>> Today we were expecting a delivery, so I set up closer to the window. I 
>> didn’t get much of my writing project done. The Robins came back. Many 
>> settled into a Hawthorn tree whose numerous fruits I had assumed nobody 
>> liked. But they were tasty enough today. Another little tree that I hadn’t 
>> thought much about also had fruit, and the Robins covered that tree, too, 
>> and brought a few Cedar Waxwings along. Birds were busy emerging from the 
>> woods, eating, and resting in nearby trees. I tried to count them and got to 
>> at least 60 Robins. A few other birds tagged along - a Starling, a male and 
>> a female Red-bellied Woodpecker, a male Hairy, and also a gorgeous Flicker. 
>> I showed Laurie, who declared the array well worth looking at. She’s getting 
>> a bit tired of the small dull-colored birds. 
>> 
>> Then a Red-tailed Hawk, who had spent the morning next door quietly sitting 
>> atop a large tree, tried to join the party. Awkward! That so-called raptor 
>> was really bad at hunting songbirds in the woods, and after a few short 
>> flights and asymmetrical landings, it gave up and left. I hope it finds a 
>> nice, fat, slow squirrel crossing the snow. Within a minute the birds were 
>> back at the berries. A dozen Robins were thirsty enough that they came down 
>> to the pavement to sip at wet spots. I kept scanning through all the birds, 
>> hoping for a Hermit Thrush. No luck there, but I did notice something atop a 
>> tree about a quarter mile away: a young Cooper’s Hawk who has graced my yard 
>> many times this season without catching anything that I saw. How could it 
>> not notice the activity here? When my attention wandered I suddenly saw 
>> several Robins start a rush straight for the woods. Yup, the Cooper’s Hawk 
>> came ripping past, but veering off, again unlucky, I think. 
>> Still, everyone took this predator seriously, and the feeding session seemed 
>> to be over. A little while later I noticed Robins leaving the woods to fly 
>> away over downtown. There were 2 groups totaling about 75. The maximum 
>> number of Cedar Waxwings I saw at once was only 5. There is still some 
>> fruit, so I hope they come back. 
>> 
>> I still need to go out and try to ID that mystery tree. And 

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 of green. 

-Geo


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[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 8 - 6 Loons
Period 9 - 20 Loons

My count experience at the summit of Benjamin Hill last year, when every Loon 
seen was passing well to the east along the inlet valley, suggested that I 
should be able to count the same birds more easily from my own backyard, so 
that’s what I did this morning.

-Geo



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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

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> On Sep 12, 2020, at 12:17 PM, Laura Stenzler  wrote:
> 
>  Last night was a big migration night. (Check out 
> https://birdcast.info/migration-tools/live-migration-maps/)
> 
> Has anyone seen hummingbirds today? Ours seem to have left. 
> 
> Laura
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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, at 7:59 AM, Rustici, Marc  wrote:
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> 
> Good Morning,
>  
> I am hoping someone can tell me or direct me to some information, please.
>  
> We have some purple finches nesting on our front porch in a hanging basket.  
> I saw they have laid eggs.  My wife wants them gone (I am the softee..) as 
> they make quite a mess when the young hatch…It was suggested I move the 
> nest to an very nearby weeping birch (where they perch). 
>  
> Is this a viable option?
>  
> Marc
>  
> From: bounce-124701128-62610...@list.cornell.edu 
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>  
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> Wish I could hear this Chris but have eschewed zoom. It's a great story 
> nationwide. I had the honor of being the first survey and banding crews in 
> the Chesapeake Bay Region back in the early 70s. These were done by a group 
> called the Raptor Information Center under the aegis of The National Wildlife 
> Foundation. We based in the DC/MD area and worked the watershed of three 
> states. A handful of nests in the whole area and very low reproduction rate 
> at the beginning. Climbing into an eagle nest was amazing and locked me into 
> ornithology for life and a new career field. It is so satisfying to see the 
> tremendous increase in these terrific birds with the less than ferocious 
> voices!
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[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.

-Geo


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[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
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[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



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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 
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> 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 was 
> checking on the orange halves that have drawn unwanted ants. I daubed 
> Vaseline on the branch on which the feeder hangs.
> 
> This is the 3rd time I've seen the big bats flying in daytime. Insects are 
> truly rare here altho' I did see a large moth & some kind of beetle flew into 
> my hair. Thus far I've had no bug splats on my windshield.
> 
> Wishing everyone a safe Memorial weekend.
> 
> Fritzie
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler

2020-05-18 Thread Geo Kloppel
Yes, tent tree or maybe forest tent caterpillar, or some similar Lepidopteran 
that lays a compact mass of many hundreds of eggs that all hatch simultaneously 
like those in the photo. Food for Cuckoos, but probably not Prothonotary 
Warblers.

-Geo

> On May 18, 2020, at 9:20 AM, Marie P. Read  wrote:
> 
> Geo, do you think they're tent caterpillars? That's what I thought...
> Marie
> 
> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
> 452 Ringwood Road
> Freeville NY  13068 USA
> 
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> Birds and Their Behavior
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> https://rockynook.com/shop/photography/mastering-bird-photography/?REF=101/
> ____
> From: Geo Kloppel [geoklop...@gmail.com]
> Sent: Monday, May 18, 2020 9:12 AM
> To: Marie P. Read
> Cc: Whitings; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler
> 
> 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 about Prothonotary Warbler nesting:
>> 
>> > Selection Process
>> Males establish territories around one or several suitable nest sites, and 
>> place moss inside cavities before females arrive. Male displays at each 
>> cavity. Female selects nest cavity from among those available. Settlement by 
>> female is related partly to quality or number of nest cavities available>
>> and
>> > Construction Process
>> Male places moss in potential nest sites. Amount of moss varies from several 
>> pieces to foundation 1–8 cm deep, and male may fashion nest cup in moss. 
>> Female alone constructs remainder of nest and lining, with male accompanying 
>> but not assisting. >
>> and
>> > Males place various amounts of moss (but not complete nests) in all 
>> available cavities within their territory.>
>> 
>> No mention of larvae. I can't quite tell what kind of larvae they are from 
>> the one photo I can see on your site. But very interesting observation. I 
>> didn't notice anything like this obvious new hatch of larvae on the 3 boxes 
>> I observed there last week at Armitage Rd. I also saw/heard at least 3 
>> different males along the road.
>> 
>> Marie
>> 

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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 about Prothonotary Warbler nesting:
> 
>  Selection Process
> Males establish territories around one or several suitable nest sites, and 
> place moss inside cavities before females arrive. Male displays at each 
> cavity. Female selects nest cavity from among those available. Settlement by 
> female is related partly to quality or number of nest cavities available> 
> and 
>  Construction Process
> Male places moss in potential nest sites. Amount of moss varies from several 
> pieces to foundation 1–8 cm deep, and male may fashion nest cup in moss. 
> Female alone constructs remainder of nest and lining, with male accompanying 
> but not assisting. >
> and
>  Males place various amounts of moss (but not complete nests) in all available 
> cavities within their territory.>
> 
> No mention of larvae. I can't quite tell what kind of larvae they are from 
> the one photo I can see on your site. But very interesting observation. I 
> didn't notice anything like this obvious new hatch of larvae on the 3 boxes I 
> observed there last week at Armitage Rd. I also saw/heard at least 3 
> different males along the road.
> 
> Marie
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
> 452 Ringwood Road
> Freeville NY  13068 USA
> 
> e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
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> 
> From: bounce-124636532-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
> [bounce-124636532-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Whitings 
> [whiti...@roadrunner.com]
> Sent: Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:02 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler
> 
> Hi All,
> I was able to watch the Prothonotary Warbler on Armitage Rd. For.  an 
> extended period of time. In the morning it was mostly foraging and singing as 
> well as displaying periodically. Then in mid day, it started bringing moss 
> into the nest box. I was wondering if this is the male making moss offerings. 
> I never saw more than one bird together that day.  Occasionally it would 
> leave with a pale green larvae in it’s peak. After looking at photos when I 
> got home, I noticed that there was a whole area of larvae around the nest box 
> hole. Someone else who was observing at a different angle thought it was 
> adhering insects to the box. I only could see the bird bringing back moss, 
> but can anyone explain the larvae at the nest hole? There are a few photos 
> https://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Favorites/Favorites-2020/i-5q7LXPJ/buy
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[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



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[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



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[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 cute:

https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S68919584

-Geo
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[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, 2020, at 5:55 PM, Jon Kloppel  wrote:
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> White Crowned Sparrows today at our feeders.  Both sexes.  Maybe a dozen 
> total birds.  They stage the feeder in the bridal veil bush so we get a great 
> close look!  
> 
>> On Sun, May 3, 2020 at 7:18 PM Jon Kloppel  wrote:
>> Mucking around the woods at Rachel's house this morning.  Tons of Raven 
>> noise.  They were upset about a big black bird, maybe a eaglenot sure.  
>> I couldn't find a nest.  I bet they're pretty good at diverting attention 
>> away from it?  We had a male Rose Breasted Grosbeak at the feeder today.  He 
>> seemed sluggish to me.  Kinda slow picking through the seeds and a little 
>> worried about the cowbirds.  But I know that's projection of anthropomorphic 
>> crap.  But I wasn't sure he was OK. 

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[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
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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:
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> Will Red-breasted Mergansers breed/nest as far south as Cayuga Lake?  I find 
> the females hard to differentiate from Common Mergansers.
> 
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[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 morning but 
hummocks of snow. I gently brushed this away, and the lovage looks fine in the 
bright sunshine. Reassured, I went about my business. 

For a few days I’ve been cutting-back woody growth around my pond: invasives 
like Rosa multiflora, honeysuckles, privets and autumn olive, and also sumacs 
and ash saplings and such - can’t let the dike go to trees, or their roots will 
eventually demolish it.

I’d saved the steep outer face of the dike for last, and yesterday I worked 
halfway around that. This morning I dropped down over the edge where the dike 
is highest - nearly 20 feet, impossible to mow - and I started working. 

It’s a slow job with long-handled pruners. A gasoline powered trimmer would be 
faster, but that seems awfully indiscrimate. The steep dike is strewn with 
luscious bramble fruits and other nice stuff that the birds love, and that 
would all be hacked up.

A half hour passed in which I was out of sight over the drop-off, and then 
suddenly a Broad-winged Hawk swept very low over the top of the dike, perhaps 
15’ above my head, pursued closely by two Crows. It called out “pw”, and it 
was carrying a stick. One of my own prunings, I believe. Such a beautiful day!

-Geo


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[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 part of the 
action, though. I watched one Kinglet hover in front of a row of fresh, weeping 
Sapsucker wells, as close as if it were sipping, though I suppose it’s possible 
some tiny insects were there, attracted to the same resource.

-Geo



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[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 are extensive fields of stubble and a cow pasture 
nearby, this lone bird was concentrating all its energies on a tiny area right 
in the parking lot, about 30 feet from where I’d parked. I got out, and even 
set up my scope for a closer view of what it was doing. It pecked at this small 
area continuously for a good ten minutes while I watched. After it flew off, I 
inspected the spot for any clues about what it was after. I thought I might 
find tiny insects or weed seeds or whatnot, but I couldn’t see anything of the 
sort. Instead, the one thing that distinguished this spot from the rest of the 
parking lot was that someone had spilled a thin scatter of crushed oyster shell 
or clam shell there, like the stuff we offer to laying hens to keep their 
eggshells strong...

Later I witnessed a pretty agonic-looking Bluebird chase. 

Tree Swallows were busy sweeping the air over the preserve’s numerous bodies of 
water.

-Geo



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[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 West Danby Fire Station. I got to see 
the presumed male bring up the very first stick and vainly attempt to find a 
place to lodge it. Eventually his mate took charge of it, and he flew west into 
the woods to find her another. 

A Red-tailed Hawk on a near perch flew across the pond and into the forest 
behind. Second time this week that I’ve seen this. I remember that a pair used 
to nest back there on the wooded penninsula opposite the island. I figured this 
rated an “H”.

But then in the early afternoon, as I was approaching the intersection of 
Seeley Hill Road and Van Buskirk Road, I caught sight through trees of a 
Red-tailed Hawk on the top of a utility pole. I raised my binoculars just as 
she raised her tail, and suddenly there in my field of view was her mate: “C” 
for copulation.

-Geo


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[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 by an Eagle pair.

> Thanks for sharing. I'm curious to know if and when you saw courtships 
> displays.

I wasn’t present for any displays, but I saw what I interpreted as a tandem 
pair flight from the heronry on March 15th, and then on the 18th there were 6 
in the heronry. Some of last year’s nests had fallen, but more construction is 
now underway, and one heron is already incubating, two weeks in advance of the 
April 15th egg date given in the old Atlas 2000 Breeding Season Tables. I 
didn’t actually count the herons yesterday, but 16 is probably about right.

I’ve been hearing a Phoebe “S” for several days, but this morning it’s a pair 
“P” of Phoebes on their traditional territory in my yard.

-Geo
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[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 (early), while the 
other stood on the rim. About 12 feet above them at the top of the snag, a 
nearly mature Bald Eagle perched quietly. Occasionally the Eagle (4th year, I 
judged) preened its shoulder nonchalantly, but the Herons remained vigilant. 
After twenty minutes of this largely motionless drama, the Eagle departed, and 
then so did I. I’m back there now (19:15). Looks pretty calm. That one heron 
does appear to be incubating.

-Geo



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[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



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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:
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> Does anyone know if the wildlife drive is open yet for the season?
> Seems like that might be a good solitary endeavor.
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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 sleeve and put it in 
your car window whenever you get out to do some birding (and remember to submit 
your observations to the Atlas).

https://s3.amazonaws.com/is-ebird-wordpress-prod-s3/wp-content/uploads/sites/79/2019/11/VehiclePlacard.pdf



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

2020-01-19 Thread Geo Kloppel
A brief note in the online Atlas materials offers this:
“If you need assistance submitting data, contact us so we can set you up with a 
data entry partner.”

The “contact us” link points to an email address: nyb...@gmail.com

Of course, Amish birders who don’t use email will not be able to contact the 
organizers by this method. Is there any other way for them to make this 
connection? A telephone number? A postal address?

-Geo


> On Jan 19, 2020, at 10:49 AM, Dave Spier  wrote:
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> 
> I'd say this requires volunteers to enter data for them. The Eaton Birding 
> Society 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:
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>> eBird (such as the Amish) can participate in the Atlas 2020 field effort?
>> 
>> -Geo
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[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


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[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


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[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 the highest summits surrounding the upper Cayuga Inlet Valley
> 
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[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



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[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 my scope, yet it 
would have been easy to do so from my own backyard on Tupper Road. 

The flight was divided into two major pulses by the slack period that we 
associate with the shadow of Wayne County between the north end of Cayuga Lake 
and the south shore of Lake Ontario. 

I’m guessing that Loons heading due south from Taughannock Point or passing 
high over Ithaca’s West Hill were just cutting off the “Ithaca elbow” (or 
dogleg or whatever we might went to call it) to pick up the Cayuga 
through-valley again a few miles south of the city. Every Loon I saw was on a 
track that passed up the valley between 1,920’ “Sorry Hunter Hill” on the west 
and the c. 1,730’ Thatchers Pinnacles on the east, most at an altitude not much 
greater than those summits, say between 2,000’ and 2,200’

-Geo

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Niger seed

2019-10-02 Thread Geo Kloppel
Niger seed is usually sold in plastic bags, and its aging may accelerate once 
the bags are opened to the air. I pour it all into a big plastic jug with a 
screw cap. In this hermetic environment its shelf life seems pretty good, as 
the following experience attests. 

Late one autumn I bought a bag of niger in anticipation of winter Redpolls who 
never showed up. I put it in a jug, and the jug got pushed behind other stuff. 
I forgot all about it until the following summer. When I rediscovered the jug, 
I thought about discarding the seed, but it smelled OK, so I put some out as a 
trial, 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 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 best to 
> load only what will be consumed in one day.
> 
> -Geo
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Oct 1, 2019, at 8:59 AM, Randolph Scott Little  wrote:
>> 
>> Goldfinch feeding preferences just might have something to do with the state 
>> of niger thistle seed.
>>  
>> I have been informed that niger seed has very short shelf life, that it 
>> should only be purchased in small quantities, and that feeders should be 
>> refilled from the bottom so old seed does not accumulate.
>>  
>> Can anyone substantiate this?
>>  
>> Good birding,
>> Randy
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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 best to load 
only what will be consumed in one day.

-Geo

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 1, 2019, at 8:59 AM, Randolph Scott Little  wrote:
> 
> Goldfinch feeding preferences just might have something to do with the state 
> of niger thistle seed.
>  
> I have been informed that niger seed has very short shelf life, that it 
> should only be purchased in small quantities, and that feeders should be 
> refilled from the bottom so old seed does not accumulate.
>  
> Can anyone substantiate this?
>  
> Good birding,
> Randy
> Randolph Scott Little
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[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



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[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


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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 (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 morning in a known 
> breeding location: swamp woods SW of the Cayuga Lake Beagle Club on Michigan 
> Hollow Road.
> 
> -Geo
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[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 morning in a known 
breeding location: swamp woods SW of the Cayuga Lake Beagle Club on Michigan 
Hollow Road.

-Geo


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[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



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[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 here!

-Geo


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[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



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[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


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[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



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[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, Mallards 
and Canada Geese, a pair of Hooded Mergansers, plenty of Swamp Sparrows, 
etcetera. No rails this morning, though I had Virginia Rails there a few days 
ago.

-Geo


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[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


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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 Crows kept it up 
about five minutes, then grew quiet. A coyote gave about four long lone-howls 
from the same general direction, then silence returned under the bright 
moonlight.

-Geo


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[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

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[cayugabirds-l] More Fox Sparrows

2019-03-17 Thread Geo Kloppel
Two more Fox Sparrows under my feeders this morning

-Geo

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[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 over there, a 
second Saw-whet flitted silently back and forth in the branches right above my 
head. Also heard several rising calls.

-Geo
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[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 Carolina Wrens...

This morning I was watching the sunflower hopper through slanting snow when an 
adult Cooper’s Hawk took a Cardinal. Pretty stirring stuff! The other feeder 
birds vanished. Don’t suppose they would have been back any time soon if the 
hawk had stayed to eat her kill on the spot. But after ten or fifteen seconds 
on the ground, the Hawk flew off to cover with the Cardinal in its talons. Ten 
minutes later the feeders were busy again. 

Last week the prey was a Red-bellied Woodpecker, which I identified from the 
pile of feathers left behind.

Hardly seems like the season today, but just a few days ago Turkey toms were 
gobbling. I usually flush a Ruffed Grouse or two when I walk through the 
spruces. Occasionally the local Barred Owls give a few hoots. Our Raven pair is 
active and quite vocal.

-Geo

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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 foot of new 
snow, I guess they still know where the carcasses are.

-Geo

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[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swans

2018-12-04 Thread Geo Kloppel
I was standing on Tupper Road at about 8:50 this morning with a couple of 
walking companions whom I’d just met. Visibility was reduced by the falling 
snow to just a few hundred yards. We heard but could not see a flock of Tundra 
Swans passing south along the Cayuga Inlet Valley to our east.

-Geo Kloppel



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[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

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[cayugabirds-l] Swainson’s galore

2018-09-23 Thread Geo Kloppel
40 degrees at my house this morning. I’m looking east toward Thatcher’s 
Pinnacles across the sunlit top of a river of cloud that fills the upper Cayuga 
Inlet Valley and flows slowly northward, like the tongue of a retreating 
glacier. All around me are the “pit” and “weep” calls of an unknown 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.

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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


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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 “Headwater Marsh” 
(Wiegand & Eames), which is the source of Cayuga Inlet. The Headwater Marsh is 
only a mile north of the North Spencer Marsh, but they are separated by the 
Saint Lawrence / Susquehanna watershed divide.

-Geo


> On Jul 18, 2018, at 6:47 AM, Glenn Wilson  wrote:
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> Has the North Spenser Marsh been opened up for viewing birds? I am seeing 
> many reports of a Least Bittern and others. Thanks all. 
> 
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[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 speed, but 
he expended a lot of energy to prevent any leisurely freeloading, and after 5 
minutes the hummer left.

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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

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> Prompted by the Swallow related posts a few days ago, I want to add the 
> complete lack of tree swallows and barn swallows at our house. This is in 
> Danby, Gunderman and Jersey Hill Road where there is lots of open fields that 
> hay is the crop. There is no spraying just spreading of lime and fertilizer. 
> This spring there were a few barn swallows which appeared to be looking for 
> the usual nesting places but then they were seen no more. And the numbers 
> have been decreasing for a few years. 
> Now the tree swallows, 3 or 4 showed up and two were seen working around 
> their usual nest box for a few days, when we found one dead inside the box 
> and none others seen since. I say the rest were probably smart but we are 
> feeling sad cause I feel they have been the major insect controller for our 
> yard over the many years when there have been many, many tree swallows over 
> and around our pond. Last year the numbers were down to a dozen maybe. 
> Hoping for something to turn around. 
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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 Warbler, but 
lo! Chris Wood found one yesterday in more-or-less the same area they’ve 
occupied in previous years.

Well, yeah,  there don’t seem to be any Grasshopper Sparrows, let alone 
Henslow’s; but that’s not exactly news.

Cuckoos, Thrushes, Tanagers, Flycatchers, Warblers, Vireos, Bobolinks, 
etcetera: they’re all here.

However, it’s certainly true that things are quieter now that territorial 
rivalries have settled and nests have been filled. During the next few weeks 
I’m expecting an explosion of bird activity, but it won’t really be about 
singing, it will be all about stuffing the gullets of hungry youngsters!

-Geo


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> with bird song as normal.  On my recent walks at Upper Buttermilk I have been 
> very disappointed in the total absence of Wood Thrush, Veery, and Scarlet 
> Tanager.  By this time in past years I've always have several of these birds. 
>  On my most recent walk (Friday) I was wonderfully surprised to hear 2 Wood 
> Thrush and 2-3 each of Veery and Scarlet Tanager.  Why the sudden 
> "reappearance"??  I know I'm going to be criticized for asking, but could 
> some birds (species) still be migrating in?  If not, then why did they 
> finally "show up"?  Some could argue they were busy with nesting.  But I've 
> never experienced birds remaining completely mum during the nesting season.  
> Another argument could be that they are now moving around after the first 
> brood.  I doubt that would explain the numbers of these species I had all of 
> a sudden plopping down in Upper Buttermilk?  By the way, we picnicked at 
> Upper Treman yesterday and bird song was relatively infrequent.  Do any of 
> you have any thoughts on this subject??
> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] West Danby marsh birds

2018-06-11 Thread Geo Kloppel
Hi Ken and all,

A good candidate marsh for Harrier nesting is just west of the capped landfill, 
beside the long-abandoned Center Schoolhouse Road. I’ve seen female Harriers in 
there during past breeding seasons. Also Virginia Rails In there. The marsh 
itself is Tompkins County property. The property line is the midline of the old 
road. The road is all grown-in, nearly obliterated. You can see it on the USGS 
West Danby quad. It’s also featured in the 1981 book:

Where to Find Birds in New York State: The Top 500 Sites
By Susan Roney Drennan

Besides that location and the known pair in Michigan Hollow Marsh, yet another 
Danby marsh has hosted nesting Harriers not too many years back: the marsh 
across 96B from the north end of South Danby Road. A friend of mine who lives 
just above there on Travor Road has seen a Harrier a few times this spring, so 
I’m kinda curious about whether they might still breed there.

I haven’t visited the Worm-eating Warblers since mid-May. I usually go to a 
different place, just below the _north_ pinnacle, which is about half a mile 
from the central pinnacle familiar to hikers on the Abbott’s Loop Trail. Maybe 
I can stop by in a day or two, see what they’re up to...

-Geo

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> I made a rare trip to Danby area yesterday, and we had a male Northern 
> Harrier over the wetland on Hillview Rd and the grassy capped landfill to the 
> south. Not sure how close that is to Walding Lane. Also Virginia Rails in 
> that wetland.  
> 
> Thanks Geo for keeping track of Acadian Flycatchers in that area as well— we 
> saw the loudly calling bird on Michigan Hollow Rd. We could not find a 
> Worm-eating Warbler, however, despite spending more than an hour scrambling 
> on the steep slope where they usually are. Does anybody know of a territory 
> that is active this summer?
> 
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>> 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).
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[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).

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[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 retreated into the 
cattails, a likely looking nest site. Mallards and Wood Ducks were leading 
ducklings around. And a pair of Northern Harriers (“Marsh Hawks” to us old 
timers) were hunting over the sedge meadows, and being harassed by  Red-winged 
Blackbirds. Believe they’re nesting there again this year.

About 8:30 I drove down the Hollow to find Acadian Flycatcher singing in the 
same spot as I reported on 5/17.

-Geo



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[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

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[cayugabirds-l] Least Bittern, Marsh Wrens

2018-05-24 Thread Geo Kloppel
An early morning paddle in Michigan Hollow Marsh (not North Spencer Marsh) 
produced a couple of singing Marsh Wrens and a Least Bittern (flushed at very 
close range!)

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

2018-05-18 Thread Geo Kloppel
A Black-billed Cuckoo was singing in my yard an hour ago. I spotted the bird in 
trees, and while I was watching it sing I noticed in the background the 
persistent “turree” calls of a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher,  interspersed with 
occasional “killic” songs. Forgetting all about the Cuckoo, I followed the 
Empid around for a couple of minutes, getting several decent views before I 
lost it.

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[cayugabirds-l] Black-billed Cuckoo

2018-05-17 Thread Geo Kloppel
...and this evening, a Black-billed Cuckoo in my yard.

-Geo

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[cayugabirds-l] Mourning Warblers

2018-05-17 Thread Geo Kloppel
Mourning Warblers, Danby State Forest, both sides of Bald Hill Road 1/4 mile 
south of Comfort. Look for the yellow gate on the east with the red STOP sign 
in the middle.

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[cayugabirds-l] Acadian Flycatcher

2018-05-17 Thread Geo Kloppel
8:50 AM; one singing Acadian Flycatcher, Michigan Hollow Creek about 1/4 mile 
above  the lower crossing of Abbott’s Loop (not the upper one, known as Diane’s 
Crossing).

-Geo



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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-billed Cuckoo

2018-05-16 Thread Geo Kloppel
A Yellow-billed Cuckoo.is back in my yard today, after spending the past few 
months in a far-away region: perhaps Bolivia, Paraguay, or Argentina...

-Geo


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[cayugabirds-l] Sora, Virginia Rails

2018-05-14 Thread Geo Kloppel
Heard a Virginia Rail at the Hillview Road marsh beside the old county 
landfill. Now I have another grunting in Danby’s Michigan Hollow Marsh (not to 
be confused with the North Spencer Marsh at the south end of Michigan Hollow 
Road in Tioga County). And there’s still a Sora here, giving kerwees and 
whinnys. Day 18 for Sora.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Common Nighthawk in Collegetown?

2018-05-13 Thread Geo Kloppel
Hi Tom,

Very likely. The sound of Nighthawks over collegetown (and downtown Ithaca) is 
a fond memory of summer from the sixties and seventies, when they still bred 
here.  

Migrants seem to linger here for a few days, just long enough to make me wonder 
if they might take it up again some year.

-Geo


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> gorge in Collegetown about 10 PM. Are they likely to be heard here at this 
> time of year? Is there something else it may have been that's call is similar?
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[cayugabirds-l] Cape May Warbler

2018-05-10 Thread Geo Kloppel
Happy to see a Cape May Warbler in my yard this morning, this one offering 
extended looks as it foraged quietly in a still leafless ash tree, rather than 
the typical business of disappearing and reappearing constantly as they work 
around the upper parts of tall spruces.

-Geo

Tupper Road
West Danby
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