[cayugabirds-l] Merlin Nesting 2020

2020-08-04 Thread John Confer
considerably. Thanks, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Merlin - good

2020-07-13 Thread John Confer
Hanshaw near Salem Can't see nest, but male and female calling near nest Univsersity Ave. near Lynn St. Four well-feathered nestlings, crawling around branches. Will fledge in a few days. Wycoff Ave. Three of four downy young. They were sleepy, more or less in a pile. Buffalo near

Re: [cayugabirds-l] RHWO at Long Point

2020-07-04 Thread John Confer
I once saw a Red-headed Woodpecker sitting on a fence between my home and Slatervile. Red-heads do a lot of fly catching, just like flyctchers. When I came home the woodpecker was dead along the road. Good luck to the redhead. I have since chided myself for not stopping the car and chasing the

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin

2020-06-22 Thread John Confer
, but failed. If anyone has recently seen Merlin in the Lost Track Of locations or anywhere else, please contact confergoldw...@aol.com<mailto:confergoldw...@aol.com> Thanks for help with this fascinating species John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirdi

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cowbirds

2020-04-11 Thread John Confer
I, also, wonder about this report. I've had to handle nestlings for research purposes, always with fear and the most care possible. Nestlings don't stay in nests any longer than absolutely necessary because nests are depredated by raccoon, cat, weasel, skunk, raptors, etc. Nestlings generally

[cayugabirds-l] Help with Merlin nesting

2020-04-03 Thread John Confer
Hi Folks, I continue to monitor Merlin nesting. It is early now, but I'd sure like it if people would let confergoldw...@aol.com know about nesting. I am good at not sharing if theire is any possibility of adversely affecting the nesting pair. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

[cayugabirds-l] Foxy field sparrow

2020-04-03 Thread John Confer
The result of a lot of cracked corn: this morning I had Fox, Field, Tree, and Song Sparrows on the ground at once. Nice. Stay well, John -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nysbirds-l] Fwd: News Alert: North America has lost 29% of its birds since 1970, study finds. Experts blame habitat loss, pesticides, light pollution and cats.

2019-09-20 Thread John Confer
(better nest sites available for a higher proportion means more young per nest attempt). It is not clear that killing these birds fulfills its goal. John Confer From: bounce-123939949-25065...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of AB Clark Sent: Thursday, September

[cayugabirds-l] Banding saw-whets

2019-09-12 Thread John Confer
night of the week from early October until mid-November. We open the nets with favorable weather conditions on about 1 out of 3 nights. If you are interested, please contact me at confergoldw...@aol.com<mailto:confergoldw...@aol.com> or 607-539-6308. Thanks much, John Confer -- Cayugab

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin nesting 2019

2019-08-26 Thread John Confer
fledglings were seen in Tioga Point Cemetery, one of which had an injured leg. This site has had successful nests for the last two years, More detail and a video by Suan will be available in the next Cayuga Bird Club newsletter. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin nest GIAC

2019-07-25 Thread John Confer
Hi Suan, Thanks for posting that. Mammals are rarely captured by Merlin, but not never. Adults often remove the tail and head before they bring it to nestlings. That has been a frustration when I tried to identify prey, which I did for 50 prey. None of them were mammals, but dead floppy

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin nest GIAC

2019-07-11 Thread John Confer
the birds before all hell breaks loose in the swimming pool at 12:00. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin nest info.

2019-05-03 Thread John Confer
adapted to humans. I find it interesting that I have never found a really rural Merlin nest. Surely nests in urban/suburban areas are morel likely to be ofund. But none out of 24 in rural areas. Not sure why that should be. Love to hear about any probable Merlin nest, thanks. John Confer

[cayugabirds-l] Help Merlin nests

2019-04-10 Thread John Confer
In the last 5 years I have monitored 25 Merlin nests. Results are to be included in a poster for a professional Behavior conference. The accumulated data are used to help understand Merlin nesting biology. Many of the nests were reported to me by others. I have followed up on every Merlin nest

[cayugabirds-l] Feeding Pine Warbler

2019-04-05 Thread John Confer
There are few things more pathetic than a Pine Warbler in a snow storm on the ground below your feeder picking at microscopic bits, but that is what spring sometimes gives us. Karen and I maintain a meal worm culture for those occasions when some stressed critter would like to eat a few"worms".

[cayugabirds-l] 3 Fox, 1 Field

2019-03-17 Thread John Confer
This morning brought our first Field Sparrow and 3 Fox Sparrow, after one late yesterday evening. Beautiful birds. John -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Another Fox Sparrow

2019-03-16 Thread John Confer
At our feeder at 6:20 PM in Brooktondale. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail

[cayugabirds-l] Wegman's = robins and waxwing

2019-03-06 Thread John Confer
6 April: About 50 robins and at least a dozen waxwing were eating berries in trees in parking lot at Wegmen's this afternoon. I thought this paved area was a biological desert, but have to give it a little credit for species of trees they planted. John -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Northern Saw-whet Owl banding

2018-12-29 Thread John Confer
part is the new and renewed friendships that come from working to our best to process the birds safely and record the data accurately. Put the two aspects together, and you have an awesome experience. thanks to all who helped, toot toot toot John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

[cayugabirds-l] Dandy's dandy drive-by Eastern Screech Owl

2018-11-20 Thread John Confer
it sitting with only its head in the opening. This time almost its entire body was visible, including a white v in the lower part of the chest. I use Dandys several times a week and check the hole every time. I have not seen an owl in that cavity since last winter. hoot, hoot John Confer

[cayugabirds-l] Northern Saw-whet Owl banding

2018-10-01 Thread John Confer
. The number of signups for this year provides very unequal numbers for different days. I may need to ask people if they could change. One-time-only visitors must make prior arrangement for a specific night. as the saw-whet says toot toot toot John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

[cayugabirds-l] Nice hawks Mount Pleasant

2018-09-13 Thread John Confer
ort of the DEC and Peter Nye. I went up to Mount Pleasant for an hour+ yesterday and saw one buteo at great distance. That is my usual sort of luck at Mount PLeasant Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin nest success, 2018 - short and long

2018-07-27 Thread John Confer
Merlin Nest Success 2018 In Brief. During each of the preceding 3 years I monitored 7 Merlin nests near Ithaca that collectively had about a 50% nest success. This is quite low according to other surveys and probably would not produce enough young that survive to breeding age to

[cayugabirds-l] spontaneously calling, backyard saw-whet

2018-07-11 Thread John Confer
Karen and I were listening to a movie with a night scene in a forest when I heard a saw-whet toot - toot, etc. I jumped up to turn off the movie sound because I wasn't sure where the call came from. Amazing, my first ever in-my-yard, spontaneously calling saw-whet continued after the sound

[cayugabirds-l] Cliff Swallow - Game Farm

2018-06-30 Thread John Confer
Two Cliff Swallow on dirt road leading to mulch pile on the east side of pheasant pens near the perpendicular road from the dirt road that goes into the game farm. John PS just northwest of the junction of the perpendicular road going into the game farm there is a very nice cluster of Swamp

[cayugabirds-l] Spoke 2 soon - siskins

2018-06-05 Thread John Confer
We just had 11 Pine Siskin on our rail-feeder at once, and some more calling in the trees. Amazing bird movement. I'l have to send this in to ebird and see about movement in the northeast. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http

[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins (3+)

2018-06-05 Thread John Confer
Two days ago (3 June) I heard what I thought was siskin calls near our feader and yesterday two landed on our feeder while at least one more was in a nearby tree. One at the feeder was extremely tame allowing approach within a few feet. Seemed like possible fledgling, but that's only a guess. I

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Urban pewee

2018-05-28 Thread John Confer
Hi Suan, It is interesting that Eastern Wood Pewe select territories in canopy gaps in forested landscapes. I imagine in most urban areas the gap is close the the largest tolerated and the forest pretty near the minimum. At any rate, pewees are one of the obligate forest species that

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Warblers persisting

2018-04-20 Thread John Confer
One more in Brooktondale at feeder. Yesterday, I put out meal worm larva and it ate three of them in quick succession. Didn’t see it today. Confer on Hammond Hill From: bounce-122491820-25065...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-122491820-25065...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Tom Hoebbel Sent:

[cayugabirds-l] Phenomenal feeder and lawns

2018-04-18 Thread John Confer
Yesterday I drove around a bit and saw several flocks of flickers, starting with 5 in our front yard. At the end Karen and I saw 21 flickers in one mowed lawn. (I don’t even want to report such an implausible number, but we did.) Today at our feeders: Newly noted female Pileated (to go along

[cayugabirds-l] Great morning chorus including sapsucker

2018-04-13 Thread John Confer
Karen and I were awakened at about 6:00 by a sapsucker drumming outside our bedroom. When I first walked out to feed the birds, my most important morning activity, I heard two Pileated Woodpeckers apparently calling to each other within 50 m of our house. There have been two flying and calling

[cayugabirds-l] And more finches

2018-04-06 Thread John Confer
I got a notice that this previously failed the fraud test. I'm not sure it went out. Sorry if this is a duplicate. Hi Laura, I'm so glad you had a good finch morning. About 5 miles to the southeast, we, too, had an abundance of finches. I tried to count the goldfinch by fives and got to

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Lots O' FInches- GOFI and SISKINS and more

2018-04-06 Thread John Confer
Hi Laura, I'm so glad you had a good finch morning. About 5 miles to the southeast, we, too, had an abundance of finches. I tried to count the goldfinch by fives and got to ~135. We had 2 Pine Siskin that I noted. One and probably two Fox Sparrow sang as I fed the birds. Plus, one Purple

[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl lingers, +

2018-03-23 Thread John Confer
Karen and I went around the lake for the first time in maybe a year. We had three birding goals. 1) Enjoy the waterfowl migration 2) Find a Snowy Owl, FYO for us. 3) Confirm Merlin and nest 1) That was easy. 2) 2 PM, 23 March. SNOW north of airport about 50 m north of Chadwick Rd., and

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin nesting

2018-03-22 Thread John Confer
Information wanted, please. During the last three years I have monitored Merlin nesting success near Ithaca. Results show that Merlin have an unusual relationship with both Fish Crow and American Crow in our region, and that nesting success is about 50%. Many of these nests or areas where

[cayugabirds-l] Beautiful Fox Sparrow

2018-03-02 Thread John Confer
Digging a hole in the snow to reach the seed below our feeder on Hammond HIll Rd. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com

[cayugabirds-l] Raven with nest material

2018-02-12 Thread John Confer
a bunch of straw-colored stuff in its beak. Pretty sure it must be nest building somewhere near intersection of Speed Hill and Buffalo Rd. (Alright, why is it called Speed Hill and why is the other called Buffalo?) John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com

Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 goldfinch, no siskins

2018-01-14 Thread John Confer
From: Sandy Podulka <s...@cornell.edu> Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2018 10:50:45 AM To: John Confer Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 goldfinch, no siskins Same here--none for a week or two, and now 8 (which we consider a good crowd). I'm still looking for a siskin.

[cayugabirds-l] 50 goldfinch, no siskins

2018-01-14 Thread John Confer
, or 50 American Goldfinch for a Snowy Owl. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail

[cayugabirds-l] Owling - Christmas Bird Count

2017-12-29 Thread John Confer
Hi Folks, I hope to be albe to do a similar owl survey in the wee hours of Jan 1 as I have in the past. Glad to have some one join me at 4:00 at the ButtermilFalls State Park parking lot off Kig Rd. just upstream from where it crosses the creek. BE SUE TO LET MEKNOW AT con...@ithaca.edu

[cayugabirds-l] Seminar on migration by David Lapuma

2017-11-20 Thread John Confer
Rm 112 All are welcome. Among a large number of activities, David is noted for his analyses of radar images related to nocturnal migration. But I know he can't have been doing this for 40 years, because he is one of my former students, or am I really that old? John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Sunday

2017-09-09 Thread John Confer
Have a great trip. John From: bounce-121806112-25065...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of bob mcguire Sent: Friday, September 8, 2017 5:21:44 PM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: [cayugabirds-l]

[cayugabirds-l] Egret along Thomas Rd.

2017-08-27 Thread John Confer
Without binocs, I thought the egret was American. In larger beaver pond near southern end of Thomas Rd. John -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

RE:[cayugabirds-l] FW: New post published Meeting on Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Plan

2017-08-18 Thread John Confer
To: John Confer <con...@ithaca.edu>; CAYUGABIRDS-L <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu> Subject: Re: FW: New post published Meeting on Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Plan I respect that you obviously have much more experience and knowledge in this area, and that maybe in t

[cayugabirds-l] FW: New post published Meeting on Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Plan

2017-08-16 Thread John Confer
on successional species. I wouldn’t throw out the baby with the bath water on this effort. John Confer From: bounce-121728155-25065...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-121728155-25065...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Gislason Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 12:11 PM To: Martha Fischer &l

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin Nesting 2017: brief and nest by nest

2017-07-27 Thread John Confer
SYNOPSIS OF Merlin nesting success in 2017 in the Finger Lakes region and nearby. This summary of Merlin nesting success is only possible because of reports from others who let me know of the location for nesting behavior they noted first, and in one case continued to monitor the nest.

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin misfortune

2017-06-27 Thread John Confer
Perhaps you, too, had a major wind storm Sunday night. Two of the nests I have been monitoring were in the tip top of tall conifer trees. I had the concern that the severe wind could have destroyed a nest, particularly the two nests in the tip top. Shortly after I arrived at the nest between

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin nests

2017-06-08 Thread John Confer
One persistent pair of Merlins! One of the nests I am monitoring is likely by a pair that successfully raised 5 young last year in a nest about 400 m from the current nest. The current nest is in the back yard of a family with three, young kids. Two days ago, I walked up to check on the nest

[cayugabirds-l] How many Rose-breasted Grosbeaks?

2017-05-02 Thread John Confer
I have suspected that the red pattern and the variation in black-to-brown coloration on the wings made many individual Rose-breasted Grosbeaks distinguishable. This year I decided to try to take digital images of every RBGR that I saw that perched on the feeder at a position so that I could

[cayugabirds-l] Red-tail incubating

2017-04-15 Thread John Confer
The red-tail is in a nest near the top of tall White Pine in East Lawn Cemetery, about 100 m north of the nearest edge of hawthorn orchard, and about 40 m up main entrance into cemetery from MItchell Rd. I walked through the area because of a Merlin nest two years ago, and hoping for another.

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin - Help please

2017-03-29 Thread John Confer
have provided summaries of the nest success to the list serve. I would like to do that again this year. If you know of any probable nesting area, would you please let me know of the location as precisely as you can, off-list at con...@ithaca.edu<mailto:con...@ithaca.edu>. Thanks, John

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Owl Prowl

2017-03-20 Thread John Confer
. North Wood Rd., Star Stanton Hill, Park Preserve are on our list of stops. Since owls get tired of hearing tapes and don't respond a multiple of times, please don't test these sites for owl in the preceding week, thanks. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Feeder birds

2017-03-15 Thread John Confer
On southern end of Hammond Hill, four Fox Sparrow seen at once at our feeder, but no White-throats nor Song. Several dozen junco, but fewer goldfinch than in recent past. Over 100 b'birds: mostly red-wings, several grackles, 1 cowbird, and a few starlings Sitting at the window in this weather

[cayugabirds-l] Rusty Blackbird

2017-03-10 Thread John Confer
A single Rusty Blackbird among red-wings, grackles and starlings yesterday; 3/09. I haven't noted before the distinctive "prancing" steps of Rusty as this bird showed. Today, a foxy Fox Sparrow dug a fox hole in a slight layer of snow. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List

[cayugabirds-l] HHOWLS banding summary

2016-12-14 Thread John Confer
Hammond Hill Owls (HHOWLS) 2016 tally (south end of Hammond Hill 2.2 miles east of Slaterville Springs): This year HHOWLS captured 121 individual Northern Saw-whet Owls, exceeding the previous high by 19 birds. We tried to capture owls on only 15 nights, fewer than in other years. On several

[cayugabirds-l] CBC owlers with good ears

2016-12-14 Thread John Confer
at this hour, but owling has to be limited to a small group. So, do hurry and make your reservations. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Screech-Owl in Caroline now

2016-12-13 Thread John Confer
didn't see the owl, but I bet the titmice did. John Confer From: bounce-121080741-25065...@list.cornell.edu <bounce-121080741-25065...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Anne Marie Johnson <annemariejohn...@frontiernet.net> Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

[cayugabirds-l] Niagara 26 Nov-few gulls - BUT!~

2016-11-28 Thread John Confer
We visited with some Canadian friends at Niagara over t-day. In two trips past the Adam Beck Power Generating Facility, the roof over the outflow didn't have a single gull, which was sort of typical of our gull luck. Better luck for the CBC trip. On packing the car in the rear parking lot of

[cayugabirds-l] Assisting banding saw-whets

2016-09-08 Thread John Confer
weeks, but suitable weather occurs on about 6 out of 8 nights. Participants might come out on the same night of the week, or about 6 nights out of the 8 weeks. Please contact John Confer at con...@ithaca.edu<mailto:con...@ithaca.edu> for further information. Hoot, John -- Cayugabirds-

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin nesting update

2016-06-16 Thread John Confer
! John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin nests including Wells C.

2016-05-25 Thread John Confer
to determine Merlin nesting success in urban areas near Ithaca, and the prey species brought to the nest. Anyone interested in monitoring that nest? Ki KI KI KI John Confer 274-3978 -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com

[cayugabirds-l] (Released?) quail in yard.

2016-05-07 Thread John Confer
reared and released the bird near us? I think Steve Kress did this some time ago, but his house is nearly 4 miles from our house. Just curious. John Confer PS Since I'm virtually certain this is a released bird, I didn't add it to our yard list. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

[cayugabirds-l] Incubating Merlin - S Titus Ave

2016-05-07 Thread John Confer
Court on south side of road. The nest was built this year by a quartet of Fish Crow. Respect private property, please. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com

[cayugabirds-l] Incubating Dryden Merlin - fairly photogenic

2016-05-06 Thread John Confer
and west end of bridge, between two favored plucking perches. Doesn't look like much. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com

[cayugabirds-l] McLean Merlin nest - help.

2016-05-02 Thread John Confer
to the incubating female some time between 6:30 and 7:30. Thanks, John Confer con...@ithaca.edu, confergoldw...@aol.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin nest - City Cemetery

2016-04-30 Thread John Confer
There is an incubating Merlin in the City Cemetery. From east to west, it is in about the middle. From north to south it is in the northern half. It is in the more northern of a pair of very tall White Pine. Neither the nest, nor the frequently used plucking post in adjacent, tall spruce can be

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin nests

2016-04-28 Thread John Confer
r. I don't have time to get up there to monitor that nest. Any takers? In the mean time, I am trying to add to that small sample again this year. Any reports of the location of nesting behavior by Merlins would be appreciated. Kee kee kee kee kee John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Fields

2016-03-18 Thread John Confer
growing on the perimeter. John Confer From: bounce-120273450-25065...@list.cornell.edu <bounce-120273450-25065...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Michele Emerick Brown <m...@cornell.edu> Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 4:14 PM To: Michael O. Engle; C

[cayugabirds-l] Saturday CBC field trip

2016-03-07 Thread John Confer
problems, including a unanimous agreement about global climate change in the context of political positions. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com

[cayugabirds-l] Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge - proposal

2016-02-29 Thread John Confer
://www.fws.gov/northeast/refuges/planning/lpp/draftlppea.html<http://www.fws.gov/northeast/refuges/planning/lpp/draftlppea.html> The NWR System is soliciting comments on the proposal. I recommend this to your attention and potential support. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin downtown

2016-02-11 Thread John Confer
. AND THERE IT WAS!! A male Merlin flew around Inlet Creek in the vicinity of the tall pines. This is very near a Merlin nest from last year. Merlin courtship starts in early April and I am hoping to monitor nesting success again this year. An optomistic beginning. John Confer

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bobcat!

2016-02-02 Thread John Confer
Awesome! How disappointing that you didn't get a saw-whet. (Just joking) Yesterday, I tried Thomas Rd for abut 1.5 hrs for screech and saw-whet and got a screech, but no bobcat. A lot of commute traffic starting at about 6:00. John Confer From: bounce

[cayugabirds-l] CBC Owl Prowl

2015-12-15 Thread John Confer
Rd. at 4:00 AM, Jan 1. Good birding, *John Confer 539-6308 -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Loon watch and foy here

2015-11-14 Thread John Confer
Hi Meena, Good to see you at Taughannoch. John and Sue Gregoire and I thought that some of the big, loose flocks of loons that were well north of the point we stood on at Taughannoch was far more likely to take them over the southern tip of Seneca Lake than to the southern tip of Cayuga

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Loon Watch

2015-11-14 Thread John Confer
Great job, Wes. From: bounce-119896078-25065...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of Wesley W. Blauvelt Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 7:58 PM To: cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu

[cayugabirds-l] Saw-whet migration (Confer's usual, rambling monologue)

2015-10-15 Thread John Confer
? Etc. We'll never know, but it you can take your pick. Not conceptually earthshaking, but sure fun, rewarding for all the effort, and interesting. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http

Re: [cayugabirds-l] hummers

2015-10-01 Thread John Confer
. John Confer On 10/1/2015 8:27 AM, Marty Schlabach wrote: > > I just saw two hummingbirds at our feeder in Interlaken. We haven’t > seen a hummer at our feeders since Sept 13. These both look like > female or young male ruby throated hummingbirds to me, but then I’ve > been

[cayugabirds-l] Merlins galore - thanks

2015-07-28 Thread John Confer
*Thanks to assistance from participants in the cayugabirds-l,* Mark Witmer, Maddie Ulinski, and I were able to monitor 7 Merlin nests this spring-summer. The Briarwood Lane nest fledged the third of three nestlings this morning (28 July). Five nests were in Ithaca, one in Dryden and one of

[cayugabirds-l] Christopher Lane Merlin nest failure

2015-07-06 Thread John Confer
after 20 June. But before counting this as a failed nest, Did anyone see or hear fledglings are activity at the nest after 20 June?? Maybe reply off line at con...@ithaca.edu, thanks. As the male would say, ka, ka, ka, ka John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin update

2015-07-06 Thread John Confer
. Nestling images at http://www.eurapmon.net/sites/default/files/raptors_2nd_ed_027_chick_development.pdf Counting your chickens before the fledge, 3 of 5 local nests may fledge or have already fledged 13-14 Merlins for 2.6 to 2.8 young per nest. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

[cayugabirds-l] Urban Merlin fledgling compressed images

2015-06-29 Thread John Confer
to waste your time. John From: Anne Clark anneb.cl...@gmail.com Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2015 8:37 PM To: Meena Madhav Haribal Cc: Peter; John Confer; CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Urban Merlin fledgling. It had two pictures of a young merlin attached. I

[cayugabirds-l] Urban Merlin fledgling.

2015-06-27 Thread John Confer
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[cayugabirds-l] N., Titus Merlins fledging

2015-06-26 Thread John Confer
the nest vicinity. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l

[cayugabirds-l] Update on 6 Merlin nests

2015-06-05 Thread John Confer
There are four Merlin nests in Ithaca. The N. Titus St nest, which I thought might have been abandoned, has had lots of recent activity. Perhaps this change in parental activity reflects a change in the nest status; maybe the eggs hatched. Please do not go off the sidewalk along N. Tutus and

[cayugabirds-l] Wanted: Merlin nest monitors

2015-06-01 Thread John Confer
nests in Saskatoon. I don't know why any of the nests failed, since it never happened while I was there. Please contact John Confer at con...@ithaca.edu. Thanks, John -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin preempt Fish Crow nest.

2015-05-18 Thread John Confer
Bob McGuire described hearing Merlin along Cascadilla Creek between Aurora and Tioga on 3 May. Since then I have made 6 visits to find the nest because I wanted to monitor it and determine nesting success. I heard/saw Merlins on 5 visits in the the block between Aurora and Tioga. On 5 May,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Basin Big Day Saturday- Congratulations

2015-05-11 Thread John Confer
What an exceptionally great day. Thanks for taking the time to compile the observations. John On 5/10/2015 4:26 PM, Jay McGowan wrote: Livia and I had a fun day yesterday. We had a few setbacks: slow migrant birding in Ithaca; missing some know stakeouts like Upland Sandpiper, Rusty

Re: [cayugabirds-l] House Sparrow advice - hire Merlin

2015-05-10 Thread John Confer
Hire a Merlin. So far all the prey I have identified, i.e., a small sample of 3, have been House Sparrows. John __ From: bounce-119150749-25065...@list.cornell.edu bounce-119150749-25065...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of Melanie Uhlir mela...@mwmu.com Sent:

[cayugabirds-l] N Titus Merlin nest - location correction for Fish Crow.

2015-05-06 Thread John Confer
N. Titus x Plain x Center Sts: I watched the male Merlin fly toward, briefly perch, and fly away from a bundle of sticks in an exceptionally tall Sycamore along Center St., which parallels N. Titus and is the next street north. Not proof, but an indication of an actual, active nest. The nest

[cayugabirds-l] 4 downtown merlins, Fish Crow nest with rambling story

2015-05-05 Thread John Confer
. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Thursday + Eurasian Widgeon

2015-05-01 Thread John Confer
: bounce-119116854-25065...@list.cornell.edu bounce-119116854-25065...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of bob mcguire bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015 5:49 PM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Thursday John Confer and I spent the morning helping out

[cayugabirds-l] Downtown Ithaca Merlin pair

2015-04-25 Thread John Confer
Ken Kemphues first noted Merlins in the 400 block of N. Titus. At about 7:15, a pair was sitting in a tree in the middle of the block between N. Titus and Center Street. I moved to get a better view and the female disappeared as my view was blocked so I don't have a clue about the nest

[cayugabirds-l] Merlins

2015-04-22 Thread John Confer
Well I'm hopeless looking for raptor nests. I went by Christopher Lane between 6:30 and 7:00 when I thought would be the best times, and didn't see the Merlin once. Nice that Mark saw it though. I would like to know of other Merlin sightings, please. (Not that I'm going to see it.) John Confer

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

2015-04-20 Thread John Confer
P. Read [m...@cornell.edu] Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 6:08 PM To: John Confer; CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest John Confer wrote: We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned Owl nest. To our total surprise

Re:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction:

2015-04-20 Thread John Confer
, john Confer On 4/20/2015 9:59 AM, Gary Kohlenberg wrote: Hi John, Yes the nests are very close. From the buss garage the RTHA nest is easier to see. It is in the tree with the painted 150 yd. marker. It was only after people reported seeing Owls after I left that I started to get suspicious

[cayugabirds-l] Horned Grebe courtship-song + Merlin Aurora

2015-04-13 Thread John Confer
Sunday, 12 April, The Wells College boathouse provided: 50+ Horned Grebes close to the dock. Some in breeding plumage and even began their courtship dance and song. Fabulous. A Merlin, or possibly two, called off and on for about two minutes from about 100 yds east of boatchouse and

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Ospreys

2015-04-09 Thread John Confer
This is just awesome. I can hardly wait to see the map by you and Karen. Is there some way we general public could contribute to some guesstimate of the number fledged from all these nests? And to think, in the middle of the DDT usage, there were no active Osprey nests in upstate New York.

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin - Dryden Rite Aid - GHOW RTLoon continue

2015-04-06 Thread John Confer
watched at golf course (Thanks to whomever for the posting - I've forgotten name). RT Loon ridiculously close at marina on Sunday sfternoon: best views of my life, and an incredible treat for a class. (Again thanks for post). Sunday morning; About 6-7 meadowlark on Burdick Hill Rd. John Confer

[cayugabirds-l] Serendipitous raptor observations- long rambling

2015-03-21 Thread John Confer
serendipity: the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for, refers to the fairy tale characters who were always making discoveries through chance. Cayugabirds-l has carried two recent reports of serendipitous raptor observations. A+ ratings: Kevin

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bradfiled Peregrines?

2015-03-11 Thread John Confer
I checked Bradfield twice on Sunday, 8 March, once at about 7:45 and once at about 4:00 with no luck. Whitewash, which I guess was from Peregrines, was all over the brick walls with a few places of concentration. One of the three students whom I picked up, Menachem, said he saw a Peregrine fly

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