Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlins

2021-07-21 Thread Kevin C Packard
I visited Allen H Treman this morning and the merlins were perched in trees and 
flying around the boat launch area calling many times. I didn't notice the 
banding but there were 4 merlins present, so at least one of the adults is 
nearby.

 Kevin


Kevin Packard




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Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 1:08 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Merlins

This evening during the thunderstorm I stopped by Cass Park to check on the 
Merlin nest by the Dog Park and saw three banded fledglings hanging around the 
trees in the area of the boat launch. They were definitely working on their 
landing, perching, and flying skills, and being seriously challenged by the 
wind. Sometimes they called repeatedly, but I never saw a parent nearby. Looks 
like they will be around for a while, as they did not move far.

--Sandy Podulka
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[cayugabirds-l] Recent storm damage at Stewart Park

2021-06-22 Thread Kevin C Packard
Dear birders,

 From what I saw on the Ithaca Times and in social media today, there appears 
to be significant damage to the trees at Stewart Park from yesterday's storms.  
While I hope that it won't have a major impact on our local birds that nest 
there, the park itself is closed until further notice while the city clears the 
damaged trees.

https://www.ithaca.com/news/ithaca/stewart-park-newman-golf-course-cayuga-waterfront-trail-closed/article_6dc722ae-d36b-11eb-b6a4-679c175d0007.html

 Sincerely,

 Kevin

Kevin C Packard


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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker at Myers

2021-06-10 Thread Kevin C Packard
Thank you, John for reporting this.  I visited Myers this evening (5-6:30pm) 
and the woodpecker was still there, calling actively and flying around the 
trees right where you describe it.

 Cheers,


 Kevi



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Stuart Krasnoff and I found one adult Red-headed Woodpecker around 12:30 today 
calling and working on enlarging a hole about 50 ft up in a dead trunk of a 
tree facing the private marina at Myers.  Here’s my ebird report with some 
photos and description of location, and with Stuart’s audio recording of calls.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S89950054

John Greenly


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[cayugabirds-l] Common nighthawks at Jennings Pond

2021-05-31 Thread Kevin C Packard
Hi everyone,

   For those who are interested, if you come to Jennings Pond  (in Danby) in 
the evening you should be able to see nighthawks zooming about. I was just 
there (around 9pm) and had a real nice show, seeing three nighthawks swooping 
around back and forth over the pond's surface. By standing still, they would 
fly right by me at very close (< 5 feet) range.  Really, this was the best 
views I've ever had of nighthawks. 


Happy birding,

 Kevin



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[cayugabirds-l] Common tern at red lighthouse jetty

2021-05-26 Thread Kevin C Packard
Hi everyone,

 There was a common tern (black tips on primaries seen) spotted at the red 
lighthouse jetty (observed from Hog Hole this morning from 10-10:30am). The 
tern was still there resting on the jetty when I left. If you're out by the 
lake, feel free to take a look.

 Happy birding,

 Kevin


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[cayugabirds-l] Brant at Lindsay Parsons/ Lake Coleman

2021-05-16 Thread Kevin C Packard
Hi everyone,

   I found a brant at Lake Coleman in Lindsay-Parsons this morning.  The brant 
was just resting on a log in the middle of the lake and seemed to be in no 
hurry to go anywhere.  Conveniently, it was present for the Cayuga Bird Club 
outing to LPP this morning.  Feel free to check it out if you're in the area.

 Happy birding,

 Kevin

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hangar Theatre osprey platform

2021-05-10 Thread Kevin C Packard
Hi Nancy,

 I think that they are setting up a new nest there. I first saw that platform 
occupied by ospreys on May 2 and saw one osprey bringing branches to it on May 
6. Ospreys were present there again when I was bird watching at Hog Hole 
yesterday.

  Best,

 Kevin






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Sent: Monday, May 10, 2021 8:50 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Hangar Theatre osprey platform

I meant to send this on Friday. Both Thursday and Friday (laat week) when I 
went past it, there was an osprey sitting on the perch at the platform nearest 
the Hangar, or near the park workmen's building. There were more sticks on the 
platform than had been previously.

Maybe a new nest?

Nancy
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[cayugabirds-l] Yellowlegs at Jennings Pond

2021-04-27 Thread Kevin C Packard
Hi everyone,

 This morning I found a pair of what I believe to be greater yellowlegs at 
Jennings Pond.  They are sitting on the beaver lodge in the NW corner of the 
pond (the end nearer to Bald Hill Rd). The plumage is dark but they have yellow 
(not green) legs and showed white rump patches when flushed from the pond edge 
at Bald Hill Rd.  The bills look slightly upturned, so I'm thinking these are 
greater rather than lesser yellowlegs. The birds were still there when I left 
the pond a few minutes ago. So if you are in the Danby area, feel free to check 
them out. For what it is worth, there's also a pied-billed grebe paddling 
around the same corner of the pond.

 Happy birding,

 Kevin

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[cayugabirds-l] Caspian terns at red lighthouse jetty

2021-04-25 Thread Kevin C Packard
Hi everyone,

 There's a new arrival of 4 Caspian terns on the red lighthouse jetty late this 
morning, well viewable from Stewart Park and other locations for those who 
would like to see their first terns of the year.

 Happy birding,

 Kevin


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[cayugabirds-l] Long-tailed ducks at Dryden Lake

2021-03-26 Thread Kevin C Packard
Hi everyone,

 This morning I took a walk at Dryden Lake and am happy to say that the lake is 
ice free. I found a flock of ring-necked ducks and scaup, and with them a pair 
of long-tailed ducks.   The flock flew off the lake after one of the local bald 
eagles came too close, but they circled around and were still on the lake when 
I left this morning. There's also three horned grebes and a scattering of 
mergansers, bufflehead, and a few other ducks (wigeon, wood duck, mallards). 
The Jim Schug trail is free of ice and it makes for a pleasant walk. Even heard 
my first eastern phoebe for the year along it.

 Happy birding!


 Kevin


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[cayugabirds-l] Gyandromorph cardinal seen in NW PA

2021-02-24 Thread Kevin C Packard
Hi everyone,

 I was reading with interest today that a gyandromorph northern cardinal 
(having a functional ovary and one functioning testis) was photographed in 
Warren County in NW Pennsylvania recently. Has there been any records of  
gynadromorphs of any common species here in the Cayuga Basin?


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56189600


 Cheers,
Kevin


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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Lansing, Storm Rd. / Holden Rd intersection field birds

2021-02-12 Thread Kevin C Packard
Hi everyone,

  I was there at Holden Rd and Storm Rd earlier this morning and saw a nice 
sized (45) mixed flock of snow buntings and horned larks 
https://ebird.org/checklist/S80939956. I wasn't able to pick out any longspurs 
(kudos to you, Gary!), but the flock was hanging out in the middle of Storm Rd 
as well as flying over fields east and west of the road and should make for 
good viewing.

 Cheers,

 Kevin


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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Lansing, Storm Rd. / Holden Rd intersection field birds

I haven’t found many good areas for field birds this winter in Tompkins Co. 
Indian Field Rd. road shoulders have been OK, but the road is very busy making 
viewing difficult.

Storm Road / Holden Rd. intersection area, in Lansing, is the best so far. The 
nearby farm is spreading manure / bedding on the snow parallel to Holden Rd. 
for about 0.1 mi. The best viewing is from Storm Rd.

I was here yesterday and didn’t see much, but the spread was new. Today it is a 
larger area. There are Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and I’ve saw one Lapland 
Longspur, before the tractor stirred thing up. I suspect it will get better as 
the day goes on.

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[cayugabirds-l] Multitude of snow geese at Fenner Rd

2021-01-15 Thread Kevin C Packard
Hi everyone,

 After seeing eBird reports yesterday, I went to check out a flock of snow 
geese at Fenner Rd, which is near Milligan Station but on the east side of Rt  
34B.  There are literally thousands of snow geese in the fields north of Fenner 
Rd, mostly white morph but a few blue morphs mixed in. I didn't see any Ross' 
geese but I couldn't reliably scan such a huge flock.  If anyone wants to try 
their luck or wants to tally large numbers of birds at once, it is quite a neat 
sight to see. I guessed 5,000 geese but will gladly revise this number if there 
are folks who can judge better from the photos on my eBird checklist:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S79275460


Cheers,

 Kevin


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[cayugabirds-l] Ducks at Dryden Lake

2020-12-02 Thread Kevin C Packard
I took a short walk over at Dryden Lake, and found an interesting collection of 
ducks on an otherwise cold December day. There were 6 American wigeon, together 
with buffleheads, common and hooded mergansers, and a collection of mallards. 
Wigeon haven't been reported in eBird at Dryden Lake since late March, so if 
you are passing through (and especially if you have a scope), feel free to 
check them out.

Kevin

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[cayugabirds-l] Interesting article on knot numbers

2020-10-20 Thread Kevin C Packard
Hi everyone,

 I know this is way outside our local birding interest, but I saw this neat 
article on over 140,000 knots being observed this past weekend in the Norfolk 
coast of the United Kingdom. What a sight that it must be!

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-54592215


 Happy birding,

 Kevin


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[cayugabirds-l] Red Crossbills at Travor Rd

2020-07-11 Thread Kevin C Packard
Hi everyone,

 I wanted to share with you that this past Thursday I  observed two red 
crossbills on Travor Rd in the Danby State Forest, just a few steps from the 
parking area for the Finger Lakes Trail on Travor Rd, where Travor Rd takes a 
turn to the south. They flew up from a small wetland/stream west of Travor Rd 
to  pine tree on the edge of the road, after I was pishing after some 
yellowthroats singing in the bushes and was turning back to the parking area. I 
had a nice view of an adult female, and took some photos (a bit out of range 
for good pics with a 55mm lens). They left together quickly, with the female 
making kip calls as it left, flying back down the stream to the SW of Travor 
Rd. I didn't try to follow them through the woods. Instead I made a recording 
from the road, but am not sure if any crossbill vocalizations are in it (many 
birds are singing together). The pics and recording are posted on eBird. The 
location for the checklist is given at Durfee Hill Rd, since I hiked up on the 
FLT from Durfee Hill Rd to Travor Rd and back. Travor Rd _should_ be driveable 
to the parking area. I hadn't tried it though, and with the recent rain there 
may be muddy spots on the road to deal with. With a good vehicle though, the 
spot  42°18'37.3"N,  76°25'32.8"W(42.310346, -76.425767) can be accessed 
without hiking as I did.

  Cheers,

 Kevin

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[cayugabirds-l] Barred owls at Lake Treman

2020-05-22 Thread Kevin C Packard
Hi everyone,

 A barred owl nest with nestling peering out was observed in a basswood tree 
cavity on the Treman Lake trail loop on the east side of the lake. Posted to 
ebird with photos (a little blurry as the distance was a little too much for my 
camera lens) and audio recording of adult parent.

Cheers,

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