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

2020-05-31 Thread Glenn Wilson
We watched a turtle grab a Pied-billed Grebe and pull it under. It got free and 
the turtle did it again. The second time, the Grebe flew away

Glenn Wilson
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On May 31, 2020, at 2:40 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk  wrote:


Consider the snapping turtle as a possibility.  They have been known to attack 
mature ducks as well as to take ducklings, which is more common.  
From: bounce-124666854-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Gary Kohlenberg 

Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:29 PM
To: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
Cc: Sandy Podulka ; CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30
 
I hadn’t thought of Mustelid or Possum as Wes suggested as a culprit. 

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

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

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

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

Thoughts?

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

Sent from my iPhone



> On May 31, 2020, at 11:07, Sandy Podulka  wrote:
> 
> That is also one of my favorite places!
> 
> I have seen 4 male Mallards in that small pond consistently this spring (but 
> not today, and I guess I now know why).
> I have no idea what could kill so many birds in such an odd way except a 
> hunter, or maybe a group of hunters--I would think an owl wouldn't have a 
> chance at all of them at once, as the others would fly off. 
> 
> So sorry to hear this. As we are learning in so many ways these days, people 
> can be truly cruel.
> 
> Sandy Podulka
> 
> At 10:08 AM 5/31/2020, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
>> Saturday I walked with my daughter down Shindagin Hollow Rd., in the State 
>> Forest, to the intersection with Gulf Creek Rd. for exercise, fun and to 
>> show her the area. It was very birdy and beautiful as usual especially the 
>> beaver pond at the bottom of the hill. This place always reminds me of the 
>> Adirondacks and is a favorite of mine. 
>> 
>> There was a surprising amount of traffic on Shindagin Rd. both cars and 
>> mountain bikers savoring the nice day. Some out of state plates on cars of 
>> dozens parked at the intersection and FLT crossing. I was reminded how 
>> popular this area is and how much we need wild areas during a pandemic. 
>> 
>> We were amazed at how many Red Newts were crossing the road. Some didn’t 
>> make it unharmed, but most of them did. I learned about their life cycle, 
>> that they are toxic, but contain off the charts cuteness. We tried to help a 
>> couple on the journey, but they are very independent minded and don’t need 
>> any intervention.
>> 
>> We noticed a dead bird in the pond by the outflow pipe under the road; a 
>> dead male Mallard. Kayla thought it quite interesting and checked to find it 
>> had no head. I thought that was weird, but I have seen it before, and 
>> guessed maybe an owl had decapitated it. I’m not actually positive owls 
>> would or could do this, but seem to remember some discussion about this. If 
>> anyone knows if it can be a thing please enlighten me. 
>>  
>> I scanned the pond and saw movement which was another male Mallard 
>> struggling in the water. His body floated with the head hanging underwater 
>> unable to lift it up. He may have had a broken neck. I wasn’t able to 
>> reach the poor guy to end his misery which made me sad. More scanning found 
>> a third male Mallard floating in the pond dead. I didn’t see any more, but 
>> there could have been one in the grass. Three seems like a typical total for 
>> this small water to hold on any particular day. 
>> 
>> My hypothesis is that they were all shot on the water with a shotgun. To 
>> cleanly decapitate a bird the shot would have to be at very close range. The 
>> other birds could have all been hit with the same shot if they had been 
>> swimming very together. This water is very small and birds not hit would 
>> have flown and probably circled around. It’s not likely they would have 
>> been shot in the air and fallen back into this small area.
>>  
>> This poaching event is very disturbing and 

[cayugabirds-l] Noah Stryker

2020-05-27 Thread Glenn Wilson
When I went to Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology to listen to Noah Stryker (sorry if 
I’ve misspelled his last name), what do I see? Free running dogs on the trails 
around the lab!

I do like Noah a lot.  

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] arrogant dogowner going viral

2020-05-27 Thread Glenn Wilson
I’ve birded “Cayuga Land”, Broome County, and many other states.  I have had 
MANY MANY very nasty run-Ins with dogs - almost all were German Shepherds. I’ve 
carried a pistol some of the time. I’ve followed through (in Vestal) getting 
the owner a ticket. Most times I give up and simply do not bird areas like 
Jones Park in south Vestal, and most of Waterman’s wildlife areas. Brick Pond 
in Owego is still very good with only a small number of lose dogs. 

PS - most places like Binghamton University and most birding places in Broome 
County including Dorchester Park REFUSE TO EVER enforce leash runs. Just flat 
out will not enforce. 

It’s 2:14am and I don’t have the law at my finger tips but I’m pretty sure 
Broome County basic law and statues contain a leash law but it is NEVER 
enforced. 

So - even though the dog in The Rambles in Central Park a couple days was not a 
German Shepherd and May have actually been a friendly dog, this idiot woman 
shown on tape received punishment that in my mind should have been divided up 
by other dog owners with NASTY dogs that gnash teeth and lunge at others. (Why 
I sometimes carry). 

Yes, I do have first hand knowledge of dogs that want to take your head off and 
many many happy dogs that simply run along the water’s edge and scare off every 
shore bird in the area. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
www.WilsonsWarbler.com

On May 26, 2020, at 10:49 PM, Magnus Fiskesjo  
wrote:


Yes, I meant to write 'dogs'. 

Thanks for your comment, even though you confused part of the issue. Both birds 
and birdwatchers are at stake when arrogant dogowners let their dogs loose, and 
both in Ithaca and in New York city. You perhaps did not read the news or 
perhapos missed the earlier thread. But, clarifications below. 

Also I do *not* mean to say every dog-owner is evil. Some may be well behaved 
and some may be good people. And yes - some dogs may have therapeutic value. 

Mainly this is about dog (or cat-) owners that let their dog loose where not 
allowed, or, anywhere in breeding season. We have already turned so much of 
wildlife areas into golf courses and Walmarts, that we owe it to the wildlife 
to at least observe basic rules like that. 

I hope you agree. 

I should end here, because I don't want to take up too much bandwidth. Feel 
free to just hit delete, but I'll take up the challenge below. (I will digress 
away from birds, but also circle back to them). 

--I do feel strongly there is an unbroken line from the arrogance of the taking 
of the land, to the arrogance of letting dogs loose on it. It's the same 
spirit: I do it because I can. My dog will bite you, scare you, I use it to 
intimidate you - and whatever bird you wanted to see. I don't need your rules. 

The dogowner at 'Hog Hole' (what an atrocious name, by the way) who 
intentionally let his monster dog jump on my wife, just weeks ago, and who 
refused to leash the dog even then, despite our pleas, and despite all the 
signs about how all dogs must be leashed there - he's a lead example of the 
worst kind of callous, evil dog-owner, and, he was the one that prompted the 
original thread with produced such surprisingly numerous examples of similarly 
arrogant dogowners around Ithaca, as you may recall if you read those many 
messages from people either similarly victimized by dogowners, or who witnessed 
dogs set loose on wildlife.  

Note that right at the Hog Hole place(near Treman marina) these dogowners have 
a huge fenced area set off just for them and their dogs - yet not a small 
number of them still insist on letting them run around the entire park, scare 
off all the birds, and jump on people (sometimes on me, too), and so on. 

Then, why are they so nasty? Why the wilful setting aside of laws and rules, to 
bully both birds and people, as we see both at Hog Hole - and in Central Park? 

I see these dog-owners as indulging in a peculiarly self-righteous evil, which 
does connects right back to the logic of colonialism, which was, and remains: I 
took it, I own it, I do whatever I want with it, that is Law Number One. In our 
area, this connects right back to the blatant stealing and murdering which is 
how this country was "made", including specially here in Ithaca, where the ash 
is still smouldering after Town Destroyer George Washington sent his henchmen 
here to kill and burn and starve the original landowners out of here, and then 
run the place using slavery. 

This is straight out of John Locke, by the way, who, regardless of previously 
existing rules or forms of ownership, gave this idea of self-righteous 
appropriation legal shape, so as to support slavery and colonialism, in which 
he himself was so invested. BTW it's amazing how much slavery there was after 
the conquest right here around Ithaca; I teach the slavery and the colonization 
as part of my courses on world slavery, on indigenous peoples, and so on, at 
Cornell. (We may guess that beastly dogs were a big pa

Re:[cayugabirds-l] [External Email] Re: [bluewing-group] Sumac for catbirds and robins

2020-05-24 Thread Glenn Wilson
I too have see Pileateds hanging on and eating sumac. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
www.WilsonsWarbler.com

On May 24, 2020, at 8:05 PM, Julian Shepherd  wrote:


Add Pileated.  Once saw one feeding thus in the BU Nature Preserve.

> On Sun, May 24, 2020 at 10:27 AM Elaine Benjamin  wrote:
> Anne, I have witnessed the catbirds and robins on the rail trail enjoying the 
> many sumac heads on the eastern portion of the trail nearest to Michaels and 
> Home Goods.  I may have seen cardinals eating them also.  I'll be looking to 
> confirm this.
> 
> Elaine Benjamin
> 3212 Woodberry Dr.
> Vestal, NY 13850-3023
> C: (607) 232-3300
> nyben...@gmail.com
> 
> 
>> On Sun, May 24, 2020 at 9:44 AM AB Clark  wrote:
>> A couple of sumac heads “saved” over winter in a dry bouquet are getting 
>> lots of attention from my catbirds and now a male robin. I just hung them at 
>> our feeders.  
>>  I knew crows, jays and woodpeckers (hairy, downy) love them, but didn’t 
>> realize that they were quite so broadly popular.  Maybe I will save more.  
>> We have been trying to encourage as many sumac clones as possible to be 
>> productive.  Will redouble our efforts.
>> 
>> Anne
>> 
>> 
>> Anne B Clark
>> 147 Hile School Rd
>> Freeville, NY 13068
>> 607-222-0905
>> anneb.cl...@gmail.com
>> 
>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Spotting scope question

2020-04-28 Thread Glenn Wilson
I too use an angled scope from my car a LOT. Works great. 

Glenn Wilson
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> On Apr 28, 2020, at 1:45 PM, Lynn Bergmeyer  wrote:
> 


This is probably a ridiculous question but does anyone have an idea of anything 
out there for using angled scope within a vehicle?  Its not impossible from an 
engineering perspective but don't think any company has pursued for obvious 
reasons

> On Mon, Apr 27, 2020, 8:45 PM Peter Saracino  wrote:
> Hi folks. I'm in the market for a relatively inexpensive (but halfway 
> decent)spotting scope (straight barrel), and am wondering if anyone out there 
> can recommend one.
> Thank you.
> Pete Sar
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Of Unleashed Dogs and Waterthrushes

2020-04-27 Thread Glenn Wilson
Shepherds are the worst. Pitt Bulls scare me to death. I’ve had way too many 
run-ins with Shepard’s lunging at me gnashing their teeth holding me against 
rivers and lakes. All dogs are great to their owners. Lots of dogs are friendly 
and harmless but I’ve even had a muddy lab (one of the best breads) jump on my 
back and nearly knock me over because I didn’t see it coming. Dogs keep me from 
birding many hotspots. I won’t mention how I protect myself. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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> On Apr 27, 2020, at 7:18 AM, Robin Cisne  wrote:
> 


As the owner of a well-behaved dog who prefers to be unleashed and leaves other 
people alone, I'm very sorry this happened to you.  Inconsiderate jackasses 
like that ruin it for the rest of us.

Robin



  



> On Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 8:29 PM Magnus Fiskesjo  
> wrote:
> 
> Nice poem! 
> 
> One of your dog men at least said sorry. At Hog hole the other day, ignoring 
> all the signs that say dogs-on-leash-only, a man unleashed his oversized 
> filthy dog, and it rushed at and jumped at my wife, who was quite scared, as 
> she tried to defend herself and fend it off. The man did not say one word of 
> apology, evidently could not care less. I wanted to bash his head in, or that 
> of his dog, but did neither. The stupid dogs aren't guilty of course, it's 
> the dogs' masters. There is something profoundly unseemly and deeply 
> intolerant in how these people wield their dog slaves to insult and impose on 
> others, both on other people, and on wildlife. 
> 
> --yrs.
> Magnus Fiskesjö
> n...@cornell.edu
> _
> From: bounce-124583580-84019...@list.cornell.edu 
> [bounce-124583580-84019...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Suan Hsi Yong 
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> Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2020 7:58 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Of Unleashed Dogs and Waterthrushes
> 
> Despite the drenching rain today, I did my daily jog.
> Around the trails of six-mile creek I passed two groups with dogs.
> The first dog came a-leapin' at my thigh, against my wish.
> The owners said their sorries as they feigned to tend its leash.
> 
> The second dog, also unleashed, was sniffing as it roamed,
> an area where a Waterthrush had surveyed for a home.
> Meanwhile from way up in the tree the Waterthrush did sing,
> O'er heavy rain and rushing creek the melody did ring.
> The song seemed more insistent, although I can't be sure,
> As if announcing to the world, "hey dog, get outta here!"
> Both dog and man soon left the scene, no harm it seems inflicted.
> As spring rolls on I hope to see if nesting was affected.
> 
> Suan
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] anyone love trying to identify bird nests from photos?

2019-07-21 Thread Glenn Wilson
Another day they shot a hole in our bedroom window (was new windows all around 
the house). 

This time their were two of them. They were under 16. The NYS police did come. 
They found a BB (from a pump-up BB gun) inside the window. While the trooper 
was searching he found a couple .40 magazines. I told him “0.40 Springfield”. 
Nothing more was said. I’m sure he checked it out later. 

One boy paid for 1/2 the window. The other never paid a dime. These kids did 
lose their BB guns. 

They deal drugs now but seem to leave us along. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Jul 21, 2019, at 4:08 AM, david nicosia  wrote:


What? They shot into your yard? Even if they didn't wound a bird that's highly 
illegal to shoot a firearm into another person's property. Report it again call 
the sherriffs office DEC police etc.  This person should do some jail time.  

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On Sat, Jul 20, 2019 at 5:40 PM, Glenn Wilson
 wrote:
My neighbor shot and wounded a downy off our feeders. No cop would help. They 
have their list of pet laws to enforce and that is it. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Jul 20, 2019, at 5:28 PM,   wrote:

Laurie, please advise them that the collection of bird parts including nests 
and feathers is prohibited by law unless you have state and federal permits. 
John

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> Hi, someone showed me a hanging nest they had collected..and if anyone sends 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] anyone love trying to identify bird nests from photos?

2019-07-20 Thread Glenn Wilson
My neighbor shot and wounded a downy off our feeders. No cop would help. They 
have their list of pet laws to enforce and that is it. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Jul 20, 2019, at 5:28 PM,   wrote:

Laurie, please advise them that the collection of bird parts including nests 
and feathers is prohibited by law unless you have state and federal permits. 
John

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> Hi, someone showed me a hanging nest they had collected..and if anyone sends 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake

2019-01-04 Thread Glenn Wilson
Similar here in Broome County. A rare few waterfowl are here and there. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Jan 4, 2019, at 8:59 AM, Donna Lee Scott  wrote:

Yesterday, I was on the lake shore here in Lansing and looked up and down for a 
while and saw no waterfowl in any direction.

Donna L. Scott
Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 


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Sent: Friday, January 04, 2019 6:32 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Raptors, swans, ducks

Yesterday afternoon (Thursday 3 Jan) Ann Mitchell & I went north toward Fayette 
& Seneca Falls townships looking for raptors with some success: in addition to 
the ubiquitous Red-tailed Hawks we saw an adult Cooper’s Hawk on a pole in 
Covert, a male American Kestrel and a Merlin about a quarter mile apart on 
Seybolt Rd, a female Northern Harrier atop a mound of brush & wood along 
Peterman Rd, and two Snowy Owls, one on Seybolt Rd, another at the Fingerlakes 
Regional Airport, so that was a success. 

On our way back we made the tough choice to check out the lake rather than seek 
Short-eared Owls. The lake was calm and temperatures not extreme, so there was 
very little heat shimmer. We scanned from the boat ramp at Cayuga Lake SP while 
several boats of gunners came in for the day. I’m used to the shallow north end 
of Cayuga Lake being frozen for several miles in winter, but there was no ice 
at all. And when there’s no ice, or as the shelf is melting back in mid-March, 
I’m used to seeing hordes of northbound ducks diving near the ice edge. 
Yesterday the lake appeared eerily empty. In a complete scan I saw 3 pairs of 
Mallards scattered along the west shore along with 1 male Hooded Merganser 
(perhaps his mate eluded me?), a pair of breeding plumage Long-tailed Ducks far 
to the SE which flushed as one of the boats approached them, and another group 
of 9 Long-tailed Ducks already in flight farther south. That was it for ducks. 
There were dozens of Herring Gulls along with a few Great Blacked Gulls on the 
water far to the east, but all of the above birds except one pair of Mallards 
required a scope. 

There were small flocks of Canada Geese coming in overhead from the NW. The 
most interesting find from Cayuga L SP was a probable family group of 5 Mute 
Swans on the lake to the east of the boat ramp. They also took flight between 
when I found them and when Ann looked through my scope. They continued flying 
south out of sight. The Mute Swans I believe are a first for 2019 for the 
Cayuga Lake Basin (the table of 2019 basin firsts has been filled out and 
should be up on the Club website shortly). 

Along Lower Lake Rd we saw a handful of scattered Ring-billed Gulls, and from 
NYS-89 as we drove south we saw small separate groups of American Black Duck 
(11), Common Goldeneye (9), Bufflehead (10?), Red-breasted Merganser(3), and 
American Coot(~35), and Snow (2) and Canada Geese. The diversity aded up after 
awhile, but still the impression was of an empty lake. The only exception was 
the large raft of Snow Geese in the middle of the lake off Poplar Beach Rd by 
the Beer Garden, viewed from NYS-89. We didn’t go down to Sheldrake.  

- - Dave Nutter 




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] No hummers or house sparrows

2018-09-03 Thread Glenn Wilson
Still at least one here in Union Center 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Sep 3, 2018, at 1:49 PM, Nancy Cusumano  wrote:

We still have plenty of hummers on the feeders and at the red bergamot (bee 
balm).
There are also LOTS on the shores of Seneca lake, just north of Lodi.

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> On Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 1:27 PM John and Fritzie Blizzard 
>  wrote:
> On 26 Aug. 2018 I saw the last male hummingbird.  28 Aug. I saw the last 
> female at my feeders.  As I stood watching the goldfinches & nuthatch in the 
> crab apple tree outside my window, I realized that for more than a wk.,  I 
> hadn't see ANY of the 25-30 (English), predominately male, house sparrows  
> that have been here since before last winter. Not one. May they not return! 
> They killed too many tree swallows & bluebirds. The chipping sparrow(s), not 
> unexpectedly, are also gone.
> 
> I am pleased to see many different butterflies & many, many more monarchs 
> than I have seen in years. Must be my imagination but the monarchs seem 
> larger than in the last few yrs.. They visit my cosmos more than any other 
> flowers in my flower bed.
> 
> We're still seeing occasional young ospreys as we're out along Rte. 90.  A 
> few T. vultures that roost down in the village are still here.  
> My thrill was being outside early last wk. to see 6 chimney swifts go down 
> into the tall chimney of the girl's dorm at the US Academy. I hadn't been 
> able to be outside in the evening to see   them & indeed, thought repairs 
> to the chimney last fall may have included covering the chimney with screen.
> 
> Fritzie B.
> 
> Union Springs
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[cayugabirds-l] North Spenser Marsh

2018-07-18 Thread Glenn Wilson
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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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are the birds?

2018-06-18 Thread Glenn Wilson
We seem to have a lot of birds on the lower 10 ton15 acres. The odd thing to us 
is indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted grosbeaks, and Baltimore Orioles all frequent 
our feeders. At the same time, our usual 5 or 6 red-breasted Nuthatches seem to 
be down to 1 or 2. Many birds live around here including several warblers.  

Glenn Wilson
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On Jun 18, 2018, at 1:28 PM,   wrote:

Hi!

Over 30years of banding, migration and population study here and we experienced 
and ever increasing paucity of birds. About 15 years ago I wrote a report 
citing these losses. While many can be linked to loss of habitat mainly due to 
factory farming, that didn't account for the lack of song. We prognosticated at 
the time that populations within species were undergoing a drastic 
diminishment.That has since been shown to be even worse than we guessed ( based 
on American Bird Conservancy data sets).

A result most noticeable was in song. With fewer competitors, birds in lesser 
numbers arrive on native land and , if they find it still existent, establish a 
territory. With little or no competition, the territorial song is short lived 
-after all, why expend energy needlessly? Defense of territory is seldom needed 
so in season song is greatly diminished.

That doesn't mean it stops entirely but certainly far less than what we new 50, 
40 or 30 years ago.

Fast forward to the crazy migration we experienced this spring. Expected 
species have still not checked in and we guess they either overflew or were 
content to our south. We have the same experience with Veery here and Wood 
Thrush has been declining steadily. Least Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo are all 
missing and the fancy Thrushes once a stopover certainty haven't been seen for 
several years. Yesterday, we finally had a single Pewee. On the positive side 
we are inundated with Grosbeaks, Purple Finch, Great-crested Flycatchers, 
cuckoos and others that are normally here in much smaller numbers.

Looking South to the greater DC area, many of these species are still there and 
that's abnormal. Check the ADK reports and they are also having a strange year 
although I've not seen any thoughts on the subject from that area.

The short answer is an unusual migration window with lots of weather effect, 
rapidly declining populations creating an environment where our old 
expectations are no longer valid.

I liked it much better several decades ago. We have stopped banding passerines 
and happy we did as the disappointment would be even greater.

Best,

John





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> On 2018-06-18 15:45, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
> 
> I have noticed, as have others, that the woods have not been as plentiful 
> 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??
> 
> Larry
> 
> -- 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines

2018-06-09 Thread Glenn Wilson
We have the same problem with both buried gas line and overhead power lines. 
They bull dozed a 40 foot wide path through hundreds of feet of our land and 
left it so bumpy I can’t drive it. The only positive is we now have Field 
Sparrows. 

I HATE NYSE

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
www.WilsonsWarbler.com

On Jun 8, 2018, at 11:10 PM, Karen Edelstein  wrote:

Wow. I'm so sorry that happened to you. What a shoddy way of doing business. 
It's not like they can replace the time it took to put that garden into place. 
..

> On Fri, Jun 8, 2018, 7:24 PM Carol Schmitt  wrote:
> Our summer garden at our cottage was completely clear-cut early this winter.  
> Low-growth lilacs, honeysuckle, witch hazel, Japanese maples with a likely 
> mature height of 12’, and other very small trees were sliced off at the 
> ground.  My five bird feeders were removed and left on our front steps.  
> Mean-spirited and heart-breaking to discover when we opened the cottage for 
> the season.
>   I made an appointment for the Auburn NYSEG forester to come look at the 
> damage.  He said that although the decorative trees in question were 
> considered ‘low-growth compatible’ and not a problem, “mistakes happen” and 
> “our guys are only human”.  He said I can try to file a claim through their 
> website.
>I was told that they now have a 5-year program to continue doing this, 
> contracting with Ironwood Heavy Highway.  Having found that simple branch 
> trimming was not effective, NYSEG now will simply completely remove any trees 
> they deem a possible future problem under any of their power lines.
> Carol Schmitt
> -Original Message-
> From: Muhammad Arif 
> To: Marie P. Read ; Karen L Edelstein ; 
> CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> Cc: Bill Evans ; Donna Lee Scott 
> ; Candace Cornell 
> Sent: Fri, Jun 8, 2018 11:33 am
> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines
> 
> Marie, Thank you.
>  
> I also just sent them an email. If anyone else would like to send NYSEG a 
> note, here is their “contact us by email” page: 
> https://www.nyseg.com/WritetoNYSEG.html
>  
> They also have a Facebook page and it might be worthwhile for some of us to 
> post messages there. I found this page: https://www.facebook.com/NYSEandG 
> which says Binghamton but regardless, it ought to get their attention. (I’ve 
> posted a message there as well).
>  
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> From: bounce-122625976-77717...@list.cornell.edu 
>  on behalf of Marie P. Read 
> 
> Sent: Friday, June 8, 2018 10:19:38 AM
> To: Karen L Edelstein; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Cc: Bill Evans; Donna Lee Scott; Candace Cornell
> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines
>  
> I just sent NYSEG the following email:
> 
> "I am hearing from others in Tompkins County that clear cutting/brush hogging 
> under powerlines is currently being done in the area. I want to stress that 
> this is entirely the WRONG time of year to do this! There are numerous birds 
> nesting in the utility access areas whose breeding efforts will be destroyed 
> when vegetation is removed. Have a heart PLEASE. At this time of year, this 
> removing vegetative cover is cruel and unnecessary. Please wait until autumn 
> when the birds have finished nesting and are leaving the area for the winter. 
> Thanks!"
> 
> Marie
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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> From: bounce-122625773-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
> [bounce-122625773-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Karen Edelstein 
> [k...@cornell.edu]
> Sent: Friday, June 8, 2018 9:28 AM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Cc: Paul Paradine; Bill Evans; Donna Lee Scott; Candace Cornell
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines
> 
> I was dismayed to see that NYSEG has been clearcutting/brush-hogging 
> vegetation down to bare ground under the powerlines on Salmon Creek Rd. With 
> the nesting season still well in process, I'm very concerned about the 
> probable mortality of birds that has resulted in this area of (formerly) 
> dense growth.
> 
> While I do not know whether this vegetation removal is happening elsewhere in 
> the county, I would like to see if we can prevail on NYSEG to delay cutting 
> at least until later in the summer.
> 
> Your thoughts?
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[cayugabirds-l] Trackpoints not valid

2018-02-17 Thread Glenn Wilson
Might someone on this group have a solution for “trackpoints not valid” when 
trying to submit an eBird report via the iPhone app?

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Small number of feeder birds

2017-12-17 Thread Glenn Wilson
We have 3 Chickadees, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, 1 Tufted Titmouse, 2 Cardinals, and 
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker. This is about 20% of normal. I find it hard to 
believe the extra food available in the Wild is causing this. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are all my feeder birds

2017-10-18 Thread Glenn Wilson
Same thing in Union Center near Endicott. 

I was scared it may have been due to West Niles Virus. We have, however a good 
assortment of Chickadees, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Downey Hairy Red-bellied and 
Pileated as well as a resident Golden-crowned Kinglet all in the trees berry 
bushes and shorter plants with seeds. 

Thanks Kevin for reassuring us they will come back to the feeders!

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Oct 18, 2017, at 1:12 PM, Kevin J. McGowan <k...@cornell.edu> wrote:

This seems to be a widespread phenomenon. There is just so much food in the 
woods right now, with huge crops of seeds and fruits that the birds don’t need 
our feeders. They’ll be back.
 
Kevin McGowan
 
From: bounce-121960930-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-121960930-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of debby mcnaughton
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:08 PM
To: Catherine Cooke <ccooke...@gmail.com>
Cc: Barbara B. Eden <b...@cornell.edu>; Donna Lee Scott <d...@cornell.edu>; 
CAYUGABIRDS-L <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are all my feeder birds
 
I live in Canandaigua and the same thong here, very few birds compared to last 
year. The sunflower seeds have been hardly touched by the few chickadees, 
nuthatch and some gold finches.
 
On Oct 18, 2017 1:05 PM, "Catherine Cooke" <ccooke...@gmail.com> wrote:
I notice the same thing at my apartment at North Woods. 
I filled my seed feeder up a few weeks ago and have had very few visitors.  
Usually, it is empty in a few days.
But the Downy Woodpeckers are still coming to my suet feeders, but not as 
frequently.
I have not seen a squirrel in a long time.
 
Cathy Cooke
 
On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 12:53 PM, Donna Lee Scott <d...@cornell.edu> wrote:
Same here on Lansing Station Rd. 
Few feeder birds, last few weeks, & no squirrels, when I usually have 10. 
I thought this might be due to birds & SQs finding seeds & nuts from fall 
harvest in plants/trees nearby. 
 
However, this morning I heard a "dawn chorus" in woods across street. Mostly 
Blue Jays I think. 
Many come to my seeds on ground. 

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 18, 2017, at 12:47 PM, Barbara B. Eden <b...@cornell.edu> wrote:

For the past 2 months the resident birds that I daily feed have dropped in 
population This is the first time this has happened and even those pesky 
squirrels have left I live in Cayuga Heights and my backyard is a bird friendly 
habitat
Any thoughts would be appreciated 
Thanks
Barbara Eden

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[cayugabirds-l] Sora

2017-09-30 Thread Glenn Wilson
Out in the open mill pond Auroa. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!

2017-07-29 Thread Glenn Wilson
We had 6 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks frequenting the feeders often until 40 to 50 
Grackles and several Red-winged Blackbirds took over. The grackles have had the 
feeders for about a month. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Jul 28, 2017, at 9:01 PM, Tom Hoebbel <tomhoeb...@gmail.com> wrote:

We too have seen more purple finches than ever and the RB Grosbeaks have been 
very consistent as well.





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> On Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 7:17 PM, Kevin J. McGowan <k...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> I've had normal hummingbird traffic at my feeder this year (and, in fact, 
> need to refill it soon). There's one at it right now as I type!
> 
> 
> What I've been having that is a bit out of the ordinary is that I've been 
> swarmed by Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Purple Finches all summer. I am now 
> getting juveniles of both species hitting the feeders pretty hard. Just now, 
> there were just at least 6 Purple Finches sitting on the single feeder. There 
> was one adult male and 5 stripey ones that I suspect are juveniles.
> 
> They've been going through half a feeder of sunflower seeds each day. The 
> flying-squirrels clean out whatever is left each night.
> 
> 
> Kevin
> 
> 
>  
> From: bounce-121683736-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
> <bounce-121683736-3493...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Whitings 
> <whiti...@roadrunner.com>
> Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:16 PM
> To: Rustici, Marc
> Cc: Melanie Uhlir; W Larry Hymes; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!
>  
> I have maintained a feeder all summer too with no results until yesterday 
> when my husband saw one there briefly. We never seem to have any despite many 
> plantings for them until August or when the Bee Balm and Rose of Sharon are 
> flowering so I guess it is on time for our yard.
> 
> Diana
> 
> dianawhitingphotography.com
> 
> 
> > On Jul 27, 2017, at 5:03 PM, Rustici, Marc <mrust...@arnothealth.org> wrote:
> > 
> > I have heard that you need more than one feeder or food source to 
> > consistently attract hummingbirds.  Do you have two sources of food for 
> > them or is my information incorrect?
> > 
> > Thanks
> > Marc
> > 
> > -Original Message-
> > From: bounce-121683513-62610...@list.cornell.edu 
> > [mailto:bounce-121683513-62610...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Melanie 
> > Uhlir
> > Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:46 PM
> > To: W. Larry Hymes; cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu
> > Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!
> > 
> > For a while the only evidence I had that hummingbirds were around was that 
> > the nectar level would drop in the feeders. However, woodpeckers like to 
> > drink the nectar too. But since my monarda started blooming I've been 
> > seeing them on a more regular basis and the past few days I've seen two at 
> > a time, chasing each other. I haven't seen an adult male for a few days. A 
> > hummingbird moth has joined in the monarda celebration.
> > 
> > Melanie
> > 
> >> On 7/27/2017 3:21 PM, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
> >> As we were talking with our son Chris in our living room on Tuesday,
> >> he exclaimed excitedly, "A hummingbird just came to your feeder!!"  It
> >> moved out of sight, but soon returned.  We had not seen one at our
> >> feeders since May 11
> >> I've written about this phenomenon before.  To paraphrase the "Field
> >> of Dreams" movie, when he's here, the birds will come! This is
> >> probably purely a matter of coincidence.   HOWEVER,  it has happened
> >> enough times before to make me suspect that perhaps other "forces" may
> >> be at play.
> >> 
> >> Have others of you been seeing hummingbirds of late?  If not, maybe I
> >> could send our son to your house!
> >> 
> >> Larry
> >> 
> >> 
> > 
> > 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dowitchers Reported Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today around 220 pm

2017-07-04 Thread Glenn Wilson
Sorry for the false alarm. Looking at pictures tonight, they turned out to be 
Lesser Yellowlegs. 20 stands as a reasonable count. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Jul 4, 2017, at 7:25 PM, David Nicosia <daven102...@gmail.com> wrote:

Had a friend who saw 20 dowitchers from wildlife drive Montezuma
Today.

He reported them from the "left side" of the main pool. He wasn't
sure if short or long-billed. I would image probably short-billed this time
of year. 

Next decent cold front won't be coming through until the weekend. I would image
after that more early migrant shorebirds will continue to appear. 

Dave Nicosia
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[cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds - Not now!

2017-06-25 Thread Glenn Wilson
A week or two we had no tree swallows. Now 5 or 6 boxes have Tree Swallows! The 
Bluebird pair has abandoned their box here on the street but the male came down 
tonight to get some spring water! We have 2 male and 2 female Rose-breasted 
Grosbeaks coming often to the feeders. Many grackles, many blue Jays, MANY 
woodpeckers - Downy, Hairy, and Red-bellied are coming. Downy and Hairy have 
young. Two pairs of Towhees and at least one Ovenbird. Oh!- chickadees are 
rare. I suspect they will show up soon with their young. There is a Robin 
nesting in one barn and a Phoebe often feeding from a Lilac Bush. There are NO 
Ring-billed gulls at Barns & Nobel. I suspect they too are attending to eggs or 
young. 

In short, birds are back to normal here at Spring Street in Endicott. I would 
go as far as saying more than normal.  

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[cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds

2017-06-18 Thread Glenn Wilson
In Union Center (Endicott), do not have any Tree Swallows that I know of. 

BUT the Spring Street feeders are very active with Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, 
Cardinals, Juncos with young, White and Red breasted Nuthatches, Mourning 
Doves, at least two Hummingbirds, one pair of nesting Bluebirds, two nests of 
Prairie Warblers, calling Ovenbirds and Towhees, and a very vocal Phoebe. Can't 
forget Purple Finches, nesting House Finches, and two active House Wren nests

Other than Tree Swallows, I would say this location is pretty normal. No Great 
Blue or Green Herons after the goldfish yet but no doubt they will come. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow

2017-06-17 Thread Glenn Wilson
We usually have a dozen or so flying and nesting until mid summer. I haven't 
seen a single one since early swallow migration. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Jun 17, 2017, at 8:34 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121...@verizon.net> 
wrote:

We've had one nesting pr. with 5 young expected to fledge in 11 days. Usually 
have at least 3 pr. with many others flying about. Not so this yr.. Same with 
barn swallows. For the last 2 yrs. we've not had more than a doz. of either 
lining up on our power line in late summer before migration. Used to be many, 
many dozens. :'(

The 100 acres behind us were mowed on Wed.. I didn't see a swallow. Same when 
the school lawns are being mowed. Always before the birds were swooping 
overhead in great numbers to get insects. We no longer see those many insects.

Rachel Carson ... we need you again to lead a new fight.

Fritzie Blizzard

Union Springs





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Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?

2017-05-23 Thread Glenn Wilson
I'm not sure where in "Cayuga land" is the best place to find these but the 
prettiest bird songs to me are the Veery, and the Wood Thrush. Both sing songs 
no human can come close two. To me, they sound like several tunes at the same 
time. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On May 24, 2017, at 1:08 AM, Melanie Uhlir <mela...@mwmu.com> wrote:

Hello birders!

As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep disorder I 
am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to get out of the 
house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I might get the most 
birding bang for my precious morning buck?

My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love 
thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song that 
Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some hardcore 
birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to find, but I 
find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first time I laid bins on 
a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my birding boat, if you 
have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend I would be extremely 
grateful for your generosity!

Thank you for your patience!

Sincerely,

Melanie


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[cayugabirds-l] 5 pipits

2016-12-25 Thread Glenn Wilson
At Myers 

Glenn Wilson
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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow banded Canada Goose

2016-11-01 Thread Glenn Wilson
There is a Canada Goose with a Yellow neck band with the letters "NU02" in the 
Jenny F Snap field by the defunct Kmart in Endicott. I know many of these were 
in Stewart Park. Maybe someone would like to know this. 

Glenn Wilson
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[cayugabirds-l] 2 Canada geese fishing line

2016-10-29 Thread Glenn Wilson
There are two Canada geese Stewart park not far golf course and boat club. Both 
can fly a bit but are both in trouble with fishing line. We tried to capture 
and solve but failed

Glenn Wilson
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[cayugabirds-l] Lots of swans

2016-01-30 Thread Glenn Wilson
Seen from river red by mud lock. Not sure which swan. They are near a lot of 
Canada geese

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lots of swans

2016-01-30 Thread Glenn Wilson
That was supposed to be seen from River Road. I think there are 75 to 100 
Sean's and I think some at least are Trumpeter. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Jan 30, 2016, at 2:41 PM, Glenn Wilson <wil...@stny.rr.com> wrote:

Seen from river red by mud lock. Not sure which swan. They are near a lot of 
Canada geese

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Goose @ Stewart Park

2015-12-25 Thread Glenn Wilson
Here is a picture of the Snow Goose Sandy mentioned. Sandy, Kathy, and I all 
crossed paths at Stewart Park this beautiful Christmas Day. 
http://www.wilsonswarbler.com/html_trips/2015_12_25.html

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[cayugabirds-l] Free Vortex lens caps fit 32mm Diamondback binoculars

2015-12-14 Thread Glenn Wilson
I have two new pairs of "Vortex Tethered Objective Lens Caps for 32mm 
Diamondback Binoculars CAP3243". 4 covers total. I bought the wrong size 
somehow. Anyone that can use them can have them free. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks

2015-10-22 Thread Glenn Wilson
Last night I walked the Marsh Trail at Binghamton University and there was a 
student dragging a 30 inch square white cloth on the ground. I inquired. She 
was collecting tics - and had collected about 10. As the cloth is dragged 
across the ground, they grab on. She flips the cloth over and there they were. 

Glenn Wilson
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On Oct 22, 2015, at 9:33 AM, Ann Mitchell <annmitchel...@gmail.com> wrote:

Just a heads up. I know I am attracted to ticks, or the other way around, but 
they are still with us. I discovered one on me after a walk at Roy Park 
Preserve last evening.
Good birding, 
Ann

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma is great today!!! - out of car thread...

2015-10-18 Thread Glenn Wilson
I do not mind staying in my car.

However, EVERY TIME I drive through the wildlife drive, Several vehicle's
worth of people do get out and this simply isn't fair.

Glenn

-Original Message-
From: bounce-119792525-25849...@list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-119792525-25849...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Diana
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2015 8:27 PM
To: Kevin J. McGowan
Cc: Marie P. Read; Dave Nutter; Van Beusichem, Andrea; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma is great today!!! - out of car
thread...

Van Dyne Spoor, the ponds at Railroad St, the platform on Savannah Springs
Rd., Esker Brook.   I guess my real point is the drive is the only place
where you can't be out of a vehicle.  A blind would solve a lot of issues
and I agree that the one there, while put in with good intentions, is not
really useful with its southern view. I wish our birds were tolerant like
Florida, but they just aren't and when people are out of their car they
flee. The drive does provide spots to get out of the car, but everyone
jumping out wherever they want to just leaves nothing for people coming
afterwards. The flock of Dunlins I saw flying did not return to Eaton Marsh
even after a couple hours. Believe me, I am all for engaging people young
and old in the wonders of birds, but some of us like to observe behavior
that is only earned by having a low profile.

Respectfully,
 Diana

Diana Whiting
dianawhitingphotography.com

> On Oct 18, 2015, at 7:21 PM, Kevin J. McGowan  wrote:
> 
> From: Diana [mailto:whiti...@roadrunner.com] " Surely with so many 
> places on the refuge where you can get out of the car, ..."
> 
> Seriously? Where? You know the refuge. If you wanted to take a small group
to see some birds, where would you go? Where could you get anywhere near
close enough to anything interesting to engage a 10-year-old? The corral at
Mays Point used to have birds, but there hasn't been habitat there for
years. The towers and East Road have great stuff, but it's so far away you
can't show a beginner anything. I'm a photographer and I take almost all of
my photos from my car/blind. But, if we're talking education here, it just
isn't happening.
> 
> For exposure to wildlife at all levels, access is key. Denying access to
even a tiny sliver of the refuge serves no one's best interests, in my view.
Blinds would be cool, and are used successfully all over the world, but they
can't face south straight into the sun!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma is great today!!!

2015-10-18 Thread Glenn Wilson
Some days half of the people get out of their cars regardless of signs. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Oct 18, 2015, at 12:53 PM, Peter <psara...@rochester.rr.com> wrote:

Greetings folks.
Just to shed light on Dave's note about being allowed to get out of one's car 
to get a "better view".
One of the ways a person can volunteer at the Refuge is by being a "Roving 
Naturalist". 
The Naturalist is given a refuge vehicle and spotting scope and is allowed to 
visit various locations on the refuge (only those locations that members of the 
public are normally allowed to go on) (unless permission is given as when Dave 
and others do the shorebird walks in the late summer and fall).
Usually the volunteer visits various locations around the refuge and if s/he 
sees something of note (a perched eagle or falcon; a good collection of various 
species of shorebirds; a good collection of various species of waterfowl) s/he 
is allowed to get out of the vehicle and set up the scope and invite members of 
the public to "have a view". Often the volunteer is simply set up on the deck 
at the Visitor's Center where many visitors tend to congregate. Very often 
these folks are people who are NOT expert birders and need a hand with 
identification or just have general questions about the refuge.
The refuge grants this privilege - this break from the norm -  because it 
considers it an educational opportunity/event for the visiting public - one in 
which they can learn more about the refuge and the life it encourages.  
As previously indicated, the position is of a volunteer nature and usually 
occurs on times of peak usage - Friday thru Sundays during Fall and Spring 
migration. 
All this being said, if one is interested in helping out in this fashion, it is 
necessary to contact Andrea at the Refuge for further information.  
I hope this helps clarify a bit.
Pete Saracino
PS: I see that Andrea has been c.c.'d on this email so she can certainly add to 
(or correct) anything I have said.

> On 10/17/2015 10:30 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
> Although I did not see Sandy, and have not yet seen her full report, I agree, 
> it was a fine day at Montezuma NWR. I went there today with Ann Mitchell and 
> met up with Matt Medler hosting a small international group of birders. Later 
> we also met Gary Kohlenberg, David Fitch, Doug Green, and video-streamer 
> Ferris Akel at East Road.
> 
> Ann & I went north on the east side of Cayuga Lake pausing briefly at Myers 
> Point and Long Point State Park for scans of the shore and lake, but the 
> waves were so high and the heat shimmer so dense that I saw no birds out on 
> the lake, and only the usual gulls, geese, and cormorants on & near shore 
> plus 1 Greater Yellowlegs hunched in Salmon Creek. Admittedly, I didn't put 
> much time & effort into searching for scoters, Brant, or jaegers. Although I 
> was dressed for the weather, I was not psychologically prepared to stand for 
> long in a strong, damp, 30-something degree wind. If Ann had at least gotten 
> out of the car it might have seemed less of a dumb thing to do.
> 
> At the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center, however, we both got out and enjoyed 
> views of a flock of 13 flighty Dunlin, a flock of 23 flighty dowitchers, most 
> if not all appearing to be Long-billed, although at this late date I did not 
> scan them carefully before they moved to a harder-to-see part of the 
> pond, at least one Pectoral Sandpiper foraging among clumps of mud, at least 
> one each of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, and a good variety of Anas genus 
> ducks - Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, and 
> Green-winged Teal. The males of Mallard & Gadwall were in breeding plumage 
> already, but other dabbler males were not all so brightly colored yet. There 
> were also Canada Geese overhead and brief views of Great Blue Heron, Northern 
> Harrier, and Bald Eagle. 
> 
> The Main Pool has benefitted from the drawdown earlier this year 
> allowing a lush growth of smartweed, whose seeds will feed many waterfowl, 
> but now that the pool is refilled the weeds can hide many ducks. And there 
> are many ducks. Thousands of ducks briefly take flight when a Bald Eagle 
> flies over. In addition to the above-mentioned species, in various openings 
> we saw lots of American Wigeon (Eurasian Wigeon has been reported, but we 
> missed it) and Ring-necked Ducks, a few Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Lesser 
> Scaup, and Ruddy Ducks, and at least one Redhead. There were also American 
> Coots and a few Pied-billed Grebes.
> 
> We heard reports that someone saw and photographed what they and people at 
> the refuge who saw the photos believe was an unprecedentedly rare 
> White-cheeked Pintail at the Main Pool this morning. Please, anyone wh

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Purple Finches!

2015-04-26 Thread Glenn Wilson
We had Three this morning 2 male one female. 1/2 hour later one was dead in the 
driveway. Right now it is on ice.  Not sure if it is unusual enough to cart to 
the lab. It is a male in very good condition. Endicott my. 

Glenn Wilson
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On Apr 26, 2015, at 12:22 PM, Melanie Uhlir mela...@mwmu.com wrote:

I have been so jealous of people's yard Purple Finches! But I just had a 
gorgeous male and a very spiffy looking female along with a freshly painted 
male Goldfinch! What a delightful little group!

Wood Road in Freeville between Etna Road and Sheldon Road.

Both Park Preserves were pretty quiet yesterday morning. Too cold? Gorgeous day 
though.

Melanie

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] [bluewing-group] Today's Little Gull Cayuga Lake

2015-04-19 Thread Glenn Wilson
I want to go tomorrow too but the TV says RAIN for the next 5 days L.

Glenn

 

From: bluewing-gr...@googlegroups.com [mailto:bluewing-gr...@googlegroups.com] 
On Behalf Of Linda K Tuyn
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 8:31 PM
To: David Nicosia
Cc: Cayugabirds-L; Bluewing-group
Subject: Re: [bluewing-group] Today's Little Gull Cayuga Lake

 

Wow! Great bird and photos! Were you at Dean's Cove or thereabouts? An address? 
I may go up tomorrow..

 

Linda T

 

On Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 6:08 PM, 'david nicosia' via bluewing-group 
bluewing-gr...@googlegroups.com wrote:

Again, thanks to timely rare bird alerts from Jay McGowan and Tim Lenz, I was 
successful in getting this life bird. 

 

I took a few photos. Great bird! Thanks Tim and Jay! 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/sets/72157652069955115/

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-throated Loon

2015-03-29 Thread Glenn Wilson
Is the Red-throated Loon at Treman Park in winter plumage?

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[cayugabirds-l] EBird info IPhone question

2015-02-27 Thread Glenn Wilson
Please tell me how to look up REAL TIME sightings posted to EBird using an 
iPhone. Both Sibley's and Audubon apps do this BUT the info is at least one day 
old AND only shoes the most recent single sighting. Trying to use Safari - 
EBird - species on an iPhone is nearly impossible and usually crashes.  This 
method on a computer is GREAT. thanks in advance to all who respond. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck today NO!

2015-01-25 Thread Glenn Wilson
I would Love to know if anyone saw the Tufted today.

 

I arrived before the sun came up and stayed until 4PM (my second attempt at
this precious bird).

About every 2 hours I froze nearly solid and walked back to my car to thaw
out.

When the snow storm came, I did drive up to the compost pits in hopes of
seeing a gull with white-wing-tips. 

Dipped on those birds too but did catch up with Dr. Anne Clark!

The best bird of the day was a single Ruddy Duck somewhat near the red
lighthouse.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck

2015-01-19 Thread Glenn Wilson
Has anyone seen it this morning? Thank you. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Long-eared Short-eared Owls

2014-12-22 Thread Glenn Wilson
Are these seen basically during dawn and dusk or are they also seen during the 
day? Thanks all. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Sandpipers at Myers Park today around 12:30PM

2014-08-31 Thread Glenn Wilson
Kathy and I went to Myers Park today in the rain and saw quite a flock of
sandpipers along with a single Lesser Yellowlegs.
These did land on the edge back from the Christmas tree about 30 feet
perhaps.
The non-yellowlegs sandpipers are shown in the link.

One other detail - we went to the Milkweed Patch and I walked the road while
looking for the Monarch Caterpillar.
I didn't walk into the patch - but did see a stalk with white rope tied
around its trunk. 
I assumed this may have been the stalk where the caterpillar was placed
although I was unable to locate it from the path past the concrete blocks.
It was rainy - so maybe it was under a leaf?

We have at least 50 milkweed plants at our house and I have yet to see a
Monarch Caterpillar on any of them.
One plant has several Milkweed Tussock Caterpillars

The first picture of a single sandpiper (I thought Sanderling) was on the
ground at the same time as the Yellowlegs when we showed up.
The second picture of several sandpipers on the ground are the same ones
shown flying.
I think the first sandpiper by itself may or may not be related to the flock
of them.

http://www.wilsonswarbler.com/html_trips/2014_08_31.html

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Foot traffic and impact

2014-08-05 Thread Glenn Wilson
There were about 100 Robins on River Road this morning in Endwell. 

Glenn Wilson
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On Aug 5, 2014, at 10:49 AM, Meena Madhav Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote:

Hi all,
One more important thing about wildlife drive and foot traffic – It is the 
small amount of the area which will be disturbed for birds (not for insects and 
other lowly creatures) compared to the area that is available for the wildlife, 
some hundreds of acres. 28.33 km2 is the refuge area and complex is much 
larger. But its educational value far surpasses the disturbances.
 
And talking about the duck stamps, we are all paying taxes to support the 
wildlife, which comes from the federal and state taxes. We should ask our 
congress to contribute more towards wildlife conservation projects rather than 
spending  on wars and some other useless things as far as I am concerned! So 
there is no need to buy duck stamps to help the hunters according to me at 
least! Same $15 from our tax money if it is contributed to wildlife that would 
be a whole lot of $$$!
 
Talking about birds, all birds seems to have become quiet around my house in 
the early morning since last week, not even Robin is singing, I don’t know if 
they left the area or still around. It is curious where they go after they have 
bred? Stay locally or migrate? Any thoughts?
 
Meena
 
Meena Haribal
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Phone 6073011167
Email: m...@cornell.edu
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Jason Dombroskie's talk on Moths and importance of understandoing ecology of moths/insects

2014-07-22 Thread Glenn Wilson
We mow a lot of area. When I see moths, grasshoppers, bees etc I try to wait 
until they move but I am well aware I kill Many while mowing. This weekend I 
was helping weed a flower garden and was sitting right next to a grasshopper 
that couldn't fly. I'll bet one of us hit it with a mower. I feel very sad and 
guilty. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Jul 22, 2014, at 7:33 AM, Meena Madhav Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote:

Hi all,

Yesterday I posted about the moth week but did not emphasize on this talk on 
this Thursday 24 June from 6.30 pm to 7.30  by Dr.  Jason Dombroskie on New 
York State Moths at Borg Warner Room of Tompkins County  Public Library. 
According to me it is a must talk for all bird lovers. Jason is very 
knowledgeable and entertaining.

 

There are studies showing dramatic decline in insect-eating-bird population due 
to a new class of  pesticides.

An example is

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/pesticide-contaminating-prairie-wetlands-scientist-1.2482082
 A Saskatchewan researcher says many wetlands across the prairies are being 
contaminated by a relatively new pesticide that is threatening the ecosystem.

 

Saturday day I was using the Roundup to kill some plants on my porch. I did try 
to scare away all the grasshoppers and other insects from the patch, but 
somehow one baby cricket got left in the patch and as I sprayed the plants a 
little bit of fell on it. It started writhing and acting weird. So I stopped 
immediately and ran inside the house to get some water to clean it off of the 
round up. But by the time I came back, in less than a minute the insect was 
dead! I poured water on it hoping it would revive, but to no avail. So now I  
have vowed myself that I will  never use the roundup ever again in my life 
again!  If I have to pull each and every weed I will do so. Those are nasty 
things. I would have not minded if I saw a catbird catch it for its babies!

 

So be cautious of what you are using!

 

Meena

Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Horned larks, C. swifts today 5 July 2014

2014-07-06 Thread Glenn Wilson
I wonder how much last winter affected insects. It was hard on me. 

Glenn Wilson
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On Jul 6, 2014, at 8:39 AM, John and Sue Gregoire k...@empacc.net wrote:

We'll join that observation and sentiment. Lynda, we were just commenting on how
safe it is to walk barefoot -not at all a good thing.

We've studied all this to death and it's past time for action. Does anyone know
where the academic leadership is on this (these) issues? Continually amazed 
that a
major U like CU and CLO aren't out in the forefront of this, FLAP and so many 
other
needed efforts.
-- 
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Burdett,NY 14818-9626
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Conserve and Create Habitat

 On Sun, July 6, 2014 08:25, Stephanie Greenwood wrote:
 My garden which I've designed for bees  butterflies is also relatively and 
 sadly
 quiet.
 
 Stephanie Greenwood
 Sent from my iPad
 
 
 On Jul 6, 2014, at 8:04 AM, Linda Orkin wingmagi...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Thanks for these observations Fritzie. I care. I'm there with you. It's a 
 tragedy.
 And now we are on the cusp of another horrible pesticide related to Agent 
 Orange
 being approved. Along with new agent orange ready GMO companion plants. I, 
 too,
 have silently blooming white clover in my yard. I was thinking how just 20 
 years
 ago you could not walk barefoot at this time of year for fear of being 
 stung. Not
 so now.
 
 If people don't wake up now the poisoning of this world, not our world but 
 all
 beings world, will be entire and complete. And this is an appropriate 
 discussion
 for a listserv made up of people who love birds, I would think.
 
 And gas should cost $100 per gallon.
 
 Linda
 
 Sent from my iPhone
 
 On Jul 6, 2014, at 12:19 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard 
 job121...@verizon.net
 wrote:
 
 Three horned larks were standing on Dublin Hill Rd. (east of Aurora) 
 between Rte.
 34 B  Black St. which goes north as a continuation of Indian Field Rd..
 
 Here in Union Springs we saw 2 soaring ospreys over our house  one on the 
 NYSEG
 Transfer Station nest on No. One Rd. across the field from us. On 27 June, 
 Becky
  I found 2 nest starts (new to us) on power poles in the trailer park down
 Firelane 15 north of Union Springs. We didn't find anyone to ask about 
 when, or
 if, they may have been active.
 
 In the afterglow of sunset tonight I watched chimney swifts going in  out 
 of the
 tall chimney on the girl's dorm at Union Springs Academy. I have noticed a
 remarkable lack of barn  tree swallows here this summer, compared to 
 previous
 years.
 
 Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring ...  eventually people got her message 
  did
 something about it. This evening as we drove by 100s of acres of weed-free 
 corn 
 soybean fields,  I thought about seeing only one honey bee so far, no 
 Monarch
 butterflies  few of any kind of butterflies. Our yard is FULL of white 
 clover
 which normally would be abuzz with honey bees.
 
 We still have mosquitoes  black flies, insects that need water in which to 
 lay
 eggs  blood of warm blooded bodies on which to live ... water  blood. They
 thrive. We scratch.
 
 Honey bees that pollinate 30 BILLON dollars worth of crops in the US are 
 fast
 disappearing. Thanks to indiscriminate, as well as deliberate use of
 insecticides, weed killers  fungicides by home owners, golf course owners, 
 large
  small farmers, etc. the honey bee, the one little insect that  determines 
 what
 food crops we may still be able to grow may become in the same ranks as the
 carrier pigeon. Indeed, it may already be too late.
 
 I have included fungicides because I have in hand an article stating that
 scientists at MD U  the USDA have now found evidence that bees that ate 
 pollen
 contaminated with fungicides  are 3 times as likely to be infected with 
 parasites
 that cause colony collapse disorder.
 
 I wonder ... WHO CARES???
 
 Fritzie, in Union Springs   where gas was $3.63.9 on Fri., 4 July 2104
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mill Pond, Union Springs 1:30 p.m.

2014-03-15 Thread Glenn Wilson
Fritzie, 
We we there about an hour ago and there were two American Wigeons right up 
close to the road - close enough for pictures   We did see one of your horned 
grebes almost on the far shore - first grebe of the drain for us. 

Glenn Wilson
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On Mar 15, 2014, at 3:21 PM, John and Fritzie Blizzard job121...@verizon.net 
wrote:

Tucked hard against Mill Pond west shore, sheltered from fierce winds;
 
5 prs. wood ducks, 4 male hooded megansers, 1 female red-breasted merganser
 
Other: redheads, buffles, mallards, ring-billed ducks, 1 Canada, (?) scaup, 
gadwall, coot, 2 horned grebes (still!!) No wigeon.
 
A rustic-looking gazebo has recently been put between the sidewalk  the pond!! 
Unfortunately, it appears that it will have not sheltering roof. Maybe, in due 
time. Hope so.
 
No snows seen here yet. Much snow has melted leaving LOTS of bare ground  mud. 
43 deg.. Strong wind from north. Gas is $3.61.9.
 
Fritzie
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[cayugabirds-l] Binoculars sent south?

2014-03-09 Thread Glenn Wilson
Off list please tell me who was sending binoculars to people south who do not 
have binoculars already. Thank you. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Gloves?

2014-01-25 Thread Glenn Wilson
I’m curious what gloves people are wearing this cold winter while using their 
scopes, cameras, and binoculars.

Thanks, Glenn Wilson

 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [nysbirds-l] Snowy Owls being shot at JFK

2013-12-09 Thread Glenn Wilson
I emailed Gov. Cuomo via his web site. 

Glenn Wilson
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On Dec 9, 2013, at 10:15 AM, Corinne Morton renecorinne...@hotmail.com wrote:

Write to 1 Commerce Plaza
99 washington ave. Albany NY 12231.   Address it to Gov's Correspondence Unit. 
Ask for a reply. If you wish. 

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 9, 2013, at 10:03 AM, Corinne Morton renecorinne...@hotmail.com 
wrote:

 Also letting them know public sentiment. Some are calling Gov. Cuomo's NYC 
 office. I am now.  212-681-4537
 
 Sent from my iPhone
 
 On Dec 9, 2013, at 9:25 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
 c...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 You're welcome.
 
 Other major airports can only follow suit if they know of the alternatives 
 and have complete contact information for certified raptor banders or 
 wildlife rehabilitators who agree to conduct any capture and relocation 
 effort.
 
 Sincerely,
 Chris
 
 On Dec 9, 2013, at 9:19 AM, Corinne Morton renecorinne...@hotmail.com
  wrote:
 
 Thank you for this. Let's hope other airports will follow with humane 
 alternatives!!
 
 Sent from my iPhone
 
 On Dec 9, 2013, at 9:06 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
 c...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 Something to be aware of as a successful alternative for area airports for 
 which this becomes an issue. There may be hope.
 
 Sincerely,
 Chris T-H
 
 
 Begin forwarded message:
 
 From: Nadine Scarpa nadinescarpaho...@gmail.com
 Subject: Fwd: [nysbirds-l] Snowy Owls being shot at JFK
 Date: December 9, 2013 8:47:22 AM EST
 To: post NYSBirds nysbird...@cornell.edu
 Reply-To: Nadine Scarpa nadinescarpaho...@gmail.com
 
 Canada Geese are culled in many areas because there are TOO MANY of them 
 to get rid of any other way.  Boston's Logan Airport is doing catch and 
 release for the Snowy Owls - they bait with rodents, and catch them and 
 move them away from the airport.
 
 Canada Geese are so numerous, they can take out more than just one engine 
 and THAT'S what takes a plane down.   Here is how Logan Airport deals 
 with Snowy Owls:
 
 http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/boston-airport-takes-approach-snowy-owls-article-1.1541847
 
  
 On Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 8:05 AM, Will Raup hoaryredp...@hotmail.com 
 wrote:
 Through being an active birder in the Albany area and now being 
 involved in e-bird, I've gotten to make some contact with the Air 
 Traffic control folk at Albany International Airport.
 
 They are reluctant to report owls, because of situations like this.  
 Basically, the Owls because of their size are a threat to airplanes 
 taking off and landing.  If I recall, they need to make an effort to 
 discourage the owls from hanging out on the runway, but if those fail, 
 then can and do shoot the owls.  This is not limited to JFK, but can 
 happen at any airport.  
 
 While not ideal in my mind, you will be hard pressed to find anyone, 
 especially in the government who would potentially risk hundreds of 
 human lives for one, two or even 3 Owls.  Its the same reason why 
 Canada Geese are culled in many areas.
 
 Just another risk Snowy Owl's have to deal with when they come this far 
 south.
 
 Will Raup
 Albany, NY
 
 
 
  From: nutrich...@rcn.com
  To: nysbird...@cornell.edu
  Subject: [nysbirds-l] Snowy Owls being shot at JFK
  Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2013 07:22:53 -0500
 
 
  Just wanted to bring everyone’s attention to this article in the Daily
  News this morning regarding the Port Authority shooting Snowy Owls at
  JFK airport.
 
 
 
  http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/snowy-owls-added-port-authority-kill-list-article-1.1541823
 
 
 
  Christina
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [nysbirds-l] Snowy Owls being shot at JFK

2013-12-09 Thread Glenn Wilson
Speaking of bird control, it is going to the dogs. grin 
(And this is probably the wrong forum to talk about goose for the holiday.)

www.birdstrikecontrol.com/bcs.html - Border Collies are now the fastest-growing 
and most popular form of bird control on airports, military airbases, golf 
courses and other venues across the country.

Links to a pdf - 
digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1014context=icwdm_wdmconfproc

www.canadageese.org/bcis.html - Coalition to Prevent the Destruction of Canada 
Geese

I trimmed off the previous stuff. Nigel

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[cayugabirds-l] Deceased Lincoln's Sparrow

2013-10-03 Thread Glenn Wilson
I found a sparrow that I believe is a Lincoln's laying in some bushes just 
outside our building 30 minutes or so ago. It's eyes were closed. It was 
dashing for breath. I thought it was dying. After getting my camera and taking 
a few pictures it seemed to be coming back to normal. I just checked on it and 
it has now died. Would anyone like this body (legally)? It seems in absolutely 
mint shape externally. If some one would like to verify its identity, I would 
be glad to email pictures I took while it was still alive. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Rufous-sided Wood-rail

2013-08-01 Thread Glenn Wilson
Since I haven't seen it mentioned before, I thought this was worth forwarding. 

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50151777n

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] [bluewing-group] Migration beginning to become evident on radar

2013-07-15 Thread Glenn Wilson
For the first time EVER we had 1 male and 2 female Rose Boreated Grosbeaks stay 
around our house (and feeders) all summer this summer. 

Glenn Wilson
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On Jul 15, 2013, at 2:15 PM, RA Levy ruth6l...@gmail.com wrote:

I  have had r-b grosbeaks at my Quaker Lake feeder most of the summer.  I know 
that they are early leavers, usually late July or early August.  This summer 
the they disappeared about the 1st or 2nd which is two weeks early.  Whats up?


Arthur  


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 I have noticed radar echoes blossoming some after sunset more so than the 
 last couple weeks.
 At altitudes of about 3000 to 5000 feet AGL the echoes were moving from north 
 to south, below that;
 the echoes are moving more west to east suggesting maybe some of these are 
 insects?? Or maybe
 some are birds migrating or wandering toward the coast??? Not sure. 
 
 There is a large high over the region with very light winds so I think what we
 are seeing in the velocity images are biological. Dual polar hydrometeor
 classification product suggests all echoes are biological this evening.
 
 This link has all the dual polar radar products along with the legacy 
 reflectivity and velocity
 products.  http://weather.cod.edu/satrad/nexrad/
 
 Cheers,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Request for this listserve.....

2013-05-03 Thread Glenn Wilson
George's post made me laugh out loud - but when a Lat  Lon are readily 
available, the location can be found very easily. I usually do not post on this 
list because so many know so much more than I do - but I like the idea of lat 
and Lon, I'm going to try to post that info on our local list and see how it 
goes. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Request for this listserve.....

2013-05-03 Thread Glenn Wilson
Many apps give you your GPS location and many will help you get their. 
One $0.99 iPhone app Don't Get Lost lets you COPY the Lat and Lon so you can 
paste them into an email. I Agree trying to get those digits moved over by 
memory I'd difficult. Too bad a hyperlink doesn't exist yet (that I know of) 
that you could click on a lat/Lon pair that would take you to map!

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[cayugabirds-l] pictures of a banded Ring-billed Gull Vestal, NY 11AM today

2013-03-23 Thread Glenn Wilson
Seen at Barnes  Nobel parking lot 11AM this morning:

http://www.wilsonswarbler.com/banded-ring-billed-gull.htm

 

Glenn Wilson

 


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[cayugabirds-l] bad bird seed revisited

2013-01-03 Thread Glenn Wilson
I just talked with the manufacturer of Garden Treasure bird seed distributed by 
Lowes.

The highlights for me were: Pretty much all Thistle feed comes from Myanmar, 
Ethiopia, or India.

There is a trade embargo against Myanmar now so current seed comes from 
Ethiopia or India.

Every companies feed that comes into the US goes through one of two cleaning 
plants, one on each coast.

I’m not too clear on the process these plants perform but I know they heat the 
seed and attempt to remove chaff.

From there, these two plants sell to seed manufacturers or in this case, 
importers.

I was told the problem I am most likely having is mold due to the seed’s 
moisture and 1) plastic packaging, and 2) temperature cycling.

We are in the process of trying to track down the date code of the bad seed and 
have it removed from the shelves.

He was Very knowledgeable and Very kind.

 

One other interesting tidbit I gleaned from the conversation, although Milo is 
a less-expensive filler seed up north here, it is a preferred seed in Arizona 
where many of the birds are ground feeders.

 

Glenn

Endicott, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] More BAD bird seed

2012-12-31 Thread Glenn Wilson
I have been buying thistle feed from Lowes in vestal labeled Garden Treasures 
out of convenience. No birds would eat it. Someone told us that they found the 
same thing. I bought a bag from Tractor Central labeled Royal Wing. I put a 
feeder full out this morning at just after 7am. The feeder is FULL of Common 
Redpolls!  We've never had redpolls here before! I wonder if Lowes food comes 
from Scott's?

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[cayugabirds-l] Townsend's Solitaire pictures

2012-12-12 Thread Glenn Wilson
I took these pictures today at 3PM on East Lake Road in Sampson State Park.

The exact location was 42.741802 -76.915575

http://www.wilsonswarbler.com/solitaire-townsends.html

 


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] re Hooded mergansers at Mud lock

2012-12-02 Thread Glenn Wilson
Kathy and I conservatively estimated 200. eBird did not like this count. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 2, 2012, at 8:28 PM, Donna Scott d...@cornell.edu wrote:

Viewing and counting the huge flock of HOODED MERGANSERS was difficult since 
many of them were diving, and many were not visible when they swam behind the 
little houses along the Seneca River, just past Mud Lock at the north end of 
Cayuga Lake. However, I conservatively estimate the number at 200 +, perhaps 
even nearly 300.  Other birders in cars there (in the rain) and I all agreed it 
was the most H. Mergansers in one group we had ever seen!
Beautiful!
Donna Scott
 
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To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Hooded mergansers Mud lock

In waterway north of lock. Big flock!
Donna Scott

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] no hummingbirds

2012-09-03 Thread Glenn Wilson
We had them on our Rose of Sharon this morning at the junction of rites 26 and 
38B in Union Center. 

Glenn Wilson
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On Sep 3, 2012, at 4:41 PM, Nancy W Dickinson n...@cornell.edu wrote:

I see Laura has a hummingbird on her list, but mine seem to be, very suddenly, 
gone. All summer there was one at the feeder, or perched on a twig next to it 
waiting.  Sometimes there were arguments when two tried to visit at once.  But 
yesterday and today, the feeder and twig are empty.  (And I always wondered how 
many of them there actually were.)

Nancy Dickinson
Mecklenburg
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nysbirds-l] OT: Guide to Birding in the Cayuga Lake Basin article

2012-04-11 Thread Glenn Wilson
I just bought a copy for
 WBU in Johnson City

Glenn Wilson
Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 11, 2012, at 5:27 PM, Linda Orkin wingmagi...@gmail.com wrote:

Hey Willie and All,

You can find out how to get ahold of this book by checking the list of vendors 
on our website, Cayugabirdclub.org. For people that live in the Cayuga Lake 
area, the book is readily available locally. As far as I can tell, Wildbirds 
Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods is the only place where you can buy this online. 
So far. 

Thanks
Linda Orkin 
Ithaca NY

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 11, 2012, at 5:08 PM, Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter 
dannapot...@roadrunner.com wrote:

 Hi Linda,
 
  
 
 Thanks for posting the link to the article.  Perhaps this was an oversight 
 but as far as I could tell, neither you nor the article’s author indicated 
 how a birder could acquire this book.  I am sure I am not the only one who 
 would be interested.
 
  
 
 Best regards,
 
 Willie
 
  
 
 From: bounce-47216062-15084...@list.cornell.edu 
 [mailto:bounce-47216062-15084...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Linda Orkin
 Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:37 PM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; cny-naturalhist...@darkstar.cortland.edu; nysbirds-l
 Subject: [nysbirds-l] OT: Guide to Birding in the Cayuga Lake Basin article
 
  
 
 For those who may be interested, Sue Heavenrich has written an article about 
 this Guide and it appears in this week's Tompkins County Weekly.  A good 
 overview of the book. Here is a link to the pdf page.
 
 http://www.tompkinshosting.com/tompkinsweekly/TompkinsWeekly120409.pdf
 
 Also, she had emailed me with the following request which I forward in the 
 event that someone may wish to help her with this. I am reluctant to just 
 give out names of people to her without some expression of interest 
 beforehand. If anyone does want to take this on, please email me and I will 
 put you in touch with her.  
 
 
 Now I have another question for you - or maybe I already asked it  we didn't 
 have time to explore:
 Does anyone in the club have bird count numbers or data that might show 
 whether/how bird populations have changed over past 35 years? Am working on 
 something re: climate change  bird range expansion or northward expansion
 ~Sue
 
 Thanks in advance if  you can help out.
 
 LInda Orkin
 Ithaca, NY
 
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] OOB bird behavior

2012-01-13 Thread Glenn Wilson
I've seen White Ibis' clean customer plates at Sea World.
Glenn

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] OOB bird behavior

Florida (OOB!) A friend recently returned from N. Florida and described a
2-1/2 ft. high bird that was begging food from them at a picnic area. She
finally found a photo she had taken - it was a wood stork! She also
described a second bird, which I think must have been a white ibis.

She wanted to know if that is just a strange, learned behavior or what??

Colleen Richards


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FW: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl

2012-01-01 Thread Glenn Wilson
I am the one who said it has been seen for a week.

The ONLY time I saw it was yesterday 12/31/11.

I said that because I’ve been watching reports posted on this list for “about a 
week”.

So please don’t use my “week” as gospel!

Glenn Wilson (Endicott)


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