[cayugabirds-l] BROWN THRASHER

2021-04-05 Thread Ken Haas
This morning I had a Brown Thrasher in my yard foraging in the leaf litter and 
along the back edge of the lawn. Ebird listed it as rare so I though I better 
get  some pictures. Link below.

I guess this might be an FOY for the basin. Sure is for my property. 



Ken Haas
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] new vs. old niger seed

2021-02-20 Thread Ken Haas
>From 2004 to 2008 I worked part time at The Wild Bird Center near Reading, Pa. 
>We had several customers that would leave Nyjer seed in the feeder for too 
>long. It absorbs moisture faster than sunflower or safflower and can get moldy 
>quickly if left unattended. Even when stored inside the bag, it will go bad as 
>it has a relatively short shelf life. I use a “sock” type of feeder and have 
>found it  works well because it can get more air than when it’s in a tube 
>feeder. I offer nyjer in a dual sock feeder and every couple of days, I go out 
>and shake the seed up a bit. If it’s in a tube feeder I’d recommend shaking 
>the feeder by turning it upside down a few times just to move the seed around 
>a bit inside. You’ll find that it will stay fresh a bit longer. 

Ken Haas





> On Feb 20, 2021, at 1:21 PM, Carol Keeler  wrote:
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> Yes, I’ve found that too. Niger seed gets old.  I read somewhere that it’s 
> good when it’s shiny.
> 
> Sent from my iPad
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>> On Feb 20, 2021, at 12:13 PM, Marty Schlabach  wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> I’ve been feeding niger seed all season.  Even though we have plenty of 
>> birds coming to our feeders, few birds have been visiting the niger feeders 
>> and I rarely have to refill them.  The seed is some I purchased last season. 
>>  
>> The other day I decided to purchase new niger seed.  The birds are now 
>> clamoring to get to the feeder and refilling needs to happen regularly.
>>  
>> Must be that niger seed does not age well.  The benefits of aging will have 
>> to remain with things like wine.
>>  
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[cayugabirds-l] A couple of winter finches

2021-01-29 Thread Ken Haas
Three days ago I had the pleasure of hosting an EVENNG GROSBEAK to my feeder. A 
singular adult male chowed down the black oil sunflower alongside Cardinals and 
Chickadees. But only for a half an hour and then he was gone. But later that 
day, and continuing through today, a COMMON REDPOLL male is joining the 
increasing numbers of Goldfinches at the nyjer feeder. Luckily, they both 
appeared on one of my Project Feeder Watch count days!

Ken Haas

Mecklenberg
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[cayugabirds-l] eBird link for Golden-winged x Blue-winged hybrid

2020-09-10 Thread Ken Haas
Thanks to all who helped me out to get this link of my eBird list from today to 
everyone. 

And thanks to Jay McGowan who suggested I change the listing from 
"Golden-winged / Blue-winged” to “Golden-winged x Blue-winged hybrid”. Makes 
more sense and is more accurate that way. 

Ken Haas

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[cayugabirds-l] Brewster's plus 10 other warbler species today

2020-09-10 Thread Ken Haas
Every morning since this past Monday, I’ve been seeing between 9 and 15 warbler 
species when birding my property. The most I’ve had since I moved here 5 short 
years ago. All were in a mixed foraging flock that also usually included 
multiple Red-eyed Vireos, a Philadelphia Vireo, as well as the usual 
Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse and White-breasted Nuthatches. But in 
this morning’s walk I came across a Brewster’s (Blue-winged/Golden-winged 
hybrid) mixed in with the other warblers. I was able to get some half descent 
photos of it and included them in my eBird list. The bird matched the image of 
a Brewster’s adult male in Sibley’s app for IOS devices. 

I’d love to share my list/photos with the CBC folks, but don’t know how to just 
include the link in a regular email. I’m open for suggestions.

I have a feeling that the wind direction will change tonight and may take away 
most of these migrants. 

Ken Haas
Mecklenberg area
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Big brown bats .. Union Springs

2020-05-23 Thread Ken Haas
My BBB just made it’s first appearance tonight, too! Always glad to see it.

Ken Haas
Mecklenberg



> On May 23, 2020, at 8:59 PM, Geo Kloppel  wrote:
> 
> Mine (West Danby) came out moments ago, at 8:52 pm. Only one so far...
> 
> -Geo
> 
>> On May 22, 2020, at 10:11 PM, John and Fritzie Blizzard 
>>  wrote:
>> 
>> At 7:30 this evening I saw a big brown bat flying around the spruce tree in 
>> front of the house. I probably missed seeing the 2nd one because I was 
>> checking on the orange halves that have drawn unwanted ants. I daubed 
>> Vaseline on the branch on which the feeder hangs.
>> 
>> This is the 3rd time I've seen the big bats flying in daytime. Insects are 
>> truly rare here altho' I did see a large moth & some kind of beetle flew 
>> into my hair. Thus far I've had no bug splats on my windshield.
>> 
>> Wishing everyone a safe Memorial weekend.
>> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Willow Flycatcher

2020-05-11 Thread Ken Haas
For the second day in a row, I’ve found a Willow Flycatcher on my walks around 
our property. Fortunately is was giving the “wit” call frequently, which helped 
me to pin the ID. Got a good look at it, too but the call is what confirmed it. 
Today I tried to use my iPhone to record it, but I was too slow and it don’t 
stay in one place long enough. It must be slim pickings for a flycatcher to get 
a meal these days.

Ken Haas
Mecklenberg
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] FOY White-crowned Sparrow

2020-05-04 Thread Ken Haas
Just saw our FOY White-Crowned Sparrows on our property here, too. In fact, two 
adults are under the feeders now.

Ken Haas



> On May 4, 2020, at 11:41 AM, Ann Mitchell  wrote:
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> I just had my first White-crowned Sparrow at my feeder too. Nice wind they 
> came in on.
> 
> Ann
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On May 4, 2020, at 9:33 AM, W Larry Hymes  wrote:
>> 
>>  We just had our FOY WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.  It fed momentarily, before 
>> being chase off by a squirrel.
>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Oriole

2020-05-03 Thread Ken Haas
Like Stephanie, I too found my FOY Baltimore Oriole today. Also FOY 
Chestnut-sided Warbler. Plus, today is a 6 woodpecker day! That would be 
Downey, Hairy, YB Sapsucker, Red-bellied, Flicker and Pileated! I tried to list 
those in order of size. ;)

Ken Haas

Mecklenberg

> On May 3, 2020, at 1:47 PM, shendrickson...@gmail.com wrote:
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> FOY Baltimore Oriole for me today in our hedgerow.  The brightest of orange I 
> have ever seen!  Absolutely stunning!
> 
> Canoga, NY
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eastern towhee

2020-04-12 Thread Ken Haas
I had our FOY Towhee ( 2, in fact) here in my backyard near Mecklenberg today. 
Since Project Feeder Watch was extended by a month, it’s the first time I’ve 
ever in the 20 years I’ve been doing it, I’ve recorded a Towhee for PFW. Other 
first time PFD records (all in April) are Pine Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, 
Phoebe, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Normally, PFW would end by the end of 
March.

Ken Haas


> On Apr 12, 2020, at 5:15 PM, Melissa Groo  wrote:
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> Our Towhee is back today (or at least this morning is the first time I've 
> heard him) here at our home in Caroline. Just repeatedly uttering the "drink" 
> part of "drink-your-tea." 
> One day earlier than I registered his return last year. 
> Melissa
> 
> On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM Nancy Cusumano  <mailto:nancycusuman...@gmail.com>> wrote:
> We had one on the black diamond trail this morning, between Garrett and Perry 
> City but closer to Garrett. 
> 
> On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 4:48 PM Magnus Fiskesjo  <mailto:magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
> 
> One sang in my yard in Forest Home, Ithaca -- but after singing for 2 days, 
> it stopped and was gone. Migrating, just passing through perhaps? 
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> We had a beautiful Eastern Towhee foraging and singing in the yard this
> afternoon. I think this is the first time that I've had one as a yardbird 
> here in 30 years.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] FOS

2020-03-23 Thread Ken Haas
Nice, Carol. I had 6 of them yesterday at my feeders, just in time to include 
them on Project Feeder Watch! Haven’t seen any since last Fall.

Ken Haas
Mecklenburg


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[cayugabirds-l] My FOY Woodcock

2020-03-07 Thread Ken Haas
HI folks,

At 6:15 tonight I went about 100 yards down Rt. 79 from my house above 
Mecklenberg to a wide open field and heard this year’s first Woodcock. Only 
one. For the last 5 years I've lived here, they have been very reliable to be 
heard around the first week in March. I got a good, but fleeting look at it as 
he flew within 15 yards of me and only about 15 feet off the ground. There was 
still enough light in the sky for me to make out his markings and color through 
my binocular. A Woodcock flyby! 

I will be leading a somewhat shortened field trip along the West side of the 
lake tomorrow Sunday March 8th, which was postponed from Saturday. We’ll meet 
at the Ithaca Children’s Garden parking lot in Ithaca at 9:00 AM. Please note 
the special start time of 9AM. We’ll car pool from there and be back about 
12:30. Hope to see you there!

Ken Haas



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[cayugabirds-l] Field trip NOT SATURDAY at 8...NOW SUNDAY at 9:00

2020-03-05 Thread Ken Haas
HI all,


Due to the current forecast of 4 to 8 inches of snow for Friday and Friday 
night for my Trumansburg area, I’ve decided to move the CBC West side of the 
lake field trip to ...Sunday March 8th, the very next day. But here’s the 
catch. Because we all turn our clocks AHEAD Saturday night, I’m CHANGING THE 
START TIME FOR SUNDAY TO 9 AM...NOT 8 AM. So our field trip will run from 9AM 
to about 12:30 PM, SUNDAY, March 8th. Sorry for any confusion.

Ken Haas
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[cayugabirds-l] West side of the lake field trip

2019-09-30 Thread Ken Haas
HI everyone!

Please join me, Ken Haas, on Sunday, October 6th, for a half-day field trip on 
the west side of the lake. We'll meet at the Ithaca Children’s Garden at 8:00 
am (near the big turtle) to car pool and will return around 12:30 pm. While 
there, we’ll walk up the Black Diamond trail for a short distance, then car 
pool to Allen H. Treman State Marine Park and the Hog Hole fields looking for 
field, water and forest edge birds. We will be walking in wet grass so be sure 
to wear proper footwear. From there it's a short distance to the upper end of 
the Black Diamond trail above Taughannock Falls for a quick walk on the trail. 
We may go other places, depending on available time and the inclination of the 
group. Dress for the weather. Bring a snack and something to drink if you want.

I hope to see you there!

Ken



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Help with bird song?

2019-06-08 Thread Ken Haas
Hi Barbara,

In the newest version (V2) of the Sibley app for iPhone/iPad, under the 
Dark-eyed Junco species account, there are several recordings of songs and 
calls. But there is one, which was recorded by our own Bob Mcguire in NY, that 
sounds the closest to your bird. The second trill on the bird in his recording 
is a bit truncated from your bird's song. So, I agree with the others that a 
Dark-eyed Junco, Slate-colored, is my best guess, too.

Ken Haas



On Jun 8, 2019, at 4:49 PM, Barbara Bauer Sadovnic wrote:

> Thank you all for the replies.
> 
> Asher, Sandy, Laura, and Meena suggest dark-eyed junco.  Laurie suggests 
> bluegrass gnatcatcher, or one of the little flycatchers,willow or alder.  My 
> one glimpse could have been a junco, but it really was just a glimpse.
> 
> The song has been very consistent all three days I heard it - a high trill, 
> then a trill about a major third higher.  That’s what it does!
> 
> It’s in a smallish grove/hedgerow between two fields, with a larger grove 
> acrosss the road.  It sings from a place I can’t spot, except for the one 
> time I saw it, when it was singing from the top of a dead tree at the side of 
> the road.  Some of the time it was in walnut trees.
> 
>> On Jun 8, 2019, at 3:44 PM, Sandy Podulka  wrote:
>> 
>> A bit puzzling. The song trill seems to have two parts?  A lower part and 
>> then a higher part?  It is not a typical song of any birds around here. But, 
>> perhaps it is an odd Junco song. Could it be a Dark-eyed Junco?  What is the 
>> habitat like and where is the bird singing from?  Another option might be 
>> Chipping Sparrow.
>> 
>> Sandy
>> 
>> At 02:14 PM 6/8/2019, you wrote:
>>> This bird has been on Tucker Rd. in Enfield since Friday May 31, at least.  
>>> I only got a brief look at it, on Tuesday - small and backlit - grayish, 
>>> clear pale breast, shortish tail.  But the song is distinctive.  It was 
>>> singing again today, but I couldn’t see it!  What is it?
>>> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Returning birds

2019-05-02 Thread Ken Haas
Yesterday, here at my Alder Pond home outside Mecklenberg, I had FOY Baltimore 
Oriole, and this morning I saw FOY Yellow Warbler, FOY Rose-breasted Grosbeak 
and FOY Ovenbird. Four Wood Thrushes were singing in the woods. They just 
returned a couple of days ago. It’s like the song says, “Spring is bustin’ out 
all over”.

Ken Haas


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[cayugabirds-l] Beginner walk at SSW this morning

2019-03-31 Thread Ken Haas
My four guests this morning were treated to some nice bird sightings. Between 
8:30 and 10:00 we had a Great Egret fly in then land in the back pond. We also 
saw Hooded Merganser, Green-winged Teal and a Belted Kingfisher. Wood ducks and 
Northern Shovelers were flyovers in separate groups at different times. We saw 
an Eastern Phoebe along the trail and there were at least 5 American Tree 
Sparrows at the feeder area. Looks like Dave Nicosia was accurate in his 
announcement in an email he sent yesterday about anticipating migrant movement 
. Thanks Dave.

I had 3 Fox Sparrows under my feeders this morning. 


Ken Haas
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[cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ospreys are still rare. Here’s what might be mistaken for one

2019-03-18 Thread Ken Haas
I was at Meyers Point this morning where I saw, and photographed, an Osprey 
carrying nesting material to a platform and later got a photo of an Osprey on 
the platform. I included the photos in my eBird checklist. To me, it seemed a 
bit “skitty”, not of me or the other people there, but perhaps due to the loud 
noises being made by the dump trucks constantly going in and out as they work 
on the dredged material near the nest.

Ken Haas



> On Mar 18, 2019, at 9:27 PM, Kevin J. McGowan  wrote:
> 
> Good points, Dave. I too saw that Bald Eagle yesterday at Stewart Park and 
> was surprised at how Osprey-like it looked. I also took crappy photos of it, 
> and will try to get them in my eBird checklist soon.
> 
> Kevin
> 
> From: bounce-123439153-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
>  on behalf of Dave Nutter 
> 
> Sent: Monday, March 18, 2019 8:57 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ospreys are still rare. Here’s what might be 
> mistaken for one
>  
> Over the past several days there have been several reports of Ospreys. 
> 
> Candace Cornell, who has observed and compiled reports of the Ospreys nesting 
> around Cayuga Lake during their expansion for several years, notes that this 
> arrival is an unprecedented couple weeks early, not just for the species, but 
> for the individual birds believed to be returning to Myers Point. In order to 
> figure out what is happening and why (Is climate change a factor?), it’s 
> essential to have good information.
> 
> In winter, reports of Ospreys in Upstate NY are presumed to be erroneous 
> observations of immature Bald Eagles unless there’s good evidence for the 
> Osprey ID. Not all birders are aware that one stage of young Bald Eagles’ 
> plumage includes a white belly and a dark mask on a whitish head on a 
> generally brown large raptor. Today I photographed such a Bald Eagle at 
> Stewart Park, where some Osprey reports have been made. My description of the 
> bird is below in the excerpt of my eBird report. There are 2 rather bad 
> photos taken awkwardly through my binoculars also included in the eBird 
> report, which I hope readers can access via the link. 
> 
> A plea: 
> When submitting any eBird report which includes a species which eBird says is 
> rare, PLEASE include in the requested “details” a description of the bird 
> discussing what you observed - field marks such as shape, pattern, color, 
> behavior, sound, anything you noticed about it that helped you ID the bird 
> (or that made ID difficult or any missing field marks), and why you think it 
> was that species and not anything else or something more common. If you can 
> take a photo, even a crappy one, do so, and include it. This makes all the 
> difference between reports that can be useful to others and reports that must 
> be chucked for lack of evidence. Even a well-documented misidentification can 
> be educational to oneself and others and maybe it can help future instructors 
> or MERLIN. 
> 
> I think Osprey will be removed from the rare category for Tompkins County on 
> March 27, unless eBird staff get tired of all the reports and switch the 
> settings. 
> 
> As far as I know (and I have not checked this evening), NO ONE has included a 
> photo of a local Osprey in an eBird report yet, and I think I am the only 
> person who made an effort to describe what they thought was and what was not 
> an Osprey. Everyone else’s reports are going to be confirmed or not by eBird 
> solely on the reputation of the observers, not the observations, and that 
> makes me uncomfortable. 
> 
> That’s my rant for the day, since there is no SFO course in which to say 
> stuff like this. Thanks for humoring me by at least reading this far.
> 
> - - Dave Nutter
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
>> From: ebird-checkl...@cornell.edu <mailto:ebird-checkl...@cornell.edu>
>> Date: March 18, 2019 at 8:22:01 PM EDT
>> To: nutter.d...@mac.com <mailto:nutter.d...@mac.com>
>> Subject: eBird Report - NY:TOM:Ithaca: Stewart Pk taxi stop in car, Mar 18, 
>> 2019
>> 
>> NY:TOM:Ithaca: Stewart Pk taxi stop in car, Tompkins, New York, US
>> Mar 18, 2019 11:57 AM - 12:39 PM
>> Protocol: Traveling
>> 0.8 mile(s)
>> Comments:...Unsuccessful quest for Osprey for which there have been 
>> sporadic reports lacking description or reputation to back them up. But I 
>> did find a suspicious immature Bald Eagle with mostly white underparts and a 
>> dark mask on a light head.
> 
>> 25 species (+1 other taxa)
>> 
>> Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1 Immature perched in treetop on 
>> Jetty Woods: very large vertical raptor; generally brown above; mostly white 
>> belly & neck; bl

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red Wings and Grackles

2019-03-13 Thread Ken Haas
A single FOY Grackle and a single FOY Red-winged Blackbird at my feeders too, 
here outside of Mecklenberg. More to come, I’m sure. And probably very soon!

Ken Haas


> On Mar 13, 2019, at 11:40 AM, Judith Thurber  wrote:
> 
> Grackles in Liverpool today, too.  I think it is spring.  Oh, boy!
> 
> Judy Thurber 
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Mar 13, 2019, at 10:33 AM, Carl Steckler  <mailto:simmshil...@gmail.com>> wrote:
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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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[cayugabirds-l] Banded Redpoll at my feeder today

2019-01-12 Thread Ken Haas
He’s been hanging around most of the day, and I was able to get some pictures. 
Didn’t notice he was banded on his right leg until I looked more closely at the 
photos. Interestingly, he’s the only one I see and I only have one or two 
Goldfinches at my feeders right now. I took my scope up to the fields at the 
intersection of Rt. 79 and Black Road this morning and did not see any there - 
Goldfinches or Redpolls. 

Ken Haas
Rt. 79 just West of Meckelnberg
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation

2019-01-05 Thread Ken Haas
I stopped by Stewart Park yesterday, Jan. 4, at 9:45AM on my way to an 
appointment. Didn’t have my scope but had my 10x bins. I parked at the East end 
of the parking lot - on the gravel part. I estimated about 250 Red Heads about 
30 yards off shore directly in front of me. Mixed in were about a dozen Scaup, 
mostly Lesser would be my guess. 5 Common Mergs scattered about, not 
participating in the Red Head raft. I only stayed 15 minutes or so. But just 
before I left a lone female Buffelhead flew in and landed in the water just in 
front of the pavilion overlook on Rt. 34. I expected fewer birds, but was 
pleasantly surprised to see the variety that I did. 

Ken Haas



> On Jan 5, 2019, at 5:32 PM, Marie P. Read  wrote:
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> On the other hand, on Saturday morning (Jan 5th) as I drove down Rt 13 around 
> 915 am, I saw a large raft of ducks just off Stewart Park (within a hundred 
> yards or so), went to check it out and it seemed to be Aythya but mostly 
> sleeping so hard to ID with just binoculars.
> 
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> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation
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> Yesterday, Friday, 4 January, around 11:30am, Stewart Park was also strangely 
> devoid of birds and wondered if someone came through with dogs? There were 
> absolutely no Canada Geese on the lawns, but ample fresh green poop 
> everywhere (as usual). I found several dozen hugging the lake shoreline from 
> west to east with a few mallards, and I think I saw four sandpiper-size/shape 
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> me).
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[cayugabirds-l] Light morph Rough-legged Hawk

2018-11-25 Thread Ken Haas
My first RLHA of the season and right where I often see one most of the time 
during winter - the fields along Black Road near the intersection with Rt. 79 
about a mile West of Mecklenberg. Also the first Am. Tree Sparrow at my feeders 
since they left last Spring.

Ken Haas



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[cayugabirds-l] Sunday Walk on the West Side of the lake

2018-10-11 Thread Ken Haas
Hi fellow birders,

This Sunday the 14th I will lead a half day field trip to a few choice 
locations on the West side of the lake from 8:00AM to 12:30PM. Meet at the 
Ithaca Children’s Garden on route 89. Park back by the big turtle. We will bird 
there for a bit before going to Allen H. Treman State Marine Park and adjacent 
Hog Hole which will give us the opportunity to look for birds on the water as 
well as in the fields. Our birding adventure continues on to Taughannock Falls 
State Park and then the new Taughannock Falls Overlook Visitor's Center. The 
weather looks to be good with light winds and temperatures in the low 40s to 
low 50s by the time we arrive back at the big turtle. Bring a scope if you have 
one and dress for the weather and walking in wet grass. 

All are invited to join regardless of experience level and membership status.

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[cayugabirds-l] Least Bittern at SSW

2018-06-04 Thread Ken Haas
Hi All,

During my beginner bird walk at Sapsucker Woods yesterday morning, I met a 
woman on the trail who showed me her point and shoot camera and asked me what 
bird she took a photo of just minutes earlier. It looked to me like a Least 
Bittern and asked her where she saw it. My group agreed to look for this 
unusual bird. She took us back to the first pond after coming over the 
boardwalk from the parking lot, just before one reaches the Owens Platform. She 
said it was in the reeds and cattails to the right side of the pond. All of us 
looked for several minutes but didn’t see anything. I decided to slowly sneak 
up the grassy path to the right of the pond hoping to find it. It flew out of 
the cattails and deeper into the back of the pond and out of sight. But we all 
got a look at it. After comparing it to everything else I thought it could be 
(imm. Green Heron, for example) and looking again at her picture, I can only 
come to the conclusion of a Least Bittern. 

Has anyone else been seeing one over there?

Ken Haas
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker and FOY Hummer

2018-05-11 Thread Ken Haas
What a surprise to see a RHWO up in my Cottonwood tree this morning! 
Fortunately, I had my camera and got off a few shots before it flew out of my 
property heading West. I went looking for it but could not re-find it. I 
submitted to eBird with 2 photos, but I’m sorry I don’t know how to include a 
link in this email. My checklist number is S45553577.

And of course, within minutes after seeing my FOY hummer, I put out the feeder 
for him. This afternoon, I saw he brought a lady friend to the feeder! 

Ken Haas
at my home “Alder Pond” West of Mecklenburg
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[cayugabirds-l] new arrivals FOY

2018-04-25 Thread Ken Haas
This morning I was happy to welcome back two FOY Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and a 
singing Brown Thrasher to my yard West of Mecklenberg. Still hanging around are 
R.C.Kinglets and G.C.Kinglets, and a few more Purple Finches. Looks like I've 
got to stock up on sunflower seeds!

Ken Haas


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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Towhee

2018-04-03 Thread Ken Haas
A male Eastern Towhee was on my property outside of Mecklenberg late this 
afternoon. It made the “chewink” call softly and only once.
An FoY bird for me.


Ken Haas

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[cayugabirds-l] Still hanging around

2018-03-24 Thread Ken Haas
This afternoon, Saturday, I saw 2 light Rough-legged Hawks on Black Road near 
the Rt. 79 intersection less than a mile West of Mecklenberg. This comes after 
seeing one two days ago at the same location. 

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[cayugabirds-l] West side of lake trip - YES

2018-03-03 Thread Ken Haas
HI all,

I was out scouting the roads and we’re good to go for a half-day trip on the 
west side of Cayuga Lake on Sunday, March 4. We'll look for wintering waterfowl 
on the lake as well as winter field birds nearby. We'll meet by the big turtle 
in the Ithaca Children's Garden at 8:00 am for carpooling and expect to return 
at 12:30 pm. Wear warm layers to protect from the cold, windy conditions that I 
expect and bring a snack and something to drink. Bring a scope if you have one. 
If not, we’ll share ours. All are invited to join us on this trip regardless of 
experience level or membership status.

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[cayugabirds-l] Woodcock Peenting

2018-02-25 Thread Ken Haas
Yesterday, Dave Nutter was riding with me as we participated in Suan’s CBC 
field trip around the lake. Great trip, by the way many thanks to Suan and 
others. Dave suggested that I start listening for woodcock by the field next to 
where I live - just West of Mecklenberg on Rt. 79. So, 6:25PM this evening, I 
walked down the road to the field and PRESTO! There he was and I could hear him 
peenting clearly. Thanks Dave. Looks like Spring is trying to poke through 
Winter’s shroud.

Ken Haas


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[cayugabirds-l] Scarlet Tanager

2016-05-07 Thread Ken Haas
HI all,

A male Scarlet Tanager was singing in our yard this early AM. He was puffed up 
and looked cold. Probably wondering if he came back too early.

Ken Haas
.5 mile West of Mecklenburg on Rt 79


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