Re: [cayugabirds-l] Radar showing diurnal migration...

2013-03-11 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Very interesting Dave. I went out in my backyard (the dog has needs) at about 
10 PM and midnight last night, and I heard Canada Geese almost continuously 
both times. Amazing to think of how many geese are really migrating!

KEN


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On Mar 11, 2013, at 8:24 AM, david nicosia 
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There was a massive nocturnal migratory movement last night to follow
yesterday's great day. South winds will continue today and the radar continues
to show widespread bird echoes persisting well after sunrise. It was interesting
as around sunrise the echoes decreased for a while...and now they have pick up
again. A transition from nocturnal to diurnal migrants??? Although we know the 
geese
just keep going all day and night.  Could be another great day. Good luck
out there...

Dave Nicosia
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hammond Hill State Forest migration watch

2013-03-11 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
It's interesting to think that our coverage was so good in the Ithaca area that 
multiple groups were encountering the same birds. At Mount Pleasant, we had 2 
NORTHERN PINTAIL in a large Canada flock shortly after 1 PM, and these were 
likely the same birds that passed over Hammond at 12:50. Then, there were 3 
CACKLING GEESE together in another flock about 15 minutes later, so again 
possibly one of the same flocks. Definitely no good finches or shrikes, though!

KEN


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On Mar 10, 2013, at 10:33 PM, Christopher Wood 
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I spent three hours at Hammond Hill State Forest east of Ithaca this afternoon 
(starting at 12:10pm) watching migrants.  As others have noted, there was an 
amazing flight of waterfowl throughout Tompkins County and beyond. This flight 
was strongly dominated by Canada Geese. I was curious how much of a 
concentrating effect Cayuga Lake had for the geese Would there still be some 
out to the east or if were they headed toward Cayuga Lake. The numbers of geese 
were just as high at Hammond Hill as Jessie and I had seen from Monkey Run 
earlier in the day. In comparing numbers with Luke Seitz and others watching 
from Cornell campus, it seemed that we recorded very close to the same number 
of birds. While some of these birds may have been the same, the great majority 
were probably different suggesting a very broad front given others reported 
similar numbers in Trumansburg. It would be fun to organize several different 
stations in the Finger Lakes (and beyond) the next time we have such a flight 
on a weekend.

Jessie Barry and Jeff Gerbracht joined me for part of the time I was here and 
helped me find much more than I would have done on my own.

Highlights included 8 Golden Eagles, 1 PINE GROSBEAK, 1 Northern Shrike, 1 
White-winged Crossbill and at least 24 Evening Grosbeaks.

Waterfowl made up the bulk of the show: 297 Snow Goose, 26575 Canada Geese, 13 
Cackling Geese, 1 Tundra Swan, 1 Wood Duck, 2 Northern Pintail

A complete checklist with some photos can be found at the link below. I broke 
counts of Canadas into 20 minute segments for anyone interested (which may just 
be me!)

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13354236


Good birding,
Chris

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Massive Geese migration north

2013-03-10 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Here too in Northeast Ithaca. Over 7,000 CANADA'S in a 1 hour skywatch with 3 
CACKLINGS picked out. Also a nice low ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 3 PINE SISKINS and 
thousands of blackbirds. With the first raptors, I'll be heading up to mt 
Pleasant soon.

Ken Rosenberg

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On Mar 10, 2013, at 11:13 AM, david nicosia 
daven1...@yahoo.commailto:daven1...@yahoo.com wrote:

Over Johnson City, NY at present the sky is literally filled with flock after
flock of CANADA and SNOW GEESE heading north. estimated 2000-3000
CANADA's and 500 SNOWS in the last 20 minutes. pretty much non-stop...
all heading toward Ithaca and the Finger Lakes. also large diurnal
blackbird movement too.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sunset Park Migrants

2013-03-10 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Thanks Brad and Tim for spotting and RBAing the G White-fronted Goose -- made 
for some spectacular viewing at Stewart Park in the mid-afternoon, with 
(besides great looks at the goose) a 2nd cycle and adult ICELAND GULL and a 
remarkable 7 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (all adult or 3rd-cycle) in a single 
scan. An 8th (2nd-cycle) Lesser was seen before I got there.

And thanks to Mark and Tilden (T) Chao for chauffeuring me down to Stewart 
Park from Mount Pleasant (where I was stranded car-less) -- It was fun to share 
such great birds, including good looks at a GOLDEN EAGLE, with young Tilden who 
already has a remarkable ability to spot and identify birds!

Back at home, skywatching produced similar high numbers of geese, including 3 
CACKLING GEESE, plus low circling ROUGH-LEGGED and RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS.

KEN


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On Mar 10, 2013, at 5:25 PM, Brad Walker 
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Hi all,

Tim Lenz and I watched migrants from Sunset Park today from about 10:30am-2pm. 
We had about 45,000 CANADA GEESE in total with 7 CACKLING GEESE and 19 SNOW 
GEESE mixed in. Towards the end of the count, Tim spotted a GREATER 
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE landing at the Swan Pen with two Canada Geese. This is most 
likely the same bird that Jay later saw at Stewart Park. (We went to Stewart 
Park at about 4 and had the Greater White-fronted Goose for about 20 minutes 
before it mysteriously disappeared. None of the 5 or so people present could 
re-find it after about a 5 minute gap).

At Sunset Park we also had TUNDRA SWANS and NORTHER PINTAILS migrating withe 
Canada Geese. There were also raptors moving through including 2 SHARP-SHINNED 
HAWKS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 3 NORTHERN HARRIER, 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 3 
GOLDEN-EAGLES.

Here's the link for the full list:

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Great Black-backed Gull at compost banded in Maine last year

2013-03-04 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
ah, but if it was banded in July 2011, can it still be a first-cycle??

KEN


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On Mar 4, 2013, at 2:20 PM, Kevin J. McGowan 
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I took some photos of a banded first cycle Great Black-backed Gull at the 
Stevenson Road compost on Saturday, 2 March 2013.  Turns out it was banded on 
Appledore Island, on the Isles of Shoals, Maine, where Cornell has a biological 
station, on 9 July 2011.  This is the first banded Great Black-backed Gull I 
have seen in Ithaca.

I have a photo 
athttps://picasaweb.google.com/KevinJ.McGowan/Winter20122013#5851565656137461138.

Kevin



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[cayugabirds-l] Sunday morning longspur, shrike, pintails

2013-03-03 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Tom Schulenberg and I birded up to Triangle Diner area this morning, and like 
others, found a single LAPLAND LONGSPUR with HORNED LARKS on Lake Ridge Road -- 
a dull streaky bird feeding very close to the barn on the west side of the road 
(not with most of the larks and SNOW BUNTINGS further south).

At Myer's Point, the highlights were an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL sleeping 
on the north gravel spit (my first one this year), a calling AMERICAN PIPIT, 
and a raft of over 180 NORTHERN PINTAIL to the south off the marina.

We stopped by Cayuga Vista Rd. in Lansing and the NORTHERN SHRIKE was 
obligingly on the wire (11:30 AM).

Back at home earlier in the morning, a flock of 25 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS flew 
over, and a lone male COMMON REDPOLL was looking a bit sick under my feeders.

KEN


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[cayugabirds-l] Airport Shrike, Rough-legged Hawks

2013-03-02 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
This afternoon, I drove around some open-country areas near Ithaca and Dryden, 
hoping to pick up some field birds. I was rewarded right away by a NORTHERN 
SHRIKE behind the Ithaca Airport -- the bird (a crisp and frosty adult) was on 
top of a thin tree on Snyder Rd. directly across from the wrecked cars inside 
the airport fence. It flew off to the north. A nice light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED 
HAWK  was hunting over the airport fields.

I then headed over to Purvis Rd. and Cornell Lane south of Dryden. On Cornell 
Lane, a large manure spread was visible and a flock of 200± HORNED LARKS was 
feeding far out from the road. In the horizontal snow squall I could not pick 
out any longspurs (should have headed up to Triangle Diner instead :( ). 
Another light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was hunting over these fields. On my way 
back, I drove down Lake Rd. and a dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK flew over the 
road. 

I then checked fields around George Rd. and Scoffield Rd. for Short-eared Owls 
between 5 and 5:30, without success.

Earlier in the day, I scanned the gulls on the ice at Stewart Park, and as with 
every other visit this winter, failed to find anything other than the usual 3 
species.

KEN


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[cayugabirds-l] Sunday nw corner of Cayuga Lake.

2013-02-25 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Sorry for the late post (seems to be more the norm), but yesterday I ventured 
up the west side of Cayuga Lake to where the ice edge lingers just south of 
Lower Lake Road. From a single vantage point, I spent more than 2 hours 
counting all the waterfowl and coming up with some spectacular totals: 200 
TUNDRA SWANS, 11,200 REDHEAD, 1,600 CANVASBACK, 1,645 COMMON MERGANSERS 
(carefully counted), and 32 NORTHERN PINTAIL were among the highlights. I also 
counted 17 BALD EAGLES on the ice edge in a single scan.

All the birds were pretty far away and I kept my scope on 60X to make all my 
counts — but the lake was smooth and visibility was excellent.

Several hundred COMMON GOLDENEYE were further south off Parker Rd., where in 
past years a Barrow's Goldeneye was regularly seen, but I couldn't pick one 
out. An island of SNOW GEESE was off Dean's Cove, with many flocks still 
moving inland around noon.

Nothing rare, but I recommend a trip to up to the ice edge to witness this late 
winter waterfowl spectacle.

KEN

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Lots of redpolls

2013-02-03 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Hi all,

Although this is not a happy way to acquire such information, if folks are 
finding dead or dying redpolls (as often happens late in the winter during 
invasion years), all of these specimens would be very valuable additions to the 
Cornell collection, and ultimately could help (though genetic or feather 
analyses) with the understanding of variation and origins that have been 
discussed so much on this list. I'm afraid I am not up on the exact latest 
protocols for donating those specimens -- or dealing with possible diseased 
birds -- but I'm sure someone could clarify these.

KEN


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From: bounce-72651303-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-72651303-3493...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Bill Mcaneny 
[bmcane...@fltg.net]
Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2013 12:15 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Lots of redpolls

We can't lay claim to a flock of 200.  More like a private party of 6.  One
is pale halfway up the back and noticeably fatter but it also appears to be
puffed up, perhaps like Laura's. I could not see under the rump.  The flanks
appeared to have light striping and the face profile did not appear dished,
so I have to go with Common R.

On another unsatisfactory note, there was a dead redpoll under the feeders
this a.m.  The cleanliness gods are telling me some housekeeping may be in
order.

BTW, I have seen only one report here of an increase in the Junco yard
count.  We have had 10 to 12 consistently for the past 2 months.  That is
twice our count from previous winters.  Have others seen higher counts than
normal?

Bill McAneny,  T'burg

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[mailto:bounce-72649768-7495...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Laura
Stenzler
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Lots of redpolls

Hi all
We have a flock of around 200 Redpolls at our feeders thus morning, maybe
more.
They are very active, flying up every couple of minutes, then raining back
down to the feeders and the ground. I've noted at least one that appears to
be much larger than the rest, but I'm not sure if it is just more puffed up.
And one possible Hoary, but it does not sit still long enough to be sure,
yet. They are fascinating to watch!
Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted?

2013-02-02 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
We're there any searches for the Tufted Duck today - successful or otherwise? 
I'd like to hear about any leads on Aythya flocks to look through. 

Thanks

Ken

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CayugaRBA EARED GREBE East Shore Dr near Ithaca-La...

2013-01-26 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Eared Grebe now nicely visible from East Shore Park. 1:45 pm

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 CayugaRBA EARED GREBE East Shore Dr near Ithaca-Lansing line.
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[cayugabirds-l] N Saw Whet Owl in yard

2013-01-15 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
At about 9:00, I heard some soft spontaneous whistled barking from an owl 
coming from the spruces in my Northeast Ithaca backyard. It didn't sound 
immediately familiar and I whistled a few imitations.  It answered a couple of 
times, and then broke into a fast tooting trill, almost as fast as a Screech 
Owl -- but the trill slowed down into a classic N. Saw Whet tooting. Jay 
McGowan is listening for it now -- as of a few minutes ago it hadn't answered 
our tooting attempts.

I've whistled for this species dozens of times in my yard this winter -- it 
must just sit there and laugh at me.

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: (Long comment) Exempt part of Cayuga Lake from hunting diving ducks

2013-01-07 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Hi all,

Not to belabor these points, but I posed the specific question to Mike Burger 
of Audubon NY and he spoke with Bryan Swift, NY DEC's top waterfowl management 
guy -- below is Mike's response. A bit technical, but very informative.

KEN


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From: Mike Burger mbur...@cornell.edumailto:mbur...@cornell.edu
Date: January 7, 2013 12:48:10 PM EST
To: Kenneth Victor Rosenberg k...@cornell.edumailto:k...@cornell.edu
Subject: RE: (Long comment) Exempt part of Cayuga Lake from hunting diving ducks

Ken,

I don’t have time to get into this issue in a thorough way, but I’ll share my 
initial reactions on the question of whether or not this is a conservation 
issue.

It would be difficult to make the case for a biological need to ban duck 
hunting from any portion of Cayuga Lake.  The evidence suggests this is not a 
conservation issue.  Waterfowl management is far more complex than John 
Confer’s message below suggests.  In fact, it’s wrong to assert that hunting 
regulates duck populations.  From what I have heard from Bryan Swift, DEC’s rep 
on the flyway council technical section, which sets the waterfowl seasons, 
hunting is sometimes an additive mortality factor and sometimes not.  For 
species whose populations we want to increase (per the North American Waterfowl 
Management Plan), the objective in setting hunting seasons and bag limits is 
generally to keep the mortality from hunting below the level at which it 
becomes additive.  (It has been difficult to increase mortality from hunting of 
Snow Geese up to the point where it is additive.)

The availability of wetland breeding habitat (primarily in the prairie pothole 
region for many species) is a hugely important factor in the demographic models 
used to set hunting seasons.  Reproduction is highly influenced by the number 
and size of wetlands, which is driven primarily by precipitation and farming 
practices (which are addressed by Farm Bill programs).  In general, breeding 
habitat is the limiting factor; only so many ducks will get to reproduce.  
Keeping hunting mortality in the compensatory range helps keep the populations 
such that they can make use of any available habitat.  Banding studies indicate 
that overall hunter harvest rates on diving ducks are very low, probably on the 
order of 5-10%, and not likely to be adversely affecting any populations.

The USFWS does spend a lot of money flying breeding (to survey wetlands as well 
as ducks) and wintering areas, surveying hunters, banding ducks, etc. to feed 
their models, but even so, there are limits to what can be concluded about 
impacts of weather, predation, hunting, and other factors, especially at the 
local level.  Ducks are managed at the flyway and continental level, and 
hunting seasons and bag limits are coordinated among countries and states.  
Determining impacts of local hunting activities on continental populations 
would be difficult, and it’s probably not necessary as long as big-picture 
populations are faring well.  It would be even more difficult to determine 
impacts of local hunting on local wintering populations because the birds are 
so mobile and may shift wintering areas from one year to the next depending on 
weather conditions and other factors.

The “hunting season” variables that are manipulated are the number of days when 
hunting is allowed, when those days occur on the calendar, and how many of each 
species are allowed to be taken each day and possessed at any one time, but 
these variables have multiple and interacting effects on the populations.  
Related to these variables are several impacts other than direct, legal take, 
including crippling, poaching, and even disturbance - and all of these impacts 
essentially are factored into the models.  That is, the length and timing of 
hunting seasons brings into the models the related effects of non-lethal 
impacts such as disturbance, and those are taken into consideration when 
setting the seasons.

If I follow the biological component of the argument that has been presented, 
it is that large proportions of diving duck populations use the Finger Lakes in 
the winter and disturbing those birds from their preferred habitat during the 
hunting season must be detrimental to their survival and therefore to their 
populations.  But, because the length and timing of the hunting season is 
selected on the basis that the models indicate the overall impact will not 
result in additive mortality for the populations, and the populations continue 
to increase (e.g., Redheads), that seems to suggest that the argument is wrong.

I fully understand that this issue has complex societal aspects as well and 
personally I support those who are calling for tolerance and accommodation, but 
I thought it would be helpful to address the biological aspects

[cayugabirds-l] N Shrike at Lab of O Woods feeders

2013-01-07 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Yes, back to the birds (sorry for perpetuating a thread folks were tired of... 
but correct information is our most powerful tool)

Yet another NORTHERN SHRIKE appeared briefly at the Lab of Ornithology's north 
feeders just before noon today -- possibly nabbing a bird and disappearing into 
a dense conifer, and then chasing a flock of finches over the Lab building to 
the south.

Also a few PINE SISKINS and at least 1 COMMON REDPOLL in the area -- probably 
more at the Lab's main feeder garden out front.

KEN


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] (Long comment) Exempt part of Cayuga Lake from hunting diving ducks

2013-01-06 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Hi all,

This discussion threatens to escalate quickly and I hesitate to weigh in 
but here are a few comments for everyone to consider:

1. One of John Confer's main points is that making the direct connection 
between hunting pressure on Cayuga Lake and overall waterfowl populations is 
extremely difficult or impossible. This is true, so we need to be very careful 
not to then turn around and claim that local hunting is detrimental to duck 
populations. The truth is that waterfowl populations are managed and monitored 
at continental scales and factors such as rainfall on the breeding grounds and 
invasions of zebra mussels have a far greater effect on overall numbers and 
distributions than local hunting pressure. Most duck species (including 
Redhead) have long-term stable or increasing populations, primarily due to 
successful hunting-based waterfowl and wetland management in North America over 
the past 30 years. I have not looked at our local (or statewide) waterfowl 
survey data (coming from the counts we do in late January after hunting has 
stopped), but I believe that many duck species, and especially Redhead, have 
continued to increase as wintering birds on Cayuga Lake. The massive flocks of 
diving ducks have become and continue to be a spectacle to enjoy on many parts 
of the lake in mid- and late winter – i.e. the birds are not driven from vital 
feeding and resting areas long-term by hunting. In short, I would be very 
surprised if a biological argument could be made against legal and regulated 
hunting on any part of Cayuga Lake.

2. So that leaves the societal issues, which John and Dave and others have 
alluded to at the end of their posts: I would prefer not to hear gunshots I 
would prefer to watch the birds feeding, courting, preening, and resting. 
These of course are valid concerns, but I think we need to very careful to 
separate these personal-choice and societal issues from the biological. It may 
indeed be time to have a conversation about the justification for allowing 
hunting along the populated and popular shoreline within the Town of Ithaca -- 
but this is primarily a conversation about human conflict of interest and not 
biology. Like all human-conflict issues, it promises to be complex, 
contentious, and even potentially nasty.

3. I urge everyone to carefully consider Jody Enck's remarks, in light of our 
big-picture goals -- i.e. keeping bird and wildlife populations healthy and 
stemming the cancer of rampant development and habitat loss. if Birders and 
Hunters cannot reconcile our relatively minor differences to present a unified 
front against the much-larger forces threatening our shared resource, the 
future for birds and their habitats will be much dimmer.

KEN


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On Jan 6, 2013, at 11:24 AM, nutter.d...@me.commailto:nutter.d...@me.com
 nutter.d...@me.commailto:nutter.d...@me.com wrote:

I agree with John Confer and others. I think his arguments should be more 
clearly and succinctly stated in order to be clear to others and effective to 
those who make decisions. I'm not volunteering or attempting to do so here, 
just adding some observations.

The number and variety of waterfowl throughout Cayuga Lake in the winter are 
directly and obviously related to when the ponds at the adjacent Montezuma 
National Wildlife Refuge are frozen. Large numbers of birds rely on the lake as 
they do on the refuge.

Duck shooting still occurs along the shore of Treman Marine Park despite bans 
by the City and/or the park. The loophole is that firing initially happens from 
a shallow-draft boat, while chairs, supplies, and carcasses are piled a few 
feet away on the shore. Gunners step into the ankle-deep water or wade up to 
their knees to shoot repeatedly at wounded birds. It's surprising how many 
shots it takes to kill a sitting duck.

Yesterday morning a large raft of Redheads was in the southeast corner of the 
lake. Two guys from near Treman in the southwest corner of the lake, where we 
had heard gunfire, drove over in their boat, flushed the raft, and returned to 
the southwest corner. It looked like a deliberate disturbance of the birds in 
hopes that they would settle near the ambush. Thousands of Redheads flew north 
instead, but maybe some did settle in the southwest and get shot. I have also 
seen this practice of flushing birds on the water within the southwest part of 
the lake when birds are settled outside the range of their guns.

I would prefer not to hear gunshots, as I did throughout my New Year's Day walk 
all over the streets of West Hill in the City of Ithaca. Rather than see birds 
being harassed, maimed, and killed by guys with guns and big motor boats, I 
would prefer to watch the birds feeding, courting, preening, and resting. Truly 
the bird life on Cayuga Lake is a spectacle worth publicizing and 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls

2013-01-05 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I can finally join the redpolls finally club, as a flock of 10 or so 
descended on my paltry feeders in Northeast Ithaca. I've had none in my yard so 
far and none downtown on the CBC on the 1st -- they seem to finally be entering 
the more urban areas. My birds sampled the black oil sunflower seeds for a 
little while, and never even tried the niger.

KEN


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On Jan 5, 2013, at 9:25 AM, Geo Kloppel wrote:

 They're eating black oil sunflower seed too, but they spill a lot of that on 
 the ground, possibly through rummaging for the smallest seeds.
 
 I expect the standard sanitization advice is still to wash feeders thoroughly 
 with a 10% bleach solution once a week, paying special attention to crevices 
 where disease organisms may accumulate.
 
 Move feeders to new ground occasionally if you can, and stop feeding if you 
 begin to see sick birds.
 
 Google bird feeder hygiene for lots more on this topic.
 
 -Geo 
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Swan Penn

2013-01-05 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Wow -- nice find . Another bird I missed on the CBC -- undoubtedly hunkered 
down somewhere in the area and not responding to my pishing in the wind..


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On Jan 5, 2013, at 2:17 PM, France wrote:


Picking thru the hedges around the pond right now

France

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] white-winged, but not a scoter, poor thing

2013-01-05 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Just FYI, the White-winged Scoter I saw on the CBC Jan 1st was an adult male 
with a flock of goldeneye far to the north of the red jetty not apparent 
today.

KEN


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On Jan 5, 2013, at 4:47 PM, Kevin J. McGowan wrote:

I stopped at East Shore Park today in hopes of seeing the reported White-winged 
Scoter.  Instead, I found a lone female Lesser Scaup with a fishing lure in her 
mouth and apparently fishing line wrapped around her wing exposing the white at 
the bases of her secondaries.  I have put a few photos 
athttp://picasaweb.google.com/KevinJ.McGowan/Winter20122013#5830074707828587666 
and the following images.

I don’t know if this is the same bird that has been reported as a White-winged 
Scoter, but I wouldn’t be surprised.  It had me fooled for a while.  It is a 
dark duck showing a distinct white patch in the wing, a white spot behind a 
scooped bill, and a dirty paler area near the nape. Luckily I saw only the head 
for the moments of my first identification try, and the white in the face was 
solid scaup. When it finally turned and the white in the wing showed I went 
back and tried to make it a scoter, but it just wasn’t.

As can be seen from the photos, the bird has a large white belly and white wing 
linings.  An immature scoter can have a white patch on the belly, but not a 
clearly defined dark chest line nor any white under the wing.  With a bit of 
overexposure the head can be seen to be brown, not blackish and whitish.  The 
large red lure dangling from its bill didn’t fit any field marks of any 
species, but it did make me think for a while that it was holding its bill open 
exposing a pink lining.

The bird was actively swimming past the park, going south.  It dived once when 
a Ring-billed Gull made a pass.  I can imagine that having a gull pull on the 
lure, trying to steal the “fish” would not be fun, and the scaup didn’t let the 
gull get close.

As someone commented to me, it’s good Bald Eagle bait. Personally I hope an 
eagle gets it soon.  Its quality of life looks pretty miserable.

Kevin




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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park, East Shore Sat PM

2013-01-05 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
The viewing conditions were excellent this afternoon from East Shore Park and 
Stewart Park. Although waterfowl diversity seemed lower today, it was a good 
day for picking out non-waterfowl waterbirds. Highlights included two 
RED-THROATED LOONS far to the northwest -- I wasn't sure if I was seeing the 
same bird moving, but eventually saw both birds on a single scan. Also 2 COMMON 
LOONS, 3 HORNED GREBES, (the) 1 RED-NECKED GREBE (close to the red jetty; also 
nicely visible from Stewart Park), 1 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT (hanging with the 
tight flock of COOTS), and a single GREAT BLUE HERON on the ice with gulls.

Unlike on Tuesday, large numbers of gulls came in to loaf on the ice and 
nearshore water before heading out to the lake -- despite counting 620 HERRING 
and 115 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, I could not find anything even semi-unusual 
in the flocks.

The Redhead, etc flock was not present in the southwest corner of the lake, but 
a small number of REDHEAD were among the still-very-large numbers of MALLARDs 
off Stewart Park. A single female NORTHERN PINTAIL was the only different duck 
I saw.  Oh, a single SNOW GOOSE was way up the west side of the lake -- 
probably injured.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] More CBC birds for 2013

2013-01-03 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Hi all,

Thank you Donna for correctly surmising that my quick late night email did not 
convey the message I had intended. I indeed was one of the counters who slogged 
through the day counting common birds (and looking for unusual species) -- 
albeit in the howling winds on the lakeshore rather than in the snowy woods (I 
had only 9 chickadees for the day!). So of course the real value of the CBC is 
in the numbers of common birds and how they vary from year to year, and this 
requires the hard work of all the counters. But I do believe another aspect of 
the CBC is the quest for variety, and I think a valuable strategy on any CBC 
might be to have a floater spot-checking important areas throughout the day 
to pick up species that could otherwise be missed (I'm the one, after all, who 
missed all of Chris's rare water birds).

My real intent was just to alert people that these birds were around and that 
the CBC total was even higher than we had thought and indeed probably set a 
count record -- I do think that is pretty cool.

KEN


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On Jan 3, 2013, at 10:56 AM, Donna Scott wrote:

 I am sure Ken did not mean to dismiss the efforts of the regular counters on 
 New Year's Day. Email can be too terse  quick, sometimes,  may not say 
 quite what we want it to.
 Chris's sightings WERE pretty neat to read about.
 Donna
 
 Sent from my iPhone
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 On Jan 3, 2013, at 10:37 AM, Marie P Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 I agree with Kevin and Donna...and especially so since my first Mt Pleasant 
 bird on Jan 1st was a decidedly not-commonplace Common Raven!!
 
 All our counters are important.
 
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 Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2013 9:43 AM
 To: Kevin J. McGowan; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] More CBC birds for 2013
 
 I agree with your reply to Ken.
 Also, our so-called boring areas sometimes give us quite a thrill, as when I 
 found the Barred Owl first thing January 1!
 Donna
 
 Sent from my iPhone
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carcass identification-murder most foul

2013-01-03 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Nice!


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On Jan 3, 2013, at 5:02 PM, Teresa Pegan wrote:

Maybe it was an aix murder.  Whoever is re-sponsa-ble should be brought to 
justice.


Okay that was really bad haha.  Sorry.




On Jan 3, 2013, at 4:36 PM, Pete Marchetto wrote:

I think we should all duck and cover, as the raft of bad puns are taking over 
this thread.

-Pete

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On Jan 3, 2013, at 4:31 PM, Chris Pelkie 
chris.pel...@cornell.edumailto:chris.pel...@cornell.edu
 wrote:

I don't think murder has been proven yet. Maybe it was suffering and someone 
gave it the coop de gräce.

ChrisP

(OK, going to wash my hands now)


On Jan 3, 2013, at 13:35 , Caroline Manring wrote:

Has anyone made the revision of Murder most fowl yet? Sorry, sorry, I know.

--English prof who can't help herself
(Caroline)


On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM, Meena Haribal 
m...@cornell.edumailto:m...@cornell.edu wrote:
Dave,
I guess you have to prove that it was alive in 2013. So need to do accurate 
time of death on this bird even to count for the count week.

Meena

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I meant 2013. Even typing I'm not used to the new year.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Swan count for CBC

2013-01-03 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
O.K. I was counting along the Inlet all afternoon, and had flocks of swans for 
much of the time -- some of them were circling back and coalescing over the 
south end of the lake, making it difficult to get accurate counts. It seemed 
like at least some birds were thinking of settling down, but the frequent 
shooting probably dissuaded them.

My first flock of was roughly 20 birds (could have been 19 or 21 or 22 -- I was 
entering birds directly into BirdLog on my phone, so do not remember this 
initial flock count) -- this was a little before 2PM over the city golf course. 
Then as I was walking back from the jetty around 2:30, I counted 67 in the air 
at once, circling over the jetty woods back towards the lake, and then back 
south again. I assumed (conservatively) that this represented the total number 
of birds I had seen, but now I think probably not. Then later, at about 3:45, I 
another flock of 24 flying south over the Farmers Market area. I mistakenly 
reported a total of 99 for the day, but that should have been 101.  This plus 
Gary's 23 gave Area VII our total of 122 (should have been 124).

The 23 birds in Area !V were seen by John Fitzpatrick flying south over Ellis 
Hollow, so it would appear likely that these were the same as the Comstock 
Knoll birds, but likely different from the birds along Cayuga Inlet around the 
same time. It is very likely that many of the Area VII birds were the same as 
the ones I counted from the inlet, and it is likely that at least some of our 
birds passed over Bill further south.

Based on all this, I think a conservative minimum for swans would be Bill's 
total of 116 plus the easterly flock of 24 = 140. I suspect that there were 
indeed more, though, since the flock sizes don't really match up, and there 
were several times I heard swans over the jetty/golf course area and did not 
see them. I'll let Kevin figure it all out!

KEN


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On Jan 3, 2013, at 8:42 PM, Marty Schlabach wrote:

Mary Jean and I saw a flock of 21 in Area VII mid-afternoon, probably about 
2:45pm, but I hadn’t noted the time for that sighting specifically.  I suppose 
I could have miscounted the flock as well, and it could have been the same as 
Bill’s flock of 19.  Our flock of 21 and Dave’s flocks of 14 and 60 made up 
Area VII’s 95.

Marty

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My count of Tundra Swans was a single flock of 23, flying over Comstock Knoll 
between 2:10-2:30 PM, headed SE. This is Area Vlll with a grand total of 122. I 
think the 23 individuals in Area lV may be the same flock as they were headed 
that way. Whoever counted those birds would know the time / number of their 
sighting, but it seems very coincidental.

Gary


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There was some discussion of potential multiple-counting of Tundra Swan flocks, 
but not a flock-by-flock analysis, and I don't think any adjustments were made 
among sectors at the compilation. Sector leaders may have tried to adjust among 
parties in their sector beforehand. I think it would be a good and interesting 
thing to try to figure out.

My notes from the compilation were:
Sector IV: 23
Sector V: 40
Sector VI: 116
Sector VII: 95
Sector VIII: 122
Total: 396

For my part, I was on Cliff Park Road just above Taylor Place on West Hill in 
the City of Ithaca when I heard and saw my first flock at 2:08pm. I counted 14 
birds, but I could have been off by one, so this could have been your group of 
15. They were east of me headed south up the Cayuga Inlet valley.

I was at the south end of Richard Place at 2:58pm when another flock went by, 
also well to my east, southbound up Inlet Valley. It was a larger group and 
harder to count because they were massed in a C which I was viewing from the 
side, not a simple V or line, and I had trouble getting my scope on them 
through the trees, so they were already past me when I finally got a look and 
then I looked at the time. I estimated 60 birds, but this could have been a 
flock of 53. They . .

Later I heard another flock but never saw them and did not count them or note 
the time.

I gave Sector VII leader Marty Schlabach the numbers and I think the times of 
my flocks. I don't know what accounted for the total of 95 for Sector VII, 
whether it was additional flock of 21 or someone else's more reliable counts 
overall.

--Dave Nutter

On Jan 03, 2013, at 03:03 PM, Bill Evans 
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The other issue I’ve been wondering about is 

[cayugabirds-l] More CBC birds for 2013

2013-01-02 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
In talking to Chris Wood some more today, I realized that he had seen several 
other species yesterday that were not found by official counters of the CBC -- 
really shows what kind of diversity a top birder can find when they are 
covering the whole area looking for target birds instead of walking all over 
counting chickadees and juncos. In addition to the Surd Scoter, Long-tailed 
Diuck, Glaucous Gull, N. Goshawk, and N. Saw Whet Owl, Chris also had numbers 
of CANVASBACK from Hog Hole in the afternoon, a HORNED GREBE near the 
lighthouse, and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW with Tree Sparrows somewhere near Drake 
Rd. That would bump our 2013 total to 98, a new Ithaca high count, PLUS Chris 
saw Green-winged Teal, N. Shoverler, and Lesser black-backed Gull all juist 
north of the circle at Myer's Point.

KEN


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] HUGE Snow Geese movement

2012-12-27 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
At dusk I stopped by Stewart park - the churning lakeshore was pretty bird 
less, but then I noticed the western sky filled with SNOW GEESE pouring in from 
the south. The skeins were flying north but drifting east over the lake, flying 
very strongly into the stiff wind. I'm sure I missed the beginning of this 
return flight, but I counted 5,300 birds. They seemed to be dropping onto the 
lake somewhere up near myer's. 

So it seems not all (any?) of the snows left the cayuga lake basin today. 

Ken

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On Dec 27, 2012, at 8:20 PM, Bill Mcaneny bmcane...@fltg.net wrote:

 Interesting to hear that they were still streaming at 2:30.  I was digging
 out my driveway at about 12:15 when I heard the Snows and saw them heading
 south.  I wondered whether they were going to the corn fields because the
 Canadas fly in the same direction in the morning and back to the lake later
 in the day.  When the good folks south of us started to report the flights,
 it was obvious the destination was not the corn fields, at least, not the
 local ones.  I think the early reports started coming in about 12:30, just a
 few minutes after my first sightings.  The timing and direction were perfect
 for an escape to the south.  I think Geo's count was accurate.  While I
 watched for just a few minutes, I saw perhaps 1000 to 2000 birds.  I wonder
 what Geo's final tally was.  Too bad the birds couldn't have waited until
 the census day next week.
 
 Bill McAneny, Tburg
 
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 Still streaming out the south gates of the Cayuga Basin at 2:30!
 
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[cayugabirds-l] N Saw Whet Owl northeast Ithaca

2012-12-26 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
After whistling hopefully off an on in my yard since October, I finally got a 
response from a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL this evening around 11:45 PM. The snow 
had stopped and it was extremely quiet -- the distant reverberating toots were 
coming from the direction of Muriel St., possibly further to the west. I will 
try to make that my first bird of 2013, as I start the Ithaca Christmas Bird 
Count on Jan. 1.

KEN

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Townsend's Solitaire continues at Sampson State Pa...

2012-12-14 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
And still there at noon. I was extremely lucky as it was the first bird I saw 
as I drove up and noticed a group of people looking up in a tree!

thanks to Tim Lenz for checking this middle of nowhere spot and finding such 
a great bird!

KEN


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[cayugabirds-l] Meadowlark, sapsucker

2012-12-08 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
A couple more late lingering birds today - an EASTERN MEADOWLARK on King Rd and 
a calling Sapsucker at home this morning in NE Ithaca. Also a light phase 
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on King Rd. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cackling Geese

2012-12-08 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
To continue my string of late-lingering December birds, the RUBY-CROWNED 
KINGLET is hanging in there for another week at the swan pen at Stewart Park. I 
also saw at least 3 CACKLING GEESE among the 1000+ CANADAs -- these may have 
been different from Jay's birds this morning, as mine were all off the middle 
part of the park, and I know that 3 were seen again in the afternoon at the 
east end. Two DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS on the lighthouse jetty would also have 
been exceptional December bird just a few years back.

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[cayugabirds-l] snipe, Savannah Sparrows

2012-12-06 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Late this afternoon, while walking the dog in the fields west of Bluegrass Lane 
in Northeast Ithaca, we flushed a WILSON'S SNIPE from a wet grassy area, and at 
least 2 (possibly 4 or more) SAVANNAH SPARROWS from the remaining patches of 
taller dry grass. These would be exceptional birds on the Ithaca CBC, if they 
were to stick around a few more weeks.

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[cayugabirds-l] Black Scoter, Ruby-cr Kinglet Stewart Park

2012-12-02 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Highlight today at Stewart Park was a single adult male BLACK SCOTER fairly far 
off the center of the park, and a late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET with chickadees at 
the swan pen.

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[cayugabirds-l] Interesting gull at compost

2012-12-01 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
There was an interesting full at the compost piles off Stevenson rd this 
morning. I suppose it is a first cycle LESSER. BLACK-BACKED GULL but it seemed 
to be a bit larger and bulkier than nearby Herrings, which would not be right. 
I was fooled by one last year at Stewart park that looked big to me but was 
just a lesser. Might be wort. A look by others though. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park scoters, etc.

2012-11-03 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Sorry for the late post...  An afternoon (3:30-5) check of Stewart Park 
produced a single male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and 4 female-plumaged BLACK SCOTERS 
on the white-capped lake among the 130+ RUDDY DUCKS and smaller numbers of 
BUFFLEHEAD, LESSER and GREATER SCAUP, AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, AM BLACK DUCKS, 
COOTS,  and 21 PIED-BILLED GREBES.

A PEREGRINE circled high overhead with a kettle of TURKEY VULTURES; 5 HOODED 
MERGANSERS, 3 WOOD DUCKS, 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, a MOCKINGBIRD, and a 
KINGFISHER were at the Swan Pen.

KEN


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[nfc-l] nocturnal crow

2012-11-03 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
At 10:30 this evening, I heard a single AMERICAN CROW flying over my house, 
calling -- very strange to hear one at night!  I suppose it was a bird 
disturbed off its roost, but it was flying north to south against a fairly 
illuminated overcast sky. Is there any evidence of true nocturnal movements in 
crows?

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[cayugabirds-l] Brant in the sky

2012-10-23 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I just heard a flock of BRANT migrating over Tareyton Drive in Northeast Ithaca 
-- 1:52 AM -- while taking out the garbage and recycling. Like so many barking 
dogs in the sky..

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Nelson's Sparrow (Clay-colored continues)

2012-10-14 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Jay remains one step ahead of most of us, but the CLAY-COLORED SPARROW 
continues to show itself into the late afternoon at Stewart Park -- in the 
weedy patch off the central pavilion.  At least 2 WHITE-CROWNs are in this 
patch as well, and a LINCOLNs found by Tim Lenz.

A single SURF SCOTER has drifted over to join a flock of RUDDY DUCKS off the 
east of Stewart Park. A single female REDHEAD is in the COOT flock -- a bit 
early according to eBird.

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On Oct 14, 2012, at 3:54 PM, Jay McGowan wrote:


A NELSON'S SPARROW remains in the short grass (now with large mown parts) at 
Hogs Hole. Not a lot else but many many White-crowned Sparrows.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Saturday birds (so far)

2012-10-06 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
With the passage of this strong front, I headed to Cayuga Lake today around 
noon and watched from East Shore Park and then Stewart Park. Not much to 
report, actually -- the only possibly new arrivals were a flock of 7 male RUDDY 
DUCKS off the east side of Stewart Park. Still 30+ PIED-BILLED GREBES scattered 
about, but they've been there for awhile. Although no longer an unusual bird 
around here, it was nice to see a minimum of 4 (and possibly 6) BALD EAGLES 
flying around, including two adults in a dog-fight above the west side of the 
lake, an immature carrying a fish over the jetties, and several more single 
adults and immatures that may have been the same or different birds. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Orange-crowned Warbler; Marsh Wren still at Sapsucker Woods

2012-10-02 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at far parking lot at Cornell Lab of Ornithology -- just 
beyond chain fence -- abut 10:15 this morning.  MARSH WREN apparently still 
around (near staff entrance) as well.

KEN


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On Oct 1, 2012, at 10:27 AM, Tom Schulenberg wrote:


Ken Rosenberg heard and saw the Marsh Wren again this morning in the cattails 
by the staff entrance at the Lab (at the northeast corner of the building). It 
seems to calling less now (an hour after Ken had it), but it's still there.


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[cayugabirds-l] lunch hour migrants (+Common Tern)

2012-09-27 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I enjoyed a late lunch hour on my back deck (1-2 PM) today -- birds were 
definitely moving on the north winds. I saw at least 6 high-streaming 
BROAD-WINGED HAWKS (I'm sure I missed many), plus a migrating AM KESTREL, a low 
imm. BALD EAGLE, and a very high v of 30 CANADA GEESE. Anyone at Mount 
Pleasant today??   Also in the yard were 2 WINTER WRENS, 2 YELLOW-RUMPED and 1 
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER.

Yesterday morning, an imm. COMMON TERN was flying around and landed on the red 
lighthouse jetty off Stewart Park -- sorry for this late post.

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[cayugabirds-l] Olive-sided Fly at sapsucker woods

2012-09-23 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Olive-sidedFlycatcher on snag right off Sherwood Platform on Wilson Trail at 
Sapsucker Woods. 9 am

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[cayugabirds-l] Olive-sided Fly at sapsucker woods, etc.

2012-09-23 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Hi all,

In addition to the close OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, there was a good scattering of 
migrants around Sapsucker Woods this morning. Aside from multiple (5) MAGNOLIA 
WARBLERS, I has singles of other migrants: LEAST FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA 
VIREO, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACKBURNIAN, 
CHESTNUT-SIDED, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, and WILSON'S WARBLERS. 

At Stewart Park yesterday between storms, there was a minor fallout of 
PIED-BILLED GREBES (counted 28), plus 4 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and a 2nd-3rd 
cyclish LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. A single, very greenish imm. YELLOW WARBLER 
and 2 WARBLING VIREOS were among the 20+ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS around the swan 
pen.

A WINTER WREN and BROWN CREEPER in my backyard yesterday gave a latish-fall 
feel to the day.

KEN


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On Sep 23, 2012, at 9:01 AM, Kenneth Victor Rosenberg wrote:

 Olive-sidedFlycatcher on snag right off Sherwood Platform on Wilson Trail at 
 Sapsucker Woods. 9 am
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Cattle egret avocet godwits etc at Montezuma now

2012-09-16 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Cattle egret is on top of round low tree at back edge of Puddlers marsh 9:45 
am. Also 4 Hudsonian godwits 1 avocet, 1 red-necked phalarope very distant from 
towpath. 

Ken

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma shorebird Sunday

2012-09-02 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
A quick mid-day report from towpath rd. where I spent most of the morning. Not 
a tremendous number of birds in the distant shallow flats, but light and 
viewing were good. Highlights we're single BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPIER, 4 
RED-NECKED and 1 WILSON'S PHALAROPE, 2 BAIRDS SP, 4 AM GOLDEN PLOVERS, 4 STILT 
SP, and other common species. Also PHILADELPHIA VIREO in warbler flock. 

Heading for Wildlife Drive

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 7 WILLETS on white lighthouse jetty! --D...

2012-08-05 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
They are still there at 4:15 PM.

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On Aug 5, 2012, at 10:55 AM, Jay McGowan 
jw...@cornell.edumailto:jw...@cornell.edu wrote:


The seven juvenile Western Willets were still on the white lighthouse jetty at 
10:30. Also, two Forster's Terms were flying around and perched on some buoys 
off Stewart Park when the heavy rain came. Semipalmated and Least sandpipers 
along the shore of Hogs Hole too. Myers point has several Semipalmated 
Sandpipers but nothing else of note so far.

Jay

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CayugaRBA 7 WILLETS on white lighthouse jetty!
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[cayugabirds-l] Myer's sandpipers Fri eve.

2012-07-21 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I headed to Myer's yesterday evening, hoping for more unusual shorebird 
migrants. With a backdrop of one of the more spectacular sunsets I've seen in 
Ithaca, complete with double rainbow and light rain drifting over the lake, I 
counted more shorebirds than I think I've seen there before -- but low 
diversity and nothing unusual. My highest counts were 18 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 16 
SPOTTED SANDPIPERS (about half adults and half juveniles, accumulating the 
whole time I was there), 2 adult SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, and 3 KILLDEER. 
Several PURPLE MARTINS were flying around with other swallows, calling, a 
single CASPIAN TERN was with the gulls, and a group of 8 HOODED MERGANSERS 
drifted in the mouth of Salmon Creek.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] migrating cuckoos

2012-06-07 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Hi all,

I just heard a YELLOW-BILLED CI|UCKOO high over my house at 10:50 this evening 
-- giving the long K'OW K'OW call series.

thanks for all the info and anecdotes on mid-summer calling in cuckoos, I am 
aware of the odd mid-summer calling and I have heard (mostly BBCU} on warm 
summer nights. I also hear a scattering of calls from both cuckoos, along with 
few thrushes and other migrants) consistently through the first week of June. 
The birds I heard were high in the sky and appeared to be moving (but it is 
certainly possible that I m wrong.

KEN.


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On Jun 7, 2012, at 5:57 AM, Bill Evans wrote:

There’s a delightful old paper by Gerald Thayer describing the mid-summer, 
mid-night, mid-sky gyrations of the Black-billed Cuckoo, as noted by my father 
and me for three consecutive seasons in the southwestern corner of New 
Hampshire:

”Several years before we discovered the nocturnal-flight phenomenon, we began 
to be puzzled by the extreme frequency of Cuckoo calls on summer nights. 
***They uttered both the cow-row notes and the rolling guttural call; but the 
guttural was much the commoner of the two, except on dark, foggy nights, when 
the case was usually reversed. ***The birds were often so far up as to be only 
faintly audible when directly overhead, with no obstructions interposed; and 
this on a still night would seem to mean an elevation of at least a hundred and 
fifty yards. They sometimes flew lower, however, and on cloudy nights often 
moved about barely above the tree-tops.”
“On the evening of July 11-a pitch-dark evening with a thundershower 
lowering,-they were remarkably noisy, both sitting in trees and flying high in 
air. The seated ones, of which I heard only two, made the Cowcow notes, while 
all the flying ones made the liquid gurgle. I heard this note overhead between 
thirty and forty times in the course of about three hours, during half of which 
time I was afoot on the road.”

-- Thayer, G. H. 1903. The Mystery of the Black-billed Cuckoo. Bird Lore 
5:143-145.

In a big nocturnal flight I heard moving up the St. Croix River (MN/WI) in late 
May of 1985, I estimated a rate of passage of Black-billed Cuckoos in the range 
of 100 per hour for at least a few hours in the middle of the night. This was 
not a call total but a rate of vocal birds estimated by following multiple 
calls from apparently the same individual, and it was clear that these birds 
were migrants heading northbound. In 1988-1990 I began recording nocturnal 
flight calls each fall migration period in early July around Ithaca, NY and was 
surprised that in each season the highest rate of BBCU calling was in July 
through early August. There seemed to be a lot of variability in the number of 
calls I recorded between proximal nights, which could be a function of 
weather/wind and microphone pickup dynamics or that the birds tended to prefer 
some nights over others. In the big passerine push from mid –August through 
mid-September across central NY, BBCU flight calls are less common than one 
might expect. Using a Sennheiser shotgun mic back in those days, my rates of 
BBCU nocturnal flight call detection in the latter half of August were in the 
1-2 per hour range (averaged over whole night). In the first half of September 
rates dropped to the range of one call every four hours. Whereas in July 
through early August it was common to record sustained rate through the night 
of 4-5 per hour. But as I mentioned there was a lot of variability from night 
to night.

I haven’t recorded much in June in central NY, but my impression has been that 
the breeding ground flight calling,  the “mid-summer, mid-night, mid-sky, 
gyrations”,  is a phenomenon that increases in July.

Bill E



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[cayugabirds-l] migrating cuckoos

2012-06-06 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I was surprised to step out in my driveway (Ithaca NY) this evening and hear 4 
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS in 15 minutes (3 in the first 5 minutes). Maybe caught the 
tail end of a migration burst, but at least some mysterious migrants are 
continuing to move at night.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] a few Sunday birds

2012-06-04 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
There was at least 1 CERULEAN on River Rd. near Mud Lock last year, although I 
did not hear one last weekend. They seem to still be numerous in all the 
traditional spots around Montezuma Refuge, though the refuge staff have noted 
their disappearance from the forest south of Rt. 5/20 west of Mud Lock, for 
some unexplained reason.

Cerulean Warblers are often patchily distributed, even in suitable habitat, and 
are known to shift their population areas from year to year. Still, the 
complete disappearance of a healthy population along Salmon Creek (including on 
the adjacent slopes) -- Chris's long-standing road-paving theory aside -- is a 
complete mystery.

KEN


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On Jun 4, 2012, at 9:11 AM, Kathy Strickland wrote:

Speaking of Ceruleans, I can remember hearing many singing along River Road 
(Mud Lock) back in the mid-90's as well, but it's been years since I've heard 
even one there. Disappointing.

Kathy Strickland


 From: k...@cornell.edumailto:k...@cornell.edu
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 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] a few Sunday birds
 Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 02:10:25 +

 I was surprised to hear a PINE SISKIN over my house this morning -- further 
 evidence perhaps that a few might be breeding in the area.

 At Myer's Point, there was a single SEMILPALMATED SANDPIPER on the lakeshore, 
 and an ORCHARD ORIOLE singing by the park entrance.

 I birded up along Salmon Creek for several hours in the steady light rain, 
 mostly listening for singing birds out the car window. Lots of common local 
 breeders, but I could find no Cerulean Warblers in any of the formerly 
 traditional spots (there used to be 30+ singing males along Salmon Creek in 
 the mid 1990s). I also checked several side streams and could not find 
 Acadian Flycatchers. Saw a silent LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH along one stream.

 Back at home, the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS just fledged from their nest in a 
 partially dead willow, and they were noisily feeding around the yard.

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[cayugabirds-l] a few Sunday birds

2012-06-03 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I was surprised to hear a PINE SISKIN over my house this morning -- further 
evidence perhaps that a few might be breeding in the area.

At Myer's Point, there was a single SEMILPALMATED SANDPIPER on the lakeshore, 
and an ORCHARD ORIOLE singing by the park entrance.

I birded up along Salmon Creek for several hours in the steady light rain, 
mostly listening for singing birds out the car window. Lots of common local 
breeders, but I could find no Cerulean Warblers in any of the formerly 
traditional spots (there used to be 30+ singing males along Salmon Creek in the 
mid 1990s). I also checked several side streams and could not find Acadian 
Flycatchers. Saw a silent LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH along one stream.

Back at home, the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS just fledged from their nest in a 
partially dead willow, and they were noisily feeding around the yard.

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[cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary still at Myers.

2012-05-31 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Still there at 9 am, back and forth from willows between camping area and point 
across to Salt Point willows. Singing sporadically and softly. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Grasshoppers Sparrow Cherry rd. Lansiing

2012-05-31 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW singing loudly fairly close to Cherry Rd. just west of 
Ithaca airport. 9:30 am. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] more night migrants

2012-05-30 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I guess I was too tired to type last night -- sorry about that :)  (gotta love 
those thrushees)

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On May 30, 2012, at 12:28 AM, Kenneth Victor Rosenberg wrote:

 Quite a bit of birds are still moving overhead tonight. In 30 minutes 
 beginning at 11:30, I counted 44 Swainson's Thrushees and 6 Gray-Cheekd 
 Thrushrs over my hose in  Northeast Ithaca.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] more night migrants

2012-05-29 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Quite a bit of birds are still moving overhead tonight. In 30 minutes beginning 
at 11:30, I counted 44 Swainson's Thrushees and 6 Gray-Cheekd Thrushrs over my 
hose in  Northeast Ithaca.

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[cayugabirds-l] Hudsonian godwit etc MNWR

2012-05-28 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
HHUDSONIAN GODWIT at Benning Marsh early. Apparently not relocated. Lots of 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hudsonian godwit etc MNWR

2012-05-28 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Here are a few more details of my fine morning at Montezuma -- surprisingly 
cool and clear during the time I was there (until 11 AM).

On the drive up in the early morning I stopped to listen for Jay's GRASSHOPPER 
SPARROW on Rt. 90 near Lake Rd., having missed them at several stops nearby 
last weekend. I was rewarded by 2 singing GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS (one very close 
to the road, one further back) exactly where Jay described -- then a third one 
singing in the large field just to the north of Lake Rd. on the west side of 
Rt. 90. Lots of good habitat around there.

As I entered Montezuma Refuge at 6:30, I was greeted by a calling VIRGINIA RAIL 
at the beginning of the entrance rd. Along the Wildlife Drive, lots of song (I 
counted 14 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 3 CERULEAN WARBLERS, 1 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO on 
the drive), and a few shorebirds at the Flats including LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and SANDPIPERS. The highlight, though, was the only 
shorebird at Benning Marsh -- a beautiful male HUDSONIAN GODWIT, which fed, 
preened, and slept fairly close to the road.

While I was watching the godwit a commotion of Red-winged Blackbirds across the 
road alerted me to 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS, which flushed from the marsh like brown 
owls and flew off across the Main Pool.

At Puddler's Marsh on Towpath Rd., the shorebird habitat was excellent and 
birds were much closer than last weekend. Among the closest birds were 2 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, many DUNLIN and SEMIPALMATED 
SANDPIPERS, and 2-3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. Further out were many more DUNLIN, 
SEMI-SANDPIPERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS, 1 male WILSON'S PHALAROPE, 1 PECTORAL 
SANDPIPER, a few more WHITE-RUMPS,  and a few SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and both 
YELLOWLEGS. 12 species of shorebirds for the morning.

Also heard 2 more CERULEAN WARBLERS and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO along Towpath. 3 
TRUMPETER SWANS very close, lots of calling COMMON GALLINULE, MARSH WRENS, and 
SWAMP SPARROWS.


An EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE is singing in my backyard at 7:45 PM -- a new migrant for 
the year.

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On May 28, 2012, at 11:27 AM, Kenneth Victor Rosenberg wrote:

 HHUDSONIAN GODWIT at Benning Marsh early. Apparently not relocated. Lots of 
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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow- bellied Flycatcher In backyard

2012-05-26 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
A Yellow- bellied Flycatcher calling 'chu-wee' from the spruces in my backyard 
at 1 pm. Also singing Blackburnian W. all morning. Still migrants moving 
through. 

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[cayugabirds-l] more yard birds

2012-05-26 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Some more yard birds in my backyard in Northeast Ithaca so far today.

The male BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (still singing) was chasing another warbler, 
which turned out to be a female BLACKPOLL WARBLER. A few raptors are apparently 
migrating over -- a subadult BROAD-WINGED HAWK and a high circling female 
AMERICAN KESTREL which I wouldn't have seen if I wasn't watching the 
Broad-wing; then a ratty immature RED-TAILED HAWK, and then 2 TURKEY VULTURES 
flying high in  straight line to the north. A SWAINSON'S THRUSH was singing in 
the yard at 2 PM.

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-throated warbler PAIR

2012-05-25 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
In sycamores at Ithaca city golf course. Same spot. More details later. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-throated Warbler PAIR at Ithaca City Golf Course

2012-05-25 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
8th time's a charm! With a brief window in downtown Ithaca before an 
appointment, I decided to give a listen at the sycamores by the 3rd tee of 
Ithaca city golf course (Pier Rd). Arriving at 8:20, I immediately heard the 
double-noted song of a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER out my car window -- it was 
among the loudest bird songs there and easily heard over the noisy 
grass-cutters and other truck noise in the area. I spotted the bird mid-height 
in the sycamore closest to Fall Creek, and then it flew up very high in the 
sycamores over the 3rd tee, continuing to sing.

While I was following the singing bird, I heard a loud chip closer by and was 
surprised to see a SECOND YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER foraging lower in the 
sycamore. I followed the second bird for awhile as the first bird sang -- it 
(she?) flew from cluster to cluster of newly opening sycamore leaves, working 
its way higher in the trees. Then, I briefly saw the singing bird fly to the 
second bird and they had a brief (seemingly nonagressive) interaction partially 
hidden from view -- this was possibly a brief copulation. The two birds then 
took off to the north, flying towards or over the fire-training building area. 
No more songs were heard in the 10 minutes I remained in the area.

These birds behaved exactly as a breeding pair would be expected to behave, 
which is not that surprising given the longevity and irregular appearance of 
the singing male (probably using a larger home range), the perfectly suitable 
habitat, northward expansion of many species, and global warming in general. 
Others hopefully will be able to document and confirm this breeding activity in 
the coming weeks.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] at least one migrant left

2012-05-22 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
There are still migrants passing through my yard, so at least some birds are 
still moving. Yesterday I heard a singing YELLOW-THROATED VIREO (third one this 
spring), and today I had singing MAGNOLIA WARBLER, SCARLET TANAGER, and 
RED-EYED VIREO (none of these nest in my neighborhood). Last night I heard 
several SWAINSON'S and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, and a loud CANADA WARBLER flight 
call.

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On a short walk around the Wilson trail loop north of the Lab pond at lunch 
time I found a silently foraging PHILADELPHIA VIREO in the willow at the pond 
outflow.  Everything else seemed to be the normal breeders.  (But, where are 
the redstarts?)

A Gray Catbird just outside the staff gate was singing a complex song that 
included a nearly perfect Alder Flycatcher song.  I was fooled for a while 
until I realized the flycatcher only sang when the catbird did, and it was in 
the wrong habitat.  I watched it sing and confirmed that it was the catbird.  
Very strange tonal shift in the middle of the song.  I tried to get a video.  I 
have the vocals, but not the visuals, I think.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fairground clarification

2012-05-21 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Yes sorry about that. Empire farm days. I don't know why an early learned name 
- even if incorrect - is so easy to stick.

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On May 21, 2012, at 8:59 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard 
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Thank you, Mark, for the clarification. Again!

Because the well-known Lott Farm is the long-time home of the Empire Farm Days 
activities it's easy to see why some folks would assume it is also a 
fairgrounds. It is a working farm the rest of the year!

Fritzie

**
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confusion, and I assume the Seneca Co Fairground post was actually the Lott 
Farm (aka Empire Farm Days site).

The Lott farm is located near the Finger Lakes airport (originally Seneca Falls 
airport) on Martin Rd and route 414 just south of the (former) village of 
Seneca Falls.

The Seneca County Fairground is an entirely fenced in area inside the village 
of Waterloo on the corners of North St, Swift St, Inslee St, and Wright Ave.

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[cayugabirds-l] 4 Wilson's Phaleropes at Puddlers

2012-05-20 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
4 WILSON'S PHALEROPESare together at Puddlers Marsh Montezuma. 2 males 2 
females. Otherwise same shorebirds as reported yesterday.   KEN

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[cayugabirds-l] other Montezuma highlights

2012-05-20 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Besides the 4 WILSON'S PHALAROPES (spelled correctly this time), here are some 
other highlights from my trip to the Montezuma area today. Shorebird habitat is 
the best I've seen it in spring, although it is a shame that viewing conditions 
are always too awful - 60X, heat waves, bad light -- to really enjoy the 
shorebirds. Puddler's Marsh along Towpath Rd. had about 60 DUNLIN, 4 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 40 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 10 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and a few 
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and PLOVERS.

May's Point pool was also in excellent shorebird condition -- I counted 125 
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and 60 LEAST SANDPIPERS among the stubble on the mudflats. 
there is still some shorebird habitat at the Visitors Center, Larue's, 
Shorebird Flats, Benning, and North Spring Pool (which I didn't check) -- 
shorebird migration is yet to peak, so I predict a good showing around 
Montezuma.

I heard the PROTHONOTARY WARBLER on Armitage Rd., and CERULEANS on Armitage, 
Towpath, May's Point, and Visitor's Center. BLACKPOLL WARBLERS seemed to be 
everywhere today, including around my yard this morning, at the Ithaca Golf 
Course (where I missed the alleged Yellow-throated Warbler for the 7th time), 
along Lake Rd. near Long Point, Mud Lock, Armitage, Towpath and May's Point. 
WILLOW FLYCATCHERS were singing in many areas as well. BALD EAGLES ready to 
fledge at Mud Lock. No Black Terns anywhere.

I finished up at the Seneca Co. Fairgrounds, where I was dismayed to find them 
mowing nearly the entire grounds over a month earlier than usual -- a reminder 
that even some of the best habitat around (as at George Rd.) is really just an 
accident of convenience and doesn't really represent purposeful conservation. 
In the northeastern corner, in an area that had been mowed earlier and was 
growing back, I found a group of 5 UPLAND SANDPIPERS,  and BOBOLINKS and 
MEADOWLARKS were present in the unmowed patches. Maybe the mosaic of patches 
will allow the birds to produce a few young this year.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mourning Warbler, etc.

2012-05-16 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Thanks for all the tips on finding a Mourning Warbler for our out-of-region 
guests (Department of Defense Partners in Flight group). Given our time 
constraints, I went with 8-yr old intel from my Atlasing days, and headed up to 
the top of Tehan Rd. at the edge of Yellow Barn State Forest. Sure enough, a 
MOURNING WARBLER was singing along the power-line cut as soon as we got out of 
the van. With just a little coaxing from my iPhone, the warbler flew up into a 
small tree and sang in the open -- a life bird for folks as far away as Arizona 
and Alaska.

On a short walk into Yellow Barn on Signal Tower Rd. we had other common forest 
breeders, but many things are still not in -- no Wood Pewees, only 1 Veery,etc.

Yesterday evening, we took the group up to the top of Mt. Pleasant to listen 
for night flight calls, and although it was surprisingly quiet after dusk, we 
did hear 2 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS and a nice AMERICAN BITTERN that called 4 times 
as it flew directly overhead.

Back at home later in the evening, I heard a few thrushes and 2 SOLITARY 
SANDPIPERS in 30 minutes of listening.

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[cayugabirds-l] Barred Owl in Sapsucker Woods?

2012-05-16 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Hi all,

Another intel question -- has anyone still been seeing the roosting BARRED OWL 
in Sapsucker Woods during the past few days? We were not able to see it during 
Migration Celebration bird walks on Saturday, and will full leaf out, it is 
harder to see into the pines from the trail. If anyone has a recent sighting 
with exact location, please let me know.

thanks,

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[cayugabirds-l] Mourning Warbler territories?

2012-05-15 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Enough about ticks and rashes!

Does anyone know the locality of any easily accessible Mourning Warbler 
territories in the Hammond Hill/Yellow Barn SF areas? There used to be an easy 
one at the power line cut at the top of Tehan Rd. and another along the south 
stretch of Yellow Barn Rd. I know they've been found at Hammond Hill this 
spring, but not sure exactly where.

We have a group visiting from outside the region and this is one of their most 
wanted target species.

thanks!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mourning Warbler territories?

2012-05-15 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Thanks Mark - but since it will only be May 16, I think we should try the high 
country. 

Sent from my iPhone

On May 15, 2012, at 10:19 PM, Mark Chao markc...@imt.org wrote:

 Hi Ken and everyone,
 
 If the sporting/listing aspect of birding is the goal, rather than
 witnessing actual breeding behavior, then I might suggest trying the Wilson
 Trail North in Sapsucker Woods between 7 and 8 AM on May 17.  Three of the
 past four years, I've found one right there at that very time.  Last year I
 also found a second Mourning Warbler on May 17 on the Dryden side.
 
 Seeing Mourning Warblers in Sapsucker Woods may be a little harder than
 seeing them on territories on Beam Hill and in our nearby state forests, but
 I'm not sure to what extent.  With patience, I had excellent views of two of
 the four Mourning Warblers in Sapsucker Woods, as well as a frustrating
 glimpse of a third.  One remained out of my sight.
 
 Mark Chao
 
 -Original Message-
 From: bounce-58388044-3493...@list.cornell.edu
 [mailto:bounce-58388044-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Kenneth
 Victor Rosenberg
 Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 6:27 PM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mourning Warbler territories?
 
 Enough about ticks and rashes!
 
 Does anyone know the locality of any easily accessible Mourning Warbler
 territories in the Hammond Hill/Yellow Barn SF areas? There used to be an
 easy one at the power line cut at the top of Tehan Rd. and another along the
 south stretch of Yellow Barn Rd. I know they've been found at Hammond Hill
 this spring, but not sure exactly where.
 
 We have a group visiting from outside the region and this is one of their
 most wanted target species.
 
 thanks!
 
 KEN
 
 
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 Conservation Science Program
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 5/11

2012-05-11 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I had a lone PINE SISKIN flying north over my house this morning, so maybe 
that's the one Mark saw.

There were still the remnants of a migrant flock on Tareyton Drive near my 
house this morning -- 6-8 YELLOW-RUMPS, 1 AMERICAN REDSTART, 1 NASHVILLE, 1 
YELLOW WARBLER, 1 singing RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 1 LEAST FLYCATCHER.  Yesterday 
morning, these were joined by a silent BLUE-HEADED VIREO, a singing NORTHERN 
PARULA, singing BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, a Western PALM WARBLER, and a 
SWAINSON'S THRUSH. Single NASHVILLE and MAGNOLIA WARBLER in my backyard both 
mornings as well.

I've tried for the Yellow-throated Warbler 4 times already without success, 
although it was either raining, foggy, or late afternoon on all of my tries.

KEN


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On May 11, 2012, at 11:55 AM, Mark Chao wrote:

I found a PINE SISKIN in a flock of goldfinches by the Podell Boardwalk in 
Sapsucker Woods on Friday morning.  Otherwise, I found very few migrants, none 
at all unusual.

Mark Chao
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[cayugabirds-l] no Yellow-throated but yes Cerulean at Renwick woods

2012-05-07 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
When I got down to the Ithaca City golf course this evening (6:30-7:15), it was 
raining lightly but steadily, and I could not locate the Yellow-throated 
Warbler by sight or song. A loose group of 10+ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, with 
several singing, were moving around the sycamores and foraging in the rain over 
Fall Creek. I did hear several distinct songs from a CERULEAN WARBLER, though, 
coming from Renwick Woods across the creek. A silent Western PALM WARBLER 
appeared with the Yellow-rumps, and an AMERICAN REDSTART and WOOD THRUSH were 
also audible from Renwick.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cape May etc. in yard

2012-05-04 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
A quick walk around my yard and close neighborhood this morning turned up 2 
male CAPE MAY WARBLERS (not singing but giving continuous high zeeep flight 
calls), a singing BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, SCARLET 
TANAGER, and several WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, in addition to yesterday's 
arriving GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER and BALTIMORE ORIOLES.

I don't think it's been posted here, but on Wednesday morning there was an 
adult FORSTER'S TERN (found by Stuart Krasnoff) along with 20+ BONAPARTE'S 
GULLS, and also the lingering ICELAND GULL and RED-THROATED LOON (fairly close 
on east side of park) --I wonder if these out-of-season winter birds are 
attempting to over-summer?

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[cayugabirds-l] Iceland Gull on red jetty

2012-04-29 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
This afternoon I studied a first cycle ICELAND GULL on the red lighthouse 
jetty. I was at 829 Taughannock blvd (89) so the gulls were in excellent 
sunlight although quite distant. It is very late for this species, and although 
all the gulls are worn and bleached this time of year, the Iceland was in 
typical but worn plumage with white wingtips and black bill. There were 2 
CASPIAN TERNS and 7 BONAPARTES GULLS there as well. 

Otherwise a pretty slow weekend with highlights being a flyover OSPREY and 
first of year GRAY CATBIRDS around my neighborhood. 

KEN

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] (playback)Has birding ethics changed?

2012-04-09 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Hi all,

Although this discussion has gone on for awhile and is in danger of getting too 
heated for this List, I feel compelled to jump in. I want to thank those who 
brought scientific experience and reasoning to the debate, and especially to 
Lee Ann for the links to deeper discussion and actual studies on this topic. 
Bottom line is that the scientific evidence (sparse as it is) does not support 
the often strongly negative views that some birders have towards the use of 
playback to lure birds into view or get them to pose for photographs. As with 
most ethical questions, then, this issue comes down to people's personal 
opinions and choices. So here is my (hopefully somewhat professional and 
reasoned) personal opinion:

I have been a professional ornithologist for 35 years and have spent much of 
the past 15 years trying to help conserve threatened and declining bird 
populations; I am also a lifelong birder, bird-tour leader and teacher. I have 
used playback in a wide variety of situations ranging from scientific protocols 
to purely recreational -- I frequently use an owl-mobbing playback during 
birding, in order to get a more thorough count of the species in a given area.

I am not aware of any situation in which a population of birds was adversely 
affected by use of playback by birders or researchers. Even in the most famous 
and hotly debated cases (Arizona trogons) no effects on nesting success could 
be shown, and after 40+ years of using playback and imitating calls (the same 
thing really) in many Arizona canyons, none of the highly sought species have 
disappeared from those areas -- in fact most have expanded their distribution 
and populations in the general region. I know of many, many cases where bird 
tour leaders at tropical locations return year after year to the same rare 
bird territories, using playback successfully to show these amazing birds to 
successive groups of people. The primary negative effect of excessive use of 
playback (certainly a subjective term) is that the birds quickly habituate to 
the sound and stop responding -- very often a bird continues to sing on its 
territory but simply does not respond to the playback (guides use the 
expression taped out to describe such birds). Even around here I have found 
that chickadees will not respond to the owl-mobbing playback if I go to the 
same area within a short timeframe. In my experience the adverse effects of 
excessive playback is mostly on the birders and not on the birds. In certain 
locations, such as the tropical lodge discussed in the posts at Lee Ann's link, 
or South Fork of Cave Creek Canyon, guidelines for regulating use of playback 
(but not banning) might be necessary -- but again, mostly to preserve the 
experiences of other birders.

I think the ABA Code of Birder Ethics has this issue well covered, and Sibley's 
guidelines are very sensible and even offer tips for improving the 
effectiveness of playback while birding. And John Confer -- among the most 
cautious and respectful bird people I have known -- summarized well the 
biological perspective – that even regular (daily) use of playback, even during 
the breeding season (not to mention the subsequent capture, handling, and 
blood-sampling of individual birds), had minimal if any effect on breeding 
success or population status. Certainly compared with virtually every other 
form of anthropogenic disturbance or threat to habitats that birds face 
everywhere and all the time, the use of playback by birders, from a 
conservation perspective, is simply a non-issue.

If one's personal birding ethics do not include playback or pishing because of 
the perceived temporary stress to individual birds, that is fine, but please 
don't question the integrity of other birders or SFO leaders that choose to use 
these tools to enhance the birding experience.

KEN


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On Apr 8, 2012, at 1:37 PM, Lee Ann van Leer wrote:

I've heard this debated by many birders at many levels.  Many pros and cons 
have been argued. It is worthy of more research in to what if any negative or 
positive impact playback  has on individual birds, bird populations, bird 
conservation  funding.  Ecotourism in general has pros and cons but 
researchers  have to be willing to do the research to find out  what human 
impacts have on wildlife.

Certainly one should adhere to some kind of guidelines regarding playback.  I'm 
including links to several articles that outline this debate and propose such 
guidelines.

I know playback has been used as a teaching tool for decades. Mobbing  
chickadee tapes in addition to a stuffed owl were used on most of the graduate 
level Ornithology (in North Carolina) field trips when I was a student in 1990. 
Instructors usually give playback  guidelines.

As far as SFO (Spring Field Ornithology) playback is used very 

[cayugabirds-l] a few bad weather weekend birds

2012-04-01 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I was only out a little on both days, but here are a few weekend highlights:

On Saturday mid-day, there were a lot of birds evident off Stewart Park, 
although I only had about 30 minutes to scan. Over 100 BUFFLEHEAD were in 
scattered rafts very far out -- there may well have been other ducks among them 
that I missed (no Long-tailed Ducks for me). A small pod of HORNED GREBES were 
near the jetties and at least 5 breeding-plumaged COMMON LOONS were widely 
scattered. Four AMERICAN WIGEON were very vocal near the shore. A tight flock 
of 40+ TREE SWALLOWS zig-zagging over the inlet had at least 1 NORTHERN 
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW among them. 

On Sunday, I was surprised to see a dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK flying north 
over Hanshaw Rd. at Bluegrass Lane in the afternoon -- the bird was fairly high 
and the wind was out of the south at that time, so this could have been a 
migrant. There was also a male AMERICAN KESTREL in the fields and a CHIPPING 
SPARROW among JUNCOs along the field edge. Excited by the reported fallout on 
Dryden Lake, I did another afternoon scan of Cayuga Lake from East Shore Park, 
and was disappointed to find a mostly empty lake. None of the rafts of ducks 
from yesterday were evident and I only saw a single LOON. Two sleeping male 
RUDDY DUCKS were the only apparent fallout candidates. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Very interesting gull at Stewart Park

2012-03-25 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Hi all,

I know it is late, but there is a very interesting gull at Stewart Park Sunday 
afternoon. I will post photos later this evening. Very quick description for 
now: It is a medium-dark-mantled gull, slightly larger and more massive than 
nearby Herrings; 3rd cycle plumage with slaty gray mantle and mixed gary and 
worn brownish wing coverts; partially molted black and white tail; bill large, 
smudgy blackish with paler at base; legs and feet pinkish gray (not bright 
pink). 

It was very close for awhile, then sitting on the mud bar offshore. Quite 
active, picking up stuff, flying around dropping and catching items with its 
bill, lots of chasing other gulls. I took many photos and Jay McGowan got 
additional photos especially in flight.

Very curious what others think. It is either a hybrid Great Black-backed X 
Herring Gull (but several features do not seem right for that) or something 
better, like an odd Slaty-backed Gull, or (very unlikely but sure looks like 
one) a Western Gull.

more later with links to photos,

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Very interesting gull at Stewart Park

2012-03-25 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Hi again,

Here is a link to some of the photos I took of an interesting gull this 
afternoon at Stewart Park, Ithaca. (I hope this link works)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kvr2/sets/72157629303609192/

Chris Wood arrived at Stewart Park a little later and believes he relocated 
this bird -- and he believes it is a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. There were 
apparently 4 other LBBGUs in various plumages for comparison, as gulls came in 
to roost.

The plumage was certainly right for a Lesser Black-backed, but I was thrown off 
(?) by the structure and apparent size, as this bird appeared to me to be 
slightly larger, shorter winged, and larger-billed than nearby Herring Gulls -- 
all features in the opposite direction than expected. At times this bird looked 
long-legged, pot-bellied, and big-chested, and did not give the impression of 
being long and low which is my search image for Lesser. Perhaps a bird in 
this plumage with a dark bill and pinkish legs will give a very different 
impression.

If others with more experience than me concur that this is a Lesser 
Black-backed, I will consider it yet another humbling lesson in variable gulls.

KEN


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On Mar 25, 2012, at 5:35 PM, Kenneth Victor Rosenberg wrote:

 Hi all,
 
 I know it is late, but there is a very interesting gull at Stewart Park 
 Sunday afternoon. I will post photos later this evening. Very quick 
 description for now: It is a medium-dark-mantled gull, slightly larger and 
 more massive than nearby Herrings; 3rd cycle plumage with slaty gray mantle 
 and mixed gary and worn brownish wing coverts; partially molted black and 
 white tail; bill large, smudgy blackish with paler at base; legs and feet 
 pinkish gray (not bright pink). 
 
 It was very close for awhile, then sitting on the mud bar offshore. Quite 
 active, picking up stuff, flying around dropping and catching items with its 
 bill, lots of chasing other gulls. I took many photos and Jay McGowan got 
 additional photos especially in flight.
 
 Very curious what others think. It is either a hybrid Great Black-backed X 
 Herring Gull (but several features do not seem right for that) or something 
 better, like an odd Slaty-backed Gull, or (very unlikely but sure looks like 
 one) a Western Gull.
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northern Saw-whet Owl

2012-03-24 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Hmmm. On Friday evening, since I had to drop my daughters for the midnight 
opening show of Hunger Games, I decided to take advantage of another warm, calm 
night t try for the owls. I was at the Park Preserve parking area at about 
11:30 for about 30 minutes. After much silence and someLong-eared hooting 
imitations, a BARRED OWL finally started calling to the east -- first single 
hoots then the long call -- actually this one did 7 notes repeatedly, first 3 
notes, then 4. I then whistle Saw-owl calls for quite a while but got no 
response.

Then I went up on Hammond Hill and tried at several spots on Hammond and Star 
Stanton Rds, where I had heard them in previous Marches. I whistled and 
whistled -- it was so silent (no cars, wind, insects, or frogs) and my whistles 
echoed through the trees, but again the only response was a lone BARRED OWL.

I was sorry to strike out on such a perfect nigh, but maybe time of night was a 
factor?

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On Mar 23, 2012, at 8:48 PM, Ann Mitchell wrote:

This evening around 7:30 Susan and I met at the Park Preserve and tried our 
luck at hearing the migrant Long-earred Owl. We stood just inside the gate 
and played the Northern Saw-whet tooting call. We did not hear the LE Owl, but 
clearly heard a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL. It was still light enough so we walked 
along the main trail for a bit. We heard and saw at least 2 actively displaying 
WOODCOCK, one on either side of the Park Preserve. They flew high enough so we 
were able to see them. There were at least 2 pairs.
Good Birding,
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[cayugabirds-l] Sunday birding; WW Crossbills, Siskins, Goshawk,

2012-03-18 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I finally got out to do some Basin birding on this summery March day -- a few 
highlights below:

Started very early (0610) on Salt Rd. in Summerhill State Forest, where I heard 
2 GREAT HORNED and 2 BARRED OWLS but no Saw-whet or Long-eared -- it was warm 
and dead calm. PINE SISKINS were everywhere, flying around in pairs and small 
groups on Salt, Hoag, and Lick St. A flock of about 15 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS 
came into the swamp on Hoag Rd. and then flew west -- I did not get very good 
looks but heard them well. At least 8 FOX SPARROWS were calling and sitting up 
nicely. 2 drumming RUFFED GROUSE and 2 other visuals. Lots of singing 
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, AND several BROWN CREEPERS, 
plus 1 WINTER WREN.

Many displaying HORNED LARKS around King Ferry and Center Rd.; a male 
RING-NECKED PHEASANT crossed Rt. 90 just south of the Tompkins Co line.

Myer's and the Lake were very quiet; PIPIT on the gravel bar, singing FLICKER 
in the park.

Stewart Park equally quiet with single AM WIGEON, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and 
KILLDEER the only semi-interesting birds.

Mt. Pleasant 2:30-3:30 PM. Warm, puffy clouds, south wind; not a single bird I 
would call a migrant. Got a long scope view (5 minutes at 50-60X) of an 
immature NORTHRN GOSHAWK, though, circling up out of the woods, over the 
fields, right overhead, and diving back into the woods to the north. Certainly 
a highlight of this magnificent day,

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[cayugabirds-l] SWANS and geese over Sapsucker Woods

2012-02-27 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I'l surprised Jay McGowan didn't post this, but around noon, as the tens of 
thousands of geese were passing over Mt. Sapsucker: on the slope above the 
Fuller Wetlands, a group of 19 TUNDRA SWANS passed overhead in a flock of 
geese. I believe these were my first ever at Sapsucker Woods. In the brief 
period I watched, we had a single CACKLING GOOSE, and only 3 SNOW GEESE, plus a 
flock of COMMON GRACKLES -- I'm sure Jay had much more.

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[cayugabirds-l] west side Cayuga Lake Sunday

2012-02-05 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I had a great afternoon trip up the west side of Cayuga Lake today with Rick 
Bonney and Judy Burrill.  We started at Hogs Hole at 12:45, and as others 
reported were not able to locate the Western Grebe. We did see the 2 
RED-THROATED LOONS together -- an adult and a juvenile, solving a two bird 
theory mystery from the Christmas Bird Count. Judy spotted the male WOOD DUCK 
walking on the gravel beach right below Rt. 89.

Next stop was Poplar Beach, where a HORNED GREBE was very close in (with a 
Common Loon), and 4 LONG-TAILED DUCKS out in the middle of the lake, near an 
ISLAND of several thousand SNOW GEESE. The light was spectacular and I could 
make out quite a lot of details on the geese through the scope. I counted about 
10 Blue Geese and another dark goose turned out to be a Canada-type, but was 
smaller than the surrounding Snows - most likely a  CACKLING GOOSE. (a separate 
raft of large Canada Geese was nearby). While we were there, an adult LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED GULL flew by close to shore, heading north to it's regular hangout 
at Dean's Cove.

Along Lower Shore Rd. to Cayuga Lake State Park, spent a lot of time looking 
for Eurasian Wigeon (not successful). Did find 4 close and very obvious 
CACKLING GEESE in the large Canada flock, pretty good numbers of AMERICAN 
WIGEON and GADWALL, with 5 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 2 pairs of RED-BREASTED 
MERGANSERS, and an impressive count of 640 COMMON MERGANSER. (No Redhead or 
other aythea seen on the lake today).

We then headed up to the Chiropractic College to look for the SNOWY OWL. Our 
first scans of the soccer field and adjacent areas came up empty, as did an 
attempt to scan the fields to the west from Bayard Rd. Then as we came back 
through the campus, there was the OWL perched on a treetop at the west edge of 
the soccer field. After allowing great scope views and a few digiscopes, the 
owl flew directly towards us and then banked higher and flew by to the north, 
looking back over it's shoulder at us. It seemed to keep going, fairly high 
over the campus, and looked like it was heading all the way to the lakeshore.

On the way home we stopped along Wycoff Rd. in Ovid and got a clear but distant 
look at a single SHORT-EARED OWL to the west of Rock River Rd. at about 5:15 
PM. A good afternoon, indeed.

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[cayugabirds-l] Western Grebe, Shrike, White-winged TV

2012-02-04 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Some incidental birding today produced some excellent birds. At 12:30, in 
between errands, I decided to to a quick check from the first pullout on Rt. 89 
(#829) above Hogs Hole. I could see only 4 birds in the SW sector of the lake 
-- 3 LESSER SCAUP and a WESTERN GREBE. The grebe was fairly close and gave 
excellent scope views in the emerging sunlight, and some fair digiscoping 
chances. A little later, I drove behind the Ithaca airport hoping for a shrike, 
and found crisp adult NORTHERN SHRIKE on Neimi Rd -- just at the west edge of 
the ponds. Two TURKEY VULTURES flew over, one of them the striking partially 
white-winged individual that has been around this winter -- actually the first 
time I've seen it.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Golden Eagle, Stewart Park

2012-01-31 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Thanks Jay for posting my sighting so promptly. Here are a few more details. 

After getting fairly views of the WESTERN GREBE at East Shore Park (thanks 
everyone for the RBA posts), I headed around to Stewart Park to do an 
additional scan. While pointing out the grebe to two visiting birders (Richard 
and Cindy, I think), all the gulls went up in a frenzied flock and then flocks 
of noisy geese came across from the golf course area. I immediately thought 
eagle and we stepped back from under the willows to see more sky. Cindy 
spotted the bird cruising fairly high directly overhead, but when I looked at 
it I realized that it was an immature GOLDEN EAGLE -- much more unusual for the 
time and place. It appeared as an all-black (i.e. no mottling on underparts or 
underwing coverts, very large raptor with striking and distinctive white 
patches at the base of the primaries (about 2/3 out on the wing) and a sharply 
demarcated white base to the tail. Shape was right for Golden, with 
non-wedge-shaped tail slightly shorter than projection of neck and head; wings 
were very broad and warped into a slight dihedral with wingtips held closed 
and slightly turned up. As it banked in profile (never circled above), I caught 
a goldish sheen to the neck and head in the bright sun and could see the yellow 
cere on the bill. 

The bird continued to cruise toward the southeast, out of sight in the 
direction of the High School and Cornell campus.

KEN


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On Jan 31, 2012, at 10:20 AM, Jay McGowan wrote:

 Ken Rosenberg just called to say he just had an immature GOLDEN EAGLE
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[cayugabirds-l] Orange-cr. Warbler Ithaca Community Garden

2012-01-02 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I'm sorry for not posting the details on this bird earlier, but yesterday 
during the Ithaca CBC, I found a fairly bright ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in the 
Community Garden south of Farmer's Market in Ithaca. I flushed it initially 
with a flock of juncos from the south end of the garden on the east side of the 
entrance road -- the garden still is (was) pretty green with vegetable leaves 
and weeds. The bird sat up in the brush pile just south of the garden boundary, 
and then flew off to the south. Later in the afternoon, Tim Lenz relocated the 
warbler along the weedy edge of the field to the south of the garden, closer to 
the CITGO station. 

This was a first record for the long-running Ithaca CBC, but exactly the kind 
of bird I was hoping to find with the lingering warm weather and greenery. Good 
luck to anyone hoping to re-find this bird, especially as the first cold blast 
of winter weather is approaching

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ross's Geese (Red-thr. Loon at Stewart)

2011-12-31 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Actually, at 9:54, he was still sleeping, if you can believe that. But 
later in the day he was sorting through geese as well -- at Stewart Park in 
preparation for tomorrow's CBC. Not much to be found, and very low numbers and 
diversity of waterfowl -- not boding too well for tomorrow. The lake was very 
calm however, and I did pick up 4 distant LOONS, one of which was a nice 
RED-THROATED -- these were along the west shore, north of the channel marker. 
Whoever is counting along the SW shore of Cayuga Lake tomorrow should watch for 
this bird -- I will be scanning from the lighthouse jetty and Stewart Pard, so 
we shoulc coordinate numbers.

Good luck to all tomorrow, and Happy New Year,

KEN


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On Dec 31, 2011, at 9:54 AM, bob mcguire wrote:

 Many thousands of Snow Geese just passed low over our house on Whitted Rd 
 (Snyder Hill area) headed south. I was able to pick out at least two 
 candidates for Ross's Goose. Smaller body, short neck, shorter  thinner 
 wings. Where was Ken Rosenberg when I needed him?!
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swans at Stewart Park

2011-12-24 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
In addition to the large numbers of waterfowl at Stewart Park already reported 
by Laura and Ton, there were 6 TUNDRA SWANS near the east end of the park late 
this afternoon. 500-600 gulls were loafing on the water offshore, but I 
couldn't find anything other than the usual 3 species.

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[cayugabirds-l] spectacular viewing Stewart Park

2011-12-18 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
If anyone is heading downtown in Ithaca, I recommend a stop at Stewart Park - 
with the bright sun and calm lake, the thousands of geese, ducks, and gulls, 
offer an unusually spectacular view. Many of the birds are in very close. Among 
the thousands of CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, and the common 3 gulls, were a mixed 
group of REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCKS, with a few SCAUP, CANVASBACK, BUFFLEHEAD, 
GADWALL, AM WIGEON, COOTS (100 or so), a newly arrived group of 20+ NORTHERN 
PINTAIL, and a little further out several rafts of HOODED MERGANSERS -- I 
counted 60 birds, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and COMMON MERGANSERS.

I briefly found a (the) 2nd-cycle ICELAND GULL floating with the mergansers -- 
it likely joined the gulls on the newly formed ice edge and was at the wrong 
angle for me to pick out the white wing-tips and relocate.

I'm sure there is a good goose or two for anyone with enough time and patience 
to sort through them.

This was about noon -- I hope everything is still there and in nice light.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CayugRBA SNOWY OWL far south

2011-12-18 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Another (or the same?) SNOWY OWL was just reported flying across Tschache Pool 
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[cayugabirds-l] Barred Owl in yard

2011-12-12 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
At about 9:30 this evening as I let our dog out in the backyard, I saw a 
ghost-like shape rise up off the ground and cross the yard. With a flashlight I 
was able to spot a BARRED OWL hunting actively from the low branches of some 
trees. I have heard Barred Owl calling from the yard on only 2 or 3 occasions 
-- in April and October. We are about 1/2 mile from Sapsucker Woods, where they 
are year-round residents.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thayer's Gull

2011-12-10 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Yes, what could be a better way to spend a sunny December Saturday than sorting 
through immature gulls on piles of steaming garbage. The THAYER'S was 
surprisingly easy to pick out and keep track of, thanks to the excellent photos 
posted by Chris Wood on eBird that formed our search image. After other folks 
left, I picked out an interesting second-cycle KUMLEIN'S ICELAND GULL very 
close to the Thayer's.

Scoping the choppy lake in icy north wind for a wayward grebe was not nearly as 
fun. Plenty of coots and Bufflehead to hang out, but I guess they didn't rate. 
As the Christmas Bird Counr approaches, lingering species such as 2 
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, 2 RUDDY DUCKS, and a female Am WIGEON become more 
interesting.

KEN


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 1st year Thayer's Gull still being seen at Compost Pile as we left 1:09pm. 
 
 Seen by many observers.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Bluegrass Lane pipits

2011-10-30 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Yesterday (Saturday) afternoon, while we were walking our dog along the fields 
off Bluegrass Lane, there were few sparrows, but a flock of at least 200 
AMERICAN PIPITS came by -- passing overhead in a loose, constantly calling 
flock from west to east. A river of pipits as Anne called it.

KEN

p.s. I might see Yellowish Pipit tomorrow -- can you guess where I am?

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] FW: [Free Outdoors] Aurora now

2011-10-24 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Darn, I saw these emails way too late -- when I went out at 10:45 it had mostly 
clouded over to the north and west and couldn't make out any aurora from the 
city glow. I did see about the brightest shooting star I've ever seen, though 
-- at 10:56 in the eastern sky -- it was so big and bright orange, then it 
turned green for a second before disappearing. Very low. Anyone else see that?

should have put the Aurora on the RBA.


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On Oct 24, 2011, at 9:36 PM, Riko Stan wrote:

 We are right on lake Ontario and it is dark red.
 
 On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 9:25 PM, Meena Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote:
 FYI
 
 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Myer's, late migrants, Bluegrass Nelson's

2011-10-23 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I started out this morning at Myer's Point. The lake was surprisingly quiet, 
although a small flock of BRANT finally came down the lake about an hour after 
I arrived. A BONAPARTE'S GULL circling around the spit and single female 
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and GREEN-WINGED TEAL were about the only other water 
birds of interest.

Salt Point was very active, however, especially the fruiting trees and shrubs 
near the tip. Best bird there (eating berries) was a very late female BALTIMORE 
ORIOLE, among the many CEDAR WAXWINGS and ROBINS, 15-20 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, and 
2 NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS. In the shrubs and goldenrods were 2 BLACKPOLL 
WARBLERS, 4 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, sev. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and a mixed 
flock of CHIPPING and FIELD SPARROWS. As I was leaving, I scanned a flock of 
150 or so CANADA GEESE heading south and with them were a group of 4 CACKLING 
GEESE that stayed together but kept separating from the main flock.

Back home in the late morning, I was very surprised to see a RED-EYED VIREO in 
the locust tree in my backyard -- also a WINTER WREN (not in the locust tree).

In the late afternoon, I walked the dog in the fields off Bluegrass Lane, and 
went right to the spot where Tom had found the NELSON'S SPARROW -- in the wet 
area (w some cattails) on the south side of the tall switchgrass field. As I 
approached on the lane through the middle of the switchgrass, the NELSON's 
popped up and did the classic Nelson's 1-minute sit (in the bright afternoon 
sun) before flying up and diving back into the grass -- showing off it's 
sharp tail feathers in flight. The bright orange face, but blurry, uncrisp 
streaking on the breast suggested the race alterus, which breeds around James 
Bay.

We also flushed a SNIPE along the lane through the switchgrass. In the grassy 
field and along the goldenroddy edge of the woods to the east, I saw sev. 
FIELD, and SAVANNAH, 1 WHITE-CROWNED, 1 SWAMP, and many SONG SPARROWS. I was 
surprised that no pipits were flying.

KEN

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] northeast notes: NESP on Bluegrass Lane, northeast Ithaca

2011-10-22 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Awesome Tom. I walked my dog there yesterday, but had to avoid the wetter 
spots. I had 2 VESPER SPARROWs in the dry area just to the west of the taller 
switchgrass.

flyover PURPLE FINCH, PINE SISKIN, BLUEBIRD, as well as calling WINTER WREN and 
visual HERMIT THRUSH in my yard this morning. Ah, October!

KEN


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On Oct 22, 2011, at 11:09 AM, Tom Schulenberg wrote:


This morning while walking the dog I found a Nelson's Sparrow somewhere other 
than Hog Hole. I doubt if the bird can be relocated, but then, who knows what 
else may be in the same location?

There is a field of tall grass (switchgrass?) along the west side of the 
northern portion of Bluegrass Lane (that is, Bluegrass just south of Hanshaw). 
I discovered this morning that there is an unpaved track that runs north/south 
through the middle of the switchgrass. The northern portion of this track is 
more or less dry, but the southern (lower) portion is quite damp. As I was 
walking through the switchgrass along this track, I flushed many sparrows, 
mostly Song and Savannah, but also the one Nelson's. The Nelson's was, not 
surprisingly, at the southern (wetter) end, and not too far from the edge of 
the patch of switchgrass. It popped up and perched near the top of the grass 
for about a minute, semi-concealed but with a decent view of the breast and 
facial pattern, and then dropped down again.

Good birding,


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins are like potato chips...except in Sapsucker Woods today

2011-10-06 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I'm glad Wes beat me to the punch, but this morning  I had at least two PINE 
SISKINS flying over my house calling -- I heard them several times and had the 
impression they were local birds moving about rather than multiples migrating 
overhead, but could have been wrong. So, at least there were several in the 
neighborhood today.

KEN


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Hi everyone,

   On my way in to work this morning, I was surprised to see a single PINE 
SISKIN sitting atop one of the snags on the west end of the main pond in 
Sapsucker Woods…surprised for two reasons:
(1)It seemed rather early for siskins to appear, although there was a 
little burst of eBird records in mid-September with none between then and now, 
and
(2)In my experience “siskins” is almost invariably plural…like potato chips.
I was puzzled as to how a single Pine Siskin could end up so early and so 
alone…and apparently with no other reports in the immediate area and date 
range.  I think I know what happened now, thanks to Dave Bonter pointing out 
today’s blog entry from Braddock Bay: roughly 350 Pine Siskins hit the nets in 
Braddock Bay yesterday without any warning of a lead-up trickle over the 
previous days.  So, it appears that there was a big movement of siskins into 
this general region, and I presume that the lone bird that I saw was either 
navigationally or socially challenged and overshot the main movement.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Another Dickcissel!! - 5 October 2011 - Etna, NY

2011-10-05 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
When I finally got outside last night around 11 PM, birds were coming over, but 
they were high and faint. In 40 minutes, I counted about 45 thrush calls -- 
only 3-4 WOOD THRUSH and the rest SWAINSON's; no Gray-cheeked -- and about 60 
zeeet notes. I believe I identified several each of Common Yellowthroat, 
Black-throated Blue Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, and White-throated Sparrow -- 
most were Blackpoll-type buzzy zeet notes.

One of my last birds, though, was a clear AMERICAN BITTERN, which gave 3 
distinctive wark notes about 15 seconds apart as it headed due south.

KEN


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I got up to begin browsing through some of last night's audio data (visually, 
using Raven Pro), while still listening to what's going on outside, real-time. 
As I was listening real-time, I heard another distinct frappy, 
flatulant-sounding DICKCISSEL call. This one had a total of 5 distinct notes 
within the call, with a sixth fainter note at the tail of the call. Very neat! 
This bird called at about 6:29:30.

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

On Oct 4, 2011, at 10:16 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:

There's a pretty steady stream of birds overhead tonight. One vocally active 
flock of Green Herons went over. And, to my surprise, another frappy DICKCISSEL 
called at 21:58 (9:58pm). A handful of White-throated Sparrows, a Solitary 
Sandpiper, Swainson's Thrushes and Gray-cheeked Thrushes, several warblers 
(Black-throated Blues plus other zeeps), Savannah Sparrows, and more to come. 
More Green Herons, a Great Blue, and a White-throated Sparrow are going over as 
I type this.

Good birding!

Sincerely,
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] another large flight over Ithaca

2011-09-22 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
The flight continues over Ithaca, albeit in lower densities, or at least higher 
altitude and fainter calls as the low overcast clears off. My second 30 minute 
count yielded 220 thrush calls, nearly all SWAINSON'S, with 12 GRAY-CHEEKED, 
and about 15 WOOD THRUSH. Very few warblers (only about 10), but I did hear the 
distinctive double tsip-tsip of a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER.

now to sleep.

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On Sep 22, 2011, at 11:48 PM, Michael Lanzone wrote:

 I just came inside after listening for over an hour in Somerset, PA and 
 pretty much the same heavy calling here. Huge flight, sometimes at about 100 
 calls per minute. Many thrushes here, but unlike in Ithaca, I predominately 
 heard warblers and sparrows. Can't wait to look at the file in the am!
 
 Best,
 Mike
 
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 On Sep 22, 2011, at 11:23 PM, Kenneth Victor Rosenberg k...@cornell.edu 
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 Hi all,
 
 Yet another massive flight over Ithaca tonight -- in fact one of the largest 
 flight I can remember over my house. I did a 30 minute count BETWEEN 10:30 
 AND 11, and it was almost too overwhelming for my naked ear. I counted 390 
 thrush calls, with often a layering of multiple calls on top of each other 
 as wave after wave of thrushes passed over nearly continuously. A pretty 
 careful count of 22 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, about 40 WOOD THRUSH, about 20 
 calls inflected enough to be ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (I'm never real 
 confident with those), and only 2 that I'd call VEERY -- the rest were 
 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES. Not as many warbler/sparrow notes as the other night, 
 and interestingly almost none of the short tsip notes I was hearing then 
 -- but rather more high, slightly buzzy zeeep notes I associate with Cape 
 May Warbler. One long, high ssep was a good candidate for 
 Grasshopper/Nelson's Sparrow.
 
 That's about all I could do by ear -- disappointed to hear no cuckoos, 
 herons, or shorebirds in the mix. Hopefully the recorders did a better job 
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] big night flight tonight

2011-09-21 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
Thanks Bill. I did hear a few typical Lincoln's/Swamp sparrow dts but 
was not confident enough to report. If there were that few Black-throated 
Blues, I'm curious what most of the abrupt tsip notes might have been? There 
were certainly way fewer of what I would consider typical buzzy Dendroica-type 
zeet notes than what I'm used to hearing on most nights.

KEN


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On Sep 21, 2011, at 9:55 AM, Bill Evans wrote:

 Ken appears to have tuned into one of the biggest calling night of the season 
 so far in central NY.  The acoustic station at Alfred Station, NY logged its 
 season high number (988) of warbler and sparrow flight calls last night 
 between 8:30PM-5:30AM. Based on spectrographic analysis roughly 4 out of 100 
 were Common Yellowthroat, 2 out of 100 were Black-throated Blue, and 2 out of 
 100 were Chestnut-sided. Also notably in the mix were good numbers of 
 presumed Lincoln's Sparrow calls.
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Willet at Fair Haven, Sunday, July 3rd

2011-07-04 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I had a very similar experience on Saturday evening, July 2, but over in 
Presque Isle SP on Lake Erie -- while vacationing with my family I spotted a 
WILLET with some Ring-billed Gulls on one of the swimming beaches. I'm pretty 
sure mine was an adult bird, so not the same individual but part of the same 
early fall movement.

KEN


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On Jul 4, 2011, at 1:53 AM, Mickey Scilingo wrote:

While spending the day with my family at Fair Haven Beach State Park on Lake 
Ontario in Cayuga County, I had the good fortune of spotting a WILLET flying 
with a group of Ring-billed Gulls that had just been flushed off the swimming 
beach at around 6:30.   The group of birds flew around over the water for a few 
minutes before settling back down on the beach.  Unfortunately, a group of 
small children were chasing the gulls around, causing them to flush repeatedly, 
and sometime during the ensuing confusion, the Willet disappeared.

As we were leaving just before 8 PM, the WILLET was back on the beach foraging 
near the waters edge.  This time I was able to see that it was an immature 
plumaged bird.  I did snap a few photos of it through my binoculars, but they 
came out worse than I expected.  The Willet was still at the water's edge when 
we left.




Mickey Scilingo
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Oswego County, NY
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Prothontaries -- Yes

2011-06-01 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
This is a strange series of events. Having been a little confused by the 
bridges on Armitage Rd myself on Sunday, I wonder if there is the possibility 
of these being two separate spots? 3 calling Acadian FCs would seem to be hard 
to miss by all the other Prothonotary seekers, and vice versa  Just a 
thought.

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On Jun 1, 2011, at 11:46 AM, J. Gary Kohlenberg wrote:

Yesterday at 6:30 pm I was able to hear and then see both Prothonotary 
warblers. I recorded video of one to have the singing. They are LOUD at close 
range.
This area is amazingly birdie.

Gary




On Jun 1, 2011, at 9:58 AM, Matthew Medler 
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There were two Prothonotary Warblers countersinging from opposite sides of 
Armitage Road at 4:30 pm on Monday afternoon (31 May 2011). These birds were 
just 10-20 yards west of the little gravel pull-off area on the west side of 
the one-lane green bridge. No sign of any Acadians at that time, but a singing 
Northern Waterthrush was a bit of a surprise. Not a surprise, but always nice 
to hear, were two Cerulean Warblers. Oh, and a distant Black-billed Cuckoo sang 
for about 30 seconds.

Matt Medler
Ithaca


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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Prothontary - no

John Confer and I drove up to the north end of the lake yesterday
evening to look for some of the recently-sighted birds. From the tower
at Tschache Pool we scoped the vast mud flats and found - 3 BLACK-
BELLIED PLOVERS and two distant shorebirds that flew in and
disappeared behind logs and stumps. No other shorebirds. 3 Red-winged
Blackbirds. One of the plovers had a markedly darker cap, making it
worth a closer look. However the throat and belly were black while the
vent was white, and the bill was relatively short and stubby. So we
left it as Black-bellied Plover.

From there we drove out Armitage Road, parked just past the green
bridge, and spent about a half hour walking up and down the road to
the west. We heard several Yellow Warblers, 2 American Redstarts, also
Common Yellowthroats, Swamp Sparrows and, surprisingly, 3 ACADIAN
FLYCATCHERS. Two of them were on the north side, close to the road.
The third was on the south side. Unfortunately for us, no Prothonotary
Warblers. We left at sunset.

Bob McGuire



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warblers

2011-05-30 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I should add that we did observe the north-side male entering a cavity in a 
rotted stump about 30 ft. in from the road (and sing from the top of this 
snag), so they are definitely thinking about breeding -- of course it will take 
a prospecting female to make this happen.


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On May 30, 2011, at 9:33 PM, Julie Bertram wrote:

Hi,
  Today at 11:00AM the Protonotarys were about 300 feet west of the
bridge on the north side. At times they would come to within 15 feet of
the road.

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[cayugabirds-l] Myer's flyby Whimbrels, Turnstones, etc.

2011-05-27 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
It seeming a perfect morning for migrating shorebirds, I got out to Myer's 
Point at 5:45. The nice and clean gravel spit provides very little cover for 
birds now, and nothing of interest was among the sorry-looking over-summering 
gulls. I decided to stay and do a watch on the lake, however, and walked out 
to the lighthouse -- about 10 minutes later  I heard the very distinctive, 
ringing, tu-tu-tu-tu-tu of a WHIMBREL. I scanned high and low but could not 
find the bird (or birds?), undoubtedly migrating up the lake. When I looked 
back at the spit to see if anything circled in and landed, I was surprised to 
see a breeding-plumaged RUDDY TURNSTONE standing at the tip. A few minutes 
later, there were 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES together -- at about 6:15 the two took off 
and flew north up the lake.

Then, about 6:25 I spotted 3 large dark shorebirds flying above the horizon, 
quite a ways across the lake. I followed them for several minutes until they 
disappeared to the north, and although I did not get very many field marks, I 
am sure that these were 3 more WHIMBRELS. A little while later, I watched two 
medium-sized, stocky shorebirds flying rapidly over the lake fairly high -- I 
think these were probably also RUDDY TURNSTONES, but they potentially could 
have been Red Knots, or Sanderlings, or something else.

Finally, as I was getting ready to leave, I saw that 2 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS 
were on the gravel spit -- I had not seen them fly in. These birds were very 
skittish and flew off and returned several times, before finally settling a bit 
and beginning to feed on the north side of the spit. They were still there when 
I left at 7 AM.  No migrants or Orchard Orioles were in evidence near the park 
entrance.

KEN


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 9 Whimbrels MNWR

2011-05-27 Thread Kenneth Victor Rosenberg
I guess that means there were 3 or 4 in the flock that I only heard coming over 
Myer's.


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On May 27, 2011, at 11:22 AM, D.M.Kennedy wrote:

 10:45 New AutoLoop Shorebird Flat. The ninth flew in as I was watching 8.
 
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