Re: [cayugabirds-l] Long-tailed ducks at Dryden Lake

2021-03-26 Thread John Luther Cisne
At 4 PM there were two pairs of Long-tailed Ducks (did the Bald Eagles scare up 
a second one?), plus the Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, Buffleheads, and some 
dabblers.

Thanks for the heads-up!

– John

-
 John Cisne, Professor Emeritus
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY  14853
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From:  on behalf of Kevin C Packard 

Reply-To: Kevin C Packard 
Date: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 12:28 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Long-tailed ducks at Dryden Lake

Hi everyone,

 This morning I took a walk at Dryden Lake and am happy to say that the lake is 
ice free. I found a flock of ring-necked ducks and scaup, and with them a pair 
of long-tailed ducks.   The flock flew off the lake after one of the local bald 
eagles came too close, but they circled around and were still on the lake when 
I left this morning. There's also three horned grebes and a scattering of 
mergansers, bufflehead, and a few other ducks (wigeon, wood duck, mallards). 
The Jim Schug trail is free of ice and it makes for a pleasant walk. Even heard 
my first eastern phoebe for the year along it.

 Happy birding!


 Kevin


Kevin C Packard
364 Ives Hall East
Department of Social Statistics, ILR School
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
607-255-5381



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

2020-09-22 Thread John Luther Cisne
n mean temperature 
increase, which we find robustly at play in both observations and simulations. 
The use of this relation also has the advantage of removing dependence of a 
projection on a specific scenario. An empirical projection of the ratio of 
record highs to record lows is obtained from the nonlinear relationship in 
observations from 1930 to 2015, thus correcting downward the likely biased 
future projections of the model. For example, for a 3 °C warming in US 
temperatures, the ratio of record highs to lows is projected to be ∼15 ± 8 
compared to the present average ratio of just over 2.”
Chuck Greene — 
https://www.engineering.cornell.edu/faculty-directory/charles-h-greene — wrote 
much the same, and included the a non-technical paper that serves well as a 
good introduction to the other two [Charles H. Greene, The winters of our 
discontent, Scientific American, December 2012, 50-55].  The one-sentence 
summary: “Loss of Arctic sea ice is stacking the deck in favor of harsh winter 
weather in the U.S. and Europe.”

I want to thank all who have been following and taking part in the discussion, 
and to express appreciation to all at the Laboratory of Ornithology who have 
been compiling and bringing to bear so much meteorologically and 
climatologically important ornithological data from birders like us.  As the 
case of the Great Auk shows, we amateurs have been piling up climatically 
important evidence as far back as the Neanderthals and their osteological 
collections from the Mediterranean: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_auk


From: "Candace E. Cornell" 
Date: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 8:34 AM
To: John , David Nicosia , 
"atvaw...@gmail.com" , CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

Please don't take your conversation off line as I find your various points of 
view on this issue fascinating.

Candace Cornell

On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 12:34 PM John Luther Cisne 
mailto:john.ci...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
If I’m not mistaken, we can all agree that Global Warming isn’t just for the 
birds.

From: 
mailto:bounce-124949961-77975...@list.cornell.edu>>
 on behalf of John mailto:john.ci...@cornell.edu>>
Reply-To: John mailto:john.ci...@cornell.edu>>
Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 11:50 AM
To: david nicosia mailto:daven1...@yahoo.com>>, "Kevin J. 
McGowan" mailto:k...@cornell.edu>>, Peter Saracino 
mailto:petersarac...@gmail.com>>, Jody Enck 
mailto:jodye...@gmail.com>>
Cc: "atvaw...@gmail.com<mailto:atvaw...@gmail.com>" 
mailto:atvaw...@gmail.com>>, CAYUGABIRDS-L 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

Apparently you don’t know that the old Department of Atmospheric Sciences 
merged with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences years ago.  EAS 
continues to offer the former CALS department’s Atmospheric Sciences major.

From: david nicosia mailto:daven1...@yahoo.com>>
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 9:01 PM
To: "Kevin J. McGowan" mailto:k...@cornell.edu>>, Peter 
Saracino mailto:petersarac...@gmail.com>>, Jody Enck 
mailto:jodye...@gmail.com>>, John 
mailto:john.ci...@cornell.edu>>
Cc: "atvaw...@gmail.com<mailto:atvaw...@gmail.com>" 
mailto:atvaw...@gmail.com>>, CAYUGABIRDS-L 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

Let's get back to birds. This is a birding listserve. I have studied this at 
length and disagree. I do believe in man-made global warming but I don't 
believe it causes record cold. The climate has warmed 1C so we still can see 
record cold with our current climate. The frequency is less though, not more. 
Most meteorologists I know also don't agree that record cold is consistent with 
global warming. Some climatologists do.  If you want to discuss further, please 
direct the emails offline and not on the entire listserve.  I would be happy to 
discuss this issue (again offline) with the Dept Atmospheric Science folks at 
Cornell too if you want. I know most of them well. They are good people and 
also very intelligent.

Best
Dave Nicosia

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 08:41:37 PM EDT, John Luther Cisne 
mailto:john.ci...@cornell.edu>> wrote:



Record cold over North America is indeed consistent with global warming.  It is 
a regional consequence of the global phenomenon.



To explain it simply (as I was supposed to do in the elementary course I taught 
of years and years, “Evolution of the Earth and Life”), the principle of the 
thing is that Arctic Basin warms not only by importing warm air from the south, 
mainly over oceans, but also by exporting cold air to the south, mainly over 
continents.  Export of air from the north makes space for import of air from 
the south, so to speak.  For now, at least, the export of cold air from 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Mortality

2020-09-22 Thread John Luther Cisne
n mean temperature 
increase, which we find robustly at play in both observations and simulations. 
The use of this relation also has the advantage of removing dependence of a 
projection on a specific scenario. An empirical projection of the ratio of 
record highs to record lows is obtained from the nonlinear relationship in 
observations from 1930 to 2015, thus correcting downward the likely biased 
future projections of the model. For example, for a 3 °C warming in US 
temperatures, the ratio of record highs to lows is projected to be ∼15 ± 8 
compared to the present average ratio of just over 2.”
Chuck Greene — 
https://www.engineering.cornell.edu/faculty-directory/charles-h-greene — wrote 
much the same, and included the a non-technical paper that serves well as a 
good introduction to the other two [Charles H. Greene, The winters of our 
discontent, Scientific American, December 2012, 50-55].  The one-sentence 
summary: “Loss of Arctic sea ice is stacking the deck in favor of harsh winter 
weather in the U.S. and Europe.”

I want to thank all who have been following and taking part in the discussion, 
and to express appreciation to all at the Laboratory of Ornithology who have 
been compiling and bringing to bear so much meteorologically and 
climatologically important ornithological data from birders like us.  As the 
case of the Great Auk shows, we amateurs have been piling up climatically 
important evidence as far back as the Neanderthals and their osteological 
collections from the Mediterranean: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_auk


From: "Candace E. Cornell" 
Date: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 8:34 AM
To: John , David Nicosia , 
"atvaw...@gmail.com" , CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

Please don't take your conversation off line as I find your various points of 
view on this issue fascinating.

Candace Cornell

On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 12:34 PM John Luther Cisne 
mailto:john.ci...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
If I’m not mistaken, we can all agree that Global Warming isn’t just for the 
birds.

From: 
mailto:bounce-124949961-77975...@list.cornell.edu>>
 on behalf of John mailto:john.ci...@cornell.edu>>
Reply-To: John mailto:john.ci...@cornell.edu>>
Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 11:50 AM
To: david nicosia mailto:daven1...@yahoo.com>>, "Kevin J. 
McGowan" mailto:k...@cornell.edu>>, Peter Saracino 
mailto:petersarac...@gmail.com>>, Jody Enck 
mailto:jodye...@gmail.com>>
Cc: "atvaw...@gmail.com<mailto:atvaw...@gmail.com>" 
mailto:atvaw...@gmail.com>>, CAYUGABIRDS-L 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

Apparently you don’t know that the old Department of Atmospheric Sciences 
merged with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences years ago.  EAS 
continues to offer the former CALS department’s Atmospheric Sciences major.

From: david nicosia mailto:daven1...@yahoo.com>>
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 9:01 PM
To: "Kevin J. McGowan" mailto:k...@cornell.edu>>, Peter 
Saracino mailto:petersarac...@gmail.com>>, Jody Enck 
mailto:jodye...@gmail.com>>, John 
mailto:john.ci...@cornell.edu>>
Cc: "atvaw...@gmail.com<mailto:atvaw...@gmail.com>" 
mailto:atvaw...@gmail.com>>, CAYUGABIRDS-L 
mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

Let's get back to birds. This is a birding listserve. I have studied this at 
length and disagree. I do believe in man-made global warming but I don't 
believe it causes record cold. The climate has warmed 1C so we still can see 
record cold with our current climate. The frequency is less though, not more. 
Most meteorologists I know also don't agree that record cold is consistent with 
global warming. Some climatologists do.  If you want to discuss further, please 
direct the emails offline and not on the entire listserve.  I would be happy to 
discuss this issue (again offline) with the Dept Atmospheric Science folks at 
Cornell too if you want. I know most of them well. They are good people and 
also very intelligent.

Best
Dave Nicosia

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 08:41:37 PM EDT, John Luther Cisne 
mailto:john.ci...@cornell.edu>> wrote:



Record cold over North America is indeed consistent with global warming.  It is 
a regional consequence of the global phenomenon.



To explain it simply (as I was supposed to do in the elementary course I taught 
of years and years, “Evolution of the Earth and Life”), the principle of the 
thing is that Arctic Basin warms not only by importing warm air from the south, 
mainly over oceans, but also by exporting cold air to the south, mainly over 
continents.  Export of air from the north makes space for import of air from 
the south, so to speak.  For now, at least, the export of cold air from 

[cayugabirds-l] Three Wilson’s Plovers in Clyde, NY

2020-09-21 Thread John Luther Cisne
Sunday afternoon, three young or female WILSON’S PLOVERS were feeding with two 
KILLDEER on the mudflat on the north side of the swamp bisected by the section 
of Old Route 31 accessible off Benning Road about two miles southeast of Clyde, 
NY.  Pictures taken by iPhone through a spotting scope should be at least 
marginally good enough to confirm the identification.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

2020-09-17 Thread John Luther Cisne
If I’m not mistaken, we can all agree that Global Warming isn’t just for the 
birds.

From:  on behalf of John 

Reply-To: John 
Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 11:50 AM
To: david nicosia , "Kevin J. McGowan" , 
Peter Saracino , Jody Enck 
Cc: "atvaw...@gmail.com" , CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

Apparently you don’t know that the old Department of Atmospheric Sciences 
merged with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences years ago.  EAS 
continues to offer the former CALS department’s Atmospheric Sciences major.

From: david nicosia 
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 9:01 PM
To: "Kevin J. McGowan" , Peter Saracino 
, Jody Enck , John 

Cc: "atvaw...@gmail.com" , CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

Let's get back to birds. This is a birding listserve. I have studied this at 
length and disagree. I do believe in man-made global warming but I don't 
believe it causes record cold. The climate has warmed 1C so we still can see 
record cold with our current climate. The frequency is less though, not more. 
Most meteorologists I know also don't agree that record cold is consistent with 
global warming. Some climatologists do.  If you want to discuss further, please 
direct the emails offline and not on the entire listserve.  I would be happy to 
discuss this issue (again offline) with the Dept Atmospheric Science folks at 
Cornell too if you want. I know most of them well. They are good people and 
also very intelligent.

Best
Dave Nicosia

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 08:41:37 PM EDT, John Luther Cisne 
 wrote:



Record cold over North America is indeed consistent with global warming.  It is 
a regional consequence of the global phenomenon.



To explain it simply (as I was supposed to do in the elementary course I taught 
of years and years, “Evolution of the Earth and Life”), the principle of the 
thing is that Arctic Basin warms not only by importing warm air from the south, 
mainly over oceans, but also by exporting cold air to the south, mainly over 
continents.  Export of air from the north makes space for import of air from 
the south, so to speak.  For now, at least, the export of cold air from the 
Arctic is concentrated over North America.



Certain of my colleagues in the Department Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will 
be able to give everyone a far better and more detailed explanation.





From:  on behalf of "Kevin J. 
McGowan" 
Reply-To: "Kevin J. McGowan" 
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 8:03 PM
To: david nicosia , Peter Saracino 
, Jody Enck 
Cc: "atvaw...@gmail.com" , CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality



“Record cold of this magnitude is not consistent with global warming. “



Why not? Global warming doesn’t mean warming happens all over the globe evenly. 
I’ve been watching our area in the northeast for the last decade, thinking 
mostly about Snowy Owl incursions, and I’ve noticed strange changes in the 
distribution of cold across the arctic, perhaps changes in the “polar vortex” 
that seem to isolate the NE as a cold spot while Alaska warms up. The last ten 
years have shown Ithaca regularly with winter temperatures lower than Nome, 
Alaska. That isn’t right.



Global warming at the poles doesn’t mean every place warms up, it means that 
the consistencies of weather patterns we could count on could be disrupted. 
Colder Ithaca winters and heat waves in Alaska are totally consistent with a 
global warming scenario. Freak arctic blasts into the rockies while the north 
pole melts also points to something freakishly abnormal happening, totally 
consistent with global warming.



Kevin





From: bounce-124948138-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 On Behalf Of david nicosia
Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 7:46 PM
To: Peter Saracino ; Jody Enck 
Cc: atvaw...@gmail.com; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality



The western U.S has a history of extreme temperature changes. This event ranks 
number 3 for the biggest temperature swing in history and it occurred during 
fall migration. Most of the other big swings in temperature

occurred in the winter. What is dramatic is how cold it got and the early snows 
that fell. Temperatures in parts of the Rockies fell to 9F with winds over 50 
mph. That is insanely cold for so early in the season. The Arctic high pressure 
that came across the Rockies has denser and heavier air which flows downslope 
into California, and Oregon warming by compression leading to high winds and 
VERY dry conditions. This fuels the tremendous fires.  So in a sense it is the 
brutal unseasonable cold air that is the real cause of the conditions that 
caused the fires. I assume the fires, combined with temperatures in the 80, 90s 
and 100s dropping to the teens 20s and 30s in many areas in the Rockies with 
early snows was too much f

Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

2020-09-17 Thread John Luther Cisne
Apparently you don’t know that the old Department of Atmospheric Sciences 
merged with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences years ago.  EAS 
continues to offer the former CALS department’s Atmospheric Sciences major.

From: david nicosia 
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 9:01 PM
To: "Kevin J. McGowan" , Peter Saracino 
, Jody Enck , John 

Cc: "atvaw...@gmail.com" , CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

Let's get back to birds. This is a birding listserve. I have studied this at 
length and disagree. I do believe in man-made global warming but I don't 
believe it causes record cold. The climate has warmed 1C so we still can see 
record cold with our current climate. The frequency is less though, not more. 
Most meteorologists I know also don't agree that record cold is consistent with 
global warming. Some climatologists do.  If you want to discuss further, please 
direct the emails offline and not on the entire listserve.  I would be happy to 
discuss this issue (again offline) with the Dept Atmospheric Science folks at 
Cornell too if you want. I know most of them well. They are good people and 
also very intelligent.

Best
Dave Nicosia

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 08:41:37 PM EDT, John Luther Cisne 
 wrote:



Record cold over North America is indeed consistent with global warming.  It is 
a regional consequence of the global phenomenon.



To explain it simply (as I was supposed to do in the elementary course I taught 
of years and years, “Evolution of the Earth and Life”), the principle of the 
thing is that Arctic Basin warms not only by importing warm air from the south, 
mainly over oceans, but also by exporting cold air to the south, mainly over 
continents.  Export of air from the north makes space for import of air from 
the south, so to speak.  For now, at least, the export of cold air from the 
Arctic is concentrated over North America.



Certain of my colleagues in the Department Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will 
be able to give everyone a far better and more detailed explanation.





From:  on behalf of "Kevin J. 
McGowan" 
Reply-To: "Kevin J. McGowan" 
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 8:03 PM
To: david nicosia , Peter Saracino 
, Jody Enck 
Cc: "atvaw...@gmail.com" , CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality



“Record cold of this magnitude is not consistent with global warming. “



Why not? Global warming doesn’t mean warming happens all over the globe evenly. 
I’ve been watching our area in the northeast for the last decade, thinking 
mostly about Snowy Owl incursions, and I’ve noticed strange changes in the 
distribution of cold across the arctic, perhaps changes in the “polar vortex” 
that seem to isolate the NE as a cold spot while Alaska warms up. The last ten 
years have shown Ithaca regularly with winter temperatures lower than Nome, 
Alaska. That isn’t right.



Global warming at the poles doesn’t mean every place warms up, it means that 
the consistencies of weather patterns we could count on could be disrupted. 
Colder Ithaca winters and heat waves in Alaska are totally consistent with a 
global warming scenario. Freak arctic blasts into the rockies while the north 
pole melts also points to something freakishly abnormal happening, totally 
consistent with global warming.



Kevin





From: bounce-124948138-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 On Behalf Of david nicosia
Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 7:46 PM
To: Peter Saracino ; Jody Enck 
Cc: atvaw...@gmail.com; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality



The western U.S has a history of extreme temperature changes. This event ranks 
number 3 for the biggest temperature swing in history and it occurred during 
fall migration. Most of the other big swings in temperature

occurred in the winter. What is dramatic is how cold it got and the early snows 
that fell. Temperatures in parts of the Rockies fell to 9F with winds over 50 
mph. That is insanely cold for so early in the season. The Arctic high pressure 
that came across the Rockies has denser and heavier air which flows downslope 
into California, and Oregon warming by compression leading to high winds and 
VERY dry conditions. This fuels the tremendous fires.  So in a sense it is the 
brutal unseasonable cold air that is the real cause of the conditions that 
caused the fires. I assume the fires, combined with temperatures in the 80, 90s 
and 100s dropping to the teens 20s and 30s in many areas in the Rockies with 
early snows was too much for many birds to handle causing the high mortality 
rates. I have read that people are blaming climate change on this. I don't see 
it because it is the intense cold that really fueled the fires in CA and OR and 
probably had a negative effect on the birds. Record cold of this magnitude is 
not consistent with global warming.





On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 05:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

2020-09-16 Thread John Luther Cisne
Record cold over North America is indeed consistent with global warming.  It is 
a regional consequence of the global phenomenon.

To explain it simply (as I was supposed to do in the elementary course I taught 
of years and years, “Evolution of the Earth and Life”), the principle of the 
thing is that Arctic Basin warms not only by importing warm air from the south, 
mainly over oceans, but also by exporting cold air to the south, mainly over 
continents.  Export of air from the north makes space for import of air from 
the south, so to speak.  For now, at least, the export of cold air from the 
Arctic is concentrated over North America.

Certain of my colleagues in the Department Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will 
be able to give everyone a far better and more detailed explanation.


From:  on behalf of "Kevin J. 
McGowan" 
Reply-To: "Kevin J. McGowan" 
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 8:03 PM
To: david nicosia , Peter Saracino 
, Jody Enck 
Cc: "atvaw...@gmail.com" , CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

“Record cold of this magnitude is not consistent with global warming. “

Why not? Global warming doesn’t mean warming happens all over the globe evenly. 
I’ve been watching our area in the northeast for the last decade, thinking 
mostly about Snowy Owl incursions, and I’ve noticed strange changes in the 
distribution of cold across the arctic, perhaps changes in the “polar vortex” 
that seem to isolate the NE as a cold spot while Alaska warms up. The last ten 
years have shown Ithaca regularly with winter temperatures lower than Nome, 
Alaska. That isn’t right.

Global warming at the poles doesn’t mean every place warms up, it means that 
the consistencies of weather patterns we could count on could be disrupted. 
Colder Ithaca winters and heat waves in Alaska are totally consistent with a 
global warming scenario. Freak arctic blasts into the rockies while the north 
pole melts also points to something freakishly abnormal happening, totally 
consistent with global warming.

Kevin


From: bounce-124948138-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 On Behalf Of david nicosia
Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 7:46 PM
To: Peter Saracino ; Jody Enck 
Cc: atvaw...@gmail.com; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

The western U.S has a history of extreme temperature changes. This event ranks 
number 3 for the biggest temperature swing in history and it occurred during 
fall migration. Most of the other big swings in temperature
occurred in the winter. What is dramatic is how cold it got and the early snows 
that fell. Temperatures in parts of the Rockies fell to 9F with winds over 50 
mph. That is insanely cold for so early in the season. The Arctic high pressure 
that came across the Rockies has denser and heavier air which flows downslope 
into California, and Oregon warming by compression leading to high winds and 
VERY dry conditions. This fuels the tremendous fires.  So in a sense it is the 
brutal unseasonable cold air that is the real cause of the conditions that 
caused the fires. I assume the fires, combined with temperatures in the 80, 90s 
and 100s dropping to the teens 20s and 30s in many areas in the Rockies with 
early snows was too much for many birds to handle causing the high mortality 
rates. I have read that people are blaming climate change on this. I don't see 
it because it is the intense cold that really fueled the fires in CA and OR and 
probably had a negative effect on the birds. Record cold of this magnitude is 
not consistent with global warming.


On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 05:18:09 PM EDT, Jody Enck 
mailto:jodye...@gmail.com>> wrote:


Thank, Pete, for passing along the Guardian article.  Additional information 
has been forthcoming recently.  Hypotheses include movements related to smoky 
conditions in some states, coupled with those weird temperature swings recorded 
last week (90 to 100 F one day and below freezing, with snow, the next day).  
Seems less likely to be a nefarious even (e.g., poisoning) than something more 
likely caused by challenging environmental factors.

I hope more information comes out soon.

Jody W. Enck, PhD
Conservation Social Scientist, and
Founder of the Sister Bird Club Network
607-379-5940


On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 5:03 PM Peter Saracino 
mailto:petersarac...@gmail.com>> wrote:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/16/birds-falling-out-of-the-sky-in-mass-die-off-in-south-western-us-aoe


On Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 6:47 PM Tom 
mailto:atvaw...@gmail.com>> wrote:
I just learned of the mass mortality of migrating birds in New Mexico.  I read 
a CNN report.  Is there any new information on the cause?  They’re talking 
hundreds of thousands, even millions.

Tom V

Sent from my iPhone


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[cayugabirds-l] Worm-eating Warbler at the public boat launch, NW corner of Cayuta Lake

2020-05-20 Thread John Luther Cisne
This afternoon, about half way along the driveway leading down to Cayuta Lake’s 
public boat launch,  I inadvertently started a “conversation” back and forth 
between one of Merlin’s recordings of a Worm-eating Warbler and something that 
sounded very, very similar, but remained successfully hidden in the bushes 
around a hundred feet way.  It could have been someone playing nearly the same 
recording back at me, but I doubt anyone could have remained  hidden anywhere 
near so well.

The exchange got started as I was playing through similar songs on Merlin 
(Chipping Sparrows’, for instance) in the attempt to narrow the possibilities.  
Only the first of the two Merlin tracks seemed to get results, and either of 
the two repetitions on that track seemed to work.

I report this just in case anyone might want to try for better results.

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

2020-04-05 Thread John Luther Cisne
I saw of bird of this description trailing several GW teal in the same location 
last Wednesday.

John

From:  on behalf of Jay McGowan 

Reply-To: Jay McGowan 
Date: Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 12:56 PM
To: "D.M.Kennedy" 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Albino Green-winged Teal

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 
mailto:t...@ottcmail.com>> wrote:
Here's the link to Dave's list (in case 
you're like me and didn't know how to use the checklist # to find it!).
On 4/5/2020 11:18 AM, Dave K wrote:
eBird checklist S8446

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcocks

2020-03-26 Thread John Luther Cisne
At least two woodcocks were peenting about an hour ago over the marsh along 
Landon Road at its intersection with Route 79.

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From:  on behalf of Tom Hoebbel 

Reply-To: Tom Hoebbel 
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7:57 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcocks

We are hearing at lest 2 woodcocks penting in the back fields on Burns Rd in 
Brooktondale.



 Thomas Hoebbel Photo~Video
 www.TH-Photo.com
  607-351-5154


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[cayugabirds-l] Merlin vs. Elf Owls

2017-08-02 Thread John Luther Cisne
Merlin, the Lab of O’s smartphone app, recently got an Elf Owl’s sincerest form 
of endorsement.


Edward Bulwer-Lytton might have called that July night in Big Bend as black as 
the back of a Common Blackhawk (and verifiably, too, since a pair were nesting 
in the particular campground).   Driving away at the end of my night of owling, 
at least two Elfs set up a commotion in the brush close by as a shape 
resembling a Great Horned Owl’s sailed through my headlights.


Replaying Merlin’s Elf Owl to confirm the ID, I got an immediate answer from a 
rustling in the bushes scarcely an arm’s length away!  Score one for Merlin as 
implemented on the iPhone.


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