[cayugabirds-l] Thanks for Oriole/Painting Conflict Suggestions

2020-05-21 Thread Kathleen P Kramer
Just a note to those who took the time to offer ideas and encouragement 
concerning how to handle the very welcome presence of Baltimore Orioles during 
some upcoming painting of our deck. We’ve placed additional oranges in a 
different spot and think they may have already visited them. The new location 
isn’t as visible to us but the oranges seem to have been nibbled on. We’ll keep 
watching!

Thanks, again,
Kathy 


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[cayugabirds-l] Baltimore Orioles - Painting Conflict

2020-05-16 Thread Kathleen P Kramer
Hello,

I hope I’m not violating a rule, but I need some advice concerning the 
Baltimore Orioles who have been gracing us with their vibrant colors for a 
couple of weeks. This is the first time we’ve had the honor of their company 
and have been happy to provide them with orange halves which we have put on 
nails on the railing of our upstairs deck which is right outside our living 
room and kitchen. (We live on the second level of our house.) 

Next week, we are expecting a contractor to begin repainting our decks (one 
upstairs, one on the ground level under the upstairs deck, and a small deck at 
the back of the house. It’s not easy to secure the services of a contractor, 
especially now, but we’re concerned that his activity on the upstairs deck, 
especially, will keep the Orioles from coming to feed. 

We’ve thought of putting the orange halves on the railing of the back deck, but 
don’t know if they would find them there, now that they are accustomed to the 
front deck. Any suggestions would be very welcome!

Thanks,
Kathy Kramer


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[cayugabirds-l] Big flock of American Goldfinches!

2020-05-09 Thread Kathleen P Kramer
Hi,

We usually have quite a few American Goldfinches that seem to be residents, 
often year-round. Today, however, our feeders were overwhelmed! At least a 
hundred, maybe 150, were at the feeders and settled about on the yard. When 
they took flight, as they occasionally did, and then returned, it looked as if 
many of the dandelions that dot our lawn were flying! We’ve lived in this house 
for 27 years and have never seen them in these numbers! It was very beautiful 
and very exciting!

Can anyone share thoughts about this new-to-us happening?

Thanks,
Kathy Kramer


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Indigo bunting

2018-05-13 Thread Kathleen P Kramer
We’ve been fortunate, too! Here on Stonehaven Circle in Newfield, we have two 
male Indigo Buntings coming regularly to our thistle feeder. They feed quite 
amicably with the Goldfinches. Question: Is it common for two male Indigo 
Buntings to occupy the same territory? We haven’t been watching carefully, but 
we haven’t seen any females yet.

Kathy Kramer

On May 13, 2018, at 9:20 PM, Yvonne Fogarty 
> wrote:



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Date: May 13, 2018 at 9:19:16 PM EDT
To: Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu
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From: Yvonne Fogarty >
Date: May 13, 2018 at 2:32:37 PM EDT
To: Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu
Subject: Indigo bunting

Last evening and this morning on West Hill we have been graced by an indigo 
bunting at our feeder!
Yvonne

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

2015-09-09 Thread Kathleen P Kramer
Several years ago, I posted to Cayugabirds-L about seeing a chipmunk kill an 
adult female cardinal. The chipmunk and the cardinal were feeding, apparently 
companionably, on the ground beneath my dad’s bird feeder. Suddenly, the 
chipmunk lunged at the cardinal and grasped her in his/her mouth by the head. 
The cardinal flopped wildly from side to side, trying to escape. We ran 
outside, not able to repress that desire to save the bird, even knowing that as 
Rob says, “Nature is messy.”

The chipmunk ran off, scolding loudly, but we were too late to help the 
cardinal. Her neck was broken. We had to go away from the house on an errand, 
so we placed the dead cardinal on a nearby stump. When we came back a short 
time later, the cardinal was gone. We know she didn’t leave under her own 
power, so the answer probably is that the chipmunk came back and dragged her 
away. Or perhaps a cat that wasn’t kept inside took her.  Pretty dramatic 
example of how predatory these little bundles of muscle really are.

Kathy Kramer

On Sep 9, 2015, at 6:53 PM, Rob Blye 
> wrote:

Chipmunks and squirrels do what they do without conscience or shame as do all 
predators. Nature is messy. Good work for keeping your cats inside.


From: "Melanie Uhlir" >
To: "Robyn Bailey" >, "Susan Fast" 
>, "CAYUGABIRDS-L" 
>
Sent: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 4:17:23 PM
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

I guess I hate chipmunks now. Why didn't the vicious vermin eat the murder 
victims??

My cats are indoor-only. If I could train them to eat only chipmunks and House 
Sparrows I would let them out.

Melanie

On 9/9/2015 4:11 PM, Robyn Bailey wrote:
Re: Part 2…I have heard that this is a chipmunk M.O. Fortunately, have never 
had to witness it in person.

Robyn Bailey

From: 
bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu
 [mailto:bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Susan Fast
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 3:20 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

I've been watching some inexplicable behavior (to me) by 1 or 2 goldfinches 
nesting in my yard.  There are 2 parts.

Part 1:  2 weeks ago I noticed a female goldfinch perching in bushes along the 
front of the house, then flying toward the upper lefthand corner of a large 
double-hung window, hovering for a second, then flying against the glass.  This 
was late afternoon and she repeated the behavior a dozen times.  I would scare 
her away, but she returned after several minutes.   Night fell and she 
desisted.  At 0700 next morning she was at it again.
I tightly closed the inside curtains.  No effect.  I then hung a painter's 
dropcloth over the whole window on the outside.  This stopped her briefly, but 
she then moved to the upper lefthand corner of an adjacent window (same size 
and shape, but 4' away) and continued.  I put a dropcloth over that window 
also.  I have 2 other identical windows in the second story over these, but she 
did not go up there, thankfully.   I didn't see her the rest of the day.  Next 
morning I took the cloths down and she did not reappear.

Part 2:  The last several days, I have seen a goldfinch flying repeatedly into 
the top (40' up) of a large sugar maple in our side yard.  Nest, I figured.   
About an hour ago, my daughter found a headless baby bird, still warm, on the 
ground under the tree.  The neck was still present, although skinless, the head 
gone except for the very bottom edge of it, apparently cleanly removed.  She 
called me out to look, and as we did so, another baby dropped onto the roof of 
her car.  Blood was still flowing from the point where the neck attaches to the 
body, but both head and neck were gone.  No other damage visible.
  Both babies have rudimentary wing feathers and patches of fuzz here and 
there.  At this time also, an adult goldfinch could be heard vocalizing from 
above in the tree.  Shortly thereafter, a female adult was seen moving about 
among the goldenrod and other weed heads below the tree and picking out seeds.  
She was also vocalizing (prob. same bird) initially, but stopped after a couple 
minutes.

Ideas welcome.

Steve Fast
Brooktondale


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