[cayugabirds-l] Oregon junco

2021-11-18 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Union Springs, NY ... @ 11:35 a.m. I had an Oregon junco feeding on my windowsill. I hope it stays for the winter with the other dark-eyed juncos like the one in 2019-'20. At times I have a variety of busy feathered visitors but with no snow or really cold weather the activity is way less than

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs .. New for us this fall

2021-10-06 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Just saw our first /white crowned sparrow/ at the feeders. First /dark-eyed Junco/ was seen on Sat. 2 Sept..Canadas are going over, out to feed in farm fields, in ever enlarging flocks even tho' fall seems a bit sluggish otherwise with very few trees showing any color. All things in due time,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] How birds "see" Earth's Magnetic Field

2021-07-30 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
 Since this article is 3 yrs. old, one wonders what progress has occurred since then. Fritzie On 7/29/2021 10:36 AM, Peter Saracino wrote: > Yet another reason to respect, admire, cherish and even reverence our > avian- fellow travelers. > Sar > >

[cayugabirds-l] Venezuelan Bird Rediscovered After 15 Years | Lifting a Falling Eagle | Toppling Windmills for Grassland Birds

2021-06-07 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
From: American Bird Conservancy - eNews Team An expedition team in Venezuela rediscovered the Urich's Tyrannulet last month. image of ...

[cayugabirds-l] Falcons have natural 'eye makeup' to improve hunting ability

2021-06-02 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Falcons have natural 'eye makeup' to improve hunting ability _https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210601194155.htm__ _ Dark 'eyeliner' feathers of peregrine falcons act as sun shields to improve the birds' hunting ability, a new scientific study suggests. Scientists have long

[cayugabirds-l] downy at hummer feeder

2021-05-24 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Yes, two yrs. ago I had a downy at the feeder at my kitchen window on several occasions for several days. Quite the surprise since I was hoping for an oriole. I also had a starling try to get nectar but it was too large to perch. Fritzie, Union Springs, NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Downy use of h- bird feeders

2021-05-24 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Yes, I first had a downy at my feeder outside my kitchen window 2 yrs. ago.  It came several times, several days when I happened to be at the window. Quite a surprise for me. I was expecting an oriole! Fritzie, Union Springs, NY On 5/24/2021 7:59 AM, anneb.cl...@gmail.com wrote: I finally

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs, NY 1st Hummer

2021-05-06 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Thanks to previous posts, I put up my hummingbird feeder yesterday p.m.. Today, just after 1 p.m., outside my kit. window, I was thrilled to see the 1st hummer of the season. The pr. of white-throated sparrows is still here. Visiting tree swallows & bluebirds haven't decided it's time to

[cayugabirds-l] Buffleheads still in Unioin Springs

2021-04-25 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
As of 24 April,  a pr. of buffles was still on Mill pond along Rte. 90 here in Union Springs, NY. Factory St. pond has a pr. of woodies. The male redhead of the last 3 yrs. that hangs around alone is still here. MANY cormorants are on Frontenac Island, many are in the water & many have already

[cayugabirds-l] Chimney Swifts

2021-04-24 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Becky saw our first 2 swifts here at Union Springs (NY) Academy campus on Fri. 4/23/21. Pleasant surprise. Fritzie B. On 4/24/2021 4:28 PM, Bard Prentiss wrote: > I haven’t been watching until but the chimney Swift’s are back in Dryden > Best, > Bard > > Bard Prentiss > (607)882-0504 > --

[cayugabirds-l] Evening grosbeaks in TN

2021-04-11 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Our daughter in Hohenwald, TN, south of Nashville, again reports at least 3 dozen evening grosbeaks at her feeders this a.m.. She has had them for several mos. while we, here in Union Springs, NY have had none for many years! The ospreys have returned to the NYSEG relay station on Center St.

[cayugabirds-l] FOY ... chipping sparrow

2021-04-08 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Chipping sparrow feeding on my bedroom windowsill when I put up my shade. Still have juncos. Mockingbird is singing. Bluebirds & tree swallows are checking out their boxes on the clothesline arms. Fritzie, Union Springs -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Ospreys are coming back

2021-03-30 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Union Springs, Center St./Number One Rd. NYSEG station osprey is back. Becky went out looking about noon so should have a better report this evening. Fritzie On 3/30/2021 12:11 PM, Candace E. Cornell wrote: > All's right with the world once the Ospreys return . . . and now they > are back. >

[cayugabirds-l] Osprey on new 5 & 20 disc/saucer

2021-03-29 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Sun. 3/29/21 My son & I saw an osprey on the south side of #3 "flying saucer" along 5 & 20 west of the refuge entrance. How sad to see all the former, familiar nests totally gone. It's reported Os in FL have accepted these contraptions so let's hope "our Os" also will. Fritzie Union Springs,

[cayugabirds-l] apex sighting ... goose on a pole per Colleen Richards 2/15/21

2021-02-20 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Colleen saw a goose on a utility pole along Rte. 90 but it wasn't real. Subject:[cayugabirds-l] apex sighting ... goose on a pole Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 21:05:48 -0500 From: John and Fritzie Blizzard To: Colleen Richards , Cayuga Birds Colleen That goose is a "

[cayugabirds-l] apex sighting ... goose on a pole

2021-02-15 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Colleen That goose is a "dummy" put there by NYSEG to keep ospreys from building a nest there until an extension can be put on the poles /well above the transformers/ before the ospreys return.� Daughter, Becky Sewell, who monitors the osprey nests for Candace Cornell since I'm no

[cayugabirds-l] Albatross Wisdom hatched a new chick!

2021-02-06 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
I saw this article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and thought you might find it interesting:_ _ _https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/02/05/breaking-news/septuagenarian-laysan-albatross-wisdom-hatches-new-chick-on-midway/?fbclid=IwAR1Sy1p6IBRFZkM69Fe12afZLQ1qBXF74BA6k-BVX2vm4ezwWLs3vlhvt_I_ --

[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese over Unions Springs, NY ... tens of thousands

2020-12-30 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
For 1/2 hr. now, almost non-stop, we've been watching huge skeins of snow geese up high, coming from the SW & going NE. In all my yrs. here I have never had this many "at one time", so to speak. Where are they coming from? Where are they going at 8:40-9:15 a.m.? Thirty yrs. ago we used to see

[cayugabirds-l] Thousands of snow geese .. Union Springs

2020-12-11 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Daughter, Becky & I have just been watching numerous huge flocks of snows heading SSW over Cayuga Lake. They were high coming from ENE but with sun on them just before noon  ... beautiful sight. We could easily see blues mixed in with them. Didn't look like they were planning to hang around.

[cayugabirds-l] FOY snow geese over Union Springs

2020-11-27 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Daughter, Becky Sewell & I saw several large flocks of snow geese this morning flying east to west towards Cayuga Lake. A very few Canadas flew much lower, maybe 50 compared to a couple thousand snows. We saw Snows much earlier in Nov. last yr., perhaps because it was colder, & we also had

[cayugabirds-l] Bar-tailed godwit record flight.

2020-10-21 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
_https://www.livescience.com/bar-tailed-godwit-record-flight.html _ -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] First fall DE Junco 10/13/20

2020-10-13 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
A lone junco was feeding on my window sill in Union Springs, NY today at 12:25 p.m.. Old-timers thought seeing the first juncos meant that was a sign of snow so called them Snowbirds. Is snow in the forecast??? We had a few sprinkles of rain this a.m. while praying for about 5 days of steady

[cayugabirds-l] Female hummer (& squirrel fibromas)

2020-09-15 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Union Springs .. Just had a female hummingbird at the feeder at 2:43 p.m. She looks plump so hopefully she's getting a good supply of insects to get protein to put on body fat for her long, treacherous, strenuous journey. She took 17 long sips of sugar water. Gold finches were also here, busy

[cayugabirds-l] Acorn woodpeckers wage days-long battles over vacant territories, radio tag data show

2020-09-08 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Acorn woodpeckers wage days-long battles over vacant territories, radio tag data show _https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200907112342.htm__ _ When acorn woodpeckers inhabiting high-quality territories die, nearby birds begin a battle royal to win the vacant spot. Researchers used

[cayugabirds-l] Half a billion Monarchs viewed by robotic hummingbird

2020-08-26 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
_https://youtu.be/Hq3X60H7aBo_ -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] For the birds: Illustrator David Allen Sibley

2020-08-02 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
_https://www.cbsnews.com/news/for-the-birds-illustrator-david-allen-sibley-8-02-2020/ One of the most respected and successful chroniclers of avian life has produced bestselling field guides for birdwatchers, covering more than 800 species_ -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

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

2020-05-31 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Are any of you considering a night-time attack when the ducks would have been asleep & not aware of danger from owl or weasel? I agree with Chris. Fritzie Bllizzard >> On May 31, 2020, at 11:53 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes >> wrote: >> >>  Just throwing this out there as another

[cayugabirds-l] Big brown bats .. Union Springs

2020-05-22 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
At 7:30 this evening I saw a big brown bat flying around the spruce tree in front of the house. I probably missed seeing the 2nd one because I was checking on the orange halves that have drawn unwanted ants. I daubed Vaseline on the branch on which the feeder hangs. This is the 3rd time I've

[cayugabirds-l] Chimney swifts ... Union Springs 5/5/20

2020-05-05 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
On Mon., 5/4/20 I thought I saw a chimney swift  but wasn't certain. Today I saw 2 over the campus of Union Springs Academy but didn't have time to watch for more.  Swifts have nested in the tall chimney of the girl's dorm off & on for at least 10 yrs.. I have seen them flying over here & down

[cayugabirds-l] Ospreys

2020-04-01 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Daughter, Becky Sewell, has been out checking osprey nests at the north end of Cayuga Lake from Aurora to MNWR &  on surrounding roads there & in Union Springs areas. As of Tues. she had found at least 21 ospreys & was told about 2 more Wed. 3/1 just south of Union Springs. Her FOY O was at

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs, NY screaming female osprey

2020-03-29 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Daughter, Becky Sewell, saw/heard her FOY osprey on the platform nest at the water works across from USHS about 1:30 p.m. today. She was heading to other known sites on her list that she shares with Candace Cornell so maybe she'll have more to add to the list. I've had a flicker coming to eat

[cayugabirds-l] Maureen Cowen ... Starter grass

2020-03-22 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Maureen, I gather fresh, dried grass clippings in the fall & "cup shape" it in the cleaned boxes so winter roosting birds have a warmer place to roost than in just a bare box or on a tree limb. We've had bluebirds & downies spend nights in the boxes in winter & tree swallows that come too

[cayugabirds-l] first kestrels

2020-03-22 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Daughter, Becky saw her 1st kestrel on Thurs., back at the barn on Ridge Rd. just so. of Spring St. Rd. where they've nested for an unknown no. of yrs.. I saw one on a wire on Spring St. near Frontenac Elem. Sch. (Union Springs) back in the winter. We also saw one near Half Acre in the winter.

[cayugabirds-l] Oregon junco, Union Springs

2020-01-29 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Daughter, Becky & I continue to see the Oregon junco feeding with the other dark-eyed juncos, house sparrows, house & gold finches. Fritzie Blizzard Union Springs, NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Sly, smart hawk + Oregon junco

2020-01-17 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Union Springs, NY:?? 17 Jan. 2020 At 2 p.m. I saw a hawk flying low to the ground up the hill towards, & then directly under, my van parked just beyond my crab apple tree in which I have several feeders. The tree is just outside my window. When it's their feeding times, house sparrows

[cayugabirds-l] Oregon junco

2019-12-13 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Today, Fri. 12/13/19, my daughter, Becky Sewell, again saw an Oregon junco at my feeders. She & I both  saw it a number of times at the feeders on Sat. 12/6/19. She is quite familiar with Oregon juncos as they were very common on her ranch in CO during her 30 yrs. there. That's where I saw my

[cayugabirds-l] Frontenac Island Cormorants

2019-05-13 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
It is with great alarm to report & dismay to have seen that hundreds of cormorants have taken up residence on the ground & in the trees of Frontenac Island, Cayuga Lake, Union Springs, NY. The island is owned by the village of Union Springs & I seriously doubt the village fathers have any

[cayugabirds-l] Crow relationship .... Union Springs

2019-05-12 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
This Mother's Day a.m. I saw a crow in our choke cherry tree & assumed it was an adult from the nest in the nearby spruce trees. Here, let me say that only once in the last mo. have I heard any cawing from any crows so I presume they are quiet during nesting so as to not provoke any smaller

[cayugabirds-l] Ospreys

2019-03-31 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Thurs. afternoon 3/28/19, Becky Sewell & I birded Rte. 90 from Union Springs to 5 & 20, and 89 north to 31 (Mucklands where, for 35 min. we watched thousands of snow geese flying overhead towards Cayuga Lake). On the muck, are still many pintails & mallards. Coming back down 90 from Montezuma

[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese at the muck

2019-03-28 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
About 6:15 p.m., 28 Mar. 2019, daughter Becky & I were parked at Rtes. 31 & 89 when great flocks of snow geese began arriving from the north.  For 45 min. we watched as thousands of snows just kept coming, probably heading to Cayuga Lake.  Where in the world had they been all day??? The last

[cayugabirds-l] Canada geese but no snows .. YET

2019-03-13 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
3/14/19 ... many flocks, high & low over Union Springs, NY, too. On 3/13/2019 2:15 PM, Tracy McLellan wrote: > And over Myers and Salt Point.  Thousands and thousands. > > On Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 2:02 PM Bill McAneny > wrote: > > Thousands of Canada Geese

[cayugabirds-l] Two N. pintails on Union Springs Factory Pond

2019-03-10 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Two magnificent Northern pintails were seen on Factory pond on 3/7/19, diving along with many mallards, gadwall, wigeons & a couple canvasbacks, buffles & golden-eye.  Many birds are on Mill pond along Rte. 90 but light has been wrong for me to see what. I saw a GBH at the boat launch with

[cayugabirds-l] King eider at Oswego .... OOB

2019-02-24 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Daughter, Becky, & I were at Oswego yesterday (Sat.) afternoon & again saw the King eider, red-throated loon, dozens of white-winged scoters & long-tailed ducks, as well as the usual ducks & gulls. Also being seen in winter plumage was the male horned grebe which Kathy Strickland & I saw on 4

[cayugabirds-l] Oswego River/harbor/marina birds on 2/4/19

2019-02-06 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
To all ... Sorry I didn't better indicate the locations. Head towards the Lake on _W._ _1st St._  off Rte. 104 & eventually dead end at the Marine Museum. For those who haven't been there, you can park & walk around behind the museum to view the river & harbor as well as the marina.  I suggest

[cayugabirds-l] OOB ... Oswego King Eider, w-w scoters & long-tailed ducks

2019-02-05 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
On Mon. 4 Feb. 2019: Kathy Strickland & I were thrilled to see & hear several hundred long-tailed ducks on the Oswego River. For the first time ever, thanks to my hearing aid, I heard them to me they sounded like loud peep frogs or tree toads.  For a long time I didn't know what the sound

[cayugabirds-l] 12 B. eagles bet. RR bridge & Mud Lock. Redheads, Glaucous gull/Geneva Seneca Lake SP.

2019-02-05 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Gray, mid-afternoon: 5 Feb. 2019 ... Daughter, Becky & I counted 4 adult bald eagles & 8 immatures. One adult was on the nest at the mouth of the Seneca R./canal & others were in trees near Mud Lock.   Immatures, except for 3 in trees,  were either flying or sitting on the ice with swans &

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs 2 Jan. 2019

2019-01-02 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
This afternoon as I was watching a white-winged scoter all by itself on Cayuga Lake, out from the Harbor Marina at the bottom of Basin St., 2 juvenile bald eagles came into view from near Carr's Cove, south of the village & headed north towards me. They did their rolling, chasing fight

[cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl info

2018-12-07 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Fellow birders: I was so appalled& angered by the bad, stupid & dangerous behavior of birders along Martin Rd. last yr. that I deliberately left locality information out of my post yesterday. By today, the owl could be most anywhere but for those of you who know about the airport, Lott Farms

[cayugabirds-l] First SNOWY 12/05/18

2018-12-06 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Becky & I went birding for an hr. late yesterday on our way to Seneca Falls. We were astounded that the lake above, & river below, Mud Lock are both very high   river is over the banks along River Rd.. The canal & river at May's is very high. I fear this high water is bad news for later

[cayugabirds-l] Chimney swifts ... Union Springs

2018-05-01 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
FOY   about a doz. chimney swifts (we call them cigars) but I think they were migrating as none stayed over the girl's dorm of Union Springs Academy where they roost in the tall chimney or have had nests in past yrs.. I forgot to go back out before it got dark to see if any did go down in

[cayugabirds-l] Larue St. Clair

2018-04-09 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Our beloved *Larue St. Clair*, 92, has been in & out of the Auburn hospital the last three months. He is now at this health care center: *North Brook Heights    170 Murray St. Auburn, NY 13021* He is filled with memories of visitors, friends _/& feathers/_ at MNWR.   What a life saver

[cayugabirds-l] 1st Union Springs OSPREY 3/29/18

2018-03-30 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Coming south on Rte. 90, I saw an osprey on the platform nest by the village water works across from the high school about 4 p.m. Thurs.. Becky got to see it as it flew ... our 1st of 2018! Buffleheads & a Redhead are still on Mill pond. Have seen no Snow geese except a lone one walking in

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs Snow geese at 4:45 p.m. 3/21/18

2018-03-21 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
: : Union Springs, NY 21 March 2018 Once again we are/were in awe of the tremendous numbers of Snows overhead. This afternoon I took John for a short ride about 3 mi. east of the Springs. We  noticed MANY dozens of Snow geese_decoys_ in a field near

[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese Monday over Union Springs

2018-03-20 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
About 12:30 p.m. today (19th) on our way to MNWR, (vistor's center was open)  daughter, Becky Sewell, & I saw tens of thousands of Snows mid-lake out from Canoga Shores (N. of Canoga) & opposite the Kozy Cove area north of Union Springs. There were several tremendously HUGE rafts spread over a

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs & south to Great Gully

2017-12-31 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
There were THOUSANDS of geese gliding in over the lake and into Mill Pond, mingling with more thousands of assorted ducks. For those seeking a good place to see lots of waterfowl, the comparatively warm water of Mill Pond is drawing a great

[cayugabirds-l] Howland Island drone pix

2017-10-29 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Click on "events"  & then to the right see the list including "Drone Pics of Northern Montezuma". Aerial views are also included but the drone pix are closer. I never dreamed so much water & land are there. Fritzie. On 10/29/2017 2:06 PM, bob mcguire wrote: > The main reason for writing this

[cayugabirds-l] White winged tern south of Wellsboro, PA on 287

2017-08-13 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
PLEASE note: That is Rte. 287, not 257. The sign for 287 can be elusive as you near the end of the main shopping area where you turn left at the light onto Central Ave. at the "Village Green", the little park, home of the famous Wynken, Blyken & Nod in their wooden shoe statue in the middle of

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow

2017-06-17 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
We've had one nesting pr. with 5 young expected to fledge in 11 days. Usually have at least 3 pr. with many others flying about. Not so this yr.. Same with barn swallows. For the last 2 yrs. we've not had more than a doz. of either lining up on our power line in late summer before migration.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] FOY House Wren

2017-06-08 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
We FINALLY saw a female hummer 20 May. Next time was 27 May. 3rd time was 4 June. Feeder is outside our kit. window. First BLUEBIRDS & HOUSE WRENS hatched 5 days ago. TREE SWALLOWS hatched yesterday. Swallow box is on the clothes line arm, 27 ft. from the house & where we & others walk by.

More Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous

2017-05-28 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Here in Union Springs I've had my feeder outside my kitchen window for 3 wks.. Finally saw a female hummer, just once each day, on the 20th & 27th. In the past they have /always/ come when my columbines begin blooming & they opened nearly 3 wks. ago. I've not seen the female go near the

[cayugabirds-l] 23 Brant geese at Seneca Lake SP @ Geneva, NY (5/7/17)

2017-05-07 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
After Becky got off work & had lunch at 4 p.m. with us, she & I went to Geneva, scarcely daring to hope we'd find the Brant mentioned in a post much earlier in the day. Before I even got to the park entrance, she spotted them on the grass to the East of the Visitor's Center. She only has a

[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese at the muck

2017-05-01 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Saw 5 snow geese close to the road just east of the potato building along Rte. 31 Mon. about 5:45 p.m.. Sky was already getting dark before the storm so I couldn't see much other than dozens of gulls. At Mud Lock I saw one bald eagle in the tree near the new nest & an osprey on the nest atop

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Red-necked Grebes, Dryden Lake 4/13/17

2017-04-14 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Daughter, Becky, & I, got to see them late yesterday afternoon. What a treat. Also had one pied-billed grebe & a kingfisher. Disappointed to not see any mergansers. A fisherman said he had seen 2 bald eagles at the far east end but didn't know where the nest was.Has anyone seen a nest?

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs Ospreys

2017-04-02 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
This a.m. I noticed our NYSEG ospreys on Number one Rd. are back. One was on the nest & the other on the perch pole. I suspect they have been back a few days but I hadn't been able to walk up the hill to check. Becky had checked the nest on Fri. evening & saw nothing but it may have been too

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs ... 6 Sandhills

2017-03-25 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
3/25/17 6 Sandhill cranes flew NE directly over our house at 4:20 p.m.. Guess I might call them a "yard bird" first as well as FOY for me! Yesterday the Cayuga Lake waters seen from Frontenac Park were well dotted with the usual ducks & a few Canadas. I saw close to 40 Am. wigeon fly from

Re:[cayugabirds-l] dead cardinals

2017-03-19 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Another thought . Male cardinals defending their territory, esp. at mating, pre-mating season, could have been chasing each other when they hit the windows. That, or older males chasing away younger males. Fritzie Union Springs On 3/19/2017 7:27 AM, Gerry Rising wrote: Mary Jane, I

[cayugabirds-l] Mud Lock bald eagle is nesting 2/19//17

2017-02-19 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Saw her on the nest in the big tree just after 1 p.m. today. Dozens & dozens of swans, hundreds of snow & Canada geese were between Cayuga & the Lock. Fritzie Union Springs -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Bald eagles ... adult & juveniles 1/16/17

2017-01-16 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
This a.m. Becky & I saw 2 juvenile bald eagles flying along the shore just north of the village of Cayuga. We also saw 2 adult bald eagles in the trees next to the nesting tree at Mud Lock north of Cayuga. Along Martin Rd. south of Seneca Falls, Becky spotted a male pheasant feeding in the

[cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl

2017-01-06 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
What a beautiful day to be out. Cold, but nice otherwise. Is it late to have pied-bill grebes? Daughter, Becky, & I saw one in close at Van Cleef Lake in Seneca Falls this afternoon. Saw about 20 each of hooded & common mergs there along with mallards & gulls & about 300 Canadas. Didn't take

[cayugabirds-l] Mill pond .. Union Springs 11/22/16

2016-11-22 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Gadwall (10-12)Buffles, (didn't count - no time -they kept diving) A. wigeon (6) G.W. Teal (1) at 2:30 p.m. Fritzie -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs sign finally corrected!

2016-11-19 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Drove by the Mill pond along Rte. 90 a couple days ago & noticed the labeling of the green heron picture had FINALLY been corrected, changed from Pileated Woodpecker to the correct ID of Green Heron. Shame on the scout leader who didn't catch the very obvious mistake many mos. ago before he

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs Buffleheads

2016-10-29 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Daughter, Becky Sewell, saw the first buffleheads on the Union Springs Mill pond Sat. 10.29.16. Fritzie -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs: Hundreds of crows

2016-10-28 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
My yard & all surrounding fields & lawns are suddenly FULL of beautiful black crows. I haven't been to Auburn, NY yet at night lately to see any but feel sure these must be part of the thousands that roost there every winter. I've never had them come in such great nos. to just feed &, I

[cayugabirds-l] Am. Wigeon: Mill Pond, Union Springs

2016-10-02 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Keep forgetting to post. Saw 7 Am. wigeon on Mill Pond on Thurs. morning, 29 Sept. 2016. First since spring. Last I looked, the Mill pond sign put up by the scout still had the green heron listed as a pileated woodpecker. I had seen wood ducks & babies on Factory pond numerous times through

[cayugabirds-l] SPEAKING OF NATURE: Fishers are back | Lifestyle | fltimes.com

2016-09-04 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
What a wonderful & thrilling report in the Finger Lakes Times by John Van Niel!! Thanks Chris. Fritzie On 9/4/2016 6:20 PM, Chris R. Pelkie wrote: *_http://www.fltimes.com/lifestyle/speaking-of-nature-fishers-are-back/article_d7d8fafe-6cba-11e6-ab55-038e8d6a63c3.html_* /Thought the many of

[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Kingbird terrorist!!

2016-07-18 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Back in the 1960s whenever my stepfather would go to work in his garden or just out into his yard, an Eastern kingbird would would suddenly appear & constantly dive at his head whether or not he was wearing a cap. That went on most all summer. The bird never bothered anyone else. However, I

[cayugabirds-l] Mill pond sign in Union Springs

2016-07-08 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Failed to mention that I have contacted Mrs. Aguilar, the scout's mother, to commend her son for his project & hard work but also to point out a glaring error on the sign/kiosk. He has the picture of a Green heron listed as a Pileated woodpecker. :-( Hopefully he can correct that ASAP. Only

[cayugabirds-l] Umbrella for my bluebirds: Union Springs

2016-07-08 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Four bluebirds hatched on 4 July, as expected. By early a.m. 5 July, & since then, temps have been in the mid-90s in the shade so surely inside the bird box on the clothesline arm had to be hotter. Years ago, under the same circumstances, I had successfully put an old umbrella over the box to

[cayugabirds-l] East Rd. Purple martins?????

2016-06-22 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
The Mennonite couple who lived in the house that burnt on East Rd. put up a Purple martin house several years before they moved away about two yrs. ago. The box had been occupied by martins almost from the time the box was put up & I saw martins there last yr.. I don't recall anyone ever

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stilt

2016-06-22 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
You aren't alone there! And you left the apostrophe ('s) off else. So .. why try? We all knew what you meant! Chuckled to see your post. Our neighbor is also Judy Wright but she's handicapped so WE KNOW she can't go birding. Fritzie . Union Springs On 6/22/2016 1:40 PM, Judith

[cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow male replaced

2016-06-11 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
This past Mon., 6th, John realized the male tree swallow hadn't been "standing guard" on the weather vane on our clothesline post. Since the neighbor's long, strong, male Siamese type cat had gotten the first male, I have to feel the cat also got the 2nd male which had been very chatty with

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Observation

2016-05-09 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Hm, Carol, I've wondered the last 2 or 3 yrs. why narrow strips of bark have been peeled from a cedar tree. Didn't look like where a deer had rubbed its antlers on the tree yrs. ago. I noticed the missing bark when I went to get thin strips of bark for our son when he was here teaching

[cayugabirds-l] Cormorants on Frontenac Island ... dozens!!!

2016-05-04 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
At 11 a.m. I was quite dismayed to see many, many, many dozens of cormorants in the trees, on the rocks & in the waters of Frontenac Island in Cayuga Lake here at Union Springs. :-(:-( The Bass tournament will take place here 23-24 June if the cormorants leave any fish! This is the first yr.

[cayugabirds-l] Mating turkey vultures

2016-04-20 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
This morning atop a tall chimney on the Union Springs Academy campus, I observed a pair of copulating turkey vultures. This is late but last Wed. a.m., (13th) a golden eagle came flying right over our house. Had very good binocular views of all sides of the bird with the sun showing

[cayugabirds-l] Turkey vultures: Union Springs

2016-04-10 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
At 9:30 this a.m at least 24 TVs were in the field between Spring St. & Seminary St. with wings outstretched, facing the sun. They stayed for nearly an hour with one at a time eventually taking off. I have seen them circling around the tall evergreens immediately west of where they sat &

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Osprey

2016-03-19 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
I saw no osprey in Cayuga nor did I see any in my travels today. A lady walking the Seneca Trail along the river took a picture of a male hovering above the platform (seen from the bridge on Rte. 5 & 20, just E. of MNWR entrance) & showed it to the lady at the desk. MNWR main drive will open

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs 12/28/15

2015-12-28 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
_Mill pond_ finally has feathers on it! Redheads & Gadwalls ... at least 50 each Green-winged teal 1 pair Am. wigeon .. 2 pair Bufflehead 10-12 Canada geese ... 12 +- Mallards . 12 +- _Factory St_. pond Gadwall

[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese and a magical moment in the sun

2015-12-20 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
And I saw hundreds heading south this afternoon about 3 p.m. just east of our house on the east edge of Union Springs village. These were the 1st I've seen this _FALL_ ... ha, ha ... tomorrow is _WINTER_! Fritzie On 12/20/2015 7:08 PM, Sandy Wold wrote: > Today, I found myself very fortunate

[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vulture with white wings

2015-11-21 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Good to know. Thanks, Ann. I've been wondering if anyone had seen it as I haven't seen any posts this yr.. Fritzie -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park birds, plus OT comments

2015-11-19 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Brief & to the point but I agree with Linda Tuyn. I wish I could write as well as has Dave. Fritzie Blizzard. On 11/19/2015 8:50 PM, Linda K Tuyn wrote: I appreciate all the information you have posted, and find it eloquently stated. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] New Roots Cayuga wetland project

2015-11-11 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
When I first saw Dave Nutter's post about what the charter school teacher/students had in mind I was going to write almost what Phillip Bonn has written. All one has to do is look at May's pool to see how fast an area is overgrown & ruined by cattails. Think how quickly the Main pool has

[cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marcellus Sandhills & East Road house fire

2015-11-03 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Around the drive at MNWR were many people looking for the mystery "cinnamon" teal. No one we talked to had seen it. Frogs & turtles were out enjoying the warm day. Becky helped a painted turtle across the road. A crow captured a leopard frog & flew away with it. We saw more frogs on the road

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs Mill Pond .. 1st Buffleheads

2015-10-27 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Daughter, Becky, reported seeing 7 buffleheads on her way home from work this afternoon. She is by the pond everyday & these are the first she's seen. Only thing I've seen has been mallards. This was a bird filled day here today as I was working in the garden. Nothing spectacular but nice!

[cayugabirds-l] Meena's report re: TVs migrating

2015-10-04 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Daughter, Becky & I went to Upper Saranac Lake on Thurs.. North of Oswego on Rte. 3, for at least 20 mi. we saw perhaps 200 TVs migrating on either side of the road. We didn't try to count but neither of us had ever seen so many. The sky seemed to be full, far as we looked. We saw none at

[cayugabirds-l] Mill pond path ... Union Springs

2015-09-29 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Today I walked along the new "path" along the south side of Mill pond. Needless to say, it left me feeling angry that the scout's mother, who admitted to me that she knew next to nothing about birds & their needs, pushed through their (her) agenda of making the path, DESPITE all the letters

[cayugabirds-l] Willet

2015-08-23 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Daughter Becky I saw the Willet at Larue's late Friday afternoon. Several other birders were there looking at it but I didn't have time to find out who they were. We enjoyed the beauty of the 20 Caspian terns at Eaton Marsh where we also saw 2 great egrets several common gallinule preening

[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs: N rough-winged swallow

2015-06-18 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Normal level of Cayuga Lake is 382 ft. but on Mon. I read that it was at 384 ft.. The underside of the docks here at Frontenac Park have been used for yrs. by the rough-wings for nesting. I watched several swallows sitting on, or flying over the docks on Mon. a.m.. Perhaps they were the males

[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed woodpecker 3.4 mi. from Union Springs

2015-05-20 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Daughter, Becky arrived home from work about 4:30 p.m. to the flash of clearly defined, bright black white color in her trees on Ridge Rd. out of Union Springs. Grabbing her binox from her car she soon found the bird also had a bright red head! She called me as she was taking pix listening

[cayugabirds-l] Kingfisher-gull squabble

2015-05-06 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
At Myers Park, flying down Salmon Creek at 5:30 this evening was a kingfisher with a Ring-billed gull in hot pursuit. The kingfisher flew into a tree where the gull couldn't follow. It took a swift turn came back towards the tree, joined by another gull. The kingfisher stayed put, well out

[cayugabirds-l] Chimney swifts in Union Springs!!

2015-04-30 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
4/30/15: Here in Union Springs at 2 p.m. the first 4 chittering cigars flew overhead circled down to the tall chimney on the girl's dorm. Becky was here suddenly at least a doz. were overhead. :-) I hope I am wrong that they make the chimney their summer home but somehow I felt they

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