Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chimney Swifts

2021-06-27 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Thanks, Jody!
I'll keep an eye out later this summer for non-molting birds mixed with
molting ones. Great tip for breeding confirmation, since I can never seem
to track them to a nest site. Yes, the BBS route is 61043 (Trumansburg) and
begins at Savercool Rd X 89 and runs south past Taughannock and along
Sheffield Rd to Poole where it turns toward Ithaca via Elm St Extension,
through Green St to Mitchell and Ellis Hollow Rd and Hunt Hill ending on
Midline Rd 25 miles later. The 3 minute stops every half mile make it a
pretty intense birding workout, but the habitat variety is pretty good. I
had an Acadian Flycatcher at the Ellis Hollow Rd wetland a few years back,
and I regularly get an Eastern Meadowlark or two in the grasslands around
Ulysses. This year I ran the route a couple weeks later than usual and had
a pretty poor showing of flycatchers and warblers. This was the morning
before the crazy storm though, so maybe the birds felt the atmospheric
pressure changing and were busy feeding young and battening down the
hatches. Temperature and humidity were really high too. I'm slowly
trying to get this year's effort into eBird (for the first time), but it is
a lot of data entry
Thanks,
Josh.

On Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 2:14 PM Jody Enck  wrote:

> Hi Josh,
> I had no idea there was a BBS route through downtown Ithaca!  That is
> fascinating.
> You may not be able to tell apart immature and adult Chimney Swifts right
> now, but in another month or so, the adults will be going through active
> molt of their flight feathers.  Any bird at that time with a gap in their
> flight feathers will almost certainly be an adult bird.  The flight
> feathers of birds hatched this summer will stay with them until they molt
> them late next summer.
>
> Thanks for sharing.
>
> Jody
> Jody W. Enck, PhD
> Conservation Social Scientist, and
> Founder of the Sister Bird Club Network
> 607-379-5940
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>
> On Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 1:57 PM Joshua Snodgrass 
> wrote:
>
>> I ran a USGS BBS route last week that goes through Ithaca on Green St.
>> with the library as one of the stops. I only had 5 or so Chimney Swifts at
>> that time. I wonder if several groups have merged (there were other small
>> groups of swifts at nearby stops), or maybe there are some recently fledged
>> young in the group you saw. I'm not sure how one would be able to
>> differentiate the young though. I love those Swifts with their enthusiastic
>> chattering.
>> -Josh
>>
>> On Sun, Jun 27, 2021, 1:04 PM Linda Orkin  wrote:
>>
>>> There are approximately 10 Swifts foraging and twittering over the
>>> Tompkins County library. They so gladden me. I hope they’re finding enough
>>> to eat.
>>>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chimney Swifts

2021-06-27 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
I ran a USGS BBS route last week that goes through Ithaca on Green St. with
the library as one of the stops. I only had 5 or so Chimney Swifts at that
time. I wonder if several groups have merged (there were other small groups
of swifts at nearby stops), or maybe there are some recently fledged young
in the group you saw. I'm not sure how one would be able to differentiate
the young though. I love those Swifts with their enthusiastic chattering.
-Josh

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> There are approximately 10 Swifts foraging and twittering over the
> Tompkins County library. They so gladden me. I hope they’re finding enough
> to eat.
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rust Blackbirds

2021-01-29 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
I had a flock of about 15 blackbirds, most of which were Rusty at the
Montezuma Audubon Center a week or two ago during a winter raptor survey.
Certainly unexpected this time of year, but given how mild the winter has
been in general, not unheard of. Nice birds and a welcome sight!
Josh

On Fri, Jan 29, 2021, 9:33 AM Claire Damaske  wrote:

> Is anyone else getting these?  I live on Gravel Rd in Tyre north of the
> thruway.  We started out with 3 Cowbirds last week.  Then 3 Starlings and a
> couple Red-winged Blackbirds joined them.  Two days ago we were up to 40
> Cowbirds and yesterday there were about 40 Rusty Blackbirds too!  How
> unusual is this?
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip- West side of lake- waterfowl and winter raptors

2019-12-13 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Hi all,
Just a reminder I will be leading an afternoon - sunset trip on Sunday,
December 15 on the west side of Cayuga Lake. We'll look for overwintering
waterfowl along the lake shore, grassland birds (snow buntings, etc.), and
try for Short-eared Owl and Snowy Owl at regular sites. Should be a fun
time! We expect to return by 6pm. Be sure to dress very warmly, it gets
very cold with the wind off the lake and in the fields.

Meet at Taughannock Falls State Park, North Point parking lot (lot just
north of the bridge over 89), at 1 pm for carpooling. Hope to see you
there! Josh Snodgrass

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] FLNF Grassland Enhancement Project open house, 11/22/19, in Hector N.Y.

2019-11-22 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Thanks, Gary and Greg, for sharing this! I cannot attend tonight's meeting
at the Hector Ranger Station regarding the grassland proposal. I just got
finished reading the "Scoping Information" details on the website. I fully
support the goals of the project to restore the grasslands and improve
suitable habitat for grassland obligate birds.
My several concerns about the details and proposed implementation of the
project are as follows:
1. Timing of herbicide application. In the proposal, the application is
scheduled for early spring, just as breeding birds are returning to the
area to set up territory. Will this timing interfere with nesting success?
Would a late summer or fall application be safer for breeding birds, after
dispersal of young?
2. Timing and division of treatment in managed units. The Ahouse complex of
grasslands in the Finger Lakes National Forest (known to birders as Dean
Road and Lodi Center Road fields), are some of the larger tracts of
grassland currently available to grassland obligate birds. The way the
proposal is formulated, it seems that these tracts are to be divided
internally and treated. Some grassland bird species require large
continuous areas of grassland for suitable breeding territories. Would it
be less disruptive to treat an entire section (say all of Ahouse West), and
leave another large intact area untreated in the interim (e.g. Ahouse
South) in order to maintain an area of suitable potential territiories?
This may extend the overall timeline of the project, but would possibly
help maintain habitat use by the current bird populations.

These grasslands are used both as overwintering sites for Short-eared Owls
and Northern Harriers, as well as summer breeding grounds for Grasshopper
Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Boblink and other grassland obligate birds. My
main concern with the proposal is ensuring that the timing and locations of
the proposed actions are carried out in such a way as to not disrupt the
current populations of birds that already use these areas. The goals of the
project are highly commendable. I'm sure others with more in-depth
knowledge of breeding cycles and conservation/restoration projects could
raise better points than I have.
Thanks,
Josh

On Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 8:22 AM  wrote:

> Part of the plan is to use glyphosate.
>
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> On 2019-11-22 13:12, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
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> Thanks Alicia ! The meeting in today, Friday Nov. 22nd.
>
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> Gary
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> *From:* bounce-124146342-3493...@list.cornell.edu <
> bounce-124146342-3493...@list.cornell.edu> *On Behalf Of *Alicia
> *Sent:* Friday, November 22, 2019 8:07 AM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] FLNF Grassland Enhancement Project open
> house, 11/22/19, in Hector N.Y.
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> According to the Scoping Letter (see the link in Gary's email), the open
> house is tonight from 6 to 7 pm.
>
> On 11/22/2019 8:00 AM, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
>
>
> I wanted to let everyone know about an open house that is taking place
> tomorrow evening at the Finger Lakes Nation Forest ranger station in
> Hector, NY. with Gregory Flood the Hector District Forest Service Wildlife
> Biologist. It will give the public an opportunity to discuss a new
> grassland enhancement project trying to get underway for this upcoming
> summer. Public comments are being accepted. To provide a comment please see
> the link below and open the “scoping letter”. Instructions on how to submit
> a comment are include in that document.
>
>
>
> Hector Ranger Station
>
> 5218 State Route 414
> Hector, NY 14841
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>
> https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56961
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[cayugabirds-l] Black Scoter Watkins Glen

2019-11-13 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Female type black Scoter just north of Warren W Clute park. Also an early
Common GoldenEye
-Josh

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[cayugabirds-l] Guided Shorebird Walk at Montezuma 8/31 at 7am

2019-08-30 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Late reminder that we will be holding another guided shorebird walk along
the dikes at Montezuma's Knox-Marcellus Marsh on East rd. We can meet at
the Visitor center at 7am or at the East Rd. overlook at 7:15 before
proceeding out onto the dikes. This is a great opportunity to get down into
an otherwise restricted area with a great group of helpful and
knowledgeable folks. Bring a scope, binoculars, snacks and water, and
insect repellent (though they've been pretty merciful this year). Thanks
again to Andrea and Linda and all the hardworking refuge staff for allowing
access and maintaining this wonderful habitat. Hope to see you all there!

-Josh

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[cayugabirds-l] OT- Cayuga Bird Club trip tomorrow 5/4

2019-05-03 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
WhenSat, May 4, 7:30am – 4:30pm
*Where: Finger Lakes National Forest- Teeter Pond*
*No registration necessary- all are welcome.*
. I will be leading an all day field trip in the Finger Lakes National
Forest and possibly other sites in Schuyler County for a casual Schuyler
County Big Day. We will spend most of the day in the Finger Lakes NF,
searching for migrant and resident birds in a variety of habitats - mature
forest, scrubland, grassland, and several ponds within the forest to
maximize our chances for high species diversity. Depending on time and
interest, we may head down to the south end of Seneca Lake and Catherine
Creek Marsh for wetland species and waterfowl. I plan on being in the field
all day, but participants are welcome to depart early or arrive late
(contact me via text/call for a rendezvous 570-362-2548). This will be an
all day trip in rustic habitat with limited facilities. I'll plan on a
brief stop for lunch/snacks, but bring water and dress for the weather and
possible mucky trails. We will meet at the parking lot at Teeter Pond in
the Finger Lakes National Forest at 7:30am. From Searsburg Rd (CR 1) turn
north on Potomac Rd. and turn left (west) at the T intersection. The
parking lot is on the south side of the road across from Horton Pasture.
There is an eBird hotspot for Finger Lakes NF-Teeter Pond
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L940987 that has a clickable link for directions.
If you have questions, contact me at cedarsh...@gmail.com, or for a faster
response, by text at the number above.
Hope to see you there!Josh

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[cayugabirds-l] escaped parrot seen in Finger Lakes NF

2019-04-04 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Hey all,
I was out birding the county line between Schuyler and Seneca Counties
(Seneca Rd, just west of Vesa Rd.) and a bright red medium sized parrot of
some sort flew across the road and perched in the low shrubs lining the
road. I snapped a few photos, but they came out very dark and poor. The
bird had a light blue patch on the wing, was mostly dark red, and flashed
green from somewhere while in flight. Attached is the checklist, just
figured I'd pass along the info in case anyone is searching for the poor
bird. Based on a quick google search it most resembles a Scarlet Rosella,
but I don't know much about captive species.
Thanks,
Josh
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[cayugabirds-l] FOY Pine Warbler

2019-03-30 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Just had my FOY Pine Warbler pass through my yard in Interlaken. Here they
come!
-Josh

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

2019-02-06 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
king eider continues in oswego harbor. just off port authority pier near
old buoys on pier. Beautiful mAle. Thank for reporting t his life bird.

On Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 12:56 PM Susan Gateley  If it's on the way to Oswego you can also check out the channel at Fair
> Haven via the West Bay road park at end. Often lots of long tails, diver
> ducks etc there. Wave action usually keeps channel and north end of bay
> semi open to open
>
> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 12:49 PM John and Fritzie Blizzard <
> job121...@verizon.net> wrote:
>
>> To all ... Sorry I didn't better indicate the locations.
>>
>> Head towards the Lake on *W.* *1st St.*  off Rte. 104 & eventually dead
>> end at the Marine Museum. For those who haven't been there, you can park &
>> walk around behind the museum to view the river & harbor as well as the
>> marina.  I suggest you Google Oswego Marine Museum, enlarge the area & that
>> will show you the river, harbor & marina waters to the west. I think when
>> most of us say "Oswego River" we mean that particular spot. Off W. 1st St.
>> are one block long side streets to get you closer to the river.
>>
>> *Lake St.* that goes west off W. 1st St.  (where you enter the driveway
>> to the museum by the large fuel storage tanks)  goes up the hill to an
>> overlook with good parking/viewing of the lake & marinas. Follow Lake St.
>> on down the other side to *Breitbeck Park* to walk to the lake shore.
>>
>> I *don't* bird above the lock & up-river south towards Fulton but a
>> walkway exists all along behind the businesses. On rare occasions I may go
>> to the Fort Ontario overlook on the east side of the river accessed  by E.
>> 7th St. off E. Bridge St./Rte. 104.
>>
>> The grebe & large nos. of long-tails were  on the river downstream from
>> the little riverside park & the lock below the Rte. 104/W. Bridge St.
>> bridge & to the harbor. The L-Ts move up & down the river, into the marina,
>> all along the breakwalls. They tend to fly out onto Lake Ontario in mid-day
>> but that may not always be. Other birds ... mallards, mergansers, etc.
>> usually are on the east side of the river on the rocks & waters under the
>> bridge below the lock.
>>
>> Kathy & I went to what is known as Wright's Landing to where we saw the
>> many w-w scoters & the King Eider. Be aware that the birds are often
>> changing locations throughout the day  so you may have to  scan various
>> areas & even return to places you've already looked. A birder there had
>> missed the black scoter, I think she said, that flew in to where she had
>> left just moments before.
>>
>> The conclusion ... birds don't stay in one spot to be seen where others
>> saw them so, good luck! If you like fish, Skip's Fish Fry is at the corner
>> of W. 2nd & Schuyler Sts..
>>
>> Fritzie
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[cayugabirds-l] ID help? white winged gull sp. on Stewart Park ice edge.

2019-01-23 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Hi friends,
Sorry if this is an inappropriate venue for this question. I saw what I
believe was a 1st winter Glaucous Gull on the ice edge at Stewart Park as
viewed from East Shore Park. I have little experience with white winged
gull species. Through the scope the bird was all white with light brownish
tonal markings. The bill seemed large and straight through the scope, with
a clear dark tip and pale pinkish base (no fading to black), pink base was
about 3/4 of bill length. Size was difficult to judge at that distance, but
seemed as large as the nearby herring gulls, and seemed to have a
relatively flat head. I've attached a link to my eBird checklist with poor
digiscoped photos. Any experts out there willing to help a beginning
guller?
Thanks,
Josh
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca County Redpolls

2019-01-23 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
a friend and I also saw the redpolls on Ovid-lodi townkine rd again today.
they werr far south of the road and difficult to see south and west of the
farmhouse, near some sumac. scope views.

just now 1:45. there are about 20, probably more common redpolls on mount
pleasant. the next hill east of the observatory. north of road in weedy
field with powerline and cell tower.

On Wed, Jan 23, 2019, 10:52 AM  They were there this morning at 8:30 AM, feeding briefly on the standing
> (weed?) stalks and then flying up and moving 25 or 50 feet and settling
> down to feed briefly again, all the while calling continuously.  At times
> they were right next to the road. I would have guessed 250 birds based on
> my attempts to count by 10s but they are very hard to count.
>
> Alicia
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>
> > Mary Jean and I drove through there this afternoon between 3:30 and 4pm
> > and did not see the Redpolls.   --Marty
> > ===
> > Marty Schlabach   m...@cornell.edu
> > 8407 Powell Rd. home  607-532-3467
> > Interlaken, NY 14847   cell315-521-4315
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> > From: bounce-123259224-3494...@list.cornell.edu
> >  On Behalf Of Dave Nutter
> > Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 10:35 AM
> > To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> > Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca County Redpolls
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> > Reuben Stoltzfus reports that the flock of about 200 Common Redpolls has
> > returned to the north side of the Ovid-Lodi Town Line Rd about a half
> mile
> > east of NYS-414, and they are easy to see as they perch on the snow and
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[cayugabirds-l] Redpolls- southern Seneca County

2019-01-19 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
I just got a call from Reuben Stolzfus reporting a flock of about 150
Common Redpolls and a dozen Snow Buntings in southern Seneca County. East
of 414 and north of 96A on Ovid-Lodi Townline Rd. He did not have
binoculars, so worth checking for Hoary Redpoll and Lapland Longspurs in
the flock. He eliminated Horned Lark by shape, size and calls of the flock.
Thanks Reuben!

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese heading toward count circle

2019-01-02 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Flock of about 800 just passed overhead in Interlaken heading south

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[cayugabirds-l] "Gyrfalcon on mallard"

2018-12-16 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
https://youtu.be/9_VKgawoBGU

Poor digiscoped video from this afternoon of the Gyrfalcon eating a
mallard. Uploaded from my phone, any audio is unintentional, and lots of
wind noise. The Gyr also drove off a Red-tailed hawk in a spectacular
aerial battle. Sorry I'm not tech savvy enough to reply in thread. Full
trip report to come.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon, Seneca Co.

2018-12-16 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Thanks so much for sharing, Jay! We were able to get the Cayuga bird club
field trip up the lake to get great views!
On Dec 16, 2018 2:27 PM, "Jay McGowan"  wrote:

> An immature gray Gyrfalcon was sitting on a phone pole on Rt. 89 south of
> 5&20, just south of the Cayuga/Seneca canal at the northwest corner of
> Cayuga Lake an  hour ago. Now being reported eating a Mallard in the field
> west of the road.
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[cayugabirds-l] Trip Summary of Montezuma NWR guided shorebird walk Aug. 4

2018-08-06 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Hi All,

First, my apologies for the delay in this trip summary. On August 4th, over
30 intrepid birders of all ages and skill levels came out for the first
guided shorebird walk of the season at Montezuma NWR. We met at the Visitor
Center and consolidated at the East Rd. overlook to head out on the dikes
of Knox-Marcellus and Puddler marshes. The weather was great in the morning
and heated up as the day progressed. The insects were
mercifully few, and viewing conditions were quite good for the first few
hours.

We encountered a nice diversity of shorebirds, with much opportunity for
direct comparison of tricky species. The birds were quite flighty at times,
likely a combination of an early pass by a Merlin, and their practice of
synchronized flight for migration. There was a fair amount of re-shuffling
of the flocks, but many opportunities for prolonged study as well.
Some highlights: a SPOTTED SANDPIPER at the SE corner of K-M. Good
comparative views of groups of species that present ID challenges: GREATER
and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER and KILLDEER, as well as the troubling trio of STILT SANDPIPERS,
LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. We also had PECTORAL sandpipers
with their distinctively neat breast streaking. We had a flock of 18
SANDHILL CRANES at the north end of Puddler(and another group of 3 for 21
total), who provided great views and bugled as the flew over.

Ultra-highlights include an ABA area rare female RUFF in drab nonbreeding
plumage discovered by Jay McGowan, who helped many get on the bird.
(Thanks, Jay!). And a continuing juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
spotted by Dave Nutter. This young bird was quite cooperative- perching for
some time in a bare branched tree near Puddler, and offering great scope
views. An obliging juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON flew in to the marsh
edge just after the YCNH retreated to deep cover, allowing a good study of
the differences between these similar and cryptic juvenile birds.

We all dispersed generally once the heat became overwhelming, but that was
an excellent morning of birding. A very big THANK YOU to all who came out
for the walk, with special thanks to the experienced birders who shared
their eyes, insight, and optics. And another very big thanks to the staff
at MNWR for granting us the opportunity to get up close and personal with
the birds, and to witness the benefits of the hard work they do maintaining
this crucial habitat for wildlife! Dave Nicosia will be leading more
shorebird walks in the coming Saturdays. Hope to see you there!

Good birding,
Josh

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[cayugabirds-l] Guided shorebird walk at Montezuma August 4th

2018-07-26 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Hi all!
Given the great variety of shorebirds seen at Montezuma in Knox-Marcellus
recently, I inquired whether there would be any guided shorebird walks this
year, and they offered me the chance to lead one!
We will meet at the Visitor Center at 7am on Saturday August 4th (10 days
from now) and carpool over to East Rd. to head out on the dikes between K-M
and Puddler marshes. This is an excellent opportunity to get close to the
birds in an area of the refuge usually closed to public access. I'm sure
Andrea will post the official notice of the walk soon, but I wanted to get
the word out early. All are welcome!
As this is my first time leading a shorebird walk, and I am still working
on my shorebird ID skills, I would love any assistance from folks who have
more experience. Any tips and advice are most welcome. Please bring
binoculars and/or a scope if you have one, a willingness to share, and
water.
Hope to see you all there!
Best,
Josh

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[cayugabirds-l] Summary of CBC Finger Lakes NF field trip

2018-05-06 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Today I led my first ever birding field trip for the Cayuga Bird Club to
the Finger Lakes National Forest in (mostly) Schuyler County. Ten
courageous birders met me at Teeter Pond at 7:30am for an all day trip
through the National Forest to battle mud, mosquitoes, and multiflora rose
in the search for birds. We started at the parking lot and birded a bit in
Horton Pasture (technically Seneca County), just across the street to the
north. This first leg yielded some very cooperative BALTIMORE ORIOLES,
singing BROWN THRASHER and NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD for good auditory
comparisons, distant BOBOLINKS, very loud FIELD SPARROWS and scope views of
a perched RED-TAILED HAWK. At Teeter Pond itself, we had several exuberant
YELLOW WARBLERS, freshly arrived from migration and arguing for territory,
drumming and foraging YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS (this species would be
present in good numbers throughout the day), red-winged blackbirds and
grackles, and some singing LEAST FLYCATCHERS-another species that would
reappear at several locations throughout the day, singing enthusiastic
Chi-BECK songs and perching for great views.
  From Teeter Pond, we carpooled south to Ballard Pond, where we had
exceptionally cooperative EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, perched Singing BOBOLINK, a
scopable AMERICAN KESTRAL, and a surprising six(!) WILSON'S SNIPE foraging,
flying and being super cooperative in the marshy spot across the street
from Ballard Pond parking lot. The Snipe were one of the highlights of the
day for me, a county bird, and the most I've seen at one time. We also
picked up singing SAVANNAH SPARROWS, one of the few birds we would fail to
get a look at on the trip.
  From Ballard we traveled south to the Potomac Wildlife Ponds (and a
fortuitous Port-a-John). We walked the loop trail, catching a glimpse of
OSPREY above the trees, multiple least flycatchers, double digit numbers of
EASTERN TOWHEE, a flyover pair of WOOD DUCK, singing WOOD THRUSH, many
singing OVENBIRDS, and briefly vocal VEERY, drumming RUFFED GROUSE, a
ROSE_BREASTED GROSBEAK, both resident NUTHATCHES and several species of
warbler. We had good views of CHESTNUT-SIDED, heard a few COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT, and were blown the raspberry by two BLUE_WINGED WARBLERS from
deep brush, offering only fleeting glimpses to some of us. As a consolation
for the poor views of Blue-winged, a BLUE-HEADED VIREO popped out and
presented himself in a nearly leafless tree for good study. We slogged back
through the mud to be surprised by a GREAT-BLUE HERON flying into and
perching in a pine tree, which was still hard to discern, despite being
100x bigger than a warbler.
  Here we parted ways with about half of the party and broke for lunch at
Dandy Mart in Hector. From there, we headed back to the Southwest part of
the forest and birded several spots along Burnt Hill Rd. We stopped by
Gorge Trail, South Burnt Hill Pond, and South Slope Trail. At Gorge Trail
we finally got good views of AMERICAN REDSTART, and brief look at a
BROAD-WINGED HAWK as it flew away. Some of the best birding of the day was
at South Burnt Hill Pond, where we encountered quite a few YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLERS, and in one tree had two NASHVILLE WARBLERS, four PURPLE FINCHES,
two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, and a yellow-rumped. We also had our only
MAGNOLIA WARBLER here, as well as calling PILEATED WOODPECKERS,
red-breasted nuthatch, and a singing BROWN CREEPER. Our final stop added
only a single calling COMMON RAVEN, and several species we'd encountered
earlier.
 I had a fantastic time today. Our final tally was about 67 species, and it
is still early in the season. It was great reconnecting with some warblers
I got to see on their wintering grounds in January and with the very people
who I'd seen them there with. Thank you to everyone who came out, you made
the trip so much fun! And thank you to the Cayuga Bird Club for inviting me
to lead my first field trip- I can't wait to do another one! See you all
soon!
Good Birding,
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club field trip to Finger Lakes National Forest

2018-05-05 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Hi all,
Tomorrow, Sunday, May 6th, I will lead an all day field trip to the Finger
Lakes National Forest. We will meet at the parking lot at Teeter Pond on
Seneca Rd at 7:30am.
The Finger Lakes National Forest has a great variety of habitats, from
grasslands and grazing areas, to scrubland, wildlife ponds, mature
deciduous forests, transitional habitat, and hemlock filled ravines. Great
opportunity to see neotropical migrants, warblers, thrushes, vireos, as
well as breeding grassland birds. We will visit a selection of these
habitats, including several eBird hotspots.
This will be an all day trip in rustic habitat, with plans for a lunch
break. Some of the trails may be muddy, depending on weather, so dress
accordingly, and bring insect repellent. All are welcome, regardless of
experience. Come explore New York's only National Forest, and some great
habitat between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes!

Directions from Ithaca: Take Rt 96 north to Trumansburg, turn left on rte
227 after the post office, then turn right on Searsburg Rd. (county rt 1).
Follow Searsburg Rd. for 4-5 miles to Potomac Rd. and turn right. Head
north until you hit a T intersection with Seneca Rd. Turn left at the T and
Teeter Pond will be on the left after a 1/2 mile or so.
If coming from the north or west, I recommend traveling from 414 to
Searsburg Rd to Potomac Rd. to Seneca Rd. as some of the more direct roads
are pretty bad seasonally. There is an eBird hotspot for this location. For
easy access to map/directions visit https://ebird.org/hotspot/L940987
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Hope to see you there!
Best,
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[cayugabirds-l] West side Cayuga Lake waterfowl

2018-01-20 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Today I joined Marc Devokaitis and Paul Rodewald for a section of Cayuga
Lake's DEC Waterfowl Survey. We started at Taughannock SP North Point and
went up to Vineyard Rd Ext (just south of Dean's Cove) up the west side of
Cayuga Lake stopping at several small roads as well as CR 141 , Sheldrake
Pt and Wyers Pt and Rd. We were greeted with excellent weather, and
waterfowl numbers seemed high compared to previous years. Here are some
highlights:
1 RED-THROATED LOON visible from Taughannock SP North Point to start the
day, as well as two HORNED GREBES.
Large numbers of REDHEAD in assorted rafts and flocks all along the route,
as well as good numbers of SCAUP, and RING-NECKED DUCKS, and a ton of
COMMON GOLDENEYE, some displaying as well as the ever-present CANADA GEESE,
MALLARDS, and a decent showing of AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS.
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were out in force, seen from nearly every stop.
Only a few COMMON MERGANSERS, and a handful of HOODED MERGANSERS seen
throughout the day.
4 COMMON LOONS were all together on one of the small roads between
Frontenac and CR 141.
CR 141 to Sheldrake was quite productive
many aythya, several HORNED GREBE (one pair actively displaying), TUNDRA
SWANS, and MUTE SWANS, as well as
22 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS (the most I had ever seen, adult males, 1st winters
and females all present. we tried in vain to turn any of them into a black
or surf scoter) this flock of scoters extended from just south of Sheldrake
point's southern spit north to Sheldrake Point itself. I only reported them
from the CR 141 hotspot, though viewing and parking are likely equally
good, if not better at Sheldrake.
Wyers Point and road added 3 new species for the day
2 AMERICAN COOTS
our only PIED-BILLED GREBE of the day
and the only 3 CANVASBACKS
Other highlights included a handful of SNOW BUNTINGS along the southern
portion of CR 141 leading to the lakeside from RT 89, an AMERICAN KESTRAL
perched somewhere south of Sheldrake (location is lost in the fog of
ducks), a flyover BALD EAGLE adult, and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on
Kingtown Beach road (which I do not recommend driving down without some
serious AWD capability and good tires). and I turned up one GADWALL at Elm
Beach Rd with a flock of MALLARDS.
An excellent day for being out lakeside and counting the ducks! Thanks
y'all!
Good Birding,
Josh

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[cayugabirds-l] Northern harriers Allen treman sp

2017-12-29 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Two northern harriers, male and female currently coursing over the field
between the dog park and marina
Good birding,
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[cayugabirds-l] Broad-winged Hawk kettle

2017-09-10 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Just had a loose kettle of about 62 Broad-winged Hawks traveling SW at a
pretty good clip. Flew over my house here in Interlaken. Awesome sight to
see!
Best,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruff kipp Island

2017-07-10 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Ruff still present at Kipps island. 2:15pm. Keeps disappearing into the
stubble, but reemerges. Seen with ruff poofed chasing a yellowlegs. Awesome
bird! Tha KS for posting!
Josh
On Jul 10, 2017 9:23 AM, "Dave K"  wrote:

>
> Ruff Cooperative until 9:15. Moved slightly to the east and out of sight
> but appears to still be in the compound.
> fro Seen m parking area adjacent
> Thruway
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] OT- Finger Lakes NF sensitive species help

2017-03-16 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
I was able to use the DEC website for the Breeding Bird Atlas- Maps by
Species to look at color coded maps that show breeding occurrence at
specific locations to come up with my list for the Finger Lakes NF. It may
not be as current as eBird data, and I am not sure how land management
entities use that information, but it is accessible
http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/bba/

On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 12:51 PM, Wesley M. Hochachka <w...@cornell.edu>
wrote:

> Hi Geo,
>
>No, breeding-code information is a standard part of the most
> widely-used pre-packaged distribution of eBird data, the eBird Basic
> Dataset (EBD).  You can't call up this information on the eBird website, if
> I'm not mistaken, but then I wouldn't recommend using website output to do
> anything major in regard to research or management anyway.  Instead, the
> most appropriate thing to do would be to request access (always granted,
> for free) to the pre-bundled data in the EBD.  The EBD packages are rather
> large (i.e. you're not going to load it into Excel), but with some fairly
> basic large-data-management experience, one can pull out all of the
> breeding code information that's available without much effort.
>
> Wesley
>
>
>
> -Original Message-
> From: bounce-121340368-3494...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-121340368-
> 3494...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
> Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:24 PM
> To: Kenneth V. Rosenberg
> Cc: Joshua Snodgrass; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] OT- Finger Lakes NF sensitive species help
>
> During the last NYS Breeding Bird Atlas period (2000-2005), field workers
> who submitted breeding records for Threatened species or species of Special
> Concern were subsequently asked to provide DEC with additional information
> (locations).
>
> Is it true that eBird has not yet implemented data output for breeding
> records? If so, does this mean that a land management entity like DEC or
> the US Forest Service can't just consult eBird for Confirmed or Probable
> breeding locations of Threatened or Special Concern species that might be
> impacted by management, but instead has to make special requests? Do
> management planners routinely make such requests?
>
> I ask this because in my area (Danby/Newfield) I've seen several recent
> DEC actions that look like they could easily have been modified if location
> information had been available.
>
> -Geo Kloppel
>
> > On Mar 15, 2017, at 11:50 PM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg <k...@cornell.edu>
> wrote:
> >
> > Josh,
> >
> > Great job compiling conservation status information on these birds!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] OT- Finger Lakes NF sensitive species help

2017-03-16 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Thank you all for your support!
Ken, Thanks so much for the great Partners in Flight resource and species
list! I'll be sure to include those birds as well. Some of those Common
Birds in Steep Decline are pretty alarming, given just how common they seem
here. I'll give Greg your email as a further contact. I'm not sure of the
process involved in updating the RFSS, or what will come of it. I am
optimistic that the information provided will be taken into consideration
for the management of woodland habitat and grazing practices in the Finger
Lakes NF. Thanks again for all your help!
Best,
Josh

On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 11:50 PM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg <k...@cornell.edu>
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> Josh,
>
> Great job compiling conservation status information on these birds!
> Sorting through all the various lists at state, national, and global scales
> can be very challenging. I think you’re approach of combining state-listed
> species, global concern lists, and eBird records is exactly the right
> approach to take.
>
> Another recent source with additional information on these species is the
> Partners in Flight Landbird Conservation Plan, also published in 2016:
> http://www.partnersinflight.org/  The only minor change since the State
> of the Birds report, is that Evening Grosbeak was added to the Watch List
> because of its steep declines — it could be added to your list as a winter
> visitor (now rare) on FLNF. Olive-sided Flycatcher (also on the Watch List)
> also could potentially be added as a migrant.
>
> The Partners in Flight Plan also lists a group of “Common Birds in Steep
> Decline,” which are not yet on the Watch List, but have lost 50% or more of
> their global population since 1970 (according to the BBS), and are often
> representative of degraded habitats. These include the Yellow-billed
> Cuckoo, Field Sparrow, and Rusty Blackbird, which you have already listed
> as “honorable mentions,” as well as some other common local species — Bank
> Swallow (B), Blackpoll Warbler (migrant), Pine Siskin (W), Eastern
> Meadowlark (B), Chimney Swift (B), Wilson’s Warbler (M), Least Flycatcher
> (B), American Tree Sparrow (W), and Common Grackle (!).
>
> If the FLNF has additional questions, or is going through a formal process
> to update their list, I would be happy to provide more input.
>
> KEN
>
>
> Kenneth V. Rosenberg
> Conservation Science Program
> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> Office: 607-254-2412 <(607)%20254-2412>
> cell: 607-342-4594 <(607)%20342-4594>
> k...@cornell.edu
>
> On Mar 15, 2017, at 12:42 PM, Joshua Snodgrass <cedarsh...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> Hello all,
> I've been volunteering in the Finger Lakes National Forest checking on the
> condition of bird boxes for the new biologist there. He is currently
> updating the Regional Forester Sensitive Species list for the forest, and
> asked for my input on any birds that should be added to the list that are
> in trouble. It would be irresponsible of me to give advice without asking
> for input from this community, who are far more knowledgeable than I am.
> What I have done in my efforts to make good recommendations are to
> crosscheck eBird sightings with the NY DEC's list of state Endangered,
> Threatened, and Species of concern, as well as the most recent State of the
> Birds report for species that are in trouble versus those that occur in the
> forest. I included any birds in the SotB report that received a score of
> "13" or higher. If any of you have recommendations for additional species,
> or other edits, please let me know. Thank you all for any input. Below is
> the list of bird species I came up with that have been recorded in eBird as
> occuring in the Finger Lakes NF, with NYDEC sensitive species first.
>
> Short-eared Owl- NY Endangered
> Golden Eagle- NY Endangered (usually a migrant, one recent record of a
> perched bird)
> Pied-billed Grebe- NY Threatened
> Bald Eagle- NY Threatened
> Northern Harrier- NY Threatened
> Henslow's Sparrow- NY Threatened
> Upland Sandpiper- NY Threatened (flyover record, but habitat seems
> amenable)
> Northern Goshawk- NY Species of Concern (SoC)
> Cooper's Hawk- NY SoC
> Sharp-shinned Hawk- NY SoC
> Red-shouldered Hawk- NY SoC
> Common Nighthawk- NY Soc
> Horned Lark- NY SoC
> Vesper Sparrow- NY SoC
> Grasshopper Sparrow- NY SoC
>
> Birds not listed by NY DEC, but in trouble globally according to 2016
> State of the BIrds report follow.  The State of the Birds Watch List
> includes any species with a score of 14 or higher, as well as those with a
> score of 13 and a rapidly declining population. I have included all species
> that scored a 13 or higher that are known to occur in the Finger Lakes NF
> below:
>
> Bobolink- 1

[cayugabirds-l] OT- Finger Lakes NF sensitive species help

2017-03-15 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Hello all,
I've been volunteering in the Finger Lakes National Forest checking on the
condition of bird boxes for the new biologist there. He is currently
updating the Regional Forester Sensitive Species list for the forest, and
asked for my input on any birds that should be added to the list that are
in trouble. It would be irresponsible of me to give advice without asking
for input from this community, who are far more knowledgeable than I am.
What I have done in my efforts to make good recommendations are to
crosscheck eBird sightings with the NY DEC's list of state Endangered,
Threatened, and Species of concern, as well as the most recent State of the
Birds report for species that are in trouble versus those that occur in the
forest. I included any birds in the SotB report that received a score of
"13" or higher. If any of you have recommendations for additional species,
or other edits, please let me know. Thank you all for any input. Below is
the list of bird species I came up with that have been recorded in eBird as
occuring in the Finger Lakes NF, with NYDEC sensitive species first.

Short-eared Owl- NY Endangered
Golden Eagle- NY Endangered (usually a migrant, one recent record of a
perched bird)
Pied-billed Grebe- NY Threatened
Bald Eagle- NY Threatened
Northern Harrier- NY Threatened
Henslow's Sparrow- NY Threatened
Upland Sandpiper- NY Threatened (flyover record, but habitat seems amenable)
Northern Goshawk- NY Species of Concern (SoC)
Cooper's Hawk- NY SoC
Sharp-shinned Hawk- NY SoC
Red-shouldered Hawk- NY SoC
Common Nighthawk- NY Soc
Horned Lark- NY SoC
Vesper Sparrow- NY SoC
Grasshopper Sparrow- NY SoC

Birds not listed by NY DEC, but in trouble globally according to 2016 State
of the BIrds report follow.  The State of the Birds Watch List includes any
species with a score of 14 or higher, as well as those with a score of 13
and a rapidly declining population. I have included all species that scored
a 13 or higher that are known to occur in the Finger Lakes NF below:

Bobolink- 14 breeding
Wood Thrush- 14 breeding
Canada Warbler- 14 breeding?
American Woodcock- 13 breeding
Black-billed Cuckoo- 13 breeding
Blue-winged Warbler- 13 breeding
Prairie Warbler- 13 breeding
Cape May Warbler- 13 migrant
Connecticut Warble- 13 migrant

Honorable mentions- birds that score a 12 that breed on Finger Lakes NF
lands:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler (breeds?)
Veery
Field Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird (migrant?)

Links to the State of the Birds, and NYDEC species list, and breeding bird
atlas
http://www.stateofthebirds.org/2016/
http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7494.html
http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/bba/

State of the Birds species table: http://www.stateofthebirds.
org/2016/resources/species-assessments/

 Thank for any input!
Josh

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Blue-winged real mnwr visitor center

2017-03-08 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Found first by Dave K this morning, though I didn't realize that before
posting. Eurasian Wigeon also continues at Tschache Pool. as well as two
geese that looked good for Greater White-fronted, but I never saw their
bellies. big orange legs on them, white behind bill, white line on the
side. Link to the checklist with the geese is below. If anyone can help
with ID from that poor photo, I'd sure appreciate it.
Other highlights were Northern Shovelers, a lot of beautifully plumaged
Northern Pintail and Gadwall, and a flyover Sandhill Crane seen from Mays
Point road
thanks,
Josh
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35052740

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> Present with GW real in visitor center pool. Today 4:25
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[cayugabirds-l] Blue-winged real mnwr visitor center

2017-03-08 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Present with GW real in visitor center pool. Today 4:25

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese moving north

2017-02-20 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
2 FOY  Common Grackles in with about 25 Red-winged blackbirds, and a few
cowbirds today in my yard in Interlaken. Yay Spring!
-Josh

On Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 11:22 AM, Laura Stenzler  wrote:

> Just had our first of the year snow geese fly north over our house on Hunt
> Hill Rd, east of Ithaca. Also robins in the yard.
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[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon continues

2017-01-18 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Gyrfalcon perched in tree over quarry on hoster Rd right now. 3:35

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow goose Flock heading south toward Ithaca now

2017-01-01 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
About 1500 or so snow geese just flew past Interlaken toward the count
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[cayugabirds-l] Imm northern goshawk

2016-09-07 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
I just saw an immature northern goshawk on Mathews Rd in the finger lakes
NF, near the avitrail 27 trailhead. Large accipiter- initially mistaken for
a rtha given its perch in the open. But long tail with white terminal band
and a conspicuous eyebrow stripe lead me to believe goshawk. It flew into
the woods after briefly letting me look at it. Not sure if it is chaseable

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[cayugabirds-l] greater white-fronted geese lower lake rd. Cayuga Lake SP

2016-02-11 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
At least two, possibly 5 Greater White-fronted Geese seen this evening
around sunset on Lower Lake Rd. just south of Cayuga Lake State Park on the
west side of Cayuga Lake. Life bird for me! Other highlights include
1 Mute Swan
many Tundra swans
3 Gadwall beautiful silvery males
2 Northern Pintail beautiful male with female
2 immature Bald Eagles that spooked the huge flock of gulls, who then
floated around swirling in the dying light.

here's the ebird checklist with terrible documenting photos of the Greater
White-fronted geese. Please correct me if I've misidentified them
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[cayugabirds-l] Common nighthawk halls corners rd

2015-08-19 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Just had a common nighthawk flyover my yard on halls corners rd Interlaken
heading south. Lifebird! Yardbird!
Good birding
Josh S.

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[cayugabirds-l] Red throated loon continuing and osprey at Allen treman marina. 3:40pm

2015-04-02 Thread Joshua Snodgrass


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[cayugabirds-l] Mute swan smith park Seneca lake

2015-03-26 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
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[cayugabirds-l] owl swoop

2015-02-26 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
I was just standing on my back porch having a cigarette, when a small owl
swooped in and banked away about five feet from me. Appeared light
underneath, so I'm leaning toward Saw-whet owl for the ID (but I can't be
sure). That was amazing. I had a Northern saw-whet owl here (main street in
Tburg) a couple years ago, and given the lightness of the undersides I'm
inclined that way for the ID, but honestly, that was just a really cool
moment with an unexpected small owl. I hope s/he comes back!
Good birding!
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[cayugabirds-l] 15 Tundra Swans at Taughannock SP this afternoon

2015-02-11 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Groups of 4 and 5 visible simultaneously from North Point, another group of
6 at south cove, and a Kingfisher near the marina. Loads of Canada geese
and mallards, and some mergansers further out. Also watched a hawk eating a
duck for a while. Pretty sure it was a red-tailed hawk, but it was a funny
angle and it seemed to have a pale crescent behind its ear and white rump.
Possible harrier? The location seems weird for that though.
Good birding,
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[cayugabirds-l] foster pond/ goshawk location

2015-01-15 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Heading west on Searsburg rd (Co. rd. 1), turn left on Potomac rd. (past
Hector grazing association and Ballard Pond) to enter the Fingerlakes
National Forest. Drive South on Potomac rd about a mile or so. The parking
area for the Foster Pond area is directly across from where Chicken coop rd
intersects with Potomac rd (not sure if there is a road sign for chicken
coop rd., but there is a sign for Foster Pond visible in the small parking
area) The path from the parking area goes west, stay to the left until you
reach Foster pond, then walk around to the far north west corner of the
pond. There is a picnic table there, take the path to the left. The goshawk
was on the west side of the trail, which is fairly open, across from a huge
stand of pine trees, probably 100-200yds down the trail. (Just be careful,
Potomac rd is a seasonal dirt rd with little maintenance). Good luck!
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5352123.pdf
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Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] Northern Goshawk Fingerlakes National Forest, Schuyler Co.

2015-01-15 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
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From: Joshua Snodgrass cedarsh...@gmail.com
Date: Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 11:24 AM
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northern Goshawk Fingerlakes National Forest,
Schuyler Co.
To: Donna Scott dls...@me.com


Heading west on Searsburg rd (Co. rd. 1), turn left on Potomac rd. (past
Hector grazing association and Ballard Pond) to enter the Fingerlakes
National Forest. Drive South on Potomac rd about a mile or so. The parking
area for the Foster Pond area is directly across from where Chicken coop rd
intersects with Potomac rd (not sure if there is a road sign for chicken
coop rd., but there is a sign for Foster Pond visible in the small parking
area) The path from the parking area goes west, stay to the left until you
reach Foster pond, then walk around to the far north west corner of the
pond. There is a picnic table there, take the path to the left. The goshawk
was on the west side of the trail, which is fairly open, across from a huge
stand of pine trees, probably 100-200yds down the trail. (Just be careful,
Potomac rd is a seasonal dirt rd with little maintenance). Good luck!
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5352123.pdf
Josh

On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 11:14 AM, Donna Scott dls...@me.com wrote:

 Where is Foster Pond, please?

 Sent from my iPhone
 Donna Scott

 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!
 Josh
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northern Goshawk Fingerlakes National Forest, Schuyler Co.

2015-01-15 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Thank you both for the pointers. Had this been a nesting bird, I certainly
would have used more discretion. I hadn't considered the possibility of
disturbance to a possible future nesting site. This is the first rare bird
I've discovered and posted about. The last thing I want is for it to be
disturbed or scared off.
Good birding
Josh

On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 4:15 PM, Kevin J. McGowan k...@cornell.edu wrote:

  Concern for animal welfare is always worth considering. However, it
 seems climbing to nests is quite different than observing a bird.  In some
 circumstances, crows will abandon nests with chicks if someone climbs to
 the nest.



 Here is what the BNA account says:



 *Sensitivity To Disturbance At Nest And Roost Sites *

 Timbering activities near nests can cause failure, especially during
 incubation (Anonymous 1989
 http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/298/articles/species/298/biblio/bib013,
 Boal and Mannan 1994
 http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/298/articles/species/298/biblio/bib034).
 Logging activities, such as loading and skidding, within 50–100 m of nest
 can cause abandonment, even with 20-d-old nestlings present (JRS). However,
 see Zirrer (1947
 http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/298/articles/species/298/biblio/bib242)
 for descriptions of repeated renesting attempts despite extreme
 disturbance. Camping near nests has also caused failures (*n* = 2; Speiser
 1992
 http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/298/articles/species/298/biblio/bib202
 ).

 *Research Impacts *

 Disturbances associated with research are usually of short duration,
 apparently having little impact on nesting birds. Viewing nests for short
 periods after young have hatched does not cause desertion. Trapping adults
 during nesting for banding or attaching transmitters apparently does not
 cause abandonment. The percentage of nesting pairs with radios that
 successfully raised young (83%, *n* = 8, 1988–1989) was similar to those
 without radios (82%, *n* = 10, 1987–1990; Austin 1993
 http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/298/articles/species/298/biblio/bib018
 ).

 I don’t see a pressing concern here, personally.



 Kevin



 *From:* bounce-118707197-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:
 bounce-118707197-3493...@list.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of *John Confer
 *Sent:* Thursday, January 15, 2015 4:04 PM
 *To:* Donna Scott; Joshua Snodgrass
 *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L
 *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northern Goshawk Fingerlakes National
 Forest, Schuyler Co.



 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

 Donna Scott


 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!

 Josh

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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Goshawk Fingerlakes National Forest, Schuyler Co.

2015-01-14 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
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!
Josh

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca Falls Airport Snowy Owl

2015-01-09 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Snowy Owl still present at 2:30, slightly west of fenced antenna tower and
closer to Martin rd. This was a life bird for me! Thanks to all who found
and refound this bird! Also saw a Northern Harrier that flew low over the
fields when I first arrived. Thanks again!

Good Owling,
Josh

On Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 12:44 PM, Dave K fishwatch...@hotmail.com wrote:

 Seneca Falls AirportSnowy Owl seen ~ Noon today..looking North
 from Martin RdEast of runway on field seam near fenced antenna.

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/15616916854




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re:[cayugabirds-l] scope suggestions

2014-11-20 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
Thank you all for your helpful responses! My next project is trying out
some of the models to see what feels right before dropping the money. I'll
likely go with the Nikon ED50 as a moderately priced and portable option
until I can save for something more elaborate. The back issues of Living
Bird were super helpful for general comparisons and things to consider
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=1039#top

Here are some of the great replies I've received for anyone else interested:

-I got the Vortex Diamondback 20-60x80 for $499 from Eagle Optics earlier
this year. It serves its purpose, but I constantly wish I'd gone even one
step higher in quality. A rep at Eagle suggested the Celestron Regal
series, which is made with ED glass. I could have gotten a Celestronscope
of the same measurements (20-60x zoom, 80mm objective lens) for $180 more,
and now I wish I'd spent that, in retrospect, small bit more for the
sharper image that higher quality lenses would have given me. When I zoom
my Vortex Diamondback to 60x, the chromatic aberration is so bad that it's
hard to tell what color the bird really is. If someone else has a really
good scope nearby, I always want to see through their scope as well.
Oftentimes when I do, I see detail that I just can't see through my scope,
and that detail will be the difference between a solid ID and a guess.

My point: get the most expensive scope you can afford. It will be well
worth it

-Nikon makes a small fieldscope ED50 bent neck that I can fit in my
jacket pocket. I don't remember what it cost, something like $500. I've
used my Swarovski scope for daily for 40+ years and it is still going
strong, as you get what you pay for with optics, but again, it cost 2K or
so.

I take the Nikon scope out on boats etc where I don't want to risk my other
scope and on long walks because it's so light. It's really a great and I
considered it a real find at Gander Mt. Walmart, Dicks, and others might
carry it.

Seriously, try one out.

-Depends on how much you want to spend…I used a Nikon 82mm spotting scope
for a while, modified it by putting a diff lens on it for digiscoping and
took a lot of great pics with it! I bought it based o experience using a
friends and the customer reviews.



There’s one on Amazon


-Celestron Regal M2 100ED. It comes in 80mm also. I would highly recommend
buying all optics through BH. They are out of NYC. I've dealt with them
for years and I've visited them. They are great. Good luck.


-Hi Josh,
The Nikon Fieldscope 50ED is very bright and handy. Check the Labs back
issues of Living Bird for scope reviews.
The other option is a high end scope used or a demo model.


Thanks again!
Josh

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[cayugabirds-l] OT. scope suggestions?

2014-11-19 Thread Joshua Snodgrass
I stopped by the Hog Hole earlier today and saw my first Northern Shovelers
in Tompkins Co as well as a bunch of other great ducks including Hooded
Mergansers, scaup, redhead, bufflehead, ring-necked duck. However, since I
don't yet own a scope, I'm sure I missed many more great birds too distant
to ID with bins, or my camera's zoo. Does anybody have a recommendation for
a decent starter scope? I'm hoping not to break the bank, but I don't want
to end up with something crappy either. Any input helps! Thanks in advance!
Josh

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