Re: [cayugabirds-l] Seeking info for Basin First Records list

2021-01-06 Thread Jay McGowan
Hi Dave,
The Fayette Gyrfalcon was indeed seen on January 1st by Drew Weber, Cullen
Hanks, and Ash Ferlito, as well as by other observers later in the morning.
I tried for it without success several times on Jan. 2nd, and it has not
been reported to my knowledge since the 1st. Nevertheless, it is still
definitely a different individual from the Ithaca bird by virtue of
plumage. As far as I know, the immature at the Reynolds Game Farm has also
not been seen again since Sunday Jan. 3rd, despite many checking the area.
I did find a female HOARY REDPOLL in the redpoll flock around the NW corner
of the pheasant pens at the game farm today around noon, as well as a
COMMON GRACKLE in the starling flock, both species we missed for the Ithaca
CBC. The two BLACK VULTURES were still present with Turkey Vultures near
the compost piles as well.

Jay

On Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 12:35 PM Dave Nutter  wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Does anyone know whether the Gyrfalcon, which is often seen on N Hoster Rd
> in Fayette, was seen on January 1, 2, or 3 this year? I know it was seen as
> late as December 28.
>
> Here’s why I ask: There’s a long tradition of keeping an annual list of
> first records for the Cayuga Lake Basin. For a number of years I’ve been
> doing that. Past years’ lists are on the Cayuga Bird Club website, and the
> start of this year’s list should also be up soon, with Paul Anderson’s
> help.
>
> As you may know, on January 3 a Gyrfalcon was seen near Ithaca. The
> question for me is whether this was the first day the species was found
> this year, or whether the bird from the Canoga area was also seen that same
> day or earlier. If you have info as to when, where, and by whom it was
> seen, please let me know off list. Thanks!
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl, Myers Point

2021-01-05 Thread Jay McGowan
A heavily-barred SNOWY OWL found this morning on the spit at Myers Point is
now perched on the pilings just south of the lighthouse at Myers Point,
Lansing.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon, Stevenson Rd game farm

2021-01-03 Thread Jay McGowan
It took off right around when I was sending this message, last seen going
south south-west from north end of Game Farm Rd.

On Sun, Jan 3, 2021, 1:12 PM Jay McGowan  wrote:

> Tristan Herwood just found an immature gray GYRFALCON around the pheasant
> pens of the Reynolds Game Farm along Game Farm Road, Dryden/Ithaca town
> line. It's currently perched on fences in the game farm with vultures and
> Red-tailed Hawks, but was circling and hunting pheasants earlier. It looks
> to likely be the same bird I found in late November nearby at the arboretum
> but which had not been reported since.
>
> Jay
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[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon, Stevenson Rd game farm

2021-01-03 Thread Jay McGowan
Tristan Herwood just found an immature gray GYRFALCON around the pheasant
pens of the Reynolds Game Farm along Game Farm Road, Dryden/Ithaca town
line. It's currently perched on fences in the game farm with vultures and
Red-tailed Hawks, but was circling and hunting pheasants earlier. It looks
to likely be the same bird I found in late November nearby at the arboretum
but which had not been reported since.

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[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon, Cornell arboretum

2020-11-29 Thread Jay McGowan
A leisurely stroll around the Newman Arboretum at the edge of Cornell
Campus this afternoon around 2:00 took a dramatic turn when a huge falcon
flew in to chase off the Turkey Vultures that were sitting on the tower at
the top of the hill (far east end of road, here
<https://goo.gl/maps/h7GUG3huUYMhwrQK9>.) Although gyr was my immediate
first impression, the surrealness of the situation made it take a couple of
minutes to convince myself that it was indeed a dark juvenile GYRFALCON and
not a monstrous Peregrine. It sat on the tower for a few minutes before
taking off again to head away to the WNW, where we quickly lost it behind
trees. I didn't really get a sense for how far it went or where it was
headed, but much of campus or the south end of Cayuga Lake are in that
direction. A quick check of Stewart Park immediately after did not turn up
any raptors or agitated-looking waterfowl.

It was much browner and streakier than the birds I'm used to seeing, but
the overall size and shape, especially in direct flight, screamed Gyr. I
could see the legs fairly well in photos, and it did not show any bands or
jesses. It's a sensitive species on eBird so the checklist link won't help,
but you can see the photos in media search:
https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=gyrfal=p=US-NY-109=all=T

And of course, it's clearly a different bird than the adult being seen near
the quarry near Seneca Falls (which was seen this afternoon as well as the
past couple of days).

Jay

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldeneye Sheldrake Pt

2020-11-18 Thread Jay McGowan
Hi Dave and all,
Thanks for posting this. Definitely an interesting bird, and nice job
picking it out. While it does have some characteristics you might look for
in a female Barrow's Goldeneye, ultimately this seems to be an
orange-billed Common Goldeneye, an uncommon but regular variant. In fact,
it looks quite similar to a bird (an apparent Common) I photographed just
north of Sheldrake in December 2018 (photos here
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S50367585>, though they won't be visible until
the eBird maintenance is complete later today or tomorrow). Particularly
the length of bill is unlike typical Barrow's Goldeneye. Hard to be sure
these birds aren't hybrids of course, and it would be hard to tell, but the
general consensus seems to be they are more likely aberrant/variant Commons.

There is also a similar bird <https://ebird.org/checklist/S21487989> that
has returned for several years around Irondequoit Bay.

And Dave's photo again, for comparison:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/50617077583/in/datetaken/

Jay

On Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 12:40 PM Dave K  wrote:

> Forehead and bill size asideit is different from the other three.
> Yellow bill, different color head (darker brown?) and iris (darker yellow).
> Seen this morning on Cayuga Lake South of Sheldrake Pt. just beyond
> Deerlick Springs Rd.
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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park waterfowl

2020-10-29 Thread Jay McGowan
Highlights this morning include a continuing group of BLACK SCOTERS well
offshore, 19 birds today, as well as at least seven Surf Scoters near the
lighthouses, and a female White-winged Scoter and a Red-necked Grebe in
with the coot and scaup flock just offshore. A single Brant continues on
the red lighthouse jetty as well. Fewer Bufflehead than in recent days, but
a few around.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Summer Tanager, Durland Preserve

2020-10-26 Thread Jay McGowan
Cullen Hanks and Ash Ferlito just found a female-plumaged SUMMER TANAGER at
the Durland Preserve in Ellis Hollow, in the scrub island in the third
field, around here: (42.4365048, -76.3950248)

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Dunlin and Greater Yellowlegs, Myers Point

2020-10-16 Thread Jay McGowan
Both foraging on spit at Myers this morning. Black-bellied Plover was
calling overhead earlier but never stopped down.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] American Avocets, Myers Point

2020-09-29 Thread Jay McGowan
Three AMERICAN AVOCETS flew in to land at the end of the spit at Myers
Point around 7:30 and are still present now at 8:30. A Semipalmated Plover
is also present along the rocky shore of the parking area at the point.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Montezuma NWR and Dryden

2020-09-09 Thread Jay McGowan
This morning Sandy Podulka reported four BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS on
the Wildlife Drive at Montezuma NWR. Tim Lenz reports they are still
visible now from the outflow area at the NE corner of the Main Pool ("carp
spot"), looking back south and mostly hidden in the cattails.

Meanwhile, the single LACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK at Hile School Road here
in Tompkins County was still present this morning, in the second pond north
of the road, mostly obscured behind the dike separating the ponds.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Long-tailed Jaeger over Northeast Ithaca tonight

2020-09-08 Thread Jay McGowan
I just had one of the more surreal sightings in local birding I've ever
experienced. As I went out in the yard here in Northeast Ithaca this
evening to check for nighthawks, I spotted a bird soaring up overhead that,
after a quick double take where I tried to turn it into a gull and then a
nighthawk, I realized was a small JAEGER. It headed southeast and,
incredibly, was spotted by Tristan Herwood and Chris Sayers from Bluegrass
Lane shortly thereafter, where they watched it continue up and out of sight
to the south. Shape and proportions seem diagnostic for LONG-TAILED over
Parasitic to us.

Checklist with more details, as well as some very poor photos (phone
through binoculars):
https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S73362969

Pretty bizarre, but a good reminder to keep an eye out at all times—and
always carry a camera.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black bellied whistling duck

2020-09-07 Thread Jay McGowan
Ah sorry, thought Anne's post had location. Hile School Road near Freeville.

On Mon, Sep 7, 2020, 7:03 AM Laura Stenzler  wrote:

> Where?
>
> Laura
>
> Laura Stenzler
> l...@cornell.edu
>
> On Sep 7, 2020, at 6:57 AM, Jay McGowan  wrote:
>
> 
> The BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK is still present this morning, sitting on
> a small stump near the beaver lodge pn the north side of the road.
>
> Louis Hicks had a sighting of one and possibly two birds he strongly
> suspected were whistling-ducks at this spot on Aug 10, so it's entirely
> possible this bird has been here for almost a month.
>
> Jay
>
> On Sun, Sep 6, 2020, 11:22 PM  wrote:
>
>> Ok. I am a terrible birder. But saw the report today and suddenly was
>> able to explain what I saw fairly late on Friday.  A lone odd shaped duck
>> far to s edge of water in Wetland s of the road with a way too orange
>> Bill.  I couldn’t quite make out any markings with my binocs and because
>> the light was bad  I decided I was hallucinating more than there was. A
>> whistling duck never occurred to me.
>>
>> So this is just to say that it has been there several days and maybe is
>> stable for a bit. I have my first visitor/family here since March so didn’t
>> check out the Wetland from the road Sat or today. Maybe tomorrow but—good
>> luck all.
>>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black bellied whistling duck

2020-09-07 Thread Jay McGowan
The BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK is still present this morning, sitting on
a small stump near the beaver lodge pn the north side of the road.

Louis Hicks had a sighting of one and possibly two birds he strongly
suspected were whistling-ducks at this spot on Aug 10, so it's entirely
possible this bird has been here for almost a month.

Jay

On Sun, Sep 6, 2020, 11:22 PM  wrote:

> Ok. I am a terrible birder. But saw the report today and suddenly was able
> to explain what I saw fairly late on Friday.  A lone odd shaped duck far to
> s edge of water in Wetland s of the road with a way too orange Bill.  I
> couldn’t quite make out any markings with my binocs and because the light
> was bad  I decided I was hallucinating more than there was. A whistling
> duck never occurred to me.
>
> So this is just to say that it has been there several days and maybe is
> stable for a bit. I have my first visitor/family here since March so didn’t
> check out the Wetland from the road Sat or today. Maybe tomorrow but—good
> luck all.
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Myers Sanderlings

2020-09-01 Thread Jay McGowan
Two juvenile Sanderlings are on the spit at Myers this morning. They flew
south at one point but ended up back at the end of the spit.

Not as exciting as the two RED KNOTS Tim Lenz just found on the beach at
Seneca Lake SP, but still nice to see.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Baird's Sandpiper, Myers Point

2020-08-28 Thread Jay McGowan
A juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER found by Cornell students last night just
before the storms hit continues on the spit at Myers Point this morning.
The Sanderling it was hanging out with last night is not in evidence.

Jay

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Little Blue Heron (imm) OOB

2020-08-10 Thread Jay McGowan
Thanks for posting this, John and Sue. This bird was first reported on
August 6th by Dorothy Dunlap, who mentioned first seeing it the previous
day and posted identifiable photos. I went the next morning and was able to
scope it from the viewpoint at the south end, and got some better looks by
boat. It seems to frequent the north end of that pond, often disappearing
behind the trees into the northeast corner. Here's my checklist with some
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> Ed Gates called this AM to report having seen a LBHE last evening at the
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> although it was not there at 0900
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> We went down at 1120 and found a white heron in the very far back situated
> just NE of the N batch of Cattails. Without a scope it was a small white
> heron. Called Ed who confirmed having scoped it and had positive ID.
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[cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marsellus shorebirds

2020-08-10 Thread Jay McGowan
Hi all,
I stopped at East Road at Montezuma NWR last night just before sunset, and
although I didn't quite have time to do a thorough scan, the shorebird
array was quite impressive. Peeps and yellowlegs numbered in the several
hundreds, and other species I was able to pick out included RED-NECKED
PHALAROPE, DUNLIN (early), STILT SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. Viewing is challenging as always (don't expect to
identify more than egrets and geese without a powerful scope), but the
habitat is great right now, and interesting things will surely show up
there in the coming weeks. Light is best in the evening.

On Saturday, Van Dyne Spoor Road was also good for shorebirds, with
hundreds visible in flight at times, but viewing is even more challenging
there, with distance, backlighting, and stubbled habitat all playing a role.

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[cayugabirds-l] NYSARC and eBird

2020-07-30 Thread Jay McGowan
Hi all,
I just wanted everyone to know that NYSARC (NYS Avian Records Committee) is
working with eBird, reviewing very rare bird sightings that have been
submitted to eBird. Learn what this means to you as an eBirder, and why
good documentation is so important: https://nybirds.org/NYSARC/index.htm.

Good birding!

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[cayugabirds-l] Sedge Wren, Bluegrass Lane, Ithaca

2020-07-24 Thread Jay McGowan
Hi all,
I found a singing SEDGE WREN at the Bluegrass Lane Natural Area in
Northeast Ithaca last night just before dusk. This morning it was singing
in the same field again, though often distant and hard to hear from the
road. It's in the weedy field on the west side of Bluegrass Lane just a bit
south from the entrance/parking area on Hanshaw Road. It seems to spend
most of its time in the middle of this field, where it's challenging to
hear from the dirt road, but sometimes comes closer. A better
strategy might be to walk along the north side of the field (behind all the
houses on Hanshaw) and then walk south along the west side of this field,
at which point it would be to your east somewhere in the middle section.
The area it seemed to favor was at around this point: (42.4650190,
-76.4593958), although it would move farther north and south from there as
well. Its metallic song is distinctive but not conspicuous, though it does
carry a good distance, luckily. It stayed distant last night but this
morning I was able to get a look at the bird and a better recording:
https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S71773101

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[cayugabirds-l] Salmon Creek Cerulean Warbler, Lansing sparrows

2020-06-12 Thread Jay McGowan
Hi all,
This morning I found a singing male CERULEAN WARBLER along Salmon Creek
Road in Lansing. It was west of the road near the north end of the forested
area that includes the Salmon Creek Bird Sanctuary. The bird was singing at
about (42.6122, -76.5367). Although it was audible from the road, it was
fairly far back in the woods. It was singing a decidedly atypical song
variation, so I'm glad I was able to get a look and confirm that's what
it was. A recording of the interesting song and some photos are here:
https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S70340365

This is the first report of this species in the Salmon Creek area that I'm
aware of since 2014, although of course two decades ago it was the
epicenter of the Cerulean population in Tompkins County. Hopefully this one
will stick around and maybe have some success. There were two widely spaced
reports of Ceruleans on Shindagin Hollow Road this spring, which is
intriguing, but otherwise there have been very few records outside obvious
migrants in the country in recent years.

Meanwhile nearby, at least five VESPER SPARROWS were singing from fields
near the northern corner of Conlon Road (42.5815, -76.5148). I didn't check
on them today, but recently some of us have had up to three singing
GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS in the fields on either side of the north end of
Scofield Road, also in Lansing.

Cheers,
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[cayugabirds-l] Myers Franklin's Gull; Montezuma shorebirds

2020-06-02 Thread Jay McGowan
This morning I was in the right place at the right time as a transitional
FRANKLIN'S GULL dropped onto the spit at Myers Point for half an hour to
preen before heading back out onto the lake. It has not been reported again.
https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S69964335

This evening I checked a couple of spots on the east side of Cayuga Lake.
The sandbar at the mouth of Paines Creek was rather quieter than usual,
while the breakwall at the Frontenac Marina in Union Springs was finally
seeing some activity, with 40+ Bonaparte's Gulls, 30+ Common Terns, and a
Forster's Tern. No sign of the Franklin's at either location, however.

The main pool at Montezuma NWR is getting low and the southwestern quadrant
as viewed from the tower has several thousand shorebirds today, the first
significant concentrations of the spring season. Reports this morning
included WHIMBREL, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and STILT SANDPIPER. I haven't had
much luck picking things out from the throngs of Semipalmated Sandpipers in
poor light this evening, but I did just find a little pack of 4 RED-NECKED
PHALAROPES out along the mudflats.

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[cayugabirds-l] probable Yellow-throated Warbler, Michigan Hollow

2020-05-27 Thread Jay McGowan
Hi all,
Sorry for the late post. On Monday morning, I heard what was likely a
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER along Michigan Hollow Road in Danby. It only sang
once, back towards the road from where I was along the edge of the marsh. I
was very convinced when I first heard it, but after trying to refind it for
sometime without luck, I started to second guess myself. Anyway, a little
late now, but the location was here:
(42.32822, -76.47698)
There are lots of nice patches of pines along the road, so certainly a
plausible location for one to show up. Hopefully it will reappear at some
point, so certainly worth keeping an ear out for. One showed up in Broome
County yesterday as well. The bird I heard had a strong, descending song
with a noticeably two-parted quality, very similar to this bird at Myers
Point <https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/177634> a few years ago.

Other birds along Michigan Hollow Road included a 10-species flycatcher
sweep (!), with a cooperative OLIVE-SIDED foraging from snags a few hundred
meters north of the FLT trailhead. It looks like others were able to
relocate this bird or birds yesterday in the same area. I did not hear the
Least Bittern in the marsh, but it was reported not too long ago. American
Bittern and a high number of Marsh Wrens are still around.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Ruddy Turnstone, Myers Point

2020-05-15 Thread Jay McGowan
An adult Ruddy Turnstone is foraging on the spit at Myers Point. No other
storm birds in evidence.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Surf Scoter, south end of Cayuga

2020-04-29 Thread Jay McGowan
A male SURF SCOTER is on the lake, WNW from East Shore Park. New arrivals
up at Myers Point this morning included ORCHARD ORIOLE and WARBLING VIREO.

Jay

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Albino Green-winged Teal

2020-04-05 Thread Jay McGowan
I'm looking at this bird now. It is almost the same size as nearby GW Teal,
but the proportions seem different, and the bill is very yellow. I'm
inclined to think it's a small domestic Mallard, maybe a call duck.

Jay

On Sun, Apr 5, 2020, 11:25 AM Alicia  wrote:

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe

2020-03-23 Thread Jay McGowan
Any photos yet? There have been up to a dozen Horned Grebes, many in
confusing transitional plumage, around the south end of Cayuga Lake the
last couple of days, so those should be ruled out when identifying an Eared.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Black-headed Gull, Stewart Park

2020-02-17 Thread Jay McGowan
After a weeklong absence, the adult Black-headed Gull was seen again at
Stewart park by Ken Rosenberg yesterday morning, but then not relocated the
rest of the day. I just re found it on the ice edge off the east end of
Stewart Park, and it just flew off with the other gulls to land alone out
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[cayugabirds-l] Mallard x Northern Pintail hybrid, Myers Point

2020-01-23 Thread Jay McGowan
Hi all,
Jeff Gerbracht and Tom Schulenberg found a drake MALLARD x NORTHERN PINTAIL
hybrid at Myers Point yesterday. It was still present this morning in a
similar area, straight out from the private marina, but rather distant on
the lake. I was able to get some poor photos to document this interesting
bird:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S63692693
And if you'd like a better look, it was quite similar to a bird I found at
that same spot almost five years ago:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42960861

And I haven't seen it in a week or so, but I think the REDHEAD x SCAUP
hybrid that was in the same flock as the Tufted Duck is likely still around
as well. He looks like this:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/198658531
I haven't been able to pick out any other hybrids in the Aythya flock so
far this year, but I suspect they will turn up. Good candidates include...
Ring-necked x scaup:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/37262811
Redhead x Ring-necked:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/48908031
And the always subtle Canvasback x Redhead:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/144299911
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/39968611

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe? Willard Park 8:30 this am

2020-01-13 Thread Jay McGowan
Great find, Dave! Definitely an Eared. Here is Dave's checklist with photos:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S63354723

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, Ithaca

2020-01-11 Thread Jay McGowan
I just found a male TUFTED DUCK in the flock of many thousand Aythya,
mostly Redheads, at the far SW corner of Cayuga Lake, viewed from pulling
off on Rt. 89 or from the shore of Hog Hole (Alan Treman State Marine
Park). A male Redhead x scaup hybrid is also present in the flock.

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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Shrike, Caroline

2019-12-26 Thread Jay McGowan
Gary and I just saw the NORTHERN SHRIKE that Glenn Wilson found on Route 79
in Caroline yesterday. It was perched up in a few different trees along a
hedge row in a small field on the south side of the highway just east of
Pacific Road, here:
https://maps.app.goo.gl/Loy81Dotgp3P4oYJA

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-throated Loon event at south end

2019-11-28 Thread Jay McGowan
At least 24 birds on the water in three middle of the lake with more coming
in high from the south.

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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park waterfowl

2019-11-02 Thread Jay McGowan
Nothing unusual but a decent selection of waterfowl at Stewart Park in
Ithaca this morning:

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers Forster's Tern, Brant, Dunlin

2019-10-31 Thread Jay McGowan
Highlights so far this morning at Myers Point are a juvenile Forster's Tern
that flew by going south but is now back and circling around the point,
looking like it might land. Also a flock of about 85 Brant moving south, a
Greater Yellowlegs and a Dunlin on the sandbars north of the spit, and
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lots O Loons

2019-10-28 Thread Jay McGowan
We have seen good numbers staging in the middle-north part of the lake this
and last weekend, with a peak in Varick on October Big Day of over 900
visible at once:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S60759738
As well as many hundred visible from the Lake Road bluffs in Aurora on
Saturday:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S60935449

I have yet to see any good number migrating past Myers though. Yesterday
was the best so far despite strong south winds, with close to 30 moving by
low over the water over the course of an hour or so.

On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 2:11 PM Nancy Cusumano 
wrote:

> We tried just south of Taughannock, and from north point. Had only 2 from
> the south and none from the northside. They must like Myers better!
>
> On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 12:36 PM Laura Stenzler  wrote:
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>> Good afternoon! Cayuga Lake at Myers Park is like glass, making it easy
>> to see the 18 Common Loons I just counted. Quite a sight.
>>Now I’m off to Aurora to see if there are still hundreds, as Bob
>> McGuire reported yesterday.
>>
>> Laura
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[cayugabirds-l] Dunlin, South End

2019-10-26 Thread Jay McGowan
A Dunlin is currently foraging on the red lighthouse jetty in Ithaca, in
between the cormorants and gulls.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] bay-breasted vs blackpoll

2019-09-15 Thread Jay McGowan
Jared,
These are indeed both typical Bay-breasted, in case you had any doubts.
Undertail color seems to be pretty variable, as is the intensity of yellow
on the underparts, as in most fall warblers and vireos.

Jay

On Sun, Sep 8, 2019, 7:16 PM Sue Phillips  wrote:

> I believe that’s a Pine Warbler, per the 2 white wing bars & broken eye
> line.
>
>
> On Sep 8, 2019, at 1:51 PM, Jared Dawson  wrote:
>
> Hi, I had three warblers at the same time this morning in yew and white
> cedar trees, from a distance all appearing yellowish with obvious white
> wing bars. One I could see was dipping its tail a bit. I ran and got my
> camera and was able to photograph two of them. I’m a western birder so have
> only a few experiences of eastern fall birding. The two birds both look
> good for Bay-breasted, especially the feet and legs appearing dark gray,
> but on one the undertail coverts are quite white (the other, lighter bird,
> had light buffy coverts, not shown well in photos). Is this a variable
> character? I’ve uploaded several photos to eBird, see below. Any comments
> are welcome.
> Jared Dawson, Trumansburg
>
> ps, I have not detected the summering family of Red-headed Woodpeckers
> since the 4th of September, despite being in my yard a lot of time since
> that date...
>
> 30 Bradley St, Trumansburg, Tompkins, New York, US
> Sep 8, 2019 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: noticed more than one yellowish warbler in my yew and
> northern white cedar trees from the deck, went and got some photos
> 8 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
> Blue Jay  3
> Black-capped Chickadee  6
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> American Robin  2
> Bay-breasted Warbler  2 see photos; one very light yellow with faint
> streaks on crown and back, the other darker yellow-green; the former bird
> had buffy undertail coverts, but the second are bright white, a mark for
> Blackpoll, but I can detect no yellow on legs or feet on either bird; there
> was a third bird that also appeared good for Bay-breasted, but I could not
> see it well nor photograph it, and it was dipping its tail which is a mark
> for Blackpoll
> Bay-breasted/Blackpoll Warbler  1 see remarks for the Bay-breasted
> Warblers
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Myers shorebirds

2019-08-28 Thread Jay McGowan
A little late now, but the morning rains brought a small fallout of
shorebirds to the spit at Myers Point, which included a very
rare-for-the-county juvenile STILT SANDPIPER, along with a Sanderling and
other more expected species. Unfortunately, most of the birds departed
around 8:30 and did not seem to return. Checklist here:
http://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59326659

I checked the point again this evening and found the adult Sanderling still
present and joined by a second individual, this one a crisp juvenile, along
with two Semipalmated Plovers and three Semipalmated Sandpipers. Today was
a welcome change after a long stretch with almost no shorebirds at the park
over the last few weeks.

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[cayugabirds-l] White Ibis, Montezuma NWR

2019-08-28 Thread Jay McGowan
Tim Lenz found an immature WHITE IBIS on the flats at Knox-Marsellus Marsh
(as seen from East Road) at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge late this
evening. It was hanging around some cranes on the far eastern edge of the
marsh and still visible in the fading light at 8pm. The continuing LAUGHING
GULL and AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN were also present, along with a wide
assortment of ducks and shorebirds.

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Ithaca, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Great Egrets, Thomas Rd.

2019-07-12 Thread Jay McGowan
Six Great Egrets were foraging in the pond along Thomas Road in
Brooktondale just south of the B at 11:30.

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[cayugabirds-l] Lawrence's Warbler, Teeter Pond, Schuyler Co.

2019-06-13 Thread Jay McGowan
While out teaching our sound recording workshop yesterday, a participant
and I found a singing male LAWRENCE'S WARBLER along hedgerows just west of
Teeter Pond in the Finger Lakes National Forest, just into Schuyler County.
It was singing a mostly Blue-winged Warbler song type, and although it
wasn't very vocal or cooperative, we were able to get a couple of
recordings of it.

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[nysbirds-l] Black-necked Stilt, Montezuma NWR

2019-05-22 Thread Jay McGowan
A BLACK-NECKED STILT found earlier today was still present on the
drawn-down Main Pool of Montezuma NWR this evening. Found near the south
end of the pool from the tower/beginning of Wildlife Drive area, the bird
had moved to the distant flats on the north side of the pool, seen looking
west from the spillway or looking east from the north end of the Thruway
Pools (beginning of last stretch of drive). Many hundreds of Dunlin and
peeps were also present, along with White-rumped Sandpiper, Black-bellied
Plover, and reportedly a Wilson's Phalarope earlier in the day.

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Ithaca, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Townsend's Warbler, Cayuga Co.

2019-05-02 Thread Jay McGowan
An immature male TOWNSEND'S WARBLER found earlier by Dave Wheeler is still
present now (5:25pm) at West Barrier Bar park (across the channel from
Fairhaven Beach) in northern Cayuga County. Currently on east side of small
pond in the middle of the park.

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[cayugabirds-l] Common Gallinule, Sapsucker Woods

2019-04-25 Thread Jay McGowan
The Common Gallinule continues this evening on the pond at Sapsucker Woods,
sitting in brush along the dike that forms the southern border of the main
pond, just west of two beaver-chewed trees and southeast of the main dead
snag. May or may not be visible from outside the visitor center, but can be
seen from the Wilson Trail past the blind.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow-throated Warbler, South Spring Pool, Montezuma NWR

2019-04-24 Thread Jay McGowan
Dave Kennedy reports he saw the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at South Spring
Pool briefly this morning at 7:50AM, 25 yards west of the platform.

Jay

On Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 2:50 AM Dave Nutter  Gladys (& all),
> Reading your report is almost like seeing the bird oneself. Lovely. Thank
> you. I’ll add your names after work.
>
> - - Dave Nutter
>
> On Apr 23, 2019, at 10:27 PM, Gladys Birdsall  wrote:
>
> Dave,
>
> Diane, Susan Evans-Pond and I were headed back to Ithaca after birding
> with the Campus Club Bird Study Group at MNWR and we stopped at South
> Spring Pool to check what might be out on the pool.  As we were standing on
> the wooden platform we saw two Yellow-rumped Warblers just to the west of
> the platform in some small trees right by the water.  Yellow-rumps were
> singing around us, and then we heard something different.  I thought
> "Chestnut-sided like", and Diane thought  "Yellow Warbler".   We walked
> back onto the trail and walked a few feet further down the path and saw
> movement up in a tree on the south side of the trail.  We quickly saw a
> bird up in a tree right near the trail, and were wowed by the brilliant
> yellow throat.  We watched this bird for 4-5 minutes.  It did not sing, but
> foraged on limbs and moved around the tree trunk at one point. It flew a
> couple times to nearby trees but we were able to follow it easily.  The
> black on the face, appearing triangular shaped under the eye - with the
> black stripe extending down the neck was very striking.   Looking at the
> bird from below and as it moved around it was very striped on the
> sides/flanks.  It was grey above on the back.  I could not see what
> markings it had underneath it's tail.   We talked about what we were seeing
> and *we* finally left the bird, as our phones and books were in the
> car.   What we observed all pointed to a Yellow-throated Warbler.
>
> Gladys
>
>
> I just saw this notice from eBird, but nothing on CayugaBirds-L or the
> text rare bird alert yet. Nice description by Diane Traina of the
> Yellow-throated Warbler at the NYS-89 entrance to South Spring Pool at
> Montezuma NWR. (It’s shocking how many people don’t actually describe the
> rarities they report.) This is a species we don’t see every year in the
> Cayuga Lake Basin, although Dave Kennedy also found one 2 days ago next to
> Seneca Lake north of Willard Town Park. An invasion! I hope this one sticks
> around and is easier to refind.
>
> - - Dave Nutter
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> *From:* ebird-al...@cornell.edu
> *Date:* April 23, 2019 at 3:00:45 PM EDT
> *To:* Undisclosed recipients: ;
> *Subject:* *[eBird Alert] Seneca County Rare Bird Alert *
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> *** Species Summary:
>
> - Yellow-throated Warbler (1 report)
>
> -
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Seneca County Rare Bird
> Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Seneca County.
> View or unsubscribe to this alert at
> https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35526
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>
> Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) (1)
> - Reported Apr 23, 2019 13:36 by Diane Traina
> - Montezuma NWR--South Spring Pool, Seneca, New York
> - Map:
> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8=p=13=42.97062,-76.772992=42.97062,-76.772992
> - Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55303176
> - Comments: "Bright yellow throat from base of bill to top of breast.
> Striped on flanks, white wing bars. White eyebrow stripe. Black around eye
> extending down side of cheek and neck. Grey clear belly to tail. Greyish on
> back. Seen just past post from entrance at art 89. "
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[cayugabirds-l] Forster's Tern, Stewart Park

2019-04-14 Thread Jay McGowan
An adult FORSTER'S TERN was perched on driftwood just off the west end of
Stewart Park a few minutes ago. It took off and foraged over the lake for a
few minutes and is not in view at the moment but is probably still around.
Quite a few Bonaparte's Gulls were visible farther out, as well as three
Northern Shovelers closer in. It's probably worth checking the lake and
other bodies of water as the rain hits later today for other terns that
might be grounded in the weather.

Jay

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] White-winged Turkey Vulture

2019-03-25 Thread Jay McGowan
Here are some shots from 2015:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S25748222

On Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 4:51 PM Dave Nutter  wrote:

> This morning at 9:50am as I drove east on NYS-366 through Varna, I saw
> a/the white-winged Turkey Vulture soaring rather low near the intersection
> with Freese & Mt Pleasant Roads. Since the taxi was empty, I was able to
> pull over and get a binocular view.
>
> On the right wing it only a single white feather, the outermost primary,
> that is the leading edge. All of the other flight feathers on the right
> wing were normal (silver below), and the right wing lining was also normal,
> solid blackish brown.
>
> But one the left wing all the primaries were white except a single darker
> one among them about 4th or 5th from the leading edge. Under the left wing
> there was a round patch of dark feathers at the base of the primaries
> separated by whitish from the rest of the dark normal wing lining.
>
> Just now I can’t find any photos of the white-winged Turkey Vulture from
> several years ago, but this bird reminded me very strongly of that bird. If
> anyone has photos of that bird, or recalls the last time it was sighted, or
> also saw this bird lately, I would be interested.
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [GeneseeBirds-L] Eurasian Green-winged Teal

2019-03-24 Thread Jay McGowan
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From: Bird observations from western New York 
Date: Sun, Mar 24, 2019 at 4:49 PM
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Eurasian Green-winged Teal
To: 


Hi all.  Apologies about not getting this out earlier, but today around
noon we had a male Eurasian Green-winged Teal at Knox-Marcellus marsh.
Seen by 4 of us from the small parking area.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese; Eurasian Green-winged Teal at Morgan Road.

2019-03-23 Thread Jay McGowan
Knox-Marsellus Marsh had 10,000+ Snow Geese this afternoon, and the
Mucklands hosted another flock of perhaps 6,000. EURASIAN WIGEON were
present both at Knox-Marsellus and Morgan Road in Savannah. The best bird
of the day was a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL with the Green-winged Teal
flock at Morgan Road:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54136673

Jay

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> We checked out the NW end of Cayuga Lake this evening and found the
> large groups of Snow Geese mostly gone. There was one large white
> streak in the middle of the lake south of Cayuga Lake State Park at
> 5:30 pm, but it was not visible when we drove back around 6:30, so
> perhaps they took off. I am assuming that was Snow Geese. There were
> many groups of Tundra Swans off the lake, especially off Cayuga Lake
> State Park, and there were still many scattered ducks there and farther
> south.
>
> Has anyone checked the mucklands lately, or seen any Snow Geese
> elsewhere?  Do you think they are done, or are there lots more to
> come? I have some friends still hoping to see them
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Eurasian Wigeon, Catharine Creek Marsh

2019-03-20 Thread Jay McGowan
Reuben Stoltzfus reports a group of birders looking from Rock Cabin Road in
Watkins Glen on Monday had a male Eurasian Wigeon out in the marsh from the
tower.

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[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon, Seneca Co.

2018-12-16 Thread Jay McGowan
An immature gray Gyrfalcon was sitting on a phone pole on Rt. 89 south of
5&20, just south of the Cayuga/Seneca canal at the northwest corner of
Cayuga Lake an  hour ago. Now being reported eating a Mallard in the field
west of the road.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Common Redpolls - YES!

2018-12-08 Thread Jay McGowan
Marie's redpoll flock on Mount Pleasant continues to grow, with over 150
individuals now present, including a female HOARY REDPOLL found yesterday
by Sarah Toner and Logan Kahle. I saw it for a few minutes first thing this
morning in a part of the group close to the road before they started to
drift farther south. The Snow Bunting flock that is often associated with
the redpolls now numbers around 275 birds, with a handful of Horned Larks
and a couple (as many as 5 reports) LAPLAND LONGSPURS around the edges.
This is all along the slope at the east end of Mount Pleasant Road.

Jay McGowan

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> A flock of about 30 Common Redpolls continues to associate with the
> growing Snow Bunting flock on Mt Pleasant Rd this morning. They all were in
> the weedy field opposite the communications tower, both around 10:30 when I
> first saw them and around 11:30 when I returned. Basically the same spot as
> I saw them 2 days ago.
> Tip for spotting the redpolls: look for the birds that are clinging to the
> plant stems...that would be the redpolls, whereas the Snow Buntings are
> mostly foraging on the ground.
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[cayugabirds-l] Common Redpolls, Yellow Barn

2018-11-17 Thread Jay McGowan
We just had a flock of 18 or so COMMON REDPOLLS on the road at the crest of
the hill on Yellow Barn Road, Dryden. Earlier this morning, a WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPER was the highlight at Myers Point.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Brant, Cass Park

2018-10-19 Thread Jay McGowan
Another on the red lighthouse jetty, along with two Dunlin.

On Fri, Oct 19, 2018, 4:46 PM Jay McGowan  wrote:

> Six adult BRANT are foraging on the softball fields at Cass Park with a
> couple hundred Canada Geese this evening.
>
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[nysbirds-l] Hudsonian Godwit, Montezuma NWR

2018-10-07 Thread Jay McGowan
The HUDSONIAN GODWIT that has been reported intermittently the last few
days is currently in Knox-Marsellus Marsh at Montezuma NWR as viewed from
East Road (Seneca County). It seems to be favoring a more vegetated area in
the middle of the marsh but will come out to more open areas in the
northast section occasionally.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Common Nighthawk perched in Sapsucker Woods, Sunday 9/16

2018-09-19 Thread Jay McGowan
Interestingly, the (presumably same) COMMON NIGHTHAWK is back roosting
above the base of the Sherwood Platform on the Wilson Trail North at
Sapsucker Woods this morning, just one branch back from where it was on
Sunday.

Jay

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> Common Nighthawk perched above base of Sherwood Platform in Sapsucker
> Woods (Sun 9/16, 9:30 AM). Also many warblers, Philadelphia Vireos, et al.
>
> To find nighthawk, walk 1/3 boardwalk length from base, turn around and
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[cayugabirds-l] Red Knot, Myers Point

2018-08-30 Thread Jay McGowan
A juvenile Red Knot found by Jeremy Collison continues along the north side
of the spit at Myers Point, Lansing as of a few minutes ago.

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[cayugabirds-l] Ruff, Montezuma NWR

2018-08-04 Thread Jay McGowan
The highlight of this morning's walk on the dikes around Knox-Marsellus
Marsh at Montezuma NWR was a female-type RUFF that I picked out along the
grassy north edge of Knox-Marsellus. It gave good views and was still
present as we walked back around 11, probably decently viewable from East
Road in the evening light.

We also saw the continuing juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON in the ditch
along the north side of Puddlers Marsh, not likely to be visible from
public areas still in the area at least.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sanderlings, Myers Point

2018-07-23 Thread Jay McGowan
On the heels of an impressive Sanderling invasion yesterday, two breeding
plumage SANDERLING are currently on the spit at Myers, off and on with a
flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers. Turnstones, Whimbrel, and Red Knots have
all been showing up on the Lake Ontario shore, so frequent checks of
beaches and other shorebird spots in coming days would be advisable.

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[cayugabirds-l] Black-bellied Plover, Myers Point

2018-05-25 Thread Jay McGowan
A breeding plumage Black-bellied Plover is currently at Myers Point, on the
spit for a while and now back on a log off the end of Salt Point.

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[cayugabirds-l] Ruddy Turnstone, Geneva

2018-05-05 Thread Jay McGowan
A Ruddy Turnstone is currently on the beach by the bridge north of the
Ramada in Geneva.

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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake Sunday

2018-04-29 Thread Jay McGowan
With classic "Dryden Lake effect" conditions, Livia and I thought it would
be worth checking the lake this morning. We weren't disappointed, with a
flock of 21 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 11+ RUDDY DUCKS (most were underwater at any
given time), 7 GADWALL, 2 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and
3 BUFFLEHEAD, as well as a late winter-plumage RED-THROATED LOON. From
eBird reports, most of these bird were still around as late as 3:30.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45064226

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[cayugabirds-l] Black Scoters, Dryden Lake

2018-04-14 Thread Jay McGowan
A pair of BLACK SCOTERS is currently in the middle of Dryden Lake, along
with a Bonaparte's Gull and a small assortment of typical waterfowl.

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[cayugabirds-l] Thayer's Gull, Stewart Park

2018-03-09 Thread Jay McGowan
Hi all,
A 1st cycle THAYER'S GULL found by Tim Lenz yesterday morning was still
present in the gull flock off the west end of Stewart Park yesterday
evening, along with three Kumlien's Iceland Gulls and at least 19 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls. The evening gull flock on the lake has been interesting
this week, with increasing Lesser Black-backed numbers. Here is last
night's checklist, with a few photos:

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-necked Grebes, Dyden Lake

2018-03-03 Thread Jay McGowan
Two nonbreeding plumage RED-NECKED GREBES are currently sleeping in the
middle of Dryden Lake. Not much else aside from numerous Common Mergansers.

The compost was active earlier, with at least five Iceland Gulls, three
Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and a Great Black-backed x Herring hybrid. Last
night at Stewart Park we had at least eight Lesser, five Iceland, and a
Lesser Black-backed x Herring hybrid.

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[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Lake rarities today

2017-11-12 Thread Jay McGowan
Hi all,
Seneca Lake experienced an inundation of rare birds today. The first was
found by Kevin Ebert and Logan Kahle at Seneca Lake State Park, first
reported as a Barnacle Goose but on close inspection revealed to be a
BARNACLE GOOSE HYBRID. Based on body and bill size and the fact that is was
hanging closely with a group of Cackling Geese, I suspect it was a Barnacle
x Cackling cross, but it's hard to be sure. Also noteworthy were the
density of CACKLING GEESE in the large Canada flock off the swimming beach
near the east end of the park, with at least 30 in the close group and a
handful of others scattered in more distant groups. A few pictures here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40477631

Yesterday, Shawn Billerman, Jeremy Collison, and I had a group of 16
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in with other waterfowl in Knox-Marsellus Marsh
at Montezuma NWR. This is by far the highest number of this species I have
seen in the area. Checklist with poor photos showing the whole group here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40455625

Today lower numbers of white-fronts were seen by others around midday. When
Livia and I stopped by in the afternoon we were unable to pick any out of
the Canadas, but we did get a better look at a hybrid we had seen the day
before, which I now suspect to be a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED x CANADA GOOSE
HYBRID. It looks quite different from the usual "Stewart Park Goose" we see
around Ithaca, Canada x Graylag/domestic, showing more white on the face
with a smaller and more slender body. Again hard to be sure on parentage,
but I think it's a good candidate for a wild hybrid.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40477637

Meanwhile at the south end of Seneca Lake, Mayte Torres discovered a
female-type BLUE GROSBEAK near the waste water treatment plant just west of
the canal in Watkins Glen. Livia and I decided to drop down and take a look
on our way home as the sun started to dip towards the horizon. We found the
grosbeak easily enough, hanging out with Song Sparrows in the brushy field
behind boats just east of the waste water plant, on the north side of the
parking lot accessed from Decater Street off of 4th St. As we were
preparing to leave, I took one last scan over the lake and noticed a big,
white-bellied cormorant sitting on the pilings at the base of the metal
light tower on one of the breakwalls offshore. Sure enough, it was a
juvenile GREAT CORMORANT. The bird was still present on the same perch as
we left at dusk, and was visible from the viewpoint at the southeast corner
of the lake as well. To cap it all off, a small, dark loon distant out on
the lake with several Commons convinced me it was a PACIFIC LOON. More
details and photos of the grosbeak and cormorant here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40478420
Birders will certainly be looking for all three of these individuals
tomorrow, so we will be sure to post if they are refound.

Good birding,
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[cayugabirds-l] Myers Point: Black Scoter, etc.

2017-10-30 Thread Jay McGowan
The last few days have been relatively slow lake-watching from Myers and
other areas. Yesterday's rain did not drop anything particularly noteworthy
down in the spots I was able to check. Highlights yesterday were two male
LONG-TAILED DUCKS flying north past Myers and a DUNLIN on the spit.
Yesterday a little after noon, I stopped at Stewart Park and had a large
flock of about 55 BLACK SCOTERS wheeling over the lake far to the north,
but they never came closer and I lost them in the waves. Both Surf and
White-winged scoters continue off the east end of the park, as well as a
few coots and a male Bufflehead.

This morning, three BUFFLEHEAD and three WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were about
the only waterfowl moving off Myers, but a DUNLIN continued on the spit, an
immature BONAPARTE'S GULL spent some time sitting with the other gulls, and
a female BLACK SCOTER was diving with two White-winged Scoters and a
Greater Scaup not far off the marina.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] RE; Purple Sandpiper, Montezuma VC

2017-10-22 Thread Jay McGowan
Mark,
This is the east spit at Fair Haven State Park on Lake Ontario, Cayuga
County.

On Oct 22, 2017 3:54 PM, "Joe DeVito"  wrote:

I apologize, I thought I sent it to Cayuga birds.

The purple sandpiper was along the pier hiding beneath the break wall. It
would come out for a little and go back in.

Just passed the trees on the left, maybe 50 yards or so, there is a small
mid flat.

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 22, 2017, at 3:24 PM, M Miller  wrote:

Could you give a little more on the location of the Purple
Sandpiper? (Also, could all posters please consider many of us that
follow Cayuga Basin List aren’t always familiar with Ithaca locations,
thanks.)


Had nice variety at the visitor center pool on Montezuma; Wilson’s Snipe,
Dowitcher, Dunlin, Pectoral, Yellowlegs, and also an American Pipit..

Mark Miller

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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Brant

2017-10-15 Thread Jay McGowan
Seven BRANT are currently feeding with Canadas on the lawn at the west end
of Stewart Park.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Surf Scoters, Myers Point

2017-10-15 Thread Jay McGowan
This morning two female-type SURF SCOTERS are hanging out just off the
point at Myers. Otherwise it's quiet on the lake.

Jay

On Oct 11, 2017 8:27 AM, "Jay McGowan" <jw...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> Two male SURF SCOTERS are out on the lake looking distantly to northwest
> from Myers Point. Otherwise quiet.
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Surf Scoters, Myers Point

2017-10-11 Thread Jay McGowan
Two male SURF SCOTERS are out on the lake looking distantly to northwest
from Myers Point. Otherwise quiet.

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma NWR 30Sep2017

2017-09-30 Thread Jay McGowan
Kevin and I headed up the lake this afternoon to see if any new shorebirds
had dropped in at Montezuma. We didn't find anything incredible, but a nice
variety of shorebirds remained up there. The highlight of the drive up was
a juvenile COMMON GALLINULE walking around amid Mallards on the algae mats
at the Mill Pond in Union Springs.

The Visitor Center at Montezuma continues to have good habitat, but picking
out small shorebirds is challenging amid the clods of mud. An adult BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER–a rare plumage here–continued from last weekend, but the Wilson's
Phalarope did not. Also present were a flock of PECTORAL SANDPIPERS with a
single DUNLIN, as well as a STILT SANDPIPER that was chased by a Tundra
Peregrine Falcon.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39481464

Duck numbers are increasing on the main pool, and an eclipse EURASIAN
WIGEON was among the dabblers in the back, along with Ring-necked Ducks,
Redhead, and one group of Lesser Scaup. A flock of 5000+ NORTHERN PINTAIL
has accumulated along the northern end of the pool.

Benning Marsh had even more shorebirds, including LEAST, SEMIPALMATED,
WHITE-RUMPED, PECTORAL, and STILT SANDPIPERS, DUNLIN, both YELLOWLEGS,
WILSON'S SNIPE, Killdeer, SEMIPALMATED, 3 BLACK-BELLIED and 1 AMERICAN
GOLDEN- PLOVERS, and two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, with another 16
Long-billed Dowitchers at Eaton.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39481460

Overall shorebird numbers were far from impressive, but 15 species isn't
bad for the final day of September.

Cheers,
Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Wilson's Phalarope, Montezuma Visitor Center

2017-09-23 Thread Jay McGowan
The highlight so far at Montezuma this morning was a WILSON'S PHALAROPE at
the visitor center pool, which is very good shorebird habitat at the
moment. I heard a second hand report of a possible Buff-breasted there as
well, but we did not see one.

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker, Durland Preserve

2017-09-15 Thread Jay McGowan
This morning I found a juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Durland
Preserve on Ellis Hollow Road. It flew into a snag along the first hedgerow
not far in from the parking lot, before the trail in the woods to the
Hirshfeld Platform. It didn't stay long before flying over the woods headed
west. I was not able to relocate it in this area or in the snags at the
platform, but it's possible it could still be around. Checklist with a
couple of photos here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39191092

Alex Wiebe also had a Red-headed near campus yesterday, apparently
exhibiting pretty similar behavior:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39173085

Lots of new migrants are around today, with several good warbler flocks
around the north side of the Lab of Ornithology and on the Wilson Trail. I
highly recommended getting out today or this weekend to see some warbler
diversity.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Sanderling, Myers Point

2017-09-08 Thread Jay McGowan
A juvenile SANDERLING is currently foraging on the spit at Myers Point,
perhaps the same bird present here last night before flying south.

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[cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marsellus shorebirds

2017-08-08 Thread Jay McGowan
Activity is heating up at Knox-Marsellus Marsh in Montezuma NWR, as seen
from East Road this evening. Thousands of ducks are joined by some
respectable shorebird numbers, highlighted by a juvenile WILSON'S
PHALAROPE. Both dowitchers and good numbers of Pectoral Sandpipers were
also nice. Over a hundred Great Egrets were foraging all across the marsh.

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers Point shorebirds

2017-08-07 Thread Jay McGowan
The spit at Myers Point hosted a few shorebirds this evening, including an
adult Sanderling, an adult Semipalmated Plover, 8 juvenile Least
Sandpipers, Killdeer, and a Solitary Sandpiper in the creek. The lake level
is dramatically down from where it was a week or two ago and lots of nice
shoreline is exposed. Still, birding here is hit-or-miss as always. First
thing this morning, none of these shorebirds were present.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Scoter

2017-07-09 Thread Jay McGowan
I did find a male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER in the Salt Point bay yesterday
morning. An uncommon species in migration, this is an extremely rare bird
in the summer. A couple of photos can be seen in this checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38027854

Poppy, it's extremely unlikely that the female with chicks you're seeing is
also a scoter, since they normally breed on the tundra far to the north of
us. Perhaps it could be another local species like a Mallard or Common
Merganser?

This scoter joins a host of other lingering diving ducks on Cayuga, Seneca,
and Owasco lakes that include Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, Redhead,
Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Red-breasted Merganser.
Taken with the lingering and breeding dabblers at Montezuma (including
Eurasian Wigeon), one could see almost the full host of waterfowl right now
as at any other time of year!

Jay

On Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 9:42 AM, Donna Lee Scott <d...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> A friend of mine who lives on Cayuga L. just north of Salt Pt. saw what
> was probably a WHITE WINGED SCOTER off his dock yesterday.
> He ID-d it using his Peterson's guide.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Breeding plumage male RUFF, Eaton Marsh, Wildlife Dr, Montezuma NWR

2017-07-09 Thread Jay McGowan
I haven't heard any reports of the Ruff being refound so far today, despite
considerable effort. So far no concentrations like Dave described, but
small numbers of yellowlegs in several spots on the drive, as well as
slightly higher numbers at Kipp Island just to the east. Best bird is a
breeding plumage STILT SANDPIPER currently at Seneca Flats, as well as the
continuing pelican out on the main pool.

On Jul 9, 2017 9:06 AM, "Dave Nutter"  wrote:

> To fill in my earlier report: Having looked more carefully at my photos,
> the male Ruff was in transition plumage with plenty of remaining long
> black(ish) feathers on the neck/head area, but I think it would look pretty
> ragged at rest in daylight, obviously different than other shorebirds, but
> not gorgeous. The face/head was blotchy, not uniformly dark. The underparts
> were whitish. In a couple of my photos I can tell that the slightly
> down-curved bill was orangish with a black tip. The bulkiness of the body,
> about twice the diameter of nearby Lesser Yellowlegs may have been
> emphasized by being generally fluffed up during preening, but of course the
> other reason is that, according to Sibley, a male Ruff weighs 181 grams
> compared to Lesser Yellowlegs' mere 80 grams and even Greater Yellowlegs'
> 160 grams, while a male Ruff is only slightly longer than a Lesser
> Yellowlegs due to Ruff's proportionally shorter legs, neck, & bill. To
> clarify about shorebird numbers, the estimate of 200 Tringa at Eaton was
> when Dave Wheeler & partner had joined me, which was far more than they had
> seen there earlier in the day.
> --Dave Nutter
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> > On Jul 8, 2017, at 11:52 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:
> >
> > On my way south to Ithaca this evening from the Renaissance Fair in
> Sterling NY, just east of Fair Haven Beach SP, Laurie & I swung through
> Montezuma NWR's Wildlife Drive. This morning there had been a rain shower
> there as we headed north, and I was hoping to see a Least Bittern or
> American Bittern, or perhaps the elusive American White Pelican. When we
> arrived, the sky was clear, but the sun was low. It was a challenge to view
> anything on the left on the first half of the drive, and I missed all my
> target species.
> >
> > At Eaton Marsh in the open water around a wire structure, which is
> perhaps a duck trap, there were several dozen large shorebirds resting, and
> I set about identifying them by silhouette through my window-mounted scope
> against the reflected sunset. There were a few Greater Yellowlegs mixed in
> with mostly Lesser Yellowlegs. Then I got to one with long feathers
> flopping out in all directions from its head and neck as it preened. It
> kept contorting itself, so it was difficult to get a photo that looked like
> a shorebird let alone one which showed its shorter curved bill compared to
> the Yellowlegss. Eventually I succeeded, and after the sun set I actually
> was able to pick out some of the more blotchy pattern on the back. I think
> the ruff was black but can't swear to it. I have no idea the color of the
> head. I am confident it was a male Ruff with a lot of breeding plumage
> consisting of feathers about the length of its head, but I can't say how
> ragged it will look in daylight. The bird appeared larger than the Lesser
> Yellowlegs nearby, probably due to it having all its feathers ruffled.
> >
> > As soon as I got some documentary photos I sent out a text Rare Bird
> Alert, then tried to get better photos. While I was checking the quality of
> them, the dang thing disappeared. I think it flew to the right and may have
> gone to a part of the marsh which was closer and more hidden by vegetation.
> Shortly thereafter Dave Wheeler showed up with a woman whose name I forget
> even though there were introductions all around - sorry. They had been on
> the Wildlife Drive earlier and were at East Road when they got my message.
> They said that there hadn't been nearly as many shorebirds at Eaton when
> they had looked and remarked that there were about a couple hundred
> Yellowlegss, which is also several times more than I had noticed at first.
> We scanned until it got too dark and mosquitoey, but did not re-find it. On
> the other hand, neither did we see shorebirds leaving, and the only other
> place we had seen shorebirds was Seneca Flats, the new area just past
> Larue's Lagoon, which had several Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs and Least
> Sandpipers. I hope somebody re-finds it tomorrow. I want to know what it
> looks like!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Kingdom Rd. Dickcissel

2017-07-06 Thread Jay McGowan
The eBird hotspot is at the location where we first heard them, out in the
field to the west of the road from that spot:
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L6011483
As far as I am aware, Dave Nicosia's report from July 3rd is the most
recent. I tried late morning on the 1st and didn't hear them, but it was
raining and late, so an early morning visit would undoubtedly be more
productive. So far they have been reported quite distant from the road,
usually heard only and sometimes difficult to pick out.

Also, if you're looking for a more immersive Dickcissel experience,
consider popping down to Yates County on the west side of Seneca Lake,
where Scott Rd. in Benton has up to five singing birds in one field,
including several that come up to sit on the wires over the road, something
the Kingdom Rd. birds have so far not deigned to do.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37911156

I spent a little time driving around North Lansing and Groton this morning
checking a few fields for Dickcissels. No luck, but I did find singing
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and VESPER SPARROW at the north end of Scofield Road,
as well as a second Vesper a bit west of there on Buck Road. Both of these
are quite scarce down here in Tompkins County in the summer.

Jay

On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 9:54 AM, Peter <psara...@rochester.rr.com> wrote:

> Howdy folks.
>
> Can anyone share a precise location of the Kingdom Rd. (Seneca County)
> Dickcissel?
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> Much obliged.
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[cayugabirds-l] Recent birds: Willet, terns, Least Bittern

2017-06-19 Thread Jay McGowan
On Friday I took the Macaulay Library sound recording workshop crew to a
few lake sites in the rain. Recording was mostly slow, but we found a few
cool birds, including two rare-in-summer FORSTER'S TERNS with a group of
COMMON TERNS at Myers Point (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37619488)
and a WESTERN WILLET sleeping on the white lighthouse jetty off Stewart
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Willet later in the morning but it was gone by the evening. I thought it
was a nice testament to the growing prowess of our group that, despite the
distance and the fact that the bird only gave a SINGLE call, at least three
people were able to make an audio recording of it!

Montezuma on Saturday returned mostly expected species, although the
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues on Carncross Road (and Livia and I had a
second Acadian there giving call notes the Friday before, perhaps now a
pair). No sign of the Little Blue Heron, although it was quite shimmery by
the time we gave it a good scan. The PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS on Armitage Road
were hard to get good looks at, but a few participants saw the female
entering a nest box on the south side of the road.

Finally, following up on a lead from Michael Huffaker from last weekend,
this afternoon Livia and I were able to refind a LEAST BITTERN in the
cattails at the south end of Dryden Lake by kayak:
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[cayugabirds-l] Ruddy Turnstone, Myers

2017-05-31 Thread Jay McGowan
A Ruddy Turnstone is sitting on the driftwood in the bay on the south side
of the spit at Myers Point. The immature Lesser Black-backed Gull count is
up to five! Six Semipalmated Sandpipers were on the spit when I arrived but
took off to the north a few minutes ago.

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[cayugabirds-l] Forster's Terns, Myers Point

2017-05-19 Thread Jay McGowan
Two FORSTER'S TERNS are at Myers currently, one actively hunting along the
beach and one on driftwood offshore.

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers Sanderlings and jaeger

2017-05-03 Thread Jay McGowan
This morning, Jeremy Collison and I were excited to see that Bob's
basic-plumage SANDERLINGS had reappeared on the beach at Myers Point after
they made their mysterious disappearance yesterday. We were even more
excited when I spotted an adult PARASITIC JAEGER zipping north low over the
lake while scanning from the marina. Other birds of note included CLIFF
SWALLOW and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36507569

The male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was still in the central part of the
Hawthorn Orchard in the evening yesterday, along with a nice ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER along the north side. Today migrants seem subdued, although the
Swan Pen at Stewart Park was typically abound with Palm (14+),
Yellow-rumped (30+), and Yellow (9+) warblers.

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma visitor center shorebirds

2017-04-29 Thread Jay McGowan
The Montezuma visitor center pool has nice habitat at the moment and is
littered with shorebirds, including 75 LEAST SANDPIPERS, dozens of both
yellowlegs, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 1 DUNLIN, and a transitional but mostly
alternate STILT SANDPIPER, always a rare bird in the spring.

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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Whip-poor-wills, Northeast Ithaca

2017-04-28 Thread Jay McGowan
Jeff Doyle heard an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL in his backyard on Muriel Street
early this morning, so a couple of us in the neighborhood listened from the
south end of Tareyton Drive this evening and were not disappointed: one
bird started singing from well to the south around 8:15 and continued
intermittently for a couple of long bouts followed by a couple of shorter
ones before falling silent a little after 8:30. A second bird chimed in
briefly during one of the bouts, but it was impossible to tell which
direction it was coming from, only that it was farther away. Seemingly to
the south or southeast from our vantage as well. One of the birds was seen
briefly silhouetted against the sky hawking insects from high up in a line
of white pines.

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[cayugabirds-l] Black-necked Stilt and American White Pelicans in Savannah Mucklands

2017-04-20 Thread Jay McGowan
Stilt found this morning, still present now just east of potatoes building.
Two white pelicans sleeping behind the Snow Goose decoys south of the road.
First of year Black Tern at Kipp Island.

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-necked Grebes, Dryden Lake

2017-04-14 Thread Jay McGowan
Last night at sunset two nice alternate RED-NECKES GREBES accompanied a
flotilla of 11 Horned Grebes on Dryden Lake. Not sure if they'll still be
there this morning, but it might be worth checking.

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers swallows

2017-04-13 Thread Jay McGowan
Still waiting on martin for a swallow sweep, but all the rest were sitting
on the wires and nearby trees between the two marinas at Myers Point
morning. Not much else happening on the lake.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35916598

Here at the Lab we just had a nice bright Yellow Palm Warbler, along with a
Field Sparrow and a Winter Wren, along the pond side of the Wilson Trail.

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers Point birds and other arrivals

2017-04-11 Thread Jay McGowan
I've been visiting Myers Point occasionally in the mornings before work. I
haven't had anything rare so far, but I've had a few nice birds.

Last Friday in wind and sleet, including an early Lesser Yellowlegs
(subsequently seen by many over the weekend), Bank and Cliff swallows, and
five migrating Red-throated Loons:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35755309

Yesterday in the sun, with a large group of Bonaparte's Gulls and the first
Common Tern of the year:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35842830

And today, fairly slow with fewer Bonaparte's but my first CASPIAN TERNS
and a nice GREATER YELLOWLEGS on the spit:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35870058

We had our first BROAD-WINGED HAWK of the year over Sapsucker Woods
yesterday at noon, as well as a pair of adult BALD EAGLES and a few migrant
COMMON LOONS. A WILSON'S SNIPE was displaying over the marsh past the far
parking lot here at the Lab last night, as well as two distant AMERICAN
WOODCOCKS. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS appeared in quite a few spots yesterday,
as well as Brown Thrashers, Eastern Towhees, Field and Chipping sparrows,
and Blue-headed Vireos.

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers Point: swallows, Red-necked Grebe

2017-04-01 Thread Jay McGowan
This afternoon I stopped by Myers Point to find a good flock of 100+ Tree
Swallows off the marina and Ladoge area, along with at least two NORTHERN
ROUGH-WINGED and one CLIFF SWALLOW. Two gorgeous but very distant alternate
adult RED-NECKED GREBES were on the lake out to the northwest of the point.

This morning we checked Dryden Lake and a few other spots in Dryden but
didn't turn up too much of note.

A few days ago I was at Myers and didn't find anything rare but got a fun
first audio recording for me:
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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake: Ross's Goose, goldeneye

2017-03-25 Thread Jay McGowan
Livia and I checked Dryden Lake late this morning. Although the lake is
still almost completely frozen, the tiny open corner at the northeast end
had an impressive diversity of ducks, including NORTHERN PINTAIL, GADWALL,
AMERICAN WIGEON, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, RING-NECKED DUCK,
and four COMMON GOLDENEYE, three females and one male. Goldeneye are
generally quite scarce on Dryden Lake.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35413814

On our way out we drove along West Lake Road and found an adult ROSS'S
GOOSE in a group of several hundred Snow Geese in the wet cornfields near
the Rt. 38 end of the road. According to Kevin, the Ross's was still
present a few minutes ago (1PM). This is only my fourth time seeing this
species on the ground in Tompkins County.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35413820

We drove around quite a few other areas in Dryden without too much else to
show for it. The only other birds of note were a MERLIN on a telephone pole
on Livermore Road and an adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK perched over the back
ditch at the Unit 2 ponds on Niemi Road.

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[cayugabirds-l] Glaucous Gull, Stevenson Rd.

2017-03-12 Thread Jay McGowan
An adult GLAUCOUS GULL is currently up on the hill overlooking the compost
piles, along with a 1st cycle ICELAND GULL.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Today

2017-02-25 Thread Jay McGowan
The EURASIAN WIGEON was still in Knox-Marsellus this afternoon, towards the
south side of the marsh viewed from East Road. We found another male
EURASIAN WIGEON in the mostly Aythya flock at the north end of Cayuga Lake
viewed from the north bend of Lake Rd. in Canoga, north of Cayuga Lake
State Park. Otherwise nothing of note around Montezuma other than
unnaturally high numbers of dabbling ducks and blackbirds.

Jay

On Feb 24, 2017 8:04 PM, "bob mcguire"  wrote:

> Diane, Ken, and I took part in the Montezuma waterfowl count this morning.
> Our territory was Knox-Marsellus and Puddlers Marsh. Both areas were
> entirely ice-free and harbored a large number of birds. Several thousand
> Snow Geese took off from K-M as we arrived and flew north into the
> Mucklands. What remained was a good selection: Mallards and Black Ducks,
> Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers, Gadwall,
> American Wigeon and a single EURASIAN WIGEON. Also a dozen Tundra Swans,
> two Hooded Mergansers and a single Wood Duck.
>
> None of the counters reported Sandhill Cranes. One of them had a single
> Common Loon at Kip’s Marsh.
>
> On the way home we noted hundreds (if not thousands) of Tundra Swans in
> the water north of the RR tracks - and a huge flock of diving ducks at the
> north end of the lake, out from Harris Park in the Village of Cayuga.
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[cayugabirds-l] Redhead x Ring-necked Duck hybrid, Union Springs

2017-02-20 Thread Jay McGowan
Highlights from some birding in Cayuga County this morning:

The SNOWY OWL found by Donna Scott on Indian Field Road yesterday continues
in the same area:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34558279

Three NORTHERN SHOVELERS and two GREEN-WINGED TEAL continue on the Factory
Street pond in Union Springs. More exciting, however, was the male REDHEAD
x RING-NECKED DUCK HYBRID hanging out with a female Redhead on the same
pond. Photos and some quick notes are here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34563216
It looks very similar to the other individuals I have seen of this cross,
although I was able to see the face pattern and color and wing pattern
better than I have before. Definitely worth keeping an eye out for this
bird if you are in the area.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Ross's Goose, Stewart Park

2017-01-02 Thread Jay McGowan
The white adult ROSS'S GOOSE present yesterday morning returned in the
evening and this morning was sleeping on the ice near the dock towards the
east end of Stewart Park. Dave Nutter just reported that the bird is now
swimming west along the ice edge.

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[cayugabirds-l] Greater White-fronted Goose, Sapsucker Woods

2016-12-15 Thread Jay McGowan
Brad Walker and I stepped outside for a few minutes late morning after
having seen a few Snow Geese moving earlier and were rewarded with an
impressive movement of birds, including several thousand SNOW GEESE with
groups of Canadas mixed in. Several CACKLING GEESE were present, mostly in
the Snow flocks, and the highlight was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
overhead with a small group of Snows at 11:08AM.

List with a couple of photos here:
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[cayugabirds-l] Warbling Vireo, Salt Point

2016-11-26 Thread Jay McGowan
Livia and I came across another out-of-season bird at Salt Point in Lansing
this morning: a WARBLING VIREO! Considered late any time after September,
this is quite a surprise. It seemed content enough, foraging actively in
brushy areas on the point. We came across it four or five different times
while walking the circuit. I found myself disappointed it was not a
White-eyed or Bell's, but still cool to see a late individual like this. It
seems like there could be a decent chance this bird is a vagrant of the
western subspecies, but they are extremely challenging to differentiate in
the field. Checklist with photos here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32728316

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[cayugabirds-l] Salt Point and other recent birds

2016-11-22 Thread Jay McGowan
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, on Sunday Ken Rosenberg and others
found a very late SCARLET TANAGER on Salt Point in Lansing. I was able to
refind it yesterday despite blowing snow. It looks to be a hatch-year male
based on some juvenal feathers at a molt limit in an otherwise black wing,
as well as very pointed rectrices in the tail. It was hanging out in the
main brushy area on the point, mostly eating wild grapes while I was there.
Its right wing is drooping as if injured, but it seems to fly short
distances without too much trouble. List with photos here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32650473
Tanagers are one of the rarer breeders to have overwinter so very
interesting to see this guy hanging on here. Salt Point is often a good
place to find half-hardies in November and December, and we have had
Baltimore Orioles, Common Yellowthroats, and lots of other species turn up
here long after they should all be gone. I am holding out hope for an
Ash-throated Flycatcher or other western vagrant here some day! Last
Wednesday I did not happen upon the tanager, but did find a couple of later
species, including a Field Sparrow and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32577604
And last Monday, I found a lingering Yellow Warbler:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32535073
None of these were apparent yesterday, but they could easily have been
tucked away sheltering the storm.

Also, here are a few shots of the Cackling Goose from Stewart Park on
Saturday:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32619658
And some mediocre photos but decent audio recording of the NORTHERN SHRIKE
that was hanging around Niemi Road by the airport for a couple of days:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32597117
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32603045

And finally, my last couple of visits to the Stevenson Road compost piles
haven't been too productive, but others have had several Lesser
Black-backed there recently, and Kevin had an adult ICELAND GULL on
Saturday:
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S32619544

Cheers,
Jay

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