Re: [cayugabirds-l] birds and climate science

2017-03-13 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Pete,
The short answer is we have done so for the last 31 years. Many of our 
publications
address climate related changes in bird numbers and activity. Others relate many
negative changes to changes in farming practices.

Our 31 years as co-op weather reporting station for the NWS provide daily 
climate
data to both NWS and the public. That info allows unique on-site, exact weather
correlation to several studies. We have the first 10 years of an ongoing study 
of
the phenology of a dragonfly species currently in press. That study relies 
heavily
on the daily climate data collected here.

All our, and all other banding station' data are kept in a data base at the Bird
Banding Lab at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Md and accessible by 
request to
public researchers. The climate data is also available via the National Climate 
data
Center.

Best,
John
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On Mon, March 13, 2017 11:33, Peter wrote:
> Folksmight anyone know of any /*loca*//*l*/ ornithological
> research that informs climate science?
>
> Thanks
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> Pete Saracino
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[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow stopover

2017-03-10 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
In 31 years here we have never had Fox Sparrows in numbers greater than one, 
rarely
two, stay more than a day or two spring and fall. As of today we have had three 
FOSP
now here for an extended stopover of two weeks!

As a side note, we ceased passerine banding operations here after Fall 2012
migration with some 125,000 birds banded since 1986. Amazingly, we are still 
seeing
a few banded birds as they return "home". Species include BC Chickadee, Tufted
Titmouse (the BCCH a migrant, the TUTI a local), Red-winged Blackbird, Common
Grackle, Song Sparrow (all migrant) and a local male Red-bellied Woodpecker. The
latter has to be at least 8 plus years of age while the former species all at 
least
in the 5 plus year area.

We are curious if others who reported FOSPs this year are also experiencing the
extended stay???

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[cayugabirds-l] FOSP

2017-02-25 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Much surprised by two Fox Sparrow "double clutching" under the feeders this 
morning!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon

2017-01-06 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Dorsal appearance plays in that call Asher, and I believe from Dave K's photo 
that
this is a dark phase. All three appear light on the ventral side with the 
beautiful
white gyr a real eye stopper.

Many years ago (late 70s I think) we enjoyed all three at one time at a quarry 
in SE
Pennsylvania. Caravans of birders racing through Amish country was something the
locals surely still talk about.

We also remembered one (I think it was a gray) here up at Canoga marsh back 
around
the time when Andy Farnsworth was a student here and several members of the bird
club were able to see it hunt. Andy's sharp eyes spotted it while the rest of us
stared at blank sky for quite awhile.

John

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On Thu, January 5, 2017 15:58, Asher Hockett wrote:
> And the photo from Thorpe Rd is? I am confused because it seems very white,
> where it isn't spotted, and not gray at all.
>
> Asher not-very-experienced-with Gyrfalcons
>
> On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 2:54 PM, Kevin J. McGowan <k...@cornell.edu> wrote:
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>> I believe that is true.
>>
>> Kevin
>>
>> -Original Message-
>> From: John and Sue Gregoire [mailto:k...@empacc.net]
>> Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2017 2:45 PM
>> To: Kevin J. McGowan <k...@cornell.edu>
>> Cc: Caroline Manring <carolinemanr...@gmail.com>; CAYUGABIRDS-L <
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>> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon
>>
>> What color phase is the landfill Gyr? Thought it was a gray.
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>> On Thu, January 5, 2017 13:42, Kevin J. McGowan wrote:
>> > Check the legs for jesses. They use a Gyrfalcon to keep gulls away
>> > from the landfill over on Rt 414.
>> >
>> > Kevin
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>> > -Original Message-
>> > From: bounce-121125912-3493...@list.cornell.edu
>> > [mailto:bounce-121125912-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of
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>> > Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2017 1:32 PM
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>> > Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon
>> >
>> > Here now, 1:30-- no snowies to be seen but several good long looks at
>> > a Gyrfalcon on both sides of the road, both on ground and on telephone
>> pole!
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[cayugabirds-l] Adult Peregrine in Watkins Glen

2016-11-27 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
At 1100 we had a beautiful adult Peregrine (tundrius) hunting pigeons in the
village. Great looks as it perched atop the church spire on 4th St near Tobey's
Donuts.
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[cayugabirds-l] Cattle Egrets

2016-11-14 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Ran into a few confused people looking for egrets at MNWR this morning. To 
hopefully
clear that we found the 8 egrets with a few horse buddies at the farm on East 
Tyre
Road. Coming from the south on 89 beyond 5/20 look for E.Tyre which branches off
left in a NNW direction just before the large Goose Haven decoy. A short way 
down E.
Tyre you will find the farm on your right and the egrets following the horses 
around
the field beyond the house and paddocks. Coming from the North, take a right on 
Lay
Rd (this is a road to Esker Brook(trails closed due hunting)) and then a left on
East Tyre. Part of the confusion is a place on E.Tyre with a sign reading Goose
Haven as does the sign on 89.

We also saw a number of Sandhill Cranes at Knox-Marcellus and counted 46 at a
distance without a scope. They were closer to Mud Lock Rd than to the parking 
area.

The main pool is loaded with waterfowl with Redhead, Coot and Baldpate (Am. 
Wigeon)
predominating. Large numbers of Ruddy Ducks and lesser numbers of Mallard, 
Gadwall,
N. Shoveler, a single Canvasback, Ring-necked, scaup spp, Common Merganser and 
PB
Grebe are also in residence.

The new superhighway through the refuge is newly graveled and rough with the 
north
end of the drive almost devoid of waterfowl although we did see two G. 
Yellowlegs.

John and Sue


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eagle Question

2016-09-29 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Pete, that figure is loose and derived from decades of banding data from Cape 
May
Point and elsewhere. It is the rough mortality figure used by PWRC and others 
for
all raptors, not just eagles. As a point of interest, the return on raptor 
bands is
quite high as opposed to passerines where it is way under 1 % !
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On Wed, September 28, 2016 19:23, Peter wrote:
> Howdy folks.
>
> Am reading a very interesting, creative book by Pete Dunne called "The
> Wind MastersThe Lives Of North American Birds of Prey". Dunne takes
> a very creative approach to teach us about these birds...the book reads
> more like a novel!  I highly recommend it but have a question.
>
> In his piece about Bald Eagles, Pete says that, with respect to young
> eagles, more than 90% that fledge in a given season don't survive to
> adulthood, and nearly 60% of these die during their first year.
> Evidently, to quote Dunne, "starvation is a young eagle's greatest
> adversary"..
>
> I was wondering what anyone thought about his statistics.
>
> Thanks for the feedback.
>
> Pete Saracino
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[cayugabirds-l] THEY'RE HERE

2016-09-25 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Following the front, we banded four lovely little furry things last night!  No, 
not
tribbles, but young of the year Northern Saw-whet Owls!

This is the earliest we have ever encountered them here. The previous early was 
4
days hence in 2012 when we enjoyed a huge irruption and banded well over 200 in 
the
season. Dare we hope?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Imm northern goshawk

2016-09-08 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Thanks for the clarification Dave; the AOU gives us enough changes to worry 
over and
now trail names! ;-). Appreciate the detail Josh and the additional sighting 
Alicia.
All of that is well in the area of a known nesting area. I'm hopeful it/they are
local young of the year. Here, we have had a slow but steady flow of sharpies 
and
coops.
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On Wed, September 7, 2016 22:21, Dave Nutter wrote:
> I think the reference is to an eBird research project in our area which 
> gathers data
> by suggesting specific locations where birders should go based on habitats.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Imm northern goshawk

2016-09-07 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Joshua, what is this trailhead you mention? Not one of the FLNF names. FYI, at 
least
three pair of Gos breed in the forest, probably a couple more. One year, FLT 
hikers
were constantly bombarded as they passed under a nest near the lean-to. That 
nest no
longer in use. Although Gos and other accipiters are moving now, it gives hope 
that
we had a successful nesting.
Best,
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On Wed, September 7, 2016 18:28, Joshua Snodgrass wrote:
> I just saw an immature northern goshawk on Mathews Rd in the finger lakes
> NF, near the avitrail 27 trailhead.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Banded Canada Geese

2016-08-08 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Suan,

All banded birds can be reported at the site below. Although you don't have the 
band
from your CAGO observations, I believe you can also report the color and 
markings of
the neck bands using that form.

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/

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On Sun, August 7, 2016 14:11, Suan Yong wrote:
> FYI, Canada geese with yellow neck bands NY06, NY12, and NY17 are currently 
> loafing
> in a flock of ~30 CANGs in Salmon Creek between Myers and Salt Point. Not 
> sure who's
> keeping track and what's the best avenue for reporting these; I know there's 
> some
> local interest, presumably even in tracking "boring" baseline reports, but I'm
> guessing we don't want this list to turn into a flood of daily "it's still 
> there"
> reports (which are still valuable scientifically).
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[cayugabirds-l] Downy feeding at hummer feeder

2016-07-09 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
All, here too, missed it on my list. Have seen them use that long tongue
more so than the bill which serves to keep it steady.
John
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On Sat, July 9, 2016 13:15, Karen Steffy wrote:
> Add red bellied woodpeckers to the list

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Interesting downy woodpecker behavior

2016-07-09 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
All, here too, missed it on my list. Have seen them use that long tongue
more so
than the bill which serves to keep it steady.
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> Add red bellied woodpeckers to the list
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> It seem our little downy has learned how to sip from the humming bird
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> I find this to be such an interesting learned behavior.
> Has anyone else seen anything like this?
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Interesting downy woodpecker behavior

2016-07-09 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Linda, here too, missed it on my list. Have seen them use that long tongue more 
so
than the bill which serves to keep it steady.
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On Sat, July 9, 2016 13:15, Karen Steffy wrote:
> Add red bellied woodpeckers to the list of birds that drink from a
> hummingbird feeder. I have one that hangs on the edge  to help themselves.
> The long beak works very well.
> On Jul 9, 2016 11:55 AM, "Linda Orkin" <wingmagi...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I have seen Downy Woodpeckers sipping from YB Sapsucker wells. Very cool.
>>
>> Linda Orkin
>> Ithaca, NY.
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>> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Jul 9, 2016, at 10:14 AM, Nancy Cusumano <nancycusuman...@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>> It seem our little downy has learned how to sip from the humming bird
>> feeder.
>> I find this to be such an interesting learned behavior.
>> Has anyone else seen anything like this?
>>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Interesting downy woodpecker behavior

2016-07-09 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
We have had Downies using the hummingbird feeder for several years. We have 
also had
chickadees, Hairy and a junco feed or attempt to. I think the sugar hit in this 
hot
weather is what they seek. The hairy had to enlarge a port a bit!
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> It seem our little downy has learned how to sip from the humming bird
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> I find this to be such an interesting learned behavior.
> Has anyone else seen anything like this?
>
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> And you can hardly tell it is a downy, but it is.
> Pics also posted to FB pages.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Prairie Warbler question

2016-06-21 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Hi Betsy,

I believe it is more than a generic "Prairie Warblers" but do believe they have
established territory and getting on with it. The lack of intense song and
territorial fighting among neotrops is, in my opinion, a direct reflection of
greatly reduced populations thanks to all the natural and man made hazards here 
and
in the tropics. We've been tracking this phenomena for 30 years now at this 
location
and the results are both remarkable and scary. The short answer to your 
question is
that there is no longer a need for prolonged territorial song battles in many 
areas
because of that reduced population. While you see it in your Prairies, we've 
seen it
in several species -all neotrops.

The ABC tends to agree with that analysis. Locally we have seen the extirpation 
of
many species thanks to modern agribusiness farming methods as they destroy 
hedgerows
and turn pasture into corn and alfalfa fields. Field species attempting to nest 
in
the undesirable alfalfa are lost due to the several takings of the crop over the
season. Add the slathering of liquid manure slurry between harvests and it's 
not a
pretty picture.

I'd love to hear other opinions on this and thanks for surfacing it.

Best,
John


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[cayugabirds-l] Flycatchers

2016-05-22 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
New arrivals have been slow although orioles and grosbeaks have been numerous 
and 
grand fun. No fancy thrushes but Veery and Wood Thrushes singing steadily which 
is a
big improvement over recent years. On the 19th we had Willow Flycatcher arrive
followed on Friday by Alder. That brings the yard arrivals to 98 for the year 
and
we've yet to see Kingbird, cuckoos and late warblers. Sadly, surrounding
agribusiness level farming has extirpated Grasshopper, Vesper and Savannah 
sparrows
as well as decimating many hedgerow species. All used to be reliable here.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yes to White-Crowned Sparrow

2016-05-17 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Bill, Larry, et al,

Eastern White-crowned Sparrows (EWCS formerly WCSP) remain here although numbers
drop day by day to where we have only a half dozen in the feeder area.
White-throated Sparrows are now mostly gone although a few were here through 
Sunday.

In the 30 years we banded here EWCS have been an annual treat spring and fall. 
With
only one exception in the early 90s, they stopover here for about a month in 
both
migrations.

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> Bill Mcaneny reported a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and asked if anyone else
> still has this species.  We had a small flock up until last Thursday.  I
> thought they had moved on.  But on Sunday a single White-Crowned showed
> up and is still making an appearance --- late straggler??  We also still
> have ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS.  Based on our records both species should
> have moved on by now.  But it's really nice to have them stick around
> longer.
>
> Another surprise bird for our yard popped in today --- SWAINSON'S
> THRUSH!!  Was this a Hawthorn Woods bird that took a wrong turn???
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Swainson's Thrush

2016-05-14 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
You certainly have the hot spot and are getting much more than we here in the SW
corner of the basin at 15-1700ft. Scarlet Tanager two days back and nothing new
since with scarce warblers and then only the most common. We were honored 
yesterday
with watching a Veery behavior and various vocalizations for a good half hour 
before
we suffered thrush arms and warbler neck from holding still! Today we repeated 
that
with a Wood Thrush and then watched a female Wood Duck on of of our ponds as she
groomed her mate. We had never seen that before.

Geo, wanted to pursue your toad and crow comment. Have you seen crows eating 
toads?
We have watched Grackles eating recently emerged odonates but the frogs are the
exclusive diet of the Green Herons that nest here; they share with great Blur 
every
now and then. I remember learning many moons, from Tom Eisner I think, ago that
toads exuded a chemical that protects them from bird predation which made your
comment more interesting.
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> Not many new arrivals this morning around my place, but a (silent) Least 
> Flycatcher
> was feeding warbler-like among the apple blossoms, and right now I have a 
> (singing!)
> Swainson's Thrush down by the brook (Beech Hill area of the L-P Preserve. 
> Canada
> Warbler too. Oooh! Even as I write this, a Mourning Warbler has begun singing!
> Hooded Warblers are present in their regular breeding territories.
>
> A few minutes ago I surprised a Ruffed Grouse that was dust-bathing behind the
> sauna. Earlier I had a nice long look at a red fox.
>
> Here's a female Scarlet Tanager eating some kind of large bug, while the male 
> is
> nearby, calling "chik-boings ... chik-boingg".
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[cayugabirds-l] new arrivals

2016-05-10 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Just now we had an amazing new visitor when an adult male CMWA(Cape May Warbler)
landed on a feeder support ar and wondered what all these other birds were 
eating!
Too bad we don't have meal worms.

Yesterday afternoon Solitary Sandpiper came into a pond. That followed a 
morning of
FOYs starting with a hummer at dawn and then Chestnut-sided, Western Palm, 
Ovenbird
and a soaring adult Bald Eagle overhead! Great day that brought this year's yard
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[cayugabirds-l] more arrivals

2016-05-06 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Shortly after posting yesterday we had competing song from two Wood Thrush! 
Hummers
due today -we'll see. Some are arriving on the 30 year mean date. some have 
been as
much as 2.5 weeks early and a very few have been a few days late. All in all the
mean won't move much if at all.
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[cayugabirds-l] arrivals

2016-05-05 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
As the radar showed we had quite a fallout around 0200 yesterday. When we 
looked in
the morning we had Black-throated Green, Gray Catbird and Veery. This morning a
handsome male Baltimore Oriole checked in and devoured a peanut butter based 
treat.
That's 76 for the year here.
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[cayugabirds-l] Morning fallout

2016-04-21 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Radar was very active last night and this morning we had Magnolia and 
Yellow-rumped
(Myrtle) warblers -bright males, and both Warbling and Blue-headed vireos. All 
were
in the yard.
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[cayugabirds-l] Hermit Thrush

2016-04-11 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
We had a single Hermit Thrush yesterday. That arrival a good two weeks earlier 
than
the 30 year norm here.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagles and thousands of waterfowl

2016-03-02 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Too early in the morning! Please make that "off SR 89" not 79.
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[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagles and thousands of waterfowl

2016-03-02 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
A no scope stop at Lake Rd yesterday afternoon revealed a huge raft of mixed 
Athyas,
mostly Redheads, stretching from the mid point of Lake Rd to just short of 
Canoga;
all were in mid-lake. No ice other than huge rafts visible on the eastern shore.
Many Tundra and a few Trumpeter swans were all along the lake, Snow geese mostly
near the eastern shore and other species of duck ( common both large mergs,
bufflehead, blacks, mallards dotted along the lakefront. Fowl became sparse by 
the
boat launch and south through Wyers Point.

The highlight was 7 Bald Eagles fishing and playing on the wind just at the 
south
end of Lake rd. We watched for quite awhile at close range. At one point, three
detached and flew at us with the lead bird carrying a huge fish and passing 
between
our vehicle and a tree on the west side of the road! Of the seven, five were 
adult.

For those unfamiliar, Lake Rd and Lower Lake Rd run along the water just off SR 
79
from just south of the State Park to the old pump house area south of the RR 
bed.
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[cayugabirds-l] Rough-legged Hawk

2015-12-14 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Had our first of season RLHA here today. It was a beautiful dark morph. Later 
in the
day while birding some fields we enjoyed adult female and adult male (gray 
ghost)
harriers hunting. Not sure which are more majestic flyers, harriers or TVs.
J
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[cayugabirds-l] Hurtado's site

2015-12-03 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Does anyone know what happened to Paul's composite radar site? For the past week
I've been getting "Not Found =The requested URL /hurtado.10/US_Composite_Radar/ 
was
not found on this server.

Anyone have his current email?

Thanks,
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[cayugabirds-l] Male Wood Duck

2015-12-02 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Contentedly gritting alongside the Moocher mallards alongside the canal in the
Wegman's parking lot!
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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrel Haven end of season Northern Saw-whet Owl report

2015-12-01 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
The Fat Lady Hooted at Kestrel Haven!

We brought in nets on the 30th to end a so-so season and leave us longing for
another 2012!( when we banded well over 200 saw-whets) We banded 50 new birds, 
had 3
repeats and, for the very first time, had zero foreigns and none of our birds
visiting other stations. We made a stab at LEOWs without success.

Our 50 breakdown to 1 AHY, 8 ASY, 6 SY and 35 HY, a very normal distribution. 
It was
much the same with sex ratio as we had 84% female, 7 Unknowns and 1 definite 
male.

We banded from 01 October through 29 November on 39 nights logging 622 net hours
which works out to one bird every 12 net hours.

Our best night was 12 on 22 October. First bird banded was 14 October and last 
was
29 November.

Although the season started very slowly with birds being caught to our west, 
east
and south, it all came out as pretty normal. It did give us an opportunity to 
add to
our knowledge/assumptions of migration dynamics here. We believe "our" birds fly
south directly over Lake Ontario as well as some that skirt the lake's western 
edge.
This of course is strongly dependent on wind speed and direction. Those birds
skirting the eastern edge of the lake tend to then follow a path down the 
eastern
shore of Cayuga Lake and miss us by a good 40 miles. In previous years owls 
banded
here showed a strong tendency to fly south by southwest based on visits to other
stations. This year That's what makes it fun as we keep learning.

John and Sue

 To decode our bander lingo. These are all Northern Saw-whet Owls (NSWO). LEOW 
is
Long-eared Owl which we tried due to a tremendous fallout of same in Ontario 
this
fall. AHY is after hatching year but we can't determine the age closer than
"adult", ASY is a bird at least 3 years old, SY is a second year bird, HY is a 
bird
hatched this year . For the most part molt intricacies are such that we can't 
age
NSWOs beyond ASY. TY, third year, and ATY (after third year) calls are iffy at 
best
as we have huge variations in molt patterns within this species.
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[cayugabirds-l] and back to birds - MERLIN, LOONS

2015-11-17 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
We took a ride to Interlaken this afternoon and checked the waterfront from
Sheldrake to Wyers Point and the cove just north. A total of 59 loons in that 
area.
the very strong southerly chop made picking them out difficult. We're sure there
were many more. Ducks were few and all we found were Bufflehead, Black and 
mallard
in addition to the usual Canada Geese.

Cutting back up to 96 on County Rte 139 we found an adult Blue Jack perched 
atop an
electric pole near the hopyard. Blue Jack an affectionate term for male Merlin. 
This
one was a beauty!

A Cayuga and/or Seneca "pelagic" would be a fun fall/winter cruise.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Loon watch and foy here

2015-11-15 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
John, Meena,
I was joking about following Rte 15 southbound! The majority of birds yesterday 
were
indeed flying on a line that would have taken them to Watkins Glen. Did they 
turn?
Where? Why?

These birds were at sufficient althitude to bring the rivers in view quickly 
and the
Bay within a very short time. Our old banding station on the Patuxent River was 
at
the same longitude as our current station between the lakes here.

I agree with a direct flight. The rivers only provide a sense of confidence 
that, in
case of an in-flight emnergency, a suitable divert field is available 
throughout the
journey south.

A few years ago some folks from the Maryland Orn. Soc. conducted a watch at Pt
Lookout ( Md shore at confluence of the Potomac,Patuxent and the Bay). The 
timing of
touch downs there would coincide nicely with the flight times with tail wind 
that we
were discussing yesterday -about 5 hours.  All in all, much faster than we can 
drive
or sometimes fly IFR.

John
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On Sat, November 14, 2015 21:00, John Greenly wrote:
> Hi Meena and John
>
> Have to chime in here, as the lake and I are rather good friends, from a few
> thousand hours of rowing and sailing!  From Taughannock State Park it's 8 
> miles on
> the water to Stewart Park at the bottom end of the lake, and the west shore 
> down
> there (Hog Hole) is only 1.8 miles east of a direct southerly line from the 
> shore at
> Taughannock.  I don't know how you figured those large numbers of miles;  
> below
> Taughannock, around about Myers, the lake actually bends more southerly, not 
> to the
> east. On the other hand, Watkins Glen at the south end of Seneca Lake is 
> about 17
> miles WSW from Taughannock, a direction that would be just right if the Loons 
> were
> migrating to Pittsburgh.
>
> I do wonder where they go from here though.  The Susquehanna takes an 
> extremely
> twisty course with a large easterly excursion in Pennsylvania, it would be
> interesting to know whether they follow it or just go straight, which would 
> save
> hours of flight.
>
> Cheers,
> John Greenly
>
>
> On Nov 14, 2015, at 6:42 PM, John Confer wrote:
>
>> 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  Lake. As I look at Google Earth, that seems a much more likely 
>> location
>> that they fly over over than the southern tip of Cayuga. Measured in Google, 
>> it
>> looks to me that the southern tip of Cayuga Lake is more than 10 miles east 
>> of
>> due south from the tip of Taughannock.
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> John
>>
>> 
>> From: bounce-119895794-25065...@list.cornell.edu
>> <bounce-119895794-25065...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Meena Madhav 
>> Haribal
>> <m...@cornell.edu>
>> Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 4:00 PM
>> To: k...@empacc.net
>> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
>> Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Loon watch and foy here
>>
>> John,
>> I am not sure if they are following Susquehanna or they are just taking a 
>> direct
>> route. If you look up on the map, it seems they can fly directly to 
>> Chesapeake Bay
>> in direct line, they don't need to follow Route 15 as we do.  Route 15 is at 
>> least
>> 20 miles left to their target destination in our area. Also, as I mentioned
>> earlier the Cayuga Lake southern tip bends to east substantially by about  4 
>> or 5
>> miles to the east from Taughannock State park if draw straight line south.  
>> They
>> know what they are doing!
>>
>> Cheers
>> Meena
>>
>> Meena Haribal
>> Ithaca NY 14850
>> 42.429007,-76.47111
>> http://www.haribal.org/
>> http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/
>> Ithaca area moths: https://plus.google.com/118047473426099383469/posts
>> Dragonfly book sample pages: 
>> http://www.haribal.org/dragonflies/samplebook.pdf
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> 
>> From: John and Sue Gregoire <k...@empacc.net>
>> Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 3:03 PM
>> To: Meena Madhav Haribal
>> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
>> Subject: Re: Loon watch and foy he

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

2015-11-14 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Meena pls pass to Wes and Diane. Sue and I continued on to Seneca Lake where we
found no loons. In thinking about those high Southwestward flyers we believe 
they
had plenty of altitude to spot the Susquehanna and thus took a bit more direct 
route
down Rte 15! (runs alongside the river from Corning south).

At home we also had Fox Sparrow and our FOY American Tree Sparrow.

Terrific morning with good company!

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On Sat, November 14, 2015 10:37, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> Today morning Loon Watch trip somebody seem to have lost the eye piece cap 
> for Nikon



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[cayugabirds-l] Loons over Cayuga

2015-11-11 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
We spent almost an hour at Taughannock SP this morning and saw only one Loon in
flight. Could someone remind us of the ideal conditions, both temporal and
environmental? It was warm but the wind was from the north.
Sue.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Strange and interesting behavior of Canada Goose parents

2015-08-16 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
The male is in defensive, warning posture, most probably because of your 
presence.
It was all about you and protection of the young.
John
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On Sun, August 16, 2015 09:39, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:

 Hi all,

 This past June I was in Perch River WMA region and I observed a strange and
 interesting behavior of Canada goose. So I thought I will share with you all 
 and I
 would like to know if anyone else has observed similar behavior.


 It was chilly morning and there was a pair of Canada Geese ahead of me. I 
 found one
 of them (I presume probably father), was strangely arching his neck to low 
 level and
 peering at something under the female (I presume) who was sitting and 
 uttering some
 calls.  I thought may be it has to do with courtship behavior. He would 
 occasionally
 move his head like snake and look down in that strange fashion.  See the 
 picture
 link below. So I was fascinated and was watching him. Soon it turned out the 
 female
 lifted her body and I could see some fluffy chicks may be a few days old 
 underneath
 her. Then she adjusted herself and settled down again.  The father kept 
 watching and
 uttering some noises. Then after sometime of sunning she decided that she can 
 let
 her babies out. As soon as they were out the male went and touched couple of 
 the
 chicks with his beak as patting them on their heads and then they all walked 
 into
 the water.


 So I was wondering why was he doing that? Was he communicating with the 
 chicks? May
 be he could see some chicks from his vantage point while I did not see any. 
 Or they
 were playing pickaboo kind of game?  Whatever they were doing it was 
 fascinating to
 watch.



 https://www.flickr.com/photos/91426175@N00/20001332614/in/dateposted-public/

 DSC_4830_001Perch RWMA
 Canada Goose peering at its babies that were under the female

 [https://farm1.staticflickr.com/742/20001332614_0fcc68c124_b.jpg]https://www.flickr.com/photos/91426175@N00/20001332614/in/dateposted-public/

 View photo on
 Flickr...https://www.flickr.com/photos/91426175@N00/20001332614/in/dateposted-public/





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[cayugabirds-l] ALFL

2015-05-12 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Please excuse the finger slip on the tetragraph in my last message. The bird 
here is
an Alder Flycatcher. Have yet to see a Willow although they usually arrive 
together.
Thanks for catching my big fingers/small keyboard faux pas Chris!
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[cayugabirds-l] ACFL

2015-05-12 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
We had a very early Alder Flycatcher on its usual territory here yesterday 
morning.
Normal arrival is the 18th.
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[cayugabirds-l] FOS BOBO

2015-05-02 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
We had a week early male Bobolink here this morning. Otherwise birds were 
lulled to
sleep by the toads and peepers.
John
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[cayugabirds-l] Large migration last night

2015-04-30 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
The fall out here included a rare spring Yellow Palm Warbler as well as Yellow 
and
Yellow-rumped. The first Eastern White-crowned arrived yesterday  along with an
unusual tween the lakes flyover of 23 Cormorants. Tree Sparrow and Fox still 
with
us.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mute swan smith park Seneca lake

2015-03-27 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
A pair of mutes are regulars on the Watkins waterfront and overwinter on the 
west
shore.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vulture

2015-02-25 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Larry,
The simple answer is photoperiod. Red-winged BBs and others will migrate when 
day
length reaches a certain threshold for the species. This instinctive response is
often coupled to their food requirements so insectivores will wait until the 
days
get longer and most probably correspond to insect hatches enroute. Red-wings are
considered half-hearty but I wish them luck finding food other than at feeders 
right
now. The average arrival date was a few days ago. Have seen several reports of 
TVs
all winter long but none on their roost (NWS Fire Academy roof) in Montour 
Falls.

Of course unless they sense a pressure gradient indicative of an impending 
storm,
they come ahead on that increasing day length.
John

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On Wed, February 25, 2015 13:03, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
 About 20 minutes ago I was very surprised to see a TURKEY VULTURE
 soaring about near East Hill Plaza.  Having heard no reports this
 winter, I'm assuming this is an early migrant.   I've often wondered why
 this bird, and the red-wing blackbirds

 Considering the severe weather and heavy snow cover in our area, why
 would this bird, and the RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS that Dave Nutter saw on
 the 22nd, not delay their northward migration until conditions improve
 considerably?  As they move north, aren't they taking into account the
 conditions they are encountering and deciding whether to proceed or wait
 it out?  Any thoughts!?!?

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake ice

2015-02-18 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Try this link. Terrific history.
John
http://www.co.seneca.ny.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Frozen-Cayuga-Seneca-Lakes.pdf

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On Wed, February 18, 2015 10:17, Donna Lee Scott wrote:
 This link to the ice article does not seem to work.

 Donna L. Scott

 From: bounce-118832291-15001...@list.cornell.edu
 [mailto:bounce-118832291-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Laurie Roe
 Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 8:18 AM
 To: John and Sue Gregoire
 Cc: Jay McGowan; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake ice

 www.cohttp://www.co.seneca.ny.us/wp-content/.../http://ny.us/wp-content/.../Frozen-Cayuga-Seneca-Lakes.pdf
 This is a nice history of the freezing of Seneca and Cayuga Lakes...13 pages,
 written by a local historian. I remembered reading it a couple of winters ago 
 when
 we had significant freezing..Laurie

 On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 8:04 AM, John and Sue Gregoire
 k...@empacc.netmailto:k...@empacc.net wrote:
 Interesting to read your observations. When you were a young lad we had some 
 cold
 winters with very extensive icing. I remember one year when we all were 
 chasing
 something, a Gyr I think, and the name of the game in the telephonic tree was 
 the
 location of the northern ice edge which kept creeping southward. Many good 
 birds
 lived at that ice edge and many others were found by folks seeking access at 
 the
 edge point.

 There was less interest and concern about the southern  end. Much the same on 
 Seneca
 for south ice but there the live stops abruptly a bit offshore where the 
 bottom
 drops to 400 feet quickly.

 Old timers tell of the years a century or a bit more ago when Seneca froze 
 over
 completely and people walked across the lake at several points. Seneca is much
 deeper than Cayuga! On Seneca this type weather usually brings a few goodies 
 but as
 you found out, access is tough.
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 On Tue, February 17, 2015 16:50, Jay McGowan wrote:
 I checked a couple spots on the southeastern part of Cayuga Lake this
 morning. This is, if not the most frozen I have ever seen the lake, at
 least fairly close. The thick ice extended well beyond the red lighthouse
 and almost to the brown pilings/buoy, and the thinner, newly-formed ice
 extended well beyond this buoy, ending at about the railroad track crossing
 where East Shore Drive heads up hill and slightly away from the lake. Not
 too far north of this open water, however, the lake once again became
 mostly frozen, this time with scattered but extensive thin ice islands,
 like the ones that have been forming overnight on some of the coldest days
 recently, but even more extensive. I wasn't able to get another look at the
 lake until Myers, but the ice off the point and marina was quite extensive
 as well, and the Aythya flock that has been hanging around off Ladoga was
 all but frozen out. Several hundred Redhead, scaup, and Canvasbacks were
 squeezed into a small open water patch a bit to the east of Ladoga. The
 marina was unsurprisingly completely frozen (it had been full of birds
 three or four days ago), and the only ducks I saw out on the open lake
 (both north of East Shore and at Myers) were Common Goldeneye and Common
 Mergansers. The TUNDRA SWAN flock sleeping on the spit between Ladoga and
 the Myers marina has only increased, with at least 80 birds plus another 14
 on the ice west of the marina and at least 12 with a goose flock along the
 shore east of Ladoga.

 I will be interested to see what happens with the ice cover as the
 temperature continues to hover well below freezing over the next few days
 and beyond. I imagine that the Aurora Bay is still open, but we may end up
 getting some pretty interesting concentrations of birds in the areas that
 do manage to stay open.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake ice

2015-02-18 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Interesting to read your observations. When you were a young lad we had some 
cold
winters with very extensive icing. I remember one year when we all were chasing
something, a Gyr I think, and the name of the game in the telephonic tree was 
the
location of the northern ice edge which kept creeping southward. Many good birds
lived at that ice edge and many others were found by folks seeking access at the
edge point.

There was less interest and concern about the southern  end. Much the same on 
Seneca
for south ice but there the live stops abruptly a bit offshore where the bottom
drops to 400 feet quickly.

Old timers tell of the years a century or a bit more ago when Seneca froze over
completely and people walked across the lake at several points. Seneca is much
deeper than Cayuga! On Seneca this type weather usually brings a few goodies 
but as
you found out, access is tough.
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On Tue, February 17, 2015 16:50, Jay McGowan wrote:
 I checked a couple spots on the southeastern part of Cayuga Lake this
 morning. This is, if not the most frozen I have ever seen the lake, at
 least fairly close. The thick ice extended well beyond the red lighthouse
 and almost to the brown pilings/buoy, and the thinner, newly-formed ice
 extended well beyond this buoy, ending at about the railroad track crossing
 where East Shore Drive heads up hill and slightly away from the lake. Not
 too far north of this open water, however, the lake once again became
 mostly frozen, this time with scattered but extensive thin ice islands,
 like the ones that have been forming overnight on some of the coldest days
 recently, but even more extensive. I wasn't able to get another look at the
 lake until Myers, but the ice off the point and marina was quite extensive
 as well, and the Aythya flock that has been hanging around off Ladoga was
 all but frozen out. Several hundred Redhead, scaup, and Canvasbacks were
 squeezed into a small open water patch a bit to the east of Ladoga. The
 marina was unsurprisingly completely frozen (it had been full of birds
 three or four days ago), and the only ducks I saw out on the open lake
 (both north of East Shore and at Myers) were Common Goldeneye and Common
 Mergansers. The TUNDRA SWAN flock sleeping on the spit between Ladoga and
 the Myers marina has only increased, with at least 80 birds plus another 14
 on the ice west of the marina and at least 12 with a goose flock along the
 shore east of Ladoga.

 I will be interested to see what happens with the ice cover as the
 temperature continues to hover well below freezing over the next few days
 and beyond. I imagine that the Aurora Bay is still open, but we may end up
 getting some pretty interesting concentrations of birds in the areas that
 do manage to stay open.

 Jay




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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birding information

2015-02-12 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Excellent message Don and some very true for us who live, and do much of our 
field
work in cell dead areas. Have never had a cell as a result. We've also birded 
here
for almost 30 years now and notice that some of the old locations have grown new
names over the years as young birders come and go. Some of the longer time folks
also have some very unique, and often funny, ways of describing/renaming old
locations.

I hope we all follow your lead.
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On Wed, February 11, 2015 18:38, Don wrote:
 I certainly empathize with Meena's concern, and nobody wants the reporting
 of locations to get tedious, but I'm hoping there could be a happy medium
 that would be quick and easy, and more helpful.   In my view there are
 actually many posts over time where the location is frustratingly ambiguous,
 but constantly doing Google searches would be difficult or even impossible.
 Remember that not everyone can afford a smartphone or an unlimited data
 package (in fact, Ithaca has the lowest per-capita income of any city in NYS
  according to census data).  And some of us live in spots where phone or
 Internet service is very weak or variable. Some on the listserv may simply
 not be as familiar with specific locations as others, or may only consider
 trying to find it if they are given a sense of where in the big picture the
 location may be (oh, that's near Syracuse, too far away for today or oh,
 just N of Lansing--I can do that after work) but still would love to know
 approximately where the good birds are being sighted.

 I even read an article recently that said there is currently a noticeable
 uptick in sales of flip-phones (even among young people) not just because of
 cost but because some folks are trying to reclaim time for themselves.  The
 article even suggested that in some circles owning a flip-phone is starting
 to become a status thing!  Maybe Henry David Thoreau would have been a
 flip-phone guy (after, not during, his sojourn to Walden Pond).  But I
 digress.

 In the interests of being inclusive, it would be wonderful if more of us
 could at least try to add in some kind of overall orienting reference in
 either the subject line or body of the text, perhaps like just N of Ovid
 or E Hill, Ithaca.  Many people already do this, of course; and thanks!
 Perhaps mentioning the county might only be necessary when there is no
 nearby large town?  (It would be great if there were a button or app that
 would automatically spell out the location in the body of the text (instead
 of, or in addition to, numerical coordinates))!  It should only take a few
 seconds (not sure where it starts to get onerous--perhaps around 10
 seconds?).  It would be much appreciated and would help to make this list
 more user-friendly for all!

 Thanks to everyone who does report, though!  Great list-serv and amazing
 group of birders!  Bird On!

 Don Timmons
 Newfield








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 From: Meena Madhav Haribal
 Date: 2/11/2015 12:24:36 PM
 To: Marty Schlabach;  rwb...@comcast.net;  Carl J. Steckler;  CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birding information

 I guess you all are referring to the earlier posts of owls. If you read the
 title of the message and then the rest of the message itself will give you
 general idea of the locations. Of course the second one was about the
 residence hall, so that must pertain to some college or university. A simple
 Google search would take you to the location! And once you know the location
 then you can deduce the county if you are keeping county list.

 I for one who feel that it is too much to write all those information
 requested.

 Do some work for yourself as everyone on the list is probably not interested
 in such details J And it is fun to find out new locations. We used to play
 it (finding locations) as a game when we were kids!

 Cheers
 Meena


 From: bounce-118809677-3493...@list.cornell.edu
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 Schlabach
 Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:08 PM
 To: rwb...@comcast.net; Carl J. Steckler; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birding information

 And even for those still living in the Basin.
 --Marty
 ===
 Marty Schlabach   m...@cornell.edu
 8407 Powell Rd. home  607-532-3467
 Interlaken, NY 14847   cell315-521-4315
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 Agreed. County

[cayugabirds-l] CORE and PUFIs

2015-01-24 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
We were about to leave on a Short-eared Owl survey when I looked at the feeders 
and
saw our FOY Common redpolls (2) and Purple Finch (2M1F)! Hope yet for winter 
finches
here.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northern Goshawk Fingerlakes National Forest, Schuyler Co.

2015-01-16 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Heartly concur John. Count me as a bander who has both noted this and had 
research
muddled by such exact descriptions.
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On Thu, January 15, 2015 16:03, John Confer wrote:
 HI Folks,

  The barn door is open or the cat is out of the bag, BUT I HAVE A
 CONCERN ABOUT DESCRIBING LOCATIONS OF N GOSHAWK WHEN THEY ACT SOMEWHAT
 AS IF THEY HAD A TERRITORY. Northern Goshawk are known among banders who
 climb to hawk nests to frequently abandon a nest, especially early in
 the nesting cycle, although not so much after the young have
 hatched.Individual birds can become accustomed to human disturbance at a
 low level and provide an exception. Other birds that rarely see humans
 may well abandon a nest if disturbed. At this time of year, they
 probably haven't started laying and, even if the bird is considering
 nesting nearby, at this time of the year the bird might just move away.
 However, if they did start to nest and someone visited the well
 described site a couple months from now, the bird might abandon eggs.

  I know there is an excitement in seeing a good bird, and it is very
 nice to share providing a very good motivation to share a siting with
 others, e.g., the Schofield Short-eared Owls, which do not seem to be at
 all disturbed by humans watching them in a car. Other species of birds
 may have reduced nesting success if people visit them, and goshawk are
 known to be so affected. Discretion in individual circumstances is advised.

 Cheers,

 John

 On 1/15/2015 11:14 AM, Donna Scott wrote:
 Where is Foster Pond, please?

 Sent from my iPhone
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 On Jan 14, 2015, at 6:19 PM, Joshua Snodgrass cedarsh...@gmail.com
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 I went birding at Foster Pond this afternoon, because high twenties
 feels like spring compared to the last few days. Past the frozen pond
 and down Backbone trail I ventured into the brushy field to get a
 better look at some waxwings when I flushed a Northern Goshawk from
 low cover. Life Bird! She (I'm guessing based on the size) perched in
 a small tree and posed for a long time. Excellent views. Adult with a
 bright eyestripe. I took pictures until my hands and toes went numb.
 She never flew away. As I was returning to the trail two Common
 Ravens flew over calling. Awesome Day!
 Photos:
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/123875591@N03/16096262487/in/photostream/
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/123875591@N03/15662257883/in/photostream/

 Sorry I didn't post earlier, but I have a dumb phone.
 Good birding!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northern Goshawk Fingerlakes National Forest, Schuyler Co.

2015-01-15 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Foster Pond is a small parking lot on the left Side Of Potomac Rd going north 
from
227. It is not in the CLB but in the SLB.
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On Thu, January 15, 2015 11:14, Donna Scott wrote:
 Where is Foster Pond, please?

 Sent from my iPhone
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 On Jan 14, 2015, at 6:19 PM, Joshua Snodgrass cedarsh...@gmail.com wrote:

 I went birding at Foster Pond this afternoon, because high twenties feels 
 like
 spring compared to the last few days. Past the frozen pond and down Backbone 
 trail
 I ventured into the brushy field to get a better look at some waxwings when I
 flushed a Northern Goshawk from low cover. Life Bird! She (I'm guessing 
 based on
 the size) perched in a small tree and posed for a long time. Excellent views.
 Adult with a bright eyestripe. I took pictures until my hands and toes went 
 numb.
 She never flew away. As I was returning to the trail two Common Ravens flew 
 over
 calling. Awesome Day!
 Photos: 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/123875591@N03/16096262487/in/photostream/
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/123875591@N03/15662257883/in/photostream/

 Sorry I didn't post earlier, but I have a dumb phone.
 Good birding!
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[cayugabirds-l] Saw-whet Owl season ended at Kestrel Haven

2014-12-09 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
The season in review. We worked 43 nights from 9/18 to 11/25. Every night after 
that
into last week was unsafe for netting so we quit. That was sad as owls 
continued to
move through the area. We've yet to determine an end date for the fall 
migration;
our latest was 11/28 a few years ago.

We had banded 56 saw-whets, 1 Screech Owl,  had 1 banded by  John Confer two 
years
ago, one of ours visit a VA station and 1 miss. Strangely we had more than the 
norm
of ASY birds at 33% while HYs were at 59%, SYs very low at 7% and 1 AHY. Females
accounted for 82%, Unknown sex for 14% and the usual paucity of males who tend 
to
stick closer to breeding territory. Here's the 2014 Saw-whet Rogue's Gallery 
Review;
a note, in order to not stress the owls with white light or flash we operate 
under
red and took the majority of the photos with available light.
https://www.flickr.com/…/kestrel_ha…/sets/72157648276459800/
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[cayugabirds-l] Many swans and an Imm, N. Gannet at Seneca Lake

2014-11-21 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
At 1400 today, we had a mixed flock of Tundra and Trumpeter Swans close in to 
shore
on Seneca Lake at the bottom of the Rte 79 hill. While separating the swans a 
huge
seabird swam into view and eventually came right offshore. It was a juv. 
Northern
Gannet!! Plumage much as the one we had there two years ago. Earlier today a
Peregrine falcon buzzed that area and landed on the old salt tower at Clute 
Park.
Many ducks in the area and in the canal including three merganser species. Three
Sandhill cranes (two adult one juv) remain in Queen Catharine Marsh as well as 
the
two adult Bald Eagles that successfully nested there this summer (they were on 
the
nest tree). Didn't tarry much beyond that as we manged to run the battery down, 
get
a jump start and head into town for a new battery! Worth it.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree sparrow and junco

2014-11-17 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Glad you mentioned it Michelle as we had our first fall tree sparrows yesterday 
as
well. While juncos have been back up here for some time, we were surprised by 
the
adult Eastern White-crowned Sparrow that came in with the tree sparrows.
John
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On Sun, November 16, 2014 17:46, M  K Mannella wrote:
 Feeder birds:
 One junco arrived yesterday and one tree sparrow today.

 Interlaken
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[cayugabirds-l] Snow bunting

2014-11-03 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
First one of the season here today.

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[cayugabirds-l] Fantastic Willow Flycatcher report -corrected

2014-09-04 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Was a bit skeptical of the report Meena forwarded from the birdband listserv as 
the
two day data turn around would have required an immediate report by the bander, 
a
quick vetting by BBL as well as all the computer stuff needed to turn it around 
in
the band database. Checked with colleagues at BBL and found out that Manuel 
erred in
one important element. The bird was banded in 2013, not 2014.

So, we can toss out that 45km/hr transit but it's still a great return as we 
get so
little from Central America. The ability for finders to get data so quickly is 
such
a wonderful improvement from when we started in the day of hand written 
schedules
(band reports) and a 3 to 6 month turn around.
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[cayugabirds-l] Suing over Bald Eagle deaths

2014-08-15 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/bg174.pdf

This is fascinating.   It now explains to me why the ABC is suing the U.S. gov’t
over bald eagle deaths.  Like everything about this subject, it’s about the 
money.
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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR discsussion

2014-08-05 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Many interesting points have been mentioned and certainly are worthwhile 
exploring
if they fall within the purview of MNWR. Certainly out of car areas could be
established  once the major construction is complete. The north area would be 
ideal
and still allow the first portion of the drive through Benning to be pedestrian
free. But, before we go saying things like MNWR is a bug and butterfly refuge or
primarily a place to bird and study nature we should know what a NWR is and
specifically what Montezuma is supposed to do. That's not to say these other 
things
are great by-products of the stated purpose. They are, but they are not 
paramount.
Sometimes we think to often of our human selves and only pay lip service to the
critters. Without boring you to death here are the two basics from federal law 
for
the system and for Montezuma:


1.The management of individual refuge system units is dictated, in large part, 
by
the legislation, executive order, or administrative action that creates the 
unit.
The refuge purpose(s) reflected in enabling legislation, executive orders and
administrative actions may range from very narrow to very broad.

Operation and management of national wildlife refuges are also influenced by a 
wide
array of other laws, treaties and executive orders pertaining to the 
conservation
and protection of natural and cultural resources. Among the most important 
orders
and laws affecting the operation and management of refuges are Executive Order
12996, the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, the Refuge 
Recreation
Act, the Endangered Species Act,  Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 and the Alaska
National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

2. For MNWR the mission statement is:

Montezuma National Wildlife refuge provides resting, feeding, and nesting 
habitat
for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Montezuma is situated in the middle of 
one
of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic Flyway.



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Least Bitterns at Catharine Creek Marsh

2014-07-20 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Thanks for the report Matt. nesting Least and American Bitterns are two of the
specialties at Queen Catharine Marsh with at least 4 pair of the former and 
three of
the latter breeding. They've been there since the IBA was granted many years 
back.

The lack of waterbirds is somewhat surprising but QCM has never been a hot 
spot. HAd
you stayed a bit later you would have heard Sora and masses of Great Blue 
leaving
for roost. There had been many Canadas there as well.

The two highlights this year. After two years of trying our Sandhill pair 
produced
two young this year. Secondly, the lower Seneca Lake Bald Eagles decided to nest
this year and produced at least one eaglet.

QCM is also a Bird Conservation Area and a Critical Environmental Area. Rock 
Cabin
Road is also noted for a few butterfly species not found elsewhere in the area 
such
as the Snout and Hackberry Emperor.

It always amazes that with this beautiful asset in our back yard, Schuyler 
County
ignores it and pushes Nascar and wine instead of all the natural assets which 
are
abundant. Heck, WSKG even named its local repeater WINO! ;-)

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On Sat, July 19, 2014 21:25, Matthew Medler wrote:
 Hi All,

 In the I can't believe I've never been there category, I visited Catharine 
 Marsh
 in Watkins Glen for the first time today (19 July 2014). It's a beautiful 
 marsh, and
 despite the late date and hour, my visit was quite productive. I birded from 
 Rock
 Cabin Road, along the eastern edge of the marsh, stopping regularly along the 
 road,
 and then spent a good 30 minutes at the small observation tower near the 
 south end
 of the marsh. The undisputed highlight of the visit was seeing not one, but 
 two
 LEAST BITTERNS from the observation tower (with the help of my scope). There 
 was
 also a GREEN HERON and 12+ GREAT BLUE HERONS in this area, and a VIRGINIA RAIL
 called once fairly close to the tower. The sheer number of singing SWAMP 
 SPARROWS
 was quite impressive for this date, and singing MARSH WRENS also put in a good
 showing, especially near the platform.

 The only disappointment from my visit was the complete lack of any waterbirds
 visible on the open water in the marsh. I literally did not see a single duck,
 grebe, cormorant, gallinule, or even goose! With all of the reports of young
 waterbirds from Montezuma, I thoughts I would see some waterbirds at Catharine
 Marsh. Maybe next time...

 My complete eBird checklist is below.

 Good birding,
 Matt Medler
 Ithaca

 

 Catharine Creek Marsh--Rock Cabin Rd., Schuyler, US-NY
 Jul 19, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:27 PM
 Protocol: Traveling
 1.2 mile(s)
 Comments: Overcast, calm, 70°F. Stops every 0.1 mi. All totals are best 
 attempts
 at careful counts, except where noted. Scope used to scan marsh when 
 possible.  br
 /Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
 43 species

 Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)  2 First individual seen in flight in 
 scope
 for 15+ seconds before it settled back into cattails. Second individual seen 
 perched
 on edge of cattails for ~1 min. Both seen on far (west) side of marsh from 
 platform.
 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  25 12+ from observation tower.
 Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  2 I saw one lone individual three 
 different
 times; am confident of at least two different individuals.
 Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  5 Soaring distantly over ridge to west
 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1 Adult perched on small shrubby
 vegetation just a few feet above water.
 Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)  1 One kiddick series after being on 
 tower 30+
 minutes.
 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  5
 Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1
 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  3
 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  3
 Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  1
 Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
 Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
 Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  1
 Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  5
 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  6
 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1
 Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)  2
 Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
 Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  9 Carefully counted, one individual 
 at a
 time. Most numerous (or easily detectable) from observation tower, where 4+
 individuals singing.
 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  2
 Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  2
 American Robin

Re: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR Friday- children's specialty day

2014-07-19 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
The natal plumage of the young Gallinules still showed their red heads and 
wings. I
found this video that shows both, but it's not very clear. If anyone has some 
photos
of them at this stage, I'd love to see them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaU-zGnr4KU

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On Fri, July 18, 2014 19:58, John and Sue Gregoire wrote:
 Wonderful visit to the main refuge this afternoon where it was children's 
 day! On
 the drive we listened to American Bittern from the shorebird wetland as we 
 watched
 two Least Bittern criss cross the drive to fetch and return food for their 
 young
 which were on the east side. Around that same area a we just missed good 
 looks at a
 Virginia Rail and young but did see several Black Tern, Caspian Tern Green 
 Heron and
 some real young on the main pool side. Here in the canal we found one group 
 of three
 adult Gallinule and 7 chicks still in the black natal down. A bit further 
 north,
 just beyond the red flag, we spotted many more gallinule chicks that were 
 quite a
 bit older. That continued all the way to LaRue's as we saw many more.

 We also had many young coot and while watching the antics of those families, 
 up
 popped two Pied-billed Grebe youngsters and their parent. That area produced 
 many
 more coot young as we creeped along. Of course, we don't have a decent 
 telephoto
 lens so our pix are identifiable but fuzzy -much like those very young 
 Gallinules!

 Tsache tower produced a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, one eagle and at least 13 
 Great Egret
 among the other species present. Before heading back we walked the towpath 
 with not
 much to report other than butterflies and katydids and Sandhill cranes.
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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Chat in FLNF

2014-07-12 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
We tried to re-locate the reported Chat in the National Forest today with no 
luck.
That area isn't Chat habitat so it must have been moving through.

We haven't had a documented Chat in Schuyler County in many years and it is 
carried
as a historical sighting on the county list. I believe the 80-85 Atlas had a few
reports from the county but not sure of the degree of confidence. The most 
current
Atlas did not find the species here.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chat in FLNF

2014-07-12 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
I remember Art telling of that. To my knowledge that is the only one we have had
that was well documented.
John

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On Sat, July 12, 2014 14:03, Geo Kloppel wrote:
 I remember there was a Chat at Art Kopp's place (Town of Reading, Schuyler 
 County)
 once. Would have been in the late '60s I think, when I was a teenager.

 -Geo

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Horned larks, C. swifts today 5 July 2014

2014-07-06 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
We'll join that observation and sentiment. Lynda, we were just commenting on how
safe it is to walk barefoot -not at all a good thing.

We've studied all this to death and it's past time for action. Does anyone know
where the academic leadership is on this (these) issues? Continually amazed 
that a
major U like CU and CLO aren't out in the forefront of this, FLAP and so many 
other
needed efforts.
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On Sun, July 6, 2014 08:25, Stephanie Greenwood wrote:
 My garden which I've designed for bees  butterflies is also relatively and 
 sadly
 quiet.

 Stephanie Greenwood
 Sent from my iPad


 On Jul 6, 2014, at 8:04 AM, Linda Orkin wingmagi...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thanks for these observations Fritzie. I care. I'm there with you. It's a 
 tragedy.
 And now we are on the cusp of another horrible pesticide related to Agent 
 Orange
 being approved. Along with new agent orange ready GMO companion plants. I, 
 too,
 have silently blooming white clover in my yard. I was thinking how just 20 
 years
 ago you could not walk barefoot at this time of year for fear of being 
 stung. Not
 so now.

 If people don't wake up now the poisoning of this world, not our world but 
 all
 beings world, will be entire and complete. And this is an appropriate 
 discussion
 for a listserv made up of people who love birds, I would think.

 And gas should cost $100 per gallon.

 Linda

 Sent from my iPhone

 On Jul 6, 2014, at 12:19 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard 
 job121...@verizon.net
 wrote:

 Three horned larks were standing on Dublin Hill Rd. (east of Aurora) 
 between Rte.
 34 B  Black St. which goes north as a continuation of Indian Field Rd..

 Here in Union Springs we saw 2 soaring ospreys over our house  one on the 
 NYSEG
 Transfer Station nest on No. One Rd. across the field from us. On 27 June, 
 Becky
  I found 2 nest starts (new to us) on power poles in the trailer park down
 Firelane 15 north of Union Springs. We didn't find anyone to ask about 
 when, or
 if, they may have been active.

 In the afterglow of sunset tonight I watched chimney swifts going in  out 
 of the
 tall chimney on the girl's dorm at Union Springs Academy. I have noticed a
 remarkable lack of barn  tree swallows here this summer, compared to 
 previous
 years.

 Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring ...  eventually people got her message 
  did
 something about it. This evening as we drove by 100s of acres of weed-free 
 corn 
 soybean fields,  I thought about seeing only one honey bee so far, no 
 Monarch
 butterflies  few of any kind of butterflies. Our yard is FULL of white 
 clover
 which normally would be abuzz with honey bees.

 We still have mosquitoes  black flies, insects that need water in which to 
 lay
 eggs  blood of warm blooded bodies on which to live ... water  blood. They
 thrive. We scratch.

 Honey bees that pollinate 30 BILLON dollars worth of crops in the US are 
 fast
 disappearing. Thanks to indiscriminate, as well as deliberate use of
 insecticides, weed killers  fungicides by home owners, golf course owners, 
 large
  small farmers, etc. the honey bee, the one little insect that  determines 
 what
 food crops we may still be able to grow may become in the same ranks as the
 carrier pigeon. Indeed, it may already be too late.

 I have included fungicides because I have in hand an article stating that
 scientists at MD U  the USDA have now found evidence that bees that ate 
 pollen
 contaminated with fungicides  are 3 times as likely to be infected with 
 parasites
 that cause colony collapse disorder.

 I wonder ... WHO CARES???

 Fritzie, in Union Springs   where gas was $3.63.9 on Fri., 4 July 2104
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black-billed Cuckoos

2014-06-04 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
In the spirit of the more you think you know, the more you have to learn would
anyone please describe the call differentiation between Black and 
Yellow-billed? I
have had both on the sanctuary and banded both species. This year as we listen 
we
had a few obvious Black Billed doing the three note cu-cu-cu and several others 
that
make quite a ruckus and Cu longer. Some are in-between. Re-listened to a bunch 
of
tracks on both and am totally confused. Compounding that was listening to an
obvious YBCU this morning and when it flew it out it was a Black!
Thanks in advance,
John
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On Wed, June 4, 2014 10:22, Jay McGowan wrote:
 Interesting...just this morning, Livia and I had a calling (kow...kow...)
 then nicely seen YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO in the Salmon Creek Sanctuary right
 about where John described. Last evening around 5:00, a Yellow-billed
 Cuckoo was giving a k'k'k'k'k,kowp song on the Wilson Trail just north of
 the building here at Sapsucker Woods, and then Matt Medler and I had two
 Yellow-billed Cuckoos foraging over the feeders along the pond edge a few
 minutes later. Apart from these, I have heard no other cuckoos in the
 daytime so far this spring. I did have an excellent night flight last week
 though, with 39 Black-billed and 13 Yellow-billed Cuckoos vocalizing
 overhead over the course of a couple of hours.




 On Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 10:12 AM, John Greenly j...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Following up on Geo's YB Cuckoo post,  I watched a pair of Black-Billed
 Cuckoos in the Salmon Creek sanctuary on Salmon Creek Rd.  The best
 encounter with Cuckoos I've probably ever had, lots of cavorting and
 vocalizing right overhead along the road, maybe two hundred yards past
 Brooks Hill Rd.  Nice to get such good looks at such handsome birds!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] playback tapes

2014-05-11 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Heartily concur!  It is much the sadder here with so many birders in so small a 
place.
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On Sun, May 11, 2014 06:44, Susan Fast wrote:
 There have been several reports recently of local birdwatchers using playback
 tapes.  Call me an old Fudd, but I remember not too long ago a lively 
 discussion on
 the ethicality of using these tapes during the breeding season for personal
 gratification.  But maybe there has been some recent research of which I am
 unaware.  I still find the practice unethical, and am surprised to find it 
 active in
 Ithaca, a supposed bastion of bird conservation.

 Steve Fast
 Brooktondale
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[cayugabirds-l] Tremendous fall-out last night/this AM

2014-05-09 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
So far this week we have added 29 species here! This morning we coulda/shoulda
carried recliners to the Cotton wood trees that were in catkin. They were loaded
with birds. A list of the 16 species that were new, and in numbers, today:

Yellowthroat, Great-crested, Blue-headed Vireo, Magnolia, Least Fly, 
Black-throated
Green and Blues, Tennessee, Blackburnian, Black and White, Blue-winged, Parula,
Veery, Bay Breasted and right on time -RT Hummingbird! The day started with a
White-crowned Sparrow count of 23 birds under the feeders!

Sore but satisfied after a couple of hours enjoyment. As a side note I recently 
had
an interference problem with my hearing aids and sent them in for repair. I was 
told
they replaced the electronics. Those kind folks at Unitron must have not only
replaced but upgraded the electronics as I have been hearing a thousand times 
better
AND I can hear many bird songs that were impossible or that I had to play with 
many
adjustments for with the old aids.

John
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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Kingbird and Green Heron

2014-05-06 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Up her in the hills at the SW corner of the basin we are usually a week or two
behind the lake microclimate areas in bird arrivals. We were surprised this 
noon to
find both an EAKI and a BEKI over two of the sanctuary ponds. This morning a
Nashville, NAWA, was right on time on the 29 year norm here. Most others have 
been
running as much as two weeks behind norm.

Earlier some were concerned about female RWBLs. They'll be along as the older 
males
travel first and together followed by the SY males and then the females as much 
as
two to three weeks later. By that time lots of teritorial battles have been 
fought
and won or lost so the males can spend more time finding that perfect mate.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mystery Mallard - Stewart Park today

2014-04-09 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
A term we don't see around here these days, at least very often is Cayuga 
duck. We
found that in common usage recently Ocean Cty, NJ. Looked like Black x Mallrd 
to me
but there was/is such a domestic cross that originated somewhere on/near Cayuga
Lake. Anyone have any solid info on that?
John
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On Wed, April 9, 2014 10:04, Jay McGowan wrote:
 Good guess, these often are confusing, but this bird looks more to me like
 birds we call intersex, apparently often older female birds that have
 increased testosterone production and end up developing male-like
 characteristics. Others might be able to shed more light on this
 phenomenon. This guy/gal looks may be the same one that was around this
 winter down near Wegmans:
 https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/GPHW40BXyLHT9sZzY5uMMdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink
 https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/SUtTd_O8tIfUR1lN30eWqdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink


 On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 9:57 AM, Judith W. Jones j...@cornell.edu wrote:

  Check Sibley p 72 - has a picture under Black DuckxMallard Hybrid.


 On 4/8/2014 6:17 PM, Jason Huck wrote:

  Hi All,



 I am reaching out to the odd duck (although this one isn't overly odd)
 experts to identify this mystery mallard that I discovered at this
 morning Stewart Park along the creek (golf course bank).



 Domestic? Call duck?

 Hybrid? If so with what?



 The face struck me at first as gadwall, but none of the other features
 seem to be there. Not much American Black Duck either...



 Here is some digiscoped video and photos:
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/69504362@N03/sets/72157643669301415/



 Thanks,

 Jason Huck
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Am. Robins

2014-03-27 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
I don't know why they have chosen our sanctuary. Perhaps because we are 
surrounded
by thousands of acres of agribusiness monoculture. For the last several days our
spruce and pine plantations have been host to a remarkable dawn and dusk flight 
of
robins and red-wings. They come in to roost at dusk and fly off at dawn. Beyond
counting, the numbers are in the thousands.It's a beautiful sight and a 
wonderful
reward for a vision of creating habitat that came some 28 years ago. john
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On Thu, March 27, 2014 08:55, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:
 Hi all,
 In about 2 min I saw 48 robins fly from Mundy Wildflower garden direction 
 over my
 building. Actually 48 one returned back to Mundy.  I think they were heading 
 towards
 buckthorn trees  at the junction of Judd Falls and Campus Road vicinity.

 Cheers
 Meena

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] How close to one another will Ospreys nest?

2014-03-27 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
I was very much involved with Bald Eagle and Osprey restoration in the greater
Chesapeake Bay region in the 70s and early 80s. We went from a paucity of birds 
and
nests of both species (I could get all my banding done in under two weeks with 
days
off) thanks to DDT. During the course of those many years we investigated the 
same
questions/ comments I'm reading here today. The upshot was that this many 
decades
later the Chesapeake region of three states boasts a very vibrant population of
both.

We worried about density of platforms and found inter and intraspecies 
tolerance to
be quite high no matter how we spaced them. Opting for the more is better 
approach
seems to have worked. We had a myriad of concerns from power poles to hunting 
blinds
to navigational aides and more. We also tried many designs. The irony of all 
this is
while Osprey did take to some of our designs/locations, they pretty much nested
where they darn well pleased. I remember one dock complaint that had a nice 
platform
made of a tobacco ric base that was mere feet from the end of the dock that the 
pair
selected. We also had Osprey nests within 50 meters of each other which made 
our job
that much easier.

Eagles were another matter as they definitely nested where they pleased, usually
within very good fishing grounds. We had several nests near a nuclear power 
plant
outflow where the warm water attracted many fish. Getting in there to band is
another very long and funny story. Great Horneds seldom made use of Osprey 
nests and
we never saw one in an Eagle nest. they much preferred last season's Red-tail 
nests
which suited their desire for mostly hidden, high, deciduous or pine tree nests 
with
a long view in at least two directions. We've found the same around here.

Osprey also chose to nest near good fishing and yes, fish population was the 
dynamic
that allowed for more or fewer pair of both species in any one area.

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On Thu, March 27, 2014 12:54, Margaret Boynton Shepard wrote:
 In the good old days before DDT and decline of fish populations, Ospreys 
 nested at
 very high densities where food availability allowed. Gardiner's Island, for 
 example,
 once had several hundred nesting pairs. Another few platforms locally would 
 probably
 be a good idea.

 -- Margaret Shepard
 Lodi

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 [mailto:bounce-113701089-3494...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Robyn Bailey
 Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:34 PM
 To: Bill Mcaneny; 'Dave Nutter'; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] How close to one another will Ospreys nest?

 Hi All,

 To add my two bits to the conversation, I have seen a third Osprey circling 
 over
 both the Portland Point nest and the Salt Point nest, while both parents 
 and
 young were occupying the nests. My thoughts at the time were that it was 
 possibly a
 floater adult (or two separate floaters) who had not found a nest site yet, 
 and was
 looking for one to take over. Maybe the bird(s) did not have a take-over in 
 mind,
 but there are nevertheless additional Ospreys in the area that are looking for
 places to breed. The new platform on the hill above Myers is meant to provide 
 a
 nesting site for the third hoverer who likes to visit the other two 
 established
 pairs.

 With regards to Stewart Park, I have heard that an Osprey was seen trying
 (unsuccessfully) to pile sticks on top of a light post in a ball field. That 
 sounds
 to me like they are trying to build a nest there anyway, and that maybe they 
 could
 use a platform. At any rate, discussions are underway for whether a platform 
 could
 go there as well. According to Paul, they were thinking of the point of land 
 across
 the inlet from the old boathouse, visible for interested parties but well 
 away from
 Stewart Park activity.

 Like Bill, I think they are just limited by food availability and are not
 particularly territorial. I don't find the platforms to be an eyesore; on the
 contrary, it thrills me to see a raptor on the rebound, once rare in our 
 community,
 but now coming back with a little help. And, like Geo mentions, part of the 
 benefits
 to more platforms is that it may help avoid power line fires, which are 
 dangerous
 for both birds and people. So bring on the Ospreys (or Bald Eagles, or Great 
 Horned
 Owls)!

 Best,

 Robyn Bailey
 Lansing

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 Hi All.   My first thought is of the 6 or 7 nests on adjacent power poles 
 along Rte
 5/20

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Singin' in the Rain

2014-03-12 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Seven Red-wings reported over neat Burdett -not here on the hill as yet -nor are
woodcock. nancy lived just a few miles from here -all downhill and the gap was
around two weeks for them to walk up this hill.
john
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On Wed, March 12, 2014 13:11, Susan Fast wrote:
 Just now, male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD arrived with young friend.  Feeder area 
 under
 water, so they will probably move on.

 S. Fast
 Brooktondale

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Three-toed Woodpecker Sighting?

2014-03-08 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
That would be exceedingly amazing for this area. Never say never but that 
report is
entirely too casual to be believed.
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On Sat, March 8, 2014 14:25, David Weber wrote:
 Can anyone validate this sighting, or is it just another misidentification?

 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17357540

 Good birding,
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[cayugabirds-l] Wolfe Island Mortality

2014-03-06 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
I was asked by some for the source of the quote that said Wolfe Island avian
mortality was the second highest in NA. After some searching we find that it 
came
from an analysis by our own Bill Evans. The link to that article is below. Not 
to
belabor the point but John Confer's last paragraph goes to the heart of our 
concerns
for Amherst Island...the importance of habitat.

I was sent a second source, a PDf outlining deaths across Canadian wind farms 
and it
does show Wolfe to be the highest and second for tat year only to Altamont in 
CA.It
was written by Lyle Friesen of the CWS for the OFO (Ontario Field Ornithologist)
Journal. Unfortunately I can't get that PDF to link in acceptable form.
john

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/windfarm-turbines-deadly-for-birds-bats/article4392511/


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[cayugabirds-l] Amherst Island needs help

2014-03-04 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Please sign the attached petition. We all know the importance of this island to
migrating raptors and passerines as well as wintering owls. Wolf Island next 
door is
the home of a wind farm and had been documented as one of the most devastating 
to
birds with so many raptors killed there. We can't allow Amherst to go down as 
well.
Our friends to the north thank you.
John

http://www.protectamherstisland.ca/save-amherst-island-letter/

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] PEREGRINE FALCON on Bradfield Hall SW corner ledge...

2014-02-26 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Meena,

You're strict! We've always used any bird that can be seen from the yard. I 
believe
that same type guideline is used for point counts, big sits, big squats and 
other
competitions. I guess you had best allow for hearing also. ;-)
J.
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On Tue, February 25, 2014 20:28, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:
 Dave,
 I think yard bird is the one which flies over or alights within your yard 
 boundary.
 This would another category! Birds seen from the yard!

 Meena Haribal
 Ithaca NY 14850
 42.429007,-76.47111
 http://haribal.org/
 http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/



 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Trail note

2014-02-26 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Chris,
I came across a product in LL Bean and Amazon called  stabilicers which are
inexpensive and work so much better than yak-trax. They come in two variants 
and the
light is plenty for icy sidewalks, roads and groomed trail. In the mountains 
I'd
recommend the more expensive version, short of crampons for real ice. These are 
much
like the more expensive micro-spikes which are also great on trail. The 
Stabilicer
lights are easy on/off and we have used them often this winter. By using these 
you
can largely eliminate the trekking poles and have hands for stability, camera, 
binos
and the like.
John
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On Wed, February 26, 2014 08:56, Chris R. Pelkie wrote:
 I did a lunchtime turn around Hoyt-Pileated inner loop back to Wilson 
 yesterday.
 I took and would highly recommend you take trekking poles: it is seriously
 treacherous out there with the frozen snow/ice/footprint holes.

 It was cold and crisp but not snowing (yesterday), so good exercise but few 
 birds.
 Crows, jays, red-bellied woodpecker, titmouses, and chickadees called or flew 
 over.
 I had hopes of an owl or creeper or even yellow-rumped warbler but saw none of
 those.

 The thing of note was 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERs who called (not the crazy laugh 
 call
 but more like a flicker social call) and flew to a tall tree where I saw them
 together, then flew again.
 I caught up with them near the south end of Woodlleton Boardwalk where they 
 have
 excavated a roundish hole in a 16” live oak just 15’ up and so close to the
 boardwalk that chips are littered over it.

 I think these are both juvenile males because I could see some red as well as 
 black
 in both malar patches. I stand to be corrected, but don’t think females have 
 red
 there, and yet it took some looking even to be sure there was red, unlike the 
 ease
 of ID’ing a breeding color male. I fancy they are brothers.

 They stayed together on that tree, hopping up and hopping down while 
 chattering to
 each other, worked the hole, then jumped to another tree, which finally 
 allowed me
 to pass without scaring them off. Good thing because I was starting to freeze 
 in
 place.

 So if you need a PIWO for your year list, they should be around that oak some 
 more,
 I’d guess.

 __

 Chris Pelkie
 Research Analyst
 Bioacoustics Research Program
 Cornell Lab of Ornithology
 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
 Ithaca, NY 14850


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] ... management proposals re: Mute Swan.

2014-01-26 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Concur with Dave and Fritzie but I would be more sanguine if I knew that NYSDEC 
had
first investigated other attempts at controlling Mutes and built their program 
on
that knowledge. Rhode Island had what's best described as an infestation in the 
late
60s/early 70s. By 1976 they had a long term plan in place and were 
oiling/addling
eggs. I've never seen any results or other data on the project; have no idea if 
it
continued. Ditto for the Chesapeake Bay region which has a more recent problem 
with
Mutes. Coupled with Snow Geese, Mutes have eaten the eel grass and wild rice in 
Bay
feeder rivers to near extirpation.
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On Sat, January 25, 2014 21:59, John and Fritzie Blizzard wrote:
 I agree with Dave Nutter. I saw the petition. Wouldn't sign it. EVER.

 Remember that snow geese were more or less protected for yrs.. They are far 
 more
 wary than Canadas so the extra hunting season for them doesn't do much to 
 diminish
 their numbers. Now they are an absolute plague, esp. to rice farmers in the 
 south,
 to say nothing of the irreparable damage to the fragile Arctic tundra which 
 will not
 renew in the lifetime of our grandchildren if no snows ever return there. It 
 is
 there that many other waterbirds, perhaps in the millions, some on endangered 
 lists,
 return to breed  raise their young  hoping to find enough food  shelter 
 not
 eaten or destroyed by the snows.

 Hunters now have an extended season to take snows, until 15 April  ... the 
 bag limit
 is 25 a day with no possession limit. With over a million snows just in our 
 Atlantic
 flyway I see no hope of lowering their numbers which back about 20 yrs. ago 
 were a
 more manageable 50,000 birds.

 The mute swans are doing similar damage to ponds, lakes  waterways where 
 other
 creatures depend on what the mutes are destroying. Look at the map of NY  
 see the
 mute density areas. Other states are having the same big problems with mutes. 
 They
 don't have to be teased or aggravated to be mean  aggressive. Since they have
 killed grown men think what they can do to a child with those large, strong 
 wings as
 well as with their powerful bills. There is also concern now about what 
 diseases
 they are carrying that are harmful to other forms of wildlife.

 I, too, think they are beautiful, just as these petition pushers do. The 
 problem is
 that they are like the protectors of rattlesnakes. They have never considered 
 or
 encountered the bad side. My rant!

 Fritzie


 Dave Nutter wrote on 1/25/2014: I trust the managers on this one.

 On Jan 25, 2014, at 08:12 AM, Eric Banford brew_b...@yahoo.com wrote:

 So the plan is to eradicate the Mute Swan in NY? I know it is invasive, but 
 that
 seems a bit harsh. I just got this petition against this plan, in case anyone 
 is
 interested:


 
 https://www.change.org/petitions/new-york-state-department-of-environmental-conservation-stop-new-york-state-s-swan-killing-plan



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[cayugabirds-l] One special hunting season and two management proposals -black bear and Mute Swan.

2014-01-20 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
 on the draft bear plan may be submitted in writing through January 31, 
2014
to: NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife, Bear Management Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY
12233-4754 or by e-mail to fwwil...@gw.dec.state.ny.us (please type Bear Plan 
in
the subject line).

Mute Swans

The draft Management Plan for Mute Swans in New York State is available on the 
DEC
website. The mute swan is a non-native, invasive species brought to North 
America
from Eurasia for ornamental purposes in the late 1800s.

Mute swans are most numerous on Long Island and in the lower Hudson Valley, but 
have
expanded their range in recent years, especially around Lake Ontario. Mute 
swans can
cause a variety of problems, including exhibiting aggressive behavior towards
people, destruction of submerged aquatic vegetation, displacement of native 
wildlife
species, degradation of water quality and potential hazards to aviation.

This draft management plan supports actions by DEC to eliminate free-ranging 
mute
swans from New York by 2025, while allowing responsible ownership of these 
birds in
captivity. DEC recently proposed listing mute swan as a prohibited species 
under
new Invasive Species regulations, which would prohibit the sale, importation,
transport, or introduction of this species in New York.

Comments on the draft mute swan plan may be submitted in writing through 
January 31,
2014 to: NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife, Swan Management Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, 
NY
12233-4754 or by e-mail to fwwil...@gw.dec.state.ny.us (please type Swan Plan 
in
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] weekend birds, hunting pressure

2013-12-30 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
If you have journeyed over to Seneca Lake you have seen the numerous duck blinds
just off shore of the park where there is precious little shallow water.
Representation was made to the state and village several years ago and I forget 
the
legalese but in layman's terms the large lakes come under state jurisdiction 
and the
DEC reading was that such hunting with blinds and decoys was quite legal despite
proximity to shoreline and docks east and west.

It would be a shame to change a traditional date for the CBC and moving may 
cause
conflicts with other counts. Why not advocate buying duck and habitat stamps 
and ask
the local fish and game clubs to weigh in on possible solutions. Perhaps they 
would
as a group help with the count instead of hunting on the CBC day?

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On Mon, December 30, 2013 07:52, Linda Orkin wrote:
 The opinion that follows is strictly my own and does not reflect any official
 position of the Cayuga Bird Club. Although I wish it did.

 I will not be one of the ones that says I have nothing against hunting 
 because I do,
 sorry.

 But even if I thought hunting was a great thing, I feel it is totally bizarre 
 to
 have this slaughter, harassment and disregard for life going on right INSIDE 
 our own
 city limits in a public park where any and all are exposed to this carnage 
 and risk.

 I am attaching a link to the article that Jane Graves discovered and 
 published in
 our October newsletter re:the imposition of waterfowl hunting  in 1933. Too 
 bad it
 was ever started. I would support Dave's suggestion to petition the DEC to 
 rescind
 this permission at the south end of the lake.

 http://cayugabirdclub.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-note-from-past.html

 Have a great count day on January 1. There's still time to sign up if you'd 
 like.
 Email me.

 Linda Orkin


 Sent from my iPhone

 On Dec 29, 2013, at 10:51 PM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:

 Perhaps the line of fire  proximity of people  buildings was the reason 
 the DEC
 police called in the gunners who were in the SW corner of the lake tied to a 
 tree
 along the shore of Treman. I saw in the background 2 adults and a child on 
 the
 beach of the west shore, associated with the first house, a large new one.

 I'd like to petition the DEC to have the south end of the lake, say the 
 portion
 within the City of Ithaca, which does not allow firing guns, off limits to
 hunting.
 --Dave Nutter

 On Dec 29, 2013, at 08:47 PM, Anne Clark anneb.cl...@gmail.com wrote:

 It sounds as if some of these folks might be illegally close to buildings,
 although I suppose they argue that their guns are pointing down the lake.  
 On the
 other hand, in the park area, trails and inlets make a complex problem for
 claiming that nothing could be in the line of fire when shooting at ducks 
 flying
 in and over.  Do they really stop firing when the ducks swing toward shore?

 Per the DEC hunting regulations

 Question: How far from a building do I have to be to discharge my firearm?
 Answer: You cannot discharge a firearm or bow within 500 feet of any school,
 playground, occupied factory or church. You cannot discharge a firearm or 
 bow
 within 500 feet of a dwelling, farm building, or structure unless you own 
 it,
 lease it, are an immediate member of the family, an employee, or have the 
 owner's
 consent. This does not apply to the discharge of a shotgun over water when
 hunting migratory game birds and no dwelling, public structure, livestock, 
 or
 person is in the line of fire.

 On Dec 29, 2013, at 5:07 PM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg wrote:

 I birded at East Shore Park on Saturday mid-day, and at Stewart Park this
 morning -- I must say that I have never seen so much hunting pressure at 
 the
 south end of the lake. I want to say clearly that I am not against legal 
 duck
 hunting in well managed areas (and I buy a Migratory Bird Stamp to support
 wetland conservation), but what is going on this year does not seem to be
 sustainable or an appropriate use of such a large public space. Boats with
 hunters and decoys were anchored right under the trees at the Swan Pen at
 Stewart Park, at the tip of the red lighthouse jetty, at the wooden buoy 
 marker,
 on the beach at Hogs Hole, and along East Shore -- yesterday there was an
 additional boat cruising the center of the lake to chase duck flocks. 
 Needless
 to say there was not a single spot for ducks to rest safely anywhere in the
 southern quarter-mile or so of Cayuga Lake (and probably north past Myer's 
 Point
 as well), and any flock that circled around over the south end of the lake 
 (no
 matter how high) was shot at. I don't know if DEC would consider that 
 proper
 management of this important waterfowl wintering area. This seemed pretty
 different from the past few years when

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Action on Hunt Hill

2013-12-20 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Wonderful experience! Leave the carcass there and the Gos may return to it. We 
have
lost several hens to Goshawks over the years and I once almost hand caught a 
female 
as she was so intent her prey; amazingly the hen then ran to the coop and 
survived.
from then on she was an indoor chicken by choice.

Another time, a Gos killed a pheasant and couldn't fly it off so left the 
remains
and returned each day for several days until what was left was also light 
enough to
take with her. Yours looks to be a female.
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On Thu, December 19, 2013 21:29, Gian Dodici wrote:
 I came home this afternoon and could see something struggling in the
 poultry fence I have around my chicken coop.  My first thought that a
 chicken had gotten out and was trying to force its way back in but quickly
 realized that it was a northern goshawk that was struggling in the fence.
  I went into the house to get my fireplace gloves and a blanket that I
 planned to throw over it whilst I tried to extricate it from the fence.
  Much to my surprise the bird flew off as I approached and landed on a
 nearby branch.  I went back to the house to grab the camera and got a
 couple of distant shots before it flew off.

 As I approached the fence I could see that one of the roosters was stuck
  in the fence. Apparently, the goshawk was trying to pull him through.  I
 pulled the rooster out of the fence and left him there hoping that the
 goshawk would return.  About 20 minutes later it did and flew / hopped /
 dragged the rooster about 10 yards before it gave up and started eating.  I
 was able to quietly approach and take a few more photos but unfortunately
 there was some brush between me and the action.  I left the goshawk feeding
 on the rooster.

 I checked on the carcass after dark and it looked like what I have always
 assumed was typical of a raptor meal -- bird on its back with the breast
 muscles removed.

 I think that the pictures should be available here:
 https://plus.google.com/photos/108162973708281960515/albums/5959293456900441777?banner=pwa


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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings

2013-12-19 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
About 100 beautifully backlit by the sun this morning on Harrier Hill, the 
summit
of Tuttle Road (Town of Hector) which is also the watershed divide between 
Seneca
and Cayuga Lakes. (right after I saw you this Am Annie). john
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Target SNOW and JFK collisions

2013-12-11 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
All,

1.Aren't we as a group harassing that TARGET Snowy? Seems every report has it
quickly flying off, relocating, sliding, or some such. Just my two cents.

2.Back in the 70s, I banded raptors at Cape May with Sammy Chevalier who was 
then
employed as bird control officer for JFK. He instituted and continued the trap,
band, relocate program for Snowys, Rough Legs and anything else deemed a danger 
to
itself or air traffic. The biggest problem then and now are geese, cowbirds and
starlings. Why JFK did not continue the program after Sammy retired is a 
mystery to
me.

Back to the present, I understand Gary's argument and as a former aviator even 
had a
bird strike once over Hawaii. It's scary and ain't pretty - even if the airframe
survives. We took ours in a radome so it just smelled bad and the aircraft had 
to be
taken out of service. Dave is correct in that aircraft hit birds and not the
opposite. However, it is impossible to see a bird in flight when you are going
several hundred mph;the first indicator is engine or hydraulic pressure loss.

The JFK trap/relocate program needs to be reinstated. The problem is training.
Finding a trained raptor biologist with banding experience with large birds 
will be
a challenge. There are very few banders experienced with Snowies let alone other
large raptors. One does not graduate from banding passerines or even crows to
raptors without training and time to gain experience. handling something like a 
SNOW
is quite a chore and if done sanely is a two person job.Unless JFK is very 
lucky, or
foolishly send out their current staff to do this, I don't see a quick solution.

John


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On Wed, December 11, 2013 03:12, Linda Orkin wrote:
 Gary. I disagree with your analysis of this situation. JFK airport has been 
 there
 for a long time with many winters of Snowy Owl irruptions. It was mentioned 
 that in
 earlier years there was an actual expert there who did trap and relocate. So 
 what
 happened?

 There should have been a non-lethal management plan that could have been 
 instituted
 immediately upon arrival of the owls that would have insured the safety of 
 both
 planes and birds.  How could wildlife experts have been caught so unprepared 
 for an
 event that should have been easily anticipated based on historical 
 occurrences that
 all they could even imagine doing was exterminating these northern refugees?

 I am glad they were buried in an avalanche of public outrage.

  I only wish people could be roused as easily on other issues such as the 
 Department
 of the Interior and the Obama administration's ill-considered variance to 
 allow
 Bald and Golden eagle kills at wind farms.

 Linda Orkin.



 Sent from my iPhone

 On Dec 10, 2013, at 7:22 PM, Gary Kohlenberg jg...@cornell.edu wrote:

 I to applaud the quick activism, but I want to point out that the Port 
 Authority's
 responsibility is safety for planes and passengers. I doubt anyone losing a 
 loved
 one in a plane crash would be comforted knowing it was caused by a cute 
 Snowy Owl
 instead of the more common Canada Goose. Boston and New York have two 
 different
 responses to the same situation, but the motivations are the same. I will 
 hazard a
 guess that the Port Authority felt a time constraint as they may not have 
 had a
 trapping / relocating program in place and the hazard is immediate. I don't 
 think
 anybody is calling for a relocating program for Canada Geese.  JFK airport 
 is also
 much busier than Logan, 7th vs 19th on the airport list.  I'm glad they will
 change their response in the future.
 Everyone should cut them just a little slack as the term bird strike is 
 really
 shorthand for  holy sh** if that bird had gone in the turbine we're toast  
 !
 Jet turbines will and do suck in anything close, just ask the deck crew of 
 any
 aircraft carrier. The engine may not explode into bits with a bird intake, 
 but it
 will be wrecked. With any aircraft takeoff or landing is the most hazardous 
 time
 and that's not when the pilot wants to lose one or more engines.

 Happy Owl watching,

 Gary


 On Dec 10, 2013, at 5:48 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:

 Thank-you, everyone, for compiling the information  (making) videos, and 
 helping
 the Port Authority mend their ways.
 I was struck by one irony in the newscast, however. I'm familiar with the 
 term
 bird-strike, and I had always considered it as shorthand for the pilot 
 saying,
 We've struck a bird. Yet the news reporters and even Fitz talked about 
 birds
 striking airplanes. Let's be clear about the relationship. When the airplane 
 is
 sitting still, the bird does not slam into it the way a confused bird hits a
 reflective window while fleeing a predator or hits a building or tower while
 migrating and confused by the lights at night

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Petition about Snowy Owl killings

2013-12-09 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Thanks Linda! The correct place to voice our complaints is not Cuomo or the
legislature but with the Port Authority of NY who has cognizance of and lead on 
this
horrendous action. This petition will help ease the way. If you write or email 
be
sure to copy to the Mayor of New York City to get a little extra oomph. BTW, the
ruling covered all the NY area fields under Port Authority cognizance.

As background, a very dear friend and fellow raptor bander Sammy Chevalier 
worked at
JFK in the 70s and 80s as their bird and animal control officer. As is 
currently
the practice at Boston's Logan, Sammy trapped, banded and relocated all raptors 
that
posed threats to themselves and aircraft. For him it was a full time job and he 
had
plenty of volunteer helpers. I wonder what happened after he retired? I see the 
job
title changed but common sense/ talent didn't convey.

John
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On Mon, December 9, 2013 15:11, Linda Orkin wrote:
 Hey All,

 The American Bird Conservancy just alerted people to this petition that is
 circulating.  For those of you who may not have time or inclination to make
 phone calls.

 http://www.change.org/petitions/the-port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey-stop-shooting-snowy-owls-at-new-york-metro-area-airports-2?share_id=pSTiVqbmWUutm_campaign=signature_receiptutm_medium=emailutm_source=share_petition



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[cayugabirds-l] 2013 Saw-whet Owl summary

2013-12-05 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Kestrel Haven Saw-whet report for fall 2013:
We attempted netting of Northern Saw-whet Owls on 31 nights between 26 Sep and 
20
Nov working between one and 6 hours each night. Using standard 12 meter mist 
nets
our measure of efficiency was 6 birds per 100 net hours effort. More birds and 
more
hours in 2012 gave us 8/100NH MOE. We had 253 owls last year compared to 2013's 
37!
That's roughly 87% fewer.

This year weather was not in our favor nor was the number of migrants coming 
south
via this flyway. Nightly radar imagery revealed huge movement in the central 
flyway
and the Atlantic Coastal flyway whereas our inland Atlantic flyway showed 
little to
no movement. Prevailing winds also contributed to some unusual recoveries of 
same
season banded owls. While in the Adirondacks, we missed a few nights in the
beginning of October which turned out to be the most profitable for the Finger 
Lakes
in terms of numbers of owls per night!

We had three of our birds recovered at other sites. One from 2012 in Sullivan 
Cty,
NY and another in the same area 12 days after being banded this October. The
movement to the SSE was indeed strange and new to our birds that have mostly 
tended
SSW in previous years. We recovered two birds previously banded in PA in 2010 
and
2012. Both were Scott Weidensaul's and the older became a known ATY. The flyway 
has
established a strong link between our site, PePtBO in Ontario and Scott's Small
Valley site in PA.

While we had some that we suspected by molt to be TY or ATY there has been 
enough
confusion in reported molts of known age birds to limit our calls to ASY or ATY 
in
cases of unusual molts. Direct TY and ATY calls have to be treated as suspect 
until
we as a community know much more.Photography and detailed description of known 
age
molt limits for these birds will be helpful.

In 2012 the owls were 25% adult and this year it was 78% indicating a low 
production
year in the breeding grounds. Sixty-eight per cent of this year's owls were 
female,
12 % were male and 20% were recorded as unknown sex. Of the adults, 47% were 
SY, 28%
ASY and 1% AHY.

Eighty-seven per cent fewer owls makes for more sleepy nights but doesn't alter 
the
honor, awe and joy of handling these wonderful creatures for a few minutes of 
their
lives.
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle Count

2013-11-28 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
When real time tracking of eagles by satellite transmitter demonstrated the
tremendous distances they often travel in 24 hours (crossing multiple state 
lines),
I would have thought that any population survey should be accomplished on a 
single
day nationwide. A fourteen or even a two day period would produce very 
inaccurate
results.

my two cents to the Corps

John

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On Thu, November 28, 2013 00:06, Upstate NY Birding digest wrote:
 CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

 1. Stewart Park and Newman Golf Course, Wed 11/27
 2. 2014 Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey
 3. Crow-chipmunk
 4. Re: Crow-chipmunk
 5. Re: [nysbirds-l] 2014 Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey
 6. RE: Crow-chipmunk
 7. Golden Eagle in Dryden

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 Subject: Stewart Park and Newman Golf Course, Wed 11/27
 From: Mark Chao markc...@imt.org
 Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:09:42 -0500
 X-Message-Number: 1

 On Wednesday morning (10:00-10:50 AM), Tilden and I saw four BALD EAGLES at
 the south end of Cayuga Lake.  We had long scope views of a couple of these
 eagles at rest.  Better still, we witnessed a spectacular show from these
 birds in the air all over Stewart Park and the Newman Golf Course.  One
 circled over the ducks on the lake.  One passed right overhead, holding a
 small fish in talons balled and rolled back like piano casters.  And for
 several stirring minutes, all four rose together over Fall Creek and the
 Stewart Park woods, mostly arranged two by two, alternating between seeming
 choreographed synchrony and bursts of aggression and tumbling aerobatic
 evasion.  At one point the eagles - which included one adult, two third-year
 birds, and one dark first-year or second-year bird - ranged far to the south
 almost out of view, but then they returned for a while.  We did not see them
 during the final 15 minutes of our visit, as we walked back from the golf
 course to Stewart Park.



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 Subject: 2014 Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey
 From: Thomas Salo salotho...@gmail.com
 Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:57:33 -0500
 X-Message-Number: 2

 NYSDEC is no longer organizing the Midwinter Bald Eagle Surveys. It is now 
 being
 done by a federal biologist. If anyone is interested in setting up a 
 Midwinter Bald
 Eagle Survey Route please contact Michael Vissichelli as per the conversation 
 below.

 Tom Salo

 On 11/26/2013, Vissichelli, Michael wrote:

 *We are always interested in more survey routes, feel free to have folks 
 reach out
 to me and I can work with them to identify a survey route so they do not 
 overlap
 with an existing one.*

 Thanks,
 Mike


 -Original Message-
 From: Thomas Salo [mailto:salotho...@gmail.com]
 Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 8:23 AM
 To: Vissichelli, Michael G NAD
 Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: 2014 Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey Dates and Information
 (UNCLASSIFIED)

 Michael -

 I could forward your message to people who may be
 interested in setting up a survey route if I knew the NYS contact.
 There are growing numbers of wintering birds at water bodies that
 may have not been covered regularly in upstate New York.

 Tom Salo

 On 11/25/2013 11:51 AM, Vissichelli, Michael G NAD wrote:

 The 2014 Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey will be held from WED, 1 JAN 2014 to 
 WED, 15
 JAN 2014 with target dates 10-11 JAN 2014.

 If you do not plan to coordinate the 2014 count, I would appreciate if you 
 can
 contact me and provide the name and email address of someone who might be 
 willing
 to take over the job.

 Just as in past years, counts should be conducted on one of the two target 
 dates
 along non-overlapping, clearly defined, standard survey routes (SSR) that 
 have
 been consistently surveyed in previous years. SSR's that have been surveyed
 consistently for at least 4-years and where at least 4 eagles have been seen 
 in at
 least 1 year should be a priority in the 2014 survey.  Previous analyses have
 shown that trend estimates are biased when observers switch methods of
 transportation (air, ground, boat), even when they survey the same area. So 
 please
 try to have your observers use a consistent transportation method on each 
 route.
 Also, please ensure that your observers note on the survey form whether the 
 survey
 covered the same area as in past years.

 In collaboration with USGS, we're in the process of mapping Golden Eagle 
 sightings
 recorded during the annual MWBES for landscape-level wind energy planning and
 management, so please ensure your observers continue to record all eagles 
 (Bald
 and Golden) detected during their counts.

 Much of the information (instructions, coordinator contact information, blank
 forms, etc.) you

[cayugabirds-l] Short-eared Owl in SW basin

2013-11-28 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Went for a cold hike this Am with temps in the teens F. Our family here 
consists
of the critters who live and visit the sanctuary and ourselves. We were elated 
today
to find a fresh mink trail across the drive and then BLOWN AWAY by an adult, 
male
SHORT-EARED OWL rising from the roadside ditch and interacting with a crow. Crow
chased owl and then owl tagged and chased crow off! That's the first SEOW here 
in
decades. JS
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[cayugabirds-l] American Tree Sparrow

2013-11-25 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
We had our first of the fall on Sunday -quite a bit later than the 28 year norm.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Tree Sparrow

2013-11-25 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Thanks Jay. We are at altitude here and dates a a rule run well behind Ithaca, 
MNWR
or Watkins Glen. The 28 year norm for ATSP ihere is 10/28 and the previous late 
arr
dates were 11/12 and 11/16 -the previous two falls!There has not been a pattern 
of
increasing late arr dates over the years. My best guess is that food supply at 
lower
altitude was sufficient and they are just now seeking the higher ground or, the
birds normally routed this way were diverted by weather pattern this year. I 
tend to
believe the latter given a similar routing disparity with our NSWO encounters.
(saw-whets).
John
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On Mon, November 25, 2013 10:15, Jay McGowan wrote:
 Interesting. For what it's worth, I had my first American Tree Sparrow of
 the fall here at Sapsucker Woods on October 31, and I have seen them every
 day since then in the Ithaca area and north to Montezuma and the Lake
 Ontario shore. There have been groups of 40+ along Towpath Road since at
 least November 9 (with fewer individuals at least as early as November 2),
 and they have been present and audible at almost every location in the
 Ithaca area with suitable habitat I have visited since about November 8.


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 We had our first of the fall on Sunday -quite a bit later than the 28 year
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[cayugabirds-l] Jason Huck's post on tagged cormorants

2013-11-21 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Jason,
Please contact the bander.
John



I received, the following reply from Jérôme Lemaître, a biologist with the 
Ministry
of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks of Québec: This 
bird
comes from Quebec and we’re happy to see that it came to visit you this fall  
It is
currently at lake Cayuga, NY.
We’ve marked half a dozen of cormorants this summer on the Lake St-Pierre in 
Quebec,
to study the potential impacts of the species on the yellow perch. Hopefully, 
we’ll
have even more birds marked next year and we’ll be able to present some results 
at
the next meeting.
Does anyone know how to contact Jason Huck (the photographer)? Jérôme was 
interested
in obtaining copies of the photos. His email address is
jerome.lemai...@mrn.gouv.qc.ca


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[cayugabirds-l] Wegman's birds

2013-11-16 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Looked for the Audubon's a little before noon but we were unsuccessful. Did see 
the
Yellow Warbler in the weeds at the far very south end of the parking lot, near 
where
they keep the snow plow.

Sue
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[cayugabirds-l] Loons

2013-11-12 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Much too windy and snowy to band saw-whets last night so we were up early and
feeling Looney. Went to the south lookout at Taughannock and spent a bit over an
hour counting flying loons. Total; count was 53 airborne and two watchers. 
Pretty
lackluster with as many or more birds going north as heading south. We were 
there
from slightly before 08 to after 09.

A single loon was in the water (surf?) off the point, northwest winds were in 
the
20mph sustained range and snow showers abounded. We did see a single Lesser
Black-backed Gull close in off the point.
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[cayugabirds-l] A surprise visitor

2013-08-13 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
We were blessed with good friends who came out yesterday to help us resolve 
bridge
relocation and other flooding problems on the sanctuary. Thanks to Robin,
Laurie,Jacob. Jonah and Eli for joining Sue and I to form one heck of a trail 
dog
crew. We moved many tons of gravel and reset a bridge in but two hours!

As if to honor the feeling of goodwill here, a Peregrine Falcon performed a
leisurely fly by in the late afternoon. Our first PEFA of the year and a young 
bird.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes and TV congregation

2013-08-01 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Enroute Montour Falls on Skyline Drive (East Hill) at around 1130 today we 
spotted
the two adult Sandhill Cranes feeding in a newly hayed field. The birds were on 
a
line of sight to the Fairgrounds (most notable landmark across the canal would 
be
the road salt environmental structure. this is most likely the pair that has
attempted nesting in Queen Catharine Marsh these last two years, apparently
unsuccessfully.

 In Montour Falls at Stillman's Greenhouse we counted at least 40 Turkey 
Vultures
 kittling. We see TVs all the time as they take advantage if the hillside 
thermals
 between Seneca Lake and Horseheads but have never seen so many at once. Folks 
at the
 Greenhouse however thought it common. There's a lovely old property across the
 street from them that was abandoned for years. We're told the TVs would roost 
on the
 house and in the AM, would sun dry on the lawn! The home has been rehabbed and
 occupied so the TVs have moved roost to the fire academy just to the SE.

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[cayugabirds-l] Wonderful News on Queen Catharine Marsh

2013-06-26 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Here's the latest and it's all good for a change. We've all fought hard to get 
IBA,
BCA and CEA protections  over the last three decades and this piece has always 
been
a problem. We now get it and others are paying for the ditching and water 
control
we've always wanted in order to enhance the marsh and get this system working 
again
as it should.  Some great good has come from the natural gas controversy. john

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Banding question

2013-06-14 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Jacalyn,
Federal bands are not available to breeders. Many breeders use poultry bands 
from
http://www.nationalband.com/.
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 1. Banding questions

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 Subject: Banding questions
 From: Jacalyn C. Spoon jc...@cornell.edu
 Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:05:21 +
 X-Message-Number: 1

 I am raising ducks, geese, turkeys, and chickens. I would like to band my 
 breeders
 but have not been satisfied with the products sold by the hatchery and 
 thought that
 someone on this list might be able to help me find banding supplies and better
 information.

 Thank you,
 Jacie

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[cayugabirds-l] Rare out of area bird sighted in ADK well into Massawepie Mire

2013-05-19 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Sue and I have been birding some of the great spots in the ADK. On one trek well
into an old RR bed and into boreal habitat of Massawepie, we spotted a very 
unusual
speck coming at us from a great distance. As time passed we were able to ID this
critter as one Steve Fast, the only other human we had seen in days of exploring
these great areas! He's alive and well on release Susan!
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[cayugabirds-l] Apologies

2013-04-29 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
My apologies for incuding all that trash in our last post. Those of us who get 
this
in digest form know what a pain that is. Sorry.
John
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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow Warbler Saturday

2013-04-28 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
A Yellow Warbler arrived early yesterday along with a large flock of 
Yellow-rumps
(Myrtles) and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. On Thursday we had our first Rose-breasted
Grosbeak. All this despite the radar showing a relative blank the last couple of
nights.
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On Sun, April 28, 2013 00:09, Upstate NY Birding digest wrote:
 CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Saturday, April 27, 2013.

 1. Hermit Thrushes
 2. Morning Birds
 3. SSW yellow palm, rusty
 4. Female RWBB
 5. Richard Crossley speaks at SUNY-ESF, Syracuse - 4/29
 6. =?utf-8?Q?Hooded_Warbler__more_at_Montezuma?=
 7. Ospreys at Salt Point
 8. white-winged Turkey Vulture
 9. Toadsong
 10. Birding up the lake

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 Subject: Hermit Thrushes
 From: Geo Kloppel geoklop...@gmail.com
 Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 08:19:22 -0400
 X-Message-Number: 1

 At dawn several Hermit Thrushes were singing down in the woods below my 
 house. Also
 Winter Wren, Blue-headed Vireo, Ovenbird and Louisiana Waterthrush, but I 
 haven't
 found any other warblers.

 Geo Kloppel
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 Subject: Morning Birds
 From: Carol Keeler carolk...@adelphia.net
 Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:10:52 -0400
 X-Message-Number: 2

 Lots of birds at the feeders this morning.  I got my FOS Purple Finch.  I've 
 been
 watching for its arrival.  I had one White Throated Sparrow a few days ago.  
 It had
 a one day stop. Also there are two Red- Bellied Woodpeckers eating black 
 oilseed.
 Downy seems to like getting peanuts out of the shell.  Most of the regulars 
 are here
 too.  There's Goldfinches, House Finches, Chickadees, Cardinals, Tufted 
 Titmouse,
 lots of Juncos, and Chipping Sparrows.  A Mockingbird 's out there singing.  
 The
 undesirables are here too, unfortunately- Grackles, Cowbirds, and House 
 Sparrows.
 I'll take a walk down by the creek later to see if any non feeder migrants 
 have
 returned.  The White Crowned Sparrows usually show up when the Serviceberry 
 is in
 bloom, which should be soon.  The Tree Swallows are looking at the nest 
 boxes.  It's
 a wonderful birdy morning.  On a disappointing note, I haven't heard any 
 Meadowlarks
 yet and I have always had them.

 On a non bird note, the coyote was here last night.  I had one trapped in my 
 garden
 back in February.  It's paw prints are all over the driveway.  There's rabbit 
 hair
 on the back lawn.  I've been hoping for a coyote to get rid of all my rabbits.

 Carol Keeler

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 Subject: SSW yellow palm, rusty
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 Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 10:38:19 -0400
 X-Message-Number: 3

 This morning's SSW walk saw a yellow palm warbler on the island from the 
 pergola
 (along with two yellow-rumpeds). Later, in the woods, was a large flock of 
 rusty
 blackbirds, conservatively 50, possibly 100+, subflocks continuously emerging
 previously unseen from depressions in the woods.

 Ruby-crowned kinglets and white-throated sparrows were everywhere, close,
 cooperative, and singing. Two Canada geese on nests, one right outside the VC
 entrance; two active robin nests, one under construction; a possible tree 
 swallow
 nest cavity in a tree rather than nestbox, and for a moment a tree swallow 
 pair
 checking out the nestbox/nestpost pair next to the Owens platform. Final 
 highlight
 was a singing brown creeper which with some patience a few managed to see.

 Suan
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 Subject: Female RWBB
 From: Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm m...@roosterhillfarm.com
 Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 11:34:58 -0400
 X-Message-Number: 4

 I have a couple *female* RWBB at my feeders as well as about 10 WT
 Sparrows who have been hanging around the past week. I am in the hills
 above Candor.

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 Subject: Richard Crossley speaks at SUNY-ESF, Syracuse - 4/29
 From: Lewis Grove zugun...@gmail.com
 Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 15:16:00 -0400
 X-Message-Number: 5

 Greetings all,

 With apologies for the late notice (and conflict with Tim Gallagher's
 talk), I would like to extend an invitation to an upcoming event on the
 SUNY-ESF campus in Syracuse that may be of interest to some.  We are please
 to have Richard Crossley present Past, Present and Future - world birding
 adventures, book design and ID philosophy at 6 PM on Monday, April 29th.
  The talk itself will begin at 7 PM; Richard will be available for an
 informal meet-and-greet/book signing starting at 6, with light refreshments
 provided.  The event will take place in ESF's brand new

[cayugabirds-l] Anyone missing a Red-tailed Hawk?

2013-04-21 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
We had a report of a RTHA with jesses seen at the intersection of Stillwell and
Sirrine Rds yesterday. This is a TBurg section of eastern Schuyler Cty near the
FLNF. We don't know of any falconers based operating in the area.
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[cayugabirds-l] SFO and playback

2013-04-10 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Does SFO approve of/teach using playback calls for recreational birding? Recent 
SFO
trip reports would indicate that this is a sanctioned procedure and is also 
subject
to overuse by the guide. With so many groups and so many students as well as the
proliferation of playback devices and call sources, this could easily get out of
hand much to the detriment of bird populations. Even worse if it even appears
Cornell sanctions this method of birding.

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[cayugabirds-l] Ruddy Turnstones

2013-04-06 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
Here's a heads up from Venezuela.
J

Dear friends,


During this year we will start a Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres
morinella) marking in Venezuela (Los Roques Archipelago). The color assigned
to Venezuela, to leg flags, is black. Thus, we will use black leg flags with
two white characters (letters or numbers).

We have seen that in England have used this type of black leg flags with two
black characters, with metal ring on the other tibia and a plastic ring on one
tarsus. Here's an example: http://fleetwoodbirder.
blogspot.com/2013/01/more-leg- flags-fitted-to-turnstones. html

Our leg flags are identical to those used in England. We know it is difficult
for a Turnstone cross the Atlantic, but not impossible, it happened in some
occasion. We hope there will be noproblems with transatlantic readings of
codes used in both continents...

With the best wishes,

Juan Carlos
===

J.C. Fernández-Ordóñez
Fundación Científica ARA MACAO
Venezuela
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[cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, woodcock and a very intimidating visitor

2013-04-06 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
After enjoying them all winter our redpoll flock of 200 or more has greatly 
reduced
to but a few. It's high time for them to be starting north. We had a cock 
pheasant
here for a week but it has moved on -probably not enough spillage left by the
smaller redpoll numbers. While the redpolls here did consume some nyger, they
greatly preferred black-oil sunflower. Michael, have you been feeding both 
seeds?

Our experience with woodcock up here parallels most reports. Over the last 27 
years
habitat loss has contributed to much lower numbers and locations. This to the 
point
where some of the national woodcock survey routes in our area were dropped a few
years ago. Enjoy them while we have them.

The highlight yesterday afternoon was our FOY Northern Goshawk. As this was a 
young
female, she was huge! She put on quite a display as she tried to beat Mourning 
doves
out of their hasty cover. Poor bird acted very hungry.

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[cayugabirds-l] Queen Catharine Marsh (Schuyler Cty) waterfowl

2013-03-26 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
It was a warm morning on the eastern slope of Rock Cabin Rd as we canvassed the
marsh. The Sandhill Crane pair is back and a third crane was sighted yesterday.
Anyone sighting the cranes please relay reports to us as we will be attempting 
to
document a nesting at QCM this year.

Best viewing is from along Rock Cabin Road and there is an observation platform 
very
close to the point where a gas pipeline crosses the marsh. It's a roomy but odd 
mesh
sized platform so bring along some small pieces of lumber to hold your tripod's 
legs
steady.

The highlight was hundreds of Wood Duck spread throughout the marsh; we stopped
counting at 150 and saw many more. Also present in good numbers were Canada 
Geese,
gadwall,wigeon, blacks, mallards, shovelers, pintails, green-winged teal,
ring-neckeds and common mergs.

As the season progresses listen and look for rails and both bitterns. A Bald 
Eagle
pair has been showing interest the last couple of years and will hopefully nest
nearby, if they haven't done so already. An unoccupied as yet Osprey platform is
directly across the marsh from the observation platform.

Rock Cabin is a dirt track running along the marsh from the bottom of the 
Burdett
hill and just off Rte 79 before it swings around the lake and into Watkins Glen.
Access is also available off Skyline Drive in Montour Falls. It's wise to park 
well
to the side of the road. A parking area is available at the Montour Falls end of
RCR; look to the left just prior to leaving pavement. Walking the area is 
probably
the most effective way of birding here. A trail of sorts circumnavigates the 
marsh.

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[cayugabirds-l] Woodcock arrival

2013-03-20 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
At dusk this evening I happened to glance out a window just in time to see a
Woodcock descending for a landing in our front field. It hasn't been above
freezing
for ages, we still have a snow cover and ponds and puddles are still iced in.
As far
as average arrival date goes, it's two days late, but I was very surprised to 
see
it. Went out to listen, but nothing heard. Probably not a very happy bird
right now.

Sue

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