Re: [cayugabirds-l] Long-tailed Jaeger over Northeast Ithaca tonight

2020-09-09 Thread Judith Thurber
Classic example of:   Opportunity favors the prepared mind!
Judy Thurber 

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> On Sep 8, 2020, at 8:46 PM, Jay McGowan  wrote:
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> 
> I just had one of the more surreal sightings in local birding I've ever 
> experienced. As I went out in the yard here in Northeast Ithaca this evening 
> to check for nighthawks, I spotted a bird soaring up overhead that, after a 
> quick double take where I tried to turn it into a gull and then a nighthawk, 
> I realized was a small JAEGER. It headed southeast and, incredibly, was 
> spotted by Tristan Herwood and Chris Sayers from Bluegrass Lane shortly 
> thereafter, where they watched it continue up and out of sight to the south. 
> Shape and proportions seem diagnostic for LONG-TAILED over Parasitic to us.
> 
> Checklist with more details, as well as some very poor photos (phone through 
> binoculars):
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> 
> Pretty bizarre, but a good reminder to keep an eye out at all times—and 
> always carry a camera.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 2 caged birds

2020-07-03 Thread Judith Thurber
That happened to me many years ago when I was bird-pet sitting.   I called vets 
and put on local radio station.   Radio paid off.  PHEW!

Judy Thurber 


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> I have 2 caged birds in my yard - a yellow one and a blue one (the blue one 
> has momentarily disappeared). My neighbor put out an email to Ithaca 
> neighborhood East. Are there any other places I can post them?
> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dave Nicosia's prediction.

2020-05-24 Thread Judith Thurber
I’m another who enjoyed happy lakeshore warbler, etc. migrants low to ground at 
Fair Haven westside of bay.

Thank you so much!  

Judy Thurber 
Liverpool 

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> On May 24, 2020, at 5:48 PM, Peter Saracino  wrote:
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> I'd like to give a shout-out to Dave Nicosia for his recent comments 
> concerning the southerly air flow and the warblers in its tow. 
> I had a wonderful day birding with my friend, Linda, along the southern shore 
> of Lake Ontario (Church Woods/Firehouse Woods/ BraddocknBay Eastern Spit).
> Between these 3 locations we got 21 species of warblers!!!
> Not to mention various thrushes, various, woodpeckers, vireos, a screech owl, 
> and waterfowl.
> I think we had 54 species in all.
> The woods were dripping with warblers - no lie/exaggeration and many were low 
> like Magee Marsh - a real fallout...5 Canadas, 2 mournings, tons of magnolias 
> and bays, wilsons, blackpolls etc.  
> Dave's hit the nail on the head with his timely illustration of the 
> connection between Meteorology and Ornithology. 
> I am grateful for his contribution(s) to the listserve.
> Thanks for the heads-up Dave.
> Pete Sar
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Nice day to start a nest

2020-04-16 Thread Judith Thurber
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> On Apr 16, 2020, at 11:48 AM, Geo Kloppel  wrote:
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> My lovage is now about five inches tall, soon to be five feet I trust. I’m 
> dreaming about pesto di levistico, and also want to try some recipes from the 
> ancient cookbook of Apicius (De Re Coquinaria). Got my Piper longum ready!
> 
> So it was a little disconcerting to see nothing in the garden this morning 
> but hummocks of snow. I gently brushed this away, and the lovage looks fine 
> in the bright sunshine. Reassured, I went about my business. 
> 
> For a few days I’ve been cutting-back woody growth around my pond: invasives 
> like Rosa multiflora, honeysuckles, privets and autumn olive, and also sumacs 
> and ash saplings and such - can’t let the dike go to trees, or their roots 
> will eventually demolish it.
> 
> I’d saved the steep outer face of the dike for last, and yesterday I worked 
> halfway around that. This morning I dropped down over the edge where the dike 
> is highest - nearly 20 feet, impossible to mow - and I started working. 
> 
> It’s a slow job with long-handled pruners. A gasoline powered trimmer would 
> be faster, but that seems awfully indiscrimate. The steep dike is strewn with 
> luscious bramble fruits and other nice stuff that the birds love, and that 
> would all be hacked up.
> 
> A half hour passed in which I was out of sight over the drop-off, and then 
> suddenly a Broad-winged Hawk swept very low over the top of the dike, perhaps 
> 15’ above my head, pursued closely by two Crows. It called out “pw”, and 
> it was carrying a stick. One of my own prunings, I believe. Such a beautiful 
> day!
> 
> -Geo
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bald eagle, Dryden Lake

2020-04-08 Thread Judith Thurber
Nice write up!
Judy Thurber 
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> On Apr 8, 2020, at 10:52 AM, Eveline V. Ferretti  wrote:
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> I had the great good fortune of seeing a bald eagle swoop in to land on a 
> tree right by the Dryden Lake trail yesterday evening. It’s the closest view 
> I’ve ever gotten of this regal-looking bird. He (she? I’m going with “he” as 
> he was not so very large) remained perched there for a long time—still there 
> when I passed by again 20 minutes after first seeing him--taking in the 
> evening view of the lake, where the fish were, in fact, jumping.   And where 
> quite a few common mergansers were enjoying the evening quiet too (may not 
> have been aware who was watching them).
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] On Stevenson Road

2020-04-01 Thread Judith Thurber
Wonderful 

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> On Apr 1, 2020, at 6:00 PM, Suan Yong  wrote:
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> On Stevenson Road I was biking,
> A meow from the hedge was most striking,
> The tone wasn’t hoarse,
> Not a catbird, of course,
> Sapsucker! I said, to my liking.
> 
> But the next meow came out all flat,
> It sounded just like... a house cat!?
> Then some chirps, then a jeer,
> The ID became clear,
> ‘Twas a mockingbird singing all that!
> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] poem to share

2020-03-22 Thread Judith Thurber
Lovely — 



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> On Mar 21, 2020, at 9:49 PM, Peter Saracino  wrote:
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> Nice.
> Thank you for sharing.
> Pete Sar
> 
>> On Fri, Mar 20, 2020, 10:23 PM Karin Suskin  wrote:
>> THE VISITORS
>> 
>> For six months, I have been waiting
>> The barren bones of trees
>> Showing soft hues of buds
>> The strength of daffodils to push
>> Upward through hardened earth
>> The anticipated sweetening of the air
>> As blooms with audacious colors
>> Open and release perfumed scents
>> And yet, I am walking alone
>> Amidst a new absence of sounds
>> Hoping that as someone passes
>> They will not release viral
>> Droplets from their mouths
>> To be downwind of another
>> Is to find me holding my breath
>> My head averted in opposite direction
>> We are alone in a collective waiting
>> Not for the gift we had hoped for
>> But for visitor Covid  19
>> To come and to go.
>> 
>> The migrants are coming
>> It starts in small numbers
>> They are crossing borders
>> They will not heed the warnings
>> They gather on wires and branches
>> Their numbers are swelling
>> They know that to be downwind
>> Is to have others ease their journey
>> They sing with abandon
>> To large and diverse audiences
>> They seek each other for close encounters
>> They flash obscenely rich colors
>> Saying, “Come to me, come to me”
>> Oh, my beautiful feathered friends
>> We welcome your arrival
>> We need you now.
>> 
>> -KSuskin
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Wildlife drive?

2020-03-21 Thread Judith Thurber
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> On Mar 21, 2020, at 9:00 AM, bob mcguire  wrote:
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> You don’t need to wait for the Wildlife Drive to open! There are thousands of 
> waterbirds (ducks, swans, cranes) in readily accessible areas of the entire 
> Montezuma Complex. 
> 
> Check Knox/Marsellus Marsh (MNWR) and Carncross, Morgan, and Vay Dyne Spoor 
> Roads in Savannah.
> 
> Bob McGuire
>> On Mar 21, 2020, at 8:38 AM, Geo Kloppel  wrote:
>> 
>> The MNWR website says the Wildlife Drive will open on April 1st, weather 
>> permitting. The Visitor Center will remain closed.
>> 
>> https://www.fws.gov/refuge/montezuma/
>> 
>> -Geo
>> 
>> 
>>> On Mar 21, 2020, at 8:27 AM, Nancy Cusumano  
>>> wrote:
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>>> 
>>> Does anyone know if the wildlife drive is open yet for the season?
>>> Seems like that might be a good solitary endeavor.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cool morning feeder birds

2019-08-09 Thread Judith Thurber
Very similar activity in Liverpool — live seeing the Orioles especially— and 
gearing “teakettle teakettle”

Judy Thurber 
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> On Aug 9, 2019, at 9:56 AM, Donna Lee Scott  wrote:
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> Sitting on my ‘treehouse’ back deck this lovely cool morning, I was treated 
> to 3 Baltimore Orioles, a Catbird & 3 sp. of woodpeckers eating suet and 
> grape jelly, along with BC Chickadee, RT Hummingbird, multiple Blue Jays & M. 
> Doves, & a Junco at other feeders. 
> A chattering Carolina wren here earlier. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Salt Pt Baltimore and Orchard Orioles

2019-07-25 Thread Judith Thurber
The Baltimore Orioles frequently coming faithfully for grape jelly end of May, 
in June and earlier in July have not been seen in at least a week.  The catbird 
stills comes.  Think Orioles must have started moving around—away.   I miss 
them.  They are so beautiful!

Judy Thurber
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> On Jul 25, 2019, at 6:04 PM, Donna Lee Scott  wrote:
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> Tuesday at my east shore beach, I saw a Caspian Tern fly over. 
> 
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>> Hi all,
>> 
>> I took a short walk around Salt Pt this morning (9-10 am) with the goal of 
>> checking out Myers Pt spit for Caspian Terns. None of those yet but I did 
>> see some cool birds, the best of which was multiple Baltimore Orioles (adult 
>> male and female, plus at least 4 juveniles all foraging in the same tree). 
>> Later a male Orchard Oriole that flew with a more olive/brown companion 
>> possibly a female or juvenile.
>> And 
>> Yellow Warbler
>> (Willow) Flycatcher
>> Group of drab vireos that I presume were Warbling (some checking out 
>> honeysuckle fruits)
>> 2 Eastern Kingbirds
>> And the usual cast of geese, Mallards, gulls.
>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red Wings and Grackles

2019-03-13 Thread Judith Thurber
Grackles in Liverpool today, too.  I think it is spring.  Oh, boy!

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> Hurrah! Flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles have shown up to empty 
> my feeders here in Dryden.
> Can this be Spring?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] snowy egret Eaton Marsh

2018-05-25 Thread Judith Thurber
Snowy Egret continues at Eaton Marsh on wildlife trail MZNWR.

Judy Thurber 
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> Close looks 6:30 a.m. Friday
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Suet Feasting

2018-05-18 Thread Judith Thurber
I have seen some of these and also Brown Creeper and E Bluebird.Suet is a 
favorite!!

Judy Thurber 
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> We've had a surprising variety of birds eating suet at our feeders this 
> spring. I was wondering if others have seen this as well.  The list includes:
> Baltimore Orioles
> Gray Catbirds
> Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
> Pine Siskins
> Hairy, Downy, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Red-bellied woodpeckers
> Grackles
> Starlings
> Blue Jays
> Red-winged Blackbirds
> Chickadees
> White-breasted Nuthatch
> Chipping Sparrow
> 
> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2018-01-13 Thread Judith Thurber
I just took a closer look at who is here feeding and voila:   Pine Siskin 
amidst the feeding flurry. Also Brown Creeper at suet again.

And a hawk must be in the neighborhood; every bird has disappeared.

Judy Thurber
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> I have one, too.
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>> I've got two male Pine Siskins foraging under my feeders here in 
>> Brooktondale on Valley Rd.
>> 
>> Anyone else seen them today?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question

2017-07-13 Thread Judith Thurber
I purchased mine at Wonderful Steamtiwn in Scranton but Ft Stanwix in Rome NY 
probably also sells them.  A bargain for sure.   

Judy Thurber, Liverpool

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pileated eating suet

2017-06-07 Thread Judith Thurber
Pileated are currently feeding several times a day at suet feeders on nails on 
side of tree. It seems they must be nesting nearby and come for reliable 
food supply.   (There have been periods in past years where I haven't seen them 
at feeder for months at a time.)   

Also Bluebirds balance on metal holders as best they can to get suet, but 
prefer to find scraps on the ground as do the Catbirds.   

Judy Thurber
Liverpool
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> In response to Nari's post, every once in awhile we too have had PILEATED 
> WOODPECKERS working on our suet feeders -- both male and female.  It's a 
> little comical watching such a large bird clinging to such a relatively small 
> feeder and successfully extracting suet.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tanager on suet

2017-05-10 Thread Judith Thurber
I have EBluebirds come regularly to suet, especially in winter months.  They 
find it tricky to stay on little wire suet cage and much prefer finding chunks 
on the ground...which I try to make sure happens.  They also happily take 
sunflower chips.

Judy Thurber
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> This cold weather must really be stressing the insect eating birds. There is 
> a scarlet tanager eating suet at our feeder this morning. He has to wait his 
> turn behind the jays and grosbeaks. I've never seen this before. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cattle Egret continues

2017-04-22 Thread Judith Thurber
Still present at 1:45 PM feeding actively in grass near Canada Geese.  

Judy Thurber
Liverpool 

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> The Cattle Egret at the NY Chiropractic College continues this AM. Still 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] GHO calling from game farm road

2015-09-27 Thread Judith Thurber
Well, in Liverpool during eclipse there was Barred Owl calling and Great Blue 
Heron spreading the news 
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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> On Sep 27, 2015, at 10:27 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal  wrote:
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> I heard one call which sounded to me like Rose-breasted Grosbeak. So I noted 
> the time to see if anything was recorded at the same time on my detector. But 
> nothing was recorded by mic. I was probably 15 to 20 feet away from the mic 
> in the horizontal direction. So I am not sure if the bird was too far to be 
> heard by the mic.
> 
> 
> But Great Horned Owl went on for almost an hour.
> 
> 
> Meena 
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> From: Kevin J. McGowan
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> Thanks, Ken. Seriously, Meena? Where are you? We count on you for things like 
> this. Really!  ;^)
>  
> I was just looking out my window and admiring the moon a little bit ago, 
> before the eclipse started. When Ken wrote I looked out and the moon was 
> hidden behind leaves and clouds. It just became visible here. Now that I 
> know, I will keep watching.
>  
> Thanks, Ken, and thanks, Meena for all your past alerts.
>  
> No birds calling from my deck, just to keep on topic. Ken, any NFCs?
>  
> Kevin
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> From: bounce-119710205-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
> [mailto:bounce-119710205-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Kenneth V. 
> Rosenberg
> Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2015 9:08 PM
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> I hope everyone knows about the Super Blood Lunar Eclipse starting right now- 
> usually Meena is the one to alert us :)
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> with a couple of Killdeer.
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[cayugabirds-l] Dorothy Crumb

2015-08-21 Thread Judith Thurber
From former long-time Syracuse resident, and former OAS President, Karen 
Slotnick an address --hopefully current -- has been received for one of 
Dorothy's two sons, L Kenneth Ken, and I pass it along for any of us who 
might want to send our condolences.  

L. Kenneth Crumb
1044 Trading Post Rd.
Ft. Collins, CO. 80524


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[cayugabirds-l] Golden-cheeked Warbler

2015-07-09 Thread Judith Thurber
Do we promote this type of communication here?
Well, just in case:



https://www.change.org/p/united-states-fish-and-wildlife-service-reject-the-petition-submitted-june-29-2015-to-remove-the-golden-cheeked-warbler-from-the-list-of-endangered-species
 


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Hummingbirds?!

2015-07-08 Thread Judith Thurber
Well, I didn't think much of it as I don't put a hummingbird feeder at my 
house, but I keep my neighbor's filled and she has mentioned not seeing any for 
a few days.  
Judy Thurber
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 out to 'taste' the brew in one of them to make sure I really HAD sweetened 
 the water! Is it just us or have others had this curious non-drama?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fall Migration to begin next week???

2015-06-25 Thread Judith Thurber
The legendary Dr. Fritz Scheider asserted 4 July was beginning of fall 
migration (more or less :)...so let's keep our eyes open.
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 setting up with chilly rains this weekend from a more winter-like storm that 
 will be followed by northwest winds for a day or two...then another couple 
 systems next week with unsettled weather and northwest winds at times. I 
 wonder if the first dowitchers, yellowlegs and pectoral sandpipers will begin 
 to show up at Knox-Marcellus Marsh which is not that unusual for early July. 
 In addition, our American white pelican is due soon for at least a brief 
 visit and maybe even some American Avocetswho knows what else. It will be 
 interesting, especially later next week, to see what begins to show up.
 Good Luck,
 
 Dave Nicosia
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] sisk-invasion/Towhee song

2015-04-21 Thread Judith Thurber
I had at least one here in Liverpool today, too.  
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 I have had 4 Pine Siskins at my feeders for weeks. 
 Sunday I saw my FOY E. Towhee singing a variant song - he was not drinking 
 your tea. Song rather like the last song (variant) in the audubon bird app. 
 
 Sent from my iPhone
 Donna Scott
 
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 There are also many Siskins in Northeast Ithaca near Sapsucker Woods. There 
 was a group of 16 outside the main entrance and a flock of 30 at the Village 
 of Lansing Greenway.
 
 - Brad
 
 On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 8:13 AM Marc Devokaitis mdevokai...@gmail.com 
 wrote:
 Last week  we had 7 PINE SISKINS show up at our bird feeders in Trumansburg 
 Village.  On Sunday we counted around 2 dozen. This morning I made a 
 careful count of 70!
 
 Marc Devokaitis
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bluebird in the Backyard

2015-03-25 Thread Judith Thurber
Ah, the responsibility of stewardship rears its head.  I have the same issue at 
my house and am dreading the necessary confrontation, but…
Judy ThurberLiverpool 


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bluebird in the Backyard

2015-03-25 Thread Judith Thurber
NYS Bluebird Society website useful resource.  Judy ThurberLiverpool, NY 


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{}#yiv8604610318 Good Morning,  I also have the same issue.  I thought I had 
seen where someone had suggested putting fishing line on the boxes  a certain 
distance (don’t know specifics) wide and from the entrance and perch that 
detracted the sparrows because they did not fold their wings as much as a 
bluebird thus limiting the box to be used by bluebirds.  I am hoping the 
collective wisdom of the group may have some specifics on this that could be 
shared.  THANKS  Marc  Rustici      From: 
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bluebird in the Backyard  Ah, the responsibility 
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dreading the necessary confrontation, but…  Judy ThurberLiverpool    On 
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Mr. Bluebird and Mr. House Sparrow are both interested in the birdhouse.  First 
sighting for us of a Bluebird here in Forest Home.Karel V SedlacekSenior 
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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine Camera State Tower Bldg Syracuse

2015-03-23 Thread Judith Thurber
In Sunday's paper a new webcam on the 23rd floor of the State Tower Bldg. at 
the corner of Warren and Water streets in downtown Syracuse was reported.  
The female, Pigott and male, George are the center of attention.  The webcam is:
falconcam.wcs.com
This installation is complements of Wholesale Carrier Services.  There are two 
viewing positions.  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck musings

2015-03-08 Thread Judith Thurber
Loved it!  Thanks so much.
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 Two points of potential interest about Tufted Ducks, in addition to the fact 
 that the short-tufted male continues (as late as 3:30pm) close to the point 
 at the Ithaca Yacht Club:
 
 I did not see the Tufted Duck in the Ladoga area but I am told that on 22 
 February it was seen to have a normal long tuft. Did other observers see 
 this? Does anybody have photos which might argue for this being the same bird 
 having lost tuft feathers or for it being a different bird based on some 
 other characteristics, such as bill markings? 
 
 If you are interested in the species in its native climes, albeit not a 
 totally natural situation, below is a link to a half-hour movie, 50 or more 
 years old, from Sweden, which Stefhan Ohlström sent me. The movie is in 
 black-and-white, which works fine for this species, and the narration, 
 without subtitles, is in Swedish, but this also doesn't matter a whole lot if 
 you don't listen Swedish, as the plot is pretty obvious. I will explain the 
 title, Viggen Viggo. You may have heard of the actor, Viggo Mortensen, who 
 my wife Laurie tells me is an Upstate New Yorker of Danish heritage. Viggo 
 is just a Scandinavian first name. But Vigg is the common Swedish name for  
 _Aythya fuligula_, what we call Tufted Duck. The suffix -en is the Swedish 
 way of indicating the article the. So the title means, Viggo the Tufted 
 Duck, but of course it is more cute in Swedish.
 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YiJ0b_3H-k
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Apples for breakfast-Red-bellied Woodpecker

2014-12-21 Thread Judith Thurber
I remember many years ago seeing an apple tree with frozen fruit with several 
Pine Grosbeaks enjoying the fruit.  Lovely sight.  

By the way, Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville had both Long-eared and 
Saw-whet Owls today on the Bog Trail.My favorite kind of Christmas present!

Judy Thurber
Liverpool, NY

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 This morning, before it was seen at the feeder, the male Red-bellied 
 Woodpecker that frequents our suet was eating a frozen brown apple still 
 hanging on a tree.  It was drilling into it and extracting bites. 
 
 Fruit is frequently mentioned as part of their diet, but I hadn't before seen 
 one eating apples, especially not frozen brown ones. Carbs a little limited 
 at this time of year?!
 
 Anne Clark
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eaton Marsh

2014-11-13 Thread Judith Thurber
Thank you so much for writing this for those of us who did not know of this 
amazing man's contributions!  I found it most enlightening and had wondered 
about the reason for the change from the first mention of it in Montezuma NWR 
posts. 

Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 Hi All,
  
 Recently, at Montezuma NWR, what used to be known as Shorebird Flats was 
 dedicated in memory of Elon Howard Eaton, and is now known as Eaton Marsh. To 
 familiarize the subscribers to Cayugabirds as to who Eaton was, I have 
 included a short biography below. Professor Eaton truly was a pioneer figure 
 in the ornithological history of New York State and well deserves the 
 posthumous recognition.
  
 Charlie Rouse
 Secretary,
 Eaton Birding Society
 -
 Elon Howard Eaton
  
 Elon Howard Eaton was born in Springville, New York, on October 8, 1866. 
 He spent his early years there enjoying the outdoors, which was the basis for 
 his life’s work. 
  
 He was graduated with an B.A. degree from the University of  Rochester in 
 1890, having been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received an M.A. degree in 
 1893. 
  
 While still an undergraduate he was an instructor of science at the 
 Canandaigua Union School, and after graduation returned there as 
 vice-principal and science instructor until 1895.
  
 From then until 1907, he was a Master of Science at the Bradstreet School in 
 Rochester.  During this time he was working on his first book, Birds of 
 Western New York, which was published in 1901.
  
 Professor Eaton joined the faculty at Hobart  William Smith colleges in 1908 
 and taught for 26 years.  He established and was head of the biology 
 department, teaching classes in biology, ornithology and physiology, among 
 others.
  
 From 1908 to 1914, he served as State Ornithologist for the New York Museum 
 and acted as Curator. It was at that time where he was selected to write 
 Birds of New York. (Volume I, 1910; Volume II, 1914). 
  
 This two volume treatise was the first complete study of birds of  
 Northeastern North America, and is still considered the standard authority.  
 Professor Eaton was instrumental in the establishment of Montezuma National 
 Wildlife Refuge, and for many years tried in vain to save Potter Swamp in 
 Yates County- ultimately succumbing to the advancement of agriculture. In its 
 day, Potter Swamp was a place where Big Day counts would exceed of 150 
 species.
  
 Much of Professor Eaton’s time was spent in original research in ornithology, 
 ecology, genetics, migration and conservation.  He presented papers on his 
 investigations before the American Ornithologist Union - and in 1927 was 
 selected to head the Biological Survey of the Finger Lakes.  His prodigious 
 efforts set a standard for work of this sort, being recognized as the most 
 complete investigation of its kind ever conducted. 
 A short time later he was appointed to the Advisory Council of the New York 
 State Conservation Department, where he helped formulate policy.
  
 Accolades to Professor Eaton include: Two honorary degrees from the 
 University of Rochester.  M. Sc. degree in 1911 - and a D.Sc. degree in 1925.
 Naming of the H  WS Colleges science building Eaton Hall in his honor in 
 1961, and was the Inaugural Recipient of the HWS Distinguished Faculty Award 
 in 1992. 
  
 In 1932, a group of ardent birders in the Geneva area established the Geneva 
 Bird Club under the guidance of Professor Eaton, and upon his death, renamed 
 the club the Eaton Birding Society in his honor.
  
 Professor Eaton died at home in Geneva on March 27, 1934.
  
  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Blog Post: Night Flight Calls

2014-10-01 Thread Judith Thurber
Thanks for this informative link...and humorous as well :)...
I love hearing night calls and really MUST get to know what I am hearing!

Thanks again,
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 c...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 A fellow bioacoustics friend of mine posted a Night Flight Call explainer and 
 interview to her blogroll, for those interested. 
 
 The target audience is high school and undergrad level.
 
 http://bioacousticsprocrastinator.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/the-terror-that-quacks-in-night-night.html
 
 Enjoy!
 
 Sincerely,
 Chris T-H
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Dead Osprey Carcass in my house now

2014-09-30 Thread Judith Thurber
This morning on a deck on the Seneca River near John Glenn Blvd in Liverpool, 
not far from  where Osprey's nest, I found a dead Osprey.  It was wet with dew 
and I have it in a cooler on ice, but it appears to have a broken neck.

Any interest anyone?  Can't tell how long deceased...slight odor.  Last time I 
was there was Friday, so died since then.

Judy Thurber
652-8834 home 383-8878 cell.  I'm not available to take it anywhere or have it 
picked up until after 1 today, FYI.


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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Dead Osprey Carcass in my house now

2014-09-30 Thread Judith Thurber
The Osprey has found a home.   Thanks.
Judy Thurber 

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 This morning on a deck on the Seneca River near John Glenn Blvd in Liverpool, 
 not far from  where Osprey's nest, I found a dead Osprey.  It was wet with 
 dew and I have it in a cooler on ice, but it appears to have a broken neck.
 
 Any interest anyone?  Can't tell how long deceased...slight odor.  Last time 
 I was there was Friday, so died since then.
 
 Judy Thurber
 652-8834 home 383-8878 cell.  I'm not available to take it anywhere or have 
 it picked up until after 1 today, FYI.
 
 
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Dead Osprey Carcass ESF contact FYI

2014-09-30 Thread Judith Thurber
Ronald Giegerich,

Roosevelt Wildlife Collection Curator

470-6763215 Illick Hall rjgie...@esf.edu
Ron Giegerich at SUNY ESF would welcome bird and mammal (has enough squirrels) 
carcasses -- the fresher the better, of course.  The phone numbers where I had 
success in contacting him:  315-470-6761 or 470-6743

Gerry Smith wisely referred me to him.  Local birds are especially appropriate 
for our local ESF collection which is extensive.

Judy Thurber
Liverpool
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 On Sep 30, 2014, at 11:05 AM, Judith Thurber jathur...@yahoo.com wrote:
 
 The Osprey has found a home.   Thanks.
 Judy Thurber 
 
 Sent from my iPad
 
 On Sep 30, 2014, at 7:43 AM, Judith Thurber jathur...@yahoo.com wrote:
 
 This morning on a deck on the Seneca River near John Glenn Blvd in 
 Liverpool, not far from  where Osprey's nest, I found a dead Osprey.  It was 
 wet with dew and I have it in a cooler on ice, but it appears to have a 
 broken neck.
 
 Any interest anyone?  Can't tell how long deceased...slight odor.  Last time 
 I was there was Friday, so died since then.
 
 Judy Thurber
 652-8834 home 383-8878 cell.  I'm not available to take it anywhere or have 
 it picked up until after 1 today, FYI.
 
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] [OneidaBirds] Stony Point Wheatear - Yes

2014-09-22 Thread Judith Thurber
This bird is at 11162 Whitney Road,  on Stoney Point, Jefferson county, 
Henderson, NY.  You don't have to take Rt 81 to Henderson Exit, but you do need 
to get to NYS RT 3.  Stoney Point is accessed off of Rt 3 either at Military 
Rd. or at Route 152.  

 Hopefully by the time you get this gets posted, you'll be there!

Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 On Sep 22, 2014, at 9:34 AM, Carl Steckler c...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 Can someone give the complete location for this bird?
 Thanks
 Carl Steckler
 
 
 On 9/21/2014 17:06, Drew Weber wrote:
 Address for the wheatear is 11162 Whitney Rd. Still present. 
 
 Drew Weber
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] big night

2014-09-12 Thread Judith Thurber
I went right outside after  reading thisjust heard at least 10 calls in 
under 3 minutes.   Thanks!
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 On Sep 12, 2014, at 9:27 PM, Bill Evans wrev...@clarityconnect.com wrote:
 
 Hearing lots of flight calls up here in the remote highlands of Danby.  
 NEXRAD suggests the biggest flight of the fall is underway.
  
 Bill E
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Jerry Lazarczyk

2014-07-20 Thread Judith Thurber
Thank you for letting us all know.   Pink-footed Goose comes to mind when I 
remember last seeing Jerry...or was it a Chat.  Suddenly, he was just where 
the bird was!  For me, the serendipity of seeing friends when on the birding 
trail more than doubles the joy.

Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 This was posted to several other area eLists. Sharing this sad news with 
 those on Cayugabirds-L who may not have received this message.
 
 
 From: Thomas O'Donnell tmodonn...@roadrunner.com
 Subject: [nysbirds-l] Jerry Lazarczyk
 Date: July 19, 2014 9:14:39 PM EDT
 To: geneseebirds-l geneseebird...@geneseo.edu, HM Birds 
 hmbi...@yahoogroups.com, osbirds osbi...@yahoogroups.com, Oneida Birds 
 oneidabi...@yahoogroups.com, NNY Birds northern_ny_bi...@yahoogroups.com, 
 NYSBirds listserve nysbird...@cornell.edu
 Reply-To: Thomas O'Donnell tmodonn...@roadrunner.com
 
 As Jerry was well known to birders across New York, I am posting this to 
 several of the birding lists.  Please forward as appropriate.
  
 With sadness, I report that Buffalo birder and BOS member Jerry Lazarczyk 
 passed away last week.  Jerry was a member and officer of several local 
 nature organizations and also active with the New York State Ornithological 
 Association.  He was known by many birders across the State and Region from 
 his frequent trips to observe birds.
 Services will be on August 2, 2014 at noon from the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 
 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY 14072
  
 Thomas M. O’Donnell, President
 Buffalo Ornithological Society
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[cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Heron breakfast

2014-07-17 Thread Judith Thurber
While checking Bluebird boxes on a golf course that runs next to a small 
stream, I saw a Great Blue standing with something dark hanging from its mouth 
that caught my eye.  The Heron was shaking a rodent.  It would put it on the 
ground and pick it up to shake it again.  He repeated this about 10 times 
before swallowing the critter.  Quite a large mouse or vole I would guess.  I 
was at quite a distance.

Sadly in one box, I had one dead bluebird young with two others alive and 
hopefully well.  I was glad for them to be able to remove their sibling, as the 
odor -- although I guess they don't have much sense of smell -- was memorable.

It's nearly time for Cardinal Flower blooms, and I hope to see some along the 
banks of the golf course stream as in past years, but the stream was dredged up 
last year with the soil piled high along the banks and the plants may not have 
fared so well with the massive upheaval.  

Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Monk Parakeets nesting in Hector

2014-06-26 Thread Judith Thurber
I visited the Monk Parakeet pair in Hector late this afternoon after first 
stopping at May's Point Rd South to view the Red-headed Woodpeckers.  At both 
stops the birds put on a quite a show.What beautiful colors the Parakeets 
have...especially their incredible greens!  

On the way home stopped at Knox-Marcellus where I saw Black Tern, Caspian 
Terns, Sandhill Crane, Yellowlegs, GW Teal.   Many swallows lining the wires on 
89.   Stopped traffic for duckling crossing and turtle crossing on 89 within a 
1/4 mile of the wildlife trail exit point.   Busy road!   And the Red-headed 
Woodpeckers fly so low the traffic on May's Pt Rd is a concern.

Beautiful, beautiful drive on 414.   

Did support the Hector Winery as suggested.  They have a super big, white dog, 
but hadn't heard about the Parakeets.

Good birding,
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 This afternoon I went to Hector and saw the Monk Parakeet pair. They were as 
 Lee Ann said in the first building along the right of the driveway, an 
 open-faced tractor shed. The owner was nearby and welcomed me, You're either 
 here for cherries or to see the parakeets. He showed me exactly where the 
 birds were. (For modern folks that location is 42.5021, -76.8752, and for 
 old-timers it's about an eighth of an inch from the bottom of page 59 of the 
 DeLorme NYS Atlas.) He told me that the parakeets had shown up on their own, 
 but were tolerant of people nearby, and I should take my time. I wish the 
 gentleman was still around when I left, because I like cherries, too. While I 
 watched, the birds fussed with their pile of sticks up against the roof at 
 the back of the shed, and twice one of the birds flew to a nearby tree for 
 several minutes then returned with another stick, carried in the bill by the 
 butt end, which looks odd, but makes sense with such a hefty beak. The 
 chartreuse, aqua, and blue of the birds' plumage positively glows, and the 
 gray parts are tastefully subdued and subtly barred. If anyone else wants to 
 see these gorgeous and charming birds, I suggest you do so soon, because the 
 shed is slated to be torn down, so the owner plans to oust the birds in about 
 a week. I assume that as non-native birds they and their nest are not 
 protected. I don't believe the birds are at risk of any harm, but I doubt 
 they could possibly move to a more accessible location. 
 --Dave Nutter
 
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 We have confirmed a pair of Monk Parakeets building a nest in a barn on the 
 Wickam Farm. The owner and son noticed the birds about 3 days ago. He 
 contacted Kevin (McGown) to come and confirm. 
 The farm is on 5559 Rt414. This is just North of Sunoco and South of Hector 
 Vineyard. 
 Go down Tango Oaks Road which looks like a double gravel driveway and it is 
 the first barn in the right. 
 The very kind owner welcomes bird watchers and I told him I'd suggest birders 
 patronize the nearby Hazlitt and Hector vineyards in thanks. I'll post a 
 video to the Cayuga Birds Facebook page shortly. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 2nd Hand Report - PAINTED BUNTING - Bald Hill Road, Danby

2014-05-31 Thread Judith Thurber
Thanks.  Great to see even a photo!!
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 Cayuga Birders, 
 
 Alex Flecker wanted me to pass along his sighting this morning, at his 
 private residence, of a PAINTED BUNTING. He sent diagnostic photos taken from 
 just feet away at his feeder. The bird has not returned since 8 AM. Birders 
 interested in relocating the bird may do well to search the Jennings Pond 
 Area and just to the south thereof. Alex indicated he would send word if the 
 bird is re-sighted at his feeder. Otherwise, a general search of the area may 
 be productive. 
 
 Here's a link to a flickr page with one photo of the bird. I am not sure if 
 this will work, but just in case:
 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/91997159@N03/14310863342/in/photostream/
 
 Good luck and good birding!
 
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 Ithaca, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Oneidabirds, Cayugabirds, and phone rare bird text

2014-04-28 Thread Judith Thurber
I was part of the Onondaga Audubon class taught by Steve Kolbe and Ken 
Karwowski of birders who were learning about hawks this spring, and it became 
clear that some in the class would like to know how to be hooked into 
Oneidabirds and Cayugabirds bird alert/info services.  I signed up so long ago 
that I am not sure of the current protocol/hoops to join.  Would those of you 
who are knowledgeable in each of these areas be willing to respond to all on 
the list serves on this issue?  Perhaps an old 'cut and paste' would do it if 
nothing has changed.  And I vow to keep the info in a special file when I see 
it again!  

Notes I have seen on the rare birds sightings text service, allude to invited 
status for the phone text messages.I found this email in my save file.  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] [OneidaBirds] Oneidabirds, Cayugabirds, and phone rare bird text

2014-04-28 Thread Judith Thurber
Thanks, Drew!  Much appreciated.  

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 Here are the directions to sign up for the Central NY RBA. Instructions for 
 the Cayuga RBA will be similar but I am not sure on the details. You can also 
 talk to anyone in the group and they can add you to the groups. 
 
 http://www.nemesisbird.com/central-ny-rba/
 
 Instructions to sign up.
 
 In a web browser go to 
 https://groupme.com/join_group/2682896/sDe0W8?source=Copy. From here you can 
 read all the RBA texts.
 To receive the texts on your phone and be able to send them click Join Group.
 If you have an account already, sign in. If not, enter your phone number, 
 name, and email address to create your account.
 After you have joined the group you will receive a text saying “Welcome to 
 Central NY RBA. Reply to text the group.” Save the number the text came from 
 to your contacts. This will be the number you use to text the RBA.
 Respond to the text to confirm your membership in the group. This step is to 
 prevent the GroupMe service from being used to spam a lot of phones that 
 never signed up. Your text can be as simple as ‘Hi.’
 Please limit reports to the following:
 Regionally rare birds (Black-throated Gray Warbler, Western Kingbird, etc)
 Notable regional first of year birds (avoid reporting firsts that have 
 already been posted on the OneidaBirds listserv or the Central NY RBA.)
 Notably excellent birding conditions (good flight or winds at Derby, 
 waterbird fallout on the lakes, influx of migrants overnight, etc)
 Chaseable rare birds from out of region (Brown Booby in Buffalo, Le Conte’s 
 Sparrow in Ithaca)
 Please do not post the following on the alert system:
 Common species
 Excessive replies to other members (contact them directly)
 Posts telling others that they shouldn’t have posted something (better done 
 by email)
 
 
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 I was part of the Onondaga Audubon class taught by Steve Kolbe and Ken 
 Karwowski of birders who were learning about hawks this spring, and it 
 became clear that some in the class would like to know how to be hooked into 
 Oneidabirds and Cayugabirds bird alert/info services.  I signed up so long 
 ago that I am not sure of the current protocol/hoops to join.  Would those 
 of you who are knowledgeable in each of these areas be willing to respond to 
 all on the list serves on this issue?  Perhaps an old 'cut and paste' would 
 do it if nothing has changed.  And I vow to keep the info in a special file 
 when I see it again!  
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Always The Market Leader - New EO Bino

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [OneidaBirds] Dead Ducks

2014-03-11 Thread Judith Thurber
Boy, is this a happier ending!!!  Thank you Mary and young Mark! My heart is 
soaring and we will look forward to visiting Rice Creek and seeing your 
Harlequin!

Judy Thurber
Liverpool, NY

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 From: Rose DeNeve rose.den...@gmail.com
 Date: March 11, 2014 at 4:14:45 PM EDT
 To: oneidabi...@yahoogroups.com oneidabi...@yahoogroups.com
 Subject: Fwd: [OneidaBirds] Dead Ducks
 
 Mary Magistro, who first discovered the Harlequin Duck in the Oswego River 
 and was also the one who found its body, has asked me to share her story  
 OneidaBirds. She will be reporting back once she has received the report on 
 the cause of the bird's death.
 
 Rose DeNeve
 Liverpool, NY
 
 
 
 Rose,
 I was at Rice Creek yesterday and spoke to a Professor Schummer about this 
 issue. He said that they were going to collect the dead ducks in conjunction 
 with another group for study. He did not say what group and I didn't ask. So 
 at least someone is going to look into this.
 
 Now for the reason I was at Rice Creek in the first place. I was giving them 
 the Harlequin Duck that died in the Oswego River. I was there with Markie 
 when it died, I stood there with him watching that rare bird wash against the 
 rocks and I had to do something I just could not stand the thought of it 
 being devoured by that river! Not to mention when your child looks at you 
 with tearful eyes and says Mom can't we do something that urges me to react 
 immediately! And I knew it would be important to reach it as soon as possible 
 once it had expired.
  So I noticed a young man fishing in the river close to were the duck was 
 against a small crop of large rocks. I went over to the lock, if he got down 
 there then I could get down there. As luck would have it the gate was open to 
 the lock. I crossed the foot bridge at the lock, I walked down the stairs on 
 the west side of the lock and I followed his path down to the rivers east 
 shore (not an easy one either) , but I still could not get to the duck 
 without waders.
  I employed the help of the young man fishing ( he had waders on) and he 
 retrieved the duck for me. I had only been dead about and hour. I called a 
 few  people I know who have the proper knowledge of what should be done with 
 the bird.
 As I live only 2 blocks from the Post Office I took it home put it in the 
 freezer and called Cornell as spoke to them. Because it was Sunday they said 
 they would be closing in a hour. so I would not have time to make it there.
 I was all set to take the bird there on Tuesday morning,as that would be the 
 earliest I could take time off work to get it there. 
 Then I remembered that SUNY Oswego had just invested 5 million dollars in 
 Rice Creek Field Station for ecological and environmental studies. I called 
 them on Monday morning, they were ecstatic over being able to not only find 
 out why the bird died but to add it to their collection. They said they would 
 do a pathology on the bird to determine why it died, and then will let me 
 know the findings. Then they will have  it professionally mounted and 
 displayed at Rice Creek for everyone to see. That is what I thought was a 
 good outcome to a bad ending.
 And seeing as this bird came to Oswego I figured it should stay in Oswego. I 
 have nothing against Cornell but if most of the birds people find get donated 
  to Cornells wonderful lab then what chance have other schools got to add to 
 their studies and collections.
  I hope no one takes offense to what I did but seeing as I spotted the bird 
 to begin with I felt a kind of responsibility to make sure it didn't die in 
 vain. 
 Mary Magistro,
 Oswego NY
 
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 CC: oneidabi...@yahoogroups.com
 From: rose.den...@gmail.com
 Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:02:35 -0400
 Subject: Re: [OneidaBirds] Dead Ducks
 
  
 
 The latest I have heard is that these birds might have died of starvation. I 
 am told that the botulism organism does not do well in cold water, so there 
 is a smaller chance of that toxin being the cause in this season. It is also 
 the possible that the duck enteritis that had been around a few years back 
 has returned. Or it could be a combination of factors resulting from this 
 long, hard winter--low food intake resulting in weakness, followed by the 
 advent of disease.
 
 Onondaga Audubon is trying to get the DEC involved in investigating the 
 phenomenon and, if they are not looking into it, then perhaps the Rice Creek 
 Field Station will take it on.
 
 Rose DeNeve
 Liverpool, NY
 
 
 On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM, gws...@gmail.com wrote:
  
 When you see suspicious dead birds, you should report it to the DEC as I did 
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] [OneidaBirds] oswego river harlequin

2014-03-09 Thread Judith Thurber
Thank you for this, albeit very saddening, update.  Your finding the Harlequin 
gave a lot of folks a rare treat.   He was a lot of bird!!

Judy

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 On Mar 9, 2014, at 8:48 PM, m_magis...@hotmail.com wrote:
 
 I have sad news, my son and I looked for the harlequin behind the Post Office 
 late this afternoon, only to find it floating dead against the rocks on the 
 east shore.  At least we all had over a week to view this beautiful bird. 
 This has been a very rough winter for ducks on the river.
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mergansers

2014-03-05 Thread Judith Thurber
Talk about confused Mergs...I found one in N. Syracuse walking down the middle 
of South Bay Rd near Taft Rd. in the snow Sunday afternoon.  John Moore lived 
on the side street the Merganser ran to trying to escape my rescue effort, and 
we were able to get him to rehabilitator Jean Soprano for check up and fish, 
and then return to open water.  How wonderful to hold a Red-breasted Merganser 
in arm!!!

Apparently there is a lot of this happening with Grebes and Mergs.  In their 
pursuit of open water, they are seeing roads as open water and not being able 
to take off from land once they are down on the ground!  Two local rehab sites 
have had several brought in with so much frozen water this year.

Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 wrote:
 
 There were several male Common Mergansers looking very confused while 
 swimming just above the falls at the dam on Fall Creek by the Forest Home 
 bridge this morning. One looked like he was about to go over the edge! Are 
 these guys migrating in, or just natively confused?
 
 -Pete
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carolina wrens

2014-03-01 Thread Judith Thurber
I also enjoyed Carolina Wren, which has wintered here, singing in a.m. in 
Liverpool on Shoreview.  Also had Brown Creeper at suet.  

Onondaga Lake Inner Harbor late afternoon:   7 Iceland Gulls, 1 adult Glaucous 
with the many Herring, several Ring-billed, a few Great Black-backs.

Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 On Mar 1, 2014, at 2:31 PM, Joe DeVito joeb...@yahoo.com wrote:
 
 I had one here in Syracuse this AM
 
 Don't forget to look up,
 Joe DeVito
 
 On Mar 1, 2014, at 2:30 PM, Ellen Haith elliehait...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 I've had a Carolina in the yard all winter, singing a lovely variety of 
 songs. Last winter there was a pair, so I'm a bit concerned for this little 
 fellow's companion.
 
 On a different note, I've had a Pileated Woodpecker at the suet on two 
 different occasions this week - that's about 15 feet from the kitchen 
 window, closest I've ever been to one. Magnificent!
 
 ellie haith
 
 
 On Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 2:23 PM, John Greenly j...@cornell.edu wrote:
 Ah, I should have looked at the Lab's page on Carolina Wrens first:  says 
 there they don't migrate at all and stay paired all year.  Funny I haven't 
 noticed in the winter the countersinging they do all the time in the 
 spring.  Alicia Plotkin tells me that hers do that in the winter too.  
 Anyway, my two must be a pair.
 
 --John
 
 
 On Mar 1, 2014, at 12:58 PM, John Greenly wrote:
 
  I always have a Carolina Wren singing all winter, and he makes part of 
  his living by cleaning up the bits of suet on the ground under the feeder 
  that the woodpeckers waste.  But for the last week I have had two 
  Carolina Wrens coming together on suet cleanup duty.  My impression was 
  that the males defend territories in the winter- hence all the singing-  
  but these two are not at all aggressive, often foraging within a foot of 
  each other.  There are other males singing elsewhere in Ludlowville- is 
  this just a truce at the feeding spot?  Or is it possible that the second 
  bird is a female?   Do they stay around in the winter too?  I've never 
  seen two together in the winter before.
 
  --John Greenly
  Ludlowville
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Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] Native Plants for Native Birds, Friday, March 7, 5:00 - 8:30 pm, Tompkins County Public Library - Borg Warner Room

2014-02-24 Thread Judith Thurber
FYI everyone.  And don't forget Central New York Habitat Gardening Club a 
chapter of Wild Ones!   Native has such positive impact on yard 
wildlife...especially the little little things!
Judy Thurber
Liverpool, NY

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 Date: February 24, 2014 at 2:07:48 PM EST
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 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Native Plants for Native Birds, Friday, March 7, 
 5:00 - 8:30 pm, Tompkins County Public Library - Borg Warner Room
 Reply-To: David Ruppert d...@cornell.edu
 
 This press release will be of some interest to Cayuga Birders.
  
 David Ruppert
  
 Native Plants for Native Birds - Free talks and a CU student exhibition of 
 landscape designs for bird habitat
 Friday, March 7, 5:00 - 8:30 pm
 Tompkins County Public Library - Borg Warner Room
  
 Learn how to transform your backyard into a habitat for native birds and 
 learn about a collaborative project between Cornell University's Department 
 of Landscape Architecture and Fall Creek homeowners.
  
 Schedule
 5:00 - 5:30 pm:  Reception and light refreshments
 5:30 - 6:15 pm:  Professor Josh Cerra will introduce the Ithaca YardWorks 
 project and talk about design principles for creating bird habitat in urban 
 gardens
 6:15 - 6:30 pm:  Break
 6:30 - 7:15 pm:  Joel Baines and David Ruppert slide show presentation on 
 native plants for native birds (with time for QA at the end)
 7:15 - 8:00 pm:  Guided tour of student landscape design boards on display at 
 TCPL (East Wall)
  
 Learn about plant selection and site design strategies that can transform 
 your yard into a complete bird-friendly habitat that provides food and 
 shelter throughout the year for native bird species. Learn about  urban 
 ecological design principles to make your garden more bird-friendly, such as 
 planting in layers and including plants to provide food and cover for birds 
 that visit or live year-round in our area.
  
 Joel Baines, author of Native Plants for Native Birds: A Guide to Planting 
 for Birds In and Around Ithaca New York, and David Ruppert, photographer for 
 the book, will give a joint presentation on the many beautiful native plants 
 that are suitable for landscaping and that also provide food and habitat for 
 native birds and pollinators. David will show photos and discuss where in our 
 area these native plants can be found growing in the wild, and Joel will 
 discuss the use of these plants in home gardens. Copies of the book Native 
 Plants for Native Birds will be available for sale at the event. All proceeds 
 support the Cayuga Bird Club.
  
 Joshua Cerra, Professor of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University, will 
 also give a presentation on the YardWorks Project.   Seventeen Fall Creek 
 residents recently participated in the YardWorks Project with Cornell 
 University's Senior Design Studio. The studio created graphic boards 
 illustrating neighborhood-level environmental analyses of the area, urban 
 ecological design methods, and individual site designs for each homeowner 
 that incorporate these methods. These boards will be on exhibit at the 
 Tompkins County Public Library from February 8 to March 15. More information 
 about YardWorks can be found at the Ithaca Yardworks blog.
  
 For more information, contact Chrys Gardener at ca...@gmail.com or 
 607-272-2292 extension 241.
  
  
  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Swan Plan comments

2014-01-30 Thread Judith Thurber
Thank you for your thoughtful comments.  Very insightful and helpful.  I agree 
with your position.
Judy Thurber
Liverpool, NY

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 Is this for real?
 
 
 
 On Jan 30, 2014, at 8:00 PM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:
 
 To: NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife 
 Re: Swan Management Plan
 
 I support the DEC's plan to eliminate free-ranging Mute Swans in New York 
 State over the long-term. I have read the plan. I agree with the plan's 
 premises regarding the threats to native wildlife, to wetland habitats, and 
 to humans of continued increase and spread of this non-native invasive 
 species. I think the plan is very reasonable in addressing several potential 
 objections. The plan allows birds to be kept in captivity by permit under 
 conditions which prevent their release or propagation and which allow the 
 source to be traced in case of escape. This should help address objections 
 by people who want to enjoy ornamental birds. The plan encourages live 
 capture for diversion of birds from free-ranging to captive non-breeding 
 status. This reduces the killing of birds for those who object to killing. 
 If hunting of Mute Swans is eventually allowed, the plan seeks to prevent 
 accidental killing of Tundra and Trumpeter Swans by disallowing hunting 
 where these native species are present. The plan prioritizes limiting Mute 
 Swans' range expansion and disallows hazing, which could encourage 
 expansion. I suspect that many petitioners who object to the plan have not 
 read it, are not aware of these provisions, and have been misled by 
 statements made by promoters of the petitions. 
 
 I think it is important for New York State to join other states working to 
 counter this invasive species. The plan is good in that it recognizes that 
 efforts under DEC's previous plan have not been sufficient and it therefore 
 recommends further steps, as well as continued monitoring and another 
 evaluation in a few years as to whether this plan is effective. It would be 
 good if our state can ensure it is not the source of Mute Swans to 
 neighboring states who are working to reduce their populations. I hope 
 enough resources can be put toward implementing this plan that it can be 
 effective. 
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 243 Cliff St
 Ithaca, NY 14850
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Frozen Bill Canada Goose

2014-01-28 Thread Judith Thurber
On a field trip last Saturday, I, too, noticed a Canada Goose that appeared to 
have snow encrusted on its bill.  This was seen at Baldwinsville on the Seneca 
River.  Of the many waterfowl seen there, only one showed this.

Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 Something else I have never seen before.. a Canada Goose with its bill 
 glazed over with ice. Seen with 8 Mute Swans at Mud Lock this afternoon.
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/12196558955/ 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] National bird day January 5

2014-01-05 Thread Judith Thurber
http://www.nationalbirdday.com

My friend, Nola Paquette Desimone, just emailed me this link.   Brightens my 
1/5/14 considerably!

Judy Thurber
Liverpool


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[cayugabirds-l] Carolina wren

2013-12-25 Thread Judith Thurber
As I was sweeping a path to and around the feeders this beautifully snowy 
Christmas dawning, the only sound to be heard was the soft caroling of 'tea 
kettle, tea kettle, tea kettle' over and over again.  Then a Crow and a Tree 
Sparrow added their part.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Judy Thurber
Liverpool, NY

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owls

2013-12-06 Thread Judith Thurber
What an interesting read.  Thanks for finding it for us all!

Judy Thurber
Liverpool 

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 An interesting article on Snowy Owls: 
 http://vtecostudies.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/ghosts-from-the-arctic/
 
 Bob McGuire
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hancock Snowy(ies)

2013-11-29 Thread Judith Thurber
Saw 2 at 2:30one female atop the Trooper's Barracks ( thanks for the help J 
Kresge), north side trestles between to vent pipes sticking out of roof.The 
other very white male way across runway looking south and a bit east from 
observation viewing area.

Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 Saw 3 Snowy Owls at Hancock. 2 female 1 male. 
 
 Don't forget to look up,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Saw-whet migration FYI

2013-10-29 Thread Judith Thurber
Do they make their little toot sound when flying in migrations, John?

Thx.
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 HHOWLS (Hammond Hill Owl Site) had our best night of the year last 
 night on 29 Oct. We  have banded on almost all nights that weren't 
 raining or had very strong winds from the south for this fall. Migration 
 this year has far fewer birds than last year when we got banding records 
 for 102 birds (including foreign recaptures).
  This year we have gotten 38 different birds, including one foreign 
 recapture from Sullivan County that migrated northwest. This year has 
 very few Hatch Year birds, less than 20%, which is similar for other 
 banding stations for eastern North America. Generally, we have had very 
 few Second Year birds as an echo from last years abundance of HY birds. 
 Except last night, we (Bob McGuire, Maddie Ulinski, Abigail Gepner, 
 Karen and I ) caught 12 birds, of which 6 were SY birds, as many as we 
 have had previously all year. Last year the ratio of HY birds to older 
 birds was about 6 to 1 and this year it is less than 1 to 6. Great fun 
 banding, but a strong indication of very low reproductive success this 
 past breeding season.
 
 Listen for those little owls passing us by during the night.
 
 Cheers,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CayugaRBA going bye bye ?

2013-10-16 Thread Judith Thurber
Dave,  if 50 birders put up $5 each could oneidarba and cayugarba share one 
textmark account?  I think if mentioned at meetings there would be enough 
interest to keep an alert system going.   (By the way, would someone who has 
had my problem of not receiving these texts, but being able to generate them 
have that problem resolved?)

Just thinking out loud.

Judy Thurber
Liverpool


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 It is not good news. Who actually gets the money??
 
 Ann Mitchell
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 On Oct 15, 2013, at 8:36 AM, Meena Madhav Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 It depends on how much you love chasing birds and if you think it is worth 
 $250 a year! CayugaRBA usage is low except for one guy (I want to think it 
 is a guy) who keeps posting messages that he is busy in a meeting!
 Otherwise we can resort back to phone tree or mass texting or emailing as 
 now a day’s everyone has emailing capacity on their phones!
  
  
  
  
 From: bounce-108821863-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 [mailto:bounce-108821863-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Gary 
 Kohlenberg
 Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:21 AM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] CayugaRBA going bye bye ?
  
 I hadn’t heard this yet and it isn’t good news for our RBA system.  RIP
  
 OneidaRBA text message system
 Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:34 am (PDT) . Posted by: krankykestrel
 Textmarks has informed users of free text alerts that these are expiring 
 October 15th. The only options to continue are $250+ per year and current 
 usage of OneidaRBA implies that is too high. I believe this change will also 
 affect CayugaRBA. I'll report back if any good options surface.
 
 David Wheeler
 N. Syracuse, NY
  
  
  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Muckrace report from Plucky Mucksters.

2013-09-09 Thread Judith Thurber
I laughed and laughed as I read this, Dave.   Thank you for writing it!!!  
GREAT! F U N N Y!  Fabulous!
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 The Montezuma Muckrace, the fundraising bird-a-thon for the Friends of the 
 Montezuma Wetlands Complex, was during the 24-hour period starting 7pm Friday 
 6 September. The Cayuga Bird Club sponsored our team, The Plucky Mucksters, 
 which this year consisted of Gary Kohlenberg, Ann Mitchell, Susan Danskin, 
 and myself, Dave Nutter. (Note: The name Plucky Mucksters was coined years 
 ago by team founder and sometime leader, Bob McGuire, who did not participate 
 this year. The rest of us think this name is goofy and are considering next 
 year adopting a name with a less obscure bird reference, although perhaps 
 equally goofy. Some names are great, such as the stationary team Sittidae 
 and the biking team The Un-Carbonated Wobblers. It'll take a lot of thought 
 to come up with something that good, and we're not known for such effort, but 
 11 months of subconscious mulling plus a few minutes of actual fretting as 
 the deadline arrives may result in improvement.)
 
 Once again we entered in the Recreational rather than the Competitive 
 category. This is in recognition of the well-established fact that we do not 
 constitute competition to several other teams, and that pretending otherwise 
 would result in crushed egos when a team whose average age is a third of ours 
 accumulates 40% more species of birds, as was the case with this year's 
 winning team of Cornell students. We also acknowledge that we are somewhat 
 handicapped by my dulled hearing, Susan's complete unfamiliarity with fall 
 warblers, Ann's balkiness when the rest of us clamber atop piles of road 
 construction debris for a better view into nearby weeds, and Gary's... 
 actually Gary is steady, well-studied, and observant. How did he end up on 
 our team? Our primary goal was to have fun, which of course means finding 
 birds, but which experience tells us does not mean wandering through clouds 
 of mosquitos all night wondering if the noises in the dark are simply other 
 lost souls making owl-like noises. We have also tried only staying up half 
 the night not finding owls, and we still ended up cranky, so our tradition is 
 to start at daybreak on Saturday morning. 
 
 Our first stop was Mud Lock, chosen because it's close to where we enter the 
 Muckrace boundaries as we drive north from Ithaca, allowing us spend maximum 
 time in our own beds. It's also inspiring to have BALD EAGLE and OSPREY among 
 the first birds of the day, even though, as expected we encountered them 
 other places throughout the day. Here we saw and heard our first GREEN HERON 
 of at least 4 for the day, which also felt good because several people who 
 record night flight calls reported a major migration of them on Thursday 
 night. Perhaps they were arriving as well as leaving. Other Mud Lock dawn 
 phenomena include a flight of swallows toward the lake, presumably from 
 roosting sites in the Montezuma marshes, and a less substantial flight of 
 gulls from the lake toward Montezuma for more obscure reasons. Both these 
 groups are a challenge to ID high against a gray sky. Our biggest surprise at 
 Mud Lock was to see two flying COMMON LOONS (long necks in front of a humped 
 back; feet extended like a tail; long, narrow, pointed, rubbery wings 
 constantly flapping) high over the bay to our south. We were hoping to see a 
 Red-headed Woodpecker, which we saw there twice on scouting trips, but it did 
 not cooperate (nor did the Mays Point family, despite two visits there). 
 
 The second major stop for us was Howland's Island. We could have driven onto 
 the island from the west on Carncross Road and even driven past the gate 
 whose lock combination was given to Muckrace teams, but we approached from 
 the traditional southeast side. There's good birding along the narrow, 2-mile 
 road from NYS-38 north of Port Byron, and it's satisfying to leave the car at 
 the end of the road in the floodplain forest and walk over the iron bridge 
 onto the quiet island. Shortly after our arrival we met a mixed foraging 
 flock of small birds. They were numerous, active, high in the tall trees, 
 backlit, and smaller than the leaves. Many birds were too poorly seen for us 
 to identify, but perhaps if we'd memorized all the fall warbler traits we'd 
 have done better. Another issue was that, despite being a Recreational 
 team, we decided to follow Competitive rules - 95% of species we listed had 
 to be observed by the whole team - because it's more fun if we all can share 
 a bird. It was challenging simply to point out these fast-moving birds, let 
 alone ID them, so several of our dirty birds for the day were from this 
 encounter. Shortly after the flock moved deeper into the woods, as we were 
 deciding which way to go - we were still 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruff

2013-05-16 Thread Judith Thurber
Coot Pond was checked Thursday a.m. but no Ruff seen.
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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On May 15, 2013, at 1:37 PM, Carl Steckler c...@cornell.edu wrote:

 If someone hears of the Ruff being re-found please post.
 Thanks
 Carl
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruff update and other sightings

2013-05-14 Thread Judith Thurber
NO RUFF. Waited for Ruff to return until 5:30 PM Tuesday.  No luck.

Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 Tony Shrimpton reports that the Ruff was at Howland Island this noontime, but 
 was just flushed with yellowlegs by a flyby falcon (probably the Merlin seen 
 yesterday).  So far he hasn't seen them come back but of course they may.  
 
 I would also issue a plea for updates if anyone sees the Tricolored Heron 
 (yes I'm perhaps the only one not to see it).  Monday I looked for it on 
 Seneca Trail and from the Rte 5/20 bridge (which offers a great view of the 
 river in that area) but could not find.  I know it has been seen on and off 
 at the spot so may not be gone.  
 
 No Glossy Ibis at Kipp Island or anywhere else that Rose DeNeve and I went.  
 Shorebirds continue on the Main Pool but I could only find Dunlin, Least, and 
 the two yellowlegs sp.  Morning light is highly recommended for both Main 
 Pool and Kipp spots unless overcast.
 
 Four Lesser Scaup were with 10 Ruddy Ducks at K-M marsh but ran out of light 
 at Puddler's.  Photo of the Ruff here:
 
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/8739033634/in/photostream
 
 Dave Wheeler
 N. Syracuse, NY
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2013-05-13 Thread Judith Thurber
I, too, have several Pine Siskins today.  They were here this morning and are 
still eating up a storm.

Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 Hi, 
 I was surprised to see a dozen or so Pine Siskins here at the house in 
 Skaneateles this morning. They appeared quite hungry and very skittish.
 
 Diana Whiting
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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