RE:[cayugabirds-l] Bald eagle at Game Farm

2020-11-29 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
A few years ago I was photographing an immature Bald Eagle perched in the big tree on Dodge Rd just south of Stevenson. It started staring at the pheasant pens and then took off in a power flight. I didn't see any feathers fly, and when it came back to the same perch a moment later, it was

[cayugabirds-l] Former Ithaca birder Ned Brinkley has passed

2020-11-22 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
not going to do an obituary tonight. I just wanted to get the word out. I know there are people on this list that knew Ned in the day, and will be saddened to learn of his death. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Senior Course Developer and Instructor Bird Academy Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches

2020-11-20 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
My best memory of feeder birds caching was a number of years ago on a warm fall/winter day and I had my sliding door open so I could take pictures of the birds coming to the feeders on my deck. I had my camera on a tripod just inside the open door. I was doing something on the computer on the

RE: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

2020-09-16 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
“Record cold of this magnitude is not consistent with global warming. “ Why not? Global warming doesn’t mean warming happens all over the globe evenly. I’ve been watching our area in the northeast for the last decade, thinking mostly about Snowy Owl incursions, and I’ve noticed strange changes

[cayugabirds-l] sandpipers at the compost

2020-07-19 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
The Cornell compost facility on Stevenson Road has been pretty dull since the shutdown. It's always slow this time of year anyway, but the near absence of students, and apparently changed processing of dorm food (take out not composted?) has meant that it's been slim pickings for crows and

[cayugabirds-l] RE: [cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Don’t underestimate swallows.

2020-07-01 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Very cool experience! But, Barn Swallows aren’t always that great at what they do. Long ago in a place not-so-far-away, when I was in charge of the Cornell bird and mammal collections, I used to have regular contributors who brought in salvaged birds. One person brought in a surprising number

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Migratory Bird Teaty Act

2020-06-15 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
It’s in the enforcement. How would anyone know if you killed a bird for its feathers or if you found them? Safest thing for birds is no possession of parts. Kevin From: bounce-124703190-3493...@list.cornell.edu On Behalf Of Sandra J. Kisner Sent: Monday, June 15, 2020 12:40 PM To:

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Braddock Bay Glossy Ibis second try

2020-05-11 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Wow. I wonder if I would have glanced up at them and blown them off as cormorants! Kevin Ithaca From: bounce-124624816-3493...@list.cornell.edu On Behalf Of metet...@gmail.com Sent: Monday, May 11, 2020 7:44 PM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Braddock Bay Glossy Ibis second try

[cayugabirds-l] new year yard birds

2020-05-04 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I've been seeing lots of new migrants in the yard this weekend like everyone else. I need to get my hummingbird feeder up! Today, my lunchtime walk about the property turned up a few new birds for the year, a couple expected, a couple not: Nashville Warbler - brief look checking out my very

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Spotting scope question

2020-04-28 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I use an angled scope from my car all the time. You just have to rotate the barrel so the eyepiece is pointing to the side. When scanning, you’re going to have to rotate it to the opposite side at one point, and you might also have to move the mount to another part of the window. You can even

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Meyers Park

2020-04-12 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
nests.) I think they like Fish Crow nests also because it’s easier to bully the smaller crow off a nest than the larger American Crow. But, that happens, too. Kevin From: Gary Kohlenberg Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2020 5:20 PM To: Kevin J. McGowan Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Meyers Park

2020-04-12 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Cool. That’s the old Fish Crow nest. Merlins sure do love Fish Crow nests! They’re using them all over town. Kevin From: bounce-124541773-3493...@list.cornell.edu On Behalf Of Diane Morton Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:07 PM To: Laura Stenzler Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l]

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Bald eagle, Dryden Lake

2020-04-08 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
There is an eagle sitting on a nest at the southeastern corner of the lake. It's mate caught a very small fish right in front of me this morning. Kevin From: bounce-124532185-3493...@list.cornell.edu On Behalf Of Eveline V. Ferretti Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:53 AM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L

[cayugabirds-l] Great Black-backed Gull from Maine in Ithaca

2020-02-17 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
found banded Great Black-backed Gulls here in previous years from the same location. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@cornell.edu<mailto:k...@cornell.edu> 607-254-2452

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Monday Night Seminar

2019-11-05 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
available on the Web or using other means of broad dissemination; Repeated or long-term use Regrettably, there is simply too much material in the presentation that falls under this guideline; removing it would make the talk unintelligible. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Project Manager Distance

RE: [cayugabirds-l] US population trends; time frame for bird study

2019-09-26 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
1970 is used as the starting point because that was when the Breeding Bird Survey started taking data. Data on bird populations simply didn't exist before that, with the exception of the Christmas Bird Count. The BBS was started partly in response to the perceived decline in birds already

Re:[cayugabirds-l] "The mass disappearance of North American birds"

2019-09-19 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
g bird population has been lost from the U.S. and Canada since 1970. Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@cornell.edu 607-254-2452 From: Magnus Fiskesjo Sent: Th

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Migrants

2019-09-14 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
"Watch this space!" Look for some fascinating, and depressing information about this topic in the next couple of weeks! Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@cornell.e

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Snow goose

2019-08-25 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I don’t know how long it has been there, but it was there on 21 July, molting all its primaries. Kevin From: bounce-123850035-3493...@list.cornell.edu On Behalf Of Donna Lee Scott Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2019 1:50 PM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow goose At VanDyne Spoor

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Crow relationship .... Union Springs

2019-05-13 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
they could have benefitted from allopreening. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@cornell.edu 607-254-2452   Do you know about our other distance-learning opportunities? Visit Bir

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

2019-03-18 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Good points, Dave. I too saw that Bald Eagle yesterday at Stewart Park and was surprised at how Osprey-like it looked. I also took crappy photos of it, and will try to get them in my eBird checklist soon. Kevin From: bounce-123439153-3493...@list.cornell.edu

Re:[cayugabirds-l] RWBB /other spring signs

2019-03-13 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
A few lunch-time observers at the Cornell Lab today saw hundreds of Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles migrating past, but the big deal was the number of geese going over. For the almost hour I was out there on "Mt Sapsucker," the hill by the parking lots, one of our enthusiasts counted 22,600

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Pale chickadee

2019-01-25 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Michele, Chances are it's an aberrant Black-capped Chickadee. See http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/brown-headed%20chickadee.htm for an example of a bird we saw back in 2004. The cap color is only one of several differences between Boreal and Black-capped chickadees. Boreal has a gray, not

RE: [cayugabirds-l] ID help? white winged gull sp. on Stewart Park ice edge.

2019-01-23 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Good call, Josh. That’s a first cycle Glaucous Gull, and you’ve described all the right characteristics. I had a first cycle at the Cornell compost on Stevenson Road last Saturday, likely the same bird. Best, Kevin From: bounce-123265321-3493...@list.cornell.edu On Behalf Of Joshua

RE:[cayugabirds-l] White Crowned Sparrow

2018-11-23 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
We had two on Yellow Barn Rd yesterday, too. Both adults, which is sort of surprising. It seems that hatch-year birds, with brown crowns, are more frequently seen out of season than adults. Kevin From: bounce-123128320-3493...@list.cornell.edu On Behalf Of Donna Lee Scott Sent: Friday,

[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin at Lab feeders

2018-09-18 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
An unexpected PINE SISKIN just showed up north of the Lab building. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48588537. Purple Finches have been around. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k

Re:[nysbirds-l] [cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrows in Tompkins County (long)

2018-04-20 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I've still got a few Fox Sparrows, too. I can't ever remember waking up to them singing in my yard for over a week before. It always seemed that a few would be present a few days in the spring and fall, and that was it. No doubt our lingering winter is to blame. They don't go far south for the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Ospreys, and other stuff

2018-04-02 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Bald Eagles are apparently on a nest at the south end of Dryden Lake, with at least 2 or 3 immatures staying in the area. That might be a damper on Osprey nesting there. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan From: bounce-122435459-3493...@list.cornell.edu <bou

[cayugabirds-l] Not siskins, but towhees!

2018-01-13 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I was just sitting at my kitchen table looking outside at the feeders on my deck wishing that I'd get a siskin, too. A bird popped up in the branches just of the deck, and it was a male EASTERN TOWHEE. I was shocked (they rarely come up to the deck even in the regular time of year). I fumbled

[cayugabirds-l] Red-throated Loon in field near Game Farm

2018-01-06 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I went to the game farm today to census crows and try to find some year birds (like Black Vulture). I was looking in the active pheasant pen at the NW corner of farm where the Black Vultures have been hanging out. I didn't see Black Vultures, but I noticed a RED-THROATED LOON sitting in the

[cayugabirds-l] count week birds

2017-12-30 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I was scouting out my Christmas bird count area yesterday, and did a little birding today. I managed to see a good number of things that are often missed on the Ithaca CBC, so at least they will be count week. Here is an incomplete list. Snow Goose - a single bird flying past Myers Point

Re: [cayugabirds-l] the four Black Vultures

2017-12-27 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
t: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 5:24 PM To: Kevin J. McGowan; CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] the four Black Vultures Hi Kevin. Is the vultures' presence a sign of their creeping advance into the state? Thanks. Pete Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone Orig

[cayugabirds-l] the four Black Vultures

2017-12-27 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Yesterday I got a good look at the four Black Vultures that have been hanging around. They were sitting together on one of the compost piles at the Cornell facility on Stevenson Road. Two of the four had very black faces and feathers higher up on the back of the head, indicating that they are

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park this morning - two Greater White-fronted Geese

2017-12-27 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
or larger than Canada Geese. Greater White-fronts should be slender and slightly smaller than Canadas. Kevin -Original Message- From: Paul Anderson [mailto:p...@grammatech.com] Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 2:51 PM To: Kevin J. McGowan <k...@cornell.edu>; CAYUGABIRD

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park this morning - two Greater White-fronted Geese

2017-12-27 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I just tried and failed for Paul's geese. Perhaps the 5 Bald Eagles (3 adults, 2 immatures) hunting over the park had something to do with it. The dead goose on the ice looked to be a Canada. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-122157940-3493...@list.cornell.edu

Re: [cayugabirds-l] European Goldfinch

2017-12-09 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
ng species is important. IF they become established, we will have a record of how and when it happened. Thanks, Bob, for putting the word out. Best, Kevin Kevin J. McGowan Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@corne

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] Identification and Status of White-faced and Glossy ibises in southeastern LA

2017-11-06 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
My impression was that it was an immature bird. The bill was immaculate and the head and neck were heavily streaked/spotted. It had no indication of white lines on face. So, no easy ID. Van Remsen says not to try it in his post. But, my sense from my (not enough) experience with these two

[cayugabirds-l] ibis on Armitage rd, Wayne Co

2017-11-05 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
it down as "Plegadis sp." or "Glossy/White-faced Ibis." Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@cornell.edu 607-254-2452 -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Where are all my feeder birds

2017-10-18 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
This seems to be a widespread phenomenon. There is just so much food in the woods right now, with huge crops of seeds and fruits that the birds don’t need our feeders. They’ll be back. Kevin McGowan From: bounce-121960930-3493...@list.cornell.edu

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Warblers in sapsucker

2017-08-29 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
There has been a good flock of migrants near the footbridge on Wilson Trail North for the past two days. Mostly one or two of each species, but include Northern Waterthrush Black-and-white Warbler Common Yellowthroat American Redstart CAPE MAY WARBLER Magnolia Warbler BAY-BREASTED WARBLER

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hungry youngsters!

2017-08-01 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Do they call at 5 in the morning? That's what my local crows do. I love crows, as most people know, but I'd rather they weren't so vocal so early. Just a note on the crow breeding season this year. Good number of breeding families after a big hit from West Nile virus in 2012&2013. Earliest

[cayugabirds-l] local birds

2017-07-29 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
There hasn't been much local birding information on this list for a while. I admit that I'm as guilty as anyone of not posting my sightings. I get most of my "hot bird info" from my hourly email eBird "needs list" updates for the county. It's an awesome tool, but it's not as friendly as

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!

2017-07-27 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I've had normal hummingbird traffic at my feeder this year (and, in fact, need to refill it soon). There's one at it right now as I type! What I've been having that is a bit out of the ordinary is that I've been swarmed by Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Purple Finches all summer. I am now

[cayugabirds-l] Hooded Warbler south end of Yellow Barn Rd

2017-05-12 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Finally, a warbler! I had a beautiful male HOODED WARBLER on the south end of Yellow Barn Rd on my way home this evening. It was singing across the road from the shooting range at the sportsman's club. We just finished the 6th (of 7) week of warbler ID webinars last night, and I still haven't

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Further info Yellow House Finch

2017-05-05 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Right. These feathers will last until the next molt, but if the bird is getting a better diet then, it will grow in more red ones. But, it's stuck with these yellow ones until the next molt, probably the end of the summer. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Project Manager Distance Learning

[cayugabirds-l] Red-necked Grebes on Dryden Lake

2017-05-05 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Chris Wood found three breeding-plumaged Red-necked Grebes on Dryden Lake today, on a perfect "Dryden Lake day," with cold winds and rain in May. They were still present at about 4:00 pm this afternoon. Also, Bank, Barn, and Tree swallows circling low over the water in good numbers, also,

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Prairie Warbler???

2017-04-20 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
A number of people had Northern Parula today, so consider that, too. Kevin From: bounce-121451829-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-121451829-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:52 AM To: Karen Steffy ; CAYUGABIRDS-L

[cayugabirds-l] Red flickers in New York

2017-04-15 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I didn't see John's reported Red-shafted Flicker, and therefore cannot comment definitively, but to my knowledge, there are no confirmed occurrences of the Red-shafted form of Northern Flicker in New York, or of actual hybrids of Red-shafted X Yellow-shafted birds or "intergrades." But, there

[cayugabirds-l] White-crowned Sparrows at Game Farm

2017-01-21 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
ver 300 SLR shots. I will post some when I can coordinate my two computer systems. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@cornell.edu 607-254-2452 -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.

[nysbirds-l] Seneca Falls birds: Snowy Owl and four swan species

2017-01-07 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I went to Seneca Falls today, as did a number of other birders, looking for Snowy Owls and hoping for Gyrfalcon. So far as I know, no one has refound the Gyrfalcon seen on Thursday. I managed to find only one Snowy Owl today. It was a sparsely-marked individual with deep blackish markings and

[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon info

2017-01-06 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I just heard secondhand that a falconer working at Seneca Meadows Landfill said the Gyrfalcon seen yesterday at the Finger Lakes Regional Airport is not theirs. Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon

2017-01-06 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
..@empacc.net> Sent: Friday, January 6, 2017 7:23 AM To: Asher Hockett Cc: Kevin J. McGowan; k...@empacc.net; Caroline Manring; CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon Dorsal appearance plays in that call Asher, and I believe from Dave K's photo that this is a dark

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon

2017-01-05 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I believe that is true. Kevin -Original Message- From: John and Sue Gregoire [mailto:k...@empacc.net] Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2017 2:45 PM To: Kevin J. McGowan <k...@cornell.edu> Cc: Caroline Manring <carolinemanr...@gmail.com>; CAYUGABIRDS-L <cayugabird...@l

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe road Gyrfalcon

2017-01-05 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Check the legs for jesses. They use a Gyrfalcon to keep gulls away from the landfill over on Rt 414. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-121125912-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-121125912-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Caroline Manring Sent: Thursday, January 05,

[cayugabirds-l] banded Herring Gull

2016-12-24 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I took some photos of a first cycle Herring Gull at the Cornell compost facility on 10 December, 2016, and I just found out it was banded as a chick 28 June 2016 on the roof of the Portland Art Museum in downtown, Portland, Maine, by Dr. Noah Perlut of the University of New England. It's always

[cayugabirds-l] turkey vulture with white in wings

2016-12-13 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
J. McGowan, Ph.D. Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@cornell.edu<mailto:k...@cornell.edu> 607-254-2452 Do you know about our other distance-learning opportunities? Visit Bird Academy

[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vulture with white in wings

2016-12-13 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
it with photos of a similar bird we were seeing a year of two ago, but it looked very similar. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@cornell.edu<mailto:k...@cornell.edu> 607-25

[cayugabirds-l] Black Scoters on Dryden Lake

2016-12-05 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
There are currently two female Black Scoters swimming and sleeping on Dryden Lake. Canada Geese and Hooded Mergansers are the only other things I see. Kevin Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

RE: [cayugabirds-l] migrating crows

2016-11-07 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Interesting report. American Crows are migrating right now, with lots of birds coming through from Ontario and Quebec. They are daytime migrants. It can be difficult to tell them from local roost movements, because migrants will stop and forage a while in a field with locals before heading out

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl - NOT

2016-10-26 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Just got a call from Anne Clark at the scene. Apparently the bird is a mostly white Red-tailed Hawk, although it has a red tail. Last seen south of Fall Creek Rd, where the stream crosses the road. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-120934548-3493...@list.cornell.edu

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eagle Question

2016-09-28 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
rooster beat the crap out of it, and it had been sitting on the chicken house staring down at the chickens for a week or two before it died. Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Instructor Home Study Course in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@cornell.edu 607

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eagle Question

2016-09-28 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Sounds about right. I'd have to check the BNA account tomorrow at work to verify the numbers, but that seems in the ballpark. For medium-sized songbirds, like robins and Red-winged Blackbirds, 70% of nests fail to produce any fledglings, 92% of those fledglings die over the first year, and

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Red Breasted Nuthatches

2016-09-19 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Red-breasted Nuthatches are periodically irruptive species out of the boreal forest. They tend to go south months before other irruptives, usually first showing up in August. It looks like this is going to be an irruption year. From: bounce-120802766-3493...@list.cornell.edu

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday July 5th 2016

2016-07-05 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
David, Thanks for posting. Glad you got a decent photo of the Tundra Swan. On 5 June 2016, when I made the run for the Garganey, I saw a single swan in the marsh that I identified at the time as Tundra. Its eyes were too prominent for Trumpeter, in my opinion, but everyone else called it a

[cayugabirds-l] Black-necked Stilt at Knox-Marcellus Marsh at Montezuma

2016-06-18 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
It doesn't look like this ever got posted on this list. This morning, Saturday, 18 June 2016, Stacy Robinson was looking for the Garganey at Knox-Marsellus and found a Black-necked Stilt instead!!! Although the Garganey remained elusive and had not been seen by the time I left this afternoon,

RE: [cayugabirds-l] B. Orioles in Trumbull Corners - SUET!

2016-05-10 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Interesting observation, Marie. I have a pair of orioles coming to my suet right now, and I have never experienced that before. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-120469864-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-120469864-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Marie P. Read Sent:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] feeder Raven

2016-05-01 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Awesome! I wish I had that as a feeder bird. I expect that if it wants the suet that badly that it will find a way to get it, provided it isn't scared away. I don't think ravens are as gymnastically, physically astute as gray squirrels, but if there's a will, there will be a way. If you want to

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pipit party at Myers

2016-04-03 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Also, vesper sparrow, Savannah sparrow, and SNIPES. Sent from my iPhone On Apr 3, 2016, at 1:14 PM, "Kevin J. McGowan" <k...@cornell.edu<mailto:k...@cornell.edu>> wrote: Dryden back road edges are covered in robins and pipits. Also savannah sparrows, killdeer, and a f

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pipit party at Myers

2016-04-03 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Dryden back road edges are covered in robins and pipits. Also savannah sparrows, killdeer, and a few flickers. Sent from my iPhone On Apr 3, 2016, at 12:55 PM, "David Nicosia" > wrote: American Pipits in many locales down here in Broome co

[cayugabirds-l] Local birding and amazing mockingbird

2016-03-26 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I was doing crow work today, which means nest finding (they started incubating!! All nest site information and activity reports are most welcome.), and had a few non-crow interesting observations to report. I had FOX SPARROWS in three different locations today, so watch out for them. All

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

2016-03-14 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Although the body shows some dark feather edging that resemble a Canada Goose, the thick neck with deep ridges in the feathers indicate this bird has domestic goose genes. Kevin From: bounce-120266252-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-120266252-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club March meeting - Mon., March 14

2016-03-14 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Apologies to the list. Colleen, Your email doesn't seem to be working. I was trying to RSVP for dinner, but it bounced twice. Kevin From: bounce-120261428-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-120261428-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of cl...@juno.com Sent: Friday, March 11, 2016 5:50

RE: [cayugabirds-l] please keep reporting Western Tanager

2016-03-10 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Nice photos. I see no progression of molt from when I photographed the bird on 27 Feb: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27850362. Does anyone else see any changes? Kevin From: bounce-120254348-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-120254348-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of

[cayugabirds-l] Glaucous Gull and hybrid at compost

2016-02-20 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
ne wonders if they are siblings traveling together. We still have so much to learn about animal movements and associations! Photos in the checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27703623. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Instructor Home Study Course in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of O

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Lots 'O redtailed Hawks

2016-02-14 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
And an adult BALD EAGLE on the compost mounds at 2:00, then perched in the tree line above the compost for the next two hours. The number of Red-tailed Hawks in that tree got to 25 while I was there. I spent too much time sitting still photographing two young hawks reluctantly "sharing" a

[nysbirds-l] White Pelican reported in Syracuse

2016-01-12 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
A report just came in to the Lab of a WHITE PELICAN in the inner harbor in Syracuse, present for the last two hours. Kevin J. McGowan -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com

[cayugabirds-l] Stevenson compost birds

2015-11-15 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I've been gone a week, but went out to the Cornell compost today to census crows and had a few noteworthy birds. In addition to the American and Fish crows I was seeking, I saw a single adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an unexpected first-cycle ICELAND GULL. The Iceland was very pale and

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Cinnamon Teal

2015-11-02 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I don't think I agree. The pale face doesn't track a facial crescent like that of a Blue-winged Teal. If you look at the shape of it, the paleness is broadest at the forehead and at the throat. In contrast, a Blue-winged Teal has the broadest white behind the bill and almost nothing near the

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma is great today!!! - out of car thread...

2015-10-18 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
From: Diana [mailto:whiti...@roadrunner.com] " Surely with so many places on the refuge where you can get out of the car, ..." Seriously? Where? You know the refuge. If you wanted to take a small group to see some birds, where would you go? Where could you get anywhere near close enough to

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma is great today!!!

2015-10-18 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Snip: "The refuge grants this privilege - this break from the norm - because it considers it an educational opportunity/event for the visiting public - one in which they can learn more about the refuge and the life it encourages. " Every birder I know is more than happy to tell anyone who asks

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Cornell Community Gardens - imminent conversion, weekend walks, M-Th recap

2015-10-09 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I hope the trip goes well. I will be sad to see this garden leave this spot. Let’s hope it goes somewhere else. It used to be on Bluegrass Lane before Freese. Pay special attention this weekend for a sparrow I observed very briefly Wednesday morning. It looked like a very streaky

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Hurricane Joaquin

2015-09-30 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Chris, Thanks for the heads-up. Remember, all the good birds are on the east side of these storms, so we want it to pass to our west. If it stays to the east, all we get are heavy rains. The forecast at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at1.shtml?5-daynl#contents makes it look iffy for us.

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

2015-09-27 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Thanks, Ken. Seriously, Meena? Where are you? We count on you for things like this. Really! ;^) I was just looking out my window and admiring the moon a little bit ago, before the eclipse started. When Ken wrote I looked out and the moon was hidden behind leaves and clouds. It just became

[cayugabirds-l] dove love

2015-08-10 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I captured some sweet bird behavior outside the Lab at lunchtime today. Check out the series beginning with https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/jZuZYNWQcFx4Nlwlh4jjINMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-throated Vireo

2015-07-13 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
An adult is feeding a fledgling Yellow-throated Vireo there. Some of the squeaks are begging calls. Kevin From: bounce-119448430-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-119448430-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Chris R. Pelkie Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 1:12 PM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L

[cayugabirds-l] Orchard Oriole behavior

2015-06-10 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I was watching an adult male Orchard Oriole singing along the circle at Myers Point Park this morning, and I noticed something I hadn't before. When the male sang, his black throat turned WHITE. When he sang some parts of his song the throat feathers were spread, revealing their white bases. It

Re: [cayugabirds-l] injured heron (alleged) was taken to vet's

2015-06-10 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I went to check on the bird a bit after four. As I drove there I wondered what a heron was doing down in an apartment complex. But when I found building seven I looked up and saw the big power lines and I knew what to expect. Sure enough, when I drove up there was an adult heron lying panting

[nysbirds-l] Possible Arctic Tern at Myers Point

2015-06-02 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
consider the idea until I showed Jay the photos. Any Sterna tern is unusual in the county this time of year, so I hope others will go out and look for this bird. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca

RE: [cayugabirds-l] More Acadians

2015-05-16 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
-Original Message- From: bounce-119275534-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-119275534-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel ... Canada Warblers were present all along our walk, so I had the opportunity to reflect that a mnemonic phrase is not just a device for

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Why to not feed jelly to orioles

2015-05-16 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Fruit is probably better than concentrated sugars, but domesticated grapes and oranges aren’t really “natural” foods, either. They have been selected to have more sugar, more flesh, and fewer other compounds than natural fruits. I wouldn’t give much credence to this article. It gives no

RE: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Albino Purple Finch Correction

2015-05-02 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Actually, I believe the term albino is more accurate for this bird. Albinism refers to the lack of melanin pigments. True albinos can still contain carotenoid-based pigments, such as the rosy wash on your bird. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-119121704-3493...@list.cornell.edu

[cayugabirds-l] FW: Photography Awards Winners

2015-04-27 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Look who won the grand prize!! Congratulations, Melissa! Kevin From: National Audubon Society [mailto:audubonconn...@audubon.org] Sent: Monday, April 27, 2015 10:01 AM To: Kevin J. McGowan Subject: Photography Awards Winners See the five winners and top 100 images. [National Audubon Society

[cayugabirds-l] redpolls continue

2015-04-12 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Wow! A beautiful male Common Redpoll in a late afternoon shaft of sunlight. The deep rose on his throat opened up and faded across his chest, as if he had spilled a bright red wine down his front. In the intense sunshine the red was electric against the white cheeks and chest. I took a couple

RE: [cayugabirds-l] More building

2015-04-03 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Grape vine bark is probably the most common material used in the 3rd and final stage of nest building, the soft inner cup. They'd probably appreciate some horse hair. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-119007385-3493...@list.cornell.edu

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: feathers from a crime (dinner) scene

2015-03-24 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Female Ring-necked Pheasant, or some patterned breed of domestic chicken. Kevin From: bounce-118975882-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-118975882-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Betsy Darlington Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 3:03 PM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: [cayugabirds-l]

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Cardinal Song

2015-03-04 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Although Northern Cardinals are known to have lived to be 15 years old, adults have only a 60% chance of surviving from year to year. I suspect you have a new bird on the block. Kevin From: bounce-118890755-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-118890755-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf

[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagles at Game Farm

2015-02-25 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
to the road as the other eagle, the crows, and I watched. Some photos at https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/IJF38ECio-P5fNuTnczDvtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Great Lakes Ice Cover heading for the record books...

2015-02-20 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Thanks, Dave, for the link. Certainly Cayuga Lake has more ice on the south end than I’ve ever seen in my 27 years here. Could be a good few weeks to look at the power plant outflow in Lansing. One word of caution about the Great Lakes historical data, though. Note that they extend only back

[cayugabirds-l] Rough-legs over the Lab

2015-02-10 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
from west of the pond and headed off to the north. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@cornell.edumailto:k...@cornell.edu 607-254-2452 Do you know about our other distance-learning

[nysbirds-l] Thayer's and other gulls at Cornell compost

2015-01-27 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
, and the Herring X Great Black-backed Gull hybrid, both of which have been seen recently. Perhaps more, too. There were a lot of gulls. My ebird checklist, with photos is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21564731. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan Project Manager Distance Learning in Bird

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