[cayugabirds-l] Inconclusive on vireo sp. Roy Park

2022-05-20 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
For Roy Park south after a few people listened to recording we couldn’t decide. 
We are listing as “vireo sp.”   Merlin suggested multiple vireos at that spot 
including Philadelphia but no visual on a Philly & not enough definitive  
evidence. 



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[cayugabirds-l] Hooded Warblers Roy Park Preserve South, Freeville (Dryden)

2022-05-20 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
On blue trail in a couple different spots singing. Lots of warblers today. 

Possibly Philadelphia Vireo near the river but I wasn’t positive as were also 
Blue-headed and Red-eyed also all once so will have to review the recording. 
I’m not counting it yet. 

All the usual suspects for this hot spot. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Bard Prentiss local birder Obituary

2022-01-14 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Several people in the area were interested in seeing this obituary when it came 
out.
I found it for those interested.
https://www.perkinsfh.com/obituary/Bard-Prentiss



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Future of Lott Farm & Basin Upland Sandpipers?

2021-11-11 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
I think Sarah Barker at Cornell Lab would have some good advice on land 
conservation initiatives. 

https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/staff/sara-barker/


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> On Jan 10, 2021, at 8:53 PM, Suan Hsi Yong  wrote:
> 
> As Cayuga Bird Club president, I'll bring this up for discussion at
> our next executive committee meeting. It sounds like engaging with the
> Lotts might be a good first step. Meanwhile, if anyone wants to play
> an active role in pursuing this further, perhaps with the backing of
> the bird club, let me know.
> 
> Suan
> 
> 
>> On Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 7:38 AM Robert Horn  wrote:
>> 
>> I agree that contacting the Finger Lakes Land Trust could be beneficial. 
>> They certainly are experts in land conservation. Bob Horn
>> 
>> On Jan 10, 2021, at 6:26 AM, John Gregoire  
>> wrote:
>> 
>> Dave,
>> The state has a strong farmland trust which greatly benefit the owner in 
>> cash which is in exchange for keeping it farmland. I have no further detail/
>> John
>> 
>>> On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 8:17 PM Dave Nutter  wrote:
>>> 
>>> As many of you know, the private Lott Farm, located on the NE corner of 
>>> NYS-414 and Martin Rd on the south border of the Town of Seneca Falls, has 
>>> long been the site for the August farm equipment fair called Empire Farm 
>>> Days. Therefore it has fortuitously been managed as an extensive grassland. 
>>> It is the only remaining breeding site in the Cayuga Lake Basin for Upland 
>>> Sandpipers (They bred between Wood Rd & Caswell Rd in Dryden years ago, 
>>> before a few houses went in there.) as well as a great place for many other 
>>> breeding grassland birds, the occasional rare Dickcissel, plus fairly 
>>> regular Snowy Owls in winter. Furthermore, the owner has been gracious in 
>>> granting access, without charging any fee, to birders who simply request 
>>> permission, describe their vehicle, and agree to remain on the gravel roads.
>>> 
>>> In talking to Reuben Stoltzfus this evening I learned that we cannot take 
>>> for granted the situation which had simply been the result of good luck and 
>>> generosity. This past year, the Empire State Farm Days event did not take 
>>> place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But also the event is now under new 
>>> management who have chosen a different site for the future. This means that 
>>> whatever profit and benefit which the Lott Farm gained from that event is 
>>> gone. And they never got any benefit except good will from us birders.
>>> 
>>> While Reuben has not talked to the farm owner and did not know of any plans 
>>> for this land which had been managed as grassland, I think it’s safe to 
>>> assume that there is a strong incentive for the owner to find some use 
>>> which will pay the taxes or turn a profit, and that grassland bird habitat 
>>> may not be in the picture unless action is taken quickly to encourage 
>>> future management to allow these birds to continue, before decisions are 
>>> made  - if they have not been finalized already - for the plowing or 
>>> construction season this spring.
>>> 
>>> Is this something about which local bird clubs would want to work with the 
>>> owner of Lott farm? Are there DEC programs which can reimburse landowners 
>>> for maintaining such habitat? Would bird clubs want to help more directly? 
>>> Would birders be willing to pay a small fee for the privilege of birding 
>>> there or to become members of some organization for the pride of knowing 
>>> they are helping some regionally rare birds survive where we can sometimes 
>>> see them?
>>> 
>>> These are just some ideas based on very limited information. I know there 
>>> are people reading this who are far better than I am at organizing, 
>>> networking, researching, and promoting these things. Please think about it, 
>>> discuss it, and help ensure that come mid-April the Upland Sandpipers have 
>>> a home to return to. Thanks.
>>> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Varied Thrush in Candor

2020-01-01 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Anyone know if homeowner in Candor that posted to a FB group images of Varied 
Thrush in his backyard in Candor is allowing visitors? I messaged him through 
messenger but don’t know him personally. Mark Hollenbeck. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Bird Walk Leader Positions

2019-12-04 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
I know most past field trip/ bird walk leaders are on this list and maybe some 
potential new ones so I'm sending this here so I don't miss anyone if I try to 
send individual emails.

Here is the news bird walk guides/leaders have been waiting for:

Lee Ann


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>From Lisa Kopp:

Hi all,

Below and attached is a position description for a number of spring walk 
leaders we are looking to hire. Please feel free to post and share with your 
networks!

Thanks,
Lisa



Spring Birding Trip Leader



The Lab of Ornithology seeks a number of skilled birders to lead a series of 
spring birding trips around the Finger Lakes region. These field trips will be 
built around new content created by the Lab of Ornithology and offered in a 
Bird Academy online course designed to give new and beginner birders the 
skills, tools, and confidence to begin bird watching on their own.



In addition to finding birds, walk leaders will be responsible for helping 
participants learn the skills and resources needed to be able to continue their 
bird watching journey individually. Examples of the content covered on walks 
include:

  *   How to use binoculars and field guides
  *   Understanding bird families and diversity
  *   Recognizing habitats that birds depend on
  *   Getting to know local birds using eBird and Merlin
  *   Observing bird behavior
  *   Bird ID strategies including size, pattern and shape
  *   Tracking and sharing your bird sightings - and how that data can help 
birds



Required Qualifications:

  *   Advanced birder able to easily identify birds, behaviors, and calls of 
the Northeast
  *   Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  *   Comfortable using technology and learning new technologies
  *   Willing and able to teach/facilitate using inquiry-based learning methods



Preferred Qualifications:

  *   Existing understanding of Lab products including Merlin, eBird, Macaulay 
Library, and other citizen science projects
  *   Prior experience leading informal education programs and/or bird walks



Walks will be held on Saturdays from 7 am - 12 pm starting April 4 and running 
through May 9 at local destinations such as Stewart Park, Myers Point, Dryden 
Lake, and others. Walk leader training sessions, covering the associated 
curriculum and resources, will be paid time and will take place in February.



Please send resume, cover letter, and three references to Lisa Kopp 
(lk...@cornell.edu<mailto:lk...@cornell.edu>)



$15/hour

6-10 positions available






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[cayugabirds-l] Black-billed Cuckoo eBird -- Sapsucker Woods -- Jun 1, 2019

2019-06-01 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Cuckoo heard 10am near intersection of Wilson and West Trails. 
Trip Report Beginner Bird Walk 
Around 14 people locals, Cortland, NYC, Albany, Mass. & Ohio. Sapsucker Woods
Jun 1, 2019
8:43 AM
Traveling
1.36 miles
90 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.0 Build 9

24 Canada Goose
5 Mourning Dove
1 Black-billed Cuckoo -- Calling near intersection of Wilson and West Trails
1 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)
3 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)
3 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Alder Flycatcher
2 Eastern Phoebe
3 Great Crested Flycatcher
4 Red-eyed Vireo
4 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
12 Tree Swallow
6 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
3 House Wren (Northern)
5 American Robin
5 Gray Catbird
3 European Starling
3 Cedar Waxwing
7 American Goldfinch
2 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
4 Baltimore Oriole
11 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
3 Common Yellowthroat
1 American Redstart
3 Yellow Warbler (Northern)
1 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 33


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[cayugabirds-l] Golden-winged Warbler Sherwood Platform SSW

2019-05-08 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
ITHACA sapsuckerwoods. Was at Sherwood and headed counterclockwise on wilson. 
Seen by many.

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On May 8, 2019, at 12:40 PM, Karen Steffy 
mailto:ks...@cornell.edu>> wrote:

Hi,

I was birding/jogging around Beebe Lake just a little bit ago.  There was a 
warbler sized bird that showed up among the yellow-rumps near the small foot 
bridge below Helen Newman.  The bird was basically black and dark grey with a 
black beak.  The only other marks I could see on it resembled a mustache that 
ran down from both sides of its beak down to its throat.  Any ideas?  Merlin 
couldn’t find a match.

Thanks!

Karen


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[cayugabirds-l] In search of Bird/Nature journal keepers

2018-12-14 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
The  Cornell Lab Bird Academy is working on making an online course about 
Nature Journaling and wanted to interview on camera people that have done any 
form of nature journaling for a little commercial about our upcoming course. 
See below for a full description of what nature journaling is in the message 
from one of our course developers.


---Lee Ann van Leer-Bird Academy



The Bird Academy<https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/> team at the Lab of 
Ornithology is working on an online course about nature journaling  with Liz 
Clayton Fuller<https://www.lizclaytonfuller.com/> (a former Illustrator at the 
Lab of O). As part of the course, we are creating videos in a similar style as 
this video about learning bird 
song<https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/courses/be-a-better-birder-how-to-identify-bird-songs/>.

We would love for you to be part of the videos! If you have ever spent time 
writing about, drawing, or painting your observations of nature and you're 
willing to share your experiences and/or work on camera, please let me know. 
We'll likely be filming in mid-late January 2019.

Thank you for considering! We can't do this without you.

What is nature journaling?
Nature journaling is the practice of recording and reflecting on your 
observations of nature. It often involves drawing, painting, and writing, but 
it can take many different forms. If you've ever spent time in nature, drawing, 
painting, or writing about your observations, you've nature journaled!


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[cayugabirds-l] Lots of Migrants incl. Philadelphia Vireos Sapsucker Woods , Ithaca

2018-09-28 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
March Chao will probably be sending out a big list but before we parted ways 
we’d seen 13 species of Warblers, Philadelphia Vireos, Blue-headed Vireo
and more new arrivals.

Lots of activity low down at Charley Harper bench area and on Wilson Trail 
North in general.

I think Marc will  find a lot more and as I had to get back to work.

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[cayugabirds-l] Bird Event: Migration Celebration Saturday 10am-3pm at Cornell Lab of Ornithology--Free

2018-09-14 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Reminder: Tomorrow is Migration 
Celebration<http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1816> at the Cornell Lab 
of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY.

Please come and check it out! Feel free to share this with your friends! This 
is my personal and unofficial invitation to this amazing event.

Come explore the Cornell Lab of 
Ornithology<http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1478>! Learn about bird 
migration, conservation, and the amazing world of animal sounds. Enjoy 
interactive exhibits, games, workshops, and trail walks. Migrating warblers 
have been plentiful on the Sapsucker Woods trails this week!

Free tickets to workshops will be handed out at the Migration Celebration 
welcome table. Space is limited for the workshops so be sure to arrive early, 
check the schedule, and pick up your tickets!

There will be dozens of stations and exhibits as well as Cayuga Creamery ice 
cream and guided bird and nature walks. As Jody Enck mentioned, the Cayuga Bird 
Club<http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/> has a table in the lobby at the event.

There will be many stations but I list below a sample of programs that are my 
personal favorites.

Habitat Network<http://content.yardmap.org/> : a free online citizen science 
platform, invites people to map their outdoor space, share it with others, and 
learn more about supporting wildlife
Bird Sleuth<http://www.birdsleuth.org/>: The K-12 education program at the 
Cornell Lab that  create innovative K-12 resources that build science skills 
while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore 
biodiversity, and engage in citizen-science projects.  They will be having fun 
games for kids such as the Migration Obstacle Course.
Bioacoustics Research Program<http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/>: BRP's mission 
is to collect and interpret sounds in nature by developing and applying 
innovative technologies across multiple ecological scales to inspire and inform 
conservation of wildlife and habitats.


Kevin J. McGowan, Noah Warnke, and I will be manning the Bird 
Academy<https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/> table.  Please stop by. Tens of 
thousands of people around the world are taking Bird Academy online 
courses<https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/course-list/>. This is your chance to 
test them out and ask the authors and developers questions.

BIRDACADEMY is demonstrating our SNAP ID exercises for the Warbler ID 
course<https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/courses/be-a-better-birder-warbler-identification/>
 and any other course people want to preview.
We will also have a copy of our Handbook of Bird Biology, 3rd 
Edition<http://www.sapsuckerwoods.com/product_p/14736.htm> to view and Wild 
Birds Unlimited will be selling them. Noah will be demonstrating our fun 
educational games  Flap to the 
Future<https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/features/flaptothefuture/> and Beast 
Box<https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/beastbox/>. Our interactive Bird Anatomy 
tool<https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/all-about-bird-anatomy/> can be used 
online by anyone that wants to brush up on their knowledge of bird parts. Meet 
or get your photo with Thunder the Bird Academy eagle mascot.

We hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Lee Ann van Leer
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Bird Academy Project Assistant
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[cayugabirds-l] Bird Diversity Exploration Stations this Friday, Sat, and MONDAY at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology-Ithaca, NY

2018-02-20 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Please share below email with people of all ages that are or might become 
interested in birds.

Sincerely,

Lee Ann van Leer

Bird Academy Project Assistant
Bird Academy<https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/>
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(607) 254-8312
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Room 243B
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Try our Bird Academy 
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On Behalf Of Anne Rosenberg
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 10:24 AM
To: CLO-L
Subject: [clo-l] Free Exploration Stations this Friday, Sat, and MONDAY at the 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Hi all,

We’d love your help getting the word out about our Exploration Stations in the 
Visitor Center this Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning. We are doing an 
extra day (Thursday) since it is a break week for many schools.

Please share this Facebook 
event<https://www.facebook.com/events/1844629218914456/> and the announcement 
below to family and friends of all ages

Thanks,
Anne

Exploration Station: Bird Diversity

FREE at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

10 am – noon on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (February 22, 23 & 24)

Explore the wildly diverse world of birds—feathers, bills, and feet, oh my!

See examples of real birds from the specimen collection to give you a close-up 
look at feathers, bills, and feet. Learn through hands-on activities, 
life-sized murals, and exhibits featuring bird sounds and videos.

These stations are geared to people of ALL ages. Come join the fun!

See the event on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/events/1844629218914456/>

 Future Exploration Station themes

March 2 & 3: What You Can Do for Birds

March 9 & 10: Bird Beak Adaptations
These stations are geared toward people of ALL ages. Come join the fun!
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 254-2473

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[cayugabirds-l] Events: Free Exploration Stations this Friday, Sat, and MONDAY at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY

2018-01-09 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Passing along info about Free Events at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology this 
weekend.

Lee Ann van Leer

la...@cornell.edu<mailto:la...@cornell.edu>
(607) 254-8312
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Room 243B
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850



Please share this link to the Facebook 
event<https://www.facebook.com/events/209815576255580/>, as well as the 
announcement below, to family and friends of all ages.

Thanks,
Anne

Exploration Stations at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

10 am – noon every Friday and Saturday

Note: we will also have a station set up for the school holiday on January 15

Jan 12, 13 & 15: Bird ID

Learn how to identify the birds in your neighborhood and at your feeders!

Use our binoculars, telescopes, bird ID guides, and the Merlin Bird ID app to 
help you get to know your local feathered friends. Practice on the birds in our 
feeding garden and on our pond from the warmth of our Visitor Center.

We’ll also have examples of local birds from the specimen collection to give 
you a close-up look at feather patterns, bills, and feet.

 Future Exploration Station themes

Jan 19 & 20: Bird Diversity

Jan 26 & 27: What You Can Do for Birds
These stations are geared toward people of ALL ages. Come join the fun!
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 254-2473
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Coordinator of Public Programs
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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Corncrake on Long Island

2017-11-09 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
I was told the Corncrake was found dead this morning. :( Thought I'd mention 
that in case anyone was planning the road trip.


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

2017-10-19 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
This is the standard response Project Feeder Watch has been giving out. They 
are flooded with this very question at this time of year.

<>


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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin, Sapsucker Woods Ithaca, East Trail

2017-10-19 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Kevin  and I  saw a Pine Siskin feeding with American Goldfinches in a Hemlock 
tree on East trail  between the gate and the frog pond.  It was pulling seeds 
out of the Hemlock cones.  Kevin first noticed it when he heard a short call.  
This was around 8:40AM.

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[cayugabirds-l] Volunteer for Migration Celebration, September 16th at Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca

2017-08-17 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Migration Celebration!

Migration Celebration at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Saturday, September 16
Join our team of volunteers in the week before the event and from 9:00 am - 
4:00 pm on Saturday.

Jobs include:

* Delivering fliers (week before the event)
* Event set-up (day before the event)

At the event:
* Interactive tables featuring Lab programs
* Educational activities for youth and families
* Overall event support

Full-day volunteers receive lunch and a free t-shirt. Be part of a fun 
community connecting people with nature and conservation work here at the 
Cornell Lab! To sign up, please contact Anne Rosenberg at 
b...@cornell.edu<mailto:b...@cornell.edu> by September 1st.

You can also find more information on our website at 
www.birds.cornell.edu/birdday<http://www.birds.cornell.edu/birdday>

Sincerely,

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-tailed Hawk--partial albinism?

2016-10-26 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Larry,



>From the descriptions being given it sounds like a (Red-tailed Hawk) with 
>partial albinism.



I haven't seen the bird yet though so I'm sure the experts will weigh in after 
getting a look at it.



Here is an article we have about  this topic on Bird Academy:

https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/plumage-variations/#_ga=1.10089589.1731798539.1477501650



I remember seeing one in the basin in the past and hearing of others. This one 
sounds like a beauty. I'm not sure if certain species are more prone to it. 
Around here I have seen it in chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos, American 
Goldfinches, American Robins, Red-tailed Hawks,  an American Crow and perhaps 
others I have forgotten about.



Kevin (McGowan) also discusses partial albinism and similar plumage variations 
in depth in his Ask an Ornithologist webinar.



http://store.birds.cornell.edu/product_p/edu-hsc-webinar-ar-askan.htm



I look forward to seeing the photos and hoping someone uploads them to eBird.



Thanks for alerting us. :-)




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[cayugabirds-l] Lecture: Bald Eagle NYS comeback; Ithaca Oct. 13

2016-10-11 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
FYI

Finger Lakes Land Trust presentation

Why the Eagles Returned: A Presentation by Peter Nye
For 36 years, Wildlife Biologist Peter Nye led New York State's Endangered 
Species Unit for the Department of Environmental Conservation where he was 
deeply involved in numerous raptor projects including extensive work on 
Peregrine Falcons, Osprey, Short-eared Owls, Golden Eagles, and Bald Eagles.  
During this time, he led the effort to successfully restore Bald Eagles to New 
York State.
On October 13, Peter will explore the biology, remarkable comeback, and current 
status of Bald Eagles in NYS and elsewhere.

Peter was a past leader of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services Northern States 
Bald Eagle Recovery Team, is currently a member of the select international 
working group on Sea Eagles and climate change, and teaches a graduate course 
on Wildlife Management at the University of Albany.

DATE/TIME
Thursday, October 13
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
LOCATION
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Auditorium
REGISTRATION
No registration required. Free and open to the public.

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[cayugabirds-l] Today: See our new Handbook of Bird Biology & Course at Migration Celebration at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

2016-09-16 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Hi to my birding friends.  If you aren't at the Muckrace today, come birding at 
Sapsucker Woods during Migration Celebration.

Check out the much anticipated Handbook of Bird Biology, 3rd Edition. Also have 
a sneak preview at the new online course that accompanies the book.  We will be 
at the Cornell Lab's Migration Celebration today 10am -3pm.

Kevin McGowan (the course instructor) Noah Warnke (web designer) and I will be 
at the "Learn from Afar" and the "Bird Academy" tables.

You can also try out our other  Bird Academy online courses such as Be a Better 
Birder: Duck and Waterfowl 
ID<https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/courses/be-a-better-birder-duck-and-waterfowl-identification/>.

The Bird Academy table will be featuring interactive fun things like the 
upcoming "Flight Game" (an educational video game).

We will be making more official announcements about the offerings.

Migration Celebration has lots of events (as previously posted to the list).

More information here:
Migration Celebration<http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1816>

Please stop by and say hello. Extra incentive: We have chocolate at our table 
(while supplies last) and other freebies. :)
Apologies if you don't like plugs but so many of you have been asking me when 
the new book was coming out and I wanted you to be amongst the first to see it.

Also please let me know if anyone is wanting to do any birding road trips!

Sincerely,

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[cayugabirds-l] Volunteer for Migration Celebration 2016 at Cornell Lab of Ornithology Sept. 17. 10a-3p

2016-08-18 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
>From Anne Rosenberg.  Please forward to bird enthusiasts and appropriate lists.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Migration Celebration!

Migration Celebration at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Saturday, September 
17, 10am-3pm
Join our team of volunteers in the week before the event and from 9:00 am - 
4:00 pm on Saturday.

Jobs include:

* Delivering fliers (week before the event)
* Preparing materials (week before the event)
* Event set-up (day before the event)

At the event:
* Interactive tables featuring Lab programs
* Educational activities for youth and families
* Overall event support

Full-day volunteers receive lunch and a free t-shirt. Be part of a fun 
community connecting people with nature and conservation work here at the 
Cornell Lab! To sign up, please contact Hiilei Casco at 
hk...@cornell.edu by August 30th.

You can also find more information on our website at 
www.birds.cornell.edu/birdday and our 
Facebook event.


Anne Rosenberg
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[cayugabirds-l] Woodcock on Sherwood platform at Cornell Lab of O

2016-06-25 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
I'm leading a bird walk and we found it on Wilson Trail north and it keeps 
walking in front of us and is now on Sherwood Platform. It did the woodcock 
bobbing 'dance' for us! Quite a treat. 4 stinkin' cute Bluejay fledglings being 
fed at Fuller wetlands on same trail. 

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[cayugabirds-l] 10:43 am report Black-necked Stilt

2016-06-20 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
<> Joe 
Brin

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[cayugabirds-l] Black-necked Stilt 7:58am

2016-06-20 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Nathan Goldberg reported this at 7:58 a.m.

"Stilt still present 7:58 am along close edge of K-M, walking in the open."

(Knox-Marcellus Marsh/Montezuma NWR)

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird attractor tree recommendations wanted

2016-06-04 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Two great resources for bird attracting trees and other plants:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology's
http://yardmap.org


Click on "native plants"
then choose "which birds, which plants"

Also a locally developed book by the Cayuga Bird Club:

Native Plants for Native Birds

http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/publications
Scroll down on that page to the 2nd book. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 4, 2016, at 11:01 AM, Sandy Wold  wrote:
> 
> I'm looking to plant one or two trees for birds to also shade a parking 
> area...any suggestions? 
> 
> Crab apple seems good but wondering if anyone has other suggestions as I 
> already have two. Anything native? with leaves smaller than a maple? not too 
> messy with droppings?
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] WC Sparrows & RB Grosbeaks

2016-05-17 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks breed in this area so you will be able to find them 
continuing throughout the summer. 

I have seen White-crowned Sparrows since May 2nd  throughout Tompkins County.  
There is one singing outside my window at this moment. 



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[cayugabirds-l] OOB Cattle Egret in Endwell

2016-04-12 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Cattle Egret and Great Egrets in Endwell. Being streamed NOW on Ferris Akel 
ustream.
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ferrisakel

Don't know the crossroads yet.

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[cayugabirds-l] Midnight Woodcock display flights, Etna

2016-03-09 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Just before midnight I stepped outside my front door and was surprised to hear 
the display flight twitter and chirps of a Woodcock and then a minute later 
Peent-Peent.

So exciting and the easiest First of Year Woodcock I've ever found.  

There was another woodcock in a neighboring field also doing a display flight. 
This is not even a moonlit night.  I was outside at 9pm and 10:30pm and they 
were no sounds of WOODCOCK then. 

I brought my dachshund outside to hear them because she has a bigger Year List 
than I do! (She had a Glaucous Gull and some others I'm missing). 

This was happening on Lower Creek Road. 

They weren't the only birds awake. Also a SCREECH OWL, AMERICAN ROBIN, and a 
flying flock of CANADA GEESE. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Baltimore Orioles @ Salt Point now.

2015-12-20 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Kevin and I were checking out Salt Point when I saw a confusing flash of orange 
that turned out to be a Baltimore Oriole. Kevin has photos. 

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[cayugabirds-l] 9/12 Cornell Lab Open House& Migration Celebration

2015-09-11 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
FYI: Celebrate Cornell Lab's Centennial!
See below:
--Lee Ann
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Migration Celebration and Centennial Open House!
Saturday, September 12, 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road

Come celebrate the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's 100th Anniversary and the 
fantastic fall migrations of birds! 
 
Join us for this family-friendly event that includes a special Open House, in 
addition to our usual guided bird walks, interactive exhibits, live birds, 
games, face-painting, and hands-on activities for children. 
 
For the first time in a dozen years, visitors will be able to go 
behind-the-scenes to see where the scientists work, and to talk with staff 
about the research, conservation, and educational programs at the Lab.
 
Admission: Free
Contact: (800) 843-BIRD, http://www.birds.cornell.edu/birdday
This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism 
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[cayugabirds-l] bird walks Dryden Lake Sat.7/24 @Dryden Lake Festival

2015-07-24 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
I'll be leading free bird walks at Dryden Lake Festival tomorrow, 7/24 at 10 am 
and 3pm. 

The meeting spot should be near the dock by the largest parking lot.  You won't 
be able to drive directly to that parking lot as it will be only open to foot 
traffic. 

Lots of vendors and booths will be set up. 

There is more info here on the Festival of you are on facebook. :
https://www.facebook.com/DrydenLakeFestival/posts/940186862690568:0

There are food and crafts vendors, craft beer tasting, kissing booth with 
Hubbard's Hounds (not sure if one kisses the dogs or the people but either way 
it sounds like fun), silent auction, Civil War encampment, 5 live bands and 
more!

Hope to see some of you there!

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[cayugabirds-l] Correction:7/25 Re: bird walks Dryden Lake @Dryden Lake Festival

2015-07-24 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Sorry. I should have said Sat. 7/25 
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[cayugabirds-l] Our Big AviCaching Day

2015-07-17 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Everyone should try Avicaching!

Last month I decided to try see how many eBird Avicaching spots I could
visit in one day.
Kevin (McGowan) thought it sounded like a fun plan too. He joined forces
with me at the end of June for a test run of this endeavor.

We decided to try to maximize for points and # of spots instead of species.

Results: 33 spots  (in about 14 hours).
 216 points


It was definitely an exciting adventure of a new kind. Since we were going
for # of spots instead of species we didn't have to worry about the weather
reports as much and indeed it was overcast and rainy for part of the day.

It ended up taking a lot more planning and strategy than we had anticipated
but it was well worth it.  I am very glad we were using Kevin's Subaru and
not the old van I am driving these days as I don't think my vehicle would
have made it to the spots that are on dirt/gravel roads.  We drove at a
rather leisurely pace and did take nearly an hour lunch break since this
was supposed to be the test run of our endeavor. I'm not sure if we will
ever try to beat our own record of 33 spots in a day. I know others have
done Big Avicaching days but I think they were going for # of species.

The only unusual bird we heard was a NORTHERN BOBWHITE which was likely a
released bird.

We enjoyed finding many bird nests, including a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
nest.
Fledglings of many species abounded including Willow Flycatchers.

We used the eBird App to enter in data as we went. However there were a few
locations that neither Verizon or ATT could pick up a signal. For those
locations we made a voice record of the birds we saw and entered it in to
eBird later. Our GPS unit came in very handy for navigating to all these
places.

The most interesting aspect was seeing parts of the Cortland and Tompkins
that neither of us had ever been to. My dapple dachshund, Sashie, joined us
and likely enjoyed having 33 new roadside spots to sniff (on leash). There
are some very peaceful wooded spots that we definitely want to visit again.

I am looking forward to hearing about some of YOUR avicaching adventures.
Please feel free to contact me off list.

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[cayugabirds-l] Clay-colored Sparrow persists in T-Burg

2015-06-30 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
The Clay-colored Sparrow still persists in Trumansburg in a field back
behind Salon Esperanza at 2290 Trumansburg Rd. (Rt.96). (location described
in Saturday's email)

If you walk in to drive way and go straight back behind a garage/shed there
is a large wooden table. The sparrow continues to sing on the same scrubby
bushes that it was on Friday and Saturday when I found it.  However today
it was doing a different version of it's song. Instead of the two notes it
was doing one much longer drawn out insect like sound. It is the same
tone/voice as the 2 note version.

I was able to get a recording and had both the recording and a digiscoped
photo I took around 2:45pm confirmed as Clay-colored Sparrow by Kevin
(McGowan).

I have been told that Dr. Orzeck the local Veterinarian was able to get
very good photos of it on Saturday but I haven't seen his photos yet.

David Diaz also got a digiscoped photo that was confirmed as well on
Saturday.

I watched him for 1/2 hour today and he did disappear low down in to grass
in front of bushes for about 10 minutes.

I haven't seen him associating with any other birds yet.

The owner of the land where the table in gave permission for birders to
view from there but the field where bird is itself belongs to Mr. Auble and
I don't think anyone has reached him yet so best not to go in to field.

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[cayugabirds-l] Clay-colored sparrow village of Trumansburg

2015-06-27 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
The bird is currently singing at edge of field behind Salon Esperanza 2290
Rt. 96 Trumansburg.
Yellow house building.

She is open for business so if you park in her lot make sure to leave the
spaces by the salon free for her customers.

Owner of Salon is Carol but Salon is on rented property.

Owner of area in far back of her salon is Rich, young man with dark hair
and he gives permission to view from his property. You will see a large
wooden table by a field and that is best place to view bird.

The field itself belongs to Auble or Able that owns the trailer park in
that area. We have not talked to him so please don't go in to the field.

I first heard the bird yesterday singing there and had no cell phone with
me to confirm sound and no phone to confirm sight. I was working so didn't
get home until late last night and still wasn't sure.

Seems like a local breeder possiblity as today singing very territorial
acting from same spot. on short bushes and brushy stuff. Very persistant
singer.

I am working at the moment so can't check email much or texts but Dave Diaz
is on the bird.

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[cayugabirds-l] Blackpoll, N Parula, Blackburnian +++ Hawthorn Orchard -- May 10, 2015

2015-05-10 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
3 of us were very surprised to clearly see a male Blackpoll warbler. 

Lots of Bay-breasted including females. Male and female Blackburnian and 
more(see list)

The rest is on list but I think Chris T-H mentioned a Cape May that we missed.

We started at path by softball field where you step over a fallen wire fence. 
The first 150 yards were crawling with birds. We didn't go very far as my 
mother had a tight Mom's day schedule so there is likely much more to see. 

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Begin forwarded message:

 
 
 
 May 10, 2015
 Hawthorn Orchard
 Traveling
 0.3 miles
 126 Minutes
 Observers: 4
 All birds reported? Yes
 Comments:  
 Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
 1 Merlin
 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
 1 Downy Woodpecker
 2 Great Crested Flycatcher
 1 Warbling Vireo
 2 Red-eyed Vireo
 3 Blue Jay
 2 Wood Thrush
 2 American Robin
 4 Gray Catbird
 5 European Starling
 2 Tennessee Warbler
 2 Nashville Warbler
 2 Northern Parula
 4 Yellow Warbler
 2 Chestnut-sided Warbler
 2 Blackburnian Warbler -- Female 1 m
 5 Bay-breasted Warbler
 1 Blackpoll Warbler -- Yes 3 of us had good looks
 1 American Redstart
 3 Common Yellowthroat
 4 Northern Cardinal
 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
 2 Brown-headed Cowbird
 2 Baltimore Oriole
 6 American Goldfinch
 3 House Sparrow
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Lots of Loons

2015-04-11 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
 At  mid afternoon there were nearly 100 Common Loons between Myers point and 
 Ladoga Pt.   Also even more Horned Grebes by then than mentioned in other 
 posts. 
 
 Hope some stick around for the Spring Field Ornithology Trip I lead tomorrow. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-throated Loon continued Treman Marina

2015-03-30 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Swimming in the small area of open water of the marina itself where it connects 
to the inlet. 


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[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle Etna, ny

2015-01-17 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Perched in a tree overlooking the river watching geese. If you are on the 
bridge near post office look North. 

Corner of Etna Rd  Lower Creek Rd. 

If it would only fly a little way down the river it would be a yard bird for 
me. 

Lee Ann

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[cayugabirds-l] Seminar: Cuban Bee Hummingbird at Cornell Lab

2014-12-10 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Forwarding details with permission. 

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 Subject: [clo-l] Special Seminar Monday December 15 from 2-3 pm Zunzuncito: 
 A Cuban gem and the Natural History of the Endemic Cuban Bee Hummingbird  by 
 Dr. Julio Larramendi Joa at Cornell Lab of Ornithology Auditorium
 Reply-To: Eduardo E. Inigo-Elias e...@cornell.edu
 
 Special Seminar
 
  
 Zunzuncito: A Cuban gem and the Natural History of the Endemic Cuban Bee 
 Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae) 
 By: 
 Dr. Julio A. Larramendi Joa, 
 Photographer and Editor Editorial Polimitas,
 Habana, Cuba
 
  
  
 Monday December 15 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
 Cornell Lab of Ornithology Auditorium
  
 Dr. Julio Larramendi Joa got his Ph.D in the Soviet Union.  Since 1969 he has 
 dedicated his life to photography and photojournalism.  He is a Research 
 Associate, at the Centro Oriental de Ecosistemas y Biodiversidad (BIOECO) in 
 Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. He is former president of the Department of Latin 
 American Photography at the José Martí International Institute of Journalism, 
 in Habana, Cuba.  Dr. Larramendi is the editorial director of Ediciones 
 Polymita.  He has published over 52 books nationally and internationally.  
 Some of them in several languages.  Some of his nature books titles include:  
 The Birds of Cuba,  Amphibians and Reptiles of Cuba, Wetlands Birds of Cuba, 
 The Orchids of Cuba, The Lepidoptera of Cuba, Rostros en peligro, 
 Biodiversidad de Cuba, Moluscos terrestres de Cuba, Mammals of Cuba, and Las 
 polímitas.  His recent work is on the natural history of the Zunzuncito or 
 the Cuban endemic Bee Hummingbird. This is the smallest know living bird in 
 the world with an average weight of 2.5 gr or = to $1 US Penny and with an 
 average body length of 5.7 cm.
 . 
 
  
 This talk is free and open to the public and the Greater Cornell Community
 Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and 
 The Christopher Reynolds Foundation
  
  
  
  
  
 Eduardo E. Iñigo-Elias, Ph.D.
 Coordinator
 Neotropical Conservation Initiative
 at the Conservation Science Program
 Cornell Lab of Ornithology
 and Senior Research Associate
 Cornell University
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Report Banded Birds Re: [cayugabirds-l] Caspian Tern with leg bands?

2014-08-07 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
To report wild banded birds of any kind in USA. They will email you a thank you 
certificate and info on the bird. 

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/

 
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[cayugabirds-l] Duck Stamp from ABA and relevant links

2014-08-05 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
How and why to buy Duck Stamp from ABA (American Birding Association)
http://blog.aba.org/2014/06/make-birders-count-buy-your-duck-stamp-through-the-aba.html

Showing your Duck Stamp will gain you free admission to National Wildlife 
refuges that normally charge admission.
More info:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Duck_Stamp


Montezuma is free but 100 National Wildife Refuges charge admission fees

http://www.fws.gov/refuges/visitors/recreationfees_062005.html

I am glad that Montezuma is allowing the guided walks again this year. They 
were well attended last year. 

http://fingerlakescentral.com/guided-shorebird-walks-at-montezuma-national-wildlife-refuge-bird-with-the-experts/

 I am not a daily digest person but please remember to delete most or all 
of the post you are replying to for the sake of the daily digest folks. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Monk Parakeets nesting in Hector

2014-06-21 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
We have confirmed a pair of Monk Parakeets building a nest in a barn on the 
Wickam Farm. The owner and son noticed the birds about 3 days ago. He contacted 
Kevin (McGown) to come and confirm. 

 The farm is on 5559 Rt414. This is just North of Sunoco and South of Hector 
Vineyard. 

Go down Tango Oaks Road which looks like a double gravel driveway and it is the 
first barn in the right. 

The very kind owner welcomes bird watchers and I told him I'd suggest birders 
patronize the nearby Hazlitt and Hector vineyards in thanks. I'll post a video 
to the Cayuga Birds Facebook page shortly. 

Lee Ann and Kevin

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[cayugabirds-l] Correction :Re: Monk Parakeets nesting in Hector

2014-06-21 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
I meant to say that they were building what COULD be a nest but it also could 
be something they might just roost in. It is still a work in progress. 

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] redstart resource for warbler photos?

2014-05-14 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Ageing and sexing website for American Redstart.  Will help with transitional 
plumages.  


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[cayugabirds-l] Volunteers: Garbage pick up Sapsucker Woods

2014-04-18 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
I received permission from Jeffery Payne to ask for volunteers from this bird 
list to cover the trails portion. 

See below for more info and contact him if you are willing to help at 
jap...@cornell.edu

Begin forwarded message:

 From: Jeffrey A. Payne jap...@cornell.edu
 Date: April 18, 2014 at 3:09:10 PM EDT
 To: CLO
 Subject: [clo-l] Garbage pick up along Sapsucker Woods Road
 Reply-To: Jeffrey A. Payne jap...@cornell.edu
 
 Hi all,
 I would like to arrange a garbage pickup along Sapsucker Woods Road and 
 around the parking lots and trails next week weather permitting. We will 
 supply gloves and bags so if you can get a small group together let me know  
 and I can coordinate the areas to be picked up. 
  
 We appreciate any time you could spare.
  
 Thanks,
  
 Jeff
  
 Jeffrey Payne
 Manager of Facilities Operations
 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Room 187
 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
 Ithaca NY 14850
 607-254-2409 (office)
 607-345-1678 (cell)
  

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[cayugabirds-l] Heron Nests in Ithaca Area?

2014-04-17 Thread Lee Ann van Leer

Inquiry from Hollie:

 From: Hollie Alison Florence Sutherland has...@cornell.edu
 Date: April 17, 2014 at 10:48:02 AM EDT
 To: CLO-L cl...@list.cornell.edu
 Subject: [clo-l] Heron Nests in Ithaca Area?
 Reply-To: Hollie Alison Florence Sutherland has...@cornell.edu
 
 Dear all,
 
 I have a quick question and wondered if you could help me please. Has anyone 
 seen any Great Blue Herons nesting in the basin this year at all? If you have 
 please email me at has...@cornell.edu. Thank you in advance!
 
 I wanted to email the Cayuga Bird Club but I am no longer on the Listserv. If 
 someone would like to pass my message on that would be great, just while I 
 try and get registered again.
 
 Best wishes,
 
 
 Hollie
 
 
 Hollie Sutherland
 
 Bird Cams Communications Specialist
 
 Cornell Lab of Ornithology
 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
 Ithaca, NY 14850
 
 Phone: (607) 254-2438
 SkypeID: hollie_sutherland
 Email: has...@cornell.edu

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[cayugabirds-l] Salt Pt. Ospreys on nest

2014-04-12 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
I haven't been keeping up with which ospreys are nesting where this year and I 
deleted a bunch of email from this list.  How long have the Ospreys been on the 
nest platform this year at Salt Point?

They are there right now but I am not sure if they are Robyn and Paul as I 
didn't study them last year. 

I'm at Myers Point, Lansing. There are some Horned Grebes and a Common Loon. 
Nothing unusual at the moment. 


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[cayugabirds-l] Correction re 2012 David Cup

2014-01-25 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
One correction is that Chris Wood won 

the 2012 cup so he likely has The Cup until it is awarded to the 2013 winner. 

I believe some of the registration rules have been relaxed a bit in recent to 
encourage more participation but I could be wrong. 

People haven't been updating monthly totals as strictly/ quickly as in the past 
but I've only done it a couple years. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] weekend birds, hunting pressure

2013-12-29 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
It sounds like not everyone is following hunting regulations. 

If anyone is curious about waterfowl hunting seasons, regulations, bag limits, 
etc see the link. 

Prohibited:  driving, rallying or chasing birds with any motorized conveyance 
or any sailboat to put them in the range of hunters.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/wfregsguide13.pdf

I have had similar thoughts about the various issues of doing a bird count 
during duck hunting season. Perhaps I will wear blaze orange when counting on 
the lake shore. 

Good luck to all bird counters. 



 On Dec 29, 2013, at 5:07 PM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg k...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 ...yesterday there was an additional boat cruising the center of the lake to 
 chase duck flocks

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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl refound. Lansing Fire Dept

2013-12-10 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
On roof. Visible from road. Don't block fire dept driveway in case that isn't 
obvious. :-).  120 oakcrest dr. 

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl Ithaca Mall found gloves

2013-12-10 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
After about 15-20 minutes the owl flew off the roof of the Lansing Fire Dept. 
towards the woods behind BJ's Whole Sale. About 10 people got to see it. Lifers 
for some. Kevin (McGowan) got a good shot of the tail bands and thinks it may 
be a young male. 

If you lost a pair of black gloves near Fire Station I found them. 


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[cayugabirds-l] Avoiding add texts: New rare bird text alert

2013-10-17 Thread Lee Ann van Leer


 
 I found that after I downloaded and registered on the GroupMe App I stopped 
 getting texts generated from people being added to the group. I did still get 
 the rare bird alert Dave sent as text. 
 
 Also, that message I sent out to RBA last week was an accident. I thought I 
 was replying to a different text and hit reply on the RBA text in error. 
 When hitting reply it didn't need any special word to send as I found out. 
 
 I'm not sure if this new system is the same but make sure you aren't half 
 asleep when you hit reply choice on a text!
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Eurasian Wigeon Baird's Sandpiper KM

2013-09-01 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
In addition to what Jay mentioned the Kevin McGowan led shorebird walk group we 
have added Eurasian Wigeon, Baird's Sandpiper, American Bittern, White-rumped 
Sandpipers, and a large flock of American Golden-Plovers and much more. 
Whimbrel, Sandhill Crane and red knot still too. several Black-crowned Night 
Herons.  Sorry I don't remember who spotted what first. 

Most birds in Knox Marcellus Marsh but a few (Blk crown nh and Am. bitt. Were 
in Puddler's

At MNWR. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Red Knot @ Myers Pt. Lansing

2013-07-28 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
On the point. Also 3 sanderlings, 1 Ruddy Turnstone, 2 Semipalmated Sanpipers. 

Watching now with Kevin McGowan. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Red Knot has leg band

2013-07-28 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Forgot to mention has a leg band flag possibly light aquamarine color. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchards Ithaca GC flycatcher

2013-04-28 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
So far the only new year birds for me here are the Great-crested flycatcher in 
the woods and a Savannah Sparrow across the street. 

21 spp so far. Still here. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Swan Pen loop closed at Stewart

2013-04-22 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Dropped by to take a VERY quick look at swan pen but both entrances blocked 
with danger do not cross tape. Looks like a few trees down across path. Hope 
quickly remedied. 

From the pond overlook by Fuertes sign I was able to find a Yellow Warbler  
Chipping Sparrow. 

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Path Reopened Re: [cayugabirds-l] Swan Pen loop closed at Stewart

2013-04-22 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Perhaps my message wasn't interpreted correctly. The swan pen path had been 
closed. They had it closed off with red tape that requested...DO NOT CROSS 
until they could eliminate whatever conditions they deemed unsafe. 

I'm not deterred by fallen trees. I was deterred by risk of getting a ticket 
for limboing under their red tape. LOL. It would be just my luck and I'd rather 
not annoy those that felt it necessary to close the path. :-)

I'm happy they  reopened the path promptly. 

I also am glad that hear that all the birders escaped the falling tower of 
boats that was blown by high winds nearly on top of them on this same path a 
few days ago. I heard it was a narrow escape! 


 
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[cayugabirds-l] SanderlingDunlin @ Myers Pt

2013-04-21 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Kevin (McGowan)  I just saw SANDERLING and DUNLIN. They are very active.  
Flying around a lot. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Bohemians again SApsucker Woods

2013-04-08 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
The Bohemians are now by the small footbridge on North Wilson Trail. 11:47am. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Entertaining American Woodcock Displays--Lansing

2013-03-24 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
I arrived at the field adjacent to Mohawk Road near the intersection of
Snyder Rd. at 7:30pm.
The evening skies were cloudy.
The first Peent was heard at 7:39pm. The well spaced peents were sounding
more like Wheent.Wheent. Soon followed the Song Flight/ aerial
displays. The chirping,and wing twittering was an auditory delight. The
peenting was close and loud enough to be successfully recorded on my phone.
I've witnessed the AMERICAN WOODCOCK aerial displays several times in the
past, but this was the best show ever! I was able to clearly see each
entire display over and over again as the male(s) ascended each time
directly over my head. They are amazing to watch as their wings flutter and
sputter as they complete their loops and zig-zags.
I was treated to 10-12 sky dance performances. Near the end of the show
suddenly two woodcocks zipped right over me very close together making a
completely different sound. It was a vibrating
Whomp-whomp-whomp-whomp-whomp. After reading Birds of North America Online
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna I think it was likely one male chasing
another male but that is a guess. That was the first time I've seen that
behavior. I'm glad I always stay to the end of any kind of performance. One
never wants to leave early and miss the encore. The show ended at 8:09pm.
 I thank the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Spring Field Ornithology class
http://birds.cornell.edu/sfo and Dr. Steve Kress for first introducing me
to the woodcock flight display phenomena several years ago. Checking out
this woodcock ritual has now become one of my favorite Springtime rituals.


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[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Crow Roost

2013-02-18 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Nearly 2,500 crows so far amassed between Emerson Power Plant  uphill from 
Friendly's.  More headed in. 
A heads up for those that like to view the roosts.  Not sure how long they will 
stay there. 

-Lee Ann van Leer
Crow lover 

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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Shrike

2013-01-01 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Now On Cayuga Vista btwn East Shore Drive and  woodsedge rd

Spotted by Kevin McGowan

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[cayugabirds-l] Dickcissels seen heard vs. what may be there.

2012-07-05 Thread Lee Ann van Leer


Based on the distance apart we heard males singing we were guessing there were probably 3 males. However for eBird I only entered in 2 just in case the male at the big oak happened to have moved to Main Loop at the point we were hearing 2 birds singing. As you can see from Kevin's photo the bird had a black bib. When I was viewing it in scope it didn't appear to extend down the breast to a V but seemed rounded just a bib. I was comparing it to Sibley  the drawings and photos in iBird app. I'm not sure how often one views/finds the males that have the full V or the line of black that goes down to the center of the chest that is shown in those pictures and drawings.

This was the first Dickcissel I ever saw and I was quite pleased. I think therecould be several Dickcissels there but not sure we'll see or hear them all. The news from Jay McGowan of the female carrying nesting material is exciting.

Ever since I completed the Bander Training Course at Braddock Bay Bird Observatoryin May,my notions of what birds are findable has changed. While doing net runs I would hear all sorts of bird species singing or see birdsthat we were NOT catching in the nets that day. For instance Blackpolls were singing everywhere for a couple of days before we were catching any in the nets. The same thing happened with Black-throated Blue Warblers.

Conversely, and more surprising to me, we were catching all sorts of numbers and species of birds in the nets that neither I nor one of my top notch birder classmates were seeing or hearing on those days. There seemed to be not very much correlation between what was being seen and heardvs. what we were catching. It makes me wonder how many silent and hidden birds
go unnoticed.

I'm not sure if any studies have been done comparing mist netting totals to birding census totals but I'm thinking of perhaps doing
something like that sometime. 

Perhaps some of the birders on this list that also have done mist netting can verify if they have similar experiences.

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[cayugabirds-l] Summer Birding Walks;Big Days Big Years; watch for pileated fledglings.

2012-07-02 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
1) Summer Club walks
2) SSW Big Year/ Summer was highlight
3) Be on lookout for Pileated Woodpecker fledglings soon
4) Last Week's Big Day


1)I have always wondered the same thing about the summer and club bird walks as 
Linda mentioned. I'm in favor of them.
 

2)Last year (Oct 1, 2010-Sept 30, 2011) I competed in eBird's Big Year at 
Sapsucker Woods (SSW). From a behaviorist's  point of view I found
that summer time was by far my favorite season at SSW. My goal was to win the 
most hours spent at SSW because I love to sit in one spot watching bird 
behaviors.  Watching the nestlings and then fledglings was an amazing 
experience. When viewers watch the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO) or Audubon 
bird cams they become attached to that bird family's story. Comparatively, if 
one visits same  birding spot many times a week you get to know the  bird 
families and watch them grow and progress. I became quite attached to a GRAY 
CATBIRD nest/family last summer at SSW. A very common bird but watching their 
nest progress and eventually fall victim to mammalian predation was quite 
interesting. They had positioned their nest such that it was very easy to see 
it from Wilson Trail, perhaps too easy. 

Summer  year round birding so rewarding and the SSW ebird Big Year 
experience literally changed my life. 

3) July 11, 2011 was my favorite day of the whole year I spent. It was around 
7pm at SSW on the EAST TRAIL.
SSW TRAIL MAP 
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/bbimages/clo/pdf/visit/TrailMap2010.pdf
 I was walking along the Woodleton Boardwalk when a Pileated Woodpecker flew up 
from under the boardwalk. I was a bit thrown off wondering what it had been 
doing under the boardwalk. Then I realized it could barely fly as it was a 
fledgling still breaking in it's wings. Then I saw a couple more fledglings on 
the dead trees around me. One made it to the top of a dead tree and hammered 
away more vigorously than I'd ever witnessed. Wood splinters were flying all 
around as it perhaps practiced it's drilling? It was hysterical to watch, a bit 
of drilling overkill. I was being eaten alive by mosquitos but  when surrounded 
by PILEATED WP fledglings it seemed worth it. I bumped in to a stranger and we 
communicated with hand motions as neither of us wanted to scare the fledglings 
off. I was without iphone or camera at the time, darn! The stranger was a new 
birder and had a new camera. He captured the fledglings on camera. I never saw 
Woodpecker Guy (Mark from Lansing) again but if you are on this list serv 
Mark, I am still waiting for an email of the photos. =)(Reason #187 why you 
should always bring your own camera birding).

I went back the next day and found the PILEATED WP fledglings with an adult 
male at the SSW feeding garden. I did get video of that so I was happy.

4)Big Day June 24 123 for me 125 for Kevin.25 hot spots visited all in the 
Cayuga Basin. 4:15a.m. to around 8:30pm. I loved the challenge and had just as 
much fun as any one day of the November Texas Trip. I thank Kevin for posting 
about our Big Day because my fingers are still tired from trying to enter in as 
much data in to eBird as I could. For an avid eBirder a Big Day can be 
conflicting because one can't really maximize the # of birds you see if you are 
busy with keeping track on BirdLog app or making notes of Where, When, and What 
birds on paper either. Thus, I mostly only kept track on paper of new for the 
day birds and where we saw those. Next time I'll hire a scribe. 

I found that using the smart phone apps BIRDSEYE and AUDUBON which both use 
e-bird data in different ways helped with both advanced intelligence and in the 
field updates on where the birds are. Also checking the CAYUGA BIRDS list in 
the field. I also signed up for e-bird rare bird alerts for all the counties 
in the Cayuga Basin. I wish even more people entered in data to e-bird. 
HINT-HINT! The app BirdLog makes it easier and more timely.

I wrote out directions to some of the target spots/personal locations because 
3G coverage is spotty around the lake on ATT. Don't be daunted at the thought 
of a personal Big Day. We were walking leisurely, not sprinting, and we spent a 
lot of time photographing and lingering at out favorite hot spots.This was not 
like a scene from Band of Birders(great documentary) or the fallout scene 
from The Big Year with birders rushing around.  I was amazed that we were 
able to find so many birds in the summer and more birds than any one day of May 
field trips to NJ. Visiting LOTS of hot spots for short amounts of time seems 
to make all the difference and above all having fun. It was nice that it wasn't 
a competition so we could be relaxed about it and enjoy the baby birds and 
behaviors. I do think I'd like to do a competition to raise money someday 
though.

Good Luck to future Big Dayers and keep us posted. Hat's off to Susan, Bob,  
Laura who did their Big Day in such hot weather. Sounds like you had a great 
time 

[cayugabirds-l] Dickcissels still visible @ Seneca meadows

2012-07-01 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
GPS PINDicks 1876–1976 Black Brook RdBetween 2-3pm we heard them singing along Oak Pass trail between the Main Loop and the large oak tree.One sang for a long time on and off but we could not get a visual on it there.We backtracked and took right on Main loop towards two other large trees. Half way between the intersection of Main LoopOak Pass and the 2 trees we heard two DICKCISSELS and finally got a visual of one singing on top of a light colored post with orange vertical stripes on post. Bird had yellow breast, only a little black patch on lower throat (not full V)Gray on tail  uppertail coverts, rufous patches on wings.Very good looks with scope. Photos to follow later.GPS PIN is where we saw it. Oak Tree would be better spot to hear it.-Lee Ann w/ Kevin McGowanSent from my iPhoneSent from my iPhone
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd:golden-winged Warb. Ruff Rare Bird Alert for Wayne Seneca hourly

2012-06-25 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Forwarding  Golden-winged  Ruff rare bird alerts w/photos  map links. please 
post if re-found.


23rd24th of June sightings.

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 Date: June 25, 2012 2:06:33 AM EDT
 Subject: [eBird Alert] Rare Bird Alert for Wayne hourly
 
 *** Species Summary:
 
 - Golden-winged Warbler (1 report)
 
 -
 Thank you for subscribing to the hourly Rare Bird Alert for Wayne. The 
 report below shows observations of rare birds in Wayne.  View this alert on 
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 NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
 
 Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) (1)
 - Reported Jun 23, 2012 10:00 by Wade  Melissa Rowley
 - North Wolcott, Brown Road, Wayne, New York
 - Map: 
 http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8t=pz=13q=43.3087159,-76.8073597ll=43.3087159,-76.8073597
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 Golden-winged Warbler by Melissa  Wade, on Flickrimg 
 src=http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8143/7437982704_717e8be94d.jpg; alt=8458 
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- Ruff (1 report)

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Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) (1)
- Reported Jun 24, 2012 18:00 by Wade  Melissa Rowley
- Towpath Road, Seneca, New York
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- Comments: Please review ASAP and advise if we are correct.
as large or larger than greater yellow-legs, round belly, flopping feathers 
around neck and breast, med beak, nervous forager. 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mw13/7437745992/in/set-72157630275696902/

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[cayugabirds-l] Still there

2012-06-25 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
The ruff is still in same place and has some of it's ornamental feathers. 
Pretty cool. 

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[cayugabirds-l] anyone seen Yellow-thr. Warbler lately

2012-06-22 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
I haven't seen any posts recently about re-sightings at Neuman Golfcourse. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Help fix Lindsay-P Yellow trail Saturday

2012-06-18 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Laurie R. gave me info about creating a  detour around the beaver flooded 
section of Yellow Trail at Lindsay-Parsons that I referred to in my last post.  
Since this is one of our Cayuga Basin birding hotspots maybe some if you will 
want to help or appreciate the update. thanks to Laurie. 


Work day with good company at Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Reserve

06/23/2012, 9am-1pm: NYS Rt. 34/96, Town of Danby
Help! The beavers have flooded the Yellow Trail, along the north side of the 
preserve! Through the generosity of the neighboring landowner, the Land Trust 
has permission to temporarily re-route part of the Yellow trail onto 
neighboring private land to avoid the flooded area. Volunteers are needed to 
help move a wooden foot bridge. Tools and work gloves will be provided, or 
bring your own. Meet at John Smith’s house at 2373 West Danby Road (a.k.a. NYS 
Rt. 34/96, in the hamlet of West Danby). Please bring your own lunch and water. 
Contact Chris Olney (607-275-9487, chrisolney(at)fllt.org) at the Land Trust 
office if you'd like to sign up for this work day. 

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[cayugabirds-l] 6/17 Lindsey-Parsons 36 species

2012-06-17 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Scroll past the narrative for e-bird list of my morning hike at 
Lindsey-Parson's Biodiversity Preserve (LPBP).

This morning Sashie  I hiked 5-6 miles of trails at LPBP. 
Highlights: INDIGO BUNTING that came out and sang on a snag. Serenading VEERY 
sang from a shady tree branch allowing me to videotape. Several YELLOW-THROATED 
VIREOS were singing away. 

Sashie (my DACHSHUND/economy-sized watch dog) hiked on LEASH with me. We 
traversed entire length of the BLUE TRAIL and most of the Yellow Trail but were 
stymied by flooding. Part of the the yellow trail is flooded unless one is 
expected to canoe it unless I was reading the map wrong. I got a chuckle at 
seeing a yellow trail marker out in the middle of a swamp just above water 
level.


INSECTS were plentiful. More DRAGONFLIES  DAMSELFLIES than I could keep track 
of in a brilliant array of luminescent colors. 

How does one bird watch, photograph,  videotape all while walking a leashed 
dog? Thread the leash through your belt or belt loop or use a carabiner to 
attach the leash to your belt. This leaves your hands-free to use 
binoculars,other gadgets,  read maps. Also gives you two hands for swatting 
FLIES. I had a great hike albeit tick check revealed one DEER TICK on Sashie. 
Deer ticks seem unavoidable this year no matter what precautions one takes. 

 Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.4.4
36 species 

Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1 F
Belted Kingfisher  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  4
Red-eyed Vireo  11
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  12
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Veery  2
American Robin  10 Pair carrying food
Gray Catbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  8
Ovenbird  4
Blue-winged Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  6
Yellow Warbler  4
Chestnut-sided Warbler  7
Prairie Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Bobolink  2
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  2
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  4
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[cayugabirds-l] info: If you MUST move a turtle Re:my Roy Park Preserve post

2012-06-11 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Thanks for the feedback. Yes, I agree that one shouldn't try to move a snapper 
if there isn't a good reason. (I had a very good reason, see explanation 
further on). Only touch a wild animal if it is absolutely necessary. Only 
attempt it if you know what you are doing and have been properly trained. 
Otherwise find someone that does know. Lucky for this snapper I am trained  
experienced in this area. 

***avoid injuring their legs and tails, see links***

Best advice is not to pick up a wild turtle unless you are trying to move it to 
safety and are confident in your experience.

How to pick up a turtle:
http://www.midatlanticturtles.org/Handling.html

Videos on how to pick up:

http://laughingsquid.com/how-to-pick-up-a-snapping-turtle/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSRW5FiDKlI
(after watching that one I thought maybe I am braver than I realized. ha ha)

Interesting information about snapping turtles:

http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/snappers.htm





We would have run this snapper over if we hadn't been driving ultra slow 
looking for the entrance to the preserve. We had to go out of our way to 
awkwardly steer around it to enter the parking lot. It was blending right in 
with the gravel so I knew if I didn't move it the next car would flatten it. 
Sadly, thousands of snappers are run over every year. These often are females 
moving to a place to nest or young in or near the nest. 


Although my personal technique doesn't involve touching the tail others use the 
tail to help position the turtle but I advise against holding a turtle solely 
by the tail. (see above links). The turtle's claws did not leave any scratches 
on me, nor did it hurt, but again, I've picked up a lot of turtles.


After watching these videos you'll probably decide to leave it to an 
experienced person if a turtle must be moved. These videos make them seem much 
feistier than my personal experience but good to be aware of their defensive 
abilities. I've been handling reptiles on and off since I was an literally an 
infant, (oh the joys of having older brothers), so I'm not afraid of them. 


We had a rescued (injured) snapping turtle on exhibit when I worked at the 
Cayuga Nature Center as a zoology educator as well as plenty of snakes.  One of 
my goals was to have the children learn to value and respect the reptiles roles 
in the ecosystem and care about them as much as the birds and mammals. 

Experience does matter. I haven't been bitten by a snake since I was seven and 
never by a turtle. As part of my job I handle reptiles several times a week.  
Try to always wear gloves when handling reptiles and wash your hands well 
afterward if you didn't wear gloves. Warning: I have seen inexperienced or 
overly cocky people receive reptile bites. Move slowly, avoid fast motions.

Sorry if I didn't expound on these topics in my first post. Thanks for the 
reminders. I suppose I should have mentioned the don't try this yourself kind 
of warnings. Since I'm a zoologist not a herpetologist I will defer to any 
herpetologists that may want to add or correct anything on this topic.





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[cayugabirds-l] Hooded Warblers more at Roy H. Park Preserve Baldwin Tract 6/10/12

2012-06-10 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
We had an excellent Girls Day Out of Birding this morning.
This was the first time for all of us to the Roy H. Park Preserve--Baldwin 
Tract. I must say that this preserve is stunningly beautiful. I loved the lush 
green wooded areas and the blue path to the creek. We will definitely be back!

The trip started out by finding a SNAPPING TURTLE sunning itself on the 
entrance to the parking lot. Since I have the most experience handling 
reptiles, I was designated as the Reptile Wrangler. I picked it up to move it 
out of harms way. It did try to free itself from my clutches by clawing at me 
with all four of its feet at once but I was not deterred.

Before we even left the parking lot we heard two ALDER FLYCATCHERS.

The highlight was two singing HOODED WARBLERS.  We sat down on the ground for 
quite some time hoping one might pop out and make an appearance but this didn't 
happen.

A gorgeous RED EFT (Eastern Newt) was crawling through the grass.

We did have some excellent views of singing COMMON YELLOW THROATS, EASTERN 
TOWHEE  MAGNOLIA WARBLER's.  For a long time at the beginning we were 
frustrated by lots of singing birds but all hidden from view.  PRAIRIE 
WARBLERS, OVENBIRDS,  BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS were heard all around us 
but out of sight.  We happened upon a very agitated pair of WOOD THRUSHES that 
had young hidden on the ground right by the trail. The pair both were carrying 
food and disappeared to the ground behind some greenery.

My friend Maria was pumping her fist in the air with glee after spotting a 
gorgeous SCARLET TANAGER.

We had only planned on staying for a couple hours but enjoyed the preserve so 
much we stayed nearly 4 hours. We saw about 30 hikers but no other birders.

Here is the complete e-bird checklist I uploaded via the BirdLog app. (love 
that app!)


Roy H. Park Preserve--Baldwin Tract, Tompkins, US-NY
Jun 10, 2012 9:18 AM - 12:56 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:  br /Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.4.4
29 species

Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Alder Flycatcher  3
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1
Wood Thrush  5 carrying food to young hidden on ground.
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  4
Cedar Waxwing  3
Ovenbird  8
Common Yellowthroat  8 very good looks; singing out in open in two spots
Hooded Warbler  2 2 singing near each other on Blue Trail. We sat for 1/2 
hour hoping for one to pop out but they remained hidden.
Magnolia Warbler  3
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Prairie Warbler  6
Black-throated Green Warbler  5
Eastern Towhee  6
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  1
Scarlet Tanager  3 One seen only; two heard only; the one seen was on blue 
trail not to far from lean to
Northern Cardinal  1
American Goldfinch  4

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[cayugabirds-l] Brewster's Warbler@Hawthorn Orchards

2012-05-05 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Persistent and very vocal Brewster's Warbler (a hybrid of Blue-winged  
Golden-winged)

Was spotted and pointed out to us first by Brad Walker or his group. Kevin 
McGowan obtained photos and positively identified it. It has been persistently 
vocalizing on and off all morning (7:30-10:30). Chris T-H also found it 
independently later in morning and identified it as well. 

Many birders were able to see BREWSTER'S. I was able to video it. 

Also of note 
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
TENNESEE WARBLER
both singing a lot

 
NORTHERN PARULA
NASHVILLE WARBLER

several other warbler's but I let someone else post that list as I'm still in 
the field.

---Lee Ann van Leer
607-279-9833

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow headed blackbird still there

2012-05-04 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
I haven't seen been down to see it but here is news:

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 From: ferrisa3 ferri...@pronetisp.net
 Date: May 4, 2012 2:56:52 PM EDT
 To: Lee van Leer zoologist...@gmail.com
 Subject: Pssst . . .
 
 In case anyone is wondering, I just checked a little while ago, and the 
 Yellow-headed Blackbird is still there in West Corners, hanging out in his 
 usual spot.

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[cayugabirds-l] R. Grouse@Sapsucker Woods (SSW)

2012-04-24 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
As walking on Wilson Trail clockwise. I had just passed the wooden bird blind 
when I spotted a  RUFFED GROUSE on the trail  right by the gate that goes to 
outdoor eating area for employees. It was walking along the trail heading away 
from me towards the gate. 

I was able to alert Kevin  Jay McGowan and they along with Brad Walker  Livia 
Santana were able to see it . It reappeared on the same section of the trail 
this time heading towards the blind. 

It had a nice little ruff.  Can someone convince the grouse to make a 
reappearance  when I lead the Saturday Morning beginner bird walk at SSW? 








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[cayugabirds-l] Anyone? Friday Braddock Bay

2012-04-18 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
I'm also thinking of a Braddock Bay trip  Friday morning leaving Ithaca before 
dawn. If anyone is interested in carpooling up there let me know. 

The banding station is less crowded on weekdays. 

Info about the location:

http://www.bbbo.org/


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

2012-04-08 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
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 infrequently. 
Most field trips it is used not at all and the times it is used averages 
perhaps just a couple minutes total per trip. So fear not, playback used very 
conservatively in SFO in my opinion as a former student.  I  attended every SFO 
trip possible from 2008-2011 including all the full weekend trips. 

I'm glad someone reminds us all to be mindful about playback. I consider myself 
a moderate on the issue as I see definite pros and potential cons for the 
birds. Looking forward to research that gives us more answers.  I'd be willing 
to help conduct any such research if anyone is brave enough to want to find out 
the truth and there were funders. :-) Surely someone must be working on this 
already?

http://1birds.com/playback-of-bird-calls-benefits-some-birds.htm

http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/04/the-proper-use-of-playback-in-birding/

http://www.science.uwaterloo.ca/~smithsm/Impact%20of%20Playback%20on%20Birds.pdf


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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Shrike@Martens Tract

2012-03-11 Thread Lee Ann van Leer

Nice adult fly catching  2 bald eagles chasing each other. 

Now. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Sunday: 4 Ruffed Grouse Pine Siskin flock, Shindagin Hollow

2012-02-26 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Kevin  I spent a couple hours at  Shindagin Hollow State Forest today starting 
around 10:45 A.M.

The best sighting was spotting along the edge of the road a RUFFED GROUSE. As 
it walked up hill from the ditch to the forest it started ruffling it's ruff 
(displaying the feathers on the side of it's upper neck) and had it's crest 
feathers lifted high and separated. As it got further up we realized there was 
two, no, THREE Ruffed Grouse! More displaying starting going on and Kevin's 
Canon shutter was happily clicking away. 
Get some video! I exclaimed.  As he captured this amazing sight we realized 
there was another, yes a FOURTH RUFFED GROUSE. Wow, what a lucky find. They 
stuck around about ten minutes and one by one flew away with a lag time of 
about 30 seconds between each grouse. This was my best view ever of grouse and 
Kevin didn't recall a view of 4 together in quite that manner before. 

This took place on Bush/Braley Hill Road. 

The Grouse covey obliterated the previous highlight of the day: a small flock 
of PINE SISKINS had arrived late to the party of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, 10 
PURPLE FINCHES,  an excited WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, DOWNY  HAIRY WOODPECKERS.

Other birds seen or heard:

COMMON RAVEN, 
COOPER's HAWK, 
EUROPEAN STARLINGS, 
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES,
AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, 
DARK-EYED JUNCOS  last but never least AMERICAN CROWS.


Earlier at George Rd pond we saw one pair on NORTHERN PINTAILS as well as 
RING-NECKED DUCKS  MALLARDS. 

Later, at night, we turned a scope on the night sky in Danby to look at Jupiter 
and saw 4 of it's moons. 

Sunday was a nice clear  crisp day for bird watching and night for star  
planet gazing. 

We haven't looked at the grouse pix yet but I'd guess any good ones might end 
up on Kevin's Picasa page at some point. 

Good Night to all. 

 =)

-Lee Ann

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[cayugabirds-l] Darwin Day Family Fun @ CLO now

2012-02-12 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Happening now until 3pm. Build a beak and check out the foraging station. 
Feeder Watch  more at Cornell Lab of Ornithology

See you there!

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/page.aspx?pid=1579ac=nc



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[cayugabirds-l] My Current Location

2012-01-26 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Refound 10-12 White-winged crossbills
Last seen 12:20pm 


I saw  hear a few flying across St from 165 marker sign described by R. 
Tkachuck on Lick St. 

Carl Steckler arrived a few minutes later and we had 2-4 come back. Were able 
to obtain some silhouetted photos and in photos clearly the white wing markings 
and crossed bill.  (lifer bird for both of us)

Carl  I saw 2 clearly  then possibly 4 when flying. 

After carl left as I was thumbing this message about 10-12 came back very 
briefly flocking to one treetop. 

GPS
42degrees39'32N, 76degrees 20'46W

748 Lick St.  summerhill NY
(about 1/2 mile s of Hoag Av intersection in Summerhill as described by 
Tkachuck. )

Thanks goes out to the first reporters. 

Several red-breasted nuthatches  BC chickadees around too. 

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[cayugabirds-l] W-winged Crossbills refound Summerhill/Moravia

2012-01-26 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Here is correct headline. Apologies but google maps auto-filled the subject 
line when I was retyping my email. 

Was snowing steady when I left. 

748 Lick St summerhill/Moravia NY

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 Refound 10-12 White-winged crossbills
 Last seen 12:20pm 
 
 
 I saw  hear a few flying across St from 165 marker sign described by R. 
 Tkachuck on Lick St. 
 
 Carl Steckler arrived a few minutes later and we had 2-4 come back. Were able 
 to obtain some silhouetted photos and in photos clearly the white wing 
 markings and crossed bill.  (lifer bird for both of us)
 
 Carl  I saw 2 clearly  then possibly 4 when flying. 
 
 After carl left as I was thumbing this message about 10-12 came back very 
 briefly flocking to one treetop. 
 
 GPS
 42degrees39'32N, 76degrees 20'46W
 
 748 Lick St.  summerhill NY
 (about 1/2 mile s of Hoag Av intersection in Summerhill as described by 
 Tkachuck. )
 
 Thanks goes out to the first reporters. 
 
 Several red-breasted nuthatches  BC chickadees around too. 
 
 Lee Ann van Leer
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Thayer's Gull

2011-12-10 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
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] Stewart Park 11/7

2011-11-07 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
11/7 4pm-4:46pm
StEwart Park
2500 Canada Geese
41 Common Mergansers
40 Greater Black-backed gulls
Ring-billed Gulls
Herring gulls
American coots
Euro Starlings
Mallards
10 Buffleheads 
1 Belted kingfisher 


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[cayugabirds-l] Great Walk at SSW (Sapsucker Woods) 10/15/2011

2011-10-15 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Well it was great for the bird walkers but I can't quite figure out exactly 
why. I lead the Beginner Bird walk at Sapsucker Woods at 9:30am.  12 eager 
birders showed up from as far away as Minnesota and Atlanta, along with several 
birders from around NY State.

It was 49F, mostly overcast and windy.  It was actually quite quiet bird wise 
with bird calls few and far between. However we took time during the silence of 
the Fall to talk about the movie The Big Year, birding Apps (such as BirdsEye, 
Ibird,  Sibley), EBird, Citizen Science,Cornell Lab of Ornithology research 
projects, the Great Blue Heron Nest, Why birds sing, and looking at Sapsucker 
drilled trees, and several other bird topics. They seemed quite interested to 
see  find out about the banded chickadees with the PIT tags and the RFID 
technology.
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/News/RFID.html

We witnessed some soaring Red-tailed Hawks interacting with each other and 40 
American Crows that were mobbing them.  The 3 Pied-billed Grebes seemed to be 
the birds most of the participants hadn't heard of nor seen.

Sapsucker Woods is never devoid of birds but numbers were lower than a typical 
day today. I was worried the walkers would be disappointed with the bird 
turnout BUT inexplicably they seemed thrilled with the walk. I am not exactly 
sure why but it goes to show you that what may seem like a below average bird 
turnout day can still be exciting for beginner birders.  All of them thanked me 
profusely many times and invited me to come birding in their necks of the 
woods. They even wanted to give me money saying they would have gladly bought 
tickets to this kind of bird walk/event and wanting to know how to compensate 
me. Was a nice compliment and good to feel appreciated.  I suggested donations 
go to the lab of course. I'm not exactly sure which part was so enjoyable to 
them, perhaps the redtails, or was it my Chickadee imitations? Well maybe not 
but it is a mystery. Maybe it was that vociferous Red-bellied woodpecker that 
kept going up  nearby snags with a large berry in its mouth the whole time 
trying to cache it some wondered? Sometimes it is a lot of interesting 
behaviors by common birds that adds up to an enjoyable experience. I do 
remember from the first guided bird walk I went on at Sapsucker Woods how much 
of a good and long-lasting impression it can leave. It is nice have the 
positive feedback, that is for sure. I hope more of you out there will consider 
leading bird walks at SSW. It is very rewarding and can change one's life.

Sapsucker Woods, Tompkins, US-NY
Oct 15, 2011 9:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 mile(s)
Comments: Lead SSW Walk
21 species

Canada Goose  30
Mallard  25
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2 interacting with each other in flight and also getting 
mobbed by about 40 crows
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4 at least 1 female at feeding garden
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  40
Black-capped Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  1
American Robin  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  30
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  15


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[cayugabirds-l] P.S., SSW

2011-10-15 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Forgot to thank Tom Cowing for helping with the walk and Mary Winston for being 
her wonderful usual self taking care of people inside the Lab of O as well as 
the folks at Wild Birds Unlimited. 

Most of all thanks to the birds and chipmunks that put on a show so as not to 
disappoint.  They are truly the stars. 



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[cayugabirds-l] Now Am.Avocet Puddlers

2011-09-18 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Still at Puddler's. at Montezuma 10:47am

Also American Golden Plover

Spotting w/group of 18+ people

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[cayugabirds-l] Now SSW warbler flock + Philly vireo

2011-09-14 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
At powerline cut on opposite side of St at lab. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Warbler flock SSW

2011-09-11 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
appeared at this am at 9:20am just as I was leaving Sherwood Platform.  I had 
to be somewhere at 10 so needed
to put blinders on as I dashed out to my car.  Luckily, the bird walk beginners 
were enthralled by the Great Blue herons, the cardinals, the catbird nest saga 
(a story for another time), mobbing chickadees and the cedar waxwings on nest 
feeding nestlings. 

I keep missing the SSW warbler flocks 4x this week so far, I've been on the 
wrong days or wrong time. 

15 birdwalk participants 7:30 am-9:20am

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[cayugabirds-l] Now:Olive-sided flycatcher in GBHer nest SSWt

2011-08-31 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Sapsucker woods in larger great blue heron nest and vicinity although not sure 
if it is coming back as the juvenile GB heron that roosts back in nest tree 
every eve I've been here just came up right on schedule. 

This is on snag on main Sapsucker Woods pond. 

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[cayugabirds-l] ??? Now:Olive-sided flycatcher in GBHer nest SSWt

2011-08-31 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Sorry, Ok my hair trigger device also sent that out before I intended. I hate 
to retract but I'm not positive about the olive-sided now. If only it would do 
a quick three beers for me. ;-) so I'm not going to officially count it. 

I am positive of the bird in that tree still now though. The great blue heron. 
Ha ha. Just a wee bit easier to identify. 

I guess one isn't a good/honest bird watcher if they don't have to retract 
something once in awhile. 

Gotta go now to figure out which swallow this is I'm watching before phone 
dies. 

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 tree every eve I've been here just came up right on schedule. 
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Quiet Myers This Morni

2011-08-28 Thread Lee Ann van Leer


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On Aug 28, 2011, at 12:04 PM, bob mcguire bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com wrote:

 I spent the hours between 7 and 11 AM watching the spit at Myers. Chris Wood 
 was there when I arrived and reported an earlier Sanderling.
 
 At some point four Semipalmated Plovers arrived and were still there when I 
 left (as was Paul Anderson).
 
 Other than that, I saw only the usual: Ring-billed, Herring, and Grate 
 Black-backed Gulls, three Caspian Terns, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Great 
 Blue Heron, Kingfishers, Spotted Sandpiper, and Killdeer. Paul mentioned a 
 possible Common Tern flying up the lake.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Imm. Bald Eagle @ Stew. Park

2011-08-28 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
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[cayugabirds-l] Now ad. Bald Eagle Stewart Pk

2011-08-28 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Got a better/very good look and is adult bald now unless there are 2 around. 

Now off to SSW (sapsucker woods)

Ithaca


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[cayugabirds-l] Wow. SSW Pileated fledglings

2011-07-11 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Spent a marathon day of birding at SApsucker Woods today. One of the best days 
on many accords I've had in years. The pileated fledglings were at Woodleton 
Boardwalk. Also belted kingfisher fledglings and nestlings/fledglings of at 
least 10 species or more. 

I'll forward details of SSW  and clay - colored sparrow/Seneca falls 
later. For now must sleep. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes

2011-07-10 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Out birding with the girls and watching 2 Sand Hill Cranes from east rd at Knox 
Marcellus marsh MNWR now

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[cayugabirds-l] Now SapSwoods:warblers/vireos

2011-05-24 Thread Lee Ann van Leer
Only part way around Wilson Trail so far and already:
Canada Warb mf
Magnolia
Lots of Blackpolls
Am Redstart
Lots Yellow W's

Wood Thrush

Philly Vireo
Warbling V
Red-eye v

Least flycatchers
Pee Wees

Lots Balt Orioles

House Wrens

And sooo much more


Concentration of activity at Sherwood Platform





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