Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-15 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
 not mow too soon, so will use your words 
there, too.

Can anyone tell me what is a "safe" date for mowing?  Until when should I ask 
them to delay?

Thanks,
Sandy Podulka

At 04:07 PM 6/15/2021, Kenneth V. Rosenberg wrote:


Linda, thanks for bringing this mowing to everyone’s attention. In a nutshell, 
what is happening today in those fields, repeated over the entire U.S., is the 
primary cause of continued steep declines in Bobolink and other grassland bird 
populations.



Last year, because of the delays in mowing due to Covid, the fields along 
Freeze and Hanshaw Roads were full of nesting birds, including many nesting 
Bobolinks that were actively feeding young in the nests at the end of June. In 
the first week of July, Cornell decided to mow all the fields. Jody Enck and I 
wrote letters and met with several folks at Cornell in the various departments 
in charge of managing those fields (Veterinary College, University Farm 
Services) – although they listened politely to our concerns for the birds, they 
went ahead and mowed that week as dozens of female bobolinks and other birds 
hovered helplessly over the tractors with bills filled food for their 
almost-fledged young.



The same just happened over the past couple of days this year, only at an 
earlier stage in the nesting cycle – most birds probably have (had) recently 
hatched young in the nest. While mowing is occurring across the entire region 
as part of “normal” agricultural practices (with continued devastating 
consequences for field-nesting birds), the question is whether Cornell 
University needs to be contributing to this demise, while ostensibly supporting 
biodiversity conservation through other unrelated programs. Jody and I 
presented an alternative vision, where the considerable acres of fields owned 
by the university across Tompkins County could serve as a model for conserving 
populations of grassland birds, pollinators, and other biodiversity, but the 
people in charge of this management were not very interested in these options.



And there we have it, a microcosm of the continental demise of grassland birds 
playing out in our own backyard, illustrating the extreme challenges of modern 
Ag practices that are totally incompatible with healthy bird populations. I 
urge CayugaBirders to make as much noise as possible, and maybe someone will 
listen.



KEN



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From: bounce-125714085-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Linda Orkin 

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 3:02 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

After a couple year hiatus in which the Freese Road fields across from the 
gardens have been mowed late in the season allowing at least Bobolinks to be 
done with their nesting and for grassland birds to be lured into a false 
feeling of security so they have returned and I’ve counted three singing 
meadowlarks for the first time in years,  Cornell has returned to early mowing 
there as of today. And so the mayhem ensues. How many more multitudes of birds 
will die before we believe our own eyes and ears. Mow the grass while it’s 
still nutritious but are we paying attention to who is being fed. Grass taken 
from the land to pass through animals and in that inefficient process turning 
to food for humans.

Linda Orkin
Ithaca NY
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-15 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Linda, thanks for bringing this mowing to everyone’s attention. In a nutshell, 
what is happening today in those fields, repeated over the entire U.S., is the 
primary cause of continued steep declines in Bobolink and other grassland bird 
populations.

Last year, because of the delays in mowing due to Covid, the fields along 
Freeze and Hanshaw Roads were full of nesting birds, including many nesting 
Bobolinks that were actively feeding young in the nests at the end of June. In 
the first week of July, Cornell decided to mow all the fields. Jody Enck and I 
wrote letters and met with several folks at Cornell in the various departments 
in charge of managing those fields (Veterinary College, University Farm 
Services) – although they listened politely to our concerns for the birds, they 
went ahead and mowed that week as dozens of female bobolinks and other birds 
hovered helplessly over the tractors with bills filled food for their 
almost-fledged young.

The same just happened over the past couple of days this year, only at an 
earlier stage in the nesting cycle – most birds probably have (had) recently 
hatched young in the nest. While mowing is occurring across the entire region 
as part of “normal” agricultural practices (with continued devastating 
consequences for field-nesting birds), the question is whether Cornell 
University needs to be contributing to this demise, while ostensibly supporting 
biodiversity conservation through other unrelated programs. Jody and I 
presented an alternative vision, where the considerable acres of fields owned 
by the university across Tompkins County could serve as a model for conserving 
populations of grassland birds, pollinators, and other biodiversity, but the 
people in charge of this management were not very interested in these options.

And there we have it, a microcosm of the continental demise of grassland birds 
playing out in our own backyard, illustrating the extreme challenges of modern 
Ag practices that are totally incompatible with healthy bird populations. I 
urge CayugaBirders to make as much noise as possible, and maybe someone will 
listen.

KEN

Ken Rosenberg (he/him/his)
Applied Conservation Scientist
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
American Bird Conservancy
Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
k...@cornell.edu
Wk: 607-254-2412
Cell: 607-342-4594


From: bounce-125714085-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Linda Orkin 

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 3:02 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.
After a couple year hiatus in which the Freese Road fields across from the 
gardens have been mowed late in the season allowing at least Bobolinks to be 
done with their nesting and for grassland birds to be lured into a false 
feeling of security so they have returned and I’ve counted three singing 
meadowlarks for the first time in years,  Cornell has returned to early mowing 
there as of today. And so the mayhem ensues. How many more multitudes of birds 
will die before we believe our own eyes and ears. Mow the grass while it’s 
still nutritious but are we paying attention to who is being fed. Grass taken 
from the land to pass through animals and in that inefficient process turning 
to food for humans.

Linda Orkin
Ithaca NY
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] YB Cuckoo

2021-06-09 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
This is indeed a big year for both cuckoos in our region. It is typical for 
their populations to fluctuate greatly, depending on where the outbreaks of 
caterpillars are occurring.

On a Breeding Bird Survey route in Yates and Steuben Co. on Sunday, Martha 
Fischer and I had 11 Yellow-billed and 7 Black-billed Cuckoos—about 10X our 
usual count over the past 25 years. These kinds of fluctuations make it 
difficult to track continent wide trends in populations for these species, both 
of which have shown long-term declines since 1970.

Ken

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On Jun 9, 2021, at 10:36 AM, Nancy Cusumano  wrote:


Interesting!  I heard a cuckoo early this morning, distantly and though Black 
billed. But now that you say that, it was just the single call. So now we have 
also had both in the area, after having neither for several years. I wonder if 
it is the gypsy moth caterpillars that are bringing them into the  area?

Thanks!

Nancy

On Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 10:23 AM Donna Lee Scott 
mailto:d...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
Earlier in season I had BB Cuckoo here on Lans. Station Rd.
Lately, I have heard only YB Cuckoo.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Jun 9, 2021, at 10:17 AM, Suan Hsi Yong 
mailto:suan.y...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Just heard the repeated single calls of a yellow-billed cuckoo outside
my home / office. Coupled with the BBCU from last month, that's both
cuckoos as new yard birds for me this season! Again, once I got
outside it stopped calling and could not be found.

Is it just me, or have the black-billed cuckoos, who seemed to be
singing everywhere earlier in the season, been replaced by
yellow-billed cuckoos lately? We had looks and calls from
yellow-billed cuckoos on our Connecticut Hill field trip last Sunday.
I also heard then saw one that afternoon at Lindsay-Parsons

Suan

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin reports

2021-03-25 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Hi John

At least one Merlin has returned to the Northeast Ithaca  neighborhood. I say 
“at least” one because there is a male perching regularly on the large sycamore 
at the north end of Muriel St. (and calling in that area) and one seen 
regularly (by Brad) flying around and calling on Birchwood Dr.  I live about 
halfway between these areas on Tareyton and also see/hear one regularly flying 
over— so we don’t know if this represents 1 or 2 birds.

Interestingly there was a pair of Merlins (one noticeably larger) perched and 
calling in the Muriel sycamore on a warm day in February— so they may have been 
winteri g locally.

KEN

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On Mar 25, 2021, at 6:18 PM, Karen  wrote:


I love Merlins and Merlin reports and people who send in Merlin reports[Heart 
Eyes]. I check them all out. . Thanks to such reports, I have observed an 
increasing number of incubated nests in Tompkins County as follows: 2 (2014), 6 
(2015), 6 (2016), 5 (2017), 3 (2018), 6 (2019), 9 (2020).  These include pairs 
in Trumansburg, Lansing, Dryden, Freeville, Etna, and Ithaca (plus hints of a 
pair in Groton). Local observers provided guidance to almost all of these. I 
have written one paper on this, and am trying to write a more complete paper 
including habitat choice. Interestingly, all nests have been in urban/suburban 
areas. None in forests nor edge of forest nor edge of lake.

Merlins start egg-laying in early May. Observations in late March are helpful 
by providing a hint about where they may finally nest. For instance, the pair 
observed by so many at Myer's Pint never nested there. Weeks after being seen 
at Myer's Point, there was a pair about 800 m east closer to the Catholic 
church.

I would love to have individuals provide me with their observations at 
confergoldw...@aol.com

Thanks,

John
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT

2020-11-12 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
I had a total of 140 loons from Bluegrass Lane in Ithaca. All were far to the 
west, moving south in small groups of 5-20 birds. So, possibly also counted by 
others farther west than where I was.

There were large distant flocks of blackbirds moving south, and a few other 
interesting flyovers including a single COMMIN REDPOLL and SNOW BUNTING.

Ken

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On Nov 12, 2020, at 9:07 AM, Martha Fischer  wrote:


Are birds moving?

Get Outlook for iOS

From: bounce-125123331-3494...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Bill Evans 

Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 4:23:29 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT


Folks, the conditions look excellent and such an opportunity doesn’t happen 
every year, so plan your morning accordingly!



Favorable forecast for observing a large loon flight tomorrow morning (Nov 12):

1.   We are in the window when big fall flights have been documented in the 
past.

2.   We’ve had southerly winds with no loon movement since Nov 3rd (8 days) 
- the spring is loaded.

3.   Weather forecast tomorrow is for NNW wind @ 7 mph - perfect for the 
spring to unload.

4.   Viewing conditions should be good – mostly cloudy with no lake effect 
snow.

5.   Temp ~43 F, so not brutally cold.



Loons from current migratory aggregations on the Finger Lakes and southern Lake 
Ontario are likely to embark for southbound passage as early as 6:40 am. The 
main flight off Cayuga & Seneca Lake will mostly vector down the lake basins 
and have passed on by 7:30 am.  So places like Stewart Park and Clute Park 
(Watkins Glen) should offer good viewing. If you can get there in time, 
Taughannock State Park can be a wonderful site to view the early flight down 
Cayuga.



The peak of the flight off Lake Ontario will likely pass over Ithaca/Watkins 
Glen latitudes between 7:45 and 8:30, with lesser magnitude continuing 
thereafter. The densest flight vectors from Lake Ontario have been noted in the 
past coursing down the east side of the Seneca Lake Basin and the west side of 
the Cayuga Lake Basin, but the flight off Lake Ontario can be seen to some 
degree from high terrain anywhere in the southern Finger Lakes and Southern 
Tier counties of NY.



If you have the opportunity to observe, please post your results here and/or 
eBird including the location & time period you counted, direction of flight, 
and the percentage of loons estimated to be flying below 1000 feet/300 m above 
ground level.



Best wishes!



Bill Evans

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] GH Owl Singing

2020-10-05 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Linda, I've been hearing them too -- sounded like one was in my backyard or 
towards your yard, but if you hear it towards the school, those loud voiced 
carry far!

KEN

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On 10/5/20, 9:39 PM, "bounce-125008573-3493...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of 
Linda Orkin"  wrote:

We’ve been hearing one and two Great-horned owls from Muriel street 
sounding like they’re over towards northeast elementary. Heard them at least 4 
times in the last two weeks. Sounding like a male and female. Two times around 
9 PM and two times in the early hours of morning around 3. Very neat.  Although 
I doubt the Crows agree that it’s neat. 

Linda Orkin 
Ithaca NY

> On Oct 5, 2020, at 8:13 PM, Suan Hsi Yong  wrote:
> 
> A Great Horned Owl was singing this evening at Six-Mile Creek,
> repeating the classic sequence of hoots starting around 7pm from the
> hills south of the second dam reservoir. Let the courting begin, I
> suppose.
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Warblers at Myers Point

2020-05-17 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
For those wanting some spectacular looks (and photo ops) of some warblers (Cape 
May, Tennessee, Nashville, etc) There are two flowering silver maples at the 
entrance to Myers Park (above the dumpsters) that are dripping w warblers all 
morning. Many down low. More diversity earlier but still a lot activity at 10 am

Ken

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca airport Meadowlarks / with a warning

2020-03-19 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
They did a similar thing right after 9/11, which might have been slightly more 
justified than today. Many birding locations, such as sewage ponds in Arizona, 
have remained closed to birders indefinitely -- for no good reason. The 
"authorities" look for any chance to exude their paranoia and infringe more and 
more on public rights. What possibly could photographing birds near a municipal 
airport have to do with slowing a pandemic. I think we should resist.

Ken Rosenberg
Applied Conservation Scientist
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
American Bird Conservancy
Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
k...@cornell.edu
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Cell: 607-342-4594
 

On 3/19/20, 5:40 PM, "bounce-124477516-3493...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of 
Marie P. Read"  wrote:

WH! Things are getting seriously weird.

Marie

Marie Read Wildlife Photography
452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY  13068 USA

e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
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AUTHOR of:
Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing 
Birds and Their Behavior

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From: bounce-124477508-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-124477508-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Magnus Fiskesjo 
[magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu]
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:36 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca airport Meadowlarks / with a warning

This afternoon, Thursday 19 March 2020, traveling along Snyder Rd. at 
Ithaca Tompkins Airport to listen for meadowlarks singing.

We did hear two different singing birds, and saw one singing from the 
airport fence.

Then, the airport police caught up with us and wanted to know what we were 
doing! I told them we were out to listen for the beautiful song of the 
meadowlark. In the end, 6 police cars showed up (airport and county sheriff), 
writing down all my details and asking the same questions.

What a story.

In the end, the airport police said, if you give them a call beforehand and 
tell them you are coming, you are allowed to birdwatch.

But NO cameras!

I suggested to them to add that, to the NO TRESPASSING signs.

--sincerely,

Magnus Fiskesjö, PhD

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black-headed Gull - credit where credit is due

2020-02-09 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Thank you folks for finding this great bird, and Dave for getting the word out. 
I just want to suggest that since the BHGU was hanging with Ring-billed Gulls, 
and since this is an abundant gull in urban areas throughout Europe, I would 
keep an eye out for it at Wegmans or other parking lots where Ring-bills gather 
during the day.

Ken

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On Feb 9, 2020, at 4:13 PM, David Nicosia  wrote:


I have noticed a few ebird reports that state I found the BHGU. It was Ken 
Kemphues who originally found what he thought was a Bonaparte's gull. There 
were 5 of us, Ken, Diane Morton, Suzanne Giffin, myself and of course Bob 
McGuire who was leading the field trip. After looking at bird we collectively 
began thinking BHGU given the larger red bill, very red legs and lighter gray 
mantle. Ken actually started this conversation.  Since the bird would be such a 
mega rarity we wanted to be 100 percent sure. I sent a photo to Jay McGowan who 
confirmed it for us. Since I had a decent photo I sent the RBA out.  A great 
bird no doubt. A lifer for me!

Glad a lot of folks enjoyed it.  Hope it sticks around. Good birding to all!!

Best,
Dave Nicosia
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nysbirds-l] Diurnal Migration on This Morning's Radar

2019-08-14 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
It would be great to know if diurnal migration of aerial insectivores can be 
reliably tracked – not just at the roosts.

I had quite a few Bobolinks over the house mid-morning today (flight calls) – 
could also be making up part of the diurnal movement.

KEN

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From:  on behalf of David Nicosia 

Reply-To: David Nicosia 
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:36 AM
To: Peter Reisfeld 
Cc: NYSBIRDS-L , CAYUGABIRDS-L 
, BroomeBirds 
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] [nysbirds-l] Diurnal Migration on This Morning's 
Radar

If you look at the national radar loop there is massive diurnal migration going 
on from the central and southern Plains to the deep south. It is impressive.  
Echoes are especially heavy in the central Plains and mid Mississippi Valley.   
see: https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/full_lite_loop.php

On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 10:24 AM Peter Reisfeld 
mailto:drpi...@yahoo.com>> wrote:
Looking at the loop from last night, the reflectivities just about totally 
petered out at 6 AM, but then picked up again.  That would seem to favor 
diurnal migration rather than a continuation of that from overnight.

Peter


On Aug 14, 2019, at 10:05 AM, David Nicosia 
mailto:daven102...@gmail.com>> wrote:

The radar imagery from NWS Binghamton continues to show what looks to be bird 
migration well after sunrise. As of this writing it is 1000 am and we are still 
picking up biological targets. Since the lower atmosphere's thermals haven't 
begun, it is likely these targets are not insects. Could this be shorebird 
migration continuing past sunrise? Or maybe songbirds just continuing from the 
night? I  wish I didn't have to work today...

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[cayugabirds-l] Dunlin and Scoters

2018-10-13 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
There is a juvenile DUNLIN on Myers Point and a group of 4 SURF SCOTERS off the 
south end of the marina. 

Ken

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] West Danby marsh birds

2018-06-11 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
I made a rare trip to Danby area yesterday, and we had a male Northern Harrier 
over the wetland on Hillview Rd and the grassy capped landfill to the south. 
Not sure how close that is to Walding Lane. Also Virginia Rails in that 
wetland.  

Thanks Geo for keeping track of Acadian Flycatchers in that area as well— we 
saw the loudly calling bird on Michigan Hollow Rd. We could not find a 
Worm-eating Warbler, however, despite spending more than an hour scrambling on 
the steep slope where they usually are. Does anybody know of a territory that 
is active this summer?

Ken

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> 
> In the cattail marsh just south of Walding Lane, West Danby, I’ve got more 
> Marsh Wrens, a nice pair of very vocal Virginia Rails out in plain sight, and 
> a male Northern Harrier (used to breed along here, probably still do).
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] FW: [clo-l] Meet the Scientist in the Visitor Center today and tomorrow!

2018-05-11 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
FYI – for those interested in educational opportunities at the Cornell Lab of 
Ornithology, and a chance to find out about some very cool research on warblers 
in Central America.

KEN

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From:  on behalf of Annie James 

Reply-To: Annie James 
Date: Friday, May 11, 2018 at 9:18 AM
To: CLO-L 
Subject: [clo-l] Meet the Scientist in the Visitor Center today and tomorrow!

Hi all,

In addition to the regular Exploration Station, this week we’ll have a “Meet 
the Scientist” table set up in the Visitor Center, also from 10am-noon both 
days. Our scientist this time is Ruth Bennett, a graduate student in 
Conservation Science who will be completing her PhD this summer.

Ruth will be sharing her research on habitat conservation for migratory birds 
in Central America. Some of her research occurs in shade coffee ecosystems, 
where certain types of coffee production can provide high quality habitat for 
migratory birds. I want to extend an invitation to all staff to stop by and 
learn more about his exciting research from Ruth. We’ll also be offering free 
shade-grown coffee to visitors.

The Exploration Station theme this week is “What Can You Do for Birds?” and 
will feature two activities to do here plus a number of suggestions to take 
with you.

Feel free to invite your family and friends. Here is the 
links on the Sapsucker Woods 
Facebook page.

Hope to see some of you there!

Anne

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159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Warblers persisting

2018-04-20 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Yet another male PINE WARBLER, and a YELLOW PALM WARBLER, are flycatching this 
afternoon from the edge of Sapsucker Woods pond, near the feeder garden.

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From:  on behalf of John Confer 

Reply-To: John Confer 
Date: Friday, April 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM
To: Tom Hoebbel , CAYUGABIRDS-L 

Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Warblers persisting

One more in Brooktondale at feeder. Yesterday, I put out meal worm larva and it 
ate three of them in quick succession. Didn’t see it today.

Confer on Hammond Hill

From: bounce-122491820-25065...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-122491820-25065...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Tom Hoebbel
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2018 9:56 AM
To: Cayugabirds 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Warblers persisting


We now have 2 Pine Warblers in Brooktondale. One or the other has been outside 
our windows every day this week.
Tom



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Glaucoma Gull

2018-01-08 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Given the number of times my phone has autocorrected this species name, we 
might as well change the name to Glaucoma Gull!

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From:  on behalf of Donna Lee Scott 

Reply-To: Donna Lee Scott 
Date: Monday, January 8, 2018 at 1:58 PM
To: Ann Mitchell 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Glaucoma Gull

A gull w eye pressure problems?

Donna Scott
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On Jan 8, 2018, at 1:56 PM, Ann Mitchell 
> wrote:
Seen from Boat House at Aurora Bay

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Juvenile Golden Eagle?

2018-01-07 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
There was also a beautiful dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at that same location 
on Dodge Rd around noon today- this bird would also look superficially like an 
imm Golden Eagle. 

Ken

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> It turns out that I was mistaken. Dave Nutter was kind enough to let me know 
> that what I had seen was a immature bald eagle. 
> 
> Tom
>  tfr...@twcny.rr.com wrote: 
>> I may have taken pictures of the juvenile golden eagle that Mark Chao saw in 
>> Lansing, or another one on Dodge road this morning at about 10:45 am. It was 
>> perched and fairly far away but seems to fit the description. I'm happy to 
>> send a picture to anyone who can identify better than I can. I'll post it 
>> here also https://www.flickr.com/photos/133670547@N08/
>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Wilson's Phalarope, Montezuma Visitor Center

2017-09-23 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
We also noticed a very large number of painted lady butterflies today – in 
Seneca County. Mostly in overgrown fields of goldenrod and aster. Also many 
monarchs – migrating and in the fields.

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From:  on behalf of Susan Gateley 

Reply-To: Susan Gateley 
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 9:00 PM
To: Jay McGowan 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Wilson's Phalarope, Montezuma Visitor Center

not sure if this will go out to list  could you forward? Thanks
not bird related directly (though might relate to food for birds)
have bird watchers noted large numbers of painted lady butterflies moving 
around randomly Sat Sept 23? I saw hundreds in an overgrown area with milkweed 
today  in eastern Wayne Co. Curious as to how widespread this was- Thanks for 
any observations
thank

On Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 11:30 AM, Jay McGowan 
> wrote:
The highlight so far at Montezuma this morning was a WILSON'S PHALAROPE at the 
visitor center pool, which is very good shorebird habitat at the moment. I 
heard a second hand report of a possible Buff-breasted there as well, but we 
did not see one.

Jay
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[cayugabirds-l] GoldenPlover at Myers Point

2017-08-28 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
The American Golden-Plover is still giving fabulous views in the mouth is 
Salmon Creek at Myers Point- on the gravel bars in the creek, not on the spit. 

Ken

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruff updates?

2017-07-16 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
I looked at Eaton around noon and at Kipps around 2 pm. Few birds and lots of 
heat waves, but doesn't mean it's not back in the corn stubble somewhere. 

Ken

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> Has anybody seen (or looked for) the Montezuma Ruff today? Any updates, 
> positive or negative, from today (Sunday, July 16) would be appreciated!
> 
> Thanks,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Upland sandpiper

2017-05-20 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Nice to know they are still there. We've missed them the past few times, 
including on the Big Day. 

Ken

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Seneca Big day: Little Gull, fallout waterbirds, etc (long)

2017-05-15 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Here is a great and detailed description of our Seneca County Big Day on 
Saturday, for those who enjoy a little vicarious birding  Logan and Augie 
are two of the fantastic Cornell undergraduate birders we have in the area 
right now.

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Date: May 15, 2017 at 4:33:12 AM EDT
To: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <k...@cornell.edu<mailto:k...@cornell.edu>>, Niles 
August Kramer <na...@cornell.edu<mailto:na...@cornell.edu>>, 
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Subject: Seneca Big day: Little Gull, fallout waterbirds, etc (long)


Hi all,

Yesterday Jay McGowan, Ken Rosenberg, and Augie Kramer did a big day in Seneca 
County. The ominous weather forecasts gave doubts in our mind that conditions 
would line up, but fate smiled on us enough to give us just enough rain to 
cause a waterfowl fallout, but not enough to completely kill passerine 
activity. We had a tight route and a day filled with migrant fallout ducks and 
waterbirds on the lakeside, coupled with good luck with the south county 
breeders, but that was counteracted by very slow movement with warblers and 
shorebirds, as well as a complete lack of migrant hawks. Overall, an impressive 
effort in this small basin county.

Full route (long):

We started the day in the southern forests. In particular, at midnight we were 
looking for Screech-Owl at Burdick rd. Despite our best whistling attempts, we 
could not pull one out of where they traditionally call in the daytime. 
However, razor-eared Jay picked up on a calling BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO overhead, 
our only one of the day. Additionally, an OVENBIRD sang its sputtery 
flight-song in the night. We would encounter a weirdly large number of this 
species in the next few hours.

We continued onto Townsend rd in hopes of stumbling into a screcher again. No 
game. Little did we know, but we would hear one here in the morning...guess 
some owls just aren't up at midnight. Anyway, we did manage to squeeze out 
another singing Ovenbird as well as a calling WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.

We then tried for one of our long shots: Barred Owl at the corner of Ames and 
Townsend. No eBird reports existed for the southern half of Seneca county, so 
we kept our expectations reasonably low. However, after a little bout of 
hooting we waited and, sure enough, a BARRED OWL responded. This saved us a 
good amount of time second night. Nice hootin, Jay!

We then continued down the hill to the piece of Lodi Center rd with extensive 
spruces (which I have nicknamed the "Seneca Boreal Zone") to search for 
saw-whets. No luck. The only bird was a singing Ovenbird (surprise!)

We continued to Caywood Point. We had delusions of Whip and Long-ear here but 
also had more reasonable expectations of Screecher and Woodcock. Anyway, none 
of the hoped-for megas materialized, but we did pull out a night-calling 
RING-BILLED GULL and FIELD SPARROW and, finally, a close EASTERN SCREECH-OWL by 
the parking lot. Good stuff. Also a lone warbler NFC.

We continued to Neal rd. Ken had scouted Short-eared Owl here earlier this 
spring, but none called on the day. We were greeted, however, by a deafening 
chorus of "Peent!s" from at least four different AMERICAN WOODCOCKS. Fun stuff.

We continued onto Dean rd looking for a previous report of Great Horned Owl. No 
luck. Still, the Woodcock chorus peented on, and was joined by another singing 
Ovenbird as well as a lucky singing GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. This simplified our 
predawn schedule that originally centered around getting the Sparrow.

We continued onto McCarriger rd. At this point Great Horned Owl was our only 
really nocturnal bird we still needed in South county, so we went to where a 
nest was photographed in April. Despite waiting for a decent period, our only 
birds were a calling KILLDEER and a singing SONG SPARROW.

Getting a little nervous about the owl, we continued onto Sampson SP, where 
they had been reported previously. Dipped. Phooey. Did have another Woodcock, 
and the first of dawn (FoD) GRAY CATBIRD singing away. Also a zeep NFC but 
alas, no identified NFCs for the night besides the cuckoo.

At this point we figured we would have to get Great Horn second night at 
Montezuma, so we headed to our predawn Vesper Sparrow spot. While Ken had 
scouted 4 here earlier this year, they were all silent this day. However, we 
did pick up the first pre-dawn singers: many AMERICAN ROBINS and HORNED LARK 
along with CHIPPING SPARROW, MORNING DOVE, BARN SWALLOW, and a juvenile GREAT 
HORNED OWL! Late save. We blasted on to our dawn spot. En route we picked up 
EASTERN TOWHEE and WOOD THRUSH.

We started dawn at our stake-out loc along Townsend rd. Winter Wren and Hermit 
Thrush had been here during scouting, though both had been absent for the last 
2-3 visits, so we kept our expectations low. Howeve

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Any RB Mergs at Aurora?

2017-04-08 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Marie, might be too late, but if you head over to Lodi Pt on Seneca Lake, there 
were many close Red/breasted there. 

Ken

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> On Apr 8, 2017, at 7:51 PM, Marie P. Read  wrote:
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> Hi all,
> 
> I'm thinking of heading to Aurora tomorrow in search of Red-breasted 
> Mergansers. Has anyone checked the boathouse lately, and if so did you see 
> any 
> RB Mergs?
> 
> Thanks.
> 
> Marie
> 
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> 452 Ringwood Road
> Freeville NY  13068 USA
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Photos of Little Gull Dorchester Park Broome County 4/6/17

2017-04-07 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Nice - thanks Dave. I hope it's there (and accessible) in a couple of hours

Ken

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On Apr 7, 2017, at 1:31 AM, David Nicosia 
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see  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35739589

Dave Nicosia
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] OT- Finger Lakes NF sensitive species help

2017-03-15 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Josh,

Great job compiling conservation status information on these birds! Sorting 
through all the various lists at state, national, and global scales can be very 
challenging. I think you’re approach of combining state-listed species, global 
concern lists, and eBird records is exactly the right approach to take.

Another recent source with additional information on these species is the 
Partners in Flight Landbird Conservation Plan, also published in 2016: 
http://www.partnersinflight.org/  The only minor change since the State of the 
Birds report, is that Evening Grosbeak was added to the Watch List because of 
its steep declines — it could be added to your list as a winter visitor (now 
rare) on FLNF. Olive-sided Flycatcher (also on the Watch List) also could 
potentially be added as a migrant.

The Partners in Flight Plan also lists a group of “Common Birds in Steep 
Decline,” which are not yet on the Watch List, but have lost 50% or more of 
their global population since 1970 (according to the BBS), and are often 
representative of degraded habitats. These include the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 
Field Sparrow, and Rusty Blackbird, which you have already listed as “honorable 
mentions,” as well as some other common local species — Bank Swallow (B), 
Blackpoll Warbler (migrant), Pine Siskin (W), Eastern Meadowlark (B), Chimney 
Swift (B), Wilson’s Warbler (M), Least Flycatcher (B), American Tree Sparrow 
(W), and Common Grackle (!).

If the FLNF has additional questions, or is going through a formal process to 
update their list, I would be happy to provide more input.

KEN


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On Mar 15, 2017, at 12:42 PM, Joshua Snodgrass 
<cedarsh...@gmail.com<mailto:cedarsh...@gmail.com>> wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Thank for any input!
Josh



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[cayugabirds-l] N Shrike Seyboldt Rd

2017-01-15 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
For all those searching for the Gyrfalcon now, there is a consolation Shrike 
perched in hedgerow east of Canoga X Seybodt Rd. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy at Lott farm

2017-01-06 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
thanks for the report, Marty — have you found any Short-eared Owls north or 
Trumansburg this year??

KEN


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On Jan 6, 2017, at 8:43 PM, Marty Schlabach 
<m...@cornell.edu<mailto:m...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

We were there about 4:30pm today.  We didn't spend much time looking, but 
didn't see a snowy at the airport, but did see one perched on top of the grain 
bins at the Lott farm along rt 414.  We did see a male northern harrier near 
the airport.

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy at Lott farm

We saw one snowy owl at the Lott farm around noon today. Nothing at the airport 
on Martin Rd and no Gyrfalcon. Alas.

Laura

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park, Fri 11/18

2016-11-18 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Nice shot, Mark!  Looks like the Lesser I saw on the Jetty last weekend.

Ken

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On Nov 18, 2016, at 7:42 PM, Mark Chao 
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I believe that I found four gull species, including a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL 
apparently entering its second winter, all conveniently lined up in order of 
size on a log just off shore near the Fuertes Sanctuary (swan pen) in Stewart 
Park on Friday afternoon.  Here's my eBird checklist with some photos.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32611892

(If you think that I have somehow botched the ID of this bird, please let me 
know.)

Mark Chao
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Ravens, Cattle Egrets, Sandhill Cranes, Rough-legged Hawks

2016-11-13 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
To this report, I can add a drake EURASIAN WIGEON that I was finally able to 
pick on the back edge of the huge duck flock on the Main Pool. Fantastic 
numbers of waterfowl this morning, tripping the eBird filters for Gadwall, Am 
Wigeon, Redhead, and Ruddy Duck. The 8 CATTLE EGRETS were at Goose Haven at 
11:30 am, as well.

KEN


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On Nov 13, 2016, at 7:27 PM, Michael Tetlow 
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This afternoon we started a short Montezuma tour with the Goose Haven field 
with decoys and no egrets. Trying to think of a nearby farm, around 2pm, we 
found the horse farm on East Tyre Road south of Lay road and now up to 8 Cattle 
Egrets (as reported by Ken on The Cayuga text alert flying SW over the main 
pool early this morning) from the original 7.  As we left the refuge area 
around 4:40 all 8 were back at goose haven on route 89. The visitor center had 
1 killdeer for our only shorebird species and only one Snow Goose still.  2 
Common Ravens soared up from the woods to  SW and flew right over the visitor 
center. 1 Dark Rough-legged Hawk drifted to the SE.  Another light morph was at 
the NW corner of the main pool marsh. (4 Rough-legs were seen there yesterday 
by Dan Niven Chris wood and Brian Sullivan). Hitting Knox-Marcellus at 4:00  
with 3 tries I counted  70 then 71 Sandhill cranes.(others counted 70 
yesterday.Mike and Joann Tetlow
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road"

2016-09-22 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
I also saw the booby (finally) late this evening from Lower Lake Road — very 
distant but in nice evening sun. It stayed lying down on buoy 49 for the 30 
minutes I watched it, identifiable by the dark, horizontal body, contrasting 
white belly sometimes visible, and long pointed bill and pale face visible 
occasionally when it lifted it’s head.

Thanks everyone for continuing to post updates on this list and the RBA alert.

KEN


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On Sep 22, 2016, at 6:39 PM, Dick Burlew 
<d...@burlew.us<mailto:d...@burlew.us>> wrote:


We took a trip up the lake this PM to try and see the bird.  We went to the 
East side of the lake first - actually went down the private drive that Dave 
told us about ( called for permission first).   It was late afternoon and the 
glare and shimmer was very bad.  Could see birds on the buoy (the one that Dave 
described) but couldn't tell for sure what they were.  So, we went to the west 
side south of Wulffy's, near the south end of Lower Lake Road.  There is a 
pull-off where fisherman stop and fish.  Much further from this side, but in 
the PM light we could see and distinguish the bird.  Thank goodness for the 
yellow bill and the white belly, otherwise, we would not have been able to say, 
"we saw it".

Dick Burlew

On 9/22/2016 12:02 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
The GPS coordinates I cited, 42.7,-76.72518, are of a green channel marker 
on the Google Maps aerial photo in the right direction from Talcott's place 
(aka Townline Rd) in the NW corner of Springport and in the right direction 
from Wolffy's near the south end of Lower Lake Rd near the SE corner of Seneca 
Falls. I don't know how old the aerial photo was or whether those markers ever 
get moved, so I can't argue about whose coordinates are better. This location 
is somewhat closer than Suan's coordinates to the Talcott viewing spot, which 
is the closest land. My impression was that Wolffy's was considerably farther 
(almost twice as far on the map using my coordinates). There was also heat 
shimmer until late in the day when I viewed from the west, which had not been a 
factor from the east, where the light had been good until past noon.

Early this morning I watched from Cayuga Lake State Park, which is a bit 
farther north on Lower Lake Rd. Even though it is even farther from marker 49, 
and sun glare is a big issue in the morning, I gambled that I could see more of 
the lake in case the bird went hunting. Viewing from the elevated level of the 
road at sunrise I had heat shimmer but I could recognize the backlit Booby on 
channel marker 49 because its shape and size were familiar to me, especially 
compared to the Great Black-backed Gull who shared the platform. About 7:24 a 
boat passed very close carrying two standing guys fishing. Shortly after the 
gull flushed, so did the Booby, which to my great fortune flew northwest toward 
me low over the water. Eventually some trees which had blocked the sun for me 
also blocked the view of the flying bird, and I had to move, but at 7:33 I had 
an excellent profile scope view of it still/again flying NW. Then its low 
flight took it behind the small patch of shoreline cattails for me, and I had 
to move again. I scanned more, and at 7:40 I discovered it sitting on the water 
far to the NNE amid considerable shimmer. The all-brown head, neck & body, the 
long level back, the slope of about 30° from the "hip" down to the water at the 
tail, and the long gleamingly whitish bill were distinctive (neither cormorant 
nor coot). After about 10 minutes of just looking around, the Booby began 
preening, then bathing, which involved alternately and awkwardly raising each 
long, narrow, sharply bent wing into the air while the body rolled sideways 
revealing its white belly and wing linings. Next it took flight again, going SE 
and shaking water off a couple times, though not as dramatically as an Osprey 
does. This flight the Booby's bill was angled a bit down like a Concorde jet, 
so I had hopes it was hunting and might dive but no such luck. Again my view 
was temporarily blocked, this time by the parked police boat. Then I didn't 
know which side of the broad sun glare it was on. By a few minutes after 8, I 
determined that it was back on green channel marker 49, which no longer had 
people nearby. I knew that if the bird had fed, it might not fly again all day, 
so even though I never saw it dive, I declared victory and went home.

--Dave Nutter

PS Pasted at the bottom is my original message from the 20th about getting 
permission. I hope that this version is legible from various re-posting and 
archiving sources.

On Sep 22, 2016, at 9:55 AM, Suan Hsi Yong 
<suan.y...@gmail.com<mailto:suan.y...@gmail.com>> wrote:

On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:31 AM, Peter 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Batman/Robin in Sapsucker Woods, Sat 7/2

2016-07-02 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Holy avian hallucinations, Batman!

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On Jul 2, 2016, at 12:30 PM, Mark Chao 
> wrote:

This morning I saw one of the more amazing things I've ever seen in Sapsucker 
Woods.  (But I take no offense if you think it's just plain weird...)

https://goo.gl/photos/dZytkKXqJgeTWeHHA

Meanwhile, back in our yard in northeast Ithaca, the EASTERN BLUEBIRD family 
seems to be doing fine three weeks after four hatchlings fledged.   I have 
recently confirmed the presence of only two young birds at a time, but I think 
that all four could well be present, showing various degrees of beautiful 
blueness.  And both parents are still around for sure.  Yesterday the male 
perched for a long time at the hole of the nest box, entered completely, and 
exited within a couple of seconds.

I've added some distant but illustrative photos to this album:  
https://goo.gl/photos/F87v9R9WgvbTd4Y38

Mark Chao




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma shorebirds

2016-07-02 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Fall shorebirds already-- nice!  Several Ruffs, Rufous-necked Stint elsewhere 
already too.

Ken

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On Jul 2, 2016, at 10:10 AM, Jay McGowan 
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A gorgeous alternate female WILSON'S PHALAROPE is currently out on the flats in 
the northeast corner of Knox-Marsellus Marsh, along with dozens of yellowlegs 
and two dowitchers, apparently LONG-BILLED. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are also 
being more cooperative than in past weeks, foraging in trees and feeders just 
north of the bridge at Mays Point.

Jay

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stilt updates ?

2016-06-20 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Gary reported it on the RBA text alert 18 minutes ago…..  I say go for it!


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On Jun 20, 2016, at 4:34 PM, Nancy Cusumano 
<nancycusuman...@gmail.com<mailto:nancycusuman...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Any more stilt updates? Worth heading there now?

Cayuga Dog Rescue has saved more than 525! dogs since 2005!
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On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 8:06 AM, Tom Schulenberg 
<ts...@cornell.edu<mailto:ts...@cornell.edu>> wrote:


> Any reports, positive or negative, today on the Montezuma B-n Stilt would be 
> appreciated.

still there this morning, per rba text from Nathan Golberg

tss

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Garganey RBA at Knox Marcellus Marsh

2016-06-05 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
The Garganey has been relocated at Knox-Marcellus and is being seen by many 
(but not me). I believe from not Towpath and East Rd. 

Ken

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> On Jun 5, 2016, at 10:53 AM, Gary Kohlenberg  wrote:
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> Jay McGowan just RBA'd a drake Garganey in Knox-Marcellus Marsh with other 
> ducks. No other details. 
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[nfc-l] fantastic night flight calls

2016-05-26 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Just spent over an hour listening to night flight calls in my front yard 
(Ithaca, NY). Definitely my best spring night ever, with wave after wave of 
thrushes (mostly Swainson’s but many Gray-cheeked, and several high-pitched 
enough to be Bicknell's), both cuckoos, Alder Flycatcher, and flocks of 
shorebirds — calling and singing Dunlin, Spotted Sandpipers, Black-bellied 
Plovers, possible Whimbrel, and some weird calls we couldn’t identify. Jay 
McGowan was listening (and recording) from his nearby yard as well.

Still lots of calls after midnight, as light rain started, so if you’re a night 
owl, get out there and listen!

KEN


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[cayugabirds-l] Myers Point shorebirds

2016-05-25 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 2 DUNLIN, and 1 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER were on the 
spit at Myers Point, but all took off to the north before 6 am. It is worth 
checking this spit as many times as possible during these last days of May. 

Ken

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Etna: House Wren

2016-04-23 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
They arrived in the 'Northeast Ithaca' neighborhood yesterday and apparently on 
West Hill on Thursday.

A surprise BROWN THRASHER was double scratching in the garden with the many 
White-throated Sparrows yesterday, and PINE SISKINS at our feeders yesterday 
and today.

Ken

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On Apr 23, 2016, at 11:53 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
> wrote:

Did anyone else notice if House Wren arrived in their neighborhood today? One 
has been bubbling away in our yard all morning, bouncing from territory edge to 
territory edge.

Nice to hear them back.

Good birding!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Possible leucistic Canada at SSW

2016-03-14 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
I saw that goose by the horse farm on Blugrass Lane yesterday. Very large and 
whitish, but with some "wild-type" markings. Looked mostly domestic but 
obviously flying around with Canadas.

Ken

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Hi all,

There's a possible leucistic Canada Goose at Sapsucker Woods on the pond for 
those that want to take a look. It's either that or a domestic type.

Brad
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] please keep reporting Western Tanager

2016-03-06 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
The WESTERN TANAGER was very cooperative at mid-day today on the Cornell 
campus, making rounds between the hedge on the south side of Day Hall, the east 
entrance of the Campus Store, and various points along Wee Stinky Glen. Lots of 
people saw and photographed this bird. My photos can be found in my eBird 
checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S2757

this bird does seem to be in active molt, with adult-male plumage coming in 
especially on the face, wing coverts, and back.

KEN


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On Mar 6, 2016, at 4:13 PM, Vanessa Ng 
<vanessang...@gmail.com<mailto:vanessang...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Dave,

Here you go.  These were from Thursday afternoon when I stopped by for 40 
minutes or so.  First in a thicket of brush around Day Hall, then in the large 
clump of green bushes on the other side of the path by the rear entrance of the 
Store, where a woman was leaving seed for him.

https://pallas.smugmug.com/Western-Tanager-Ithaca/n-Xr9QrG/

There must be something about New York this winter that non-native birds are 
finding their way here. Off-topic: earlier this winter I also visited the 
famous Painted Bunting in Brooklyn a few times where an adult male bunting 
hasn't been seen since the 20s, garnering national media attention.  He was 
there from Thanksgiving weekend to early January (when it got real cold and 
snowy this week for the first time).  There were always at least a dozen 
birders/photographers/general public to up to 50 or more people in the early 
weeks when he was discovered.  For those interested, here are a few pictures 
from one of my visits.

https://pallas.smugmug.com/Painted-Bunting-in-Brooklyn/n-5bwb3J/

On Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 9:42 PM, Dave Nutter 
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The WESTERN TANAGER is still being reported via eBird daily on Cornell 
University campus in the same area - the alcove at the east entrance to the 
underground Cornell Store (good for sunning and eating fruits of vines on the 
wall), the south and west sides of Day Hall (whose inhabitants put seed on the 
windowsills), the nearby stream known as Wee Stinky Glen and the fruiting trees 
over it, with forays to the south side of Sage Chapel.

Please keep reporting this bird. Also, any photographers or observers of 
detail, please let me know if you believe you are seeing progression of molt. 
I'd love to see the bird with more adult or breeding male characteristics such 
as red around the face or darker back feathers.

--Dave Nutter

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[cayugabirds-l] Longspurs on Lansingville rd.

2016-01-23 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
At least 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS in large Horned Lark and Snow Bunting flock on 
Lansingville Rd right now- 2:40. Fairly close to road, nice viewing conditions 
in the sun. 

Ken Rosenberg 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, northern Cayuga Lake

2016-01-16 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Jay, thanks for posting this summary. After a long day of waterfowl counting 
and then other obligations, I did not have a chance to post this.

Finding this TUFTED DUCK at Twin Oaks was a great stroke of luck — after 
sifting through these huge Aythya flocks for 20+ years looking specifically for 
this species, this is the first one I’ve been able to pick out (that wasn’t 
previously found by others). Although Alex Lees was able to confirm this bird, 
it quickly disappeared as an eagle scattered the flock before Tom and Nargila 
could get on it. It’s even more amazing that Tom Auer relocated the bird within 
30 seconds of us stopping at Kozy Kove, giving us much better and closer looks. 
I’m glad that Jay and Livia, and a large group of other Cayuga birders were 
able to join us quickly and see this great bird too.

Most of Cayuga Lake was strangely devoid of waterfowl today, but when we 
finally got to the ice edge at Twin Oaks Campground the spectacle of thousands 
and thousands of ducks and geese was a welcome sight. We finished our count 
with 1600 TUNDRA SWANS, and 7 calling TRUMPETER SWANS for comparison, along 
with several thousand more geese and ducks at Mud Lock.

Jay already mentioned the 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at Hibiscus Harbor — 
other highlights for us were a single LONG-TAILED DUCK and 2 WHITE-WINGED 
SCOTERS on Aurora Bay, 2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS seen far across the lake from Union 
Springs, a female NORTHERN SHOVELER on Mill Pond in Union Springs, a 
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at Long Point Sate Park (out on the point rather than in 
the cedars), and perhaps the oddest birds, 2 FISH CROWS flying around and 
calling at Farley’s Point. Although Fish Crows have been in Ithaca for 40 
years, oddly I’ve never seen one at any other point along the lake shore.

KEN


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On Jan 16, 2016, at 9:51 PM, Jay McGowan 
<jw...@cornell.edu<mailto:jw...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Early this afternoon, Ken Rosenberg, Alex Lees, Nárgila Moura, and Tom Auer 
found a male TUFTED DUCK in a large, Redhead-based Aythya flock off of Twin 
Oaks Campground on northern Cayuga Lake just north of Union Springs. The flock 
shifted when an eagle came over and some birds moved south to off of Kozy Kove 
Road, where Ken's group obligingly refound the bird shortly thereafter. The 
flocks continued to shift, and we lost the bird around 1:30 when most of the 
flock flew back north, perhaps to the Twin Oaks area again. List with photos 
here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26937243

Ken's group also found two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in the bay south of 
Hibiscus Harbor just north of Union Springs, as well as a SNOW x CANADA GOOSE 
hybrid. Photos here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26933763

Before this excitement, Livia and I were birding in Lansing. In addition to 
continuing AMERICAN PIPITS and KILLDEER on the shores of Salt Point, we found a 
GRAY CATBIRD along Portland Point Road, along with some impressive numbers of 
AMERICAN ROBINS and CEDAR WAXWINGS.
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[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca City ban on hunting

2015-11-16 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Hi everyone,

The following media release was sent to a number of outlets today — this should 
clarify any uncertainty on the part of the City.

KEN


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Date: Nov 16, 2015 2:57 PM
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Cc:

The Media Release is attached to this email.

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11-16-2015 Hunting Prohibited in the City of Ithaca.pdf
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park boundaries

2015-11-15 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Missing from this exchange is the fact that it was DEC's top waterfowl 
biologist, in consultation with the DEC office in Cortland, who recommended 
that the easiest way to resolve the human conflicts was to enforce the already 
existing ordinance passed by the City of Ithaca, but not recently enforced. We 
welcome the mayor and the City to communicate the results of their meetings and 
decisions last winter/ so everyone would stop wondering about what is 
legal/possible and what is not.

Ken

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On Nov 15, 2015, at 8:21 AM, Dave Nutter 
> wrote:

As you say, it may be that the City would not succeed in a direct assertion of 
the ban. And maybe there will not be a direct challenge. However, it also may 
be that the City or others can convince the State, on the basis of such 
conflicts as Elaina documented in the most wild and remote corner of the City, 
as well as other factors, such as the reliance of such a large proportion of 
the Redhead population on this area, or the illegal chasing of ducks by 
hunters, that this is not an appropriate activity on this part of the lake.

--Dave Nutter

On Nov 15, 2015, at 07:57 AM, Geo Kloppel 
> wrote:


Afraid not. That's just where the well-established supremacy of the state's 
sole authority to regulate hunting comes in. This is not an issue where home 
rule rights might plausibly be asserted. State-wide regulation of hunting is 
clearly a preemptive "general law" as defined in Article IX of the state 
constitution, and elaborated in the state publication linked below, bottom of 
page 3.

https://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/publications/Adopting_Local_Laws_in_New_York_State.pdf

-Geo


The question is whether the City can enforce its ban on the lake. Some people 
say not. I thought that last year the mayor said he would test it. If 
successful it would make most of the shallows at the south end of the lake into 
a waterfowl sanctuary.

--Dave Nutter

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] guns at Stewart Park

2015-11-13 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Hi all,

Before this annual listserv discussion escalates once again, I would like to 
point out the whole issue of hunting within the Ithaca city limits was 
discussed with the Mayor and city government last winter and, from what I 
heard, resolved. John Dennis — Ithaca resident and birder — led the effort to 
look into what laws were on the books and how they could be enforced. If John 
is on this List, perhaps he could explain the outcome — otherwise I am copying 
him with this information in hopes of a response. Clearly, there has not been 
clear communication to Ithaca police officers, to the hunter, or to the general 
public about any of this.

In my opinion, though, the last thing we want to see is an escalation of the 
kind of conflict that occurred in Stewart Park, and the perception of a birder 
vs. hunter mentality, which would be highly detrimental to our shared goal of 
wildlife and habitat conservation in the region. I would like to see some sort 
of public forum, hosted by the city, that would foster an open discussion among 
the birding and hunting, and wildlife management communities to reach a better 
mutual understanding of all the issues. I have offered to participate (not help 
organize) such a forum.

KEN


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On Nov 13, 2015, at 8:46 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
<c...@cornell.edu<mailto:c...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Dave, thanks for sharing your encounter with the List, because this potentially 
affects anyone who intends to go birding at Stewart Park or in the nearby 
areas, if this kind of activity is seasonally permitted from such a widely and 
publicly used space.

Does the Cayuga Bird Club have an official position on this and other past 
similar situations at the South shore of Cayuga Lake? As Laura suggested, 
perhaps a letter (from the Cayuga Bird Club) to the City of Ithaca 
representative(s) whose area(s) includes the disputed region, a letter to the 
Mayor, and a discussion placed on the agenda during one of the City 
Administration public meetings, would help clarify the City’s stance on this 
issue and possibly put forth an opportunity for official change in the future?

I believe that we, as birders, are not all blatantly opposed to hunting, but I 
do think there’s a time and place for that sport – Stewart Park, and the South 
end of Cayuga Lake in general, does not seem like the right place at any time.

Sincerely,
Chris T-H


On Nov 13, 2015, at 7:54 AM, Laura Stenzler 
<l...@cornell.edu<mailto:l...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Dave,
It is great that you followed through on all of this! It sounds like an 
intimidating situation, but you did not back down.   I think it would be 
worthwhile to share your experience with your city representative and the 
Major. I just read in the Ithaca Journal this morning that all Ithaca police 
officers are now wearing and using body cameras (as of Nov. 3) which must be 
turned on when they respond to a call.  So there is a good official record of 
what occurred (we hope).
   Good for you!
Laura

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] guns at Stewart Park

This afternoon I was enjoying Stewart Park - the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, the 
Fuertes Sanctuary (swan pond), the birds on the lake - as I often do. As I 
walked clockwise around the pond and came out from the Fuertes Sanctuary path 
near the lakeshore and toward the park road, I came face to face with 3 guys 
carrying guns and dragging a small boat. I took a couple photos on my phone 
(I've been practicing lately, but they weren't very good) and I told them they 
weren't allowed to have guns in Stewart Park. They said lots of law enforcement 
agencies had been called on them before, which sort of contradicts what they 
also said about me being the only one who has given them a problem, and they 
were told it was okay if the guns weren't loaded. I said the ban was in the 
City Code, and maybe those police hadn't read that part. They were skeptical. 
They said they'd seen guys walk right out and shoot waterfowl from Stewart 
Park. I said I would've tried to stop those guys, too. They didn't want to 
leave, but seemed to think that having police, who had agreed with them before, 
resolve the issue would get me out of their hair. So I called 911 and explained 
the situation. The guys in camo agree

Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Roots Cayuga wetland project

2015-11-10 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Dave et al.,

Having been outed, along with Suan, as the “others in the birding community,” 
I’ll just reiterate what Suan has already stated — that the two of us were 
approached while birding by the teachers from New Roots, that they briefly 
explained their idea for the student project and experiment, and that we 
informally suggested that if they were to plant cattails it might be better to 
start along the edge of the willows, rather than in an isolated stretch of the 
lakeshore. Our logic was that a marsh next to the woods could attract more 
birds.

But we also strongly suggested that (1) they make a presentation to the Cayuga 
Bird Club (Suan gave them all the contact names and emails), and (2) they 
consult the many expert resources at Cornell and elsewhere that are part of an 
entire scientific field of wetland restoration — I even gave them the name of a 
colleague who’s company has created some of the best restored wetlands in the 
U.S. including Wakodahatchie in FL and Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson.

That’s about all I know. It seems like Dave has taken the time to address most 
of the issues in a very thoughtful way, and perhaps others in the Cayuga Bird 
Club will have other ideas. If I recall correctly, John Dennis is involved with 
the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, and he may be able to offer suggestions as 
well.

KEN


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On Nov 10, 2015, at 7:02 PM, Dave Nutter 
<nutter.d...@mac.com<mailto:nutter.d...@mac.com>> wrote:

I attended the BPW meeting yesterday evening and was able to hear the New Roots 
presentation and BPW discussion. The description was vague in some ways: it's 
unclear where the cattails would go. And I think it was erroneous and not well 
thought out in other ways. The BPW discussion was supportive anyway, and next 
meeting, two weeks from last night, BPW could decide to approve their request.

The reason I think the Cayuga Bird Club should be involved is that we may be 
getting a cattail marsh in Stewart Park. That's a good thing for some species, 
but cattails grow tall & thick enough to block views, and depending on where it 
is located it could hide more currently viewable birds from us than it shows 
us. If it gets established along the lakeshore (I'm not sure it could) it could 
spread widely, block a lot (all?) of lakeviewing, and cause trouble to remove.

The Swan Pond (Fuertes Bird Sanctuary) is a potential site which the 
Superintendent of Public Works supports off the top of his head. I suspect he 
considered the pond unused space, not a bird sanctuary. Cattails might fill up 
the entire pond and block views across the pond but also allow close viewing of 
the cattails from many angles. Establishment there seems more likely because 
they won't be destroyed by wave action, but it seems like a less useful 
location if New Roots is serious about studying how cattails filter water, 
since there is relatively little flow in and out of the Swan Pond.

Suan & Ken, I assume you are the "others in the birding community" the 
principal refered to who have "been involved." Anyone else fit that 
description? Where exactly did you suggest the cattails should go, and why? 
Anyone else, do you have opinions?

I sent the letter below to New Roots staff, the BPW, and Rick Manning. I tried 
to send it to CayugaBirds-L but I think the attachment from New Roots 
describing the project made it too large. Or it's just plain too long. Anyway I 
can send their proporal separately to anyone who is interested.

--Dave Nutter

- - - - - -

Thanks for writing, Ms Nilsen-Hodges.

I've been thinking about the proposal as written and as presented yesterday to 
the BPW. I urge the sponsors at New Roots to review their reasoning, to 
consider carefully what they are trying to accomplish, and, if they still 
intend to create a cattail marsh at Stewart Park in summer 2016, to work with 
the Cayuga Bird Club to identify a mutually agreeable site. I urge the Cayuga 
Bird Club to identify where, if anywhere, in Stewart Park a cattail marsh would 
be best for overall bird habitat and for overall viewing of birds within the 
cattail marsh, and around the Fuertes Sanctuary / Swan Pond, and on Cayuga 
Lake, considering the value of the existing birding opportunities and the 
potential for uncontrolled expansion of a cattail marsh. And I urge the BPW to 
delay approval until New Roots and the Cayuga Bird Club agree on a location for 
the cattail marsh.

The reasoning behind the project seems to be this: Swimming is fun. Therefore 
we want to swim at Stewart Park. Swimming was banned decades ago at Stewart 
Park. Therefore, pollution must be a problem. Cattails are used elsewhere for 
some stage of sewage treatment. There is no longer a huge cattail marsh 
filtering the water flowing into Cayug

[cayugabirds-l] Dunlin at Myers Point

2015-10-24 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
There are currently 2 DUNLIN on the gravel island in Salmon Creek at Myers 
Park. Also 3 HORNED GREBES off East Shore Park. Nothing much else out there 
today. 

KEN

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Freese Road Dickcissel etc.

2015-10-11 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Thanks Suan, nice shots.

boy that Dickcissel was a dull one ……

KEN


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I didn't post my dickcissel photos from yesterday because they were unfocused 
and overexposed, but I got some better ones today late in the morning, perched 
nicely under a coneflower stalk, then flying out into the sun briefly before 
dipping into the northeast-most corner plot. Those photos, along with other 
Freese Road highlights (including the ever growing "sparrow on a fence" 
series), are here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/50094151@N03/sets/72157657413093003

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[cayugabirds-l] Sanderling Myers Pt.

2015-09-30 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Juvenile Sanderling continues at Myers Point- on the small beach at base of 
lighthouse, not main spit. 

Ken

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] GHO calling from game farm road

2015-09-27 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
I hope everyone knows about the Super Blood Lunar Eclipse starting right now- 
usually Meena is the one to alert us :)

Ken

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On Sep 27, 2015, at 8:00 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal 
> wrote:

I went to East Hill Athletic field to look at the moon. It was beautiful as it 
was getting out of the cloud. There was a Great Horned Owl calling along with a 
couple of Killdeer.
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[cayugabirds-l] Brewster's warbler still at Salt Point

2015-09-13 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
This morning I had a gorgeous male BREWSTER'S WARBLER near the end of Salt 
Point, in a small chickadee flock with WARBLING VIREOS, NASHVILLE, and MAGNOLIA 
WARBLERS- undoubtedly the same bird reported there last week (by Ben Freeman?). 

Overall a very quiet morning with no shorebirds at Myers Point, no birds moving 
down the lake, and very few migrants in brushy areas nearby. 

A singing MARSH WREN was a surprise in the marshy pond beteen Myers Park and 
Lagoda. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Night heron, Lesser BB Gulls at Stewart Park

2015-09-10 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
So far at Stewart Park right now there is a BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON sitting 
conspicuously on a snag above the swan pen, and at least 2 LESSER BLACK BACKED 
GULLS floating offshore. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Re:[nysbirds-l] Western Kingbird, Newfield

2015-09-07 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Tom Schulenberg and I looked unsuccessfully between 5 and 7 pm. We also 
searched nearby field areas south and east of the reported area and along E 
King Rd.

Some other interesting birds in the area including a WILLOW FLYCATCHER, 
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, 2 PINE WARBLERS, and a MERLIN.

KEN

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On Sep 7, 2015, at 7:06 PM, Jay McGowan 
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Here is a report from Ian Davies at 2:10PM indicating the bird might have been 
headed away.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24932954

On Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 3:59 PM, david nicosia 
> wrote:
Not found between 230 and 4 pm. Joined by Stuart Krasoff and another group of 
birders. We searched all around the area. Bird is probably still around so good 
luck to anyone else who tries.


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Date:Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 1:27 PM
Subject:Re:[nysbirds-l] Western Kingbird, Newfield


Note being seen along hedgerow east of Town Line Road just north of 
intersection with Blakeslee Hill Rd.

On Sep 7, 2015 12:44 PM, "Jay McGowan"  wrote:

A WESTERN KINGBIRD is foraging in the back of the field across from entrance to 
Sunrise Dr. on Blakeslee Hill Rd. in Newfield, Tompkins Co. Found this morning 
by Lea Callan.

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[cayugabirds-l] Buff-breasted SP, etc at Puddlers Marsh

2015-08-30 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
At least 4 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS continue at southeast corner of Puddlers 
Marsh (end of Towpath Rd), along with small numbers of all the other expected 
shorebirds. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma shorebirds

2015-07-18 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Thanks for posting Jay — I’m planning on heading up late today or tomorrow 
morning. I assume you’re just getting to K-M about now??

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On Jul 18, 2015, at 10:41 AM, Jay McGowan 
jw...@cornell.edumailto:jw...@cornell.edu wrote:


Notable species on the wildlife drive this morning included 6 STILT SANDPIPERS, 
11 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, hundreds of Least and 
Semipalmated, both yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Spotted and 
Solitary sandpipers, all out on the mudflats that are the main pool, 9 Great 
Egrets, and a juvenile LEAST BITTERN in the reeds at Eaton Marsh, near where we 
had an American on Thursday.

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[cayugabirds-l] Yard migrants

2015-05-04 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Singing BLACK THROATED GREEN, OVENBIRD, and RED-EYED VIREO in the Northeast 
Ithaca backyard this morning, along with sev RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and a silent 
WINTER WREN. 

KEN

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[cayugabirds-l] Golden Eagle, other high migrants

2015-04-30 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
During a mid-day skywatch today (actually while on a conference call on my back 
deck), lots of birds were continuously passing over high — mostly BROAD-WINGED 
HAWK-shaped specks. Highlight was an adult GOLDEN EAGLE dwarfing some nearby 
Broad-wings. Also an imm. BALD EAGLE, 4 OSPREY, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 8 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and a flock of 8 DOUBLE-CRESTED 
CORMORANTS.

In the yard was a flycatching YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,  and a wing-flicking 
HERMIT THRUSH, but none of the bright-colored migrants seen by others.

KEN


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[cayugabirds-l] Mountain Birdwatch needs volunteers

2015-04-29 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Hi all,

I am forwarding this message from our colleagues at Vermont Center for 
Ecostudies, who organize the Mountain Birdwatch monitoring program. Mountain 
Birdwatch is the primary means of monitoring Bicknell’s Thrush and other high 
elevation birds in northeastern mountains that are not well surveyed by other 
programs. The survey points are remote, along routes on high mountain trails. 
So this is a great way to combine hiking and birding, and even camping (the 
birds start singing about 4 AM), while helping out an important project.

Please contact Judith Scarl if you have interest in “adopting” a route in the 
Adirondacks or elsewhere this summer.

thanks

KEN



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Good morning, Mountain Birdwatchers,

I drove down to DC this past weekend, and as I headed due south, I watched the 
coming of spring- leaves unfurled on the trees, tulips and cherry blossoms 
opened, and the sun shone on green grass, buzzing bumblebees, and strutting 
pigeons.  Spring will be here in the Northeast before we know it!

Our Mountain Birdwatch season opens in just under a month, and I wanted to send 
a few reminders in preparation:
1.  Volunteer Packets went out last Thursday and Friday!  If you are signed up 
to survey a route this year and don't receive your packet by tomorrow, please 
let me know (email jsc...@vtecostudies.orgmailto:jsc...@vtecostudies.org).
2.  We still need help in the Adirondacks!  13 routes still don't have 
volunteers in the Adirondacks.  If you've been on the fence about adopting a 
route in New York, please consider helping out!  (We've also got one available 
route in the Catskills, four in northern NH, and one in Maine, if you're 
interested...)
3.  RSVP for Training Workshops:  If you haven't already, please let me know if 
you'll be attending a training workshop.  Also, if you will be attending, 
please go through your volunteer packets BEFORE you come to the workshop- you 
will get the most out of the workshops this way.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in the next few weeks!

All the best,
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[cayugabirds-l] loons and Broad-wings

2015-04-22 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
While taking a late lunch on my back deck (northeast Ithaca), I watched a small 
kettle of 4 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS moving through a patch of blue sky, and at least 
8 different COMMON LOONS barreling north just under the clouds.

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[cayugabirds-l] Avicaching and spring arrivals

2015-04-18 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
By visiting eBird avicaching sites in the past 2 days, I've managed to see many 
new spring birds, while providing valuable data from poorly covered habitats 
and areas. (See eBird.org). 

A VESPER SPARROW was singing today at the corner of Collins Rd and Asbury Rd. 
In West Dryden/Lansing. At the top of Star Stanton Rd (east side from rt 38), 
there was a nice morning chorus of HERMIT THRUSH, WINTER WREN, BLUE-HEADED 
VIREOS, and drumming SAPSUCKERS. 

Perhaps the biggest surprise was at a point near Summerhill (on Sears Rd off 
Lick St) where I had 3 species of warbler this morning- a loud chipping 
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, a singing PINE, and a singing YELLOW-RUMPED acting very 
territorial. I haven't even had any migrant Yellow-rumps yet. 

Closer to home, a singing BROWN THRASHER was at the northeast corner of the 
medical park off Arrowwood Drive. HOUSE WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and 
multiple SAPSUCKERS were new arrivals in my neighborhood and the first 
BROAD-WINGED HAWK and a COMMON LOON were among the migrants over my house 
today. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Directions for GHO, Newman

2015-04-03 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
There are probably several vantage points, but what I did was walk about 
halfway out to the Jetty Woods from the golf course clubhouse and look towards 
the east until you see the big stock nest near the top of a bare tree- the one 
with the owl sitting on top.

If you continue on out through the woods to the jetty, you'll get a great look 
at the Red-throated Loon in the inlet and lots of waterfowl along the ice edge.

Good luck!

Ken

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[cayugabirds-l] today's migrants

2015-04-02 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Periodic skywatching from my yard today produced quite a few migrants — 
highlights included 4 OSPREYS, 1 imm. BALD EAGLE, 1 RED-SHOULDERED and 2 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 COMMON LOON, 1 DC CORMORANT, and 2 TREE SWALLOWS. 3 
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS were in the yard this morning,
and an EASTERN PHOEBE “arrived” in my yard at 6:45 pm, announcing it’s presence 
loudly. Surprisingly, I did not see a single goose.

KEN

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] migration tonight

2015-03-24 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Lots of geese still coming over Ithaca now bit all  Canadas. In the late 
afternoon many flocks of 100-200 SNOW GEESE, totaling 2300, passed over 
Bluegrass Lane in NE Ithaca - I picked out a single, very all ROSS's  among the 
flocks.

Ken

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Weather radar for Binghamton shows bird migration tonight.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] South winds? Really?

2015-03-16 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
I noticed the same thing — thanks for saving me from another cold and bird less 
skywatch!

KEN


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Based on the weather forecast for south winds today I have been sitting on our 
south facing deck doing a Skywatch since about 1030 this morning. Contrary to 
the weather reports however, the high clouds above us are clearly coming out of 
the West by Northwest. I find it very puzzling. There have Been about six or 
seven flocks of mixed black birds. One turkey vulture and two ravens have flown 
over. But no geese and no raptors. I'm puzzled by the discrepancy between the 
weather stations reporting of wind direction and what I am seeing in the sky 
above me. Any thoughts?

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[cayugabirds-l] Am pipits

2015-03-13 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Among the few early spring birds at Bluegrass Lane (by Equine Lab, northeast 
Ithaca) this morning  were 2 AMERICAN PIPITS and 2 KILLDEER. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant

2015-03-12 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
You had better luck than me, Steve. I did go up for about an hour at 12:30 and 
did not have a single bird flying — not even a local Red-tail. Small flock of 
SNOW BUNTINGS and HORNED LARKS at the east end of Mt. Pleasant Rd. and a RAVEN 
calling somewhere to the west.  Overly optimistic I guess!

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I went up to Mt. Pleasant after my morning chores, assuming Ken would be there. 
 Hopefully he found something else useful to do.  I also expected balmy 
zephyrs, but that didn't happen either.  From 1030 till 1145 I saw 1 ROBIN.  
But then things picked up and in the next 45 minutes I had 3 flocks of SNOW 
GEESE totaling around 250, plus 3 KILLDEER.
I was entertained by the local DEER flock, which numbers 17; all but 1 look in 
good shape after the winter.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] robins

2015-03-10 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Today is the day — Mt. Pleasant anyone?


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Just had a flock of 7 ROBINS fly over the house, headed N.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Myers

2015-03-01 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
In addition to the great list of birds off Myers Point, among the nice 
diversity of other waterfowl, I picked out a hybrid male RING-NECKED DUCK X 
SCAUP in the small open water hole off Lagoda Point-- sharply demarcated gray 
back and clean white sides, with the curved demarcation dipping lower on the 
front end. Looked like one of the two birds Marshall picked out earlier this 
winter at Hog Hole. No Tufted Duck visible. 

Ken

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 4 White-winged Scoter
 1 Red-necked Grebe
 1 Horned Grebe
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Gyrfalcon, Yes Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawk

2015-02-28 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Thanks for these tips, Mike.

For those driving around the Canoga Springs area today, the second SNOWY OWL 
mentioned below is sitting in a vast snow field just to the west of 
intersection of Yellow Tavern Rd and 96A.

Ken

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 I spent from 3:20 until 5:00 in the Seybolt/Stahl/Canoga and martin road 
areas with no luck on the Gyrfalcon. Here's the story. The first approach to 
Stahl had a cloud of starlings but no sign of a raptor. The second time they 
were up again with a Sharp-shinned through the group landing on a barn peak. 
There were no ducks in the little open  stream  along Canoga road so there was 
no bait there. I followed crows up 89 until they broke off toward Mud lock 
across the lake. Continuing on 89 northbound there was a young Bald Eagle 
sitting over the frozen canal. Turning up to East Road the heartrate kicked up 
a notch at the sight of a dark bird smaller than an Eagle and heftier than a 
Peregrine in the eagle tree. Oh well, just a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk. 
Swinging through downtown Seneca Falls hoping the Gyr roosts downtown or feeds 
on Rock Doves, again the heartrate jumped as a bird plowed through the Rock 
Doves and landed on a chimney; Cooper's hawk. One last approach to the 
Seybolt/Stahl intersection at sunset and the starling cloud was up again. This 
time a large bird was in the center of the swarm swooping like a falcon but it 
was just a hungry Red-tailed hawk.
   Consolation on the way home, thanks to the report from the Howe's, I went 
along Yellow Tavern Road and just west of 414 a Snowy Owl got up from behind 
the first barn. A second bird was on 96a on the first silo North of the yellow 
tavern intersection.  Mike Tetlow
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Around Icy Cayuga Lake Today Feb 28 2015

2015-02-28 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
It was indeed a beautiful winter day to be out birding. I spent from about 8:30 
 till 3 pm driving around the Canoga Springs area, scanning from many spots and 
running into lots of other birders, who as far as I know all came up Gyr-less. 
Besides the aforementioned SNOWY OWL and SHRIKE, I had a single flyover LAPLAND 
LONGSPUR along Canoga Rd, and then found a large manure spread on 96 north of 
Yellow Tavern Rd with hundreds of HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS- my Longspur 
was likely among them but I couldn't find any.

I also spent about an hour scanning the Seneca Landfill from 414 and North Rd, 
and although no gulls seemed to be on the landfill, there were at times 
hundreds of gulls on the air against the deep blue sky- I picked out an 
immaculate white 2nd cycle GLAUCOUS GULL and at least 3 ICELAND GULLS. Lots of 
falcon. Sit but no takers.

Early in the morning the lake looked almost completely frozen over from the 
west side, with a thin glaze of new ice and steam rising even off Deans Cove 
and the Varick shoreline. By mid afternoon many of these areas had opened up.

I hope the Tufted Duck is as easy tomorrow.

Ken

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On Feb 28, 2015, at 8:09 PM, david nicosia 
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With High Pressure overhead today I knew the wind would be light so despite the 
cold I decided to bird all day beginning in sub-zero air. My car thermometer 
dropped to minus 21F between Berkshire and Richford on Rte 38 on the way up. 
Most of Rte 38 to Dryden was close to minus 20!! First stop was Ladoga Point 
and I couldn't believe all the ice cover!! There was one small patch of ice 
free water and it was full of mainly aythya sp. with some COMMON MERGANSERS and 
MALLARDS too. The birds were tightly packed and after watching for about 20-25 
minutes I got on a sleeping TUFTED DUCK. The contrasting bright white and very 
dark back was very apparent. The bird easily stood out in the steamy air among 
the many REDHEADS, and SCAUP SP. There were several GREATER SCAUP around for 
comparison. This is the same bird Jay had...I assume.  There were also 
CANVASBACKS, and RING-NECKED DUCKS too.

Myer's Point Marina has some close-up waterfowl with great lighting for photos. 
Myer's Point was partially open and loaded with mainly aythya sp. COMMON 
GOLDENEYES, COMMON MERGANSERS with few RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, LONG-TAILED 
DUCKS. I didn't find any grebes anywhere today! The ducks were flying back and 
forth at times between Salt Point and Myers. I would check this area given the 
shear number of waterfowl tomorrow.

It was still sub-zero at Myer's and the cold finally got to me that I decided 
to head north and I successfully found the female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE at Phoenix 
Lock and Dam north of Syracuse. The bird had a yellow bill and very steep 
forehead. Nice comparison with the many female common goldeneyes around.

Next stop was with many other birders... Canoga road, Seybolt and Stahl roads 
in search of the elusive gyrfalcon which eluded me too. I did find Mike 
Tetlow's SNOWY OWLS. One was exactly were Ken Rosenberg had it this morning in 
a snowy field just to the west of the intersection of Yellow Tavern Road and 
Route 96a. Then on Conoga Road before you reach 414 heading east I saw another 
SNOWY OWL in flight!!! This one was very white.

Then back on Seybolt Road there was a NORTHERN SHRIKE that was being enjoyed by 
a large group of birders.

I came back down the east side of Cayuga Lake and was amazed at how much ice 
there was. The only decent open ice free area I found was between Long Point st 
and Aurora bay and this place was loaded with mainly aythya sp and goldeneyes. 
Lighting was poor this afternoon so I would check this too in the morning if 
anyone is out tomorrow.

All in all, a great day. I also noticed many geese flying high...NORTH!!!  A 
sign of spring

Dave Nicosia
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Aythya winter diet in Cayuga - what are they eating?

2015-01-25 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
My understanding is that the large flocks of Aythya ducks are related to the 
proliferation of exotic zebra mussels in the Finger Lakes- but I have to admit 
that I don't know the details or whether the different species feed on them to 
a different extent.

Ken

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On Jan 25, 2015, at 8:55 PM, Brad Walker 
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Hi all,

It's only one species, but last year I prepared round skin of a REDHEAD that 
had been found dead on Cayuga Lake, off of Hog Hole. It's stomach was filled 
with an assortment of small mussels.

I took a few photos of them if anyone is interested.

- Brad


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On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 8:47 PM, Benjamin Freeman 
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Hello all,

Alexa and I had the good fortune to watch the Tufted Duck for an hour or so on 
Saturday morning. It was diving actively the entire time, which made it tough 
to find (and difficult to show to others in the scope). Which got me thinking: 
What are the various Aythya eating? The Tufted Duck was clearly associating 
with scaup on Saturday that were actively feeding. Also present were several 
big flocks of Redhead (all loafing around), and a decently big group of 
Canvasback (also loafing).

A quick search informs me that Aythya eat gastropods, mussels and aquatic 
vegetation among other things, and that the relative proportion of animal food 
in their diet varies seasonally.

Does anyone know what they are eating in Cayuga in winter? Must be a fair bit 
of food to support so many birds for several months...

Do different species of Aythya eat different things?

Can you tell when Aythya are eating gastropods/molluscs/animal food vs plants 
based on their diving behavior?

Looking forward to learning what these ducks are up to,

Ben

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] find a Barred Owl before midnight!

2015-01-01 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Fitz got one on Sapsucker Woods Rd right after the compilation, so we got one…..

KEN


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A major miss on the Ithaca Christmans Bird Count today (1 Jan 2015) was BARRED 
OWL. But there's still over 2 hours for someone to be a hero and find one 
somewhere in the count circle (within 7.5 miles of the intersection of Mt 
Pleasant  Turkey Hill Roads; also shown on the Cayuga Bird Club web site 
through the Resources page).

More details of the count to follow shortly.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Warbler

2014-12-06 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Very cool, Bill!  I'll definitely look for it while CBC scouting. I wonder if 
it has a warm spot to roost in Agway?

Ken

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Tossing in a belated report of a Yellow Warbler in downtown Ithaca on Dec 3.  
The bird was trying to glean insects off sycamore fruit at 706 W. Green St. 
across from Agway - it was around 4pm.  It was quite active and constantly 
giving its chewp alarm-type call note.  Last saw it flying toward Agway.  May 
end up in the canal zone near Wegman's like several previous December Yellow's 
(Ken's 2006 bird comes to mind and I recall there was one a year or so after 
that).  I wonder if these late ones are vagrants from northwestern NA?

Bill E

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] snow geese over Interlaken

2014-12-02 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
As I returned home after a long drive from Maryland this afternoon, I was also 
greeted by a small flock of SNOW GEESE over my house — just before the snow 
started to fall…..

KEN


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On Dec 2, 2014, at 9:07 PM, Marty Schlabach 
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This morning, about 8am, I thought I faintly heard snow geese.  I looked up and 
at first didn’t see them, but then did see two very large flocks, quite high.  
I would estimate 3-400 geese heading south.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] N. Gannet at Seneca Lake

2014-11-22 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
I searched for several hours from several vantage points this morning beginning 
just before 10. No luck. Some other birds of note were 58 TUNDRA SWANS, 2 
RED-NECKED GREBES, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and a late SAVANNAH SPARROW in a flock 
of juncos on the way up to Salt Point.

Ken

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On Nov 22, 2014, at 12:27 PM, Gary Kohlenberg 
jg...@cornell.edumailto:jg...@cornell.edu wrote:

I was able to find the Northern Gannet this morning about 9:45. It was swimming 
far to the north of Seneca Marina. I scanned from Clute Park at 60x. The huge 
size jumped out especially compared to the Common Loons nearby. An incredible 
bird for the lake and a wonderful find by the Gregoire's.
After much enjoyable viewing I lost sight of him as he stretched his wings and 
dove once. I'm hoping he just moved up the lake to reappear later. I never saw 
him fly closer to the park.
Gary




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jw...@cornell.edumailto:jw...@cornell.edu wrote:


The immature NORTHERN GANNET was still present in the southeast corner of 
Seneca Lake at dusk just now, sleeping and swimming around between swans. 
Visible from the pulloff and from Warren Clute Park.

On Nov 21, 2014 3:13 PM, John and Sue Gregoire 
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At 1400 today, we had a mixed flock of Tundra and Trumpeter Swans close in to 
shore
on Seneca Lake at the bottom of the Rte 79 hill. While separating the swans a 
huge
seabird swam into view and eventually came right offshore. It was a juv. 
Northern
Gannet!! Plumage much as the one we had there two years ago. Earlier today a
Peregrine falcon buzzed that area and landed on the old salt tower at Clute 
Park.
Many ducks in the area and in the canal including three merganser species. Three
Sandhill cranes (two adult one juv) remain in Queen Catharine Marsh as well as 
the
two adult Bald Eagles that successfully nested there this summer (they were on 
the
nest tree). Didn't tarry much beyond that as we manged to run the battery down, 
get
a jump start and head into town for a new battery! Worth it.

JS
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[cayugabirds-l] Short-eared Owl Bluegrass Lane

2014-10-25 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Last evening, right at dusk, a SHORT-EARED OWL was hunting over the north end 
of the giant switchgrass field on west side of Bluegrass Lane, just off Hanshaw 
Rd. I squeaked with my hand, and the owl came right at me, veering just 10 ft 
or so from my head — even my dog was fascinated and watched it fluttering above 
us for a few seconds.

Rumor has it, the switchgrass may get cut this weekend, so this evening might 
be a good time to check again.

KEN


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Purple Sandpiper continues

2014-10-23 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Also for those seeking the Purple Sandpiper at Myers, there was a nice 
assortment of ducks south of the lighthouse (viewed from south side of Marina), 
including 8 SURF SCOTERS, 1 gorgeous male LONG-TAILED DUCK, RING-NECKED, LESSER 
SCAUP, RUDDY DUCK, AM WIGEONs, and 2 female GREEN-WINGED TEAL.

 A juv RED-THROATED LOON was swimming offshore of the spit fairly close, but 
flew north.

The PURPLE PIPER gave incredible views in the early afternoon, almost walking 
across our feet on the north side of the parking area.

KEN


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On Oct 23, 2014, at 7:54 PM, Matthew Medler 
m...@cornell.edumailto:m...@cornell.edu wrote:

Hi All,

The PURPLE SANDPIPER was still present at 6:35 pm, in the same spot that Jay 
describes below. It was actively foraging in the wind and light rain as it got 
dark.

Good birding,
Matt Medler
Ithaca


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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Purple Sandpiper continues

If you missed it yesterday, it looks like the PURPLE SANDPIPER will be putting 
on an encore performance today. It is currently foraging on the north side of 
the spit at Myers Point out near the tip.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Orange crowned warbler at CLO

2014-10-10 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
There was another one this morning on the trail east of the Arrowwood Drive 
medical park (where the catbird wintered…..).

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Hi all, there is an Orange crowned warbler hanging around the stone footbridge 
at the lab's main entrance.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Surf Scoter, Great Egret

2014-10-09 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
When I was watching the Cattle Egrets on Stevenson Rd about 9:30., I spotted an 
egret circling up high with the vultures — it turned out to be a GREAT EGRET, 
which then flew off to the northwest. Likely the same bird that appeared at 
Stewart Park soon after.

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Not too exciting compared to flocks of Cattle Egrets, but highlights from some 
brief lake birding this morning were a female-type SURF SCOTER at Myers Point, 
flying by and landing in the bay north of Salt Point; and a GREAT EGRET at 
Stewart Park, flying by along the shoreline and landing at the extreme east end 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Jaeger at Myers

2014-09-30 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
With power out at work and hard rain falling, naturally I headed to Myers 
Point. Several hundred RING-BILLED GULLS were gathering on the spit, along with 
a small number of HERRING GULLS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. As the rain 
abated, all the gulls took off and disappeared up the lake. 

A lone shorebird on the spit proved to be a juvenile DUNLIN. 

Then Marshall Iliff arrived and we soon spotted a bird flying swiftly down the 
lake low over the water -- JAEGER!  Over the next 15 minutes we watched the 
jaeger sit for awhile on the water, chase several Ring-billed Gulls, and wheel 
around sev times giving fairly good views in the poor light. Based on the 
overall dark plumage, extensive white flash in the primaries, and slightly 
larger size than Ring-billed Gull, Marshall was fairly confident that this was 
a juvenile PARASITIC JAEGER. 

Bad weather = good birds!

Ken

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 This from the RBA text system just now:
 
 Ken Rosenberg. Jaeger off Myers point now - probable Parasitic. On water now 
 just south of lighthouse. Way out.
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] SABINE'S GULL @ Stewart Park

2014-09-13 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
The SABINES GULL is still sitting on the water off Stewart Park at 4:20 pm - 
actually closer than it's been all day, with Ring-billed gulls. 

Ken

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 Juv SABINE'S GULL on water from Stewart Park (Ithaca, NY on Cayuga Lake). 
 Flying and landing between Red and White Lighthouse jetties. Chased around by 
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[cayugabirds-l] WILLET Myers Point now

2014-08-23 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Giving close views along with a SANDERLING now - 5:30 pm

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] WILLET Myers Point now

2014-08-23 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
I did send this post at 5:30 as I was watching the bird- don't know why it 
didn't arrive until 2 hours later. Sorry about that. 

Ken

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 Giving close views along with a SANDERLING now - 5:30 pm
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Com Nighthawks over Sapsucker Woods

2014-08-19 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Three NIGHTHAWKS flew south over the Cornell Lab of Ornithology parking lots at 
about 6:20 PM — I see that others are reporting nighthawks this evening as well 
on eBird.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Com Nighthawks over Sapsucker Woods

2014-08-19 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
In addition to the very large number Chris Wood just reported, I had another 
single COMMON NIGHTHAWK fly over my house about 7:30 this evening — only the 
second one ever from my yard.

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On Aug 19, 2014, at 7:48 PM, Christopher Wood 
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21 nighthawks just flew over Monkey Run!!

Holy!!!

CLW


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Three NIGHTHAWKS flew south over the Cornell Lab of Ornithology parking lots at 
about 6:20 PM — I see that others are reporting nighthawks this evening as well 
on eBird.

KEN


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Night flight calls

2014-08-18 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Betwee 12 and 12:30 I had a fairly steady flight but the birds were very high 
up and calls were faint- I counted 22 VEERY, 11 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, 1 
CANADA WARBLER, 1 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER and about 20 unidentified warbler 
notes. Overall not too different from what Chris T-H heard last night. Oh, and 
one clear gurgle call from a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO.

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There are lots of birds migrating now but the traffic noise from my house is 
obnoxious.  I heard several cheeps and zeeps and possibly a Rose-breasted 
Grosbeak in about 15 minutes.  I need to do something about this traffic noise.



There are some couple of Catocala pseices of moths at my moth sheet!



May be later in the middle of the night I will try to listen.



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] SEDGE WREN report, 14 Aug, Montezuma NWR

2014-08-15 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
thanks Dave for this alert, and sorry for not posting or texting earlier.

On a quick evening trip to Montezuma, there was a surprising amount of bird 
activity along the Wildlife drive — many, many COMMON GALLINULE families, BLACK 
TERNS flying over the main pool, the now-expected LEAST BITTERNS flying and 
calling, etc.

Chris Wood picked out the SEDGE WREN calling softly in tall grass on the right 
side of the drive, at the first pullout north of Larue’s Lagoon. In response to 
pushing it flew up briefly from the grass and disappeared again. It was giving 
only the soft “chrrt” call that is most similar to Marsh Wren’s call, and I 
don’t think I would have picked that bird out.

We then learned that Andy Guthrie had found 2 Sedge Wrens the previous day on 
East Rd.  When we arrived at East Rd. we heard a SEDGE WREN giving more typical 
calls and partial song — near the “crest” of the road in tall grass on east 
side of road. Then I thought I heard a second bird, which came in very close in 
response to playback of Sedge Wren — but it turned out to be a juvenile MARSH 
WREN, with barely any eyeliner or back streaks. A second juvenile Marsh Wren 
was nearby, and a third bird calling farther away could have been either 
species.

In my previous experience with Sedge Wrens (mostly in winter in Louisiana), I 
am less familiar with the drier Marsh Wren-like call note these birds were 
giving, and may have overlooked some in the past. We were also surprised to see 
Marsh Wrens in the tall dry grass far from the marsh (although I have seen 
migrants in alfalfa fields and other grassy vegetation).  So beware of Sedge 
Wren sound-alikes and look-alikes in this area!

There were surprisingly few birds in the Knox-Marcellus impoundments, although 
a group of 8 adult BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS accompanied by 2 early juvenile RUDDY 
TURNSTONES were nice. As the sky blackened with an approaching storm, a tight 
flock of shorebirds flew in and landed in the back of the impoundment, and 
these turned out to be STILT SANDPIPERS — more and more flew in and joined 
them, and we got a rough count of 58 just as a hard blowing rain began to fall, 
and our birding was over.

KEN


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On Aug 15, 2014, at 4:38 AM, Dave Nutter 
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An hour or so later Ken also reported at least 1 on East Rd, also part of the 
National Wildlife Refuge. I heard about these as 'hourly' rare bird alerts from 
eBird for Seneca County, both of which my computer got late last night.

--Dave Nutter

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) (1)
- Reported Aug 14, 2014 18:20 by Ken Rosenberg
- Montezuma NWR--East Road, Seneca, New York
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8t=pz=13q=43.0095428,-76.7585778ll=43.0095428,-76.7585778
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19472002
- Comments: 1 singing briefly; another possibly calling but juv marsh wren 
confusing
On Aug 15, 2014, at 04:25 AM, Dave Nutter 
nutter.d...@me.commailto:nutter.d...@me.com wrote:

Yesterday evening between 5  6pm it appears that Chris Wood  Ken Rosenberg 
found a SEDGE Wren along the Wildlife Drive. To me this would have been worthy 
of a text-message RBA, but not worth me waking people up for it 11 hours later. 
As someone who can't get there until the weekend, I'm asking that people not 
scare it off. Did you know that playback is not allowed on the National 
Wildlife Refuge?

--Dave Nutter

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Date: August 14, 2014 10:31:20 PM
To: Undisclosed recipients: ;
Subject: [eBird Alert] Seneca Rare Bird Alert hourly
Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) (1)
- Reported Aug 14, 2014 17:06 by Chris Wood
- Montezuma NWR--Wildlife Drive, Seneca, New York
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- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19471766
- Comments: Just north of LaRues lagoon. Giving jt call notes. Seen in 
flight and perched in grasses. Called several times. Adult.

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[cayugabirds-l] Caspian terns at Myers Point

2014-07-28 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
An impressive 30 CASPIAN TERNS waiting out the rainstorm at Myers Point. Only 
one juvenile among them. The only shorebirds I can find are two LEAST 
SANDPIPERS. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Black-billed Cuckoo flight calling

2014-07-03 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Last night around 10 PM, I heard the distinctive guttural flight calls of a 
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS above the fireflies in my yard. Could not be a migrant 
(either direction) on July 2, rather probably the odd night-time “flying around 
and calling” that these birds seem to do in summer — as described previously by 
Christ T-H and much earlier by Bill Evans.  Strange birds.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] unusual song for downtown Ith

2014-06-07 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
At least a few Yellowthroats have been migrating later than I would have 
thought- on June 2nd just before midnight, one of the 3 migrants I heArd was a 
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT bursting into full song low overhead. They have never been 
local breeders in my neighborhood, and in fact this was only the second or 
third I've had in my yard.

Ken

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An out-of-place Common Yellowthroat singing this morning (~6AM) from the 
outdoor pen of trucked in plants at Ithaca Agway suggests a late migrant, 
itinerant young bachelor, or disoriented individual.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Etna, NY - Night Flight 5/26-5/27

2014-05-27 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Just listening by ear in my front yard between 10:45-11:30 last night, I had a 
similar composition of birds: 43 SWAINSON'S THRUSH, 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 3 
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, plus 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS.

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On May 27, 2014, at 12:45 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
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I did a very fast browse through my overnight sound data, early this morning. 
It was very quiet on the warbler and sparrow front. Predominant species was 
Swainson's Thrush.

Here's a rough break down:

4 Yellow-billed Cuckoos
2 Black-billed Cuckoos
2 Indigo Buntings
1 Alder Flycatcher
15+ Gray-cheeked Thrushes (estimated)
65-75+ Swainson's Thrushes (estimated)

Also, I stopped in at the Hawthorn Orchard this morning for about 45 minutes. 
Extremely quiet. Though, I was surprised to hear two distinctly different Wood 
Thrushes singing: one down in the North ravine, where I've been periodically 
hearing one; a second one was singing up in the Hawthorn Orchard in the 
Northeast corner. Both were counter-singing. Of note, House Wrens seem 
distinctly absent compared to pass years at the Hawthorn Orchard.

Good birding!

Sincerely,
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[cayugabirds-l] Thrush flight

2014-05-27 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
There is an insane number of thrushes passing over Northeast Ithaca right now- 
my biggest spring flight I think. Over 80 Swainsons and 30 Gray-cheeked in the 
first 20 minutes if listening. 

Ken

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[cayugabirds-l] eBird -- Night flight over Northeast Ithaca. 206 tarreyton dr. -- May 27, 2014

2014-05-27 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
kenrosenberg
May 27, 2014
206 tarreyton dr.
Nocturnal Flight Call protocol 
0 km
55 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Nocturnal flight call protocol. Awesome listening- my best spring 
thrush flight. 
1 Spotted Sandpiper -- Loud and low flying
12 Black-billed Cuckoo -- Distinct and spaced calls, easy to count individuals. 
Mostly typical guttutick calls; a few longer. Cu-cu-cu calls
7 Veery
89 Gray-cheeked Thrush -- Distinctive flight calls; estimate of number if 
individuals passing over
236 Swainson's Thrush -- Distinctive flight calls; estimate of number if 
individuals passing over
8 Black-throated Blue Warbler -- Short tsip notes, sometimes doubled. 
15 warbler sp.
2 sparrow sp. -- Possibly Grasshopper- or better. 
1 Scarlet Tanager -- Partial song



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] playback tapes

2014-05-12 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Hi all,

I'm very glad that John Confer weighed in with a scientist's perspective on the 
use of playback, as this perspective is rarely heard in this oft-debated topic. 
I agree with John completely that the use of playback to attract birds, even 
during the breeding season, has little if any lasting effect on individual 
birds -- In fact I know of no documented case in which the reproductive success 
or survival of an individual bird, or a local population of birds, was harmed 
through the use of playback. Even in famous cases like the Elegant Trogons or 
highly sought owls of Arizona, all of these populations have remained stable 
(as long as the habitat was protected) or expanded their distributions over the 
years, despite 40+ years of intense birding pressure.

As John pointed out, compared with everything from rampant habitat loss and the 
proliferation of tall structures to simply living and working in buildings with 
glass windows and driving a car, the impact of playback on bird populations is 
minuscule, and as a conservation issue it does not even register. On the other 
hand, the positive value that judicious use of playback has for bird-monitoring 
and scientific study (as in John's lifelong work to conserve Golden-winged 
Warblers), or for folks like Marie Read to obtain breathtaking photographs that 
can inspire millions of people to care about birds, or for tour leaders and 
educators to share close-up views of birds with their audiences, and yes, to 
enhance our personal enjoyment of birds and birding, is clearly measurable and 
in my opinion far outweighs the temporary perceived annoyance it may cause to 
the birds.

As with any ethical question, this one comes down to a matter of personal 
choice. Some may choose not to use playback while birding, and some may truly 
dislike the use of playback by others -- and this should be respected in 
heavily birded areas -- but please do not evoke scientific or conservation 
grounds for criticizing or judging the behavior of fellow birders.

good birding,

KEN

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On May 12, 2014, at 12:10 PM, Marie P. Read 
m...@cornell.edumailto:m...@cornell.edu wrote:

Excellent discussion on the use of playbacks…I'd like to weigh in…

Full disclosure: I regularly use playbacks in my photography work, and have 
done for many years.

Certainly my use has temporarily taken various individual birds away from their 
primary focus of finding enough food for themselves and defending territories 
etc. But, like John Confer, I am of the opinion that judicious use probably has 
little long term effect. BUT…playing the call/song should be kept to a minimum. 
One of the most important things I tell people when the topic of playbacks 
comes up for use in bird photography, is that it's important to know when to 
turn off the playback. And the answer is sooner rather than later. The bird 
will quickly go back to its normal behavior after the playback stops, and 
that's what photographers want (or should want, anyway): to photograph NATURAL 
behavior. If the playback continues, the bird becomes agitated and any student 
of bird behavior will be able to tell that from the image(s). If you see photos 
of male birds fluttering their wings, leaning down, gaping at the viewer, then 
the call is being used too much…that is a stressed bird. Maybe surprisingly, 
such photos have occasionally won contests because people don't realize what is 
going on, and certainly such photos are very dramatic and eye-catching.

I once watched two photographers in FLorida playing a playback over and over 
again (for hours actually) to force a hapless Barred Owl to fly back and forth 
over a road so they could take photos of it in flight. At first I was compelled 
to join in…wow!...such an easy subject... but after a while I became sickened 
by the whole affair and left. This was a bird that is well known to 
photographers in FL, so gets visited constantly to perform, year after year.

A similar issue arrises with rare birds like the Elegant Trogons in Arizona 
(yes?)…until the use of playbacks was banned they were visited again and again. 
It's this repeated bugging of a bird by many groups of people that we want to 
avoid. Brief, occasional playbacks should not be too much of a problem, in my 
opinion..

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Palm Warblers at Stewart Park

2014-05-05 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Yesterday afternoon, I saw at least 4 PALM WARBLERS at the swan pen at Stewart 
Park -- 3 were dull Western Palm Warblers and 1 was a very bright Eastern 
Palm Warbler, making for an excellent comparison of these two taxa that might 
someday constitute a new split. These were hunkering from the wind at the se 
corner of the pond, feeding on the ground and sallying for insects low over the 
water along with several YELLOW-RUMPED, YELLOW WARBLERS, and a nice male 
AMERICAN REDSTART.

KEN


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[cayugabirds-l] Spotted Sandpiper Stewart park

2014-04-25 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
this morning I had my first SPOTTED SANDPIPER by the swan pen at Stewart Park. 
Nothing much else besides a few YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and BLUE-GRAY 
GNATCATCHERS. On Tuesday I had a migrant FIELD SPARROW there, which flew up 
into a bush and sang a few weak songs.

In both days there was an OSPREY flying around and calling in the trees by the 
tennis courts. I don't know if this is a bird from Hog Hole, but it seems like 
Stewart Park may be another potential location for a platform

KEN


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[cayugabirds-l] House Wren

2014-04-20 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
First HOUSE WREN just started singing in my Ithaca yard. No migrating hawks 
yet. 

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[cayugabirds-l] First Broad-wings

2014-04-12 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
After scanning the sky off and on all day , including over an hour at Mt 
Pleasant w hardly any birds, we just saw the first two BROAD-WINGED HAWKS 
migrating very high over my house in northeast Ithaca. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Meadowlark

2014-04-02 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
At least three MEADOWLARKS back singing at the Ithaca airport this morning. 
Lots of early morning migrant flocks of blackbirds and robins and several 
flyover PURPLE FINCHES. At least 70 SONG SPARROWS singing and in flocks along 
the roads sides. Also 6 WOODCOCK calling in the predawn.

Ken

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What a lovely sound! One MEADOWLARK singing in the field on Center road, south 
and east of CR 129.  And one beautiful PHEASANT along RT 96.  Happy spring!

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[cayugabirds-l] Golden eagle over Lab of O

2014-04-01 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
An adult GOLDEN EAGLE just circled over the Lab of Ornithology with a group of 
Turkey Vultures -- seen from my office window at 12:15.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant goose and other migration

2014-03-22 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
I decided to check the migration from Mt. Pleasant today between 10:30 and 
12:30. Flocks of geese filled the sky in every direction, but not as 
concentrated as yesterday's mid-day movement. I suspect that I missed much of 
the movement, especially of Snows as many flocks passed over as I headed up the 
mountain, and numbers diminished during the time I was there. Most of the 
larger flocks were well to the west of Mt. Pleasant, but many directly over the 
observatory at Mt Pleasant as well -- and as they fought the stiff NW wind, 
birds were often quite low.

Overall, I had roughly equal numbers of CANADA GEESE (11,800) and SNOW GEESE 
(9000) -- but 2000+ of the SNOWs were in a stubble field farther east on Mt. 
Pleasant Rd. I found a pair of ROSS's GEESE together in this flock, but they 
all took off before I could attempt photos. I also saw at least 6 CACKLING 
GEESE among the large flocks of Canadas -- observing relative size was 
difficult in some flocks, as many were mixed Canadas and Snows.

Other birds of interest passing by were 8 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 4 TUNDRA SWANS, 1 
adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 1 immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK (large brown, streaky, 
big-chested), several hundred COMMON GRACKLES, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and 
AMERICAN ROBINS, and 3 AMERICAN PIPITS. a flock of 10 KILLDEER was in a field 
across from the observatory, and 2 SNOW BUNTINGS flushed when the large Snow 
Goose flock took off.

It was very difficult scanning in all directions, and fighting the strong gusty 
winds, so I'm sure I missed many birds!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] I too see the Snow geese

2014-03-21 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
During a noon-hour meeting at the Lab of Ornithology, flocks passed by the 
window continuously -- Marshall Iliff dutifully counted roughly 18,800 birds 
passing in that hour!


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On Mar 21, 2014, at 1:41 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal 
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Hi all,
I too see the snow geese flying over BTI. But I seem to be seeing them in 
bursts!
This is in response to Cayuga GM reports by Jay and Eric.
Currently there are at least five groups visible from my window each group 
containing at least 200+

Meena

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